I recently worked on an assignment for Overdrive Magazine. They needed someone to head out to North Zulch, TX and meet up with Jimmy Lessley, an owner-operator who hauls oil and photograph him for the cover. First off, let me say this is the kind of job I enjoy most. Not because it was an opportunity to shoot my first cover (which was awesome), but because it took me somewhere I had never been to, meet someone new, and watch him do something I had never seen. There aren't many jobs that give you that kind of opportunity.
I met up with Jimmy at about 1:00 in the afternoon. It was about 100 degrees out there and lots of bright sun. Not exactly ideal conditions for a photographer. But hey, you got to work with what you got. Jimmy talked me through the process while he pumped about 10,000 gallons from the well into his truck. And he was more than willing to let me chase hime around with a camera, assistant, and soft box on a stick. In the end we were able to tame the sun a bit and come away with some great shots that really show what he does.