norman1South Dakota is a great place to photograph cowboys.

They are tucked throughout the state, even a few in farm country in the eastern half. But west of the Missouri, they are commonplace and very visual.

I first photographed Kyle Norman when he was just a boy. I visited his family’s ranch to photograph their annual branding, and he was just starting to help out by roping calves and pulling them to the fire.

Nowadays, Kyle works on the ranch and breaks his own colts. I caught up with him at the outset of calving season with the intent to get some fresh images for an upcoming book. norman2Kyle dresses the part every single day, whether there’s a photographer there or not.norman3Flare alert!