Ashley Garcia Rodriguez – UT Grad – Austin, Texas

Grad sessions can be creative, fun, and formal all at the same time! When I shot Ashley’s grad photos at The University of Texas at Austin, I knew there would be a ton of great locations or backdrops to make good photos but how to use those spaces creatively was up to me.

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I always recommend my grad clients to bring their regalia and 1 to 2 outfits to get them in different looks. Ashley decided on her cap and gown with one nice dress. So outfits are part of the creative part of the shoot. Lighting is the second way you can make the photo shoot more creative and as you can see in these 6 photos I used lighting pretty differently giving each image a different feel. I used both ambient and studio lighting. Ashley Nelcy Garcia Rodriguez_2012 Grad_PRINT_BBP (12 of 23)_WEBAshley Nelcy Garcia Rodriguez_2012 Grad_PRINT_BBP (13 of 23)_WEB
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Posing your client in fun and creative poses can make for fun photos. I sometimes ask my clients to spin or jump creating movement a sense of movement in your shots. You can also tilt your camera in odd positions for cool perspectives. What creates the most fun photo for a client is when you allow them to be themselves. Most people have their own silly way of being unique and when you can capture that you’ll have great pics. Ashley Nelcy Garcia Rodriguez_2012 Grad_PRINT_BBP (3 of 23)_WEBAshley Nelcy Garcia Rodriguez_2012 Grad_PRINT_BBP (17 of 23)_WEBFORMAL
Grad photos can be a little serious too. These are big milestones for many people and sometimes these moments call for formal portraits. In grad photos that means full regalia or formal outfit. In these photos we shot formal pictures in both outfits. Ashley Nelcy Garcia Rodriguez_2012 Grad_PRINT_BBP (1 of 23)_WEBAshley Nelcy Garcia Rodriguez_2012 Grad_PRINT_BBP (21 of 23)_WEB

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Mariela Rubio – UT Grad – Austin, Texas

While at The University of Texas at Austin I had the pleasure of photographing a few friends and it became more special when they hired me to photograph their graduation photos. I photographed Mariela a few days before graduation so she could send photos to her mother and family members because they were not going to be able to make it to the ceremony due to some complications. Pictures are important when freezing special moments in your life. I encourage everyone who is graduating to take some grad photos. Here are my favorite from this photo session. MarielaRubio_HighRes_BenBrionesStudios-10_WEBMarielaRubio_HighRes_BenBrionesStudios-26_WEBMarielaRubio_HighRes_BenBrionesStudios-27_WEBMarielaRubio_HighRes_BenBrionesStudios-16_WEBMarielaRubio_HighRes_BenBrionesStudios-29_WEBMarielaRubio_HighRes_BenBrionesStudios-32_WEBMarielaRubio_HighRes_BenBrionesStudios-40_WEB

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Yanin Sanchez – UT Grad – Austin, Texas

Yanin was a good friend of mine during my run at The University of Texas at Austin. We were both from the Rio Grande Valley so when we met each other in Austin we had a lot in common. She was an amazing student. Get this…she finished her undergrad at UT-Austin in 3 years. That is amazing. Yanin hired me for these beautiful grad photos we took of her around the 40-acres. Here are some of my favorite shots from this photo session with Yanin. 04.24.10_High Res_Yanin Sanchez Grad Session_BBP-1_WEB04.24.10_High Res_Yanin Sanchez Grad Session_BBP-2_WEB04.24.10_High Res_Yanin Sanchez Grad Session_BBP-13_WEB04.24.10_High Res_Yanin Sanchez Grad Session_BBP-32_WEB04.24.10_High Res_Yanin Sanchez Grad Session_BBP-44_WEB04.24.10_High Res_Yanin Sanchez Grad Session_BBP-48_WEB04.24.10_High Res_Yanin Sanchez Grad Session_BBP-50_WEB04.24.10_High Res_Yanin Sanchez Grad Session_BBP-82_WEB

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Mikaila Hernandez – UT Grad – Austin, Texas

Being a graduate of such an amazing school like The University of Texas at Austin is an unexplainable feeling. You feel part of something bigger than yourself. Posting these photos reminds me of my time at school and sometimes I really miss it. It was such a great experience and what better to remember your time in college than through photos.  Check out some of my favorite shots from this UT-Grad session. Mikaila Hernandez_2012_BBP (19 of 35)_WEBMikaila Hernandez_2012_BBP (29 of 35)_WEBMikaila Hernandez_2012_BBP (11 of 35)_WEBMikaila Hernandez_2012_BBP (10 of 35)_WEBMikaila Hernandez_2012_BBP (34 of 35)_WEB

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Darkroom Adventures – Austin, Texas

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Back in my college days at The University of Texas at Austin I spent most of my days in the darkroom with my classmates. For those who have shot 35mm film and had to go through the whole process of processing film; you can also vouch that it’s frustrating as hell but extremely rewarding.

UT-Austin classmates Thomas Allison and Callie Hernandez

UT-Austin classmates Thomas Allison and Callie Hernandez

I took these photos during our finals. Everyone was frustrated and annoyed of having to spend our whole day developing and printing our film photos. I wanted to capture the ambience of the day since it was going to be the last days of class. Seen in the photo was my UT-Austin classmates Thomas Allison and Callie Hernandez. Both classmates have gone out to do great thing with their lives. Thomas is a great independent photographer for various companies and Callie is now a Hollywood star. UT-austin was filled with such talented people.

Honestly I enjoyed being stuck in there. I never felt more of a photographer until I shoot 35mm film, developed it and printed it. So for me being in the darkroom was kind of like a escape from the rest of academic responsibilities. I hated the smell of the chemicals but loved what they did. It was definitely an experience I will never forget.

UT-Austin Student waiting for film to dry.

UT-Austin Student waiting for film to dry.

Sometimes I miss UT-Austin, most times I don’t and just live the great memories I had looking over photos from that era of my life. This was a random blog but I just wanted to share some random shit about my experience at UT-Austin and include some cool visuals.

Nature Photography – Austin, Texas

Traditionally my photography leans toward portraiture and photographing people. I’ve noticed that the majority of photographers start off their photography careers photographing nature and I don’t blame them because photographing people is very intimidating, especially as a beginner.

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There was a time when I would photograph butterflies on my college campus in between classes but that was as far as my nature photography would go when I was first starting my photography career.

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I find it kind of hard to photograph nature and I have learned it’s because I don’t have any patience and because nature doesn’t respond to you. Recently I have had a want to shoot more nature but I just don’t feel like I have the time to do so. Hopefully that can change soon. In the mean time here are some of older “nature” photography I captured when I was living in Austin, Texas attending the University of Texas at Austin.

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Austin has beautiful sceneries in every corner so a lot of my “nature” photography was done when I would need to walk / commute somewhere. The majority was also taken on the UT campus because it’s such a beautiful mix of landscape, nature and architecture. _MG_9887

Hopefully I will be sharing more of my nature photography after this post. I feel excited to go out there and shoot, hopefully I find the patience and make the time. Thanks for reading!

Maggie McCloud – UT Grad – Austin, Texas

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While going through some old hard drives I found these beautiful graduation photos I did of my friend back when I was attending the University of Texas at Austin. They came out so great and I really don’t know why I haven’t showed them off! These are my favorite shots from this graduation portrait session in Austin, Texas.

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Photography, Love, and Jesus; How I Market in 2014.

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What did it take to get Ms. Mariela in front of my camera to produce this beautiful image, taking into consideration, we never met before this session.

Here is my big marketing secret… I asked! 

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 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
 Luke 11:9

Now do I believe this photo session was  miracle, no, but I had complete faith in The Lord that if I asked I would receive. Faith is powerful and practical and ya’ll know I love me some Jesus. One of His commandments to us [John 13:34] is to love to one another as he loved us and that teaching inspires me that in showing love to someone it will be returned. So I took a leap of faith and asked some friends and clients to advertise the services I was offering  while on a two-day trip to Austin and it worked.

Successful Word of Mouth marketing is love returned.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed. Of course your brand has to have a good reputation and credibility but I am sure that’s something you already know. You cannot be shy in  photography. It takes good social skills to build a standing brand. Most of my clients hire me because Word of Mouth and yours can too. Paraphrasing the dynamic dual Zach & Jody,  “Turn your clients into walking, talking billboard for your brand.” As photographers we record some of life’s most valuable moments for our clients and that alone is a privilege. Word of Mouth marketing is trust and love between you.

Show love and it shall be returned.

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Cassandra Martinez – UT Grad – Austin, Texas

The University of Texas at Austin Campus is beautiful and has such great locations to take senior / graduation portraits. The textures and scenery makes for amazing backdrops. When I photographed Cassandra we walked around whole 40 acres as much to find all the sweet spots. We made sure to get some of the iconic UT-Austin spots as well. Here are my favorite shots from this UT-Austin Grad Photo Session. CassandraMartinez_PRINT_BBP (1 of 25)_WEBCassandraMartinez_PRINT_BBP (4 of 25)_WEBCassandraMartinez_PRINT_BBP (6 of 25)_WEBCassandraMartinez_PRINT_BBP (10 of 25)_WEBCassandraMartinez_PRINT_BBP (15 of 25)_WEB

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Felisa Yzaguirre – UT Grad – Austin, Texas

Not all grad sessions have to take place on college campuses or involve a cap and gown. Felisa graduated with me from The University of Texas at Austin and when she asked me to photograph her grad photos she wanted something a little different from the standard. I chose to take her grad photos at The Long Center for the Performing Arts. I had done a few photo sessions there before but this time I was prepared and knew the sweet spots. Here are my favorite shots from Felisa’s grad session. Felisa Yzaguirre_PRINT_BBP (2 of 34)_WEBFelisa Yzaguirre_PRINT_BBP (6 of 34)_WEBFelisa Yzaguirre_PRINT_BBP (7 of 34)_WEBFelisa Yzaguirre_PRINT_BBP (8 of 34)_WEBFelisa Yzaguirre_PRINT_BBP (19 of 34)_WEBFelisa Yzaguirre_PRINT_BBP (23 of 34)_WEBFelisa Yzaguirre_PRINT_BBP (34 of 34)_WEBFelisa_ by Ben Briones (1 of 1)_WEB

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