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The Land of Lemurs – Chasing Frames

The Land of Lemurs photography by Tamara Lackey using Nikon cameras
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

The Land of Lemurs, is a fantastic episode! We head out to Duke Lemur Center to learn all about lemurs in North Carolina!

Lemur Photography by Tamara Lackey using Nikon cameras
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

Watch the Land of Lemurs broadcast on PBS / UNC-TV!

Photography by Tamara Lackey using Nikon Camera
Photograph by Tamara Lackey
The Land of Lemurs photography by Tamara Lackey using Nikon cameras
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

In addition, go to ChasingFramesShow.com to see Deep Dive episodes on the photograph techniques & gear used in this episode. After that, check out some inspiring ideas of what how to finish your images after your take them on our After The Shot episode!

The Land of Lemurs photography by Tamara Lackey using Nikon cameras
Photograph by Tamara Lackey

Above all, thank you to Nikon and On1 for their amazing support of Chasing Frames.

From Addis Ababa to Las Vegas

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

I photographed this incredibly sweet baby just over a week ago. As a result, this image will join a new portrait gallery in the orphanage where he lives in Addis Ababa. The making of this shot – and pretty much all the others – was the product of a group effort.

For instance, I photographed him in a darkly-lit, rather crowded baby room. Firstly, we squeezed him between two other babies who helped to prop him up on a diaper-changing shelf. Secondly, he laughed along with all the upbeat energy in the room, the clapping of his caretakers and the singing of other children. Thirdly, the calls to him by me & the kids surrounding me.

This was lit with a combination of fill flash and light bouncing back from a large baby cloth held opposite a small window. In addition, we even pulled in ambient light from the blue cribs in front of him. A team of children helped carry my gear, other teens helped with posing others. And, luckily, a few genius kids who reminded me to take off my lens cap (more than a few times).

I am incredibly fortunate to be able to document these gorgeous faces over time. I have heard from a heartening number of other creatives – photographers, videographers, writers and more. Similarly, all about using their time and talent to do more things in the world that matter to them. In other words, despite what the news tells us daily, I keep seeing so very many people who want to do good. For instance, the whole crew from this orphanage who gathered to help with these shoots.

If you would like to help this orphanage in Addis Ababa, visit https://beautifultogether.org/

WPPI 2020 – Las Vegas

Next week, I will be traveling to WPPI2020, in Las Vegas. Through my programs with Nikon, who have always supported my love for this work. I’m excited to share some brand new content and fresh ideas of how to give back – whether it’s on the other side of the world or right next door.

I took some time building out this new program, 5 Ways To Inspire Yourself and Make Photographs That Matter. It includes demonstrations (like how to make a shoot like this happen) and tangible walkthroughs of things you can do anywhere. In addition, I will even show before & after work that is years apart.

If you are in Vegas, my talk is on Wednesday, Feb 26th at 2:30pm PT. If you’re not in Vegas, it will also be live streamed via NikonUSA.com/live.

While I am out at WPPI, I am ALSO excited to join my fellow Nikon Ambassadors Cliff Mautner Photography and Julia Kelleher. As a result, it will be a pretty active panel discussion on ways to diversify a business, outside of any personal projects. We all work to keep a number of things going in pretty different ways. In addition, Michael Corrado is a lively host – so it should be interesting to see all the different ways we make work work for us.

This portrait was photographed with my Nikon Z7, 105mm f/1.4 lens at f/2.2, using my SB-5000 flash. I edited it in ON1 (luckily moving pretty quickly with presets I’d built in advance).

Expressive Portraits

I head out to Los Angeles later today to speak about Expressive Portraits at the Creative Photo Academy. I will present a seminar in Torrance Friday evening. In addition, I will lead an all-day workshop on Saturday in Palos Verdes. During the workshop, we will photograph portraits near the cliffs overlooking the water.

If you’re in the Southern California region, come say hi!! If you would like to attend the seminar, you can see more information here: http://creativephotoacademy.com/events/expressive-portraits.

I am honored to represent Nikon for these talks : )

Expressive portrait of a beautiful little girl in the Dominican Republic.

A big part of my program focuses on expressiveness. Not just natural smiles but how much can be conveyed through direct eye contact.

For instance, I photographed this absolutely beautiful little girl in the Dominican Republic. I taught at conference and we added a day to visit her school. In the midst of a sea of children and photographers, I noticed her bright eyes and unbelievably sweet curiosity.

I photographed this portrait with the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 lens at f/4, while using a large and bright white wall as a reflector.

Beautiful Twin Boys

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.