Music Monday: Hikes at Barracuda in Austin, TX by Tess Cagle

This photo essay is dedicated to the Hikes community. The fam that shows up early to shows, embraces one another, and displays kindness to strangers. Who spend their money on tickets, CDs, and merch. Who watch the live streams when they can't make it. Everyone who has made me feel safe to happy mosh, crowd surf, and hold on tight to my loved ones. 

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Portrait Session: PitchATX by Tess Cagle

Without further ado, meet Talan—founder of PitchAtX, a company that partners with individuals who struggle with making speeches to help them from "presentation ask to mic drop." Presentations are pretty unavoidable in the real world, so I think it's bomb that Talan uses her eight years of speech competing experience (she's nationally ranked, woo woo!) and a Master's in political communication to help others become better communicators. 

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Warren's One-derful First Birthday Party by Tess Cagle

At the end of June, I flew to Los Angeles to celebrate my nephew Warren's first official trip around the sun! If there's one thing I've learned I really enjoy to do as an aunt, it's taking portraits of my sister with the loves of her life. Last summer, I documented her first few days with Warren, and it seems crazy that lil alien I met last July is the same little boy who just learned how to walk. I envision that Warren will always know me as his tía who loves to take pictures and will know the second I walk through the door that it's photoshoot time. 

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A Weekend in Denver, Colorado by Tess Cagle

I booked another flight to Denver in less than a week after I arrived home from visiting in April—so I guess you could say the city left a good impression on me. I visited Denver in June to see my best friend, Devon, yet again and to see our all-time favorite band First Aid Kit perform at the Red Rocks Amphitheater.

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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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