Tamara Lackey is a photographer, author, teacher, and speaker with a passion for the creative arts. A mother of three, Tamara has photographed thousands of families over the years. Her work has been described as "expressive, soulful, often funny... beautiful" Appearing in a multitude of publications, including O - The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, Food and Wine, and Parenting Magazine, Tamara has been profiled in Rangefinder, Professional Imagemaker, and Professional Photographer magazines. Her imagery has been showcased on NBC's The Martha Stewart Show, ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and PBS' Need To Know.
Envisioning Family: A photographer's guide to making meaningful portraits of the modern familyby Tamara Lackey
Create an image that captures the spirit of a family
In Tamara Lackey's Envisioning Family: A photographer's guide to making meaningful portraits of the modern family, Lackey reinvents the family photo for photographers. A top portrait photographer and sought-after speaker, Lackey reveals her techniques for getting each member of the family to feel at home in front of the camera
With this book you'll learn how to use backgrounds that complement your subjects, set up and shoot in-studio, light your images anywhere with straightforward lighting setups and diagrams, pose your subjects in a beautiful but natural way, nail your exposure, and create meaningful family portraits that leave everyone feeling and looking their honest best.
For professional portrait photographers looking to inject some new vitality into their work or aspiring family photographers who would like to take more authentic images, this guide will help capture the modern family.
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This book was everything I expected, plus more. Lackey opens with two chapters explaining a bit about the history of what we consider "the family unit." She also touches on views of various family networks around the world. Her personal experiences—especially those of adoption—are explained as she weaves her views about the ever-evolving redefinition of what we call "family." Equipment and studio space considerations and explanations are next discusses. Lackey describes her kit and studio, succinctly telling the reader what her options are and why she selected what she did. If one shoots a variety of subjects and has a variety of lenses, this section will help to avoid over packing. The remainder of the book is a wonderful quilt of topics (lighting, locations, posing, and interaction) with beautiful, warm, and funny photographs of children, pets, parents, and locations that illustrate the topic addressed. With work seen in O, The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, Men's Journal, and Professional Photographer magazines, one can be certain that the images are clean, breathtaking, and send messages about how we see—and should see—what this world calls "a family."
This is a wonderful book for helping you move beyond snapshots.