Who is The Oilfield Photographer?

 The Oilfield Photographer is James Durbin, award-winning photojournalist, small business owner, and finalist for the Texas Press Association prestigious Star Photojournalist of the Year award.
The Oilfield Photographer lives and works in Midland, Texas, in the heart of America’s oil and gas industry.
The Oilfield Photographer has worked as an overseas contractor in Africa and Haiti.
The Oilfield Photographer is regularly featured in print and television outlets across the United States and around the world..
The Oilfield Photographer is a graduate of the journalism program at Southern Illinois University.

What can The Oilfield Photographer do for you?

    The Oilfield Photographer goes in the field to document your equipment and employees in action, utilizing the latest cameras and aerial drone technology.
The Oilfield Photographer follows PPE and safety protocol and ensures that your employees do the same during photo/video shoots.
The Oilfield Photographer increases advertising and revenue by providing companies with professional documentary photography.


“James Durbin provided excellent results with his photography of our facilities, employees, operations and events. He is professional and knowledgeable about the energy industry and the types of photographs needed for business. His familiarity with the industry in the Permian Basin and West Texas makes him especially flexible and easy to work with. He over-delivered beyond our expectations.”
-Julie Vickers
Marketing Consultant 
Milestone Environmental Services, LLC

“James was great.  Easy to work with, knows the area and how to shoot the industry.  Comes with his own PPE if that tells you anything. We worked with him during a Wall Street Journal photoshoot of Parsley operations.  The Wall Street Journal was actually very excited to book him and really liked the photos they ended up with. I did as well and purchased them after the shoot. You’ll see his photos regularly on walls around Midland.”
-Katharine McAden
Corporate Communications Manager
Parsley Energy

“James Durbin has always done a great job on photos for us.  Both indoor and outdoor.”
-Susan Spratlen
Vice President Permian Affairs
Pioneer Natural Resources

“Highly recommend! He’s my only photo vendor in the Permian.”
-Steve Bell
Director, Marketing and Corporate Communications