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Tamara Lackey


Tamara is a Chapel Hill-Durham photographer who shoots year-round and speaks at workshops and conventions around the world.
For a full bio, see About Tamara.

For a selection of Tamara’s work, see her Gallery.








Studio Director Sarah has a passion for art and the emotion it evokes from others. She has long-standing experience in the art world, after growing up in her mother’s pottery studio.

After four years at UNC Chapel Hill, including a semester in Florence, Italy, Sarah graduated with a BFA in Studio Art and a second major in Anthropology. While in school she worked building sets at Paul Green Theater and in Visitor’s Services at Ackland Art Museum. Following graduation she worked at an art gallery for four years before coming to Tamara Lackey Photography Studio.

Following in her mother’s footsteps, Sarah also does clay sculpture and jewelry in her spare time as a creative outlet. She loves nature photography and enjoys making people look their best in headshots. Sarah is a Durham, NC photographer who loves to be around creative people and is thrilled to be working with such wonderful photographers.

To see some of Sarah’s work, check out her Gallery.



PattyHeadshotPatty is a full time family and child photographer. Her love for photography started when she became a mom. She started out photographing her children in order to capture them in the moment and tell their story through pictures. Patty now finds joy in working with others to tell their story and works to create art that captures the essence of life in that moment.

Patty loves the creative process and enjoys trying new techniques and locations for capturing everyday life in photographs. Patty is a mother of two girls, has a lovable dog Sully, and lives with her husband in Apex, NC. In her spare time you may find her walking the dog or cheering on the sidelines at a sporting event.

To see some of Patty’s work, check out her Gallery.




Nicole fell in love with photography at a young age learning the art by shooting in a junk yard and developing her film and images in the high school dark room.  It’s been a passion and fulfilling her creative soul ever since.  Nicole loves creating pictures that capture the essence and beauty, both inside and out, of the children and families that she photographs. She aims to create photographs that evoke a feeling and that you’ll always want to come back to, again and again.  
When Nicole is not doing photography, she is immersing herself into her other passions such as running, pilates, or health and nutrition.  Nicole lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband and daughter.  

To see Nicole’s work, check out her Gallery.



 Juan Carlos

Juan Carlos HSJuan Carlos is an artist and father of three who specializes in documenting families and children to create dramatic wall art and heirloom albums that can be treasured for generations. His easy-going manner and contagious enthusiasm keep portrait sessions fun and images genuine. His work blends the best of classic portraiture with modern lifestyle imagery and has been described as classic, whimsical and evocative.

Juan Carlos loves photography and loves capturing moments in time that families will remember forever. He thinks he is the luckiest person in the world because he gets to do this every day!

He believes in blind optimism, the power of kindness to change the world, the beauty of the ocean, and the perfection of chocolate.

Juan Carlos lives in Wake Forest, NC with his wife and three children.

To see a selection of Juan Carlos’ work, take a look at his Gallery.



yeseniabocanegra_headshot-BJess is a Durham photographer who specializes as a Fashion & Portrait Photographer, Videographer, Educator, Traveler and Lover of Life.

With a background in Film and Graphic Design, Jess has been able to incorporate various disciplines into her fashion and portrait photography work. From capturing special memories, to delivering energetic, sophisticated and elegant fashion images, Jess strives to provide a professional and unique experience in each of her photoshoots.

Jess’ work has been exhibited in private galleries and published in various independent fashion magazines such as Bay Fashion Magazine, Dark Beauty, Divergent,The Next Page and Vogue Italia’s Photo Vogue.

To see some of Jess’ work, check out her Gallery.