Free giveaways: Full WPPI 2015 Passes

I have been a professional photographer for the past twelve years now. In that time, my career has covered a lot of ground. I’ve met some incredible people who have changed my life, I’ve done work that is beyond what I would have ever guessed I’d do, and my family has grown substantially not just in people count but in collective experience.

In those twelve years, I’ve attended the WPPI Convention in Las Vegas eleven times. I’d missed my very first opportunity – I didn’t quite know what was going on that first year. In that time, I’ve watched this convention change in size, scope, venue and leadership. I’ve met literally thousands of people along the way, and I’ve been fortunate enough to make some truly great friends from all those initial conversations.

I’ve also shared a few highlights of my experience here, from the first time I presented a platform talk in 2009 to the first time I spoke for Nikon in 2013 (and my gorgeous family “partied” with me in Vegas) to last year, when I won the WPPI Adorama Inspire Award. And, um, then proceeded to race off the stage immediately. My full-on, emotional Do Over regarding that stage flight is here.
*Warning: it gets sappy.

Nikon Tamara Lackey WPPI Las Vegas, free giveaways

Thanks, again, to Mike Corrado for this photo.

 

This year I will be returning to WPPI in Last Vegas again.
And I hope you do, too.
Well, return or come for the first time.

It’s truly such a very cool experience – educational, empowering, informative, and beautifully community-building.

The internet is fabulous and all, but there’s nothing like spending time with tens of thousands of human beings who love what you love and love it how you love it and are excited to talk, share, show and teach it with their human voices and you can look at their human faces and hug their human bodies. (That last part might have started to sound weird, but hopefully you know what I mean.)

Basically?
Real, Human Connection = Awesome.

To that end, I will be giving away THREE free giveaways, that is THREE Full WPPI 2015 Platform Passes. Each of these passes will give you access to the entire show, from every single presentation delivered there to the giant expo at The MGM Grand. Note that on site, in Vegas, these full passes will cost you up to $399 each.
Yes, that’s just one dollar short of four hundred dollars.

And there’s so, so much to do when you get there. I am currently planning on doing at least the following things – with quite a few things to add that I’m still sorting out:

Friday – Sunday: Judging the WPPI International Print Competition

Monday:

Morning: Filming new reDefine Shows for AdoramaTV

3pm – 4pm Joining Nikon Theater Presents:  Live.  Work.  Succeed.  A Women’s Forum for Entrepreneurial Photographers.
Once again, I  will be joining the fabulous Bambi Cantrell and Dixie Dixon for this forum specifically addressing the experiences/challenges of women in the photography industry – along with SOLUTIONS, as each of us have different career goals, family life concerns & are working across different genres – portraits, weddings, and fashion.  The forum will also be moderated by my friend, Photofocus’ Melissa Niu.
We did this last year, and we had some incredibly engaged attendees, answered a bunch of excellent questions – and were sure we’d want to do it again before we’d even finished the program.
Programs like these are just one of the reasons I’m proud to be a Nikon Ambassador.

7pm Co-hosting a Dinner with Mylio, rather aptly described by Shutterbug Magazine as an addictive organizer, although there’s a whole lot more to it than that. Check out what I, Joe McNally, Chase Jarvis, Matthew Jordan Smith and Scott Kelby all have to say about our experiences here.


Tuesday:
12pm Giving a presentation and new lighting demo for ProFoto

1pm: Speaking and doing a live shoot at Nikon Theater, on the Expo Floor

4pm: Delivering my Platform Presentation across gigormous room(s) 319-320, a brand new, live world multi-media program that dives deep into Lighting/Posing/Expression and Creating Dynamic Portraits.
I LOVE this program, very excited to deliver it!
HUGE GRATITUDE
to my platform sponsors:
Nikon
Nations Photo Lab, who is offering a $50 credit to new customers, just use promo code “NEWJANTAM” when ordering through the ROES system
Adorama, with lots of new programs on Adorama TV
Animoto, now offering 20% off an annual pro subscription with promo code “Tamara15″
and Mylio, who is now giving a FULL ADVANCED trial for one month via this link.

I will be giving out tons of free giveaways during this program from these amazing companies!

free giveaways, WPPI 2015, Tamara Lackey

Wednesday:
10:15pm: Speaking and doing a live shoot at Nikon Theater, on the Expo Floor
Afternoon: Filming new reDefine Shows for AdoramaTV
7pm: The WPPI Awards Show

*Still quite a lot MORE coming together on these dates. check back on this list if you’d like to connect while in Vegas.

 

SO, how do you win one of these?

Well, the other day I was speaking on stage and offered a free giveaway to one person in the audience who could most quickly and most passionately tell me why they love to be alive. One woman jumped up with some rather incredible enthusiasm, won the prize, and then sent in this note afterwards:

Hi, Tamara, I really enjoyed your presentation. Your style of photography captures the fun and movement of life. I won the 10 songs from Triple Scoop with lifetime rights for being the person happiest to be alive in the room.  I am a children’s kidney doctor turned photographer because of ongoing cancer treatment (5 years strong!)  You can bet I am happy! Jumping up and down like a maniac at 8 AM in the morning is nothing… I am just super thrilled that my body is able to execute such moves :)

Best,
Jenn
I love this note.
I love this passion for life.
I respect this passion for life – and I greatly feel it, too.
Tell me what it is about your life that you love so much, or you can leave a brief comment below and email us more at the studio, if you feel too shy to elaborate here. I’ll pick three winners by the end of this week – so you can start planning this fantastic trip as soon as possible.
Just leave your words in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say.
See you at WPPI 2015!
I mean, you DO want to go to Vegas, right? You don’t want to miss out on sightings like these, right?!
Free giveaways, Tamara Lackey, WPPI 2015
— 79 Comments

Stuart Scott

Tamara Lackey —  January 5, 2015

Stuart Scott. Wow, just typing that name.

I miss him.

In his not-nearly-long-enough life, he’s been a larger-than-life individual and father and brother and son and companion – and he’s been an exceptionally dear friend to me and to many others. The fact that he’s actually gone? That’s really, really difficult to try to process.

Much of the world knows who Stuart was: genuinely so inspirational, incredibly smart, talented, charismatic and, well, super cool. He worked hard, and his hard work paid off on such a giant world stage. So the world knew he was these things.

Stuart Scott, Tamara Lackey

We had been talking for some time over a drink before heading out to dinner to meet up with friends.  As we walked out to get a cab, I stopped him in front of this cool-looking background to get his portrait. I remember how comfortable he was with himself. How at ease he was just being himself, and how much that came through in this portrait. I love that he loved this photograph.

But there are also many things Stuart wasn’t.

He wasn’t afraid to be himself. He was so very much himself that you couldn’t help but be drawn to him. I couldn’t help but be drawn to him. He spoke directly to you – no artifice, no 86 layers of protection. You asked him a direct question, and he gave you a direct answer. If something bugged him, it wasn’t a secret. If he was crazy about something – well, it wasn’t a secret. I have always found that extraordinarily refreshing in a person, and it’s more rare than I would have ever imagined, to meet people who consciously live, openly, in such a very alive way.

In my experience, sometimes all the edges, boundaries and strategy of human interaction can be downright exhausting. Becoming friends with Stuart was the opposite of that: it was invigorating. And fun. And when it wasn’t fun, it was real. It made you feel like you’d gotten to truly connect with one more soul in the world who would matter to you for a lifetime.

He wasn’t daunted by criticism. Actually, over time, he was not only unphased by it, he would even get a kick out of it. He knew who he cared to listen to – and all the rest? Just noise. No other person I’ve ever met has taught me more about how to deal with random hate. I didn’t just take his advice, I studied it. I would joke with him that I channeled him when needed.

He owned random ugly feedback by treating it for what it was: useless noise, or sometimes entertainment for him. I was in awe of how flawlessly he managed it, and how that allowed him to simply create, to not worry about how what he created might be perceived – which, of course, was why he was able to showcase his talent so exceedingly well.

He wasn’t afraid to love. (And to love big.)
There wasn’t a person who knew him who didn’t also know what his daughters meant to him. Heck, millions of people who didn’t know him know what his daughters meant to him. In a word? They were everything. His heartbeat, he’d said.

I hate that these two lost their father.
I love that they knew how much he loved them. That we all did.
It was actually hard to ask him a question about anything important without the answer somehow incorporating his love for his daughters. He was very clear on his main priority: these two girls.

Stuart Scott, Tamara Lackey

This was just a casual shot taken at our house. Stuart and his family were all over, and the girls were playing Wii with our kids, much silliness – and I casually scootched these three closer together. Later, his girlfriend Kristin surprised him with a large canvas of this for Christmas.

But he was also so open and enormously loving with his friends. It wasn’t difficult for him to say I love you, and when he said it to you, you knew he meant it.

He once told me I was in his boat. He explained, when you’re in his boat, you’re in it forever. What that meant was that if there was catastrophe, if the floodwaters rise, you have room in his boat. That you can know he’s got you. But here’s what I also learned about Stuart after meeting his family, every one of his siblings – Susan, Stephen and Synthia – his gorgeous daughters Taelor and Sydni, many of his friends and co-workers, too; after meaningful conversations with his girlfriend, Kristin, who was incredibly there for him through the latter part of this illness, and for whom he felt so much love and gratitude. I learned this: Stuart Scott had built a pretty large boat. I never questioned how much Stuart cared. He really cared about a lot of people very, very much.

He wasn’t shy about expression. The man was a writer. He researched and wrote and wrote and wrote for so many things at ESPN. For Sportscenter, of course, but also for so many programs and spots and magazines and yes, even twitter. He loved the medium and all the mini conversations. He wrote spoken word slow jams that he’d perform with such polish. I remember this one he did for Michael Jordan, my husband and I nervously watching, hoping he’d get through it all because the delivery mattered. And he did. Of course he did. Flawlessly.

In this day and age, when you are friends with someone who lives far away, between visits and phone calls, much of your casual conversation is through text. I loved Stuart’s texts because they reflected his voice perfectly – so much life and enthusiasm and attitude in his words with liberal use of exclamation points!!! and ALL CAPS and PASSION, PASSION, PASSION.

I was asked to re-share this conversation I had with Stuart, my second time interviewing him but my first time sitting down with him for Adorama TV. You can see that passion here, you can see his heart, you can hear how his mind works and why he inspired so many – and why is loss is so greatly felt:

One of my favorite parts of that talk? “It sounds like you need a hug.” Say the nastiest thing you can think of to say to him, and he’s going to respond, “It sounds like you need a hug.”

When his sister, Susan, who I’m fortunate to say has also become a dear friend over time (don’t know what’s in that Scott water) called me Sunday morning to say that Stuart had died, I felt complete and utter shock.That may seem a bit odd given the state of his health, given our conversations and how plainly rough it’d all become. More, I think, than most would guess (another testament to how extraordinary his will and energy were).

Of course he was very ill. Of course this was always a possibility, increasingly so over the last few months.
But when every fiber of your being doesn’t want a piece of news to be true, it doesn’t make sense when you hear it.

It is a shock. And it feels incredibly wrong. Terribly unfair. Or, as my 9 year-old daughter said, after I told her about Stuart, “Oh, mom, but that’s not fair one bit.”
No. No, it’s not.

Of all the conversations I had with Stuart Scott, probably my all time favorite was this past summer. I was returning home from New York and had gotten my first taste of what real online troll hate felt like. All anonymous, of course. I sat down in a plastic airport chair and opened up twitter and saw one of his posts. He often wrote lovely things about people he cared about, and I was fortunate enough to hear some very kind things directed at me that way. So I texted him, and here’s that exchange, already stored away to be saved forever:

Me:  Hey there – leaving NYC & just saw your tweet.
Had my first, full-on tear-apart, major hatefest towards me on social media.
What a weird thing.
If you feel like you’re being channeled, you are.

Stuart: Awww .. you’re incredibly amazing … I miss you … as for twitter hate, it’s funny, let it be funny, let it remain funny. It speaks everything about the people spewing it and NOTHING about you.

This was lovely, and very Stuart, so I did appreciate it. But I also still felt pretty sad and not really as above it all as I was trying to be. I knew I’d get there but I just didn’t feel it at the moment, so I simply wrote back:

Me: I hear you : )

And then I put my phone away and slumped down a bit farther in my seat.

About a minute later, my phone buzzed again.

Stuart: At the end of all that stuff I said in the previous text … all that “real good mature advice” stuff … at the end of the day, bottom line, F*&# dem punk a$$ bi&*#^ wipes!!!!!
(Except, of course, he censored nothing.)

And THAT was Stuart. Right there.
His follow up message back to me, that was him. HE was REAL. HE was GOOD. HE was MATURE – and he had your back with some seriously silly swagger. And I LOVED that about him. I loved his grit and his laugh and his caring and his attitude and his energy and his heart. These random candids from nights out show a lot of that. His laughter, his movement, his energy, his fight, his right-thereness. If there seem to be so many words for Stuart Scott, it’s because there was so much to Stuart Scott:

Stuart Scott, Tamara Lackey

Stuart Scott, Tamara Lackey
Stuart Scott, Charles Barkley, Jay Harris, ESPN karaoke

I haven’t really stopped actively hurting since Susan called me. I wince thinking of her even having to make those calls. I am glad that he is out of pain, of course. And yet here we all are, still loving him.

There are tears everywhere around the world for this man. Worldwide grief for the loss of him. Makes sense, though.
Turns out that a man who, in his words, beat cancer by how he lived, why he lived, and the manner in which he lived will do that.

I have my friend Sally Sargood to thank for taking this photo one night when we were all out in New York. Just a shot during a fun dinner with friends and lots of laughter, but a shot of us together. I had brought out my friends, he had brought his, and we all met everyone and just … were together.
There wasn’t enough of that.

I will truly miss you for the rest of my life, Stuart.
Thank you for you.

Stuart Scott, Tamara Lackey

— 20 Comments

The Gratitude Photo Contest Winners!

A huge congratulations to all who entered the The Gratitude Photo Contest, hosted by Nations Photo Lab and myself.  We have named our photography contest winners!!  We were pretty blown away by the scope and QUALITY of the entries. Within the short open dates of the contest, there were about 6,300 photographs entered and, maybe even more remarkable, 289,000 people voted on them.

It certainly was not easy to narrow the photography contest finalists down, but we managed to get our top four winners. The theme, again, was to enter a photograph that shows something you are grateful for, without using any description or words to convey what you meant.

So, without adieu, a big CONGRATS to the following Gratitude Photo Contest winners:

1st Place, “Arlington in the Fall” by LindbloomPhoto

arlington cemetary, photo contest winners, the gratitude contest, tamara lackey, nations photo lab

 

Runner Up 1:  “Shasta Camping” by justinritucci

 

photo contest winners, the gratitude contest, tamara lackey, nations photo lab

 

Runner Up 2: “Remember to Breathe” by Crayok

 

photo contest winners, the gratitude contest, tamara lackey, nations photo lab

 

Runner Up 3:  “Sunset in Valensole” by paolobubu

 

photo contest winners, the gratitude contest, tamara lackey, nations photo lab

 

And the People’s Choice Award: “Dedicated” by adamsb5

 

Photo Contest Winners 5

 

Winners, please email Allie at Nations Photo Lab to redeem your lovely prizes, which include generous gift cards from Nations Photo Lab, my Posing Playbook…for Kids Who Don’t Do Posing, a feature on the NPL Newsletter, and all kinds of winning image love.

As I’d mentioned, we so enjoyed seeing all the remarkable photographs that were entered into this contest – there will be another photography contest coming up again soon. Check out both Nations Photo Lab and Tamara Lackey on Facebook for announcements for the next one.

And don’t forget – if you are printing your work (and I sincerely hope you ARE printing your work), you can use the following promo codes for some amazing savings:  For those who have never used Nations Photo Lab to print their work before, you can use the code HOLIDAYCARDTL to get $50 off your first order with them (just remember to use the ROES software you can download on their site to be able to use the promo code!). For those who already are customers of Nations Photo Lab, don’t worry – you are not being left out.  You can use THANKFUL4TL to get 20% off your entire order - and that is even on top of their frequent sales, so that can really add up to a lot of savings on beautifully-printed work.  Both of these codes expire on December 31st, 2014!

Congratulations, again, to all the photo contest winners, and to the thousands who entered your images – your work inspires us.

— Leave a comment

How To Wirelessly Transfer Photos from DSLR

Every once in a while, a new technology breakthrough comes along that is just downright fun. For me, being able to wirelessly transfer photos from DSLR cameras, or even from my point & shoot camera, to my iphone has been exactly that. I take a lot of photographs – no surprise there. But I also love to share them, too. And, to be honest, I kinda like to share them right away. Whether it’s to facebook, twitter, instagram, or just emailing something to a friend – whatever the case may be, sharing our experiences is something we are becoming more and more accustomed to nowadays.

I used to just do all this with my phone, but I get such better photographs with my Nikon 1 V3 or my Nikon D750, both wifi-enabled, that being able to just send it right to my phone on the fly has really changed the game for me.

Since I’ve been posting more and more images from my main cameras, I’ve gotten several questions about how this works. I filmed a simple walkthrough of exactly how you can QUICKLY wirelessly transfer photos from DSLR cameras (or your point & shoot) to your phone in this brand new reDefine Show for Adorama TV:

As always, huge thanks to Adorama.com! You check out all tons of other content by very talented Adorama TV hosts, Joe McNally, Mark Wallace, Richard Harrington, Bryan Peterson and Gavin Hoey by heading over to AdoramaTV.com.

— Leave a comment

The Gratitude Photo Contest

Tamara Lackey —  November 18, 2014

Photo Contest, Tamara Lackey, Nations Photo Lab, Gratitude

The Gratitude Photo Contest

I’m partnering up with the fantastic crew at Nations Photo Lab to host a perfectly seasonal photo contest, celebrating one of the most powerful things in the world: Gratitude.
We’d love for you to share a photograph of what you are grateful for, without explaining why, to enter this photo contest -> you can submit up to two photographs to enter the contest here.

This photo contest will run until midnight EST on November 24th, 2014. Simply post your chosen image (or two) to this contest link at ViewBug to be entered to win. International entries are welcome, as well, as long as Nations Photo Lab can ship prints to a US address.

We are huge fans of creative rights, and we also know that various contests have different rules around this – so please note that you of course maintain the rights to all of your submissions. If you have any questions at all, please post them in the comments below, and we will be sure to answer them as speedily as possible : )

 

So, what are the prize details?  We will select three lucky winners of The Gratitude Photo Contest to receive the following lovely prizes, valued at $350:

Grand Jury Winner:

$100 Nations Photo Lab gift certificate

Tamara Lackey’s Posing Playbook (valued at $89)

Winning image and name featured in upcoming NPL email 

Shout out on the Nations Facebook page (and this blog and my social media outlets, of course!)

Amateur Winner:

$50 Nations Photo Lab gift certificate

Winning image and name featured in upcoming NPL email 

People’s Choice Award

$100 Nations Photo Lab gift certificate

Winning image and name featured in upcoming NPL email

Just post your work to this contest link to enter!

IN ADDITION, Nations Photo Lab is offering THREE incredible options to spend less and get more – > for those who have never used Nations Photo Lab before, you can use the code HOLIDAYCARDTL to get $50 off your first order with them – this expires December 31st, 2014.

For those who already are customers of Nations Photo Lab, don’t worry – you are not being left out.  You can use THANKFUL4TL to get 20% off your entire order – and that is even on top of some of their frequent big sales, so that can really add up to a lot of savings on beautifully-printed work. This one-time code expires December 31st, 2014, too.

Lastly, there is one additional option that runs from November 28th to December 3rd, the opportunity to receive an extra 50% off prints during their Black Friday Sales. Use the code BLACKFRIDAYTL (can be used multiple times) for this deeeeeep discount. This will start on Black Friday and expire on December 3rd, 2014.

Please note that the Gratitude Photo Contest is subject to the same standard rules of use as other contests on ViewBug.

Looking forward to seeing all your entries – best of luck!

— 1 Comment

Mom’s Night Out – Taking Better Photographs

Nikon’s famed Nikon School is bringing their very cool Mom’s Night Out program to Orlando, Florida. Specifically, it will be Thursday, November 20th, 2014  – if you happen to be in the region and checking your calendar!

This unique program is intended for moms on the go who are interested in taking better photographs, as well as family historians, scrapbookers – really anyone who loves photography and could use a night out to soak up some easily-digestable information on how to take better photographs. That being said, every single time we’ve done this, there have been a number of very interested fathers/male humans there, too – so, please note, all are invited!

I have been lucky enough to be the guest instructor for Nikon’s Mom’s Night Out programs in Virginia, North Carolina and New York already. Each time, we’ve had a great turnout, as well as a truly good time with warm beverages, lots of great questions, and some very friendly faces. You can check out Nikon’s website for a full, detailed description of the Mom’s Night Out program – all the specific details are here, as is the all-important link to actually register for the event.

 

Nikon School, mom's night out, Tamara Lackey

This upcoming Mom’s Night Out is on November 20th will be at the Doubletree by Hilton in Orlando, and it will be a fun, instructional presentation about better understanding the camera’s capabilities and, thus, using more of one’s camera to shoot better. Specific topics will including handling, lighting, composition, action shooting, and video – plus we’ll also do some walkthroughs on how to use cameras to post directly to social media without needing to download photographs first.

There’s also plenty of time for questions and answers related to how to simply take better pictures, and this is also a rare opportunity to speak with Nikon Product Experts about everything camera and lens-related – truly a fantastic chance to get all those gear-related questions answered. One of my favorite parts of the event, other than the conversations, is that Nikon brings out so much of their gear and lenses to the program. I’ve been able to enjoy trying out a few pieces of gear I’d been hoping to play with for a while, on stage and off stage.

Also, please note, you don’t need to shoot with Nikon cameras to attend – in keeping with the tone of my post about moving from Canon to Nikon, there is no snubbing of any kind for various gear owners when it comes to this event. All are welcome : )

Hope to see you there – on your own or with a friend – just register via this link to be a part of the festivities!

 

Tamara Lackey, Nikon School, Nikon Mom's Night Out, Nikon D7100

 

 

 

— Leave a comment

Photographing Meb Keflezighi

I’ve had the good fortune of photographing Boston Marathon Winner Meb Keflezighi twice now – and both times I was struck by how kind, unassuming and down-to-earth he is. Also very fast for very many miles. If you’re not familiar with Meb Keflezighi, he has not only won this prestigious race but also the New York Marathon in 2009 and took the silver medial in the Olympics Marathon (among a zillion other races).

This October 2014 Endurance Magazine cover is from our most recent shoot, which we did a mere two weeks after he won the Boston Marathon. During the shoot, he’d said he hadn’t taken the medal off one time yet. I kinda completely love that. Even more powerful? He won a purse of $150,000 at the Boston Marathon and had declared that he’d be donating $10,000 to the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation if he won (which he did), in memory of the young boy who passed away from his injuries after the bombings.

The foundation’s message mirrors that of 8 year-old Martin’s, who literally held up a sign with these simple and powerful words: No More Hurting People. Peace.

 

Meb Keflezighi, Boston Marathon, Endurance Magazine, Tamara Lackey

If you hadn’t watched this year’s Boston Marathon, it was an extraordinarily emotional finish. as Meb Keflezighi was the first American man to win the Boston Marathon in over three decades – and, of course, it was even that much more powerful to win it after what happened last year.

Here’s a glimpse of his finish, in an unbelieveable 2 hours, 8 minutes and 37 seconds:


 

And big thanks to Ivy Pointer for getting me this fun behind-the-scenes photo of part of our shoot with Meb, too – quite fun.

Meb Keflezighi, Boston Marathon, Endurance Magazine, Tamara Lackey

— Leave a comment

Photography Workshops

We had a truly fantastic final 3-day workshop of the year recently here in our Durham, North Carolina studio. A big thanks to all who attended, from all over the United States. One of the coolest aspects of everyone coming together for these photography workshops is how quickly everyone connects with each other in such a short amount of time – not to mention that we’re talking about photography non-stop while shooting, working through business clinics, marketing planning, and creating concrete, effective solutions to work/life balance challenges.

We also waited until we finished this last workshop – and recovered – before determining our dates for our Portrait Photographer’s Workshops in 2015.  I get asked often why I don’t do more workshops, and the reason is rather simple: they take a lot of time, energy and focus, for both me and my studio manager, Sarah (who goes all out trying to make the process as seamless for each participant as possible), and we don’t really have the bandwidth for more than that with the rest of our schedule – at least not at the level of quality we wish to deliver.

So, without further ado, our dates and locations for 2015:

Durham, NC (our Studio):  March 24th-26th

New York City: May 19th-21st

San Francisco: September 22nd-24th

We hope you can join us at one of these photography workshops in 2015 – you can sign up directly here!

But back to our last one of the year -> We have always been extraordinarily lucky with our models – and we had some adorable kids (And kid-like adults! And dogs!) join us for this one, where we shot on location at parks, on trails, tucking around corners here and there, and of course in the studio, photographing with available light, backlighting, studio lights, and reflectors, all while showing how to shoot as simply as possible, so that the focus can be on our beautiful subjects. (All images shot with my Nikon D800, D4, and a variety of these lovely lenses and many of these lighting modifiers):

 

Tamara Lackey, photography workshops, children's portraits, Durham, NCTamara Lackey, photography workshops, children's portraits, Durham, NC

 

Tamara Lackey, photography workshops, children's portraits, Durham, NC

 

Tamara Lackey, photography workshops, children's portraits, Durham, NC

 

Tamara Lackey, photography workshops, children's portraits, Durham, NC

 

Tamara Lackey, photography workshops, children's portraits, Durham, NC

 

Tamara Lackey, photography workshops, children's portraits, Durham, NC

 

Tamara Lackey, photography workshops, children's portraits, Durham, NC

 

Collage 21

 

Tamara Lackey, photography workshops, children's portraits, Durham, NC

 

Tamara Lackey, photography workshops, children's portraits, Durham, NC

 

Tamara Lackey, photography workshops, children's portraits, Durham, NC

 

Tamara Lackey, photography workshops, children's portraits, Durham, NC

 

Tamara Lackey, photography workshops, children's portraits, Durham, NC

 

Thank you to everyone who joined us – you were such SERIOUSLY GREAT FUN to photograph!

As proud of our 100%-would-recommend-to-a-friend rating as we are after dozens of these workshops now, it’s great to hear the more specific things that photographers say after leaving our workshop – you can see many, many reviews here.  You can also check out these very fun posts from just a few of my new friends who attended this most recent portrait photography workshop, along with the photographs they took at the workshop (love their different takes on the same subjects, showing how differently we really do see things):

James Pharaon – and his post on the James Pharaon Creative Blog

Pam Bonney – and her post on the Bonney Girl Photography blog

Chris McConnell – and his post on his Tumbler page

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sarah, and she’ll do her best to get you all the information you need.

Thanks, and I hope to see you at one of these photography workshops soon!

 

 

 

 

— 1 Comment

Photography Contest Winners!

Tamara Lackey —  September 12, 2014

Photography Contest Winners!

photography contest, Nations Photo Lab, Tamara Lackey, contest winners A huge congratulations to all who entered the End of 2014 Summer Blues Photography Contest, hosted by Nations Photo Lab and myself.  We have named our photography contest winners!!  We had some snags with uploading of entries after only a few days into the contest but, luckily, several hundred more images were uploaded with the designated contest hashtag – and we definitely found them all (and we found some absolutely gorgeous work!)

It wasn’t easy to narrow the photography contest finalists, but we managed to get to our top three winners.

A big CONGRATS to the following winners:

1st Place:  Nicole Brown

photography contest, Nations Photo Lab, Tamara Lackey, contest winners, Nicole Brown

 

2nd Place:  Rachel Piersig

 

photography contest, Nations Photo Lab, Tamara Lackey, contest winners, Rachel Piersig

 

3rd Place: Jenny Gibson

 

photography contest, Nations Photo Lab, Tamara Lackey, contest winners, Jenny Gibson

 

Winners, please email Allie at Nations Photo Lab to redeem your lovely prizes, which include generous gift cards from Nations Photo Lab, my Posing Playbook…for Kids Who Don’t Do Posing, a feature on the NPL Newsletter, and all kinds of winning image love.

We so enjoyed seeing all the incredible imagery come in for this – there will be another photography contest coming up very soon, this time with a new seamless platform for unlimited entries!  Check out both Nations Photo Lab and Tamara Lackey on Facebook for announcements for the next one.

And don’t forget – if you are printing your work (and hopefully you are printing your work), you can use the following promo codes for some amazing savings:  For those who have never used Nations Photo Lab to print their work before, you can use the code FALL50TL to get $50 off your first order with them (just remember to use the ROES software you can download on their site to be able to use the promo code!). For those who already are customers of Nations Photo Lab, don’t worry – you are not being left out.  You can use CANVASLUVTL to get 15% off any canvas work- and that is even on top of some of their frequent sales, so that can really add up to a lot of savings on beautifully-printed work.  Both of these codes expire on October 31st, 2014, and the CANVASLUVTL code can be used repeatedly until then!

Congratulations, again, to all the photography contest winners – and to so many who entered their images – you should be very proud of your beautiful work.

— 1 Comment

Free Online Education

Tamara_3dayevent2

As summer winds down (yes, I’m slightly obsessed by this), and we gear up for Back to School season, I am teaming up with Adorama for 3 days of FREE online photography education. From Wednesday, August 27th to Friday, August 29th, I’ll be sharing tips & techniques on everything from travel photography to portraits to gear, lighting, and more.

How does this work?
Here are the WHATs, WHENs, and… well, more detailed WHATs:

What: Tamara Takes Over Adorama’s Facebook Page
(If you’re not already a fan of Adorama, you can like them here now.)
When: Wednesday, August 27th, all day
I will be sharing some of my favorite images throughout the day and explaining how I got the shot, what gear was used, techniques that worked, the metadata behind the images & why certain settings were selected – plus a whole lot more. I’ll also be linking out from my facebook page, too.  Follow along for travel photography, portraits, back to school photo ideas and more! If you have any questions, I’ll also be answering them throughout the day.

In addition, three lucky commenters throughout the day will win this Wescott 30″ 5-in-1 reflector!

What: Travel Photography Google Hangout with me & Matt Kloskowski
When: Thursday, August 28th at 2PM ET
Tune in for a LIVE Google Hangout event with me and my friend, Lightoom Guru and Landscape Photographer, Matt Kloskowski as we discuss all things travel and landscape photography (shooting, gear, lighting, settings, packing for big shoots and light travel, the works!) – we’d love your participation.

One lucky commenter during the hangout will win this Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW Backpack!

You can RSVP here!!

What: Live Twitter Q&A with me
When: August 29th at 12PM ET

I will be answering your questions LIVE on Adorama’s twitter handle. Bring them all – exposure, composition, portraits, business tips…and don’t worry about waiting until Friday.  You can submit your questions NOW by using the hashtag #TamaraTakeover, and we’ll have them ready to answer on Friday at 12pm.

One lucky participant will win this 3Pod FlatFold Carbon Fiber Tripod!

I’ll be RT’ing from my twitter account, too, but to get everything directly – and to keep in the loop for frequent specials, discounts, giveaways, and other online education events – feel free to follow Adorama on Twitter.

In addition, to celebrate this free Online Education event, Adorama is running a $300 Giveaway Contest right now.

You can enter to win right here:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

 

— 1 Comment