Perez Wedding – Riverside Club – Ben Briones Studios

Love this beautiful simple wedding I shot at the Riverside Club in Mission, Texas. The bride was filipino and the groom hispanic so the fusion of both cultures was beautiful. The venue was perfect for the theme, y’all need to check out this beautiful location if you are ever in Granjeno, Texas. Here are some of my favorite shots from this wedding! PerezWedding_BLOG_BBSPerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-2PerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-3PerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-5PerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-6PerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-7PerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-8PerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-9PerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-10PerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-11PerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-12PerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-13PerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-15PerezWedding_BLOG_BBS-16

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Dr. Sofia Villarreal – South Padre Island – Ben Briones Studios

Dr. Sofia Villarreal is writing her very first book and wanted some beautiful beach photos for her book cover. Here are some of our favorite photos from this South Padre Island Photo Shoot!

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Maritza & Joel – RGV Horsemanship School at JHK Equestrian Country Club – Ben Briones Studios

THROW BACK THURSDAY

We took this beautiful couple’s engagement photos at the very own RGV Horsemanship School at JHK Equestrian Country Club in Edinburg, Texas. Love how the photos came out! The staff and owner of the country club was amazing with us! Very excited to finally share these great engagement photos of this couple with everyone.

Check out my favorite shots from this engagement session!
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Exiting Photography? WAIT! READ this first!

DON’T DO IT!

If you’re a professional photographer who’s been thinking about leaving the industry, don’t! There are so many opportunities for growth and income. I understand it can get tough. Especially if you are the only one doing everything in your business. You loose your free time, your weekends and sometimes you family. But don’t give up! There are plenty of ways you can still be an active photographer but with much less stress.

OPPURTUTNIES

  1. Second Shoot: reach out to the local photographer’s who are super active and always booked and offer your skill and time to assist them. Mostly likely you are already friends with these people and so it won’t be awkward or difficult to try to get hired as a second shooter. Second shooting is less stressful and at times allows you to be more creative than when you are the head photographer.
  2. Photo Editor: become a photo editor for local photographers. I would advice you to reach out to some photographers and let them know you are offering this service. If you are already a pro and people know your work, you wont have to prove anything to them. The most work would be learning how to edit in their style. Trust me, if you are an active professional photographer, you do not want to be sitting behind a computer editing photos for hours. Most professionals I know outsource their edits to online companies but I think hiring someone local will give them better peace of mind. Figure out a price point that you like and offer editing services to replace the income earned from one photo shoot each month.
  3. Photography Classes: since you are a seasoned pro, I think it would be valid to offer photography classes. I offer some to a few people and it’s a good little side hustle. Find a group of beginners and start a collective class or give individual courses in all things photography. Start with basics all the way up to complicated outdoor lighting. Put out an add on the paper, yes the newspaper! Or on craigslist or Facebook.
  4. Photo Booth Rentals: this side hustle idea has been one of my best ideas ever! I own a photo booth and rent it out frequently. It cost me a little over two grand to build, in which I built it in 2010, and since then it has returned my investment 10x. You can add this service to your existing packages to earn more from one sale or client or you can offer it as a separate business. It doesn’t really take much to operate one. You can setup and operate yourself or hire someone to do it for you. If you would like to find out how you can do this, message me!
  5. Rent Your Gear: Another risky but lucrative side hustle that will help you supplement some income. Many of you reading this will most likely never rent out your Canon 5d Mk3 or Nikon D810 and now the popular Sony AR III, but I would! Why you ask, because money bro! Money and culture! I have all the right legal documentation in place to protect my gear and sue your ass if you break it or steal it. And I also enjoy helping people who are barely starting and want to know if a certain lens or camera is worth buying, so they rent it first to test it out. I don’t have the best gear but I do have quality items and instead of them just sitting in my office Monday – Friday collecting dust, I rent them.

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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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HHD to SSD to HHD – Ben Briones Studios

ADVICE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

In 2016 I had a major hard drive failure with a 1TB Seagate and a 4TB Lacie, which were both regular Hard Drives. I lost client wedding photos but months later was able to recover them!

After that incident I went from HHDs to SSDs because they are much more reliable, faster and portable. Today I’ve officially gone back to HDDs and let me tell you why.

In the photography industry there is always innovation. Things get smaller, faster, better built, more intelligent and easier to access. In 2017 I had issues with the amount of space I had to backup my files. 1TB was not enough for the pace my studio was growing plus the amount of video production gigs we are booking. So quickly my 1TB SSDs ran out of space and we had to turn to the cloud to backup storage space. Files where spread everywhere and that was not safe. I was using both Dropbox Pro and Amazon Drive, plus a combo of different SSD and regular HD drives.

The issue is not that HHD are not reliable it’s how safe you keep them. Safety means not moving them, good enclosures and having enough space that you won’t have to be saving files anywhere else.

In 2018 we are working with 4TB of local HHD space for the year on RAID 1. We are also using Adobe Lightroom to backup and archive files because dragging and dropping files or folders from a mounted memory card to a hard drive is faulty. I advice all photographers to setup their Lightroom, Photo Mechanic’s or even iPhoto app to backup your files when you mount your memory card.

I can’t dictate how you should backup your files but I would give you this advice. Always back them up right after your shoot or event and double that backup because those pictures are one in a lifetime memories that you might not be able to replace. Ready my personal story on that here: https://benbriones.com/2017/04/23/mistakes-of-a-photographer-ben-briones-studios/

Pricilla Garcia – Bridal – Ben Briones Studios – McAllen, Texas

Photo shoots can be intimidating sometimes! Mrs. Pricilla was a little shy at first during her bridal photo shoot but as we shot she loosened up. She chose to go with the a studio photo session. To keep it classic. I’m glad she did because it challenged us to be more creative and experiment. Typically most bridal sessions we do are on-location but this one was different and we love the results.

I’m pretty excited to release these photos because she’s just such a beautiful bride! Take a peek at our favorites from this studio bridal session. Since this shoot Mrs. Priscilla married Mr. Christopher Garcia and you can view their wedding by clicking this link: Christopher and Priscilla Wedding.

Photo Credit: Lourdes Paz, Ben Briones

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Nikki and Eric – Edinburg Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Shevawne or Nikki as she’s known to the rest of the world just got married not to long ago and I’m extremely happy to finally show off some of our favorite shots from her wedding!

She and I go way back to middle school where we first became friends. Nikki comes from a beautiful family and now is starting one of her own with her husband Eric James!

The couple and their daughter had their big day in September! Everything that day seemed to be moving so fast but we captured it as best we could. We were contacted to photograph the beginning part of her wedding up to the portraits. Later a well known and respected photographer capture the evening portion. Growing up with Nikki just made being the photographer for her wedding that much more special. She’s such a strong woman that has overcome many obstacles and seeing her glow that day was priceless!

Because words will not do these photos justice I️ will instead allow you to see her wedding story as it captures through our lens.

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Susana Sanchez Grad Session – The University of Texas at Austin – Ben Briones Studios

#FLASHBACKFRIDAY

Beautiful. Bold. Intelligent. Studious. Adventurous. Strong. These are all nouns to describe Ms. Susan Sanchez, a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. I met Susy while attending UT through a mutual friend. She and I became friends and kept in touch and when it was time to celebrate the achievement of completing not only one but two undergrad degrees she contacted me to document this special moment.

It’s been a a few years since this photo shoot and Susy is now saving lives and keeping the people of Austin, Texas safe. I wish you the best friend. I am very proud of you! \m/

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Sara & Isidro Wedding – The Loretto at Mission – Ben Briones Studios

The Loretto at Mission has become another one of our favorite venues to photograph and wedding. Let me tell you why! Let’s take this beautiful couples’ event. Sara and Isidro tied the knot at this stylish bristro / coffee shop / event venue about a year ago and the photos are still ever so relevant because The Lorretto just has a timeless feel.

Sara got ready in their bridal room which has big windows that lets in beautiful light. The walls and decor have such soft ones, which made Sara’s dress look amazing. The groom got ready in the common area and even then it looked like a 5-star hotel room.

There is very little decor you have to do if you are getting married at this venue. Sara and Isidro had vintage aesthetic for their wedding theme. The theme fit in perfectly with the existing decor. What I speak of is the dinner area that also served as the reception area for the wedding.

Now the garden where the ceremony took place was lushes and green. The couple married under a pergola that had vines running up it. The guest witnessed the wedding from the grass on chic white chairs. And when the couple had walked down the isle as man and wife we used the exact same spot for their formal photos and they turned out great.

If you are interested in finding out more about this lovely venue you can visit The Lorretto at Mission at 1233 E Griffin Pkwy, Mission, TX 78572 or call ahead of time to get a tour 956-600-7208. 

Photo Credit: Carolina Solis, Ben

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Ruby & Nathan-Wedding-Mission Tx -Riverside Club-Ben Briones Studios

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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Beka Rios Headshots – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

#FLASHBACKFRIDAY

Three years ago I reunited with one of my great friends from middle school and high school, Ms Becca Rios! Becca holds the legacy of being our generations skater girl. That’s actually how we met at B.L. Middle School. She was the new kid, who by the looks of it was into skateboarding, and I at the moment was super into it as well. Naturally all the skater kids welcomed her into our group and that’s history.

Now Ms. Rios is a high trained and sought after hair stylist. One day we linked up on Facebook and she asked we talked about my photography career. Somewhat that conversation got to how she’s was marketing her brand, which eventually let to taking some simple but fun head shots for her business cards.

It’s about three years later and I am barely posting these photos! Enjoy.

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Stephanie Rios – Professional Photographer – Ben Briones Studios

There comes a time in your life when you have to ask for help! It is inevitable because as much as we think we could do everything and anything, truly, we can’t. And after we receive help it usually customary to thank that person. Today, I thank you Stephanie Rios!

crm-images_08-18-16_stc-203-copyMerriam-Webster’s dictionary defines help as the following: to give assistance or support to. Allow me to be the first to admit that I constantly need help and thus call one people for assistance. Mrs. Stephanie has become one of those people who has become my go to for support because she’s simply amazing.

Stephanie Rios is a wonderful mother, a gracious wife, a trusty worthy friend, an amazing sister, and ambitious and talented photographer.

I often refer to Steph as my shooting partner because the relationship is beyond a paycheck. I got to witness Stephanie walk down the isle as her wedding videographer. I got to witness Stephanie carry her beautiful son for nine months and document that milestone in her life. And I cannot forget about her husband, whom I have come to love equally, because to be 100% honest, Mr. Carlos Rios is badass. [Excuse my french.]
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Stephanie has helped me on numerous events, photo shoots, photo booths, and everything photography related. She’s extremely talented. She has an eye for detail. She has personality to become a super-star photographer. And I support it all. I support her ambition so much that I will defend her against anyone who tries to discredit her or worst not give her any credit for the skilled photography she provides anyone who hires her.

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This morning my friend Steph posted a  genuine question on a photography forum on Facebook called South Texas Photo & Video Community on how to approach photographer’s she second shoots with for credit on photos they share that she shot. For those familiar with forums you know it can get rowdy, and mainly by the know-it-alls [me included]. Well the question sprouted a healthy debate and insightful  opinionated information. [my two cents included]

The simple solution that I proposed to this type of issue is for the hiring photographer to create and have all second shooters / freelancers sign an agreement. Within this contract  the hiring photographer should include the verbiage and clarify the expectations,  responsibilities, and  intellectual property privileges of the second shooter. Sadly, none to very little photographers do this at all. I don’t blame them though, business knowledge is not that common in the photography industry. Many don’t take the time to see their brand as a business and that later become issues. [please read business books photographers]

A while back Stephanie and I did establish an agreement on how we will handle credit and images she has taken for my brand. And far from it do I ever not credit for her the help she provides me. I go beyond and link my clients to her personal brand; Stephanie Rios Photography because she’s worthy of praise.

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Photographers who are reading this I challenge you to credit your second shooters or assistants after your next photo related job. Give thanks publicly. Post your favorite shot they snapped for your brand. Take a behind the scene of them passionately grabbing capturing a moment. Take even further and share their personal portfolio so that your clients can see that you hire top quality talent.

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If you are looking to hire a photographer for your next event or photo shoot I recommend you a talented photography by the name of Stephanie Rios.


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Stephanie Rios Photographer 
Owner / Photographer
Weddings | Portraits | Children
(956) 313-1741
stephanievalencia7@gmail.com