Artist to Artist: Kirk Tuck

The third time is a charm. After two “almost” lunches last year, today was finally the day that I got together in person with the photographer Kirk Tuck.

I’ve been a long-time reader of his blog which is how we became acquainted.

A while back I reached out to him seeking some information unrelated to the industry. He generously replied. From there we started communicating a little more than occasionally and finally we connected in Austin today.

In addition to photography and a blog that gets bazillions of page views, he’s the author of an impressive list of fiction and nonfiction books. 

If you’re wondering what a couple of seasoned photographers talk about over a leisurely lunch, I can promise you it isn’t about megapixels, Instagram or politics.

We talked about commercial work and how certain clients make all the difference. We also talked about how neither of us have the inclination to work for clients who aren’t serious. It turns out that racing to the bottom doesn’t appeal to either of us.

Career artists like us love to talk about the joys of creation. We shared anecdotes about how the lives we’ve built around photography have evolved and how they still sustain us. 

At the end of the meal we skipped dessert and went for a walking portrait session.

What could be better? Not much if you ask me.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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