A few weeks ago I went to the Oklahoma Panhandle to photograph a story for Oklahoma Living Magazine written by Hayley Leatherwood. The story was about Oklahoma Centennial ranches in the panhandle – Hitch Enterprises and Clark Ranch – and how they have been family operations since before Oklahoma statehood. I got to meet Chris Hitch, third generation owner of Hitch Enterprises, on his family ranch near Guymon. The next day saw me way in the far, far corner of the Oklahoma panhandled. Clark Ranch, founded by current owner Hal Clark’s grandfather in the late 1800’s is tucked right up against the New Mexico and Colorado borders near Kenton, Oklahoma. Both ranches are Oklahoma legends, but different in a lot of ways. Hitch Ranch is a large diversified agriculture producer, while Hal Clark’s ranch is still ran very much like it was in the mid 20th century. Both are unique in their own way and a great story of how pioneering Oklahoma families grew and maintained their family legacy. Hayley did a great job on the story which you can read here. Century Strong
Editorial photography – especially photographing Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers – is one of my favorite jobs. I like telling stories about interesting people.