I’ve had the privilege of photographing more than a few people down through the years, but rarely have I had someone with such an outstanding combination of attractiveness, personality, and accomplishment, as I have found in Lee. She recently graduated with honors from Oklahoma University, and her mother asked me to create portraits of her before she moved on into the next phase of her life. And an adventurous life that will be! After a season of travel and study in Washington, D.C., she will be serving in Malawi as a Fulbright Scholar, researching farming practices and the impact of hybrid seeds. Having never before had the honor of photographing a Fulbright Scholar, I found Lee to be a totally delightful, engaging person, bright and personable as we enjoyed a beautiful evening portrait session at my outdoor portrait studio in Claremore, Oklahoma. When Lee and her mother saw the results of the portrait session, they were thrilled! One of the images even ended up in an article about Lee written in the Tulsa World. I’m proud to have taken Lee’s portraits, and I wish her well in all that she has to look forward to in life.
Tom Launius, CPP