It’s often pointed out to me that my job as a Texas travel writer is a pretty dreamy gig. It’s an observation I certainly can’t dispute. And yet, if you were to ask me whom I’d like to swap day jobs with, I’d have a quick answer: any one of these fine Texas-based photographers, who I’m sure get to do even more wandering around the state than I do as they train their lenses on Texas’s epic landscapes and fascinating characters. Theirs are the Instagram accounts I browse regularly for a quick infusion of inspiration, wanderlust, and awe.
@jenniferboomer // Whenever I’m in need of a Far West Texas fix, I check to see Boomer’s latest snapshots of her home region, which often include tidbits from the goings-on in Marfa, Marathon, and Alpine.
@wynnmyers // The Austin-based photographer regularly follows in my reporting footsteps to shoot images for my Wanderer columns, and her photographs never fail to make me want to rush right back and experience a place all over again.
@aaronbates // An outdoor and lifestyle photographer, Bates has seemingly documented every pretty pocket of Big Bend (no small feat) and also manages the Instagram account for @bigbendnps and co-founded @efotoguide. (If you’re in Austin, go see some of his images in person at the Bullock Museum’s “Journey Into Big Bend” exhibit, up through September 18, 2016.)
@jennysathngam // “TX Open Swim,” an ongoing collection of underwater shots, is the Austin-based photog’s latest project; you’ll also see several of her watery pictures in our June roundup of 19 of the best water adventures around the state.
A closer look at this shot of the Trinity River for @texasmonthly. It was a refreshing to meet this subject – Charles Allen, a canoe outfitter in Dallas. He was kind as can be, passionate about everything to do with this river, and the only person I've met in years without an email address. In the distance we saw a pack of feral dogs roaming around the river and made the plan to push off in the canoe if they happened to take an interest in us. #txopenswim #trinityriver #builtforthewild