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Nikon Ambassador, Tamara Lackey

Local Lifestyle and Family Photographer Tamara Lackey Joins The Elite Nikon Ambassador Program

MELVILLE, NY – On April 23, Nikon Inc. announced the addition of four new photographers to the Ambassador Program, a collective initiative dedicated to recognizing the most influential leaders in modern photography. Amongst the new additions include Arizona-based commercial shooter Blair Bunting; California-based wedding and portrait photographer Bambi Cantrell; New York- based wedding photographer Doug Gordon; and North Carolina-based lifestyle and family photographer Tamara Lackey.

Lackey, who has run a portrait studio in Durham since 2003, is a family and lifestyle photographer, celebrated author, instructor and speaker, with a flair for delivering an authentic portrayal of her subjects. Her work has been published internationally and has been featured in dozens of media outlets, including O – The Oprah Magazine, Parenting Magazine, Town & Country, Vogue, Food & Wine, Men’s Journal, Nikon World, Professional Photographer Magazine, Rangefinder Magazine, Photoshop User Magazine, NBC’s The Martha Stewart Show, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, PBS’ Need to Know and NBC’s The Today Show.

Nikon’s announcement declared, “Whether photographing children’s portraits, families, celebrities or dignitaries, Lackey’s image style conveys the genuine emotion that makes her a trendsetting photographer.”

Mike Corrado, NPS manager, pro relations and product marketing for Nikon Inc. said these photographers “embody the essence of the Ambassador Program, which is to act as inspirational leaders and educators to other professional photographers, and those looking to further their craft.”

The addition of these accomplished photographers further expands the styles and photographic disciplines represented in the program. Already considered mentors, they exemplify the founding ideology of Nikon’s Ambassador Program, which is to empower photographers through education and inspiration, and work directly with Nikon to communicate the needs of an evolving photo industry.

For more information on Tamara Lackey, contact the studio at (919) 484-8000 or email studio@tamaralackey.com. To view Tamara Lackey’s work, visit tamaralackey.com and connect with her on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tamaralackeyphotography.

To learn more about Nikon’s Ambassador Program, please visit the website at nikonusa.com/ambassador. Nikon, At the Heart of the ImageTM. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment.






July 14, 2011 (Bridgehampton, NY)– The Children’s Museum of the East End announced today that Tamara Lackey, world-renowned children’s and lifestyle photographer, author and host of the new web interview show reDefine, will donate her services and be the photographer for its annual benefit, the CMEE Family Fair, on July 23. Hosted by co-Chairs Mariska Hargitay, Ali Wentworth and Katie Brown, the Hamptons’ premier summer event seeks to raise $200,000 for year-round programming at the museum.

Lackey, whose photos have appeared in publications including Vogue and Town & Country and the TV series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and whose most recent “edutainment” book plus DVD set is Tamara Lackey’s Capturing Life Through (Better) Photography™ http://bit.ly/nvSjLh says the event squares perfectly with her passionate commitment to charitable causes and what she calls her “delight and satisfaction in capturing what is most real and spontaneous in children.”

Tamara Lackey’s Capturing Life Through (Better) Photography™ will be available for sale in the Museum’s gift shop, MoonSoup, which will be open for business that day.

For the Children’s Museum of the East End, delight will likely register with old and young alike, and not only because the cuisine will include hot and dogs and cotton candy; entertainment will feature performers from the Big Apple Circus.

In 2010, the CMEE Family Fair saw record attendance of almost 800 guests and this year, the committee is planning for an even larger turnout approaching 1000. Executive Director Steve Long explains the importance of this benefit, “The Family Fair is a great way for CMEE to support its mission of promoting learning through play while raising the funds necessary to provide unique educational programs that address important issues facing families in our community.”

While CMEE remains the East End’s most visited museum and offers unparalleled children’s programming all summer long for seasonal visitors, the heart of the museum is their year-round involvement with the East End community and the opportunities they are providing to families in Eastern Long Island.

CMEE has developed a series of partnerships in the past few years that are designed especially to serve the East End community:

  1. After learning that one in seven families on the East End is functionally illiterate and their children are twice as likely to be illiterate themselves, CMEE partnered with Sandpiper Music Together to promote literacy, language acquisition, and parenting skills.
  2. In response to the long list of low-income families waiting for accessible pre-school in the East End, CMEE partnered with Head Start to house a pre-school inside the Museum for the first time.
  3. CMEE collaborated with the Retreat to help families affected by domestic violence by offering job-skills training for parents in CMEE’s classroom while their children participate in the Museum’s programming.
  4. In an effort to ensure that all children with physical and developmental disabilities can obtain the same educational and social benefits as other children, CMEE has worked with many partners in the community including the Child Development Center of the Hamptons, the Southampton Town Disabilities Committee, and the Flying Point Foundation for Autism.

CMEE’s Family Fair will be on July 23 from 10:30 am-1:30 pm at 376 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton. Advance purchase tickets are $150 for adults and $100 for children. For more information, please visit www.cmee.org or call 631-537-8250.