Nick Cruz – UTRGV Graduate – Ben Briones Studios

Graduation is around the corner and one of the things that go along with walking across the stage is to take graduation photos to record the special milestone! My friend Nick Cruz recently setup a studio graduation photo session at my home studio located in McAllen, Texas and I love how the photos came out! Nick graduated in 2018 from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) but didn’t get a chance to take photos back then but we hooked him up. Here are some of my favorite shots from this studio graduation photo session. 2019-03-20_00092019-03-20_00102019-03-20_00112019-03-20_00122019-03-20_00132019-03-20_00142019-03-20_00152019-03-20_0016

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Vanessa Silva – STC Grad – McAllen, Texas

This past weekend I was able to work with Ms. Vanessa once again. Vanessa and I have been friends for some time now and she has trusted me to document some of the most special moments in her life. Sunday we celebrated her achievement as a graduate from South Texas College with a bachelors degree through an awesome photoshoot.

I have photographed Vanessa’s maternity photos, her most recent birthday, her graduation portraits, and soon her family photos. Here are some of my favorite photos taken by myself and my team.

Photo Credit: Emiliano Pena, Sara Yanez, Ben Briones
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Cynthia Jasso – Grad Portraits – Estero Llano Grande State Park

This weekend I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful grad, Mrs. Cynthia Jasso. She is graduating with her Masters in from Texas A&M University-Commerce. We decided on taking her graduation photos at the famous Weslaco park called Estero Llano Grande State Park. I really love the way these photos came out. It had been a while since I had shot there at the park. There was a special moment during the session when Sara pointed out a tree full of butterflies and Cynthia was able to reach out to one and it walked right on to her finger and we took some beautiful shots of that. Here are my favorite shots from this photo session! 2018-12-02_00022018-12-02_00032018-12-02_00042018-12-02_00052018-12-02_00062018-12-02_00072018-12-02_00082018-12-02_0001

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Nadia Hernandez Grad Photos – McAllen Convention Center – Ben Briones Studios

Graduation photos are important because they record a special period in your life where you achieve a level of education that no one can ever take away! Your gradation session doesn’t have to be indoor at a studio, it could be fun and outdoors. This grad session was shot at the famous McAllen Convention Center in Mcallen, Texas. We shot a total of three looks with Ms. Nadia. I encourage my clients to take photos in full regalia but also bring other outfits to have fun with. Enjoy my favorite photos from this graduation photo session. 2018-11-19_00532018-11-19_00542018-11-19_00552018-11-19_00562018-11-19_00572018-11-19_00582018-11-19_0059

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Maggie McCloud – UT Grad – Austin, Texas

#THROWBACKTHURSDAY 2010

While going through some old hard drives I found these beautiful graduation photos I did of my friend back when I was attending the University of Texas at Austin. They came out so great and I really don’t know why I haven’t showed them off! These are my favorite shots from this graduation portrait session in Austin, Texas.

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If you are graduating soon and would like to celebrate your achievement with a portrait session please fill out the contact form below for pricing.

 

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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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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Amanda Victoria Gonzalez – ENHS Grad – Mcallen, Texas

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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Client Review

Vianey Salinas – Mission, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

A few years back I had the pleasure of photographing Vianey after celebrating her high school graduation from Edinburg North High School and now we celebrate her recent graduation from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Special thanks Mr. & Mrs. Salinas, the wonderful parents of Ms. Vianey, for hiring me again to document this milestone in their lives. Not only was this a graduation photo session but also her parent’s 25th Wedding Anniversary.

I feel very honored to continue being part of this family’s life. Thank Salinas family! Salinas Family_High Res_BBS-327_FBSalinas Family_High Res_BBS-332_FBSalinas Family_High Res_BBS-340_FBSalinas Family_High Res_BBS-347_FBSalinas Family_High Res_BBS-356_FBSalinas Family_High Res_BBS-372_FBSalinas Family_High Res_BBS-386_FBSalinas Family_High Res_BBS-389_FB

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Criselda Garza – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

As a professional photographer is it always such a great feeling to sign a new client but what brings me the best joy is working with a returning client. These photos that I am featuring today are of Ms. Criselda Garza, who is graduating with a nursing degree from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).

Criselda is a returning client because I had the pleasure of photographing her beautiful daughter Krystal Molina in 2011 and I remember how much fun that photo shoot was, now the spotlight is on Mom. Ms. Garza is beautiful so it was not difficult at all to pose her and guide her during the photo shoot. I also had the detailed help of Ms. Sara Yanez, a recent graduation photo session client. Thank You Sara!

We shot these milestone portraits on the UTRGV campus where Criselda is a student. I decided to use a lot of the newer areas of the campus because of the greenery and colors. Criselda was a doll at allowing me to pose her in all these different locations. Congratulations on her degree and thank you for allowing us to document this milestone.

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Karen Perez – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

I am super excited to photograph and feature my first University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Graduate on my blog! Congratulations Ms. Karen Perez on your achievement!

Every time I photograph someone on this university campus it takes me back to my days as a student their. I use to walk around with my camera around my neck photographing nature and people and now I have the privilege to capture momentous milestones in graduates who too have walked the same campus as I.

The University of Texas Pan American, as it was once known, molded me as a photographer and really help me plunge into the world of photojournalism with the opportunity the Pan American Newspaper granted me. And even though it is now UTRGV, I know the leadership, professors and staff still hold quality education as its top priority.

Ms. Karen Perez, once again best wishes and thank you for trusting my brand to capture this milestone in your life.

Special thanks to Sara Yanez.

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