Portrait Photography Workshops: San Francisco

I am so excited to announce the location of my San Francisco 3-day Portrait Photographer’s Workshop on September 22-24, 2015!  Big thanks to all those who were patiently awaiting the location – we looked at quite a number of spots all around the Bay Area, but ultimately we went with a super cool spot right in downtown San Francisco. Although this last one of our portrait photography workshops (for the year) is nearly full, we still have a few spots leftyou can register here if you’d like to join us!

The workshop will be held at the Chronicle Books Corporate Headquarters, located at 680 2nd Street, near the beautiful Embarcadero walkway and AT&T park. We will be utilizing their amazing meeting rooms inside and we can go explore the best of downtown San Francisco right outside our door.

 

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This is the last of our portrait photography workshops for the year. I am so proud of our 100% ‘Would Recommend to A Friend’ rating after all of our past portrait photographer’s workshops. You can read tons of reviews from past workshop participants here, but here are a few notes of feedback from just our most recent workshop:

The workshop was the best I have ever attended. The insights gained will improve my photographic technique, my business effectiveness and the quality of my life.  I feel inspired and equipped to take my business and my life to the next level! ~ Alicia

It was really marvelous; the extensive instruction with cameras, settings in different situations, posing active subjects ( children, dogs, parents), post processing, maintaining a constructive work life with a successful business and at the same time having a healthy personal life. ~ Molly

Tamara covered so much in the short three days, that I am afraid I might forget some of what I learned. It was awesome! ~ Dean

I just loved it. Loved the setting, the people, the material and of course the instructor and support staff!! Tamara was so engaging and easy to talk with. She gave us 100% of her attention, and I really appreciated that. ~ Bonnie

This workshop includes:

3 very full days of workshop participation
Catered breakfasts, lunches, snacks and beverages
A generous swag bag of assorted photography products and goodies worth hundreds of dollars, plus many more big giveaways
▪ Celebratory wrap-up dinner out with everyone

DESCRIPTION
Join Tamara for this intense, 3-day shooting-focused workshop, which includes an in-depth shooting clinic, lighting configuration instruction, post-processing and business training.

This highly interactive and hands-on shooting clinic will help you to master your technical skills behind the camera, as well as teach you how to set up and work with existing and additional light sources – and better utilize natural light in a more controlled fashion. The shooting clinics also include one-on-one time with Tamara, image critiques, portfolio and website reviews, and a walk-through of specific post-processing techniques, to show and help create a quick and powerful end-to-end digital workflow. In addition, there will be a business and work/life balance overview.

In addition, I will be conducting a private, off-site, one-on-one 30-minute mentoring session with each attendee. Getting to know you and talk about your business and unique challenges is truly one of my favorite parts of the entire event! The workshop is limited to 15 attendees, and we still have a few spots left.

Just a tiny sampling of photographs shot during previous portrait photography workshops:

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Interested in learning more?

You can read many, many (many) reviews from past workshop participants, visit the workshop page or sign up here.

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Photograph by Mike Corrado

In the newest episode of the reDefine Show, I spoke with seriously talented photographer Mike Corrado on creating dynamic images. Mike has been a photographer for over 36 years, including 30 years working with Nikon. He has traveled around the world capturing stories in many countries, in addition to his explosive and fascinating sports and music photography. In our discussion, he dives deep into the importance of looking for impact, energy, and emotion when trying to create in-the-moment shots.

I also speak with Mike Corrado about remote photography and the massive significance of taking on personal projects, like his recent obsession with bird photography. You can see the fast-moving interview, aired on Adorama TV, here:

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What exactly is the reDefine Show? Well, we try to showcase creative artists who have gotten it right, creating small intimate mentoring sessions that you can enjoy from anywhere. You can catch up on all past episodes, several years’ worth!, right here.

In this other recent episode, I spoke with Brad Jefferson, who was recently profiled in Forbes, The New York Times and so many other top-tier media outlets. Brad is the CEO of Animoto, and we discussed how he co-founded the organization and why, exactly, the power of video can boost one’s creative business. Many photographers look at the idea of using video to promote their work as a complicated thing – but Brad explains exactly how simple it can be to create SEO-favorable video with just still photographs, a huge bonus for creatives looking to get their work more attention online:

 

And this was another very recent episode, a wonderful conversation with wedding and fine art photographer Parker J. Pfister about revitalizing the creativity in your work – and how he did so and continues to do so over time. He also speaks to how changing the light can help you see things differently and gives us insight as to how he views scenes differently. Parker creates some incredible imagery, and he walks us through exactly how he builds a shot – light by light by light.

 

 

 

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Photograph by Parker Pfister

 

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Photograph by Parker Pfister

 

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Photograph by Parker Pfister

 

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

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As many of you know, I recently had the opportunity to teach again on Creative Live with a class on Children and Family Photography. And, like all the previous times, it was an amazing experience – amidst the whirlwind of actually getting it all done!

Over the length of the program, I photographed a variety of families and children in QUITE the variety of locations, lighting situations, and scenarios.

I wanted to share some of the many images shot during the live sessions; and give a big thank you to all the children and families who came out and were able to stay with me despite the multiple cameras, questions, slight technical difficulties, and even planes overhead!

We started our first day outside the Georgetown Ballroom in Seattle and hit the ground running, photographing urban portraits and showcasing various looks, feels, posing, depth of field, color balance, a whole lot!

 

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Then we kicked off a rather important topic when it comes to family photography – well, in all photography (actually, IN ALL OF LIFE): managing self-consciousness. Or, even better, embracing it. We spoke with 11-year-old Lily, and she shared how she can feel nervous when being photographed, especially when others are watching. It was really enlightening to dig into why – I loved this topic, and we ended up getting portraits where she looked anything but self-conscious:

 

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The next couple of days included photographing kids and family indoors – specifically, in tricky lighting situations, utilizing a variety of lighting options like constant light, strobes (my favorites, the Profoto B2’s,) with flash, video light/the Ice Light, and of course a reflector. Then we showcased shooting family photography outside, in a field, in a lake, racing around, splashing around – and much, much more.

 

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These shoots were slightly chaotic but also just a whole lot of fun. And that’s why I do this work – I truly enjoy it so very much : )

At the end of day two, I was able to share some of the work we’re doing with Beautiful Together, our non-profit in support of children waiting for families. We discussed the heartening tie of philanthropy to photography, and even delved into the subject of adoption, a topic I’ve received a number of questions about over the years. My friend and photographer Vicki Taufer joined us via Skype to discuss her philanthropy and experience with adoption. Then my own family joined me on the set, which was more sweetly emotional than I expected. We answered questions about adoption and our upcoming orphanage project in Ethiopia for Beautiful Together, where we will be renovating several bathrooms that are currently in very poor condition in an orphanage in Addis Ababa. It was amazing to walk off set and immediately realize that our bathroom renovation project was fully-funded due to some big-hearted viewers, people who cared about making a difference to these kids, including one overwhelmingly generous donation that left me speechless. I’ll be sharing updates on Facebook about our progress while we’re in Ethiopia, as we kick off construction very soon.

 

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The final day was all focused on the business of children and family photography, and it was intense! We covered a number of topics and hard a large block of time dedicated just to Q&A. I walked through all my gear, in detail, and got to show off a few of my favorite time-saving programs, like Mylio and Fundy Album Designer, the engine behind quickly designing and ordering my favorite Lush Albums (!).

I also I shared how I walk through family images with a client after a shoot, including showcasing printed pieces (thanks for sending them in, Nations Photo Lab).  We also shared some great promo codes, like 20% off a year of Animoto by using code “LACKEY15″ at checkout. And a lot of fantastic ones with Nations Photo Lab, which you can find here, (including $50 credits and 50% off).

As much Q&A as we did, I know a lot of people in the chat room couldn’t get their questions answered simply because of the volume, but I’m still trying to answer some of the questions that you have sent in, so bear with me if you haven’t received a response yet – there’s been a lot, along with some really beautiful notes, emails, messages and course reviews. So appreciated.

One of the questions I’ve gotten a few times is if I do private workshops. YES, although usually no more than one or two a year. I love them, though, and I’m proud of receiving 100% positive feedback from photographers who have joined me and have shared incredible feedback after the workshops. We only have one left this year – it’s September 22nd-24th in San Francisco, and we only have a few spots left until we are sold out, as we keep them small for more personal interaction. If you’re interested in joining us, you can see more details and book here. I’ll also be sharing some more info about the very cool downtown San Francisco location soon!

Lastly, a huge thank you to Meg, my producer, for doing a wonderful job on a rather action-packed program!

 

 

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Giveaways: Nikon 50 f1.4 Lens, from Adorama

I’m here at CreativeLive in Seattle and have spent the entire day in pre-production with the crew, and we just got word that Adorama is doing one of their bigger giveaways – a Nikon 50 f1.4 lens, in honor of my Children and Family Program that is kicking off tomorrow morning / or June 23rd (based on when you read this)!

All you have to do to enter to win one of the more fantastic giveaways I’ve seen in a while is right here on the blog – it goes live at 12pm EST June 22nd / flipping to June 23rd, and the winner is selected after the course finishes on Thursday, June 25th!  And, while you’re waiting for your name to be called, you can watch this live, for free!
Win, win.

So if you want in during this narrow window of giveaways, enter here:

 

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A bunch of BTS shot from our prep on location at The Georgetown Ballroom in Seattle!

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I’m SO excited to be returning to creativeLIVE June 23rd-25th to teach a brand new 3-day live program, Children and Family Photography!

Over the last five years, I have taught a number of programs at creativeLIVE, ranging from Photography to Business to Work-Life Balance to Sales to Health & Energy to Relationships to Posing. So it’s pretty cool to be returning to teach my eighth live program, with a strong focus on out-in-the-field shooting, showcasing how to incorporate various locations into a shoot to further enhance the portrait. We will also be focused on a wide range of genres as it relates to portraits – I will also be photographing urban stylized portraits of a variety of children (with a significant emphasis on posing) and photographing a variety of families in a natural setting, as well in a more modern style in an urban setting.

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Throughout the three days, I’ll also be working with multiple lighting styles, demonstrating best uses for natural light, strobes, constant lights, video lights and flash. There are more reasons than just source of light why you might want to mix things up a bit! We’ll also step through digital workflow and host a real-time client sales consultation, demonstrating prep work beforehand and ultra-rapid album design along the way.

This will be a high-energy course, with quite a range of topics showcased – but it will also be rather honest and straightforward about what does and what doesn’t work when it comes to photographing portraits authentically, getting down to what really matters when it comes to photographing children and families.

If you would like to join us as an audience member for this course, you can apply right here.* In the past, I’ve been very lucky with the individuals who have made up the audience for my courses. So lucky, in fact, that many have gone on to be friends I speak with regularly. I sincerely look forward to meeting and spending a LOT of time with whomever is selected to join us to be an active part of this program.

*Edit: Our audience has been selected already, thanks for the fantastic submissions!

Given how fun and emotional and varied every single creativeLIVE I’ve done to date has been, I hope you can be there live and in person!
If you cannot apply to be part of the live audience in Seattle, then you can still RSVP to watch the free, live broadcast of Children and Family Photography right here.
Speaking of how much variety there has been in the last few years of teaching at creativeLIVE, both in Seattle and in San Francisco, here’s a WIDE sampling of photographs that were either sent my way or shared on blogs or supplied by creativeLIVE or sent to me by media or shared online!  A big thank you to each and every person in these photographs – I’m so glad I’ve gotten to know you over the last few years : )

 

From Sales, Sales, Sales:

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Photo Courtesy of Lori Fuller

From Taking Care of Business:

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From my very photography course:

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From Work-Life Balance:

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From Health & Energy:

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From Children’s Portraits:

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From Relationships (the surprise proposal!!)

 

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From Children’s Posing Guide:

 

 

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With Chase Jarvis, CEO of creativeLIVE:
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From Sales, Sales, Sales:

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From Health & Energy:

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Introducing George to the creativeLIVE audience!:

 

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From Sales, Sales, Sales:

 

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From Children’s Portraits:

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With Susan and Kenna!:

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From Health & Energy:

 

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Photo Courtesy of Kenna Klosterman

From Children’s Posing Guide:

 

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From Health & Energy:

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Our DIY Studio Upfit Adventure!:

 

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From Children’s Posing Guide:

 

 

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From the Opening Show of the creativeLIVE San Francisco Studio:

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Lush Photo Albums: Webinar with Tamara Lackey and Fundy

We launched Lush Albums rather recently (to plenty of in-studio cheers!) and have had a number of great conversations with photographers by phone, email, on facebook and in person since then. The good news is that we are hearing wonderful feedback – so grateful for that! The follow-up news is that we’ve heard multiple requests for us to show exactly how fast and easy it is to design and order your Lush Photo Album. Although we have some great walkthroughs of how to get started, I know that it’s still nice to see it all done in front of you and ask any questions you have right then and there. So we are hosting a webinar, and you can register here!

Here are all the details for our webinar on how to quickly design these gorgeous fine art photo albums, taking place on June 2nd at 10am PST / 1pm EST:

 

 

 

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Guest Designed by Natalie Norton!

 

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Join me and Fundy, the CEO of Fundy Designer, as we walk through just how easy and fun it is to design your Lush Album. We’ll showcase a variety of photo album styles inside and out, and we’ll answer any and all questions you may have, including how to add fun accessories, like your custom, handsewn Lush Bag. Just register for free here, to ensure your spot.

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If you don’t want to wait until June 2nd, you can always visit our Video Tutorials page to find out more information right now about building your own fine art photo albums within minutes.

See you on June 2nd!

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Nikon School: Mom’s Night Out in San Francisco on May 14th, 2015

Nikon’s famed Nikon School is bringing their very cool Mom’s Night Out program to the west coast for the very first time, ever. Specifically, it will be Thursday, May 14, 2015, taking place at The Westin, not that far from the San Francisco airport. This is a pretty cool place for me to teach because this is realllllly close to my old home. My husband and I used to live in San Francisco (Russian Hill and then The Marina) – after that, we moved to Burlingame, which is also right near the airport, and this is where we started our family. We moved to North Carolina about a year later with our at-the-time only baby in tow.  We’ve been back a number of times since we moved to Chapel Hill, and it never, ever gets old. We both just love the Bay Area, and I’m excited to head back there again.

This time, I get to go back to teach Nikon School’s Mom’s Night out. 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 very cool 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,  New York, and Florida already! It’s truly a lovely evening with warm beverages, lots of great questions, and some very friendly faces, all around. 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.

***NOTE, an update from Nikon School:  If you register before May 10th, you will receive $10 off registration as part of a Mother’s Day Promotion!***

 

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This upcoming Nikon School, Mom’s Night Out is a fun, instructional presentation about better understanding the camera’s capabilities and 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 walk-throughs 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 School 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 in the gorgeous Bay Area soon, whether you come on your own or with a friend – just register via this link to be a part of the festivities!

 

 

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Mylio’s “Your Life” Photo Contest Winners!

Major congratulations to all who entered the The “Your Life” Photo Contest, hosted by Mylio. It was truly an honor for me to judge the final photo contest winners. All in all, there were over 7,000 photographs entered and, given that the winner received an Advanced Plan to Mylio, normally valued at $250 – as well as an iPad Mini! – this was a pretty cool win. Runners up also received plans with Mylio, normally valued at $100 and $50 each. I have a feeling they are going to be super addicted to this amazing software. I know I am. (If you haven’t tried it yet, check it out.)

It certainly was not easy to narrow the photography contest finalists down, but I managed to select the Grand Jury Winner, as well as some top runner ups. There was also a People’s Choice Award, selected by an open vote on photographs entered.
The theme was to simply share something meaningful from your life. Given that there’s quite a range to what that can mean, I found it quite heartwarming that so many who entered chose to showcase people – and pets! – when they decided to share images that said something meaningful about their life. My friend Stuart Scott said it beautifully: “Our life’s journey is really about the people who touch us.”
So, without further ado – here’s a big CONGRATS to the following Mylio Your Life Photo Contest winners:

 

Grand Jury Winner, by Trace Elements Photography

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Runner Up 1, by tomato1236

 

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Runner Up 2, by Kevin Sawyer Photography

 

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And the People’s Choice Award, by Jessica Lowthorp

 

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Congratulations, again, to all the photo contest winners – you can see ALL the finalists here. Many beautiful images to check out!

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Photo Albums: Lush Albums Have Arrived!

I am thrilled to finally be able to announce that Lush Albums, the fine art photo albums line that we’ve been developing since December of 2013, is officially up and running – and we are ready to receive orders! Lush Albums have been in the making for quite some time because it took about a year and a half to – well, basically, make it. That included picking out all the custom fabrics, determining the paper type and printing options, building out the software, testing it, confirming shipping details, building a website, setting up a backend process and so so so much more – but it is finally live and ready to go.

Lush Albums is a partnership between Tamara Lackey Photography and Fundy Software, creator of some extraordinarily time-saving software products for the photography industry. We built this line from scratch and worked directly with Finao to craft these albums in the United States.The goal of Tamara Lackey’s Lush Albums was to develop a series of photo albums that are simple in concept but offer mix and match choices to suit every photographer. I am very, very proud of this album line for the following reasons.

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What we cared about most when building this line from the ground up:

1. High-Quality, Fine Art: Our studio has been selling high-quality photo albums for years, and we decided to build Lush Albums to offer many unique advantages over our previous experiences, but we knew it had to start with a high-quality book, protected fine art paper that didn’t look protected, unique custom fabrics that were personally sourced, giclée printing, archival inks, attention-to-detail construction and completely handmade covers. When all is said and done, thirteen different people handle one Lush Album from start to finish. Here’s a lot more on the attention we paid to the quality of these books.

2. Eco-friendly: We wanted to use all eco-friendly products, as green as possible. This meant a lot of little shifts in terms of how we chose to put these albums together. For example, Lush Albums are assembled using pure-quality, all-natural, extraordinarily strong photo glue. Each page substrate is 100% plant-based cellulose. By using plant waste, such as corn stalks, cellulose becomes a re-purposed material that is lignum-free with a neutral pH level. Pretty cool stuff.

3. Animal-friendly: It mattered that the fabrics and materials that made up this book were beautiful, soft to the touch, durable and striking – and that they all be sourced and assembled without using animal products. Our Zen Silk line, for instance, looks and feels just like silk. It just happens to be more durable and leaves the teeny little worms out of the process. And not using animal products also adds to the eco-friendliness of Lush Albums.

4. Fast Design: You can literally (and I actually mean literally) design a beautiful, very well-designed layout for your album in a matter of minutes. Even if you choose to customize multiple layouts repeatedly! You really have to try this to believe this – it blows any other design software I’ve ever used completely out of the water, making photo album design not only fast but also quite fun. This perk was brought to you courtesy of some pretty brilliant software design from Fundy Software.

5. Fast To Receive: I’ve worked with a variety of vendors over the years, and it can be pretty trying to wait and wait for your photo albums to arrive – especially if there’s any issue with the book once you receive it, and then you have to wait and wait again for a replacement. You can receive your Lush Album within a week and half or so, depending on your shipping preference, after designing it. And that’s including the fact that each print is required to dry for a minimum of three days before a protective surface coating is applied – and then they dry again for 24 more hours. (This assures you of the finest quality, longest-lasting prints as this process requires special handling.)  In order to ensure that you still receive your book quickly, though, these books start being produced within the first hour your album design is received. That makes a huge difference when it comes to timely delivery.

6. Happy Pricing: Working with high-quality products is a great thing – you offer your clients heirloom pieces that will last a lifetime and know you are standing behind your promise of delivering value. But when you can mitigate a bit of your expenses while still offering a fantastic product? That’s a smart, great thing. We are launching Lush Albums with happy pricing to get your attention and to see just how wonderfully these are received – so that you can truly fall in love with these books.

… and … drum roll here …

THE MOST IMPORTANT PART:  The ability to give in ways that make a measurable difference in the world.
For every single Lush Albums product sold, we are donating 10% of our profits directly to Beautiful Together, our non-profit organization that’s completely focused on improving the lives of children without families (whether they are in foster care or living in group homes, care centers, or orphanages) through specific, tangible and measurable projects – while we work to improve the adoption process for all involved. I shared quite a bit about Beautiful Together in my last post and you can check out the website for more information. *
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We’ve created three distinct, and truly lovely, collections for Lush Albums. Each book is printed on fine art paper, employing striking print quality for both color images and black & whites photographs, and all album pages are coated with a very subtle but very effective protective treatment.
You can receive your photo albums in any of the following fabric covers:

The Velvety Suede Collection – The perfect combination of fabrics to compliment your home décor. They are durable, soft and eco-friendly – and they are available in five carefully-chosen colors.

The Soft Linen Collection – This collection is a warm take on natural linen fibers, with a similar feel but with an eco-friendly, softer fabric overall. You can choose this fabric in the five colors that we have noticed that our clients have selected the most frequently over the years.

The Zen Silk Collection – These lovely fabrics look, feel and present just like silk, but they are also animal-friendly and more durable. They are also available in five gorgeous colors.

We also have custom bags available for your Lush Albums, each of which are made by hand. They are meant to protect, store and better present your fine art photo albums.

 

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If you want to get started and see just how easy it is to design and order the first of your Lush photo albums, check out these exact instructions, which walk you through every step (don’t worry, there aren’t that many!). Lush Albums are ordered exclusively through Fundy Direct, which also means there are no purchase or transaction fees to use their software so that you may quickly – and beautifully – design your album. This is because all costs are already bundled into our straightforward pricing!

Our photo albums line is brand new, but we’ve been fortunate enough to share it with a few photographers here and there, and we’ve already heard some lovely words about the look and feel of Lush Albums. We look forward to sharing a lot more feedback as we start rolling out books.

So, check it out, love the fast and seamless design & order process, enjoy the fine art books – and come back for more!!

 

 

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2015 WPPI / Rangefinder Humanitarian Award + $249 Animoto Giveaway

I was incredibly shocked to receive the WPPI / Rangefinder Humanitarian Award, along with my wonderful husband Steve Lackey, last week at the 2015 WPPI Awards Ceremony.

A huge thank you to Lauren Wendle, who introduced the award by saying something I believe in deeply, “When asked if one person can truly make a difference, Mother Teresa once said it is always one person who makes the difference.”

We often look around at everything that is wrong in our society, everything that needs fixing, and just feel like it’s all too much. How can one person possibly change anything? I know that I have often stood up to try to make a real difference and have felt so overwhelmed that I just sat back down – and that I have done that more than once. I know I’m not the only one who has felt that way, either.

Over the past twelve years, though, Steve and I have been involved in a variety of projects and have happily donated time, energy and funds to a variety of incredible organizations – but our heart has always been with children who do not have families. The system of foster care and adoption is well-intended but often plays out in a way that discourages and frustrates instead of enabling those who wish to grow their family. There are so very many reasons this system should support and lift those who want to create or expand their families. There are so very many reasons children without families should have a home and a family and know that sense of belonging through and through. Having adopted twice before and actually quite in the mix once again (details on that coming soon), we wish to help change that. Obviously, it’s not something that we can take on and do all at once. But we’re determined to chip away as best we can until we can get in a position to effect real change, and to help enable others who wish to do so, as well.

We founded BeautifulTogether.org to do just that. We have been working on this organization since last summer but didn’t formalize it until recently – filing for non-profit status and in the process of building out a rather robust website. Our current, rather simple BeautifulTogether.org site gives you a hint of where we’re going with this. And we’re going to need help. If you are interested in following along or helping out with the variety of projects that we will be announcing soon, please sign up to be part of the change we hope to see.

Happily, my friends at Animoto want to share the love, too – they already make it extraordinarily simple to create high-quality, professional video slideshows, and they are now giving away a full year pro subscription, valued at $249, to one random individual who signs up to join the newsletter and comments here to let us know why they did. Thank you, Animoto. We’ll be drawing the name of the winner in one week, on March 17th.

A heartfelt thank you to Collin Pierson for sending me these beautiful images – I was pretty shocked to not only learn about the award but to see Steve show up, too. He knew in advance and had kept it a surprise for me, so I was pretty floored when he showed up after they announced the award (I thought he was home in North Carolina) – and Collin photographed it all quite wonderfully.

This first image. This first one is fantastic because, as a photographer, I am always trying to show much about who a person is, how they feel – I want to show them physically but also much of their spirit. Collin did that for me here – this is exactly how I felt walking up on that stage. I felt pretty overwhelmed, grateful and inspired. Still feel that way, actually. Will for quite some time to come, too.

 

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Here is Steve walking up to surprise me and lead me to the stage. Without my shoes, I might add. I had kicked off my heels to relax and enjoy the show, and since I kinda floated up on stage in shock, I hadn’t noticed I was barefoot in front of thousands of people until I walked up to the microphone. Ah, well ; )

 

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WPPI, Rangefinder Magazine, Humanitarian Award, Tamara Lackey, Steve Lackey, Beautiful Together, Animoto, free giveaway

 

WPPI, Rangefinder Magazine, Humanitarian Award, Tamara Lackey, Steve Lackey, Beautiful Together, Animoto, free giveaway

 

WPPI, Rangefinder Magazine, Humanitarian Award, Tamara Lackey, Steve Lackey, Beautiful Together, Animoto, free giveaway

 

WPPI, Rangefinder Magazine, Humanitarian Award, Tamara Lackey, Steve Lackey, Beautiful Together, Animoto, free giveaway

 

That last one – posing for a photograph with the wonderful and rather hard-working Lauren Wendle and Jason Groupp of WPPI and Rangefinder Magazine. Very grateful to them for this recognition and, more importantly, for their dedication to making a difference in this space. This Humanitarian Award is an extraordinary vote of confidence from an organization I have loved being a part of for quite some time. We look forward to partnering with them to do some incredible things with Beautiful Together for some time to come.

 

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Oh, and those bare feet? I was sitting next to my good friend Jeremy Cowart, who has been doing incredible things with Help Portrait for years, and he scrambled to grab my camera and take some photos, which I didn’t find until a few days later. These show off that bare look in all its disheveled glory:

 

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WPPI, Rangefinder Magazine, Humanitarian Award, Tamara Lackey, Steve Lackey, Beautiful Together, Animoto, free giveaway, Jeremy Cowart

 

WPPI, Rangefinder Magazine, Humanitarian Award, Tamara Lackey, Steve Lackey, Beautiful Together, Animoto, free giveaway, Jeremy Cowart

 

I sincerely hope many of you join our Beautiful Together community – and then come back here and comment as to why you cared to – and I look forward to giving at least one of you a thank you valued at $249 for your pro subscription to Animoto in exactly one week!

 

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