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Double take

November 11, 2016

Had a really fun shoot the other day for The Wall Street Journal’s “What’s In Your Bag?” feature. Basically they pick out interesting people/professions and do a story and photos about what they do and what’s in their bag. Anyway, I got to photograph Oklahoma State University’s mascot Pistol Pete. The first thing I found out is that there are two Pistol Petes. Apparently they do a ton of functions during the year and because students are the mascots, they just don’t have time for one person to do the job. They do loads of weddings (who knew?), parties and other functions. “Who’s that cowboy with the giant head in the groom’s section? Rawr.”

Austin and Taylor were both very gracious and amenable and we had a lot of fun. The Journal ran a bunch of photos online which was pretty cool, and here is a selection of a few. Enjoy and thanks!Oklahoma State University mascot Pistol Pete

Girl and guy see each other

Oklahoma State University mascot Pistol Pete props.

Austin Johnson, left, and Taylor Collins get dressed as Oklahoma State Cowboy's mascot Pistol Pete

Austin Johnson, left, and Taylor Collins get dressed as Oklahoma State Cowboy's mascot Pistol Pete

Austin Johnson, left, and Taylor Collins perform as Oklahoma State Cowboy's mascot Pistol Pete

 

 

Going to prison

September 26, 2016

Had some new work come out recently for TakePart.com on prison reform measures that are working their way through the Oklahoma legislature. Some portraits of former Rep. Kris Steele, who as the Republican Speaker of the House worked very hard to push measures through the State legislature only to be thwarted by…politics. I also got to lurk around a couple of prisons, which was pretty weird. I’d advise against any long term visits.
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Hey, hay.

September 12, 2016

 

New work out for the fall edition of FarmLife magazine. Went to west Texas to photograph Randy McGee and his award-winning alfalfa. Apparently the scale they use to measure the quality of the hay wasn’t sufficient for what Randy produces. I’ve been around a bit of alfalfa and I have never seen fields as thick and healthy. The underground drip irrigation system he uses is much more efficient than traditional center-pivot (above ground watering) in water-starved west Texas. It was a fun shoot and only got up to 99 F. Big thanks to creative director Jamie Cole at Red Barn Media.

 

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Dog + tennis ball =

August 25, 2016

Yep.

Dog + tennis ball

He shoots…he stays!

August 8, 2016

Well, Russell Westbrook just became the hero of every Oklahoma City Thunder fan the other day. After the sackcloth and ash over Kevin Durant leaving, Westbrook’s decision to stay helped dry up the collective tears. I for one am happy, Westbrook is a blast to watch play and great to work with. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him a few times and he’s all business, a straight up professional that makes the job easy. I look forward to the next few years Mr. Westbrook.

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook

Rest stop

July 5, 2016

I’ve been working in West Texas recently and since I drive there, I try to stop at rest stops and historical junk if I have the time. Texas almost always has clean, tidy and comfortable rest stops. This particular one was in between Wichita Falls and Lubbock. The light was nice and it feels almost like some weird Rockwell moment, but more strange.

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Drama of the clouds.

June 28, 2016

Just skirted a storm in Northwest Texas a couple of weeks ago at sunset, and the light was amazing.

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