Sara Yanez B-Day Session – Wallflower RGV – McAllen, Texas

On January 15, 2019, one day before her birthday, I surprised my beautiful girlfriend with a photo shoot at the Wallflower RGV located off Trenton in McAllen, Texas. I had been following the Wallflower RGV for a long time now on Instagram and would chat with the owner here and there. I am super happy I was able to rent this place for Sara’s photo shoot because the photos came out absolutely beautiful.

We rented the spot for one hour and I took plenty of shots but the ones you see here are my favorite shots. The Wallflower RGV has a lot to work with, they have over 10 looks or backdrops you can create great photos with. I highly encourage you to check this place out before it’s gone, as I believe it’s a pop-up studio and won’t be around forever. 01.15.19_high res_sara yanez bday shoot_bbs-9626_web01.15.19_high res_sara yanez bday shoot_bbs-9664_web01.15.19_high res_sara yanez bday shoot_bbs-9763_web01.15.19_high res_sara yanez bday shoot_bbs-9792_web01.15.19_high res_sara yanez bday shoot_bbs-9832_web01.15.19_high res_sara yanez bday shoot_bbs-9897_web01.15.19_high res_sara yanez bday shoot_bbs-9938_web01.15.19_high res_sara yanez bday shoot_bbs-9950_web

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Xiomara B-Day Session – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

We recently did a photo shoot with a local photographer for her 27th birthday. Things didn’t quite as planned but we made it work. She had a 27 gold balloons and sadly when we were posing her for the first couple of shots the #2 flew away. Heart broken about the loss of her balloon, she was a trooper and we continued the photo shoot. She chose this abandoned building in Edinburg, Texas, which worked out great for her style. Another challenge was that we lost the ambient light super super fast but I went prepared with proper lighting and fast glass. We used an LED and eVOVL 200 diffused by a translucent umbrella and these are the shots we got.

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Lorraine’s Baby Shower – The Forum – McAllen, Texas

It’s a Girl!  We had the honor of photographing Lorraine and Ralph Guzman’s wedding a few years back, and recently they hired us to photograph Baby Guzman’s Baby Shower. The event took place at The Forum in McAllen, Texas.  Everyone is excited to meet this little one!  Congratulations, Guzman Family on your Bundle of Joy!

Below are some of our favorite photographs from this special event.
Photo Credit: Sara Yanez

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Perez Wedding – Riverside Club – Ben Briones Studios

Love this beautiful simple wedding I shot at the Riverside Club in Mission, Texas. The bride was filipino and the groom hispanic so the fusion of both cultures was beautiful. The venue was perfect for the theme, y’all need to check out this beautiful location if you are ever in Granjeno, Texas. Here are some of my favorite shots from this wedding! PerezWedding_BLOG_BBSPerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-2PerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-3PerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-5PerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-6PerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-7PerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-8PerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-9PerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-10PerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-11PerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-12PerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-13PerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-15PerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-16

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Photography Lesson with Edna – McAllen, Texas

Photography Lesson: Composition

A while back I met up with my good friend Edna, who is an amazing photographer, to do a photography lesson on composition. To be honest I don’t know why she does lessons with me because her work is amazing already but I’ll take any moment to teach anyone who’s passionate about photography and getting better with a camera.

 

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Photograph One – Edna V.

Photograph One – Edna V. –  BREAKDOWN 

The photo is really well balanced from the top and from the bottom. This is important in when composing a shot because you never know when your client may want to purchase a print. I always teach my photographers to shoot for print and this shot was perfectly shot with that in mind. The pose / body also forms a triangle and that is important to note because the human eye is attracted to simple shapes and if you can create those simple shapes through human poses you have won the eye. I also encouraged her to shoot from an angle so we can get the leading lines formed by the bridge and rails. This helps the viewer follow the lines to your subject.

Photograph Two – Edna V. –  BREAKDOWN

Often you find yourself near a set a stairs and want to pose your subject on the steps, which is what we did here. If it’s a long stairway I always suggest to sit the model 3 to 4 steps up from the bottom to allow some space above the head. In the photo above my student Edna gave enough space to frame the subject in the stairway. This setting was perfect for applying repetition, which is another important tool to use in composition. I was able to help see the shape in the body and the repetition of the stairs for the composition.

Kudos to my student Edna, as mentioned before, she’s already an amazing photographer and sharpening up her composition skills will just make her better. You can view here work her at this link: swankyfoto

 

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Dr. Sofia Villarreal – South Padre Island – Ben Briones Studios

Dr. Sofia Villarreal is writing her very first book and wanted some beautiful beach photos for her book cover. Here are some of our favorite photos from this South Padre Island Photo Shoot!

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Maritza & Joel – RGV Horsemanship School at JHK Equestrian Country Club – Ben Briones Studios

THROW BACK THURSDAY

We took this beautiful couple’s engagement photos at the very own RGV Horsemanship School at JHK Equestrian Country Club in Edinburg, Texas. Love how the photos came out! The staff and owner of the country club was amazing with us! Very excited to finally share these great engagement photos of this couple with everyone.

Check out my favorite shots from this engagement session!
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Exiting Photography? WAIT! READ this first!

DON’T DO IT!

If you’re a professional photographer who’s been thinking about leaving the industry, don’t! There are so many opportunities for growth and income. I understand it can get tough. Especially if you are the only one doing everything in your business. You loose your free time, your weekends and sometimes you family. But don’t give up! There are plenty of ways you can still be an active photographer but with much less stress.

OPPURTUTNIES

  1. Second Shoot: reach out to the local photographer’s who are super active and always booked and offer your skill and time to assist them. Mostly likely you are already friends with these people and so it won’t be awkward or difficult to try to get hired as a second shooter. Second shooting is less stressful and at times allows you to be more creative than when you are the head photographer.
  2. Photo Editor: become a photo editor for local photographers. I would advice you to reach out to some photographers and let them know you are offering this service. If you are already a pro and people know your work, you wont have to prove anything to them. The most work would be learning how to edit in their style. Trust me, if you are an active professional photographer, you do not want to be sitting behind a computer editing photos for hours. Most professionals I know outsource their edits to online companies but I think hiring someone local will give them better peace of mind. Figure out a price point that you like and offer editing services to replace the income earned from one photo shoot each month.
  3. Photography Classes: since you are a seasoned pro, I think it would be valid to offer photography classes. I offer some to a few people and it’s a good little side hustle. Find a group of beginners and start a collective class or give individual courses in all things photography. Start with basics all the way up to complicated outdoor lighting. Put out an add on the paper, yes the newspaper! Or on craigslist or Facebook.
  4. Photo Booth Rentals: this side hustle idea has been one of my best ideas ever! I own a photo booth and rent it out frequently. It cost me a little over two grand to build, in which I built it in 2010, and since then it has returned my investment 10x. You can add this service to your existing packages to earn more from one sale or client or you can offer it as a separate business. It doesn’t really take much to operate one. You can setup and operate yourself or hire someone to do it for you. If you would like to find out how you can do this, message me!
  5. Rent Your Gear: Another risky but lucrative side hustle that will help you supplement some income. Many of you reading this will most likely never rent out your Canon 5d Mk3 or Nikon D810 and now the popular Sony AR III, but I would! Why you ask, because money bro! Money and culture! I have all the right legal documentation in place to protect my gear and sue your ass if you break it or steal it. And I also enjoy helping people who are barely starting and want to know if a certain lens or camera is worth buying, so they rent it first to test it out. I don’t have the best gear but I do have quality items and instead of them just sitting in my office Monday – Friday collecting dust, I rent them.

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Onieda and Osiel – San Benito, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Oni and I grew up together so being the photographer at her wedding was super special. I use to go over to her house to hangout with her brother Marco and play music. Many times we would all walk home together from our high school to hangout and on her wedding night we all walked together down the isle on her special day!

Oni and Osiel put their trust in my team and I to capture their special day and I think they will be pleased with what we produced. The couple had a beautiful outdoor wedding at Oak Hills Event Center in San Benito, Texas. The wedding started right at sundown. The wedding went into the night where the romantic setting of the venue really was on display. Some of my favorite shots were of their first dance and when they danced with their mother. Along with those moments here are some of my favorite shots from the wedding.

Photo Credit: Lourdes Paz, Ben Briones
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Oneida & Osiel Wedding Teaser from ITM Visuals on Vimeo.

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Daniel and Viktoriia Wedding | Edinburg, Texas| Ben Briones Studios

I really enjoyed photographing this wedding and let me tell you why! I really enjoy documenting small weddings. Daniel and Viktoriia seemed to be easy going people too. Their wedding was outdoors in this beautified gated community where the grooms parents live. Their was a beautiful man-made lake in the distance with trees that dropped of fall leafs.

The timing couldn’t of been better as well. The couple got married a little before the sun set so it was fresh, the lighting was good and the mood was perfect. With the setting being picture perfect we took advantage of the setting to produce some beautiful portraits of the couple.

Inside their parents house was a lovely dinner setup. There the couple mingled, drank and ate with their loved ones and guest. I loved everything about this wedding!

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HHD to SSD to HHD – Ben Briones Studios

ADVICE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

In 2016 I had a major hard drive failure with a 1TB Seagate and a 4TB Lacie, which were both regular Hard Drives. I lost client wedding photos but months later was able to recover them!

After that incident I went from HHDs to SSDs because they are much more reliable, faster and portable. Today I’ve officially gone back to HDDs and let me tell you why.

In the photography industry there is always innovation. Things get smaller, faster, better built, more intelligent and easier to access. In 2017 I had issues with the amount of space I had to backup my files. 1TB was not enough for the pace my studio was growing plus the amount of video production gigs we are booking. So quickly my 1TB SSDs ran out of space and we had to turn to the cloud to backup storage space. Files where spread everywhere and that was not safe. I was using both Dropbox Pro and Amazon Drive, plus a combo of different SSD and regular HD drives.

The issue is not that HHD are not reliable it’s how safe you keep them. Safety means not moving them, good enclosures and having enough space that you won’t have to be saving files anywhere else.

In 2018 we are working with 4TB of local HHD space for the year on RAID 1. We are also using Adobe Lightroom to backup and archive files because dragging and dropping files or folders from a mounted memory card to a hard drive is faulty. I advice all photographers to setup their Lightroom, Photo Mechanic’s or even iPhoto app to backup your files when you mount your memory card.

I can’t dictate how you should backup your files but I would give you this advice. Always back them up right after your shoot or event and double that backup because those pictures are one in a lifetime memories that you might not be able to replace. Ready my personal story on that here: https://benbriones.com/2017/04/23/mistakes-of-a-photographer-ben-briones-studios/

Pricilla Garcia – Bridal – Ben Briones Studios – McAllen, Texas

Photo shoots can be intimidating sometimes! Mrs. Pricilla was a little shy at first during her bridal photo shoot but as we shot she loosened up. She chose to go with the a studio photo session. To keep it classic. I’m glad she did because it challenged us to be more creative and experiment. Typically most bridal sessions we do are on-location but this one was different and we love the results.

I’m pretty excited to release these photos because she’s just such a beautiful bride! Take a peek at our favorites from this studio bridal session. Since this shoot Mrs. Priscilla married Mr. Christopher Garcia and you can view their wedding by clicking this link: Christopher and Priscilla Wedding.

Photo Credit: Lourdes Paz, Ben Briones

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Nikki and Eric – Edinburg Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Shevawne or Nikki as she’s known to the rest of the world just got married not to long ago and I’m extremely happy to finally show off some of our favorite shots from her wedding!

She and I go way back to middle school where we first became friends. Nikki comes from a beautiful family and now is starting one of her own with her husband Eric James!

The couple and their daughter had their big day in September! Everything that day seemed to be moving so fast but we captured it as best we could. We were contacted to photograph the beginning part of her wedding up to the portraits. Later a well known and respected photographer capture the evening portion. Growing up with Nikki just made being the photographer for her wedding that much more special. She’s such a strong woman that has overcome many obstacles and seeing her glow that day was priceless!

Because words will not do these photos justice I️ will instead allow you to see her wedding story as it captures through our lens.

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