Posted on April 30, 2020
Lately I have been featuring a ton of my older work. As a photographer, if you are persistent, your photography skills will grow as well. I love going back and looking at my stuff shot back in the day when my love for photography was blossoming into what it has become of it now and comparing it to my newest work. You will see the difference in technique and style. Some of it has to do with you now having better equipment but some can just be artistic direction. Here is a quick fun shoot I did with my friend Laura at UTPA back in 2008. Below you will see my “contact sheet” to see how many photos I took to get “the shots”. I believe I shot this with my Canon 5D (the original). Enjoy!
Posted on April 23, 2020
I wanted to show off these fun UTPA Grad Session photo shoot I did a while back. Ms. Gina had contracted me for her senior photos and I wanted to shoot them on the UTPA now UTRGV campus using natural light. If you know me, I usually carry around some mad lighting gear, but this time around we just rolled with a reflector. We also shot during golden hour which made the lighting even more beautiful. Check out the awesome photos we produced for Gina’s grad session.
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Posted on March 14, 2020
Do you ever stumble upon some of your older photography work and you wish you knew were your negatives or RAW files where? This recently happened to me with these two shots. I remember clearly taking these portraits of my friend Christian somewhere between 2008 – 2010 but I can’t seem to find the negatives / RAW files.
If I recall correctly around this time I was using a Canon EOS Rebel G film SLR with a 50mm lens that my high school photography teacher had gifted me. I am also pretty sure these are film scans I took into photoshop to edit. Honestly I just watneted to share more of my 35mm work for y’all. Enjoy!
Posted on June 8, 2019
Yesterday we had the pleasure of photographing Ms. Sarah Ruiz, a recent graduate from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). She majored in communications and is excited to become an educator. Even though the extremely hot weather and crazy winds posed a small annoyance, we go it done. Sarah was such a trooper baring the heat and yet still looking amazing in all her photos. Thank you Sarah for choosing our studio to capture this milestone in your life!
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Posted on March 30, 2019
Graduation is around the corner and one of the things that go along with walking across the stage is to take graduation photos to record the special milestone! My friend Nick Cruz recently setup a studio graduation photo session at my home studio located in McAllen, Texas and I love how the photos came out! Nick graduated in 2018 from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) but didn’t get a chance to take photos back then but we hooked him up. Here are some of my favorite shots from this studio graduation photo session.
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Posted on August 18, 2018
This week a good friend of mine, photography student and fellow photographer, Mrs. Edna Villarreal Kruger, received her white coat and acceptance to the UTRGV Physician Assistant Program. Wishing you the best friend and I know you will do great! Can’t wait to photograph you when you graduate from the program!
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Posted on July 22, 2017
She’s a local actress, director, dancer, and President of the award winning Latino Theatre Initiative at UTRGV, her name is Maria Dolores Alvarado! I had the privilege of taking Maria’s graduation portraits at my photo studio. Maria recently graduated from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts Theatre. Congratulations, Maria! I wish you the very best in your future endeavors. Check out my favorite images from her graduation photo session.
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Posted on April 21, 2017
Never have I attended a wedding more musical than this one here. Miguel and Vanessa are both powerhouses in the mariachi music scene here in the Rio Grande Valley. The bride has her own all female mariachi group named Mariachi Mariposas and the groom plays with an all male group named Mariachi Los Arrieros. Not only do they play but they also teach music!
The wedding took place at this small beautiful catholic church north of Edinburg, Texas. The brides brothers and his mariachi conducted the ceremony music. Vanessa looked stunning in her wedding gown. She has classic beauty. The groom, Miguel, looked super dapper in his blue fitted suit. Shortly after the wedding we took the couple and their bridal party to where they met, the UTPA now UTRGV, music department to take their formal photos.
It gets better. Once we got back to their wedding venue for the reception there were more musical surprises. Miguel and Vanessa’s mariachi’s groups put on a performance for the couple and their guest. It was truly a beautiful musical wedding.
Photo Credit: Jessica Musick, Ben Briones
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Posted on April 4, 2017
Yesterday while searching for a set of photos I stumbled upon this cinematic portrait of my friend Maria Dolores Alvarado, which suites her well because Maria is a an actress, playwright, and dancer.
Below you will find a color version of the shot which is the original rendition. I saw some magic in portrait so I decided to take it into photoshop and try salvage it with some heavy editing.
I wonder if other photographers ever find accidental shots are gems and show them off too? I think what stood out most about this shot was the scene. As I mentioned before Maria is a performer so the latter in the background reminded me of a stage being setup and the lighting reminded me of the old black and white noir style film scenes.
It’s crazy how a photographers mind works right? This shot was an accidental shot taken while setting up for Christmas photos back in December.
Posted on December 10, 2016
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.
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Posted on December 8, 2016
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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Posted on May 13, 2016
A few years back I had the pleasure of photographing Vianey after celebrating her high school graduation from Edinburg North High School and now we celebrate her recent graduation from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
Special thanks Mr. & Mrs. Salinas, the wonderful parents of Ms. Vianey, for hiring me again to document this milestone in their lives. Not only was this a graduation photo session but also her parent’s 25th Wedding Anniversary.
I feel very honored to continue being part of this family’s life. Thank Salinas family!
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Posted on May 6, 2016
As a professional photographer is it always such a great feeling to sign a new client but what brings me the best joy is working with a returning client. These photos that I am featuring today are of Ms. Criselda Garza, who is graduating with a nursing degree from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).
Criselda is a returning client because I had the pleasure of photographing her beautiful daughter Krystal Molina in 2011 and I remember how much fun that photo shoot was, now the spotlight is on Mom. Ms. Garza is beautiful so it was not difficult at all to pose her and guide her during the photo shoot. I also had the detailed help of Ms. Sara Yanez, a recent graduation photo session client. Thank You Sara!
We shot these milestone portraits on the UTRGV campus where Criselda is a student. I decided to use a lot of the newer areas of the campus because of the greenery and colors. Criselda was a doll at allowing me to pose her in all these different locations. Congratulations on her degree and thank you for allowing us to document this milestone.
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Posted on December 14, 2015
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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Posted on September 9, 2015
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!