The importance of Pre-production for a high profile portrait!

A week ago at work (South Texas College) I was assigned to photograph the college president. The school president’s schedule is always very tight. I got lucky that she was already going to be taking photos with The Monitor Newspaper in the morning so I was able to piggy-back on that. She was scheduled to be interviewed and photographed on a Monday so the Friday before I did some location scouting and light testing.

I asked a colleague to sit in and recommend locations since she is the facility manager. I was only going to have about 5-10mins with the president so I had to have a simple setup. The lighting equipment I used was the Canon Speedlite 600EX‑RT Flash, mounted and controlled by PocketWizards FlexTT5 Transceivers and diffused by a Westcott Rapid 26″ Octa Softbox. The camera I used was the Canon 5D MK III with a 70-200mm 2.8 Sigma lens.

Of all the locations we tested out we only used two. When you are photographing high profile subjects you want to make them travel the least possible and make them feel as comfortable as possible. My colleague joined me Monday to assist me with lighting and hair for the president. Make sure to take assistants with you when doing these type of portraits. Of the two locations used only one photo was selected and published. View the shot below.

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Ashley and Joey Wedding – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Nothing better than getting married close to Christmas time! This beautiful couple tied the knot surrounded with family and friends. The couple had their ceremony at the beautiful Sacred Heart Church in Edinburg, Texas. We then took the bridal party to the Edinburg City Hall and then the bride and groom finished their portrait session at a private residence.

The couple then celebrated their marriage with family and friends at one newest venues in the Rio Grande Valley, the Palazzio Event Center in Alamo, Texas.  The party was filled with lots of fun, emotions and laughter. Here are some of my favorite shots from this wedding.

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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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Vanessa and Charles – McAllen Texas – Ben Briones Studio

We had the pleasure of shooting this engagement session for these two love birds.  The couple wanted a location that was sophisticated and La Quinta Mazlatan in McAllen, Texas came to mind.  We started the session inside.  Both of them were a natural at posing and made it very easy shoot.  Vanessa and Charles had great chemistry.  As the session went on, the couple decided to change into their second outfit of the day, which led us outside.  The outside of La Quinta is full of greenery and beautiful shooting location wasn’t hard to get started shooting.

Charles is a active firefighter and had the great idea of heading to his fire station, but sadly it wasn’t available.  After making a few calls they were able to find an available station that could accommodate to us.  The shots we took at the fire station looked amazing, this added a personal touch to their session that will make it memorable. Here are out favorite shots from this photo shoot. Enjoy!

Photo Credit: Lourdes Paz, Ben Briones

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Mindy Ramos Bridal Portraits – Sacred Heart Church – Edinburg, Texas

We had this bridal session for this beautiful young lady last week.  The session took place at the church where Mrs. Mindy Ramos ( now Elizondo)  was getting married at and i thought that was perfect!  The church was so beautiful with its high ceilings and stained glass that made for this perfect image shown below.  Once i got to see her walk out with her dress i thought she looked gorgeous, and no doubt in my mind she was going to look amazing in the shots.  She wore a vail that had crystals attached that catch the light and sparkle like little stars.  Her bouquet of red, white roses and purple flowers added a pop of color against her white white dress that made the whole look as well.

We posed Mindy in different locations inside and out the church but by far my favorite shots where when she stood in front of the stain glass window.   The light lit her from the back that made her look like a glowing angel.  Overall loved this session.  Thank You Mindy for letting us capture this moment in your life.

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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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Elizabeth and Eleazar Wedding – Mission Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Remember that good looking couple from the San Antonio Missions Engagement Session? Well they tied the knot on December 26, 2016. Yes, this blog is totally well overdue but it’s finally coming to light. I love this couple because they loved Jessica and I. They showed us genuine excitement for us to capture such beautiful moments of their lives. Thank you Elizabeth and Eleazar for trusting us. Here are my favorite shots from this wedding.

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Stephany & Harry Engagement | Estero Llano Grande State Park | Weslaco,Texas

A month ago we had the pleasure of photographing these love birds, Stephany and Harry.  They wanted a green scenery and a walk bridge for their engagement session and we had an awesome area here in Weslaco, Texas just for that.  

We made our way to Estero Llano Grade State Park, once entering it was already a great area to photograph.  Which was a great benefit to us and the couple, since we didn’t have to walk much into the park to enjoy the park. It’s rare that we do an 8 a.m. photo shoot but we took on this challenge because we knew the weather would be a little better early morning.

Beside the weather being hot these two troopers made it through their session and we got to enjoy breakfast with them afterward!  We are now excited to finally share these images with you guys!

Photo credit: Lourdes Paz, Ben Briones

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Last year around this time in March  I photographed a beautiful spring wedding at the Riverside Club located in Mission, Texas. There’s three things I recall vividly from this wedding was the heat, the beautiful venue, and how happy this couple was!

This is the second wedding I have photographed at the Riverside Club. The colors were spot on for a sprint event. My favorite part of the wedding was how emotional everyone was. There was so much love and happiness.

Photo Credit: Stephanie Rios, Jessica Musick, Ben Briones

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New Video Tripod for Rent – McAllen, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

A week ago I received my newest addition to our video production equipment collection, the V3AH Video Tripod by 3Pod. The V3AH Anodized Aluminum Video Tripod has a 2-way Fluid Head and Quick-Release Plate, which makes it easier to swiftly move your camera from rig to rig.

The Tripod is super light as well weighing in at 9.2lbs for a sturdy tripod. It can hold up to 14.5lbs. This Tripod is for the traveling videographer or photographer doing small or medium commercial projects.

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A Hero’s 89th Birthday – McAllen, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Mr. Sanchez’s daughter Samantha Sanchez is a longtime friend and fellow University of Texas Alumni, so when she asked asked if my brand could provide some photography services for this special celebration I said yes.  Small parties with big meaning is what makes professional photography important.

America thanks you Mr. Sanchez for your service and may God bless you with many more birthdays. Thank you Sanchez family for trusting my brand to provide photography and photo booth services for this special celebration.

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Messalinda Anzaldua – Make-A-Wish Rio Grande Valley – La Feria, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Giving back is extremely important for me and my brand. This past weekend I photographed a quinceanera for a special girl. Make-A-Wish Rio Grande Valley put together a fifteenth-birthday-celebration for Messalinda Anzaldua. Mind you, I did not know this young lady and when Ava Sandlin, the executive director of Make-A-Wish Rio Grande Valley, reached out to me a about this event, I automatically said YES.

I am extremely blessed to be able to donate my services to such a awesome foundation. This is what I live for! Special events like these are the sole reason God has given me this ability to share with his people. I have been called to collect memories, capture life and provide a recollection a moment in time that can always be repeated through photography. Messalinda Anzaldua,  I don’t know you but from the photographs we took that night I saw how beautiful your life is and how many people love you.

Special thanks to Felicia Sepulveda of Shutterbelle Photography volunteering her time and helping.

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The Kelley Family – A Love Letter from Ben Briones Studios – Floresville, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

To my beloved client the Kelley Family,

It has been such a pleasure to be your wedding photographer and now your family photographer. I still remember your beautiful baby girl from your wedding night and now look at her. She’s precious and so smart. Mandy, you are just getting prettier with time and we cannot forget about Mr. Shawn; he is a true gentleman!

Remembering this photo session brings so much joy to my heart. I felt at home and I truly had a nice time spending with your growing family. As I mentioned before, it is an honor to serve your family as a photographer. Thank you so much for trusting me, for believing in my brand and for feeding me! There is not really much more I can say but that I love you guys!

Sincerely,
Ben Briones 

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Photographers Become Part of Your Community!

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In 2007 I became a volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club of Edinburg. My goal was to complete a 900-hour volunteer program for a hefty scholarship but my relationship with the club lasted beyond the time required. I am proud of being a Boys & Girls Club Alumni and I fully support their programs for our community.

Last week I had the privilege of being a guest speaker for various classes. I showed the students the type of work a wedding photographer does and had a Q & A. My goal was to inspire these young mines. Photography is such a beautiful trade and we need to teach the younger generation that photography, rather it be a hobby or career, is an art form to embrace.

 In every class I asked the question, “How many of you can recall your favorite photo that really touched you?” One little girl replied with something that was touching. She said, “I really love this picture of my sister and I that we took together during a holiday.” I asked why she loved that photo so much and she said it was the last photo she took of her sister before she passed away.

 I think it’s important to keep the passion for photography strong amongst the youth. The Boys and Girls Club has an Annual Digital Arts Festivals that allows students to express themselves through photography and other forms of digital media. For the past two years I have been asked to judge the Regional Digital Arts Festival and it has been exciting to see a lot of young talent in photography.

Photographers, if you can make the time, give back to the community.

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When Do You Know If You Have Made It As A Photographer?

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Yesterday my friend Imanol Miranda reminded me of a question I posted in photography group we belong to called RGV Photoshoot Connect: When do you know if you have made it as a photographer?

Before I give my opinion on that question let’s Throw Back Thursday to the time we use to do photography for fun. Picture that first photo shoot you ever booked. Are you visualizing it? If you were like me you were probably asking your most prettiest friends to model for you. Remember putting the camera to your face and seeing endless possibilities? One, two, or three hours would fly by but you didn’t care because you were having fun. And don’t forget the hours spent in post processing contrasting the sh#% out of the shot because you wanted to show it off to your friends who would tell you your camera was the best and you would agree!

Those were the good’ol days!

Now we’re booking sessions left and right for both the pretty and the ugly. The possibilities have ended because every photographer and their mother have shot at so and so spot. The three-hour-for-fun photo shoots are now 30-minute mini sessions for ten-times the amount of money because our time and knowledge is now “valuable”. And if most of you haven’t outsourced your editing you’re probably still spending hours in Adobe Lightroom until your a$$ has gone numb.

So have we made it as photographers?

I’ll tell you this much…I freaking miss those days when you didn’t have think about paying taxes every time you pick up your camera to photograph a client. Creating a business is like birthing a hungry monster who never stops eating. But we’re making money doing what we love right? What’s that saying? “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”. Some of you are doing well for yourself. You have your own studio, you’re featured in magazines, and even traveling to shoot gigs. Still there’s some of you struggling who have a career job because photography does pull in enough cash. So who’s made it as a photographer; the full-timer or the part-time shooter? My opinion is both can claim to have made it! This why I say this.

You have made it when you learn to value free time and your passion over money!

Take this time to reevaluate your passion for photography. Sit down with a pen and paper and plan the next best thing for your brand. Approach a fellow photographer to talk shop. Share some your best work from the for-fun-days to remind you of why you picked up a camera in the first place. Take a Monday off to take your kids out to lunch at a park and take silly selfless with them. Time cannot be bought and we as photographers, know the importance of memories — so go out and make some.