Fifth Favorite Photographer

So today I’d like to share with you my fifth favorite photographer. I don’t expect you to be as inspired as I am. I don’t expect you to think she’s as good as I do. But I’ll never forget looking through her work shortly after I shot my third wedding. Hearing the music set to these images of brides and couples was just so moving. Seeing the emotion of people in each image. Most of the images containing people were so emotionally charged. It made me so anxious for a 70mm-200mm lens.

I discovered her the same hour I discovered Shrader Photography. Her blog was associated with his. I read one of her entries and didn’t find myself nearly as inspired as I did with Shrader’s words. But then I went to the site and my heart melted. One of the first images is an old man with the bride and he looks like he’s balling while she’s got a huge smile.

Her name is Tamara Lackey. The pronunciation of her name was debated by Sarah and I. Until one day I watched a video by her. She pronounces her name Tam-er-uh, rhymes with camera. She is a featured WPPI Rangefinder photographer. She’s often used for the “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” if you look through her work you’ll see a photo of Ty Pennington holding a dog.

Shortly after seeing her work I was looking through Rangefinder and saw that she was teaching a class at WPPI. I was desperate to go, but couldn’t. Sarah accused me of having a crush on her. I don’t, I’m just touched by her work.

I got off her site and said, “I want to shoot like that when I grow up.” Like I said in the first post. My list is made of people that have made me want to be better, and made me feel like I could be. I don’t try to shoot like her, but I’ve let her images and relation to her subjects influence the direction I take my style, images, Brides, and business.

Some important lessons I’ve learned from Tamara Lackey:

Let your bride/subject be themselves. Let them have fun and just capture it.

Treat the art, client, business with humble respect. Her humility about every part of photography is so admirable.

The wedding day is not a photoshoot, it’s a wedding. A union between two people. Capture their love and the things that matter to them, not what matters to your portfolio. This is a very hard lesson for me, it’s easy to want every shot to be golden when you start out. I can’t help my desire to have good photos on my gallery.

The last thing I admire is her ability to capture beautiful photo journalistic style moments. No posing, just in the right place at the right time. And does a good job making her gallery seem as if she’s in that right place every time.

One day I’ll find the courage to tell her what an influence her work is to me. But until then I’ll just dedicate this blog post to Tamara Lackey.

Thanks a lot for letting me share with you. I hope you express your heart in some way today.

God Bless You,

-Adam Allen