"The highest form of wisdom is kindness." -The Talmud.
These are organizations that do wonderful things for others, and whose charitable causes we are honored to support:
Beautiful Together supports children without families. This non-profit organization shines a light on children who wait to be part of a family while living in foster care, group homes, or orphanages through a combination of professional photography, video profiles, and social outreach, to better connect them with waiting families. Beautiful Together also works to improve the quality of life for these children – and all those involved in foster care, domestic and international adoption today – through specific, tangible, and measurable projects, with the long-term goal of effecting positive change both in the perception of, and the systemic issues in, domestic and international adoption.
Worldwide Orphans Foundation exists to transform the lives of orphaned children by taking them out of anonymity and helping them to become healthy, independent, productive members of their communities and the world.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a one-of-a-kind international health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children, at no cost, by providing specialty pediatric care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs.
Throughout the world Operation Smile volunteers repair childhood facial deformities while building public and private partnerships that advocate for sustainable healthcare systems for children and families.
Soul Society is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to caring for poor, homeless and orphan children in third world countries.
The Foundation For Tomorrow is a US 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides scholarships for African orphans to attend boarding school in their home countries.
Children’s Home Society of North Carolina offers services that include pregnancy counseling, family and therapeutic foster care, domestic adoption for infants and older children, and adoption support services.
DonorsChoose.org is dedicated to addressing the scarcity and inequitable distribution of learning materials and experiences in our public schools.
The Emily Krzyzewski Center is a non-profit organization in Durham, NC, whose K to College Model serves academically-focused, low-income students in out-of-school programming designed to help them achieve in school, gain entry to college, and break the cycle of poverty in their families.
Girls on the Run is a non-profit prevention program that encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running.
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (NILMDTS) administers a network of volunteer photographers who work directly with area hospitals, offering services in a compassionate and sensitive manner to aid in healing after loss.
Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world.
The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement that provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
We are pleased to introduce a new PBS television series hosted by ON1 Guru and professional photographer Tamara Lackey: Chasing Frames, sponsored by ON1 and Nikon.
Episode 1 Urgent Air Care The need for speed is real in life and death situations. As emergencies create crisis, and rural hospitals continue to close, there is increasing dependence on air transport to provide critical health care access between remote areas and urban medical centers. Travel alongside a helicopter medical crew as they take off at a moment’s notice to provide life-saving flights.
Take a Deep Dive See additional details on what was covered in this new episode and learn how you can help! Watch Now →
After the Shot with ON1 & Tamara Tips & Inspiration on what to do with your photographs after you capture them. Watch Now →
Go Behind the Scenes with Tamara PHOTOGRAPHY AND GEAR – a deep dive into photography tips, techniques and filming. Watch Now →
Thank you to On1 Software for sponsoring Season 1 of Chasing Frames!
I met these two beautiful boys for the first time while they were still in Ethiopia. They were babies at the time, twin boys who lived in a rural orphanage far south of Addis Ababa.
They had just met their family, our friends Angela & Clint, parents who would shower them with love, expanding to a family of eight. These two joined four older children who adore them – and a mom and a dad who are SO grateful to have them in their lives.
At the time they were all living together in Addis while finalizing the adoption, and we were there to be with our boys and do some Beautiful Together work.
To see the difference between them then and now is quite something. Pretty amazing, really.
I photographed this entire family together last week. We built a set in our studio to create a stylized set of portraits for them, and I am SO excited to go through all the images.
But this fun one jumped out at me right away – that gorgeous light and laughter of theirs. How clearly easy it is to fall in love with them. And how lucky they all are to have found each other, to be together as a family.
For photography lovers: I photographed this image with the Nikon D850 & 24-70 f/2.8. I shot the whole session with this combo and the Nikon Z7 & 105mm f/1.4 together, connected with the FTZ Adapter. (An amazing combination of gear for portrait sessions.)
Shot this at an f/4, 1/500th sec and ISO 500, lit with Profoto USA B2s with a beauty dish modifier as the main light. Edited in ON1 2020.
We are thrilled to announce that Chasing Frames, the TV show we have been working on all year, premiered October 3rd!
Our new show Chasing Frames is focused on people doing GOOD in the world – those who transform lives, protect our planet and rescue those in need. And it’s been incredibly inspiring, spending time with so many people who spend their days, and many nights, caring deeply about the work they do!
As a result, I get to learn more about the extraordinary good they do while photographing our adventures along the way.
Chasing Frames will broadcast on PBS Regional Affiliate Public Media NC (which reaches across 12 stations into 5 states).
However, because it’s different stations in different areas, for all my Triangle friends, that’s WUNC-TV, Channel 4, in Chapel Hill – and Channel 20 in Raleigh.
It began airing October 3rd, at 8:50pm! We launched as a 7-minute show which will air between two popular longer-form shows, which we’re pretty excited about. (I had NO idea just how much work went into making a solid 7-minute program for broadcast. Wow.)
A huge thank you to our series underwriters, Nikon and ON1! They make this show possible!
This show is the product of a great deal of effort. Above all, I am so grateful to our Producer Rhesa Versola, our Line Producer Kim Pollard, our Editor Donnie Bittinger, one of our key camera operators Miriam McSpadden – as well as so many other camera operators, assistants, and crew members. Also much gratitude to our music sponsor Triple Scoop Music, as well as our website sponsor Imagely.
So proud of what we created, it really took a lot to make this happen.
Check out our website, ChasingFramesShow.com, to learn more . And, if you are unable to watch the broadcast live, all of our shows will be available to watch on Digital Release on our website as they are released!
We founded Beautiful Together over four years ago. Since then we have been able to start and, gratefully, finish fourteen projects and establish four funds. The projects all focused on supporting children without families. Along the way we have done our best to advocate for these children. Many children living in institutions do not have an opportunity to even be adopted. This is due to a significant amount of red tape and doors closed by government policies.
I am honored to have been invited to speak as a Guest Lecturer for the Children Advocacy Program atHarvard Law School. My topic is on the realities of failed international adoption policies. This is a subject near and dear to my heart, especially given my personal experience with this matter over the past five years – and counting.
Thank you to all who have supported Beautiful Together and the work we do. We only hope to do far more over time.
The work of the Child Advocacy Program encompasses a number of initiatives, including policy work and advocating for law reform as it relates to granting vulnerable children living in orphanages around the world the human rights they deserve. If you would like to help support this movement, please add your name to this petition.
Photography is a key part of everything we do at Beautiful Together. Our mission has always been to work to identify and complete specific and measurable projects that tangibly improve the lives of orphaned children in the United States and Africa. We also shine a light on children living in extreme poverty, foster care, or orphanages through a combination of on-the-ground work, professional photography, video profiles, and social outreach.
I am heartened that this imagery can have an impact, even a very small one, on our movement to help children waiting for families join the families who wait for them.