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CREATE A (MOM & BABY) ORPHAN PREVENTION CARE CENTER

July 21, 2017

Beautiful Together is working in Addis Ababa to create an orphan prevention care center supporting mothers and children.

Please consider supporting this project, so that we can start making a difference right away in the lives of these children and families.

100% of donations to this project go directly to support this program.

This is a comprehensive program, and a great deal of planning has gone into lining up everything to be as successful as possible. We are ready to start this right away, and we plan to upgrade the program to more mothers and babies, over time, as well as offer more advanced options (immunization center, early literacy program).

The overall project cost, which includes all startup costs and the first six months’ of care center payments, food, and worker fees is $16,500.

Project Cost for Initial Startup and Six Months Fully Covered for 12 Mothers and 13 Children:

The pervasive, extreme poverty in Ethiopia is at the epicenter of far too many painful experiences: hunger, homelessness, social ostracism, illness, and even death. It is also a major factor behind the reality that millions of children are orphans in Ethiopia. Far too many parents simply cannot afford to house, clothe and feed their children. And, since they cannot ensure that they will be healthy, safe, and happy – something every parent wants for the child they love – they make the heartbreaking choice to send their babies to stay with others, or to live in an orphanage – or even to try to survive the harsh conditions on the streets.

We would like to establish an Orphan Prevention Care Center for a specific community of impoverished mothers and babies who are currently at risk for a similar fate. The goal is to not only establish a day care program but to also weave in comprehensive and radically life-changing benefits for all involved.

For the babies and toddlers: 

They will receive reliable, safe and clean care at an established, well-run facility nearby. They will be able to count on daily nutritious meals, daily supplements, and necessary immunizations. In addition, they will receive generous affection and interactions from an involved caregiver staff, early literacy encouragement through reading and activities, and they will have plenty of inside and outside room to play, explore, socialize and learn. 

This benefits the older siblings of the babies going into day care, too, as they are often tapped to mind the younger children, unfortunately missing out on schooling, an opportunity to focus on their own growth. With younger siblings well cared for, they can leave for school, focus on their own education and experience a significantly safer day to day life than the all-too-common alternative: begging on the streets.

The Mothers

This care center will allow the mothers to have invaluable peace of mind, as it relates to the safety of their children, while they actively work to better their lives for themselves and for their families. To that end, we will be incorporating an educational component for the mothers, most of whom have received an average of a 4th grade education. This program will include basic schooling, such as reading, writing, and math – as well as rather vital basic health and nutritional education. These skills will be a key component for them to move on to the next step of training, and it is something that every single mother interviewed is genuinely thrilled about being able to receive. 

All in all, the women will spend six days of every week on a schedule that evenly builds on education, working in basic positions (carrying wood, selling vegetables, etc), and taking responsibility for several shifts in the care center. And, since these women typically work 24/7 in multiple capacities, they will have Sunday completely off, with their family, as they rest up for another week of changing their future – and their family’s future – for the better.  

After three months, the next level of education will be specific vocational training. This means that women will be able to add in training for a long-term position in a variety of industries that will enable them to support their family, save for their future, and possibly even start their own business one day. A future upgrade of this program is a micro-loan opportunity for those who wish to start an entrepreneurial venture. 

In addition, a key piece of this program is that a portion of what the mothers make throughout this time period will be set aside to help sustain the program long-term, not just for their future children but for all families who continue this program over time. They are investing themselves in this in every way, they are able to see their direction contributions to their family and to society, and experience the boost in self-confidence associated with that, and they are committed to sustaining it long-term.

Lastly, many of the mothers selected for this program have suffered some rather traumatic experiences in their already difficult lives, so we will also be offering weekly therapy sessions for every woman in the program.

What have we done to date? 

We have secured a clean, albeit lightly-furnished, day care center that is within walking distance of this community of women, which is important as they do not have transportation. 

We have met with members of the community and reviewed a list of candidates to be part of the initial launch of the program. We have selected 12 mothers and their 13 children to start, and we have verbal commitments from all of them about investing in the program. In addition, they will all sign agreements before the first day of program launch. 

We have met with the Director of the care center, and they are thrilled about the potential of this program. In addition, there is not only room to grow the care center, and to include more participants, but there is already an open room that can be converted into a dining area/training center.

We have met with vocational trainers, and they are incredibly enthusiastic about being a part of this endeavor.

We have created a plan and a schedule that allows for nearly every component of the comprehensive program.

We have detailed out a start up budget, as well as a 6-months’ coverage budget.

There are very few jobs available in Ethiopia. Since we are hiring four day care workers (small stipends to the mothers who take turns a few days a week as day care workers), one teacher, multiple vocational consultants, a part-time program manager and a part-time therapist, this program also serves as a job creation effort, too. In addition, we have connected with two separate businesses already doing fantastic, high-quality charitable-focused work with weaving, jewelry and artisan creations. They are both already on board to offer vocational training, as well as future employment of the women from our program.

This is a comprehensive program, and a great deal of planning has gone into lining everything up to be as successful as possible. We are ready to start this right away, and we plan to upgrade the program to more mothers and babies, over time, as well as offer more advanced options (immunization center, early literacy program), The overall project cost, which includes all startup costs and the first six months’ of care center payments, food, and worker fees is $16,500

Ongoing support funds for this program will be less, as the initial startup is the costliest part, and there will be fees set aside to help sustain the program long-term.

Nikon’s Facebook Cover Image by Tamara Lackey

June 7, 2017

Tamara Lackey image featured by Nikon

 

What an honor! All this month, Nikon is featuring an image of mine as the cover photo for the main Nikon Facebook Page. You can check it out here.

The Story Behind the Image

Back in 2010, I began teaching CreativeLive classes. It was the first year they launched courses, and mine was one of the first multi-day live programs. At the time, participants were hand-picked from a long list, and we had to pick from quite a number of video submissions. One of the photographers we chose was Sarah Clemence, who flew in from Dubai to join the 3-day program. Class interactions were great. New friends were made. Then, everyone headed back to their respective cities/countries. 

SIX YEARS later, I went to Dubai to teach portrait workshops at Gulf Photo Plus, and Sarah was among the photographers. Again. This time, though, she had three children!

Capturing the Moment

And this shot – it was taken in the Arabian Desert, while we all shuffled through the dunes, protecting our gear from the wind and sand while practicing shooting, lighting, and posing techniques. I was demonstrating some front-lighting techniques of Sarah and her kids, and we got some fun images. But as I saw her son slipping and sliding, running up the dunes to her, it struck me that with that bright sun dropping behind them, and the expressiveness of them reaching out to each other, it would make for a fantastic silhouette. I called to him to race to her a few more times while I repositioned myself to center that strong backlight behind them, crouched lower, and tilted my lens upwards to get shot. While also eating a bit of sand*.

*Sand is vegan.

Sarah’s Family Grows Again

P.S. Another year passes and Sarah’s family now includes a baby girl!  So, who knows. Perhaps we will cross paths again in a future CreativeLive session, workshop in the Middle East or a Nikon-sponsored event.

 

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Photographed with the Nikon D4s and Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 lens, at f16.

This Mother’s Day, Remember The Children Too

May 10, 2017

Every year in May, we take a day to honor our mothers. And, if we are mothers ourselves, we enjoy the singular attention from our children.

But, there are millions of children around the world who need a mother’s love. You can spread that special kind of love to orphaned children by donating to Beautiful Together today.

How You Can Spread the Love

Choose one or more of the projects below to make an immediate difference in a child’s life. One hundred percent of all donations give kids the food, clothing, shelter, and medical care they desperately need. Most importantly, your generosity lets them know that someone cares about them.

  • Feeding Fund – Beautiful Together works with Life to Live to provide real meals to children in Korah, Ethiopia, where so many search mountains of  trash to find something to eat.
  • Syria Child Fund – The war in Syria rages on in its seventh year and leaves behind thousands more motherless children. Beautiful Together works with Syrian Orphans Organization to meet immediate needs of children and to support local aid workers who care for them.
  • Liberation Fund – This project provides children with an advocate who can cut through red tape and paperwork to free them up to be adopted. Sometimes, an “unadoptable” kid can be free to find a family once someone can pay attention to the case and correct a simple clerical error.
  • Transformation  Fund– Beautiful Together works with Make Your Mark in Ethiopia to help youth get off the streets by giving them an opportunity to transform their lives.
  • General Fund – This is the best place to set up monthly recurring donations.

 

These orphans are living casualties of war, poverty, and health crises. They are left behind in their countries unable to move across borders to escape poverty and despair. UNICEF says there are more than 132 million children worldwide who have only one or no parent. In the U.S., however, fewer than 4,000 kids found a forever home in 2016. So, the need is immense and you can make a real difference.

We have so much to give of ourselves. And, helping orphan children is a natural response to their unnatural  circumstances.

Adoption statistics by country and state

Source: Statistics from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State, May 2017

Children and their families live in shelters made from scraps

View of makeshift homes atop a landfill in Korah, Ethiopia

Children waiting for families to adopt and love them forever

Children living in a landfill

A young boy takes a break from sifting garbage in search of food

Aerial Photography with Travis Jack on the reDefine Show

April 14, 2017

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Aerial Photography with Travis Jack and Tamara Lackey on the reDefine Show on AdoramaTV

Travis Jack left law enforcement to become a photographer who specializes in aerial photography. In this two-part series of the reDefine Show on AdoramaTV,  In the first episode, I sit down with him to talk all about drones and how he got interested in this specific type of visual storytelling. In Part 2, I continue the conversation and we talk about all things you would want to know to get started in drone photography from certification to safety considerations to insurance.

All images in this post are copyright Travis Jack and FlyBoy Photo & Media. You can find the DJI Phantom and related equipment Travis mentions at Adorama here.

reDefine Episode with Travis Jack and Aerial Photography Part 1:

And some still images from Travis:
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Aerial Photography with Travis Jack, Tamara Lackey, reDefine Show, AdoramaTV

Aerial Photography with Travis Jack, Tamara Lackey, reDefine Show, AdoramaTV

Aerial Photography with Travis Jack, Tamara Lackey, reDefine Show, AdoramaTV

Aerial Photography with Travis Jack, Tamara Lackey, reDefine Show, AdoramaTV

 

Aerial Photography with Travis Jack, Tamara Lackey, reDefine Show, AdoramaTV

reDefine Episode with Travis Jack and Aerial Photography Part 2:

More still images from this unique point of view:
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Aerial Photography with Travis Jack, Tamara Lackey, reDefine Show, AdoramaTV

Aerial Photography with Travis Jack, Tamara Lackey, reDefine Show, AdoramaTV

Aerial Photography with Travis Jack, Tamara Lackey, reDefine Show, AdoramaTV

Aerial Photography with Travis Jack, Tamara Lackey, reDefine Show, AdoramaTV

Aerial Photography with Travis Jack, Tamara Lackey, reDefine Show, AdoramaTV

As always, a huge thank you to Adorama.com! You check out this and other fantastic content by talented Adorama TV hosts Joe McNally, Mark Wallace, Richard Harrington, Bryan Peterson and Gavin Hoey by heading over to AdoramaTV.com.

Update on the Korah Disaster Relief Project

April 12, 2017

Update on the Beautiful Together Korah Disaster Relief Project

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After a 29-hour trip back, we have returned safely to the U.S. In summary, our trip in Ethiopia was extraordinarily productive, quite emotional, happily sweet, and deeply exhausting.

I want to thank each and every person who helped us collect donations for the Beautiful Together Korah Disaster Relief Center. It is beyond surreal, how substantial the damage is to this village we have spent time in again and again over the years. The collective grief is felt deeply in this community, where they have lost more than 100 family members, friends, and neighbors. Hundreds still sit in the middle of Korah, gathered in a Mourning Tent, clutching framed images of those who passed away so suddenly and so violently. Their pain is palpable, and the dignity and respect they demonstrate for those they have loved, and lost, is incredible.

And the burning acrid smell of the landslide, the utter destruction of so many homes, the loss of life, and smoke that still burns – a mix of the methane fires that erupted and the efforts to clear out dangerous debris left behind – is so strong it burned my throat in minutes. And I was wearing a protective mask to manage the fumes.

Our relief efforts are being disbursed in stages, to best ensure that all of the supplies go directly to those in great need. Handing out medical supplies, hats, scarves, mittens, and blankets directly to those in desperate need was difficult for many reasons, but we were quite grateful to have the opportunity to do it. Mattresses, more blankets, and food were all purchased and will still be distributed at the most optimal time, coinciding with the withdrawal of local support – which is expected to be very soon.

I will keep updating on the progress of these relief efforts going forward. It is truly grateful to see how many people care.

Donations are still being accepted at the Beautiful Together Korah Disaster Project Page.

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AdoramaTV reDefine Episodes with Rocco Ancora, Jen Rozenbaum, & Mike Colón

April 5, 2017

AdoramaTV reDefine Show New Episodes with Rocco Ancora, Jen Rozenbaum, & Mike Colón

Wedding Photography with Rocco Ancora.

Rocco Ancora shared some fantastic insight on how to stand out by creating fabulous prints, both in print-making and in print creation.

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Rocco Ancora, reDefine Show, AdoramaTV, Tamara Lackey, AdoramaTV reDefine Show

Boudoir Photography with Jen Rozenbaum.

NY-Based Boudoir Photographer Jen Rozenbaum shares how she takes photography to another level to not only improve the quality of her work but also to improve lives.

 

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Jen Rozenbaum, reDefine Show, AdoramaTV, Tamara Lackey

Jen Rozenbaum, reDefine Show, AdoramaTV, Tamara Lackey

Jen Rozenbaum, reDefine Show, AdoramaTV, Tamara Lackey

Celebrity Wedding & Portrait Photography with Mike Colón.

Destination and celebrity wedding photographer, Mike Colón, shares how his job can entail rather short notice on high profile weddings and how a huge investments in marketing paid off big for him.

 

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Mike Colón, reDefine Show, AdoramaTV, Tamara Lackey

Mike Colón, reDefine Show, AdoramaTV, Tamara Lackey

As always, a huge thank you to Adorama.com! You check out this and other fantastic content by talented Adorama TV hosts Joe McNally, Mark Wallace, Richard Harrington, Bryan Peterson and Gavin Hoey by heading over to AdoramaTV.com.

Creating a Korah Disaster Relief Center with Beautiful Together

March 13, 2017

Beautiful Together is working to create a Relief Center for the families displaced by a devastating landslide that occurred on March 12th.

 

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A disastrous landslide occurred in Korah, Ethiopia on March 12th. The death toll has now risen to 115 people – mostly women and children – and a significant number of injuries. Many more are still very much in need of rescue, medical supplies, food, water, and fundamental shelter. 100% of donations to this project go directly to a Korah Relief Center we are creating in response to this tragic event.

We are particularly saddened to hear that Kalkidan, one of the little girls supported by our Feeding Fund, partnering with Life To Live for Korah, was killed in the landslide. There are times we hear of a massive disaster on the other side of the world and we can’t even wrap our heads around it. It’s too big. And yet Kalkidan was small. And affectionate. She had a soft voice, a sweet nature and a smile that would melt you. But see for yourself. We filmed this only one year ago:

The people of Korah are urgently in need of medical supplies, food, water, and fundamental shelter.

In response to this tragic event, we are creating a Korah Relief Center, which will include supplies like teff – used like flour in Ethiopia – as well as water, mattresses, and blankets (especially important now due to cold temperatures at night and the immense destruction of homes).

How did a massive trash landslide happen? The village of Korah is built around a giant landfill. For years, villagers survived on the trash – scrapping for plastics to sell, finding food in the rubble. All that changed over a year ago when the government made plans to move the dumping. Due to multiple resistance issues, however, they recently resumed the dumping at Korah. Fisseha Tekle, the chief researcher for Amnesty International in Ethiopia, shares, “people are living in the middle of that…It’s not a landfill anymore, it’s like a mountain.” The triggered landslide destroyed homes and lives.

With the colder weather at nights in Addis Ababa this season, those displaced are in dire need of mattresses and blankets as well as food, water, and medical supplies. We will be traveling to Korah very soon and will be bringing much-needed funds to purchase these items in the country, which further supports the local economy and the people of the area.

100% of donations to this project go directly to purchasing items in support of the families impacted by this tragic event.

You can see the truly beautiful faces of the children and families who live in Korah, as well as scenes of the village, below.

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Disaster Relief for Korah, Beautiful Together, Tamara Lackey

Disaster Relief for Korah, Beautiful Together, Tamara Lackey

Disaster Relief for Korah, Beautiful Together, Tamara Lackey

We are leaving for Ethiopia in a few days. This is a staggering blow to an already struggling community. They are in shock, in tears, devastated. Reports tell of the police crying as they find bodies and mothers digging under trash in search of their children. Reports share some pretty unimaginable things.

You can help contribute to our Korah Relief Center here: https://www.beautifultogether.org/pr…/korah-disaster-relief/

Please consider giving or sharing this message. As relentless as tragic news can feel sometimes, there is always something we can do to help.

 

2017 Pop Photo Mentor Trek Series in Asheville, NC

March 10, 2017

Asheville, NC Pop Photo Mentor Series Trek with Tamara Lackey

I am leading my third Popular Photography Magazine Mentor Series Trek Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21, 2017, in nearby (to me) Asheville, NC. For this photo-based adventure, we will be exploring the beauty of North Carolina from the Craggy Mountains along the Blue Ridge Parkway to the City of Asheville, including a stop at the stunning Biltmore Estate.

My previous treks, one in Tuscon and one at Mt. Rainer were wonderful experiences …

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All the Asheville details are below, courtesy Popular Photography Magazine.

Photo Workshop: Asheville
May 19-21, 2017

Trek Highlights

“This May, receive expert advice from Nikon Ambassador Tamara Lackey and Nikon photographer Mark Alberhasky, as they help you learn how to capture the history, the culture, the city lights, and the natural beauty of Asheville through your lens.

Experience a trip to the Craggy Mountains via the famous Blue Ridge Parkway. Hike on elevated terrain to capture the wonders of the Craggy Garden trail, whish is famous for its abundance of twisted hardwood trees, pink and purple rhododendron blossoms, its health bald, and for providing magnificent vantage points to photograph from.

Discover the history of the Craggy Mountain Train Line, where you will have the opportunity to photograph models on train cars that have been restored and preserved. In the evening capture the city lights of downtown Asheville.

We will travel to the nearby Cherokee tribal land to photograph their traditional dance, basket weaving, and pottery making. A photo walk through the Oconaluftee Indian Village allows you capture traditional life in a Cherokee village circa 1760. You can interact with the villagers to get one of a kind shots!

Your experience on Cherokee tribal land will continue with a trip to the magnificent Mingo Falls. Also known as “Big Bear” falls, the water cascades 120 feet to rock below; it is one of the tallest waterfalls in the area. A short hike will allow you to photograph the falls from this vantage point.

The final stop will be Mingus Mill in the Smoky Mountains National Park. Constructed in 1886, it is a notable “grist” mill not only for its rustic beauty, but because it is run by a water-fueled turbine. Here you can practice the milky water technique.

A top tourist attraction in Asheville, the Biltmore estate was commissioned by George Vanderbilt in the 19th century; its photo opportunities include the Biltmore House, gardens, a conservatory, a farm, and a winery.

Come join us in Asheville!”

Pricing Details
Workshop Fee: $1,250 Includes in-the-field instruction, entrance fees, on-site lighting gear, presentations, digital reviews, and transportation to each shooting location.
Pre-Trek Exclusive: On Thursday May 18th join Nikon Ambassador Tamara Lackey for a unique photo opportunity. Learn how to create slow water techniques at Setrock falls a hidden gem waterfall located in Pisgah National Forest. Next, we will capture panoramic views during sunset at a special location overlooking mountain ranges (Limited to 6 participants).

Register Here.

The Ultimate Photography Bundle 2017

February 27, 2017

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The Ultimate Photography Bundle 2017

For photographers who love great photography education, a pretty amazing deal from Unlimited Bundles is going on through tonight, Monday, February 27th! Over $4K of products bundled together for only $97. Bejeebus!

I am so excited to partner with David Molnar and share education resources, products and software contributed by me, Jeremy Cowart, Zach and Jody Gray, Katelyn James, Andrew Gibson, The Digital Photography School, The Lawtog & more, more, more with education and programs on camera essentials, editing, child & family photography (including my Posing Playbook for Kids!), inspiration, style, landscapes, wedding photography, business, and seriously a whole lot more!  And just remember, if you wait until tomorrow it will cost you $4100 to get everything in the bundle!

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Click on this link to learn more. It’s only open until end of day today (closes Monday, Feb 27 at 11:59PM EST!)

Check Out Unlimited Bundles Now! 

WPPI 2017, Full Agenda, and 3 Free Full Passes Giveaway

February 1, 2017

 

WPPI 2017 Convention, Full Agenda + 3 Free Full Passes Giveaway

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The WPPI 2017 Convention in Las Vegas is coming up very soon – like, sooner than ever, actually, as it is scheduled for February 5th-9th this year!

There are a whole lot of reasons to love this convention – but one big one??  Professional photographers and filmmakers  travel in from all over the world to attend it each and every year. Last year, there were more than 50 countries represented at this one convention! And I believe the lines of who is from where blends as perfectly as it should when you live on a planet where we are all so much more the same than we are different.

I have been a very active part of WPPI for 12 years now (which is kinda crazy to think about), and in that time I have made very dear friends on a number of continents who I get to keep in touch with all year long and then go spend some meaningful time with every year we all return to Vegas.

This year I have 3 full passes to give away for this year’s WPPI 2017 conference. So if you want to spontaneously get yourself to Vegas OR you want to upgrade your expo-only pass, I hope I can help you out here!  In light of everything going on this time of year, we could all use some uplifting news. To enter,  just post something – anything – about how you have used your photography to help others in these comments, or on social media (just tag me) and why it was worth it to you – and I will choose 3 from there right away!

 

The WPPI 2017 Online Live Print, Album & Filmmaking Competition kicks off on February 5th, and I am looking forward to judging it again this year, a full two day (and night) event. Big props to Jerry Ghionis Melissa Ghionis and Jason Groupp on working hard to make this behemoth endeavor happen time and time again.There’s really so much more to it than most would even guess. If you plan on making it to WPPI, definitely stop by and watch some of the print competition live. Amazing (free) education on how to view, compose, light, shoot, and print images.

My platform talk is on Wednesday, February 8th at 4:00pm – and  I’m doing live shoots, presentations and meet & greets with Nikon, Nations Photo Lab, and Adorama. All details are listed in the agenda below, so I hope I see you at one of the events. Huge kudos to Imagely for not only being our website provider and host of choice (!!) but for also sponsoring my Platform talk, as well. I’ll also have a ton of rather generous giveaways that we’ll be handing out at my platform, worth thousands of dollars, so show up & claim yours :) 

We will also be doing the WPPI 2017 Fun Run Tuesday morning, in support of Beautiful Together – bring your sneakers!  And some lungs to refill with clean outside air.
I’ll even get an opportunity to share more about our work with Beautiful Together at the kick off program for WPPI Monday morning.

And the WPPI Awards Show! I’m co-hosting it again, alongside Jerry Ghionis, should be quite a production this year, again.

I really hope to see so many of you there. As a matter of fact, I have 3 full passes to give away for this year’s conference. So if you want to spontaneously get yourself to Vegas OR you want to upgrade your expo-only pass, I hope I can help you out here!  In light of everything going on this time of year, we could all use some uplifting news. To enter,  just post something – anything – about how you have used your photography to help others in the comments, and why it was worth it to you – and I will choose 3 from there!

 

 

 

SO, without further adieu,
Here is my full 2017 WPPI Agenda:

Sunday & Monday, February 5th – 6th ALL DAY AND QUITE POSSIBLY WELL INTO THE NIGHT

I have the honor to be one of 40 judges from all over the world on the panel for the Live Print, Album, & Filmmaking Judging. Full Platform Passholders are welcome to come and watch the process, and I certainly hope you do because it can be rather enlightening for image makers to see how a panel of international print competition judges break down the components of an image for award placement. There’s so much you can take from this experience back into your everyday shooting. It’s really an extraordinary educational experience.

Monday, February 6 

8:30am – 10am: 

I will be jumping away from judging in order to give a short and sweet presentation about the projects and funds we are working on with Beautiful Together and to quickly share how others can get involved or do similar work on their own, at the Opening Ceremony with hosts  Jacqueline Tobin, Jason Groupp, & Jose Villa.
Always grateful for the heartfelt support from WPPI and Lauren Wendle for our work supporting children waiting for families

Beautiful Together

Tuesday – February 7  6:30am WPPI Fun Run to support Beautiful Together

Thanks to Erin Costa and Yesenia Bocanegra for helping out at last year’s Fun Run – and for this shot!
This year, we will head out from the Westgate/Las Vegas Convention Center and walk/jog/run to the beautiful Bellagio Fountains before then circling back. Last year, we’d run to the Las Vegas sign – and then a few people grabbed taxis back. So, basically, it’s rather casual:  can make your own distance here. We just hope you also like the WPPI Vegas Fun Run T-shirt, with 100% of the proceeds going back to Beautiful Together’s work supporting children waiting for families.

The WPPI Event Description: The Fun Run will be approximately 4 miles and is open to everyone no matter what the pace. The run will start at the Las Vegas Convention Center and proceed to the strip where we will take in the sights. We will take a team photo at the Bellagio where the proof of your efforts will be displayed for all on the WPPI social media channels, and then head back to The Westgate Hotel, nice and easy! T-Shirts will be available for purchase, and all proceeds go to Beautiful Together

After the run, and for the rest of the duration of the WPPI Expo, we will be selling all these T-shirts (and hats!) at the WPPI Membership booth – come on by, say hi, pick up something you love – and wear your heart on your sleeve :)

Note: If you can’t be at WPPI in Vegas, you can always order something directly from our shop and have it mailed to you!

Tuesday – February 7  

10:45 – 11:15:  Live shoot at the Adorama Booth. We will be creating little stylized sets at the Adorama booth, and I will be doing live shoots each morning from 10:45am – 11:15am. Come on by and say hello!

Tuesday – February 7  

2:00 – 2:30pm

Presentation and Live shoot at the Nikon Booth. Here is the very impressive full Nikon presentation schedule for the entirety of the show. They really have some incredibly educational and inspirational speakers this year, and I’m honored to share the stage with them.
And definitely note the new addition of a LIVESTREAM on Wednesday!

 

Tuesday – February 7  
3:00 – 5:00:
 Filming new episodes of the reDefine show! Here’s a fun image from last year with Luke and David Edmonson.

Wednesday – February 8

10:45 – 11:15:  Live shoot at the Adorama Booth, Day 2!  We will be creating little stylized sets at the Adorama booth, and I will be doing live shoots each morning from 10:45am – 11:15am. Come on by and say hello!
(Ironically, here’s a shot from last year with two photography experts, Daniel Norton and Jeff Snyder, and it happens to be a highly scrappy photograph of all three of us.)

Wednesday – February 8
11:45 – 12:15:
  Livestreamed Presentation and Live Shoot at Nikon Theater.  If you want to watch the livestream remotely, my talk is at 11:45am PST. You can check it out here.

 

Wednesday – February 8

4:00pm – 5:30: My platform talk!!  This BRAND NEW talk with brand new BTS video footage is one of my favorite presentations built yet. It is called:  Simplify Your Business and Shooting Style

This program is heavily focused on not just giving an overview of  how to simplify the way you work and the way you shoot to maximize your effort, referrals and actual quality of life, but I ALSO share quite detailed, specific steps that really help calm the pace and stress involved in this work – giving you more opportunity to experience more joy and FUN in your work and life. I also built another brand new Animoto video for this year’s program, as well!
There’s no way to pre-register for Platform talks this year, but here’s where my talk with be at the Las Vegas Convention Center:

 Room: N109/112
Participants will leave this information-packed class with tangible ways to simplify their photography business and shooting style in order to maximize profit and client referrals and to improve their quality of life as a working photographer. Tamara Lackey has been shooting client and commercial work for the last 14 years while also running a busy associate-based studio and teaching small group workshops to rave reviews. In this new high-energy program, Lackey will share her proven methods to simplify the insanity of the working photographer’s business. She will also discuss tips to improve your shooting and lighting style, via behind-the-scenes examples and footage, to show how cutting out unnecessary effort that can create photographs with more impact.

This is my 12th Platform presentation at WPPI, and I have never delivered the same program twice at this convention. Always a little nerve-wracking to start in a room like this…


And see how quickly it gets to this.


Thursday – February 9

10:45 – 11:15:  Last live shoot at the Adorama Booth!

 

 

I will also be spending a lot of time at the Nations Photo Lab booth. I’m thrilled that they will be showcasing some new pieces of mine at the Expo AND at my Platform talk. If you are ever looking for great sales and promo codes for Nations Photo Lab, check in on this page on our website often. We try to get new seriously money-saving codes each new month, although it may take a few days into the new month to have them ready to share!

Thursday – February 9
12:30pm – 3:00pm:
 Filming even MORE new episodes of the reDefine show for AdoramaTV. Fun BTS shot from last year with Kenna Klosterman, Lead Host (and Awesome Person) of Creative Live.

 

 

Thursday – February 9
8:00 pm:
 Hosting the WPPI Awards Show with (fellow Nikon Ambassador) Jerry Ghionis!

A few images from last year show how this vibrant awards show, created to celebrate the top image makers to compete at WPPI from around the world, can also be quite entertaining, as well.
Jerry and I spent quite some time putting together a spoof video to kick off the show and really had a lot of rather goofy fun with the entire program.

Friday – February 9

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Aaaand … that’s it!
SO looking forward to seeing many, many, many of you at The WPPI 2017 Convention next week :)