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InstaTexas: Lone Star Photographers

Travel the state through the lenses of these pros.

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The beauty of Big Bend shines through in Aaron Bates' stunning photographs.
Photographs by Aaron Bates

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.

Easter weekend with my swimmer bunny @mirendayates #mytinyatlas

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@kennybraun // A longtime Texas Monthly contributing photographer, Braun has a soft spot for (and an extensive knowledge of) Texas surf culture as well as the state’s wild places.


@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.)

A few of the latest Instagram posts from @aaronbates.
A few of the latest Instagram posts from @aaronbates.


@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.


@randalford // A frequent Texas Monthly collaborator (he’s shot numerous covers for the magazine), Ford has a particularly distinctive style—and a penchant for working with cute critters!

The iconic, Broken Spoke, Austin, TX

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