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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creativeLIVE with Tamara Lackey, June 23rd-25th

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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Photo by Niall David

 

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

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Photo Courtesy of Lori Fuller

 

From Health & Energy:

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Introducing George to the creativeLIVE audience!:

 

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Photo Courtesy of creativeLIVE

From Sales, Sales, Sales:

 

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Photo Courtesy of Lori Fuller

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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Photo Courtsey: Fizzahraza Photography

 

From Health & Energy:

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Photo Courtesy of Kenna Klosterman

Our DIY Studio Upfit Adventure!:

 

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From Taking Care of Business: creativeLIVE, Tamara Lackey, children and family photography

From Children’s Posing Guide:

 

 

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Photo Courtsey: Fizzahraza Photography

From Health & Energy:creativeLIVE, Tamara Lackey, children and family photography, work life balance

From Relationships:

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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!

 

Photo Albums by Lush Albums

 

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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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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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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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WPPI 2015 Schedule

Tamara Lackey —  February 23, 2015

In a recent post, I laid out my WPPI 2015 Schedule with the caveat that things were still changing.
This is my confirmed WPPI 2015 Schedule, complete with opportunities to not only learn and watch shooting and lighting demos by me, as well as a number of other top photographers in the field – but also to win a whole lot of prizes.

Here you go:

Friday – Sunday: Judging the WPPI International Print Competition

Monday, March 2nd:

10am – Starting with a WPPI Expo Kick-Off Gathering at Nations Photo Lab. Join us for Mimosas (or just an OJ!) at their booth and feel free to spin their prize wheel. They are giving away a ton of stuff, including my Posing Playbook, copies of my Capturing Life Through (Better) Photography and my Inside Contemporary Children’s Photography.

 

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11:30am – 1:30pm – We will be filming reDefine Show for AdoramaTV, meeting up with Jason Groupp, Brad Jefferson (co-founder of Animoto), Vanessa Joy and Sal Cincotta. If you have any questions for them, feel free to email them to us.

3pm – 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 commercial work. 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.

 

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6:30pm 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 Joe McNally, Chase Jarvis, Matthew Jordan Smith, Scott Kelby and I all have to say about our experiences here.

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Tuesday, March 3rd:

10:30am Presenting at Kelby One/WPPI LIVE Theater

12pm Presenting and Giving a Lighting Demo at Profoto, along with these great other photographers:

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1pm: Speaking and doing a live shoot on Photographing Men at Nikon Theater, on the Expo Floor. Check out all the speakers, topics and the overall schedule – some amazing talks – here:

 

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4pm: Delivering my Platform Presentation in 319-320. This is a brand new, live world multi-media program that dives deep into Lighting/Posing/Expression and Creating Dynamic Portraits with some significant Behind The Scenes lighting work captured just for this presentation.

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!

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6pm – 7:30pm Mylio Cocktail Reception

Wednesday, March 4th:
10:45pm: Speaking and doing a live shoot on Photographing Men at Nikon Theater, on the Expo Floor

12:00pm – 1:30pm Will be filming reDefine Show for AdoramaTV, meeting up with Joe McNallyBrooke Shaden, and Mike Corrado. If you have any questions for them, feel free to email them to us.

7pm: The WPPI Awards Show

Thursday, March 4th:

Going Home.
In the shape of a torn up, crumpled piece of paper.

 

Oh!  And if you haven’t signed up for a full platform pass for WPPI yet, you can Upgrade using the promo code JPG50 before February 25th and save $150 or choose to become a PHOTO+ member and save over $180. Just go here to use the code.

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Around The World

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. ~ Mark Twain

I love travel.
Travel has been, and always will be, an integral part of my life. And I think there are very few things that have shaped my view of the world more than seeing so much of it. And I know there are very few things that have shaped my view of how we are more alike than different more than getting to know so many people around the world.

I’m consistently struck by how we all love the same. How boundaries don’t change who people fundamentally are. I think Wayne Dyer puts it well: When you live on a round planet, there’s no choosing sides.

My father had felt the same way about travel when he was younger. He wanted to see the world, so he joined the U.S. Army as soon as he could. He then went on to spend the next twenty years in Europe, and I was born in Frankfurt, Germany. While I was growing up, we moved to several different cities within Germany and did a lot of traveling and camping throughout Europe. I remember camping out in tents set up by the side of the road and <I, now a passionate vegan, cringe here> cooking Spam over a fire. And, um, cooking Steak Ums in a campsite kitchen. It was low budget travel, but we got to see a whole lot that way. And I don’t remember ever seeing it like that anyway. I just look back and think that it was pretty cool my mom and dad made such an effort to do that much exploring with three young kids in tow, especially now that I really understand all the effort involved in it.

One of those campsite photos of my dad with at least two of us. I’m the one on the right ; )

traveling with kids, around the world, tamara lackey

 

I think it’s extra cool that that’s exactly what we do now.

We moved to the U.S. when I was almost eleven years old. We kept moving after that, every couple of years or so, even when my dad had retired after 22 years in the military. I joined a study abroad program while in college, in France – and I used a student class Eurail Pass to travel to various cities on the weekends. I loved sitting in the window of a train, listening to music, reading books, and planning what I’d do when I got to wherever there was.

 

Around The World, Sunflowers, Bordeaux, France, Tamara Lackey

 

 

Around The World, The Fjordlands, New Zealand, travel photography, Tamara Lackey

 

Around The World, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, travel photography, Tamara Lackey

After graduation, I kinda just kept going. I accepted a 100% travel position as a management consultant, then finally ended up in San Francisco five years later. About a year after my husband and I got married, we both took a leave of absence and took a 4-month backpacking trip. This wasn’t an easy sell at first. My husband and I’d had pretty different upbringings – he actually hadn’t even been on a plane for the first 18 years of his life and had hardly left New Jersey. That changed as he got older, but this was a bit different. He came around, though, and we bought Around The World tickets. We cashed in on all the consultant miles we’d racked up and traveled across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Central and South America. The deal with the Around The World tickets was you could go wherever on earth you wanted, as long as you traveled East to West without backtracking. We loved it; we had a few rough scrapes; I got dangerously ill, for weeks, from taking a chance on a mango when I shouldn’t have; and we fell into a bit of an an extreme pattern with our accommodations. We’d spent 3 weeks staying in hostels, in tents, huts, we even slept above pigs – and then we’d use our hotel points to check into a 4-star hotel for one night. We got to do that about five times over the course of our four months. And every time, we maxed out every hour we could spend there – long, hot showers, breakfast buffets, fluffy robes. They were the same kind of places I’d stayed in as a consultant – but I saw it very differently when we traveled. I guess any form of luxury is far better appreciated when it feels earned.

A few years later, with our 9-month old daughter, we moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where we live now. We kept our travel mostly domestic after that – not hard with so much to see in this country – and we focused on building our separate businesses. And we were pretty heads down with a new baby (!) and then the rather exhausting work of startups (!), and then a new son (!) – until it came time to spend two months in Ecuador to adopt our daughter (!) in 2008. The year after that was quite a year – and, well, a whole separate post.

But, after that, we kinda just fell back into it, making the decision to travel for a couple months as a family every single year.

 

Around The World, deer, Yosemite National Park, California, travel photography, Tamara Lackey
I get asked if it’s tough to travel with kids. At this point, we’ve taken them around the world, but in chunks at a time – they’ve already spent time in much of the U.S., Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, Australia and more and yet there’s still so very, very many places to go.

Is it tough? When all three of our kids are loaded up with their backpacks, and we’re hustling them on to trains or off of planes or imploring them to pack up so we can get going, I sometimes start to wonder if this is more work than its worth. When we’re sorting out travel itineraries and lodging and booking tickets, I often feel like it’s extraordinarily time-consuming just to prepare, before anything even starts. And the cost. Even with as much experience as we have finding good travel deals, and I have a passion for that – yeah, it’s an investment in experience, no doubt.

But there’s no question how much we get out of traveling as a family. There’s no doubt it brings us closer. And I love to look at them when they see something totally brand new. I love when they show me something later in one of their school books that they’ve seen with their own eyes on one of our trips. I love watching them with their little packs and their individual roller bags and the little stuffed animals they bring along the way. I love how every new spot is home simply because we are there, all together.

If the question is, is it tough – the answer is yes. If the question is, is it worth it – probably no surprise here: oh, most definitely.
Most very definitely, definitely.

 

Around The World, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, dogs, travel photography, Tamara Lackey

I tend to travel pretty light when it comes to photography gear on extended trips, bringing along exactly what I need and using it as creatively as possible. Because, on the one hand, I don’t want to get bogged down in gear – on the other hand, there’s no way I want to miss capturing these instant memories. Since traveling around the world has been, and will always continue to be, such a significant part of my life – and now our lives – I decided to finally create a gallery to show some of the photographs I’ve taken along the way. It will take me a while to get it fully “stocked”, but I at least have a fairly good start. Feel free to check out my new Around The World gallery.

Around The World, beach at sunset, Bahamas, travel photography, Tamara Lackey

 

Around The World, Wollongdong, Australia, kangaroos, travel photography, Tamara Lackey

More coming soon.

 

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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
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