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About Us :: Tamara Lackey Biography, Books, and Programs


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Tamara Lackey is a renowned professional photographer, speaker, author and program host. Her authentic photography, from children’s portraits to humanitarian photography, is praised within her industry and published internationally. Tamara’s work has been featured in a myriad of media outlets, including O – The Oprah Magazine, Parenting Magazine, Town & Country, Food & Wine, Men’s Journal, Nikon World, PDN, Digital Photo Pro Magazine, Professional Photographer Magazine, Rangefinder Magazine, NBC’s The Today Show, CBS’ Evening News, and ABC’s Good Morning America.

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Tamara is a Nikon USA Ambassador, speaking on behalf of Nikon at a variety of shows and conventions. She is also the subject of a five-part web series on photographing children and family portraits, entitled Nikon Behind The Scenes

Tamara is the grateful recipient of the WPPI/Rangefinder Humanitarian Award, awarded on behalf of her work with Beautiful Together. She and her husband co-founded this 501(c)(3) non-profit to to improve the lives of orphaned children, and those living in extreme poverty, through a variety of projects and funds. She has also received the PMDA Photographers Give Back Award and the WPPI Adorama Inspire Award.

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Tamara speaks at quite a range of programs, seminars and conventions, from delivering presentations on the Google stage to leading Mentor Series Treks to offering private clinics in Ethiopia and delivering 3-day portrait workshops around the globe. She speaks primarily about photography, art and activism, business, and mindset. An award-winning photographer, she is also an experienced international print competition judge.

Her first instructional book for professionals, The Art of Children’s Portrait Photography was followed up with Inside Contemporary Children’s Photography and the Tamara Lackey Style Book. She also co-created the unique “edutainment” book, video and iphone app set, Tamara Lackey’s Capturing Life Through (Better) Photography, which won the prestigious Booklist Editors’ Choice Award in Media. Tamara’s most recent books are Envisioning Family,  The Posing Playbook for Kids  and The Family Posing Playbook.

Her newest book, Start To Finish: The Portrait Shoot Playbook, was released in December 0f 2017.

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Tamara has co-produced and hosted multiple live broadcasts for creativeLIVE and several educational programs for Kelby Media. She has also hosted her popular web series, The reDefine Show, a mix of profiling top-tier creative artists combined with behind-the-scenes walkthroughs of her photography, since 2011.

She is the co-creator of Lush Albums, fast-to-design, eco-friendly fine art albums that give back half of all proceeds to Beautiful Together – and she partners with some of the top names in the photographic industry, including Nikon USA, Adorama, Nations Photo Lab, and Imagely. She also has the distinction of  being recognized as a Legend of Light by Profoto, an ON1 Guru and is part of the Think Tank Pro Team.

Tamara runs an associate-based photography studio focused on portrait, commercial and humanitarian photography. Her studio is connected to Coco Bean, the independent coffee shop, cafe and creative space that she owns. She and her husband, their three children, and their active cadre of pets all live together in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.