Profile: Chuck Arlund


Chuck spent the first part of his life growing up in Kansas City playing in rock bands. His interest in photography led him to photograph his bandmates and other people who comprised the Kansas City music scene. Eventually he became aware of and influenced by the fashion photography of David Bailey, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Mark Seliger and Ellen Von Unwerth.

After graduating from MTSU in the late 1990s, he returned to Kansas City, worked as an advertising photographer for the Kansas City Star, and continued his pursuit of rock-n-roll fame. In 2003, he moved back to Nashville, where he broke into wedding photography, quickly becoming one of the most sought after photographers in town. In 2007, Chuck became an adjunct professor at O'More College of Design in Franklin, TN, and also became an international lecturer and presenter, leading workshops and speaking tours with PPA and WPPI.

Chuck is once again focusing his photographic energy back in the music and fashion worlds. Recent clients have included Warner Bros recording artist Ryan Kinder, Travis Tritt and Darius Rucker as well as national ad campaigns for Southern Marsh Clothing.

Chuck is a founding member of Southlight.

The first meeting of the four founding members of Southlight, when my vision of the Salon — a group of like-minded image-makers getting together and sharing experiences, techniques, stories and friendship — was officially formed. There was electricity in the air as we discussed our love of photography and our ideas for the future of the Salon.

Pasta with any of Nick's homemade meat sauces. He cooks with love and it shows.

My photography professor, Tom Jimison at MTSU, complimenting me on my final series of images for a class. This was pivotal because I was not a photo major. I loved photography but had not even thought that it could be a career. This was the first time I had received a thoughtful compliment on a series of images, and it made me think in the back of my head that I might be good enough to be a real photographer.

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