Posted on January 2, 2019
Very proud of my Sara for the performance her kids put on at the annual Elementary Choir Holiday Festival for PSJA ISD. She’s such an amazing music teacher and great choir instructor! Here are some fun memories from this event.
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Posted on July 4, 2018
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Posted on April 13, 2018
The Boys and Girls Club is near and dear to my heart. I volunteered and briefly worked at the Edinburg, Texas Boys and Girls Club before moving to Austin to attend The University of Texas at Austin. I was under the leadership of Sabrina Walker-Hernandez and Freddy Mata (featured here). I work a lot with the Boys and Girls Club of Edinburg but not afraid to assist and help other clubs around the Rio Grande Valley.
When I got the call that the Boys and Girls Club of Pharr was in need of professional head shots and some group photos I immediately did my best to provide them a fair price get the ball rolling on getting signed. Well, lo and behold here are the results of their leadership team head shots.
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Posted on November 27, 2017
Cristella and Louis are the sweetest couple you will ever meet! It gives us great joy to have documented such a beautiful wedding. The venue couldn’t have been anymore perfect. The ceremony took place right when the sun was going down giving the couple such beautiful golden light.
Cristella and Louis live in Austin, Texas so most of my communication with them through phone or email, so I never really had the chance to host them at my office and get to know them. It wasn’t until I scheduled an engagement photo shoot in Austin with them that I really got to see their personality and dynamic as a couple. Their fun and inviting personality carried over to their wedding day, which made for great fun photos.
Here are some of our favorite shots from Cristella and Louis Wedding. Enjoy!
Photo Credit: Lourdes Paz, Ben Briones
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Posted on August 21, 2017
We had such a great time at this beautiful wedding! The Curry’s are such lovely people and super in love, which made the wedding that more wonderful. The couple got married at Resurrection Church in Alamo, Texas and they had their reception at Colonial Event Center in Pharr, Texas.
The couple had a lovely ceremony with a lot of emotions and filled with family and friends. Soon after the ceremony we took the couple and their family to a new venue in Donna, Texas known as the Hummingbird Estates for their formal portraits. Then the night continued with the reception at Colonial Event Center where the couple had their first dance and enjoyed the company of their guests. Enjoy some of our favorite shots from this wedding.
Photo credit: Sara Yanez, Lourdes Paz, Ben Briones
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Posted on July 28, 2016
In this blog post you will find three things I love the most in the whole wide world. That is; photography, love, and coffee. I photographed this good looking loving couple a few months back and I have am super in love with these images. Amy and Rakesh are young professionals with such a unique love story.
According to Rakesh he met Amy at a coffee shop in Atlanta, Georgia. He made the move to go up and talk to her and know they are to be in a union forever. These young professionals have such a beautiful relationship that is a blurred line between two best friends and lovers.
I love this photo shoot so much because it’s so stylistic without anyone styling anything. It just fell right into place with all color pallets, composition and locations. Memory Lane Photo Spot is always such a beautiful place to shoot at. Secondly, LOVE was truly in the air because this couple just radiated it and then I photographed this session together with my Sara, who is a wonderful assistant. Lastly, Sara and I found a couple who loves coffee as much as we do and we had the pleasure of photographing them at Moonbeans Coffee in Pharr, Texas.
I present to you one of my favorite engagement sessions I have photographed in 2016.
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Posted on February 28, 2016
This couple has been one of the dopest couples I have ever met and this is why… Here are the ABC’s on why they rock!
A. Their personality and dynamic as both individuals and as a couple rock! Super fun to be around and relatable. I found myself always laughing when around them. B. They live in Austin, Texas and that’s were we chose to take their engagement photos. For those who don’t know I went to school at The University of Texas at Austin and consider that my “third home”, SA being my second, and the RGV my first of course. But anyways…I photographed them in Austin at some very cool and special places to me and them. C. I gained two new friends. My best friend Imanol Miranda had a photography art show in Austin and I invited Deedee & Manny, and they actually went, which was pretty awesome. They also met my other best friends and had a good time.
All these little events make for big memories. Thank you guys for allowing my team and I to play a part of another special time in your lives. The couple had a beautiful ceremony at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in Pharr, Texas, which followed by an elegant reception at the Valencia Event Center located at 3012 S Jackson Rd, McAllen, TX 78503.
I present to you some of my favorite photos from Deedee & Manny’s Wedding!
Photo Credit: Steph Rios, Ben Briones
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I recommend Ben 110%! Ben is awesome. He was our photographer for our engagement session and wedding (Stephanie Rios assisted and is great, too). Ben is a professional in every way possible. He’s detailed oriented, skilled and takes the time to get to know you. I had several vendors at my wedding and Ben was by far the best, easiest person to work with. Ben can direct you on how to pose, but can also take excellent candid photos. Book him!
Posted on February 26, 2016
One day I was enjoying an awesome lunch at the new Chick-Fil-A in Pharr, Texas. I had my computer out and some hard drives on the table working away on the latest work. A Chick-Fil-A employee came up to my table and asked if I was doing well then asked what I was doing. I told her I was a photographer and working on some photos and videos for my clients. She took interest and kept asking more questions.
Little did I know that the store owner was sitting right behind me and overhead our conversation. He asked me for a business card and said one of these days he may need some photos to help promote the store. We set a meeting to discuss what was needed and agreed on shooting a breakfast, lunch and dinner sessions with the store guest. Talk about divine meetings! Praise God!
The photos you are seeing today are from the breakfast session at the Chick-Fil-A Pharr, Texas.
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Posted on March 19, 2014
When I started shooting paid jobs back in 2007, I would make my prints at Walmart or Walgreen’s. Basically, any place that would develop my FujiColor X-TRA 800 ISO film. Yes, this young, handsome photographer began his career shooting 35mm film. I’ll share about about my film days in a future blog, but for now let’s get back something that will benefit you.
You can probably guess what local photo lab I’m going to suggest to you by the giant screenshot at the top of the post — but let me tell you why it’s the best option for you and your business.
First, the pricing they offer on their prints and enlargements are extremely affordable. You can easily turn a profit with a good mark-up on your print sale prices. I currently use Costco’s 4×6 luster prints for flyers or advertising material.
Second, Costco is quick, even with on-site orders. I usually make all print orders online via their Costco Photo Center Website and pick then up next day.
There have been some instances when I have taken a USB to print from their kiosks and the waiting period is less than an hour. I’ll place my order, then go get myself a slice of pizza and before you’re even done with your slice of pizza your prints are ready. I’ll give you a great example on how Costco has saved my butt. Last November I had a client who last minute chose to add an engagement session to their wedding packages. My engagement sessions come with a 16×24 Print. Usually you would do an engagement session six months in advance but in this situation, we shot it on the same month of the wedding. At the time I was a Pro-member with Pictage.com so they had free overnight shipping so, I wasn’t too worried about ordering my print from my usual lab located in California. We scheduled the session and completed it, we went through the image selection process and it was done. I placed an overnight order via Pictage five days before the wedding day thinking it would be in just before the wedding. Well, guess what? — it wasn’t. I went with plan B, which was making a poster print from Costco. So the night before the wedding I placed the order and went to pick it up hours before the wedding. Since it was a poster print on matte it was able to stand alone on easel. I let my clients know about the situation, and since my clients are paying for premium product I still gave them the original high quality print from Pictage.
Third, they make some legit canvas prints. Although Costco’s canvas don’t compare to canvases from White House Custom Colour or CG Pro Prints in quality, they are sufficient for the starting photographer or clients ordering themselves a canvas after purchasing the digital file printing rights. I currently have a Costco’s 11×14 canvas hanging in my office which I use to show my clients if they want to make a canvas print locally. Costco would be their best bet for a good quality print. I recommend Costco’s photo lab to my clients looking to make extra prints aside from the print orders they have from my professional lab.
Look into the site more, and if you feel Costco can be beneficial to your business sign up for their membership here. You can only order prints from this whole-sale store with membership. If you have any other questions about ordering prints locally, please feel free to contact me and I will answer any questions.