Tamara Lackey is a renowned professional photographer, speaker, author and program host. Her authentic lifestyle photography, from children’s portraits to celebrity portraits, has been praised within her industry, published internationally and been described as “expressive, soulful, funny, and beautiful.”
Tamara’s work has been featured in dozens of media outlets, including O – The Oprah Magazine, Town & Country, Parenting Magazine, Vogue, Food & Wine, Men’s Journal, Nikon World, Rangefinder Magazine, Professional Photographer Magazine, Professional ImageMaker and Photoshop User Magazine, as well as NBC’s The Martha Stewart Show, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and PBS’ Need to Know.
Tamara was the recipient of the 2014 WPPI Adorama Inspire Award, given to individuals who inspire others through both their creative work and their life. She speaks at numerous workshops, seminars and conventions, delivering presentations on the Google stage to delivering private workshops around the globe. She speaks primarily about photography, business, mindset, and the convergence of work, life and balance.
Her first instructional book for professionals, The Art of Children’s Portrait Photography has been translated into seven languages. She quickly followed that with her professional portrait video Inside Contemporary Children’s Photography and the Tamara Lackey Style Book. Translating her professional acumen and intuitive teaching skills to an enthusiast photographer audience, Tamara released a unique “edutainment” book, video and iPhone app set: Tamara Lackey’s Capturing Life Through (Better) Photography™, which won the Booklist Editors’ Choice Award in Media.
Tamara’s latest books are Envisioning Family: A Photographer’s Guide To Making Meaningful Portraits of The Modern Family, and The Posing Playbook, for Kids Who Don’t DO Posing, an innovative children’s posing guide, created for the page and mobile devices.
Tamara has co-produced and hosted a number of live, multi-day broadcasts, videos, and instructional programs. Her web series, the reDefine Show, is a popular mix of examining the inspiring stories of top-tier creative artists who make it work with behind-the-scenes walkthroughs of her photography. She also manages the All In One Life website and community, which shares inspiring ideas on “How do it all without losing your mind … Ish.”
Tamara lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with her husband, their three active children and their three even more active dogs.
Photography has provided me an extraordinary opportunity to better understand each person I encounter, and the subtle nuances of their personality. Showcasing who people authentically are, and the remarkable ways they belong to others, will always matter to me.