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Rising Stars: Meet Tammy Thompson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tammy Thompson.

Tammy, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started photography in 2004. I was mainly shooting weddings at the time. My craft has shifted a lot during those years. I have done weddings, pets, commercial work, and even shot magazine covers.

I focused for many years on print competitions to perfect my skills, and during that process, I have been awarded Maryland Photographer of the Year three times, along with numerous other photography awards. It was through the feedback critiques on my images that I became a better photographer and photo editor.

Currently, my focus is on portraits, especially for the creative person and entrepreneurs looking to express themselves in a unique way for personal or business needs. I also have been doing more custom book covers for authors. With the self-publishing market taking off and all those people sourcing from the same stock images, my clients are looking for that personal one-of-kind book cover image that no one else has.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I have been an artistic photographer for many years and I think the biggest obstacle is the over-saturation of low-end photographers who just want to shoot and burn for a fast turnaround. As a professional who has invested in quality equipment and taken the time to educate and invest in this profession, it can be disappointing at times. It is also difficult for clients to sort through the flooded market and really know who is good over who is the cheapest.

I do think when potential clients see my work and I have the opportunity to educate them on what a final processed image looks like compared to a proof image that is straight out of the camera, they can see the quality difference.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
It is not about volume photography for me. I only photograph one client an evening before sunset for the best light of the day. My clients get 100% of my attention on them without being rushed out the door due to scheduling. I want my clients to have an amazing experience with me and to have the best final image to display and share with loved ones or through their business.

I enjoy making people look beautiful. Not just by how I touch up the images, but by first capturing their inner beauty. I want to move people with my work. I enjoy taking a vision of what my client wants and delivering more than what they expected.

My goal when shooting any session is to capture images that impact my clients. When I watch the expressions on my clients’ faces as we preview their images and their eyes light up, sometimes tear up; I know I nailed it right on.

Who else deserves credit in your story?
I must say that I owe a tremendous amount of thanks to The Maryland Professional Photographers Association (MDPPA). I have been a member since 2004 and even served for years on the board of directors. This is an amazing organization that helps support photographers to perfect their crafts through holding print competitions and bringing in a diverse arrangement of talented speakers along with hands-on classes. The membership is the best group of people and I have developed many friendships.

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Tammy Thompson

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1 Comment

  1. Peggy Christenbury

    July 22, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    Tammy i’ve read your books and love them all. You are a wonderful author capturing the attention of the reader and caring me through to the next book and the next! I love your photography work. Not all photographers can capture a persons soul and heart as you do. Congratulations on this honor of being published in this magazine.

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