We are so thrilled to bring you this fun interview with award-winning photographer and author Tamara Lackey. We are really looking forward to meeting her next month at our upcoming I Heart Faces Photography Conference where she will be bringing the keynote speech to all of our attendees. We know that we will all be inspired to Dream Big after listening to her!
About Tamara Lackey
Tamara is a portrait photographer and runs an associate-based photography studio in Chapel Hill North Carolina that specializes in portraits, commercial and editorial work. She is also a wife and mom to 3 children and 2 dogs. : )
My Photography Journey
I have been shooting professionally for over ten years. I started out photographing everything on land but then started specializing in people portraits and now predominantly photograph children and families.
Fun Q&A with Tamara
What inspires your photography the most?
What is your favorite quote?
Besides your camera, of course, is there a piece of equipment you can’t live without?
I never conduct a photo shoot without at least one reflector, and I often use two. I find this simple lighting tool to be an extraordinarily helpful piece of equipment as a fill light, as a shading device, as a fan, as a throw toy, I could go on and on. I love reflectors.
What is the best photography advice you have ever received?
I have jokingly (and yet truthfully) said that the best advice I ever heard about photography came from inside my own head while I was up at some horribly late hour struggling to edit my work because I was so behind trying to do it all – be a full-time mom, shoot, edit, run my business, oh – and be a wife, and actually exercise and eat well, etc. The voice inside my head said “Get your crap together” – and I listened to it. I stopped the madness train I was on and really re-examined everything I was doing in my business, and I learned to outsource, streamline and re-structure the way I worked so that I could work less at the things I didn’t like, enjoy the part I did love even more, and profit in the way my work was worth.
Who are three photographers who inspire you?
What do you love to do in your free time?
I love spending time with my husband and children exploring things and places. I mentioned travel – we leave North Carolina for two months out of every year and go to some pretty amazing places – Ecuador, Australia, New Zealand, Bali, Singapore, and so many places in the U.S. Next summer we’ll be spending two months in Europe and Africa. When we’re at home, we do a lot of hiking, swimming, biking, baking, yoga – we get to spend a lot of time together as a family. I love that even though these activities require an effort, they bring us so much closer together. Outside of time with my family, I am a rather obsessive reader, and I love to run and cook. Not necessarily in that order. Running is a big stress-relieving outlet for me, and I believe cooking is just another way to practice art. I love creating new plant-based dishes (our family is vegan) and can find myself spending hours in the kitchen discovering new ways to put foods together.
Connect with Tamara
Thank you for sharing your time with us here this week Tamara! You can follow Tamara on her photography and lifestyle blogs. And we’d especially love it if our community could stop by her Facebook Fan Page to leave a kind comment.
There’s still time to enter this month’s photo challenge. Submit your ”Shadows”entry by Saturday evening! Do you have more than one “Shadows” photo? Share it on Instagram or Twitter and use our hashtag #iHeartFaces so we can see it!