Cadenas Invisibles – Latino Theatre Initiatives – Alton, Texas

Cadenas Invisibles is a play by Latino Theatre Initiatives in collaboration with Buffet-McCain Initiative to combat modern slavery. If you would like to them to preform at your event please contact Maria Dolores Alvarado.

Here are some shots from one of their more recent performances the Alton, Texas.

03.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-964603.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-964803.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-965703.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-969903.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-970803.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-971403.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-973603.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-974703.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-975903.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-976803.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-977603.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-977803.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-978303.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-978403.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-978803.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-979003.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-979803.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-980703.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-981103.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-982003.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-982603.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-982803.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-983303.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-983503.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-983703.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-983803.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-984603.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-984703.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-984803.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-985603.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-986003.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-986603.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-987103.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-987503.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-987903.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-988603.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-989303.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-989503.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-990003.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-990403.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-991803.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-992903.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-993903.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-994503.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-995303.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-995403.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-996203.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-997603.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-998303.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-998703.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-999103.25.19_WEB_Gardens Invisible - Latino Theatre Initiative_BBS-9996

For questions about our photography services please fill out form below.

 

 

Valentine’s Fuji Film XT3 Photo Shoot – Sara Yanez – Edinburg City Hall

Yesterday we tested out the Fuji Film XT3 in an evening outdoor setting and it did very well! We used a combination of ambient light, an eVOLV 200 with a beauty dish and an LED light. Here are my favorite shots from this camera test! Equipment used: Fuji Film XT3 + 18-55mm 2.8 kit lens.02.13.19_HighRes_Sara Yanez_FujiFilmXT3_BBS-9368_WEB02.13.19_HighRes_Sara Yanez_FujiFilmXT3_BBS-9426_WEB02.13.19_HighRes_Sara Yanez_FujiFilmXT3_BBS-9471_WEB02.13.19_HighRes_Sara Yanez_FujiFilmXT3_BBS-9506_WEB02.13.19_HighRes_Sara Yanez_FujiFilmXT3_BBS-9517_WEB02.13.19_HighRes_Sara Yanez_FujiFilmXT3_BBS-9519_WEB02.13.19_HighRes_Sara Yanez_FujiFilmXT3_BBS-9576_WEB02.13.19_HighRes_Sara Yanez_FujiFilmXT3_BBS-9653_WEB02.13.19_HighRes_Sara Yanez_FujiFilmXT3_BBS-9657_WEB02.13.19_HighRes_Sara Yanez_FujiFilmXT3_BBS-9681_WEB02.13.19_HighRes_Sara Yanez_FujiFilmXT3_BBS-9687_WEB02.13.19_HighRes_Sara Yanez_FujiFilmXT3_BBS-9702_pp_WEB02.13.19_HighRes_Sara Yanez_FujiFilmXT3_BBS-9737_WEB

If you are looking into doing a personal photo shoot please fill out the form below.

 

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

If you want to donate to help me purchase this camera please fill out the form below.

[contact-field label=’Your Needs’ type=’textarea’/][contact-field label=’How Did You Hear About Us’ type=’text’/]

 

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

If you would like a unique photo shoot at the Wallflower RGV please fill out the contact form below.

 

Location Scouting – Sara Yanez – McAllen Convention Center

Here are some outtakes from a location scouting shoot. We had a photo shoot scheduled at the McAllen Convention Center for a quince that evening and I wanted to test the lighting, backdrops and angles so when our client showed up it would be super smooth.

I believe location scouting is an important part of a photographer’s job but sadly a lot of photographer don’t do it. It takes extra time to do but saves you a lot of time in the long run because it will make it a better experience for your client that you’re not having to guess where to to take your client and it will make your editing experience much easier. 04.13.17_PRINT_Sara Yanez_BBS-0000504.13.17_PRINT_Sara Yanez_BBS-0000604.13.17_PRINT_Sara Yanez_BBS-0001604.13.17_PRINT_Sara Yanez_BBS-0002804.13.17_PRINT_Sara Yanez_BBS-00030

If you would like photography lessons please fill out the contact form below.

 

 

PSJA Elementary School Choir Festival – Pharr, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Very proud of my Sara for the performance her kids put on at the annual Elementary Choir Holiday Festival for PSJA ISD. She’s such an amazing music teacher and great choir instructor! Here are some fun memories from this event.

2018-12-31_00122018-12-31_00132018-12-31_00142018-12-31_00152018-12-31_00162018-12-31_00172018-12-31_00182018-12-31_0019

If you want us to cover your special event please fill out the contact form below.

Sara Yanez – Waco, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Last photo shoot of 2018 with my number one model, my Sara Pie! Sara and I have been vacationing in Waco, Texas for a few days but it has been cold and rainy but today the weather was nice so we took advantage and had a photo shoot with our Nikon D600 and 50mm 1.8 lens. We shot all natural light at this beautiful historic bridge in Waco, Texas. These are some of my favorite shots. Enjoy and happy new year!

2018-12-31_00202018-12-31_00212018-12-31_00222018-12-31_00232018-12-31_00242018-12-31_00252018-12-31_00262018-12-31_00272018-12-31_00282018-12-31_00292018-12-31_0030

If you would like a photo shoot in Waco, Texas please fill out the contact form below.

Photography Lessons with Sara Yanez – McAllen Convention Center

Understanding exposure is important when learning photography. A few weekends ago Sara and I went to the McAllen Convention Center so that she could practice photography. So that the lessons could be as accurate as possible we had the same camera setup; Canon 60D with the Canon EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens. We also used a Sekonic L-308s Lightmeter to try to get realistic exposures.

The lesson was to understand how Shutter Speed, f-Stop and ISO work together to take a picture. We went through how each one works and what it’s used for and then we began practicing in different areas around the Convention Center. On the photos below you can see the settings and a small description of what we were trying to achieve.

I have been giving photography lessons for over 4-years now but don’t really advertise it. I like to think that some of photographer’s I have hired and worked with learned from me but who knows haha. Currently I have 3 students this year who I meet with to give lessons to. Each student is a different level in their photography so I always try to provide unique lessons for what they seek to learn or improve on.

08.11.18_HighRes_Photography Lesson Sara Yanez_BB-1574

Canon 60D – 1/160 sec at f/7.1, ISO 640 @ 100mm (EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM) – Cropped Shade Portrait

08.11.18_HighRes_Photography Lesson Sara Yanez_BB-1673

Canon 60D – 1/250 sec at f/4.5, ISO 100 @ 33mm (EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM) – Layered Low Angle Portrait

08.11.18_HighRes_Photography Lesson Sara Yanez_BB-1683

Canon 60D – 1/250 sec at f/4.5, ISO @ 47mm (EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM) – Low Depth of Filed Reflective Head Shot

08.11.18_HighRes_Photography Lesson Sara Yanez_BB-1758

Canon 60D – 1/8 sec at f/4, ISO 100 @ 35mm (EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM)- Slow Shutter Portrait

08.11.18_HighRes_Photography Lesson Sara Yanez_BB-1892

Canon 60D – 1/1000 sec at f/3.5, ISO 200 at 28mm (EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM) – Foreground Low Depth of Field Portrait

08.11.18_HighRes_Photography Lesson Sara Yanez_BB-1915

Canon 60D – 1/1000 sec at f/3.5, ISO 200 @ 35mm (EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM) – Low Depth of Field Layered Portrait

08.11.18_HighRes_Photography Lesson Sara Yanez_BB-1924

Canon 60D – 1/1000 sec at f/3.5, ISO 200 @ 28mm (EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM) – Low Depth of Field Foreground Portrait

If you are interested in photography lessons please fill out the contact form below.

 

 

 

 

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.

7U8B3073

Men if you are looking for a unique photo session for your girlfriend or wife with us please fill the contact form below.

Sara Yanez – Musician Portraits – Ben Briones Studios

I have put off posting this blog for a while now… Two reason; one, what do you write about when the blog is featuring your super amazing talented gorgeous girlfriend? Secondly, how do you write to to please her and your audience? What if she hates what I wrote? What if she likes it but the people who read this think it’s silly?

I will tell you this. Sara A. Yanez, is and will always be, the best thing that life has allowed me to experience. When it comes to photography, because this is a photography blog, Sara is the perfect model and the best photography assistant anyone can ask for. When it comes to music, she’s my favorite person to jam out with and only person I want to be making music for and with. When it comes to life; she’s irreplaceable.

Here are my latest but not my last portraits of Sara A. Yanez. Enjoy! 06.03.17_PRINT_Sara Yanez_BBS-6592_pp_BLOG06.03.17_PRINT_Sara Yanez_BBS-6695_pp_BLOGP 06.03.17_PRINT_Sara Yanez_BBS-6639_pp_BLOGP 06.03.17_PRINT_Sara Yanez_BBS-6710_pp_BLOGP Sara Yanez-6578_pp_BLOGP Sara_Yanez_Head_Shots_BBS-6140_pp_BLOG

If you’re interested in unique Studio portraits please fill out the contact form.

Edinburg’s Night of Lights – Ben Briones

A little throwback from this fun parade and small performance by the one and only Sara Yanez. Sara and her dance studio had a float and she sang as they passed by crowds of people lined up on highway 107 in Edinburg, Texas. If you didn’t have a chance to catch the Edinburg Night of Lights Parade this year make sure to catch it next year!

12.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-368612.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-368112.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-369212.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-372312.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-370212.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-374112.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-372912.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-375212.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-374612.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-377712.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-375712.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-378412.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-377912.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-378912.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-379412.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-380712.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-381312.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-382012.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-381812.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-385712.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-382812.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-387612.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-386712.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-391712.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-388812.01.17_WEB_Edinburg Christmas Parade_BenBriones-3921

Date A Photographer – Ben Briones Studios

09.15.17_HighRes_Sara Yanez_BBS-6919_pp

Sara has been my lighting stand in ever since I starting doing more studio photography and I love the looks and photos we produce of her. This one was from a light sit in from a photo shoot we did with a local Christian Rapper Efrain Salinas.

09.17.17_Sara Yanez_HighRes_BBS-8279 copy_pp

Then there was this one taken in between a photo shoot. When our client Sara Montoya went to go change we took a few shots to readjust the lighting and this was the result.

7U8B3073

This last one was from a Sunday when Sara came to the studio after church to help me and demanded to be photographed because she loved what she was wearing.

Honestly I just wanted to show these off because Sara looks gorgeous in the photos!

If you’re looking to get professional portraits please fill the contact form below.

 

 

Dynamic Duo – Lourdes Paz & Sara Yanez – Ben Briones Studios

This summer Sara and Lourdes have been a tremendous help at the photo studio. Lourdes is a seasoned photographer who has managed a studio before and has a lot of experience being a professional photographer. Sara, on the other hand, is not a seasoned photographer but truly believes in me and my business and has invested her time into learning how it works and basically managing the office and even shooting and filming at events.  I couldn’t be more proud of the both and extremely thankful for everything they do for the business. 7U8B74907U8B7931

These two girls have more in common then they know. Both work for a school district outside of Ben Briones Studios. They both are into strange fashion. They both are artist in their own right. Sara is a musician and learning photographer and Lourdes a painter, graphic designer, drawer, and photographer. I am extremely fortunate to have them on the team and truthfully without them Ben Briones Studios wouldn’t be where it’s at. If you search their name in our blog you will find the work they do for the studio.

7U8B9423

7U8B9424

DSC_3689IMG_7843

You can follow their artist page by clicking the photo below!


FOLLOW SARA YANEZ

Screen Shot 2017-08-11 at 12.18.29 PM

FOLLOW LOURDES PAZ

Screen Shot 2017-08-11 at 12.18.57 PM