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About Us :: Tamara Lackey


Tamara Lackey

Tamara Lackey is a renowned professional photographer,  speaker, author and program host. Her authentic lifestyle photography, from children’s portraits to celebrity portraits, is praised within her industry and published internationally. Tamara’s work has been featured in a myriad of media outlets, including omagazine-111x140MensJournal-cover-111x140 O – The Oprah Magazine, Parenting Magazine, Town & Country, Vogue, Food & Wine, Men’s Journal, Nikon World, Professional Photographer Magazine, Rangefinder Magazine, PDN, NBC’s The Martha Stewart Show, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, NBC’s The Today Show, and ABC’s Good Morning America.

Nikon Ambassador, Tamara Lackey

Tamara is a Nikon USA Ambassador, speaking on behalf of Nikon at conventions and programs, and she was recently the subject of a five-part web series on photographing children and family portraits, entitled Nikon Behind The Scenes. She also photographs commercial campaigns for the brand, as well.

Tamara is the grateful recipient of the 2015 WPPI/Rangefinder Humanitarian Award, awarded on behalf of her charitable contributions and as the passionate co-founder of Beautiful Together, a non-profit in support of children waiting for families, working to improve the lives of orphaned children living in challenging situations, and shining a light on those who wait for family. She was also presented with the 2014 WPPI Adorama Inspire Award, awarded to artists who inspire not just through their creative work but their life.

Tamara speaks at quite a range of programs, seminars and conventions, from delivering presentations on the Google stage to delivering private workshops around the globe.  She speaks primarily about photography, business, mindset, and the convergence of work, life and balance.

Her first instructional book for professionals, The Art of Children’s Portrait Photography, went on to be re-published and translated into seven languages.  She quickly followed that with her critically-acclaimed professional portrait video Inside Contemporary Children’s Photography and the Tamara Lackey Style Book. Translating her professional acumen and intuitive teaching skills to an enthusiast photographer audience, Tamara released a unique “edutainment” book, video and iphone app set, Tamara Lackey’s Capturing Life Through (Better) Photography, which won the Booklist Editors’ Choice Award in Media.

Tamara’s latest books are Envisioning Family: A Photographer’s Guide To Making Meaningful Portraits of The Modern Family and The Posing Playbook, a highly-popular, on-the-go children posing guide, created for the page and mobile devices.

Tamara has co-produced and hosted multiple live broadcasts for creativeLIVE and her web series, the reDefine Show, is a mix of examining the inspiring stories of top-tier creative artists who make it work, combined with behind-the-scenes walkthroughs of her photography. She is also the co-creator of Lush Albums, fast-to-design, eco-friendly fine art albums that also give back.

Tamara is sponsored by some of the top names in the photographic industry, including Nikon USA, Adorama, Nations Photo Lab, Mylio, and Animoto. For the last twelve years, Tamara has run a busy, associate-based studio focused on portrait, commercial and editorial photography. She and her husband, three children, and dog all live together in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.