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Good Sports – Chasing Frames Episode 06

November 14, 2019

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 06 Good Sports UNC Chapel Hill Cheerleaders
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

Good Sports airs as the UNC Basketball Season officially starts!! In other words, perfect timing for our brand new episode of Chasing Frames Show!

In this episode, we focus on student athletes. Athletes that don’t just draw in fans and revenue but give a surprisingly substantial amount back to their local community and beyond.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 06 Good Sports UNC Tar Heels Basketball
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

Thank you Kevin Guskiewicz, Interim Chancellor of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Bubba Cunningham, Director of Athletics, for the thoughtful interviews.

In addition, thank you to Eric Montross for sharing his inspiration. His connection with a young lymphoma patient that then led to creating a basketball camp that has helped other pediatric patients for decades. 🏀

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 06 Good Sports UNC Tar Heels Basketball
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

Good Sports airs on broadcast on PBS / Public Media NC UNC-TV this Thursday night!

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 06 Good Sports UNC Basketball
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

As always, a huge thank you to Nikon and ON1 for your support of Chasing Frames.

Chasing Frames Episode 05 – K9 Search and Rescue

October 31, 2019

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

Join me on my first experience tracking down an inmate. Hiding in an abandoned building and in the thick of the woods while filming THIS episode of Chasing Frames – K9 Search & Rescue Dogs!

 Episode 05 Chasing Frames K9 Search and Rescue Top Dog
Photograph by Tamara Lackey


This NEW episode airs tonight on PBS / Public Media NC UNC-TV at 8:50pm. Find it on your local PBS channel OR watch it at ChasingFramesShow.com, where the show is streamed via the PBS digital player!

 Chasing Frames K9 Search and Rescue Top Dog proud of his find
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

We absolutely LOVED filming this – and learned so much. And thanks to Top Dog Training & Resort for sharing so much knowledge on K9 search and rescue. It was truly fascinating to see what these amazing pups can really do.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 05 Chasing Frames K9 Search and Rescue Top Dog marching
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

Watch our digital deep dives on the Chasing Frames website! You get to watch additional content, check out photography tips & techniques AND ideas of what to do after you take the shot !

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 05 Chasing Frames K9 Search and Rescue Top Dog getting rewarded
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

In addition, thanks so much to Nikon and ON1 for supporting our show.

Beautiful Twin Boys

October 29, 2019

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.

Tamara Lackey Photography - Two beautiful twin boys photographed with their family
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

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.

Chasing Frames on PBS

October 27, 2019

We are so proud to announce that The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey is now available to watch on the PBS website!


The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey on PBS

Chasing Frames is broadcast on television via PBS/Public Media NC every Thursday night at 8:50pm, as well as seen repeatedly throughout the week at other times. Check your local listing for which PBS channel airs it in your area. (And of course you can now also watch The Chasing Frames Show at any time via the PBS website)!

In addition to each episode that airs, we also release three additional Deep Dive episodes on our Chasing Frames Show website. They are digitally released every Thursday.

Additional Content Deep Dive
We produce the first deep dive for those who wish to watch additional content about that week’s subject. We have to make some tough edits to get to our final show. This deep dive is for those who wish to learn even more.

Photography Deep Dive
We create our second deep dive for those interested in learning more about photography and filmmaking by providing photography tips & techniques. We specifically focus on the gear and techniques used when photographing and filming the episode.

After The Shot
We produce our last deep dive for all those who take photographs but aren’t exactly sure what to do with them afterwards. With our After The Shot Deep Dive, you’ll learn some inspiring ways to post process the photographs you take through simple walkthroughs and tutorials.

Chasing Frames Show, Tamara Lackey
Chasing Frames Deep Dive Episodes


We love hearing your feedback about the show – and ideas you have for future shows. We’ve heard some great concepts already and look forward to more. Thank you for tuning in to watch our show!

Thank you to PBS and Public Media/UNC-TV for believing in our show! It means a great deal to us. We know what an honor it is to share air space with so much incredible shows across PBS affiliates.

And, of course, much gratitude to our show sponsors, Nikon and ON1. We deeply appreciate your support and are excited to grow the show with you as our partners!


Bat Blitz – Chasing Frames Episode 04

October 25, 2019

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 04 Bat Blitz
Bat Blitz Photo by Tamara Lackey

This week on Chasing Frames, we venture into the back country of Eastern North Carolina to capture wild bats IN THE PITCH DARK with a team of researchers and scientists on their annual bat blitz.

This episode airs on broadcast Thursday night on PBS / Public Media NC. Which also just happens to air during Bat Week, a completely unintended bonus!

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 04 Bat Blitz Bat biting
Bat Blitz Photo by Tamara Lackey

I was astounded to learn how integral these insect-eating animals are to our ecosystem. And that a fungal disease called White Nose Syndrome which has wiped out more than 90 percent of the population. NINETY percent.

This dramatic loss in bats leads to a domino effect of more insects and bugs. Therefore, this leads to farmers using more pesticides to protect their crop investment. Above all this has tremendous impact on our environment – and, of course, on the food we consume.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 04 Bat Blitz Ready to fly
Bat Blitz Photo by Tamara Lackey

I have never seen bats up close like this. They’re actually pretty cute. They were described as “kittens of the sky” and I like how it makes them more adorable and less intimidating. Even if they have very sharp teeth.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 04 Bat Blitz Wing getting measured
Bat Blitz Photo by Tamara Lackey
The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 04 Bat Blitz Bat flying at Tamara
Bat Blitz Photo by Tamara Lackey

Thank you, as always, to Nikon and ON1 for their incredible support of Chasing Frames! After the episode airs, you can go to ChasingFramesShow.com to see additional content about the episode, a deep dive into photography tips & tricks, as well as some great ideas of what to do AFTER you take the shot.

Enjoy!

Chasing Frames Episode 03 – Swift Water Rescue

October 23, 2019

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 03 Swift Water Rescue Tamara Lackey joining the Swift Water Rescue crew

On our new Swift Water Rescue episode of Chasing Frames, I spent time on a COLD and very FAST-MOVING river, joining elite first responders who train for a specialized, and very risky, form of rescue. They save others in swift-moving water emergencies.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 03 Swift Water Rescue trainer
Photo by Tamara Lackey – Episode 03 – Swift Water Rescue

As I experienced some of what they do, photographing them while in action, I heard remarkable stories.

One story that struck me the most was a team on night rescue after a massive hurricane on the North Carolina coast. They had already swept the area. They decided to do one more check of the evacuated neighborhood using their night vision goggles. As a result, they noticed a tiny glint of light. They went over to investigate and found an older woman, shivering in chest deep water. She had pushed her flip phone up against the window in a last ditch effort to get help.

Due to the dim light from her dying phone it was just enough to attract the trained eye of one of her rescuers. They saved her life that night.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 03 Swift Water Rescue water rescue training exercise
Photo by Tamara Lackey – Episode 03 – Swift Water Rescue

Each year, the U.S. experiences an increasing number of hurricanes, flood waters and flash flood road emergencies. This intense rescue training is becoming even more important as radical weather-related emergencies become increasingly more common.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 03 Swift Water Rescue Training Exercise
Photo by Tamara Lackey – Chasing Frames Episode 03

Check out this Chasing Frames Show episode now – and you can tune into PBS/Public Media NC UNC-TV to see our show Thursday night, with a new episode airing on broadcast each week.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 03 Swift Water Rescue trainees during exercise
Photo by Tamara Lackey – Episode 03 – Swift Water Rescue

If you’d like to check out our Deep Dive episodes from this show. Learn more about swift water rescue and get details about the photography & filmmaking techniques used in this episode. In addition, if you want great ideas of what to do with your images after you take them – check out ChasingFramesShow.com for more!!

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 03 Swift Water Rescue boat turning during exercise
Photo by Tamara Lackey – Chasing Frames Episode 03

Thank you, as always, to Nikon and ON1 for their incredible support of Chasing Frames.

Chasing Frames Episode 02 – Racing Against ALS

October 10, 2019

This episode of Chasing Frames Show made us cry while watching it. And we were there for it! Andrea Lytle Peet, who has been living with ALS for over five years now, is an extraordinary athlete and woman, and her love story with Dave Peet is a true demonstration of what love really is.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 02 Racing against ALS Photograph by Tamara Lackey of Andrea and David Peet
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

Thank you for sharing your experience with us, Andrea. Here’s to Team Drea Foundation, *much* more speediness in ALS research for a CURE – and the power of just how much one person can inspire everyone around her and well beyond.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 02 Racing against ALS Photograph by Tamara Lackey of TeamDrea.org T-shirt and supporter
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

If you missed last night’s broadcast on PBS/Public Media UNC-TV, or you don’t get the show in your market, you can see it right here.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 02 Racing against ALS Photograph by Tamara Lackey of Andrea Peet at the starting line.
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

For those interested in:
1. Additional content from this episode, including much more insightful information from Andrea and David
2. Photography, tips & techniques used in shooting and filming this episode
3. Great ideas of what to do with the photographs you love AFTER you take them
Check out ChasingFramesShow.com for our Deep Dive episodes!!**

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 02 Racing against ALS Photograph by Tamara Lackey of Andrea Peet
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

And a big thank you to Nikon and ON1 for their support of this show!

Chasing Frames Show Airing on UNC-TV

October 9, 2019

CHECK OUT THE TRAILER FOR CHASING FRAMES SHOW!

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.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 01 - Urgent Air Care, photograph by Tamara Lackey
Episode 01 – Urgent Air Care
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

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.)

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 02 - Racing Against ALS, photograph by Tamara Lackey
Episode 02 – Racing against ALS
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

A huge thank you to our series underwriters, Nikon and ON1! They make this show possible!

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 07- The Wild Horses of Corolla, photograph by Tamara Lackey
Episode 07 – The Wild Horses of Corolla
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

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.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 04 - Bat Blitz, photograph by Tamara Lackey
Episode 04 – Bat Blitz
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

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!

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 06 - Good Sports, photograph by Tamara Lackey
Episode 06 – Good Sports
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

Urgent Air Care – Chasing Frames Episode 01

October 3, 2019

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 01 Urgent Air Care Rotor blades of Carolina Air Care
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

Urgent Air Care explores why rapid medical air care makes a critical difference in many life and death situations. For this reason, we depend more than ever before on aircraft to link remote areas and urban medical centers.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 01 Carolina Air Care Helicopter
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

It was such a fantastic experience to spend the day with the UNC Carolina Air Care crew. We learned more about the brilliant work they do every day saving lives! In other words, urgent air care is truly extraordinary. 

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 01 Image of Medic inside Carolina Air Care Helicopter
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

We traveled alongside a helicopter medical crew. Our Chasing Frames team learned how quickly they can take off at a moment’s notice to provide life-saving flights.

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 01 Image of Pilot for UNC Carolina Care
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

Check out our first Chasing Frames Show episode, airing live at 8:50pm TONIGHT, broadcast regionally on UNCTV, as well as around North Carolina and beyond!

The Chasing Frames Show with Tamara Lackey Episode 01 Photograph by Tamara Lackey of landscape while flying in helicopter
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

Beautiful Together at Harvard Law School

September 12, 2019

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. For instance, many of these children living in institutions do not have an opportunity to even be adopted. Mainly, 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 at Harvard Law School. My topic is on the realities of failed international adoption policies. This is a subject near and dear to my heart. Moreover, 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.

Tamara Lackey for Beautiful Together

The work of the Child Advocacy Program encompasses a number of initiatives. For instance, policy work and advocating for law reform. Law reform as it relates to granting vulnerable children living in orphanages around the world. As well as the human rights they deserve. If you would like to help support this movement, please add your name to this petition.

I am also happy to have contributed photographs that I have shot over the years to help support the Child Advocacy Program’s website.

Beautiful Together

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.

In conclusion, 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.