Diana Atilano – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

This blog post is a major throwback to some of my first work! My good friend Diana is the subject in these photos and she did an amazing job even though I was a noob at the time. I think I shot these photos with my Canon Rebel XTi, which was my first DSLR. These photos date back to 2008 and it’s always exciting to look at my old work because it shows me two things; growth and passion. Tell me what you think of these in the comments. 08.23.08_High Res_Diana Atilano_BBP-6217_WEB08.23.08_High Res_Diana Atilano_BBP-6249_WEB08.23.08_High Res_Diana Atilano_BBP-6268_WEB08.23.08_High Res_Diana Atilano_BBP-6283_WEB08.23.08_High Res_Diana Atilano_BBP-6350_WEB08.23.08_High Res_Diana Atilano_BBP-6353_WEB08.23.08_High Res_Diana Atilano_BBP-6458_WEBIMG_6230_WEBIMG_6413 copy_WEBIMG_6528_WEB

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Fuji Film XT3 – Beauty Dish Studio Test with Sara Yanez – Ben Briones Studios

Sara and I rented the Fuji Film XT3 to test it out because we are thinking of buying ourselves a pair. Our first test was with a one light setup with a beauty dish on a pink seamless. Everything was shot in JPEG and we did very minimal editing or none at all one some of the shots.

I had to adjust the camera setting a bit before we starting getting good results. I had to remove the eye piece live view because I wasn’t able to see the shot because high aperture kept the view dark. I was also having trouble with the focus. I couldn’t tell if the shots were in focus so I setup the eye autofocus to help me. The the last thing I adjusted was the touch screen so I can zoom into the shot and check the sharpness. Those were the only 3 things that I had issues at first before figuring out how to fix them. Great camera for studio photography. 2019-02-11_00012019-02-11_00022019-02-11_00032019-02-11_00042019-02-11_00052019-02-11_00062019-02-11_00072019-02-11_0008IMG_7926

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Morgan Mills – Quince Portraits – South Padre Island, Texas

Anyone ever done a 4am photo shoot at South Padre Island? It’s a lot of fun especially if you are professional photographer. The colors are beautiful and capturing an image like that for your client is such a treat! The sky from sunrise and on on a beautiful morning at beach front will always get you great images. Here are some photos I took for my client at South Padre Island.

Photo Credit: Ale Moreno, Ben Briones morganmills_print_bbp-8_webmorganmills_print_bbp-21_webmorganmills_print_bbp-28_webmorganmills_print_bbp-32_webmorganmills_print_bbp-36_webmorganmills_print_bbp-53_web

Behind the Scenes from this South Padre Island, Texas photo shoot.

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Taylor Curra – San Antonio, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Studying is an important part of being a great student. When I was in school at The University of Texas at Austin I would do my best to put in at least 2-4 hours of studying, especially if it was a hard course I was taking. When my client Taylor asked me to take these unique portraits of her studying I was on it. I found it odd but unique because to her school mattered, a lot. Taylor was studying to be a medical doctor and she wanted to capture this journey in her educational pathway before things got more crazier for her. Here are these fun study photos of Ms. Taylor seven years ago! taylor curra_print_bbp-264_webtaylor curra_print_bbp-273_webtaylor curra_print_bbp-280_webtaylor curra_print_bbp-288_webtaylor curra_print_bbp-293_webtaylor curra_print_bbp-324_webtaylor curra_print_bbp-328_web

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Here is the behind the scenes from this photo shoot.

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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Kelley and Johnathon plus ONE! – Memory Lane Photo Spot – Ben Briones Studios

We recently got help this couple make a special announcement to friend and family. Kelley and Johnathon are having a baby boy! This special photo shoot took place at the famous Memory Lane Photo Spot in Mission, Texas and I think it was perfect for the occasion. I love how the couple coordinated their outfit along with the balloons and cute props they brought along. These are some of my favorite shots from this photo shot. 10.07.18_HighRes_Kelly Jonathon Pregnancy Annoucement_BBS-9739_WEB10.07.18_HighRes_Kelly Jonathon Pregnancy Annoucement_BBS-9786_WEB10.07.18_HighRes_Kelly Jonathon Pregnancy Annoucement_BBS-9818_WEB10.07.18_HighRes_Kelly Jonathon Pregnancy Annoucement_BBS-9841_WEB10.07.18_HighRes_Kelly Jonathon Pregnancy Annoucement_BBS-9868_WEB10.07.18_HighRes_Kelly Jonathon Pregnancy Annoucement_BBS-9896_WEB10.07.18_HighRes_Kelly Jonathon Pregnancy Annoucement_BBS-9902_WEB10.07.18_HighRes_Kelly Jonathon Pregnancy Annoucement_BBS-9934_WEB

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Baby Cloe -Donna, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

THROWBACK TUESDAY! (Yeah, that’s a thing.)

Two years ago we photographed one of my friend’s baby.  They wanted to celebrate her arrival by capturing photos of her and together as a family. We photographed a few shots of the baby inside their home and then we took the family portraits in an empty field across the house during a beautiful sunset. Please enjoy our favorite shots.

Photo Credit:  Jessica Musick, Ben BrionesFuentes Family_HighRes_BBS-5857_WEBFuentes Family_HighRes_BBS-5811_WEBFuentes Family_HighRes_BBS-5881_WEBFuentes Family_HighRes_BBS-5942_WEBFuentes Family_HighRes_BBS-5973_WEBFuentes Family_HighRes_BBS-6059_WEBFuentes Family_HighRes_BBS-6104_WEB

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Sammy Turns 3 – San Juan, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Photographing this young lady was such a treat! Her mom told us that one day they were at church, The Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle ,  and saw a quince taking photos on the church grounds rounds and that Sammy told her mom that she too wanted take pictures in a princess dress for her birthday. Well we made her wish come true. Sara and I loved working with her because she was so sweet and excited after every shot. We have worked with some younger clients before and Sammy has been one of the best. These are some of my favorite shots from her birthday photo shoot! 10.02.18_High Res_Sammy Portraits_BBS-7301_WEB10.02.18_High Res_Sammy Portraits_BBS-7324_WEB10.02.18_High Res_Sammy Portraits_BBS-7407_WEB10.02.18_High Res_Sammy Portraits_BBS-7440_WEB10.02.18_High Res_Sammy Portraits_BBS-7451_WEB10.02.18_High Res_Sammy Portraits_BBS-7461_WEB10.02.18_High Res_Sammy Portraits_BBS-7472_WEB10.02.18_High Res_Sammy Portraits_BBS-7497_WEB

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Sean Rodriguez Turns 3 – McAllen, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of photographing this little stud again for his 3-year old birthday coming up. Last year I was hired by my good friend and awesome photographer Stephanie Rios to capture his 2-year old portraits and I love how they came out. It is always awesome working with family faces.

Sean and his parents and I planned to take him out to Archer Park in McAllen, Texas and surrounding areas to take his pics. As you can see he has amazing style thanks to his stylish parents so the area we went to was perfect for his outfits! I really love that his parents dress him for success! My favorite shirt of course was his birthday cake shirt! Here are are some of my favorite shots from Sean’s 3-year old birthday portraits! 2018-09-02_00242018-09-02_00252018-09-02_00262018-09-02_00272018-09-02_00282018-09-02_00292018-09-02_00302018-09-02_0031

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Roche Wedding – Arelis Celebration Hall- Mission, Texas -Ben Briones Studios

John and Michelle tied the knot on a beautiful summer day! The couple got married at the beautiful ballroom Arelis Celebration Hall located in Mission, Texas. The couple were surrounded with their family and friends as they ate, drank and laughed. Our favorite part was the sparklers during the couples dance but along with that special moment there were many more captured. Here are some of our favorite shots from this wedding.

Photo Credit: Roland Hernandez 06.02.18_PRINT_Roche Wedding_BBS-609706.02.18_PRINT_Roche Wedding_BBS-617006.02.18_PRINT_Roche Wedding_BBS-621206.02.18_PRINT_Roche Wedding_BBS-598306.02.18_PRINT_Roche Wedding_BBS-633506.02.18_PRINT_Roche Wedding_BBS-641206.02.18_PRINT_Roche Wedding_BBS-646006.02.18_PRINT_Roche Wedding_BBS-647006.02.18_PRINT_Roche Wedding_BBS-647506.02.18_PRINT_Roche Wedding_BBS-652006.02.18_PRINT_Roche Wedding_BBS-661406.02.18_PRINT_Roche Wedding_BBS-685306.02.18_PRINT_Roche Wedding_BBS-629106.02.18_PRINT_Roche Wedding_BBS-708206.02.18_PRINT_Roche Wedding_BBS-717106.02.18_PRINT_Roche Wedding_BBS-718306.02.18_PRINT_Roche Wedding_BBS-696206.02.18_PRINT_Roche Wedding_BBS-697006.02.18_PRINT_Roche Wedding_BBS-698206.02.18_PRINT_Roche Wedding_BBS-719806.02.18_PRINT_Roche Wedding_BBS-7273

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Monica Valdez Wedding – Wedding Gal -Ben Briones Studios

We love photographing small weddings, especially the ones where the bride and groom are just super excited to get married. This wedding here we shot in McAllen, Texas at the The Wedding Gal’s tiny ballroom. This wedding was one of my favorites shots here at this venue. Check out my favorite shots from this event below. 08.12.17_HighRes_Monica Valdez Wedding_BBS-458208.12.17_HighRes_Monica Valdez Wedding_BBS-301008.12.17_HighRes_Monica Valdez Wedding_BBS-303208.12.17_HighRes_Monica Valdez Wedding_BBS-308008.12.17_HighRes_Monica Valdez Wedding_BBS-30171st Dance - 2017-09-02 at 11.54.41 AM 131st Dance - 2017-09-02 at 11.54.41 AM 141st Dance - 2017-09-02 at 11.54.41 AM 191st Dance - 2017-09-02 at 11.54.41 AM 3208.12.17_HighRes_Monica Valdez Wedding_BBS-328908.12.17_HighRes_Monica Valdez Wedding_BBS-338508.12.17_HighRes_Monica Valdez Wedding_BBS-484308.12.17_HighRes_Monica Valdez Wedding_BBS-334608.12.17_HighRes_Monica Valdez Wedding_BBS-334908.12.17_HighRes_Monica Valdez Wedding_BBS-335508.12.17_HighRes_Monica Valdez Wedding_BBS-344508.12.17_HighRes_Monica Valdez Wedding_BBS-3442

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Juan Quezada – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Actor head shots are some of my favorite type of head shots to shoot because they are fun and you get to see the clients best acting skills. Here I shot this gentlemen who is an actor and model in the Rio Grande Valley. I love the outfits he chose and and the characters he transformed into for the shots. These are my favorite head shots from this photo session. Juan_Quezada_Portrait_BBS-6515_ppJuan_Quezada_Portrait_BBS-6489_ppJuan_Quezada_Portrait_BBS-6485_ppJuan_Quezada_Portrait_BBS-6463_ppJuan_Quezada_Portrait_BBS-6445_ppJuan_Quezada_Portrait_BBS-6419_pp

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Mari Lorenzo – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Sometimes you get super creative clients with some wild ideas! For this head shot / portrait session I had an artist, photographer and lover of all thing vintage sit in as my model and I love the results. Mari brought some of her coolest outfits to our photo studio. Check out some of my favorite shots from this head shot portrait session. Mari_Lorenzo_Head_Shots_BBS-5940_ppMari_Lorenzo_Head_Shots_BBS-5935_ppMari_Lorenzo_Head_Shots_BBS-5921_ppMari_Lorenzo_Head_Shots_BBS-5914_ppMari_Lorenzo_Head_Shots_BBS-5908_ppMari_Lorenzo_Head_Shots_BBS-5885_pp

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