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Austin's youngest music photographer captures big ACL Fest moments

Austin's youngest music photographer captures big ACL Fest moments

ACL Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 Ryder Cavazos
Ryder Blue Cavazos shoots Brooklyn act Caveman during weekend two of ACL Fest. Photo by Daniel Cavazos
ACL Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 Caveman
Caveman plays to a big afternoon crowd. Photo by Ryder Blue Cavazos
ACL Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 Caveman
The Caveman guitar arsenal. Photo by Ryder Blue Cavazos
ACL Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 Caveman
The band, in black and white.  Photo by Ryder Blue Cavazos
ACL Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 Daniel Cavazos Ryder Cavazos
Ryder and her father, Daniel, review photos. Photo by Brian Gray
ACL Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 Rodney Connell Night Drive
Rodney Connell of local act Night Drive works the Miller Lite stage. Photo by Ryder Blue Cavazos
ACL Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 Caveman Jeff Berrall
Bassist Jeff Berrall basks in the ACL sun.  Photo by Ryder Blue Cavazos
ACL Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 Caveman Matt Iwanusa
Lead singer Matt Iwanusa. Photo by Ryder Blue Cavazos
ACL Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 Caveman Matt Iwanusa
Iwanusa takes a moment to feel the ACL energy. Photo by Ryder Blue Cavazos
ACL Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 Caveman Jimmy Carbonetti
Caveman guitarist Jimmy Carbonetti catches Ryder’s eye with his floral button-up. Photo by Ryder Blue Cavazos
ACL Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 stage hand Eddie
Legendary stage hand Eddie poses for a quick portrait.  Photo by Ryder Blue Cavazos
ACL Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 Ryder Cavazos
ACL Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 Caveman
ACL Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 Caveman
ACL Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 Caveman
ACL Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 Daniel Cavazos Ryder Cavazos
ACL Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 Rodney Connell Night Drive
ACL Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 Caveman Jeff Berrall
ACL Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 Caveman Matt Iwanusa
ACL Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 Caveman Matt Iwanusa
ACL Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 Caveman Jimmy Carbonetti
ACL Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 stage hand Eddie

Editor's note: This is the third year that Ryder Blue Cavazos, Austin's young and talented concert photographer, has provided photographs to CultureMap from a major fall music festival. This year, she photographed Brooklyn band Caveman during the second weekend of ACL Fest. Her father, photographer Daniel Cavazos, talks about the experience below.

As an avid music fan, my love for concert photography should come as no surprise. Many of my fellow concert photographers can attest to the thrill of getting that one shot of that one band you love.

When my 8-year-old daughter, Ryder Blue Cavazos, began tinkering with my cameras at the age of 3, I was obviously a very happy dad. Just the interest in the tool itself was enough for me. As she got older, that interest grew to the point where she was requesting her own camera.

In 2014, Ryder shot a few acts at Fun Fun Fun Fest. She had cut her live music chops by shooting Fitz and the Tantrums a month prior at ACL Fest. A year later, we were in contact with Echosmith about having Ryder shoot from side stage during weekend one of ACL Fest.

This year, Ryder joined me on the second weekend of ACL Fest to shoot Caveman. The gallery above captures the band's Saturday afternoon performance on the Miller Lite stage.