McAllen Life Coach Chis’mere Mallard

McAllen Photographer

What a great year! This morning we wrapped up the 2017 headshot portrait season working with life life-coach Chis’mere Mallard at his home in McAllen. We’ll be collaborating with him on other projects next year and wish him all the best. If you haven’t had a chance to hear him speak look him up, he’s a Les Brown speaker with a powerful story changing lives. —

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Who says you need a huge studio space? We shot this in a living room yesterday afternoon! (Christmas Tree and all) =) #timeforanewheadshot #neverbored #havecamerawilltravel




Volunteering at the McAllen Book Festival 2017

The time my family joined the Empire. Sort of. The first assignment for Saturday was volunteering at the McAllen Public Library as an official 501st Legion Cosplay Handler. As always it was a lot of fun watching the kids faces light up and even having the librarians jump in for a photo or two.

McAllen La Plaza Mall

Finishing up editing photos for the La Plaza Mall expansion. It’s pretty impressive all they’ve done!

What i’ve been told is they have over 40+ stores moving in between now and the first of the year.    I’m just excited that cinabon is coming back! (yeah i said it).

The vacation that wouldn’t end

First this has nothing to do with photography. This is just something fun that we’d like to share with those that follow us and support us. I say “us” because this has always been a team effort from my wife to the kids that come along with us where ever we end up.

We’ve been working a few VLogs and I thought I’d share this with you guys. We’ve been home almost a month and people are still asking and talking about our vacation. I even had someone at church today give us a shout out so it’s been fun. Our oldest keeps his own vlog and posts from time to time…so I thought I’d share it with those that support us (and were worried about us during our “extendedDisney vacation.)

Have a great week!

Music by Joakim Karud

— with Lucy Mejía Riojas, Diego A. Riojas and Sebastián E. Riojas at Walt Disney World.

McAllen Fashion Photography

[McAllen Fashion Photographer]

Ever wonder what it’s like to be on a photo set? Just a quick behind the scenes look at some of our studio work here at Abel Riojas Photography!  Now this was a lot of fun as all the models and make up artist were based right here in the Rio Grande Valley and it was our first calibration together.  The secret behind the fashion photoshoot was being efficient and knowing what our client wanted.  Each look was shot, edited, and delivered for social media with in 48 hours.

This all started when a friend of ours, Giselle Dominique Mascarenhas-Villarreal, called and said “we need your help with one of our fashion campaigns are you in?”  SURE!  And the rest is in history.  One thing about Giselle she’s always ahead of the trends in her Public Relation business and always working on the next biggest thing.   Looking back on the whole  thing it was probably one of our busiest projects for 2015 .  We had a total of three make up artists going all at once, a stylist pulling clothes and double checking everything, and our friend Dom capturing it all for social media behind the scenes.

Fashion photography is one of our biggest areas of growth in our business model and we’re always looking for new team members.  We love to work with like minded make up artists, stylists and even fashion bloggers to team up with to keep up with the latest trends.  And on the other side of the coin, commercial photography, let us know you’re interested in doing something for your business or boutique here in the Rio Grande Valley. Don’t be shy send us an email or stop by our Mission photo studio if you’re in the Sharyland area.  We’re always looking to work with new teams and provide quality work with breath taking results!

High School Senior Photoshoot #BTS

McAllen High School Portraits

Someone once asked me “What’s the greatest thing about your job?”  Every day is a new day and you can have the opportunity to have fun.  I asked a friend of mine, the very talented Dominic Sanchez, to figure out a way to get glimpse of a studio photoshoot here at our Mission / McAllen location.  I was pretty impressed with what we came away with.

If you still haven’t booked your Class of 2016 High School Portrait session why not book today? We are conveniently located right in between McAllen and Mission here in South Texas.  Rain or Shine we have a full working studio to capture your memories in a fun environment.

Abel Riojas Photography specializes in fashion portraiture, commercial head shots, family, and senior pictures.   To see more of Abel’s work, please go to or visit his Facebook page at

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McAllen | Edinburg | Mission | Pharr | South Padre Island Texas | Spaces are very limited and fill early.  Booking in advance will ensure a spot on Abel Riojas Photography’s schedule.