Games of Texas – McAllen, Texas – 2017

On Saturday July 29, 2017 I photographed two Games of  Texas tournaments in Edinburg, Texas and McAllen, Texas as a freelance photographer for The Monitor Newspaper. I shot Basketball at the Edinburg Sports and Wellness Center and Volleyball at the Boys and Girls Club of McAllen.

Back in college I shot collegiate basketball at The University of Texas Pan American and at my alma mater The University of Texas at Austin  but this junior league was intense. There were girls teams and boys team and they all played with heart!

Then later in the day I shot girls volleyball and that was interesting because it was the first time shooting indoor volleyball. After a while I got the hang of it and now I feel confident the next time I’m court side at a volleyball game.

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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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Karla Ramirez & Saul Martinez – Prom 2017 – McAllen Convention Center

This weekend we photographed Karla and Saul before they headed out to their prom! Karla looked lovely in her beautiful floral prom dress and Saul looked extremely dapper in his blue suit.

The couple took their pre-prom photos at the McAllen Convention Center. Their outfits worked well with the beautiful setting of the location. I also love how Saul’s suite really complimented Karla’s dress. Their prom outfits were very well put together.

Hope the couple had as much fun at prom as we had photographing them!
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Karissa’s Quince Session – Mcallen Convention Center – Mcallen Texas

Today we are joining this beautiful young lady in celebrating her fifteen birthday! Congratulations Karissa! Thank you for trusting us to capture these beautiful portraits of you to document this special milestone in your life. Sara and I had a lot of fun hanging out with you at the McAllen Convention Center and taking these great photos of you.

Photo Credit: Ben Briones

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Aaron & Chloe Wedding- Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Aaron and Chloe’s Wedding was as a beautiful as anyone could imagine it. Aaron looked dapper in his suit and Chloe looked stunning in her white wedding gown. I had already photographed this couples engagement session and Chloe’s bridal session, so I knew this couple were going to look stunning together.

The couple married at the beautiful Our Lady of Sorrows Church in the heart of McAllen, Texas. After the ceremony we took portraits at the Nuevo Santander Gallery located on Main Street a minute or two from the church.

The party resumed at the couples wedding venue, The Social Club, in Edinburg, Texas. This venue is one of my favorite venues to photograph at because it’s not super huge and they always decorate it super well. Here the couple danced the night away and enjoyed their family and friends.

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Jackie Lara – Head Shots – McAllen, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

#TBT

Ms. Jackie Lara contracted us to take some beautiful head shots of her. The photos were taken in McAllen, Texas. Photographing head shots is always unique because everyone’s facial features are different so adjusting the models head is truly up to how the photographer see the beauty of the client. In this session Jackie had a few looks that stood out but her eyes are what catches your attention. Let us help you find your look!

Photo Credit: Laura Soria

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Beka Rios Headshots – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

#FLASHBACKFRIDAY

Three years ago I reunited with one of my great friends from middle school and high school, Ms Becca Rios! Becca holds the legacy of being our generations skater girl. That’s actually how we met at B.L. Middle School. She was the new kid, who by the looks of it was into skateboarding, and I at the moment was super into it as well. Naturally all the skater kids welcomed her into our group and that’s history.

Now Ms. Rios is a high trained and sought after hair stylist. One day we linked up on Facebook and she asked we talked about my photography career. Somewhat that conversation got to how she’s was marketing her brand, which eventually let to taking some simple but fun head shots for her business cards.

It’s about three years later and I am barely posting these photos! Enjoy.

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Baby Ybarra in the Making – McAllen, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

#TBT

It’s always special when a couple who hired you for their wedding rehires you for the next big milestone in their life. I photographed Angie and Eduardo’s Wedding some years back and it was beautiful. Recently they choose to make their maternity announcement through photos and they asked me if I could help them out.

The couple and I planned the shoot at Archer Park in McAllen and its surrounding areas. They were very interested in my ideas and as well came baring their very own unique shot ideas too. We mixed the both and yield these gorgeous fun shots of the couple and their expecting child.

Thank you so much for trusting my team and I to document this next big milestone!
Special thanks to Sara Yanez for assisting.
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Giovanni & Monica – Mission, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

#FLASHBACKFRIDAY 

This lovely couple is #goals! Gio and Monica make such a great team together! Each have their passions but both are unified with each other in love! I took these images a while back at the famous Memory Lane Photo Spot in Mission, Texas.

We first started the shoot with the couple in their formal wear. The couple wore strong bold colors that reflected their bold love and passions. Then after a while it got real! Gio changed into his Jiu-Jitsu Gi and and Monica changed into a cute dress and her roller skates. Gio teaches at Modern Jiu-jitsu in McAllen, Texas and Monica is part of a roller derby team called the RGV Bandidas.

I really enjoyed this photo shoot with this couple. There was never a dull moment! See for yourself! Enjoy!

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Sarah Echavarria – Headshots – McAllen, Texas- Ben Briones Studios

A month ago Jessica and I got to photograph a professional dancer and friend, Ms. Sarah Echavarria. My friend reached out to me because she needed some head shots for her upcoming Rio Grande Valley Vipers – Snake Charmers tryouts. Sarah has been a Snake Charmer for about four plus years now and still going strong.

Another impressive thing about Sarah is she’s an active marathon runner having earned over 15 medals. She’s super into fitness and in my opinion a role model for many young women out there looking to start their journey in dancing, fitness and running.

I present to you two of my favorite shots from this photo session.

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Sally & Wayne Wedding – Mcallen, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

I love documenting intimate weddings. In July on a Tuesday afternoon I witnessed Sally and Wayne exchange their vowels in front of the their loved ones. This wedding took place at The Elegant Wedding Chapel operated by The Wedding Gal, Mrs. Terry Perez.

Every one has a love story and this is Sally and Wayne’s through my lens.

The Elegant Wedding Chapel is such a quant beautiful unique location located in the heart of McAllen. Mr. Wayne, the groom, looked very handsome and his beautiful bride, Sally, looked stunning her wedding dress as she awaited to be walked down the isle by her son. The people who really mattered to the couple occupied the first and second sections of the chapel chairs smiling and glaring at their loved ones as they tied the knot. After the couple shared some bubbly and ate some cake with family and friends.

Enjoy.

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Celina & Mario Wedding – Mission, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Celina and Mario are such sweat hearts! One of the best couples to work with. They were very trusting in my creative direction and very patient with my ever crazy unorganized business but nonetheless we got work done.

As I was looking over these images to edit them I noticed one thing that stuck out. During this couples first dance, both Celina and Mario never took their eyes off each other. It was such a special moment.

This beautiful wedding took place at Palm Valley Church in Mission, Texas where they had a beautiful ceremony will filled with family and friends. Next, we took over Memory Lane Photo Spot for the formal portraits. And finally they ended the night in elegant celebration at Cimarron Country Club in Sharyland, Texas.

Enjoy this story captured for our special couple.
Photo Credit: Stephanie Rios, Ben Briones

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Alvaro & Marlen E-Session – Mission, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Alvaro and Marlen are one of my most loving couples. They treated me so well as if I was part of their family. I want to publicly thank you for your love, kindness, and patience. I am happy to have met you two and your little ones. May God bless your marriage and your family!

This photo shoot was done at the Memory Lane Photo Spot located Mission, Texas. I love the complimentary of their outfit colors. They look so fresh. We had fun at the shoot but were we had the most fun was at their wedding. Check it out for yourself here on the blog Alvaro & Marlen Wedding.

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Excellent photographer. Very professional yet down-to- earth 🙂 Came very highly recommended and will definitely look forward to booking future photoshoots in the future.

25th Anniversary – Mr. & Mrs. Contreras – Mission, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Marriage is such a beautiful thing and to have a matrimony of 25 years is a blessing. This beautiful couple has endured a love that has surpassed a quarter of a century and inspired two other marriages; their daughters. I had the honor of photographing their daughter Melody’s wedding and photographed their other daughter Mariam’s save-the-date photos.

I really enjoyed shooting these photos because the couple chose to be photographed at their home and it made the session so smooth. Another reason why it went so well was because of the help Melody, their daughter, provided me that day. Enjoy! Mr.&MrsContreras_BLOG_BBS-2Mr.&MrsContreras_BLOG_BBS-3Mr.&MrsContreras_BLOG_BBS-4Mr.&MrsContreras_BLOG_BBS-5Mr.&MrsContreras_BLOG_BBS-6Mr.&MrsContreras_BLOG_BBS-7Mr.&MrsContreras_BLOG_BBS-8Mr.&MrsContreras_BLOG_BBS

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Matthew Baptismal – Edinburg, Texas -Ben Briones Studios

Photographing children is not my speciality but I can and will, especially when it comes to to my longterm clients like the Wheats. This photoshoot was on familiar grounds and with familiar faces so it was special. A few years back I photographed a wedding in the same house that I photographed baby Matthew.

Elvia Susana Prieto-Wheat, mother of Matthew, is the sister-in-law of John and Susan Wheat, my bridal client from 2013. It was funny because I had no idea it was going to be the same family. As a business owner you always have a million things going through your mind daily and even on a day leading up to a shoot you tend to forget where you are going and what you are going to shoot until you get there. As soon as I arrived at the location in Edinburg, Texas all my memories from Susan’s wedding were activated and Elvia’s face also became familiar. The face I didn’t recognize was baby Matthew’s. He was the newest addition to the Wheat family and was about to become the newest addition to his church.

Matthew was scheduled to be baptized a few hours after his photo shoot. Congratulations Elvia and Wheat family on your newest addition and Matthew’s baptismal. Blessings!

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