Couple Session: Ale and Hector by Tess Cagle

Ale and Hector met in Austin, so it made sense to commemorate their love with a little bit of the Austin skyline. We shot at one of my personal favorite spots in the city, the Central Austin Public Library, and we had a blast. Special shoutout to these two because they also hopped into bushes at my request to get some of these shots. 

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Cheers to Three Years of BossBabesATX by Tess Cagle

Three years ago this week, I watched someone I really admire take the world by storm on top of a picnic table in a backyard in East Austin. (Yes Jane, I'm talkin' about you.) Me and a couple hundred other creative women in Austin witnessed firsthand the launch of BossBabesATX, a non-profit that amplifies and connects women and nonbinary creatives, entrepreneurs and organizers.

All sappiness aside–in honor of the organization's three year anniversary, I'm sharing my favorite pics from the #BBATX archive. 

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5 Things I Learned at Ladies Music Club's First Panel by Tess Cagle

Our panel featured Maressa Munoz of Ameritax Austin (my accountant!); Nathalie Phan, founder of On Vinyl Media; and Lauren Trahan, founder of Paper Moon Entertainment. We also had amazing vendors—Silk Club, The Audacity, and Women of Venus. If you wanted to attend but missed it, here's my five biggest takeaways from the panel. (Full disclosure: I didn't take notes since I was moderating, so these were the ideas that were ingrained in my brain!)

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Senior Session: Alexandria Sanchez by Tess Cagle

Last week I had the honor to photograph my first senior from my hometown, McAllen, Texas. It’s funny, the session actually epitomized what a small world we live in. When Alexandria Sanchez arrived for her session, she immediately looked familiar. She told me she went to the other high school in my hometown and we quickly realized we had a ton of mutual friends. (She’s also a real life fan of my boyfriend’s former band Boys Club.) 

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Senior Session: Cara Schwartzkopf by Tess Cagle

Grad Szn seems to be in full swing at UT Austin. I recently had the pleasure of taking senior photos for Cara Schwartzkopf, an advertising student at the university. I was stoked to work with Cara, who’s one of my first clients to find me through a Facebook ad (those things really work, woo!) and therefore booked me specifically because she liked what she saw online. 

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Senior Session: Jett Anderson by Tess Cagle

Jett is graduating from UT Austin this year with a degree in electrical engineering—and he already has a job lined up for next fall! So I had the privilege to take photos at—and step foot inside for the first time—the new engineering building on campus. Jett is also #swole, so we obviously had to take some photos outside Gregory Gymnasium (even though we both know he lived at the Rec Center). I'm so proud to call Jett my friend and even more proud to have taken his senior photos—Hook 'Em! 

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Instagram Recap: Urban Music Festival by Tess Cagle

Urban Music Festival has already ranked as my favorite festival to shoot this year and I'm sure it will stay up there. The day was a whole family affair and everyone I talked to was incredibly friendly and sweet to talk to. There were no hyper aggressive bros drunkenly hitting on me and folks were genuinely excited to have their photo taken. By the time En Vogue came on stage, the yard filled with chairs had turned into a huge dance party. 

Just like I did for SXSW, I'm now going to share some of my favorite photos I shared on Austin360's Instagram. 

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Couples Session: Amanda and Connor by Tess Cagle

In March, I took a quick break from SXSW to escape off to Brushy Creek with my pals Amanda and Connor. They are the final couple who received a free hour-long session in honor of Valentine’s Day—and we did their session just in time for their one year anniversary (which happens to be TODAY!) 

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Photo Recap: SXSW 2018 by Tess Cagle

This year marked my seventh SXSW—which makes me feel awfully old, despite being just 23. I still remember my first time at the festival. I was 16, I traveled from the Rio Grande Valley with my older brother to Austin for the first time to see the Strokes play at Auditorium Shores. I can visualize perfectly the first time we rounded the corner on I-35, passing the Holly St exit, and catching my first view of the Austin skyline. The weather was idyllic and I got to see my favorite band of all time for free. It's no wonder I moved to Austin just three years later. 

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Couple Session: Kayla and Connor by Tess Cagle

It's both exciting and incredibly nerve-wracking to try something new, right? Those were pretty much the emotions pulsing through me after I advertised on Instagram that I would be doing couple session for free in February. To be honest: I did it to get some more experience working with couples before I started charging money. I knew once I did a session, I would create photos I loved and have the confidence to jump head-first into engagement sessions in no time. 

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5 ATX Women-owned business + organizations you can support this International Working Women's Day by Tess Cagle

In honor of International Working Women's Day, I'm highlighting a few inspirational companies that I'd like to challenge y'all to lend your support to. The first two—BBATX and Counter Balance—are 501(c) organizations I've been following for some time now, and the final three are women-owned businesses I learned about recently and found super inspirational. 

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Austin Visual Meet-Up Recap by Tess Cagle

Using this rainy weekend—brought to us by #HurricaneHarvey— to catch up with some website updates. 

Last weekend I stepped out of my comfort zone and attended my first ever photographer meetup. Hosted by Austin Visuals, the meetup was incredibly inspiring—as have the last week as I've checked out all the other work shared by photographers I met. 

I've never actually worked with models before. I'm an event / concert photographer looking to expand my portrait work, so I thought the meet-up would help me learn a few things. It did and also left me feeling incredibly inspired and ready to focus more on growing my freelance business. 

Here's a few of my shots from the weekend. Cheers to future projects, inspired by this day. 

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Meet My Nephew: Warren Joseph Cooper by Tess Cagle

My amazing sister, Kate Cooper, gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on July 2, 2017. I was fortunate enough to arrive in LA on the eve of his birthday and stuck around long enough to take some newborn pictures. 

I was nervous to take these photos because not only have I never taken newborn pictures, I'd never even held a baby before. The photos ended up turning out great and the whole shoot was so much fun. 

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Senior Session: Audrey Browning by Tess Cagle

I can't believe I'm publishing this post on my final day of classes in college. 

Congratulations to all my friends who are also about to embark into the real world – especially Audrey Browning! This pretty lady was a blast to work with during her senior session. I think together we were able to really capture her bubbly and sassy personality in these photos. 

I'm especially grateful for Audrey because she donated to a GoFundMe campaign I had last year to raise money for the camera I shoot with now. Her donation helped me a lot and it was such a pleasure to use my Canon 6D to photograph her senior photos. Thanks, Audrey! 

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