I had the opportunity of photographing world renowned bluegrass musician Byron Berliner at his Double Stop Fiddle Shop in Guthrie, Oklahoma for the April issue of Oklahoma Living Magazine. I met writer Hayley Leatherwood in Guthrie and listened to Byron tell stories of playing with people such as Earl Flatts and Lester Scruggs, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Ronstadt and a host of other famous musicians and actors. The best part of the shoot was when Byron would grab a fiddle and start playing – something he did without much prodding. Dang he was good!
My portrait of Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese won second place at the Cooperative Communication Associate Institute awards ceremony in Omaha, Nebraska. I photographed Mr. Reese for my long time client Oklahoma Living Magazine, which is published by the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives. They entered the photo in CCAI’s national awards competition and scored a second place. This is my second award at CCAI – I won first place a few years ago for a story I wrote about the Moore tornado’s. Writer Mary Logan-Wolf joined me in the awards, scoring two first place trophies for her writing.
It is always an honor to be recognized for the work we do. I knew when I met Jim Reese at his farm that we were going to have some great photos. He was nice enough to meet me about 30 minutes before sunrise, and was very cooperative in moving his combine wherever I needed it for the portrait. We got everything set right as the sun came up. I used my Einstein studio strobe to add a bit of fill to the photo, which helped it pop along with the warm early morning sunshine.
Below is the magazine cover, along with some additional images I took during that shoot. I always enjoy working for Oklahoma Living Magazine and especially love photographing Oklahoma farmers, ranchers, electrical lineman and rural areas of the state.
I recently photographed action film star Ernie Reyes Jr. for Century Martial Arts and their Martial Arts Success magazine. I did the shoot at their in-house studio in Midwest City, which was very nice. I used much of their own lighting and mixed in some of my own Paul Buff Einstein lights so as to better freeze the action of Ernie during his martial arts moves. Ernie has been in a number of movies, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He has co-starred with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as other action and adventure stars. Ernie was very easy to work with and was in amazing physical condition. I had everything set up and tested well before he arrived, and kept him in the studio no more than 30 minutes. It was nice to finally work with my niece Amber Coble on this cool project!
His photo made the cover of the magazine and a nice inside spread.
Jean Lawson’s grandfather Harold Fry moved to Oklahoma the hard way – on April 22, 1889. He stood in line on his horse Old Matt with thousands of other settlers, waiting for the cannon shot that signaled the start of the now famous Oklahoma Land Run of ’89. He staked his claim just north of the Canadian River, south of present day Yukon. Over the years he built a home and now his granddaughter Jean Lawson lives on the original homestead, along with her husband Harold.
This is the second family I photographed for a story in Oklahoma Today magazine about Oklahoma homesteaders, written by Nathan Gunter.
Earlier this year I was assigned to photograph a story by Oklahoma Today about Oklahoma families who lived on their family’s original land allotment when Oklahoma became a state. The story, written by my friend and awesome writer Nathan Gunter, highlighted four Oklahoma families – two with native American roots and two families with white settler descendents.
First up is the photo I took of Eddy Red Eagle, an Osage Indian living on his original family land near Barnsdall. His family first left footprints on this Oklahoma soil over 1,000 years ago. This was the opening of the story.
I photographed Eddy in front of the “indian church” at the back of his property. I first shot a few portraits of him, then encouraged his grandkids to join the shoot. This church is still used for Osage ceremonies.