Sometimes i find that there are people in the area who deserve to to be heard, but the right listeners haven't been available. So, in my search for talented individuals, i have the opportunity to give them an outlet where their voice can be heard. The world gets to discover someone they might not have known, and it's a great thing. There are so many fashion Photographers that take amazing pictures while creating an atmosphere of professionalism and fun. That's the type of person K.Dukes is. I had the opportunity to speak with him, hear his story and get his take on things.
"Well, if I ever make it. I'm bringing everybody I know with me."
Me: Please tell the people who you are and what you do.
Kevin: My name is Kevin Dukes. I am a freelance photographer in the Dallas Fort Worth area.
Me: Are you a native of Dallas?
Kevin: I was born and raised in Austin, and have been in the Dallas area since 1993.
Me: How has Dallas been treating you?
Kevin: It's rough.
Me: Is business a little bit easier in Austin?
Kevin: No. It's not as easy. It's probably as difficult in Austin. It's just a lot of competition and you have to definitely stand out amongst the competition. So you have to find innovative ways to do that.
Me: I did a little research and I know that you have a Degree in the technology field, so what made you pursue photography as a career?
Kevin: I graduated from Devry in 96', and was working in the I.T. Field. After 9-11, I went through about 4 layoffs in my career. At that point I was like, “Ok. I've got to do something”. So I looked at changing careers. I've always taken photos so, I went and bought a camera and started from there.
Me: Do you have any formal training or are you pretty much self-educated?
Kevin: Mostly self-educated. I did a study-at-home course to learn the book stuff. Most of it's been hands on.
Me: How long have you been in business as a photographer?
Kevin: Since 06'
Me: Is this what you see yourself doing for the rest of your life or do you have or other interests that you would like to pursue in the future?
Kevin: Probably, mostly photography. I'm also getting into video. Yeah that's probably gonna take up the rest of my time.
Me: You're gonna be busy.
Kevin: I hope so.
Me: Can you tell me some of the places your photos have been published and how those opportunities came about?
Kevin: I've had a couple of photos published in Jet Magazine. I was working for The Black Academy of Arts and Letters at the time. We just published our own magazine called Fierce Eye Magazine. That showcases most of my work.
Me: Are you willing to share the names of some people or product lines that you have collaborated with in the past.
Kevin: Sure. Well, right now I'm collaborating with Glamour RX Cosmetics, Girl Talk Salon, Diva Styles Hair Salon.
Me: Are there any Designers or Magazines that you would like to work with in the future?
Kevin: I worked with Antonio Wingfield on a shoot. He's actually featured in our inaugural issue. He's always great to work with. As far as magazines...any publication, I wouldn't mind being in. I like to get additional exposure.
Me: I've seen some of your personal shots, and you dress well. How would you describe your style of dress and photography?
Kevin: Trying to be different. Not really stand out, but just be different. Not the norm.
Me: What inspires your photographic creativity?
Kevin: The people. I usually just start out shooting, and just let them guide me wherever i go. I'm open to their ideas. I don't just make it about what I wanna get from the shoot. I think that's what makes me unique. You know, I'm open to ideas.
Me: That's good. That makes you easy to work with.
Me: In your opinion, is there anything missing in Dallas photography art community?
Kevin: More commercial opportunities. Some photographers have those opportunities to get in with the major corporations, and basically at that point they become selfish. When they're small, they don't mind sharing opportunities and information. I guess that's the celebrity mentality. When you feel like you've made it, you forget where you come from.
Me: That's unfortunate.
Kevin: Yeah. I guess that' s just the way life is.
Me: Well for some people. That is unfortunate. We're going to have see what we can do about that.
Kevin: Well, if I ever make it. I'm bringing everybody I know with me.
Me: That's really good. How do you feel that you can contribute to Dallas’ art or fashion scene?
Kevin: Being myself and by being eclectic and not the normal.
Me: How can people contact you for services?
Kevin: They can visit my website, which is kdukesphoto.com, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and all the other social media that I'm on is @kdukesphoto. Phone number is (214) 994-9145 and email firstname.lastname@example.org
Me: It was great to meet you, and I wish you continued success!
Website: www.kdukesphoto.com Tweet: @KDUKESPHOTO