June Tucker once thought her post-retirement life would consist of doing what pleases her most. After the 2012 conclusion of her career of doing contracting work for the federal government, Tucker planned to travel the world with her camera.
After consideration of the possibilities, however, she felt that her status as a single woman limits her ability to fulfill that aspiration. So, instead she moved back to the U.S. from her final assignment in her native South Korea. For now, she is content to take photographs and hone her skills from her home of about two years, the Colonnade in the Kentlands.
Tucker first came to the U.S. in 1974 to study, attending universities in Hawaii, Maryland and finally, Athens University in Athens, Alabama, where she earned an undergraduate degree in business management in 1994. During this period, she also worked for the U.S. Army’s Department of Defense and raised her two sons.
Choosing the Washington area for her new life was a function of familiarity. Some 10 or 15 years ago, Tucker had been assigned to temporary duty at Fort Meade, Maryland, and had once lived with friends in McLean, Virginia. After retiring, she tried Los Angeles for eight months, but found that city “too dry and too expensive, and I like the four seasons.”
Tucker traces the start of her interest in photography to 1999 when she purchased a Nikon N90 film camera, moving on through the years to newer Nikon models. While working, she said, “I did not think of the progression of my skills. I just did it for the joy.” Her other leisure time activity was golf, but she found that there was “not enough time or money to do both.”
In Korea, Tucker took a six-month photography course at Chung-Ang University in 1999 as well as a yearlong study of Advanced Professional Photography at Sanguyung University, for which she received certification in 2011. Her photographs earned multiple awards in 2007 and 2008 digital photography contests held by the U.S. Army (Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command).
Since she has been back in the metropolitan area, Tucker completed a one-year Advanced Professional Photography course at the Washington School of Photography in March 2017.
Tucker calls her style “impressionistic.” Her subjects include “landscape, seascape and cityscape.” She also “likes to take photos with my macro lenses of animals, flowers and insects.”
Now, Tucker is on her way to making photography her second career. “I would like to open a small studio and run a business doing family, wedding and real estate photography,” she said. That enterprise has already begun. “The first step was the creation of my home page,” she said. And she is well prepared to provide clients “with high-quality digital and print images,” as well as matting and framing services.
For more information about Tucker’s photography business, visit her home page, www.ctuckerphotos.com/portfolio/G0000NbrevRVZN4I or call 301.232.4974.