Motorcycle Magic West Texas Motorcycle Photography

This was probably one of my most unique sessions ever.  How many people can say they’ve conducted a portrait session for a motorcycle with his own persona and Facebook Page.

Well, I have, and Tecumseh Smith the Indian Motorcycle ROCKED his session.

His owner,  Herb Collier of Midland, Texas didn’t do a bad job either.  After all, we needed a human element for more than just to get us around to our great West Texas locations.

There’s something exciting about scouting a shoot away from home.  As always when planning a new location session, I started out with a very loose plan and then started driving.   This abandoned Sonic drive in didn’t just call to me… it SCREAMED  and jumped.   I was so excited I could hardly catch my breath … and then I started praying that no corporate honchos would show up with bulldozers before we could get this nailed down.

We had so many great images that we almost had no choice except to design an album to hold them all… with a few of the  more striking  reserved for wall canvases, of course.

How about those sexy tailpipes.  Gotta love FINS … to the left, FINS to the right!

I didn’t want to bid my abandoned burger joint adieu.  After all, I had spent more than  few hours there in my younger days, and I felt a real connection… but alas, I tore myself away with a wistful promise to return again.  We were, after all,  chasing the sunlight, and wanted to stop downtown before heading to the countryside.


This series still  makes me smile.    Herb looked down at the ground and found a pirates eyepatch,  probably dropped after some kid’s birthday party.  I double-dog-dared him to put it on . . . and he did.  We LAUGHED so hard, especially after I showed him the back of the camera…  but I loved the effect.  

Naturally, Nobody does sunsets better than God in West Texas.  Oh how I miss those blazin’ skies! 





  1. Shelly, your work is truly amazing. Thank you for capturing the spirit of Tecumsah!

  2. Thank you! I had sooooooo much fun, and I think our images were outstanding. Great subject, great settings, great light.

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