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Announcing: Inside Contemporary Children’s Photography

Available now on DVD!

After nearly one year of storyboarding, filming, editing, animating, audio mixing and more editing, I am thrilled to announce the release of Inside Contemporary Children’s Photography, a collaboration between our studio and Ballard Productions (available now on DVD).

When we first started thinking about putting something like this together, we had no idea what it would turn into … and what it became was due, in huge part, to the direction of Rex Ballard, who oversaw production of the entire project.

We first met Rex through Charlie Engle ~ they had remained friends after working together on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. We’d heard from Charlie that Rex was “the guy”, a genuinely kind person with some amazing experience in the industry ~ if he could find time for a meeting, he could give us some great ideas as to who could help us out, possibly even give us some idea of how to even get started. After our initial talk, though, we were surprised to learn that Rex, himself, was interested in the project ~ due to his genuine love for visual arts, I suspect. And his passion for production.

He read through a lot of my materials, put together pages and pages of notes and came up with the entire idea for what we would be filming. We all agreed right out of the gate that it was vital that everything about the creation of this product be authentic ~ no scripting, no glossing over real challenges, we’d go out on “real” shoots, not hire models, and deal with the everyday issues we encounter on shoots, such as lighting concerns, personality issues, technical questions, all the stuff that you have to think about when you’re photographing children.

The initial challenge was schedules. Everyone’s calendar is full enough with work and family and life. In addition, Rex is on the road 274 days a year filming Extreme. The show is split up into two teams, but he and host Ty Pennington are the two guys who travel to each and every location.

But he worked around his schedule, and often through it, going over footage in the evenings at hotels around America. And, over time, the project grew in scale, scope and depth … evolving to its current state right now, an educational product that I am thrilled to be any part of, a product that actually blew my growing expectations out of the water.

Because the truth is that Rex, his exceptionally talented wife, Susan Ballard, and Lisa Walter, our wonderful Studio Director, all saw something in this that I hadn’t seen when it was first being conceptualized. I knew it’d be pretty cool, but … wow. I love being sooo pleasantly surprised.

Inside Contemporary Children’s Photography retails for $199.00.

You can purchase it directly here!

58 responses to “Announcing: Inside Contemporary Children’s Photography”

  1. Stephanie says:

    You never, ever, cease to amaze me πŸ™‚ I congratulate you on the DVD. I am sure, it will contribute to your already successful brand. I am raising my glass to you? cheers!

  2. Stephanie says:

    You never, ever, cease to amaze me πŸ™‚ I congratulate you on the DVD. I am sure, it will contribute to your already successful brand. I am raising my glass to you? cheers!

  3. Robin Whitsell says:

    Tamara, I love seeing the wonderful photo session with our girls come to life. They love modeling for you! For them, you are the one and only "Tamara Camera." Thank you so much for allowing our girls to be part of your wonderful and insightful project.

  4. Robin Whitsell says:

    Tamara, I love seeing the wonderful photo session with our girls come to life. They love modeling for you! For them, you are the one and only "Tamara Camera." Thank you so much for allowing our girls to be part of your wonderful and insightful project.

  5. Leslie says:

    Oh, I love it!! Who is that cute little boy grabbing your camera?! Awesome work!

  6. Leslie says:

    Oh, I love it!! Who is that cute little boy grabbing your camera?! Awesome work!

  7. Tamara says:

    Thanks, Stephanie, I will raise one back your way, too πŸ™‚
    Robin – Hilarious – Francesca called me that today when I saw her at preschool!
    Leslie – those little voices, huh? :)!

  8. Tamara says:

    Thanks, Stephanie, I will raise one back your way, too πŸ™‚
    Robin – Hilarious – Francesca called me that today when I saw her at preschool!
    Leslie – those little voices, huh? :)!

  9. Lisa says:

    Looks good… how long is it?

  10. Lisa says:

    Looks good… how long is it?

  11. Carla Busk says:

    What a great idea, can’t wait to get this.

  12. Carla Busk says:

    What a great idea, can’t wait to get this.

  13. melissa says:

    Congratulations Tamara! Amazing work, I was mesmerized!

  14. melissa says:

    Congratulations Tamara! Amazing work, I was mesmerized!

  15. Tamara says:

    Lisa – good question – it’s basically a feature film, 90 minutes long (commercial free πŸ˜‰
    Thank you, Carla – i can’t wait for you to see it, either!!
    Melissa – Thanks!!! πŸ™‚

  16. Tamara says:

    Lisa – good question – it’s basically a feature film, 90 minutes long (commercial free πŸ˜‰
    Thank you, Carla – i can’t wait for you to see it, either!!
    Melissa – Thanks!!! πŸ™‚

  17. lu says:

    Hi Tamara! Do you also delivery in Brazil?! I really want to buy it! Thanks!

  18. lu says:

    Hi Tamara! Do you also delivery in Brazil?! I really want to buy it! Thanks!

  19. Tamara says:

    Hi, Lu – Yes, we are already shipping internationally, no problem πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  20. Tamara says:

    Hi, Lu – Yes, we are already shipping internationally, no problem πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  21. Susan Ballard says:

    Tamara, We couldn’t be more proud of this project! and btw, you are pretty awesome, yourself!! XXXOOO Susan and Rex

  22. Susan Ballard says:

    Tamara, We couldn’t be more proud of this project! and btw, you are pretty awesome, yourself!! XXXOOO Susan and Rex

  23. Teresa says:

    Always so very proud of you!

  24. Teresa says:

    Always so very proud of you!

  25. steve says:

    Wow is right! – I mean I knew you’d produce a quality product but this – this is beyond anything I’ve seen – it feels like we get to sit down with you and have a 90 minute conversation about all that enables success as a children’s photographer – thank you for sharing so much

  26. steve says:

    Wow is right! – I mean I knew you’d produce a quality product but this – this is beyond anything I’ve seen – it feels like we get to sit down with you and have a 90 minute conversation about all that enables success as a children’s photographer – thank you for sharing so much

  27. ~ Sue-Leigh says:

    That’s so great Tamara! Looks fabulous πŸ™‚

  28. ~ Sue-Leigh says:

    That’s so great Tamara! Looks fabulous πŸ™‚

  29. I would love to purchase!!! But I can’t get past the "view cart"
    and I’ve tried to send you and email and it comes back undeliverable..
    Can you help?
    Thanks!

  30. I would love to purchase!!! But I can’t get past the "view cart"
    and I’ve tried to send you and email and it comes back undeliverable..
    Can you help?
    Thanks!

  31. oh my gosh- this is so beautiful! i love your work!!!

  32. oh my gosh- this is so beautiful! i love your work!!!

  33. Tamara says:

    lovely feedback, friends! thank you! renee – i hope you got my email – i haven’t had any issues with the cart that i know of, but hopefully lisa & you were able to sort it out? πŸ™‚

  34. Tamara says:

    lovely feedback, friends! thank you! renee – i hope you got my email – i haven’t had any issues with the cart that i know of, but hopefully lisa & you were able to sort it out? πŸ™‚

  35. Yes thank you, I am so looking forward to receiving
    your dvd!

  36. Yes thank you, I am so looking forward to receiving
    your dvd!

  37. Megan says:

    So exciting! I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these! Congrats!

  38. Megan says:

    So exciting! I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these! Congrats!

  39. porter says:

    wow – pretty sweet, Tamara!

  40. porter says:

    wow – pretty sweet, Tamara!

  41. liz says:

    AWESOME!!!! πŸ˜€ You must be so proud of this huge accomplishment. I am! heheh

  42. liz says:

    AWESOME!!!! πŸ˜€ You must be so proud of this huge accomplishment. I am! heheh

  43. Hi I was in your WPPI class last year and learned a lot by listening to you. Look forward to getting your DVD.

  44. Hi I was in your WPPI class last year and learned a lot by listening to you. Look forward to getting your DVD.

  45. Tamara,
    Just finished the DVD. Fabulouso! Bravo! The best part of the entire DVD, not to mention the camera settings, tips, techniques….is that you are so genuine. Beautiful work and tons of information.

  46. Tamara,
    Just finished the DVD. Fabulouso! Bravo! The best part of the entire DVD, not to mention the camera settings, tips, techniques….is that you are so genuine. Beautiful work and tons of information.

  47. I just saw Jesh’s comment on FB and squealed. Good thing I’m alone in my studio right now! I can’t wait to get my hands on this.

  48. I just saw Jesh’s comment on FB and squealed. Good thing I’m alone in my studio right now! I can’t wait to get my hands on this.

  49. carolyn says:

    Wow! Tamara! I want to be one of those kids! How fun. Looks like an amazing piece of work.

  50. carolyn says:

    Wow! Tamara! I want to be one of those kids! How fun. Looks like an amazing piece of work.

  51. Sally Clark says:

    You are such a gift, Tamara! Congratulations on this newest adventure … can’t wait to see what more is to come!

  52. Sally Clark says:

    You are such a gift, Tamara! Congratulations on this newest adventure … can’t wait to see what more is to come!

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