Sarah Ruiz – UTRGV Grad – Edinburg, Texas

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!  06.08.19_High Res_Sarah Ruiz Grad Session_BBS-8_WEB06.08.19_High Res_Sarah Ruiz Grad Session_BBS-15_WEB06.08.19_High Res_Sarah Ruiz Grad Session_BBS-18_WEB06.08.19_High Res_Sarah Ruiz Grad Session_BBS-26_WEB06.08.19_High Res_Sarah Ruiz Grad Session_BBS-30_WEB06.08.19_High Res_Sarah Ruiz Grad Session_BBS-35_WEB06.08.19_High Res_Sarah Ruiz Grad Session_BBS-38_WEB06.08.19_High Res_Sarah Ruiz Grad Session_BBS-45_WEB

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Nick Cruz – UTRGV Graduate – Ben Briones Studios

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. 2019-03-20_00092019-03-20_00102019-03-20_00112019-03-20_00122019-03-20_00132019-03-20_00142019-03-20_00152019-03-20_0016

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Edna Villarreal Kruger – White Coat Ceremony – UTRGV

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! 2018-08-18_00192018-08-18_00012018-08-18_00022018-08-18_00032018-08-18_00042018-08-18_00052018-08-18_00062018-08-18_00072018-08-18_00082018-08-18_00092018-08-18_00102018-08-18_00112018-08-18_00132018-08-18_00142018-08-18_00152018-08-18_00172018-08-18_0018

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Maria Dolores Alvarado – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

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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Miguel & Vanessa-Wedding- Edinburg, Texas -Ben Briones Studios

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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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Accidental Portraits – Ben Briones Studios 

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. 

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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Vianey Salinas – Mission, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

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! Salinas Family_High Res_BBS-327_FBSalinas Family_High Res_BBS-332_FBSalinas Family_High Res_BBS-340_FBSalinas Family_High Res_BBS-347_FBSalinas Family_High Res_BBS-356_FBSalinas Family_High Res_BBS-372_FBSalinas Family_High Res_BBS-386_FBSalinas Family_High Res_BBS-389_FB

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Criselda Garza – Edinburg, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

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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