Butterfly Photography – An Old Obsession

Between 2008 and 2010 I use to have this obsession with photographing butterflies. I would take my camera to school at UTPA and hang around the small butterfly park next to the chapel and just wait around for butterflies to land on plants and flowers. Once I transferred to UT-Austin I would continue my obsession capturing pictures of butterflies on my spare time or when I needed to have a chill moment. I remember walking around with my headphones full blast playing Sigur Rós and just getting lost in the moment looking for butterflies to photograph. Here are some shots I found in my old hard drive. Butterfly2Butterfly3Butterfly4

Miguel Garza – Head Shots – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

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Miguel Garza is an actor and singer living in New York, New Work. In 2011 Miguel contracted us to take some simple head shots for him. We shot his photos at The University of Texas Pan American. We found a beautiful location on campus via the Education building were we took the majority of the shots. I requested he bring three tops for three different looks. We tend to take head shots by request so each head shot session with us is unique to how you will be presenting your photos.

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Suheily Maldonado – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Here is a graduation session I did back in 2011 for Mrs. Suheily. I was extremely proud of the shots five years ago and I am still very proud of them today. Suheily is now married and has travelled around the world doing missionary work. What makes me more happy then the results of the photos, is the journey the people I photograph create for themselves after our last encounter.

Let’s start your journey by documenting this milestone in your life and academic career! I am very happy that I got to photograph Mrs. Suheily, because it’s people like her and many of you that continue to me to write and photograph and just tell stories. Although Suheily and I don’t talk as much anymore I do keep up with her via social media. SuheilyMaldonado_PRINT_BBP-127_FBSuheilyMaldonado_PRINT_BBP-130_FBSuheilyMaldonado_PRINT_BBP-143_FBSuheilyMaldonado_PRINT_BBP-146_FBSuheilyMaldonado_PRINT_BBP-148_FBSuheilyMaldonado_PRINT_BBP-151_FBSuheilyMaldonado_PRINT_BBP-160_FBSuheilyMaldonado_PRINT_BBP-170_FB

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Sam Valdez – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

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With graduation around the corner for many colleges, universities and soon high schools, I can’t help to remember the excitement of moving on to the next milestone of my life. In my career as a photographer I have photographed many unique graduation portrait sessions in the Rio Grande Valley. I too once walked in my regalia and received two diplomas in my life time and I hope to obtain more.

This beautiful girl you see in the photos is a good friend of mine from high school. Seven years ago Ms. Sam Valdez was ready to tackle life and today she’s a successful and happy individual. These photos forever will be a record of that initial start to life as an adult.

If I recall correctly we did photographer her in her cap and gown but I am choosing to show these shots because just as much as the session is to highlight graduation it is also to highlight your character and were you will be taking that character. In this case Sam took her character to Texas Tech University the home of the Red Raiders! If you are graduating soon I would advice to take some fun unique grad photos for your memories. Thank you Sam for contracting me to capture this milestone in you life.

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Karen Perez – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

I am super excited to photograph and feature my first University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Graduate on my blog! Congratulations Ms. Karen Perez on your achievement!

Every time I photograph someone on this university campus it takes me back to my days as a student their. I use to walk around with my camera around my neck photographing nature and people and now I have the privilege to capture momentous milestones in graduates who too have walked the same campus as I.

The University of Texas Pan American, as it was once known, molded me as a photographer and really help me plunge into the world of photojournalism with the opportunity the Pan American Newspaper granted me. And even though it is now UTRGV, I know the leadership, professors and staff still hold quality education as its top priority.

Ms. Karen Perez, once again best wishes and thank you for trusting my brand to capture this milestone in your life.

Special thanks to Sara Yanez.

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Mario & Celina E-session – Los Fresnos, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

This couple are totally meant for each other and what’s really special about them is how classic their love is. It’s as if you were reading a classic romance novel. Picture it, a writer meets a psychologist, and the array of intellect, charm and good looks create a spark and the result is evident in these photos.

I love how these photos turned out. The location was perfect. If you have never visited the Inn at Chachalaca Bend located in Los Fresnos, Texas I urge you to. It’s such a beautiful place. The two outfits the couple choose were perfect fit for both the indoor session and outdoor as well.

Mario and Celina I am beyond excited to photograph your wedding. It was a pleasure documenting your bridal shower Celina and conducting the engagement session as well but all the magic happens. Enjoy these sneak peeks.
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Double Master; Diana Ybanez – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Once more I had the pleasure of photographing this very special person in my life; Diana Ibanez or A.K.A. Mrs. B  to many of her past students from Edinburg North High School. My first photo session with Diana was for Christmas family photos with her boy. In this photo session Diana celebrates her second masters degree from the late University of Texas – Pan American. The success this woman has achieved is inspiring and I am always extremely thankful for how much she believed in me and continue to do so!

I present to you my photography sensei, Diana Ybanez!

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It’s a boy! Stephanie & Carlos Rios – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Stephanie and Carlos have been together for such a long time now so this next milestone in their lives is only natural. I had the blessed opportunity watch and film them look each other in the eye under God and say I Do and now they are expecting a baby boy anytime soon!

I present to you Stephanie, Carlos and their baby boy!

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Sara Yanez – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Photographing Miss Sara Yanez has been a pleasure. She’s so easy to work with and just a beauty! A huge congratulations to this 2015 UTPA Graduate on her much deserved Music Education degree. Sara I wish you the very best in your future!

We were super excited to photograph Sara at the new UTRGV Performing Center. It would only make sense since she is a super-star in the making! This talented girl has not only just earned her degree in music but is also a worship leader at New Hope of Weslaco, performs at different local events, and is also a Pastor.

I have known Miss Sara Yanez for more than 2-years now and all I can say is that God has blessed her and continues to do so. You got this super-star! Go get’em!

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Sara Yanez – GoFundMe – Ben Briones Studios

 

Sara Yanez and I became friends about two-years ago because she knew a client of mine. I had taken some portraits of a good friend of mine named Roxy Rivera, Sara and her were both classmates at the University of Texas Pan-American so somehow my work of Roxy came across Sara’s view and we connected. Today Sara and I have continued to stay in touch and we give God thanks for our friendship.

One day Sara began telling me about her dreams and aspirations of becoming a christian singer. From what I knew about her she was already on her way there. Ms. Sara Yanez is a pastor and worship leader at her church New Hope Christian Fellowship Weslaco. She has given all her efforts in pursing a degree in music education from UTPA and now she has invested in a training program called AMTC (Actors Models & Talent for Christ), which is a non-profit ministry dedicated to making good bolder in film, fashion, music and theater.

Sara commissioned me to create this special video for her so that she can present on her GoFundMe account and promote on her social media accounts. Sara’s goal is to penetrate the entertainment industry and change the world for Christ and I am one-hundred-percent for her goal to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ with her many talents. Today I urge you to donate what God has put in your heart to help this beautiful talented young lady reach her goals of representing Jesus Christ with her God-given-talents.

 

PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK HERE http://www.gofundme.com/g2w13c  TO DONATE TO SARA YANEZ. Thank You! 

 

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