Glamour Photography | Tammy Portrait Artist | Ocala, FL.

A Life’s Work Coming Full Circle

Through the almost 25 years I have photographed maternity, newborns, children, family as well as executives, one thing for sure is that most people feel uncomfortable in front of a camera. Children are natural and unaware to be that way but as we get older and start being critical of our selves panic sets in when that big lens gets in front of our faces! Then we teach our kids to say ‘cheese’ and get that fake toothy look that plagues us through adulthood.

Fake It Till You Make It!

As we get older it gets worse. Our fears can take hold and demolish our self esteem. I was a very shy child growing up and I too had that low self esteem that kept me behind the scenes when I wanted to be able to sing and dance on stage, act and be noticed like my gregarious friends. But alas, I instead took a career behind a camera where I could hide and only dream of being confident. That camera is my crutch and I notice through that lens that I’m not the only one who needs a crutch. But I faked it till I made it!

So, I have found it my mission to help pre-teens through high school to adult hood to really feel good inside their skin. Give them the confidence to stand tall and feel beautiful or handsome. This follows us all our lives and can make or break our success in life. Even during my family sessions the women especially had a tuff time getting comfortable in front of the camera. I felt their pain! Then I did what most photographers let alone most people wouldn’t dare do, I created a project where I had my subjects photograph me. You might remember, my ‘Stepping Our Of The Way’ project.

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This was epic. I said to myself, ‘I would just let go, be myself and let it all hang out’. It was a fun project all around. I since have become much more comfortable in my own skin and funny faces! Then…

Something Beautiful Happened!

I wanted to photograph more women and something beautiful happened. Women were relaxing, and letting their inner beauty shine. Some would cry when they saw themselves for the first time. Their spouses were speechless. I realized that because of my own inner growth I held the confidence that helped these women let go and be real. I am seeing this inner transformation at every session as high school seniors’ whole attitude about themselves change. Their parents also see the change and so I bring to their moms an opportunity to do the same. From 15 to 80, It’s a new mission of mine

‘To bring out the Alluring in women of all ages, so they can see how beautiful they really are and experience themselves through my lens.’

Partnering With Hello Gorgeous

I had to some how get the word out about what I am doing for women of all ages so the most obvious was getting my hair salon to help spread the word. I have photographed each beautiful stylist at Hello Gorgeous and I am posting one each day for a week. Until they have all been ‘unveiled’! They have all experienced my Alluring Exposures session and the results were fabulous! The first one of course is Becky McQuade, the owner, good friend and client. These are my favorites of Becky:

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The girls and I had a GREAT time getting together for our photo shoot with Tammy! She totally makes you feel at ease in front of the camera! If you’re looking for something fun to do with your girlfriends or other half call her! Your portraits can always be seen not looked up on your phone! ~ Becky

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You Are My Sunshine | Family Photographs, Ocala FL

I’m so excited to be working with The Marketplace on Broadway to benefit Pace, Center for Girls, for our You Are My Sunshine event!

As a photographer, I’m passionate about celebrating the special bond between a mom and her kids. I had a moment of sadness the other day when I realized that I had never been professionally photographed with my mom as a child! I think everyone should have photos of them laughing and smiling with their mothers to celebrate that love.

I’m Celebrating MOM in my residential studio the ENTIRE month of May. So
bring your mom (or your kids) and get those precious MOM photos you’ve
always wanted AND help support a great cause! You will never regret having those beautiful images of you and your mom (or kiddos!)

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Here’s what one of my clients had to say, 
“We hired Tammy to take our family portrait and what we got was so much more! Her process is so thorough from the initial consultation to coming to our home to see our decor and discuss where the portrait would be displayed. It was a wonderful experience and now we have beautiful portraits in our home that we will treasure forever. Thanks, Tammy!” ~ The Henningsen

 

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Home for the Holidays Part 3 | Ocala Family Photographer

I love photographing families who play together and this family loved their home, yard and 3 big dogs! Juliana stole my heart at day one and proved to be a perfect model!

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We hired Tammy to take our family portrait and what we got was so much more! Her process is so thorough from the initial consultation to coming to our home to see our decor and discuss where the portrait would be displayed. It was a wonderful experience and now we have beautiful portraits in our home that we will treasure forever. Thanks, Tammy!” ~ The Henningsen

~Tammy

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Tell Your Story, Be SEEN | Senior Photography

February was a busy month! I went to San Diego to visit my dad and brother and my BFF Tracey and went to a Seniors Ignite Convention on Coronado Island. I came away with so many fun new senior portrait ideas!

This is your year, your life, to tell your story, Be SEEN!

I am so excited to launch a new model program, Your Year Your Life.

Seniors, we’ll be working together to tell your story in your senior portraits. We’ll use monthly themes photo sessions, custom themed sessions, and a special destination session.WeAreTheSeen-GrayLemon

As a Tammy Portrait Artist Senior you can be eligible to enter a national contest to be featured in the SEEN Magazine, a new style and culture magazine for the your generation. You’ll have two opportunities to be featured in this fun magazine and to have your story told.

And that’s not all of it! We also are offering themed portraits that will be entered in the monthly contest to be featured on the We Are The SEEN website! www.wearetheSEEN.com. This is your voice, tell your story your way!Senior Logo Revised

This month’s theme ‘Go your own way’ is based on the hippy movement where you went your own way in dress, style and mood. One way we can tell your story is with beautiful handmade flower crowns to create your portraits. I learned how to make these crowns at the Seniors Ignite San Diego convention and models you can co-create them with me for your own special look. Guys this theme will work in your ‘own way’ so don’t worry we won’t use flower crowns!

Tell your story, Be SEEN

Tell your story, Be SEEN

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Home for the Holidays Part 2 | Ocala Family Photographer

Who says family portraits need to be formal? I had a great time creating this relaxed portrait of the Ordway family in their back yard. Fun, relaxed, and of course everyone looking their best!

I photographed Nicole as my 2015 Tammy Portrait Artist Senior so when we photographed her family during our home for the holidays I knew they wanted an illustrated story-telling image of how much fun they have together. They’re a close family, and I was pleased how I captured their vision.

Dear Tammy, We so enjoyed working with you. You captured our joy of being with each other in our Family Portraits. It was fun, with lots of laughter, and that is my favorite way to make memories! Thank you for our beautiful collection of photographs that we'll treasure forever! Blessings, Jeannine & Brent Ordway :)

Dear Tammy, We so enjoyed working with you. You captured our joy of being with each other in our Family Portraits. It was fun, with lots of laughter, and that is my favorite way to make memories! Thank you for our beautiful collection of photographs that we’ll treasure forever! Blessings, Jeannine & Brent Ordway :)

~Tammy

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Home for the Holidays A Hit! | Ocala Family Photographer

This year we had several families take advantage of having family sessions at their homes, my favorite style of family portraiture. In the next few weeks I’ll be showing you the different styles each of these families created.

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“We’re a camera-shy family, but rare and fleeting are the chances to capture a moment in time. Thank, Tammy, for doing such a wonderful job on this portrait of our family.” Paula King owner of Ocala Traditions. Ocala, Fl.

~Tammy

 

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Fun & Playful | Ocala Portrait Artist

What can I say, this couple is just fun! I asked them to be themselves and what are they like together. And when I said be playful, he scooped her up and this is what we got!

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Of course I made them do this several times before I managed to keep it all together. That’s the difference I think between a candid photographer and a portraitist. Candid photographers never interfere but a portraitist, we create that spontaneous image just like they do in commercial fashion sessions, over and over until you get the look just right. It may not seem like they do that but believe me they do! From manipulating the light on a location session to controlling the shadows in the studio. It all takes more work than meets the eye!

Which reminds me about my Valentines Special. Show your love and come out for a fun and playful session!

~Tammy

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Santa Paws 2014 | Portrait Photography Ocala FL

Photographing animals is always filled with the unexpected, a little like photographing a two year old! You have to be totally prepared, act fast and keep a good sense of humor.

Every November host Santa Paws for a special charity along with The Marketplace on Broadway and my very own Santa Joe. This year we chose a Saturday so more people could come. You have to get on our e-newsletter list or stay tuned on Facebook to find out the date of these special events.

Santa Paws 2014 | Portrait Photography Ocala FL

Santa Paws is becoming a great tradition for a good cause, helping out critter friends. Each year I get some really nice images. This year my favorite is this boy telling Santa what he wants for Christmas. Look at his best friend peering on! What a precious moment!

~Tammy

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