Bocanegra Wedding – McAllen, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Photographing small weddings is always delightful because they just feel a tiny bit more special. The couples usually are excited and so is there family. I photographed this small wedding at The Wedding Gal Chapel in McAllen, Texas owned by Ms. Terry Perez. The wedding took no longer than 45mins and it was beautiful. Here are my favorite shots from this small wedding.

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Bianca and Tony Engagement Session – La Estrella Ranch – Mission, Texas

Last Monday I got to photograph this lovely couple at the La Estrella Ranch in Mission, Texas. When we met they were looking for something rustic and western and we picked the perfect location. Their outfits were spot with the theme they were going for and the couple really enjoyed the location.

Although not seen in the shots the ranch had a this very playful chocolate lab who kept bring her toy ball to us to play catch the whole hour we were at the venue. It was very cute. I love the red outfits the couple chose to shoot in when we had daylight and then they changed out to something more formal for the evening, which was perfect for the night setting. Here are some of my favorite shots from this engagement photo session. 10.01.18_HighRes_Bianca Juan Engagement Session_BBS-9817_WEB10.01.18_HighRes_Bianca Juan Engagement Session_BBS-9926_WEB10.01.18_HighRes_Bianca Juan Engagement Session_BBS-0017_WEB10.01.18_HighRes_Bianca Juan Engagement Session_BBS-0054_WEB10.01.18_HighRes_Bianca Juan Engagement Session_BBS-0199_WEB10.01.18_HighRes_Bianca Juan Engagement Session_BBS-0157_WEB10.01.18_HighRes_Bianca Juan Engagement Session_BBS-0097_WEB10.01.18_HighRes_Bianca Juan Engagement Session_BBS-0296_WEB

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Bobby & Priscilla Wedding – Monica’s Banquet Hall – San Juan, Texas

Bobby and Priscilla’s wedding was such a beautiful event from beginning to end. We started off with them when they were getting ready and ended the night with them eating menudo! The couple and their son looked amazing that day! We had previously photographed their engagements months back but capturing their wedding day was very special!

Bobby and Priscilla got married at Monica’s Banquet Hall in San Juan, Texas. It’s a beautiful venue off N. Cesar Chavez. They had both their ceremony and reception at this wedding venue. In between we took the couple to the Hummingbird SpringsHummingbird Springs outdoor venue in Donna, Texas for their couples photos. Here are some of our favorite shots from this wedding!

Photo Credit: Sara Yanez, Ben Briones

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Amanda & Marcos Wedding – The Grove- Edinburg, Texas

A few weekends ago I shot one of the most beautiful outdoor weddings in my career. I was hired by a good friend Mrs. Amanda and her husband Marco’s to be the official photographer at their wedding. The wedding took place at the beautiful outdoor wedding venue known as The Grove Wedding and Event Venue.

The wedding day ambiance was perfect, it was filled with excitement, wedding day nerves, and very emotional moments. There was a special trip we took with the bride and groom to see her father, who couldn’t make it to the wedding because of health issues. The bride got to have her first dance with her daddy and we were able to capture that! This is why we love what we do and why professional wedding photography is super important!

I love the style of the wedding and how perfect the wedding fit. The bride look super mega amazing in her wedding and boots! It’s hard to share how much fun we had documenting this wedding but here are some of our favorite moments from that special day!

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Stephanie Rios – Professional Photographer – Ben Briones Studios

There comes a time in your life when you have to ask for help! It is inevitable because as much as we think we could do everything and anything, truly, we can’t. And after we receive help it usually customary to thank that person. Today, I thank you Stephanie Rios!

crm-images_08-18-16_stc-203-copyMerriam-Webster’s dictionary defines help as the following: to give assistance or support to. Allow me to be the first to admit that I constantly need help and thus call one people for assistance. Mrs. Stephanie has become one of those people who has become my go to for support because she’s simply amazing.

Stephanie Rios is a wonderful mother, a gracious wife, a trusty worthy friend, an amazing sister, and ambitious and talented photographer.

I often refer to Steph as my shooting partner because the relationship is beyond a paycheck. I got to witness Stephanie walk down the isle as her wedding videographer. I got to witness Stephanie carry her beautiful son for nine months and document that milestone in her life. And I cannot forget about her husband, whom I have come to love equally, because to be 100% honest, Mr. Carlos Rios is badass. [Excuse my french.]
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Stephanie has helped me on numerous events, photo shoots, photo booths, and everything photography related. She’s extremely talented. She has an eye for detail. She has personality to become a super-star photographer. And I support it all. I support her ambition so much that I will defend her against anyone who tries to discredit her or worst not give her any credit for the skilled photography she provides anyone who hires her.

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This morning my friend Steph posted a  genuine question on a photography forum on Facebook called South Texas Photo & Video Community on how to approach photographer’s she second shoots with for credit on photos they share that she shot. For those familiar with forums you know it can get rowdy, and mainly by the know-it-alls [me included]. Well the question sprouted a healthy debate and insightful  opinionated information. [my two cents included]

The simple solution that I proposed to this type of issue is for the hiring photographer to create and have all second shooters / freelancers sign an agreement. Within this contract  the hiring photographer should include the verbiage and clarify the expectations,  responsibilities, and  intellectual property privileges of the second shooter. Sadly, none to very little photographers do this at all. I don’t blame them though, business knowledge is not that common in the photography industry. Many don’t take the time to see their brand as a business and that later become issues. [please read business books photographers]

A while back Stephanie and I did establish an agreement on how we will handle credit and images she has taken for my brand. And far from it do I ever not credit for her the help she provides me. I go beyond and link my clients to her personal brand; Stephanie Rios Photography because she’s worthy of praise.

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Photographers who are reading this I challenge you to credit your second shooters or assistants after your next photo related job. Give thanks publicly. Post your favorite shot they snapped for your brand. Take a behind the scene of them passionately grabbing capturing a moment. Take even further and share their personal portfolio so that your clients can see that you hire top quality talent.

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If you are looking to hire a photographer for your next event or photo shoot I recommend you a talented photography by the name of Stephanie Rios.


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Stephanie Rios Photographer 
Owner / Photographer
Weddings | Portraits | Children
(956) 313-1741
stephanievalencia7@gmail.com