Ashley and Juan Wedding – Hacienda San Juan – Ben Briones Studios

Ashley and Juan’s Wedding day began at their parents home. It was a special sight to see the couple getting ready with their family. The couple currently lives in Austin, Texas, where we took their engagement photos, so to be back home on such a momentous day must have been very exciting for everyone. The couple had a beautiful catholic ceremony at Holy Spirt in McAllen, Texas where we also took their wedding day portraits. On the way to their venue in San Juan, Texas we stopped at the Basilica Of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle – National Shrine to take more photos of the couple. Finally we ended the night with a beautiful reception at the gorgeous rebranded wedding venue now known as Hacienda San Juan located in San Juan, Texas. Here are my favorite photos from their wedding day.

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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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Perla & Fabian Wedding – Salon Real Del Valle – Edinburg, Texas

Everyone’s wedding is unique and this love story was extremely special! Perla & Fabian have been together for a long time and their love keeps growing. At the wedding you could see the glow in their eyes for each other and that such a sight to see! Perla looked gorgeous in her bridal dress and Fabian looked dapper in his smokey gray suite!

The couple had their ceremony at the Saint Theresa Of Infant Jesus Catholic Church in Edcouch, Texas. It was a beautiful church and ceremony, Then the couple had their reception at the beautiful S2018-06-04_00262018-06-04_00272018-06-04_00282018-06-04_00292018-06-04_00302018-06-04_00342018-06-04_00312018-06-04_00322018-06-04_00352018-06-04_00332018-06-04_00362018-06-04_00372018-06-04_00382018-06-04_00392018-06-04_00402018-06-04_00412018-06-04_00422018-06-04_00432018-06-04_00442018-06-04_00452018-06-04_00462018-06-04_00472018-06-04_00482018-06-04_00512018-06-04_00502018-06-04_00492018-06-04_00522018-06-04_00652018-06-04_00682018-06-04_00692018-06-04_00662018-06-04_00672018-06-04_00742018-06-04_00632018-06-04_00622018-06-04_00582018-06-04_00602018-06-04_00592018-06-04_00642018-06-04_00572018-06-04_00712018-06-04_00722018-06-04_00732018-06-04_00752018-06-04_00762018-06-04_00702018-06-04_00562018-06-04_00532018-06-04_00542018-06-04_00552018-06-04_00612018-06-04_00792018-06-04_0078

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Client Review

Picking ben was by far the best decision my husband and I made. His work ethic is impeccable. Our wedding day was so easy with him and his assistant Lourdes shooting it. They were so helpful throughout the day getting every detailed shot they could. He even helped us plan how our day would go! He was an amazing help and I can’t wait to see how amazing our photos came out!!

Ashley & Gaspar Wedding – Mario’s Banquet Hall – Ben Briones Studios

Ashley and Gaspar has a beautiful intimate wedding at Mario’s Banquet Hall in Mission, Texas by Terry The Wedding Gal. Surrounded by family and friends these two love birds enjoyed an evening of dancing, laughter and family. Best wishes to the couple! Here are some of our favorite shots from this wedding. 03.10.18_PRINT_TheWeddingGal_MariosBallroom_BBS-0065_WEB03.10.18_PRINT_TheWeddingGal_MariosBallroom_BBS-0367_WEB03.10.18_PRINT_TheWeddingGal_MariosBallroom_BBS-0751_WEB

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Onieda and Osiel – San Benito, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

Oni and I grew up together so being the photographer at her wedding was super special. I use to go over to her house to hangout with her brother Marco and play music. Many times we would all walk home together from our high school to hangout and on her wedding night we all walked together down the isle on her special day!

Oni and Osiel put their trust in my team and I to capture their special day and I think they will be pleased with what we produced. The couple had a beautiful outdoor wedding at Oak Hills Event Center in San Benito, Texas. The wedding started right at sundown. The wedding went into the night where the romantic setting of the venue really was on display. Some of my favorite shots were of their first dance and when they danced with their mother. Along with those moments here are some of my favorite shots from the wedding.

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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

Instagram; how to extend your brand!

As photographers, Instagram should be a must-have app on your mobile device! It really helps tame the urge to shoot because we now have an outlet to photography on the daily!

Now for the professional photographers who are looking to use Instagram for both pleasure and business; the thought process of posting images becomes much more strategic.

Can I make money from the images I post on Instagram?

To be honest there are very few business-minded photographers out there. You’re probably not concerned about capitalizing on “your passion”, but I’ll tell you this…if you’re not then you’re just a hobbyist, even if you charge.

To my professionals who do want to make a living off photography, here are some pointers on how to capitalize on Instagram through your art and personal images.

1. Become transparent or “real” via Instagram. People want to see who you are and what you’re really about. Post your art but also post some of your personal life. This matters because people do business with people, especially in our line of work. Client relationships are important to the service industry because the happy clients are the biggest promoters of your brand.

2. Build a following around your brand by using a unique hashtag that will filter your images for people to explore your brand on the platform. Encourage your clients and friends to use these hashtags on posts and reposts they upload about you on their account.

3. Create a call to action on the post you purposely upload to use for sales. Invite the viewer to your website or blog. Or to repost your image with a reward for doing so. The call to action doesn’t lead to a direct sale but it brings awareness to your brand or unique product.

4. Utilize the video capability of the application. Photography comes first nature to you but video will challenge you to be more creative and appealing to build a larger awareness to your photography. Make a behind the scenes video of a session or of you selling a unique service.

5. Reply to every single comment that is made on any of your posts regardless if pertains to your photography or not. This goes back to being real. People do business with people and as a photographer this matters a whole lot. A social media expert, Gary Vaynerchuck, in his book The Thank You Economy talks about how you need to give the one-to-one attention to your customer base, and in return they will buy your product.

Capitalizing on your passion via Instagram can and will lead to more sells but you just have to be consistent and strategic with how you use the app. 

If you would like to know more on how you can extend your brand on this platform, feel free to email me at ben@benbriones.com for a one-to-one training session.

Apologize To Your Client Now!

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“I’m sorry” in the business world goes a long way, especially when we fail to meet our clients expectations. As business owners we have so many things going on that sometimes we fall short and our clients suffer.

Today I’d like to give you 5 tips on why apologizing to your client is a good business practice you should implement in your photography business.

1. Saying “I am sorry” in person or via a hand written letter reminds the client that you are just as human as they are. Sometimes clients see us a brand instead of a person and they might disconnect, making them a little meaner to us when they are upset. Remind them you’re a person too with an apology letter.

2. Saying sorry reminds you to never make that mistake again. As business owners, we are dealing with so many things sometimes we fall short of what said we would deliver to our clients. Growing a pair and telling your client why you messed up will save you from future ordeals.

3. Bad reviews are just as helpful as good reviews. Never delete or remove a bad review on your business because then you would just be lying to future clients. My suggestion is to apologize publicly to that client rather it be on your Facebook page, in a blog post, on your google place, etc. This will show future clients that you are real and can be trusted.

4. Throwing in a gift card or some type of gift in your apology can quickly change the clients mood from I’ll-Never-Hire-You-Again to You’re-Not-That-Evil, which in the long run is good because you have a higher chance of the client referring you to friends and family.

5. Saying sorry should be limited. You shouldn’t have to be apologizing more than 4 times a year. Think of it as one of those rare Mario Party Candy like the Bowser Candy that allows you to steal everyone’s stars. Keep your apologies in your secret weapon drawer and only take one out when you absolutely need it and your reputation is on the line.

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