Houston-based photographer John Tucker should not be mistaken for, nor affiliated with the teen romance John Tucker Must Die. Instead, this John Tucker must take your pictures, the way he says his photography “will make you look like Beyonce.” With already having a large following on multiple social media outlets (Twitter & Instagram), the young photographer continues to exhibit his work and build his brand amongst thousands of internet users globally. We were fortunate enough to speak with the John and hear his journey on not only reaching the success he’s had thus far, but being self employed:
Tell us a little about your educational background…
I went to 3 different high schools (Elkins, Hightower then Waltrip). I never went to college after I graduated, because I decided to chase my dreams as a photographer.
So did you always have aspirations of owning your own company/building your own brand?
I have been wanting my own brand since I was 13, but I had my first company and brand when I was 15. Unfortunately, I got screwed over since I was young and didn’t really know the ins and outs to the business. But I loved those mistakes, because it has made me who I am today.
How would you say you overcame adversities to get into this field?
I used to throw some of the biggest parties in Houston when I was in high school, so I had the marketing skills in me. But it wasn’t easy because my photography used to suck, which made it hard to promote myself with bad images. But I never gave up! I just started practicing more and reaching out to different type of people all around the world.
How would you say your company/brand has progressed from its initial start-up?
My company’s progress was like a miracle… I didn’t know it would blow up like it has, but again that’s what you get when you struggle and work hard for what you want.
Agreed… So what separates your company/brand from others?
Most companies and brands always stick to one style… I’m always out there trying new things.
What are some of the future goals of your company (sales, exposure, innovation or etc.)?
My future goals is to travel the world, meet new people/models, put my art on shirts and continue to produce cool stuff.
What was one of your most difficult set backs with your company/brand thus far and how did you over come it?
My biggest set back was when I was struggling financially and I couldn’t afford to buy a laptop. I couldn’t do any editing for a good month… But once I got a new one, I locked myself in my room for days just to catch up on all my work.
What inspires you?
Anything that has to do with art and creativity.
Visit John Tucker’s website for more of the photographer’s work.