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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.