Tamara Lackey, Host of reDefine
Tamara Lackey is a renowned professional photographer, innovative entrepreneur, author, and web show personality. Her authentic lifestyle photography, from children’s portraits to celebrity portraits, is praised within her industry and published internationally. Tamara’s work has been featured in dozens of media outlets including Vogue, O – The Oprah Magazine, Town & Country, Parenting Magazine, Food & Wine, Men’s Journal, Professional Photographer Magazine, Rangefinder Magazine, NBC’s The Martha Stewart Show, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, PBS’ Need to Know and NBC’s The Today Show.
Combining artistry with spontaneous authenticity, Tamara’s new web series, the reDefine Show, examines the inspiring stories of top-tier creative artists who make it work. Tamara’s interview style showcases her abiding interest in real conversations that share practical tips, innovative methods, and previews of the newest and most useful technologies on the market.
Tamara is a Nikon USA Ambassador, speaking on behalf of Nikon at conventions and programs, and she was recently the subject of a five-part web series on photographing children and family portraits, entitled Nikon Behind The Scenes. She also photographs commercial campaigns for the brand, as well.
Tamara is the grateful recipient of the 2015 WPPI/Rangefinder Humanitarian Award, awarded on behalf of her charitable contributions and as the passionate co-founder of Beautiful Together, a non-profit in support of children waiting for families, working to improve the lives of orphaned children living in challenging situations, and shining a light on those who wait for family. She was also presented with the 2015 PMDA Photographers Give Back Award and the 2014 WPPI Adorama Inspire Award.
Tamara speaks at quite a range of programs, seminars and conventions, from delivering presentations on the Google stage to delivering private workshops around the globe. She speaks primarily about photography, business, mindset, and the convergence of work, life and balance.
Her first instructional book for professionals, The Art of Children’s Portrait Photography, was released to high praise from reviewers, her peers, and aspiring photographers. She quickly followed that success with her top-selling professional video Inside Contemporary Children’s Photography and then the Tamara Lackey Style Book, developed in collaboration with Kubota Image Tools. Translating her professional acumen and intuitive teaching skills to an amateur photographer audience, Tamara released a unique “edutainment” book, video and iphone app set, Tamara Lackey’s Capturing Life Through (Better) Photography™, which has already garnered acclaim in both the professional and consumer markets. Tamara’s next book, Envisioning Family, releases in December, 2011 (New Riders Press: Voices That Matter).
Tamara’s latest books are Envisioning Family: A Photographer’s Guide To Making Meaningful Portraits of The Modern Family, The Posing Playbook (for Kids Who Don’t Do Posing) and The Family Posing Playbook.
Tamara has co-produced and hosted multiple live broadcasts for creativeLIVE and her web series, The reDefine Show, is a mix of examining the inspiring stories of top-tier creative artists who make it work, combined with behind-the-scenes walkthroughs of her photography. She is also the co-creator of Lush Albums, fast-to-design, eco-friendly fine art albums that also give back.
Tamara is sponsored by some of the top names in the photographic industry, including Nikon USA,Adorama, Nations Photo Lab, Mylio, and Animoto. For the last 13 years, Tamara has run a busy, associate-based studio focused on portrait, commercial and editorial photography. She and her husband, three children, and three dogs all live together in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.