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1952 Ford Customline for The Wall Street Journal

October 27, 2017
This was the lead image of the 1952 ford shot from the side for the story.

This was the lead image for the story of Kim’s 1952 Ford Customline.

As I recall, one of the first cars I can remember that we had was a ’68 or ’69 Ford Custom or Fairlane, can’t remember which. That darker Ford blue, big as a house with the huge, skinny steering wheel that had that weird metal horn with the half-circle attached that my dad had to keep me from constantly pulling. On the farm, granddad had a light blue ’67 Ford pickup that ran for a few hundred thousand miles before retiring. There were other Fords over the years, but we weren’t a brand-loyal family, more of a ‘good deal’ one.

Not the Claybaughs.

The Claybaughs are a brand-loyal family. Kim, mom, dad and cousin pulled up for the shoot in a gorgeous 1952 Ford V-8 Customline followed by a brand-new looking Ford pickup, both very, very shiny. One of the first things they did was grab some cloths and proceed to knock the road dust off the Customline. Kim said she grew up going to car rallies and that her parents took her to her first Early Ford V-8 Club rally when she was just three days old.

Kim’s parents gave her that Customline as a present for graduating college in four years. The funny part was she knew the car already, as it had been a close family friend’s car that Kim had ridden around in for ten years. The previous owner was thrilled for her to get the car and Kim was floored when they surprised her with it. She plans on driving it to an Early Ford V-8 Club rally in Michigan next summer, coming full circle.

Here are a few selects from the shoot. Thanks!

Picture of Kim leaning out of the driver's side window of her 1952 Ford Customline.

A rear-view picture of the black 1952 Ford Customline.

A portrait of Kim shot looking through the passenger window of her 1952 Ford Customline.

A view from the backseat of the bright red and black leather interior of the 1952 Ford Customline.

Portrait of Kim posing at the front of her black 1952 Ford Customline.

Bahama Blue

May 10, 2017

This is Dave, an English Okie by way of Morocco sitting in his ’67 International pickup which I coveted. He was working next door when I inquired about the year of his pickup.

“Guess,” he said.

“Uhmmmm. ’67?”

“Right! You are the first person to guess on the first try.” Yes!

After admiring the what I think is the “Bahama Blue Metallic” paint (I looked it up later), and swapping stories about my much-missed ’71 Camper Special pickup (Turquoise Metallic), he told me the classic story of finding it in an old guy’s barn sitting under a tarp for 37 years. It is completely original, mechanical fuel pump and all, and runs like a kitten. He only had to replace fuel lines, battery and re-coat the gas tank and away down the road he went. I can’t tell you the price the old man asked, because it will make me cry. Dave paid more so he didn’t feel guilty…

Anyway, here’s a few shots of Dave, and one of that beautiful pickup.

Dave and his 1967 International Harvester pickup.


Dave and his 1967 International Harvester pickup.

Dave and his 1967 International Harvester pickup.





A ‘promposal’

May 8, 2017

I shot a super feel-good thing for Doritos the other day, and it was a hoot. Shaedon Wedel is a senior in Newton, KS, and asked his best friend’s little sister Carlie, to the prom. Carlie has Down syndrome, and her favorite snack in the world is Doritos, so Shaedon came up with a Doritos themed ‘promposal.’ Doritos got involved after a video of the proposal went viral and treated them to a helicopter-chauffeured night. Here are a few shots from the night.


Shaedon Wedel and the Doritos Promposal.

Shaedon Wedel and the Doritos Promposal.

Shaedon Wedel and the Doritos Promposal.

Model No. 1003

February 20, 2017

This space suit glove was given to me when I was a kid by my father’s doctoral advisor at Oklahoma State University, Dr. Kenneth Wiggins. Ken worked with NASA and was OSU’s department head for aviation and space education for years. I’m fairly sure he said it had been in orbit (it WAS a long time ago you know…) but I don’t remember if he said when. The glove was well-worn when he gave it to me around 1977-78.


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 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.





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.