Mother & Daughters Graduation – UTRGV – Edinburg Texas – Ben Briones Studios

A fellow photographer / artist and friend Mrs. Mari Lorenzon graduated this year with her graphic design degree from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, Texas. She had asked me if I could take her grad photos along with her two daughter’s who were also sharing the same milestone.

We photographed the girls at famous UTRGV campus. One of her daughter’s graduated kinder and there other high school. I love the idea she had to combine the photoshoots. Here are some of my favorite shots from this photo shoot. 05.20.18_PRINT_Mari Grad Session_BBS-0867_WEB05.20.18_PRINT_Mari Grad Session_BBS-0915_WEB05.20.18_PRINT_Mari Grad Session_BBS-0928_WEB05.20.18_PRINT_Mari Grad Session_BBS-1014_WEB05.20.18_PRINT_Mari Grad Session_BBS-0909_WEB05.20.18_PRINT_Mari Grad Session_BBS-0953_WEB05.20.18_PRINT_Mari Grad Session_BBS-0892_WEB05.20.18_PRINT_Mari Grad Session_BBS-1054_WEB05.20.18_PRINT_Mari Grad Session_BBS-1135_WEB05.20.18_PRINT_Mari Grad Session_BBS-1123_WEB05.20.18_PRINT_Mari Grad Session_BBS-1149_WEB

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Claudia Alaniz – Grad Portraits – Ben Briones Studios

In December thousands of students will walk the stage and be handed a diploma or degree that they worked so hard to own.  A year ago I photographed one of my good friends Ms. Claudia Alaniz in celebration of her hard earned degree. When we were planning her photo shoot she wanted something different, which I was pretty excited about because I love when my clients get creative. Claudia had a friend who has a ranch with some few random items scattered across the land, including a horse.

I think the location fit Claudia perfect because she’s so much fun. Check out some of these pretty cool graduation portraits we took of Ms. Claudia. These are my favorite shots from the photo shoot! 04.30.17_Claudia Alaniz Grad Photos_PRINT_BBS-9474_WEB04.30.17_Claudia Alaniz Grad Photos_PRINT_BBS-9510_WEB04.30.17_Claudia Alaniz Grad Photos_PRINT_BBS-9576_WEB04.30.17_Claudia Alaniz Grad Photos_PRINT_BBS-9620_WEB04.30.17_Claudia Alaniz Grad Photos_PRINT_BBS-9709_WEB04.30.17_Claudia Alaniz Grad Photos_PRINT_BBS-9739_WEB04.30.17_Claudia Alaniz Grad Photos_PRINT_BBS-9797_WEB04.30.17_Claudia Alaniz Grad Photos_PRINT_BBS-9810_WEB

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Sharyland Pioneer High School Graduate – Alex Garcia – Ben Briones Studios

Graduation photos are important because they capture a major milestone in your life and provides mark in the timeline of your success. I will always doubt that I didn’t get to take graduation photos. Until this day my Mom sometimes asks for them.

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Susana Sanchez Grad Session – The University of Texas at Austin – Ben Briones Studios

#FLASHBACKFRIDAY

Beautiful. Bold. Intelligent. Studious. Adventurous. Strong. These are all nouns to describe Ms. Susan Sanchez, a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. I met Susy while attending UT through a mutual friend. She and I became friends and kept in touch and when it was time to celebrate the achievement of completing not only one but two undergrad degrees she contacted me to document this special moment.

It’s been a a few years since this photo shoot and Susy is now saving lives and keeping the people of Austin, Texas safe. I wish you the best friend. I am very proud of you! \m/

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Christopher Echavarria – McAllen High School Grad – Ben Briones Studios

Recently, I had the honor of taking Christopher Echavarria’s graduate portraits at my photography studio in Edinburg, Texas. Chris is a McAllen High School senior graduate, a trumpet player, and a member of the four time State Champion McHi Mariachi Oro! What made Chris’s portrait session unique was how he incorporated his personality and style into his photos. High school graduation is exciting! Bringing the future near and igniting that great anticipation for further successes and growth. Congratulations, Chris! May your future always be bright!

Check out some of Chris’s photos from his graduate portrait session.

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Desiree Chavez – TAMUCC Grad – Corpus Christi Texas

A few weeks back my assistant and I traveled to Corpus Christi to photograph this beautiful soul. Desiree is graduating from Texas A&M University–Corpus Christ and we took these photos to celebrate this huge milestone in her life.  Ms. Chavez is originally from Mission, Texas but decided to go to school by the bay.

I have known Desiree for a few years now and she’s just such an awesome person. She’s full of puns, is a socially conscious, outgoing and very interesting. I think some these first shots really bring out her colorful personality. Oh and she has style as well. We tried to keep the shoot simple yet fun.

We actually started the photo shoot on the campus of the school, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christ. We photographed her in front of the iconic wave that oversees the ocean. Then we walked to an area on campus she loved most and then we finished the photo shoot downtown to a beautiful mural right before it poured on us.

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Suheily Maldonado – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Here is a graduation session I did back in 2011 for Mrs. Suheily. I was extremely proud of the shots five years ago and I am still very proud of them today. Suheily is now married and has travelled around the world doing missionary work. What makes me more happy then the results of the photos, is the journey the people I photograph create for themselves after our last encounter.

Let’s start your journey by documenting this milestone in your life and academic career! I am very happy that I got to photograph Mrs. Suheily, because it’s people like her and many of you that continue to me to write and photograph and just tell stories. Although Suheily and I don’t talk as much anymore I do keep up with her via social media. SuheilyMaldonado_PRINT_BBP-127_FBSuheilyMaldonado_PRINT_BBP-130_FBSuheilyMaldonado_PRINT_BBP-143_FBSuheilyMaldonado_PRINT_BBP-146_FBSuheilyMaldonado_PRINT_BBP-148_FBSuheilyMaldonado_PRINT_BBP-151_FBSuheilyMaldonado_PRINT_BBP-160_FBSuheilyMaldonado_PRINT_BBP-170_FB

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Sam Valdez – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

#ThrowbackThursday

With graduation around the corner for many colleges, universities and soon high schools, I can’t help to remember the excitement of moving on to the next milestone of my life. In my career as a photographer I have photographed many unique graduation portrait sessions in the Rio Grande Valley. I too once walked in my regalia and received two diplomas in my life time and I hope to obtain more.

This beautiful girl you see in the photos is a good friend of mine from high school. Seven years ago Ms. Sam Valdez was ready to tackle life and today she’s a successful and happy individual. These photos forever will be a record of that initial start to life as an adult.

If I recall correctly we did photographer her in her cap and gown but I am choosing to show these shots because just as much as the session is to highlight graduation it is also to highlight your character and were you will be taking that character. In this case Sam took her character to Texas Tech University the home of the Red Raiders! If you are graduating soon I would advice to take some fun unique grad photos for your memories. Thank you Sam for contracting me to capture this milestone in you life.

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Alejandra Avila – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

#flashbackfriday

Ale has a spirit that is unmatched, a personality that is a addicting and a warmth to her soul that is has been passed down to her by her beautiful mother. For those who know Ale you know how animated she is, how contagious her laughter and how strong this beautiful young lady has grown to be. Ale and I became friends back in 2010 through mutual acquaintances and after serving her and her family through my business I don’t feel less than family with her. Truly special thanks to her mother for making me feel like a part of their family.

We barely knew each other at this photo shoot to be honest but she trusted me and I trusted her and these images were the results. From what I knew about Ale was that she was the most spirited Edinburg North High School Cougar on campus. She as also very popular and honestly talked to everyone and anyone. Another thing that brought us closer was our mutual love for photography. In her parents home; Ale’s room was completely covered in photograph she took from the floor the the ceiling. Anyone with that passion for documenting memories is on my top list!

Ale and I have a special bond but I truly cherish the bond her mother and I built in result of of this photo shoot. I write this with a heavy heart but Mrs. Marisela Avila with The Lord now and I know her family misses her dearly and I miss her as well. Sometimes I think Mrs. Avila and I became better friends than Ale and I ever did; no hard feelings Ale but you’re mom is awesome.

I really think I pushed my creativeness in this photo shoot. Special thanks for my shooting partner Lori Alaniz and Mrs. Avila for assisting. Without a doubt these have to be one of my best graduation photo set that I have done in all of my career. If I could title this body of work it would read; Mama’s Pride. 

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Amanda Victoria Gonzalez – Mcallen, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

A true #throwbackthursday post right here!

In 2011 I was still attending The University of Texas at Austin finishing up my degree but that didn’t stop me from driving down to the Rio Grande Valley to serve my clients. Amanda and I went to school together at Edinburg North High School and when she asked me to photographer her graduation portraits I did not hesitate; even though I was 500 miles away.

Back then I was shooting the original Canon 5D and using one studio light on location with a octabox. Since then I have simplified my light setup but after seeing these beautiful images I may go back. Another thing I would do back then was try to shoot all my sessions between 1pm – 3pm to have explosive natural light and studio light. It nice to take a look at your older work and see how you have matured as a photographer.

The beautiful thing about this special person is that not only did I have the honor of photographing this milestone in her life, we also shot some head shots for her and most recently I helped document her wedding with Stephanie Rios Photography.

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