My first cover shoot for Oklahoma Living Magazine came out in September 2012. I was sent to Tahlequah, Oklahoma to get this photograph of Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief Joe Crittenden. This was early August and the outside temperatures was around 104 degrees. The brief was to photograph Joe as a modern day business person with a native American feel. I did a bit of research before going to Tahlequah and felt the Cherokee Nation Village and Museum would be the location most likely to give us this feel. I had planned to shoot inside the air conditioned museum but was told we couldn’t use flash in there. So time to punt. Instead I went outside into the village and chose three locations that would give us different looks. We tested each location first with my assistant as a stand-in so that when Deputy Chief Crittenden arrived, we would be ready to go. Everything worked out and we kept him in the heat no longer than 15 minutes. I was able to get several different looks and this one was chosen as the cover.
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.