Carlos Benavides – Swearing-in Ceremony – Edinburg, Texas

Carlos Benavides was appointed to Gov.’s specialty courts advisory council this month by Gov. Greg Abbott and our team was there to capture such an awesome milestone. Best of luck to Mr. Benavides and congratulations to him and his family. Here are some moments from this event.

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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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2 Days After Dad’s Heart Attack – Keirsten & Bobby Lopez Wedding – Ben Briones Studios

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Two days before I filmed this wedding I sat in the waiting room of a hospital with my family at the left of crying and praying for my dad to come out okay from his operation. It was Christmas morning 2014 and my dad had a heart attack and my mom had secretly rushed him to Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance. In the mist of all the emotions I remained calm. I knew that whatever was going on was out of my control and I was okay with that. Thankfully my Dad came out of his stint operation successfully and lived to tell the story of his Christmas miracle.

Let that story show you that even in the chaos of life I took upon my responsibility and the promise I made to Keirsten and Bobby to document their wedding day. With the help of my best friend Imanol Miranda we took care of business. Thankfully Bobby, the groom, had gone through a similar situation and he shared empathy for my situation.

I almost didn’t do it. I was already looking for substitute photographers but my Dad, with the little strength he had, he told me to go and do it. My Mom too also assured me it would be okay.

Passion is what moves you forward. Passion is what keeps you strong. Passion is what builds reputation. Passion is what builds you up. Dad, you have always allowed me to do what I love and it’s because of you I can serve beautiful couples like Kirsten and Bobby.

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Jesus & Maria Wedding – Port Arthur, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

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There are a handful of times that I get to travel out of town to document a special event. I got to photograph this intimate wedding at Port Arthur, Texas and it’s really thanks to my friend Rocio Granados. It as definitely a work trip for the books.

The drive to Beaumont, Texas was brutal but worth it. I drove for 6 hours and 31 minutes or 430.3 miles to shoot an intimate wedding  with over 70 guest, where I only knew one. When I finally arrived, I actually stood outside of my host’s house front door for 30 minutes before they let me in. It was around 3:45am when I finally laid my head to rest and hug a stuffed unicorn to sleep. The next morning I woke up to a little girl staring at me asking her mom why I was on her bed. It was like a scene out of a movie. Regardless of the 4 hours that I slept I was ready for a new work experience, so I got out of bed and got ready.

The clients were friends of Rocio, who at the time was working for my studio, so she was the main point of communication for the newlyweds. I know I was going to be a stranger at this event but honestly I truly felt welcomed by the couple and their guest Rocio took the time to introduce me to everyone. I documented the usual we see at weddings; the ring exchange, the kiss, the bouquet toss, the cake cutting and then the games… Yes, games. Games like musical chairs accompanied by “el pollito” for who loss. That evening I found out I was pretty good a musical chairs because they made me participate and I ended up wining. Yet, I still had to do “el pollito” dance as you will see in the last photo.

Photo Credit: Rocio Granado, Ben Briones

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Alondra Alanis Quince – Mission, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

A few weeks ago we photographed and watched Alondra Alanis enter womanhood in most glamorous fashion, a Quince. Her loving family gathered at the Corinthians dressed elegantly ready for a bittersweet night. Alondra, daughter of loving mother Jaine, was dressed in a two piece pink gown that was custom made by Rosie Coronado. The beautiful gown transformed into a gorgeous dance outfit as Alondra and her dance team busted a move making the highlight of the night a memorable one. The happy spirit in the air was accompanied by a two live bands and excellent service by the Corinthians. And how can we forget the candy bar that was enjoyed by not only children but adults who gave a quick look around and they scooped up a few pink themed candies. The gifts, the outfits, the atmosphere all remind us that no matter the amount of events we cover, each is as unique and beautiful as the family. We wish you well Alondra, and telling from the love that resonated from your parents, you are in good hands. 

Photo Credit: Ben Briones, Jessica Musick

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A Hero’s 89th Birthday – McAllen, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Mr. Sanchez’s daughter Samantha Sanchez is a longtime friend and fellow University of Texas Alumni, so when she asked asked if my brand could provide some photography services for this special celebration I said yes.  Small parties with big meaning is what makes professional photography important.

America thanks you Mr. Sanchez for your service and may God bless you with many more birthdays. Thank you Sanchez family for trusting my brand to provide photography and photo booth services for this special celebration.

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Vanessa & Michael Engagement Session – Mission, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

What I love about this couple is that Michael is so involved in the wedding planning. Michael was the first one to call me and set up a consultation. His involvement in this wedding planning has floored me. I hope to be involved as much as he is in helping my future wife for such a special day in their lives.

This special photo session took place at the famous Memory Lane Photo Spot located in Mission, Texas. Vanessa and Michael did such an amazing job in their wardrobe coordination and with their natural posing. I kept asking them if they had practiced prior to the session!

Vanessa and Michael have been together for seven years now and I am super excited to shoot their wedding, a new chapter in their lives!

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Messalinda Anzaldua – Make-A-Wish Rio Grande Valley – La Feria, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Giving back is extremely important for me and my brand. This past weekend I photographed a quinceanera for a special girl. Make-A-Wish Rio Grande Valley put together a fifteenth-birthday-celebration for Messalinda Anzaldua. Mind you, I did not know this young lady and when Ava Sandlin, the executive director of Make-A-Wish Rio Grande Valley, reached out to me a about this event, I automatically said YES.

I am extremely blessed to be able to donate my services to such a awesome foundation. This is what I live for! Special events like these are the sole reason God has given me this ability to share with his people. I have been called to collect memories, capture life and provide a recollection a moment in time that can always be repeated through photography. Messalinda Anzaldua,  I don’t know you but from the photographs we took that night I saw how beautiful your life is and how many people love you.

Special thanks to Felicia Sepulveda of Shutterbelle Photography volunteering her time and helping.

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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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Bennett Family – Fort Worth, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

     Yesterday I photographed this lovely family in Forth Worth, Texas. What caught my attention while editing these photos was how it took me back to images my parents have of me when I was a one-years-old. Watching Jackson as he played and took in all that was happening around him made me happy, it made extremely happy! The way a one-year-old observes the world is phenomenal. Jackson took us through different emotions during the one hour session at the park. He cried, he laughed, he made angry faces at me, and few times he looked confuse, but most importantly he was extremely alert. Jackson’s curiosity is what made this photo session so natural and fun. I kept telling Linda, his mom, that I absolutely loved that we ‘let him be’ because it’s what made the session flow so well. As you can see in the photos, Jackson dominates the energy and his parents follow, and that is very important when photographing a family with a young child. If the child is happy, then mom and dad are happy. Mom and dad will remember these special moments because they let their kid be a kid.

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