Each February Oklahoma Living highlights an influential member of Oklahoma politics. This year my assignment was to photograph incoming Oklahoma Senate Pro Tem Mike Schulz at his cotton farm south of Altus and at the Oklahoma State Capitol. I drove to Altus very early one morning, arriving at Senator Schulz farm well before daylight. He was very cooperative and friendly. We drove out to his cotton fields and I photographed him in the fields and around his tractor. We then returned to his home were I trapped a few pictures around his farm. A few weeks later I met him and his family on the first day of the Oklahoma legislative session at the Capitol and spent a few minutes photographing him in a more formal Capitol setting – a interesting contrast to his cotton farming attire.
About James Pratt
I am an Oklahoma based writer, commercial photographer, editorial photographer and adventurer based in Oklahoma City. I love telling stories about people. A motorcycle is my preferred means of travel, and I have over 5,000 hours piloting small airplanes. My editorial photography has been published in hundreds of magazines and my commercial photography has been used by dozens of companies worldwide.