Lenay Call, left, photographs Rendyn Ongley as Paw Paw (Dan Ongley) helps. Photo and story by Terry Evans
Rendyn Ongley loved the pony, the hat and the chaps, but she wasn’t thrilled with the pink bandana that photographer Lenay Call tied around her neck.
Paw Paw (Dan Ongley of Tolar) couldn’t get his 2-year-old granddaughter to smile as Call took shot after shot in the Picture on a Pony booth in the Stock Show’s Sheep Barn. But when MiMi (Felecia Ongley) asked Rendyn if she wanted some ice cream, the pearly whites gleamed.
Call is an accountant by trade, but during the Stock Show she works one of two photo booths owned by her dad, Larry Rinehart of LBR Ranch Photography. The Ongleys were her umpteenthousandth customers.
“This is constant, especially Friday through Sunday,” she said. “Everyone wants a picture of their kids on a pony, or with the baby goats.”
The goat kids were nearby in Rinehart’s Picture With a Baby Animal booth. A photo is $12; in a wooden plaque, $24.
Digital cameras are part of every element of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Cal White, the show’s technology specialist, said there are vendors beyond number like Call and Rinehart, as well as five official photographers.
“James K. Phifer does the rodeo,” he said. “Barron Photografix does the livestock.”
Larry Williams is the horse show photographer, Susan Olcott handles the calf scramble, and Glenn Ellman works the Will Rogers Memorial Complex grounds, White said.