Juan & Cassandra E-Session – Port Isabel, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Today this awesome couple is getting married! Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Hernandez. It’s a been a long way coming and I am truly happy this special day has finally arrived!

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The Photographers Series – Mikey Sanchez – Ben Briones Studios

Mikey was one of those photographers I secretly followed because his work  is very unique. One day I decided I wanted to meet the guy so I invited him to participate in The Photographers Series and I am so glad I did because his interview was so refreshing. This kid has ambition and the drive it takes to build a photography brand. He reminded me of 2007-2008 Ben Briones; always on the go letting nothing stand on my way. Based on his Facebook pages he has a good following and that’s wonderful for a young brand. Mikey said something very powerful that I also believe in one-hundred percent. “There is no one else out there like you and that’s what makes you special; not only as an artist but as a photographer. So once you find what makes you special as a photographer it’s up to you to zone in on it and own it…” Lets lend our eyes and ears to this ambitious artist. I present to you Mikey Sanchez, owner and photographer of Infinite Productions and Infinite Magazine.

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The Photographers Series – Ellen Ibarra – Ben Briones Studios

I first met Ellen Ibarra toward the end of last year. We both belonged to a Facebook group called RGV Photographers. I saw a post she made in which she’s looking for a videographer to help her create an intro video for her website. I responded and told her I had a close friend who could help her. She came by the office to talk to my friend Mike and me about her project idea and we have been in touch ever since. Photography gave us something to relate to but strangely, videography brought us closer.

Ellen is such a sweet and tender person. Today you will see that throughout her video interview. Originally a thirty-minute conversation about her journey as a photographer filled with emotional recollections of events; her story had to be edited to a seven-minute video which shares her struggles and passion for her photography.

Ellen Ibarra specializes in new-born photography and this is her story.



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How to have it all: when college and your photography career collide.


When I got my final letter recognizing my graduation status as complete, I celebrated with an over-the-top-wear all your UT apparel-hook’em horns selfie, but I wasn’t always this excited to be a University of Texas at Austin Longhorn. There were days where I wanted to give up, pack my bags, and move back to my mom’s.  And that is because I was accepted into UT’s very competitive photojournalism program of which I didn’t complete. My best friend claims that I said, “I’m going to dropout and pursue photography full-time.”

So, why didn’t I?

The reason I didn’t drop out of school to pursue photography full-time was because a degree helps beyond school book knowledge. Ben Briones Studios would not be as successful as it has become without the experiences a college education gives you. It feels good to have a bachelors from a university ranked 22nd best in the United States and the 8th best public university and 30th among the words universities. Earning a degree period, should push you to become a better you. UT’s motto is ‘What Starts Here Changes The World’ and I truly believe I am doing just that. 

Here are five ways my degree has helped me: 

  1. Status; because I am a Texas Ex I have booked clients on that connection alone. #HireALonghorn
  2. Discipline; deadlines, exams, and studying has allowed me to reactivate my inner-student and apply it to my photography career. As  ‘pros’ we have multiple deadlines, we are faced with real life exams and photography is constantly changing so we must study to stay relevant.
  3.  Network; the lawyer who setup my LLC was also a University of Texas graduate and the day I went to pay the $2500 setup fee, it miraculously dropped to $700 because it was ‘3 P.M. and OU STILL SUCKED.’
  4. Knowledge; my last semester I took an Introduction to Accounting course as an elective, which I dropped a few weeks before graduation, but the knowledge I gained you best believe it has helped me manage my business finances.
  5. Confidence; college is scary but when you graduate you come out a totally different person. Confidence is built through relationships made on campus. Confidence is built through class presentations. Confidence is built when you walk on stage to grab that fake diploma and walk off stage without falling flat on your face in front of all your classmates, family and friends.

When college and your photography career collide.



The Photographers Series – Andres Rodriguez – Ben Briones Studios

Andres Rodriguez is one of the coolest cats you’ll meet in the Rio Grande Valley. Mr. Rodriguez is a very talented photographer specializing in sports photography and dreamy portraiture. My favorites pieces of art that he has created are his fitness model portraits. Behind every photographer there is a story ,and today you will get some insight to Andres’s journey as a photographer. While interviewing him ,I could feel all the emotions each question evoked. Andres is a great example of a photographer fighting the end and odds to follow his true passion. I admire this photographer being able to find understanding that becoming a professional photographer is a slow process but not impossible.


I present to you Andres Rodriguez, owner of arodzphotography.com and sportsinactiononline.com 


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The Photographers Series – Dani Tiscareño – Ben Briones Studios

Today’s feature is Ms. Dani Tiscareño, owner of Vision Works Photo Company, and self-portraitist extraordinaire. Dani specializes in creative and fantasy portraiture and owns a 2000 sq. ft. studio in the  heart of downtown McAllen. I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Tiscareño back in 2008 when we were both hired by the same client to document a Hindu Wedding. Dani has recently been exploring creative self-portraits where she plays each character she photographs; an example can be seen in the video.

In this video Dani will be sharing a little bit about her background in photography, how she began her career, some struggles she faced, her preferred equipment and some business insight and tips. I present to you Dani Tiscareño. Enjoy!



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