Nicole | Seniors Ignite Finalist

I loved working with Nicole, so talented! I chose this wall for her guitar series, for a laid back cool look. She really relaxed into her music roll.

Her mom wanted to showcase her music with her brother downtown as a heirloom wall portrait, where they have grown up. Their home town. The night shot of them with Nicole totally enjoying their love of music together. That is the kind of portraiture I like to do.. meaningful!

OK, so she wanted to do something a little wild (I think she’s a Rockstar at heart). It was fun but we settled for a more mature image… so beautiful!

Fun, fun, fun. is what Niki is!

What looks! pouty, silly, fun, beautiful.. she has it all!


This year 75 studio entered hundreds of models into the Seniors Ignite national model contest. From those, 82 finalists were chosen including our Nicole!

Today twelve winners will be chosen to go to the 2015 Seniors Ignite event in San Diego. While there the winning models will showcased fantastic fashion trends and was photographed at the stunning locations at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego.

Good Luck Nicole!

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Tammy Portrait Artist’s Senior Ignite Finalist| Ocala Senior Photography

Sooooo excited for Nicole Ordway my Tammy Portrait Artist senior model is a Finalist for the Seniors Ignite Model Contest! Winners will be announced November 21st! Good luck Nicole Ordway!

Good Luck Nicole!


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Tammy Portrait Artist’s Senior Ignite Contestants | Ocala Senior Photography

Our contestants for the Seniors Ignite National Model Contest for Class of 2015 are Elizabeth Mulford, Jillian Evalle, Breanna Stehr, Emilie Callaway and Nicole Ordway!

SeniorsIgnite_TPA_2015_3smNational Seniors Ignite model winners across the US will receive a model portfolio and a trip to model at the 2015 Seniors Ignite event. During this exciting event they will showcase upcoming fashion trends and model for some of the most talented senior portrait photographers in the world at Coronado resort in San Diego.

Seniors Ignite Model Finalists will be announced on Friday November 14th and the winners will be announced on Friday, November 21st, 2014.

Want to know more about this amazing contest? Check out the video from the 2014 event in Nevada where Tammy Portrait Artist’s model Meghan Forde was photographed in some amazing locations!

Keep an eye on my Facebook Page and Seniors Ignite’s Facebook page for the finalists!

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Top Model | Senior Photographer Ocala, FL

Introducing Tammy Portrait Artist Seniors’ Top Model!

Emilie Callaway


Working with Emilie was easy and fun. I think I sold her on the fact that she is a capable, beautiful, girl who can Model! We had fun bouncing around the Brownstone at The Villages and then her house where dad brought out the old ford truck. I loved those images and Emilie seemed to fit right in that environment! Now I just have to get her to sing for me! 


Surprised Em with her prizes!

Thanks to all the people who voted for her on Facebook she won a spa day at Infinite Natural Day Spa and a cut/style and manicure from Hello Gorgeous Salon!

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Brick City Exhibit | Fine Art Portraits Ocala FL


I can’t express enough thanks to all the folks who came out last Friday to my first gallery opening at Brick City Center for the Arts. We had fun taking iPhone selfies and chatting how the project turned out. Even with the rain we had over 140 visitors.

I wanted to thank the Terry and Paulette at MCA (Marion Culture Alliance) for their diligence in getting this show ready, and Donna Healy Strickland for making such great food in which the majority was gluten free for me! Thanks Donna!

Web_IMG_9668Please visit my exhibit at the Brick City Center for the Arts in downtown ocala near the square and don’t forget once a month on the second Friday we have Bag it at the Brick where you can bring your lunch and enjoy some kind of art performance while you eat! This Friday is Donna Leeward sharing what inspires her art.

You can also see the evenings fun at my facebook gallery page. With community support we can keep bringing more interesting art projects to the gallery and you never know who will be the next inspired artist!


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Stepping Out of the Way | Ocala Portrait Photographer

“Stepping Out of the Way”

A Tribute to Albert Watson’s portrait of Steve Jobs.

Grand Opening Reception
Exhibit at Brick City Center for the Arts
Oct. 3rd 6pm-8pm

Exhibiting Tammy’s portrait studies emulating from Albert Watson’s famous iconic portrait of Steve Jobs. Integrating his philosophy of portraiture and ‘stepping out of the way’ as a creator and making the subject the object of the portrait.

This project was inspired by photographer Levi Sim who has challenged photographers around the country to do something good with this project. Portraits will be on sale benefiting Marion Cultural Alliance.

Join the Facebook event here!

Help the Arts! Join the Marion Cultural Alliance!

Learn more here:

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Mom’s Family Portraits | Ocala Family Photographer

This time of year always makes me think about family and family portraits because my Family Portrait Month starts in October. Last year I worked with Chandra Smile Designs and my professional photography organization to raise money for Operation smile and this year we’re working to help Dando Amor, a non profit charity dedicated to improving the lives of orphans living in deplorable conditions in the developing world.

But this year it’s my own family that I’m thinking about. I recently helped my mom pack up to move closer to her brother and sister-in-law who has a long term illness. Mom will be able to help her brother care for her. I know it’ll be a great move for everyone, but I’ll miss having my mom close to me!

As we were packing her house and all her photographs it made me realize how important family portraits are! It’s great to be able to look back on all the portraits and remember the great times we had growing up.


I will miss having her close and I’m so glad we have portraits to keep us in each other’s day-to-day thoughts. Please take the time this year to preserve your family in some photographic art.

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Stepping Out of the Way | Ocala Photographer

There comes a time in ones life when work isn’t enough and while I have thoroughly enjoyed my work as a photographer, living, breathing and becoming my work for others; I have lost myself in that work like so many before me.
While I do my job as a portraitist, I have an obligation to work with my clients to create an image he or she will truly love and display in their home and while I love this, I need to take that process further.
So I decided to be inspired with a new project that I feel will appeal to my colleagues, family and friends. At least it will create a buzz about looking at portraiture differently. I know I have.
Thus, begins a new project that I hope you will all not only participate but enjoy as well. Please read the call for subjects to play the role I ask and see what happens in that process. Let go, be real and see how the world can see the real you!

A Call out for participants
Join in Tammy Portrait Artist’ personal project on portraiture:

“Stepping Out of the Way”
A Tribute to the famous Albert Watson’s portrait of Steve Jobs.

Portrait dates this week are:
Friday- 9am-4pm
Art Walk same day 6-8pm @ Marketplace on Broadway.


Call to schedule please and visit the facebook event page for more details.

 The portrait will only take about 10 minutes of your time. Be part of something exciting and unique! Come on out for the fun creating your own art as you pose in front of Tammy’s camera and letting her step out of the way… but don’t worry she will step back in before its done! We can’t wait to see what happens!

Join me for the Exhibit of this personal project,
Exhibit Grand Opening
at Brick City Center for the Arts

Art Walk 
Friday October 3rd, 6-8pm
Some of the proceeds will benefit Marion Cultural Alliance.

Have some wine, eat some food and talk about the experience!
What more could an artist want!

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