In June Austin Americana had the pleasure of photographing one of our engaged austin couples south of Downtown Austin, on South Congress Avenue. Monica and Abel are a couple with a sense of style who asked me to make recommendations where there photographs should be. After some discussion with them we agreed the South Congress area would be a great place to tell their photographic story, and I think you’ll agree.
South Congress has much to offer and is rich with the always-evolving Austin culture. This legendary Austin Street, once known more for shabby housing and prostitution, is now the place to be if you want to get a glimpse of anyone famous that is visiting Austin. South Congress is leading the charge with great food, including Guero’s Restaurant, Amy’s Ice Cream, Jo’s Coffee, Home Slice Pizza, as well as the new food trailer trend which is well represented. There are hot spots like the Continental Club and Ego’s for after hours, and the list goes on.
But the art and music scene are alive and well in the SoCo area (short for South Congress) as well. Many buildings feature murals and yard art is abundant in the area. Regular festivals and outings (such as “1st Thursday”) feature Austin musicians playing live music up and down the avenue.
For Monica and Abel’s engagement session, our job was to capture some of the South Congress energy that is so abundant, and I think we did. But I’ll let you be the judge…