Kody and Jasmine – Surprise Proposal – Weslaco, TX

Check out this beautiful surprise engagement shot at Estero Llano Grande in Weslaco, Texas. Kody and I had met a few weeks before to chat and plan how this was going to unfold. If you are planning a surprise engagement I would advise planning something out with your photographer so you can get great photos and video captured. Kody and I came up with simple plan. He was going to book me for “couples photos” for their anniversary and during the shoot we would go back to the car to get some bug spray but we were really getting the ring he had hidden. We placed the ring in my lens belt and went back to the location and continued this “couples photos” to celebrate their anniversary.  Little did Jasmine know she was going to be proposed to.

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Sarah Echavarria – Headshots – McAllen, TX

Our studio is open to head shots, modeling photos, and any other studio type photograph you are in needing. For pricing information and openings please fill out the contact form below the photos.

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Flora & Martin Engagement – Hummingbird Springs – Donna, Texas

Here are some of our lates engagement photos taken at one of my favorite venues in the RGV; the Hummingbird Springs in Donna, Texas. This lovely couple chose this location for the same reasons I suggest it. They have tons of greenery, beautiful landscaping, and as well as a nice home and other gorgeous structures. Check out my favorite shots from this photo shoot so you can see for yourself whey we love this venue!

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Ryan & Mikayla Wedding – Brownsville Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Sara and I had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful young Brownsville, Texas couple and capturing their wedding on film for them. We were contracted to film the wedding not photograph it but when I saw the opportunity to bless the couple with a few formal wedding portraits I jumped on it. We had gone on a limo ride with the couple to capture some film and noticed their photographer did not tag along so I offered to take a few portrait of them and these were some of my favorite moments I captured. 07.20.19_High Res_Ryan Mikayla Wedding_BBS-961107.20.19_High Res_Ryan Mikayla Wedding_BBS-963407.20.19_High Res_Ryan Mikayla Wedding_BBS-964807.20.19_High Res_Ryan Mikayla Wedding_BBS-968107.20.19_High Res_Ryan Mikayla Wedding_BBS-969507.20.19_High Res_Ryan Mikayla Wedding_BBS-971107.20.19_High Res_Ryan Mikayla Wedding_BBS-9714

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Patty Puente – Maternity Session – Hidalgo Pump House

I am super excited to show off these gorgeous maternity photos that we took at the Old Hidalgo Pump House in Hidalgo, Texas. My client put in her full trust in us and these are some of our favorite photos from this beautiful photo shoot! 06.14.19_High Res_Patty Puente_BBS-0002_WEB06.14.19_High Res_Patty Puente_BBS-0043_WEB06.14.19_High Res_Patty Puente_BBS-0100_WEB06.14.19_High Res_Patty Puente_BBS-0139_WEB06.14.19_High Res_Patty Puente_BBS-0148_WEB06.14.19_High Res_Patty Puente_BBS-0173_WEB06.14.19_High Res_Patty Puente_BBS-0233_WEB06.14.19_High Res_Patty Puente_BBS-0332_WEB06.14.19_High Res_Patty Puente_BBS-0387_WEB

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Britny & Ignacio Announcement – Tomorrow There Will Be More of Us! – Edinburg, Texas

From shooting their engagement photos, to traveling with my team to Fredericksburg, Texas to document their wedding day, I have been photographing Britny and Ignacio’s special moments up to now.  Being given the opportunity to once more be a part of another milestone in their lives by photographing their baby announcement was exciting!

Britny had great ideas.  She wanted a theater as the location to shoot this announcement.  We scouted around town and decided to use the Edinburg Municipal Auditorium and the Citrus Theater located down town Edinburg, Texas.  Tell us how we did, these are our favorite shots.

Congratulations, Britny and Ignacio!

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Michele Garcia Bridal’s – Archer Park – McAllen, Texas

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In 2011 my business was growing fast and we were doing a lot of great work for our clients. I was discovering a lot of new shoot locations and for this bridal we took the risk and used two very accessible and public locations, which is not typical for bridal sessions. These days I am renting very fancy locations for my brides but I am glad to show my beginnings. Michelle, the bride, was a trooper. She trusted our vision!

Her photos were shot in two different locations by myself and my assistant at the time, Ms. Lori Alaniz. Archer park was the more “formal” location then we traveled to a abandoned shack on 10th street in McAllen for the “informal” location. I love the contrast between the two looks and I think it’s always important to try different things for your clients. Here are my favorite shots from this 2011 bridal photo shoot.

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Hernandez Family – McAllen Convention Center – Ben Briones Studios

Family is extremely important and the Hernandez family know that! I took the beautiful family photos of Sabrina and her family back in the day, when the McAllen Convention Center wasn’t such a hot spot for photo shoots. Since this family session this family has come to me for various milestones in their lives such as graduation photos, cotillion presentations to various event’s hosted by the Edinburg Boys & Girls Club, which Mrs. Sabrina was the officer for. For those who don’t know, the Edinburg Boys & Girls Club was one of my very firs jobs and I am very thankful for the opportunity to have served as part of this great organization and it’s all thanks to Mrs. Sabrina Hernandez-Walker.  This family has always been part of the Ben Briones Studios family and I am always happy to show off their photos on my website. sabrina & family_print_bbp-14_websabrina & family_print_bbp-19_websabrina & family_print_bbp-23_websabrina & family_print_bbp-25_websabrina & family_print_bbp-27_websabrina & family_print_bbp-33_websabrina & family_print_bbp-34_websabrina & family_print_bbp-40_web

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Xiomara B-Day Session – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

We recently did a photo shoot with a local photographer for her 27th birthday. Things didn’t quite as planned but we made it work. She had a 27 gold balloons and sadly when we were posing her for the first couple of shots the #2 flew away. Heart broken about the loss of her balloon, she was a trooper and we continued the photo shoot. She chose this abandoned building in Edinburg, Texas, which worked out great for her style. Another challenge was that we lost the ambient light super super fast but I went prepared with proper lighting and fast glass. We used an LED and eVOVL 200 diffused by a translucent umbrella and these are the shots we got.

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Gabie & Manuel Engagement – Casa Polonia – Weslaco, Texas

Excited to share Gabie and Manuel’s engagements that we took at the popular photo shoot venue in Weslaco, Texas, Casa Polonia!  We did a set of outdoor and indoor photos for them.  This couple was so much fun to work with.  They trusted me with some of my crazy angles and ideas and I’m glad they did because I really love how their photos came out.

Although I love all of them, I have a few favorite because of the meaning behind them.  The first one is the one with the blue color gel light; I love that one because it adds a mood to something often shot and I also love it because they trusted me to get out of my comfort zone to be creative.  The second photo I’m super proud of is the McDonald’s ice cream cone engagement shot because they said their first date many years ago was at that same park with two delicious ice cream cones.

Photo Credit: Emi Peña, Ben Briones

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Amaya Hernandez – Cotillion 2019 – McAllen, Texas

I loved working on these photos because I saw Amaya grow up. When I was younger I use to volunteer and work at the Edinburg Boys & Girls Club, where Amaya’s mother is was the chief officer. She was always around along with her two sisters Destiny and Nadia, who I have had the pleasure of photographing as well for different events of their lives. Sabrina, Amaya’s mother, has trusted me with some most special milestones of her family’s lives and I am forever grateful!

As mentioned earlier I only edited the images but didn’t shoot them. A great photographer by the name of Audrey Barrera photographed these portraits for me because Sara and I had another event to shoot that same day. Here are my favorite shots Audrey took for our client.

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Photography Lesson with Edna – McAllen, Texas

Photography Lesson: Composition

A while back I met up with my good friend Edna, who is an amazing photographer, to do a photography lesson on composition. To be honest I don’t know why she does lessons with me because her work is amazing already but I’ll take any moment to teach anyone who’s passionate about photography and getting better with a camera.

 

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Photograph One – Edna V.

Photograph One – Edna V. –  BREAKDOWN 

The photo is really well balanced from the top and from the bottom. This is important in when composing a shot because you never know when your client may want to purchase a print. I always teach my photographers to shoot for print and this shot was perfectly shot with that in mind. The pose / body also forms a triangle and that is important to note because the human eye is attracted to simple shapes and if you can create those simple shapes through human poses you have won the eye. I also encouraged her to shoot from an angle so we can get the leading lines formed by the bridge and rails. This helps the viewer follow the lines to your subject.

Photograph Two – Edna V. –  BREAKDOWN

Often you find yourself near a set a stairs and want to pose your subject on the steps, which is what we did here. If it’s a long stairway I always suggest to sit the model 3 to 4 steps up from the bottom to allow some space above the head. In the photo above my student Edna gave enough space to frame the subject in the stairway. This setting was perfect for applying repetition, which is another important tool to use in composition. I was able to help see the shape in the body and the repetition of the stairs for the composition.

Kudos to my student Edna, as mentioned before, she’s already an amazing photographer and sharpening up her composition skills will just make her better. You can view here work her at this link: swankyfoto

 

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McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2 & 3 2006 – Ben Briones Photography

Here is another look at some of my first “professional” work I did back in 2006 for the Miracle Riders Bicycle Team. My friend Israel and I took on this gig as a photo and video team to photograph a two day bicycle ride from McAllen, Texas to San Antonio, Texas.

I was barely getting into photography as a career pathway so you can kind of see that reflect in the quality of the images and edits but you can definitely see I had an eye for it. It was quite a journey because for two days we rode in back of a truck photographing and filming this cycling team make their way to Bexar County. We took two days and camped out in Mathis, Texas, which was a really cool experience. It’s been so long since I shot this event but check out some of my earlier work below. 06.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_934906.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_944206.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_964506.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_970906.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_973806.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_987506.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_988806.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_996906.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006_MG_230606.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006_MG_235506.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_008806.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_019206.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_031006.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_032306.02.06_McAllen 18th Annual Miracle Riders Bicycle Team June 2-3 2006IMG_0350

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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.

Photo Credit: Lourdes Paz, Ben Briones 12.23.17_HighRes_Ashley Joey Wedding_BBS-6935_WEB12.23.17_HighRes_Ashley Joey Wedding_BBS-3261_WEB

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