When they say "Everything Is Bigger In Texas," they mean it.
That applies to the humbleness and warmth of the people, the character of the community, and the hard work, blood, sweat, and tears put into everything Texans do. We saw this firsthand as we travelled from Amarillo to Austin in pursuit of capturing the diversity of the Texas landscape. From having the privilege of photographing rodeo athletes who gave it their all at the Stockyards Rodeo, to enjoying a 72 ounce steak at The Big Texan, to spending the day with the legendary Cooper family on their ranch, we experienced the vastness of Texas — that hard work always works and that being a Texan is a mentality. There’s no half-assing it in Texas. It is where champions are born and cowboys are raised.
The Coopers are a family of champion ropers. Starting with eight-times World Champion Roy "Super Looper" Cooper and continuing on with his three sons, Clint, Clif, and Tuf Cooper—the first trio of brothers to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in tie-down roping in the same year. In spending time with them we learned that they are the definition of humility. A family whose mantra is hard work always pays off; a family of neighbors living on the same cul-de-sac who genuinely enjoy roping together.