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.