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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Fujifilm XT-3 – Beauty Dish Studio Test with Sara Yanez – Ben Briones Studios

Sara and I rented the Fujifilm XT-3 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 eyepiece 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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Vanessa Leyva – Austin, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

This is one of my favorite photos shoots I did while living in Austin, Texas! Vanessa was a friend and classmate of mind and hired me to take some personal fun portraits and these photos are the results of that fun photo shoot! Enjoy! vanessaleyva_print_bbp-6_webvanessaleyva_print_bbp-36_webvanessaleyva_print_bbp-52_webvanessaleyva_print_bbp-59_webvanessaleyva_print_bbp-76_webvanessaleyva_print_bbp-79_webvanessaleyva_print_bbp-93_webvanessaleyva_print_bbp-100_webvanessaleyva_print_bbp-101_webvanessaleyva_print_bbp-121_webvanessaleyva_print_bbp-136_web

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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.

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

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Sarah Echavarria – Big 30 – Ben Briones Studios

Happy Birthday Little Sarah!!! Thank you for choosing our studio to be a part of your celebration! Remember 30 is just a number and you keep running like it’s a marathon and not a sprint. Here are my favorite shots from our photo shoot.

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Mari Lorenzo – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Sometimes you get super creative clients with some wild ideas! For this headshot / 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 headshot 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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On Demand Photographer

Yesterday Sara Yanez strutted into our photo studio we have at Grindstone Coworking and demanded a portrait because she was wearing a new black dress she recently bought! She was lucky I had my camera ready to go because I had just finished documenting some events at Games of Texas in the morning.  Okay maybe even if I didn’t have my camera ready I think I still would of prepared the gear. I mean just look at this portrait… isn’t she just gorgeous? When Sara and I first met I would always take portraits of her and I think its time I start that backup again!

There is something beautiful about photographing your significant other. There are so many photographers who actually never show their girlfriend or wife off and that’s a little strange to me. I try my best to show Sara off when the opportunity arises. It also helps that she is drop-dead gorgeous and has amazing style. Men I say you bring your girl to our studio and have Sara and I conduct a beauty portrait session for y’all.

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Carolina Solis – Portraits – McAllen, Texas

Yesterday, a friend of mine asked me if I was available that same day for a quick photo shoot and being the workaholic that I am, I agreed to take on this challenge.

I typically shoot the majority of the time at f/4 but this time I decided to go open up to f/1.8 to since we were shooting in an area that would have pretty busy backgrounds. The open f-stop worked out well because it makes the model the main attraction of the photo. Carolina is a photographer herself so working with her was pretty easy. She had all her posing down. She even would make her self laugh to get those natural smiles to come out. Honestly, I just focused on being sharp and capturing the moment.

It was definitely a fun quick photo shoot and these are some of my favorite shots from the photo session with Ms. Carolina Solis. 11.22.17_HighRes_Carolina Solis Portraits_BBS-2896_pp_WEB11.22.17_HighRes_Carolina Solis Portraits_BBS-2875_pp_WEB11.22.17_HighRes_Carolina Solis Portraits_BBS-2806_WEB11.22.17_HighRes_Carolina Solis Portraits_BBS-2745_WEB11.22.17_HighRes_Carolina Solis Portraits_BBS-2677_WEB11.22.17_HighRes_Carolina Solis Portraits_BBS-2486_pp_WEB11.22.17_HighRes_Carolina Solis Portraits_BBS-2432_WEB11.22.17_HighRes_Carolina Solis Portraits_BBS-2391_pp_WEB

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Law Office of Ignacio Mendoza Jr. – Head Shots – Ben Briones Studios

Yesterday I had an interesting soul enter my studio. Mr. Ignancio Mendoza Jr., a defense lawyer, out of McAllen, Texas. Mendoza is not your regular lawyer, he’s young, good looking and well educated but with that homeboy type feel.

Mendoza and I met through my friend Britny Rocha, who’s also a local lawyer and has done head shots at my photo studio. At studio during our photo session I got to know him a little better and the dude is pretty awesome if you need a lawyer give him a call. Mendoza has a new office at 10125 N. 10th St. Ste. A McAllen, Texas 78504 and can be reached at 956-287-4008.

These are some of my favorite shot from our head shot photo session. Enjoy! Ignacio Mendoza Head Shots_HighRes_BBS-0006_pp_WEBIgnacio Mendoza Head Shots_HighRes_BBS-6330_pp_WEBIgnacio Mendoza Head Shots_HighRes_BBS-6341_pp_WEBIgnacio Mendoza Head Shots_HighRes_BBS-6344_pp_WEBIgnacio Mendoza Head Shots_HighRes_BBS-6347_pp_WEBIgnacio Mendoza Head Shots_HighRes_BBS-6348_pp_WEBIgnacio Mendoza Head Shots_HighRes_BBS-6353_pp_WEB

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Ale Avila and Father – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

I have photographed Ale and her family since she graduated from high school a few years back. They are very special to my heart!  Looking at these photos you will only see two people but there are three! This family lost their precious mother a few years back and even though she’s not pictured, she is present in the love these two have for each other!

Today we focused the special bond Ale has with her amazing father. We shot in some of their favorite spots around their home and reenacted some poses from our previous family photo session. Ale is also seen in her U.S. Air Force because she wanted to take some photos with her dad before she leaves for her next assignment.

Ale I wanted to let you know that I am very proud of you. I love you my friend and wish you the best. Thank you for always having us around for your families biggest milestones.

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Jennifer Grace + Dallas – San Antonio, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Dallas has been the most difficult but cutest model I have ever worked with. She just didn’t care for photos. On the other hand; Ms. Jennifer was as Grace-full as she’s named. She flashed her beautiful smile in all her pictures while holding her furry love. Trust me…these photos may look gracious and dandy but that little fur-ball was really hyperactive but Jennifer tamed her well enough to capture some great shots.

I have photographed subjects with their dogs before but never with a cat. There’s always a first for everything right? Jennifer is from San Antonio, Texas and is a respiratory therapist. She and I became aquatinted via Instagram. One day we talked photography and she mentioned she wanted a photo shoot with her cat Dallas. If y0u know me. I am always down for an adventure. So we planned it and this is the result of that conversation.

This photo shoot made me want a cat even more. I have been eyeing Chartreux for a very long time now. Very happy to have met Dallas and Ms. Jennifer Grace. Enjoy these beautiful shots of a cat-lover. jennifer-grace_high-res_bbs-2716_fbjennifer-grace_high-res_bbs-2726_fbjennifer-grace_high-res_bbs-2768_fbjennifer-grace_high-res_bbs-2818_fbjennifer-grace_high-res_bbs-2821_fbjennifer-grace_high-res_bbs-2838_fb

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Abby Cantu – Portrait Session – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

#TBT circa 2011 

I still remember the excitement of this photo shoot. The year was 2011 and I was still attending school at The University of Texas at Austin but frequently come down to the valley to do photo shoots and document weddings. This photo shoot was special. It was on a Sunday evening one summer day. I was down for a small break before school started and I and my friend Abby decided planned on taking some photos for her modeling portfolio. Well these images were the results of that Sunday evening.

We decided to try something new and shoot downtown Edinburg, Texas. We used the old build of the Edinburg Review because it had beautiful textured walls. I also love that we shot at the perfect timing known as the Golden Hour. It’s always fun to go back to your old work and just look at your growth.

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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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