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The Art of Childrenโ€™s Portrait Photography

Woah! It’s crazy that this is true, but this is true…

I have been so consumed with this intense & beautiful adoption, this intense & beautiful election, and my intense & beautiful client work catch up, that something huge happened this week…and I kinda missed it:

My book released!!!

WOW!!!

The official book release date was November 1st, 2008, and it is apparently in bookstores (not that I’m there to see it) throughout the country – and in bookstores around the world, too (is that right, Amherst??), although I haven’t seen one in the farmacia in Cuenca, yet, where I have seen four or five other books ๐Ÿ˜‰

It is also widely available online at Amazon.com, at BarnesandNoble.com and at Borders.com, as well as other sites.

I know this because I received the following note from my publisher – and, even better, I’ve received a few messages from friends and fellow photographers saying they already got the book. So, that means that they have seen the book before I have. I actually hope that ends up being true time and again, with a number of people ๐Ÿ™‚

The official announcement from Amherst Media:

What I am most excited about, though, is a decision I made a while ago that seems remarkably perfect now, especially given my current life experience.

I am donating 100% of all author proceeds to two phenomenal organizations that do so much for children in America and throughout the world.

The first is Worldwide Orphans Foundation

and the second is Save The Children

It is particularly appealing to donate proceeds to these two organizations, specifically, because the one does so much for children who have already been orphaned (or, as they say: “what every child ought to know: what love is. what health is. what childhood is.”) and the other works towards assisting families in poverty, and in peril, so as to to enable them to stay healthy – and to stay together.

These two organizations also both do a great deal of work in Ecuador and Ethiopia, two countries that are dear to my heart simply because they are where two of my children were born, countries where they were able to live and be cared for … at least until we had the great fortune of finding each other ๐Ÿ™‚

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One other significantly beautiful thing. I received an unsolicited offer from the lab we use, a company that has sponsored my speaking engagements and has become a good friend to the studio, Buckeye Color Lab.

Steve Troup, the President of Buckeye Color Lab, offered to match donations to these amazing causes, and up to quite a generous amount, I might add. What a thoughtful gesture from a lab that is so enjoyable to work with and who does such a good job for us anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

And, hey, amazing clients! Pretty much every image in the book was from a portrait session, and the book includes page after page after page of beautiful children. I don’t know how it’s possible that my clients never seem to bring me anything but beautiful children, but the proof is right there, on all those pages. How kind of you all to sign model releases, even when I could not say which images would make the final cut, least of all which images would make it to the front and back of the book. Odd how okay I was giving up that much creative control, but I figure that the publisher has been at this longer than I have.

Lastly, if you do get the book and don’t think it’s horrible (It’s not, I promise!! Over a year’s worth of work and a lot of sincere effort to genuinely share the photography love!), please write a review, on Amazon.com, at least. And, um, preferably not a terrible one ๐Ÿ˜‰

47 responses to “The Art of Childrenโ€™s Portrait Photography”

  1. Lora Carr says:

    Congratulations! I admire your work and just purchased a copy at bn.com. All the best to you ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Lora Carr says:

    Congratulations! I admire your work and just purchased a copy at bn.com. All the best to you ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Penny says:

    Congratulations! So many blessings for you and your hard work in life. Another reason to smile.

  4. Penny says:

    Congratulations! So many blessings for you and your hard work in life. Another reason to smile.

  5. jesh de Rox says:

    a wonderful achievement, my friend, and such a worthy cause. so happy for you and your success!!!

  6. jesh de Rox says:

    a wonderful achievement, my friend, and such a worthy cause. so happy for you and your success!!!

  7. Liz says:

    SO happy for your publication!!!! Wowsas! well gee tamara…how cool is that? new daughter…over a year in the works. new book…..over a year in the works. new president….over a year in the works. what else is brewin over there?

    what a culmination of good things?

  8. Liz says:

    SO happy for your publication!!!! Wowsas! well gee tamara…how cool is that? new daughter…over a year in the works. new book…..over a year in the works. new president….over a year in the works. what else is brewin over there?

    what a culmination of good things?

  9. Liz says:

    o yes. i forgot to mention why i meant to comment in the first place.

    i admire your generosity to these organizations. and i love that you’re drawing others to come alongside you to make change.

    ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Liz says:

    o yes. i forgot to mention why i meant to comment in the first place.

    i admire your generosity to these organizations. and i love that you’re drawing others to come alongside you to make change.

    ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Mom and Dad says:

    We’re so very proud of you, our daughter. We’ll be at B&N on Friday night – with camera and cash in hand, photographing photography books…..

  12. Mom and Dad says:

    We’re so very proud of you, our daughter. We’ll be at B&N on Friday night – with camera and cash in hand, photographing photography books…..

  13. Amy Shaffer says:

    My copy arrived last night. I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for your inspiration!

  14. Amy Shaffer says:

    My copy arrived last night. I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for your inspiration!

  15. Kelli Taylor says:

    Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to get it. How awesome that you are donating your profit! Truly amazing!

  16. Kelli Taylor says:

    Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to get it. How awesome that you are donating your profit! Truly amazing!

  17. Courtney Gray says:

    YAY! YAY! YAY! Congrats T! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Courtney Gray says:

    YAY! YAY! YAY! Congrats T! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Jennifer says:

    Just bought it on Amazon, can’t wait to get it!!

  20. Jennifer says:

    Just bought it on Amazon, can’t wait to get it!!

  21. Lisa Love says:

    How excited you must be!! Congratulations!! I ordered my book through Amazon and it’s on the FedEx route scheduled to be delievered Sat – yay!! =)

  22. Lisa Love says:

    How excited you must be!! Congratulations!! I ordered my book through Amazon and it’s on the FedEx route scheduled to be delievered Sat – yay!! =)

  23. Tamara says:

    oh my goodness, thank you so much, everyone. i am floored at how many people are buying the book – who knew???

  24. Tamara says:

    oh my goodness, thank you so much, everyone. i am floored at how many people are buying the book – who knew???

  25. Seshu says:

    This is simply AWESOME! I am buying the book asap! I have long enjoyed your work and I am sure the book is going to be nothing short of great. Congratulations!

  26. Seshu says:

    This is simply AWESOME! I am buying the book asap! I have long enjoyed your work and I am sure the book is going to be nothing short of great. Congratulations!

  27. Meghan says:

    Just ordered it.. can’t wait to read it!

  28. Meghan says:

    Just ordered it.. can’t wait to read it!

  29. alice park says:

    this is WONDERFUL!! i can’t wait to get my copy!

  30. alice park says:

    this is WONDERFUL!! i can’t wait to get my copy!

  31. Steve Lackey says:

    Even with each day shared, you still manage to inspire me. A beautiful entry into your work as a published author and an equally beautiful use of your success. So very proud of you, Tamara – and equally inspired. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Steve Lackey says:

    Even with each day shared, you still manage to inspire me. A beautiful entry into your work as a published author and an equally beautiful use of your success. So very proud of you, Tamara – and equally inspired. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. laura whayne says:

    off to barnes and noble to purchase today!
    congrats!
    so proud of you!
    laura

  34. laura whayne says:

    off to barnes and noble to purchase today!
    congrats!
    so proud of you!
    laura

  35. hidavis says:

    Ordered mine this past summer and so happy to get it in the mail! The kids loved looking at all of their friends in teh book!! And the images are remarkable. But my favorite part is that your personality so clearly shines through on every page. I am not the least bit surprised that it is #1!!

  36. hidavis says:

    Ordered mine this past summer and so happy to get it in the mail! The kids loved looking at all of their friends in teh book!! And the images are remarkable. But my favorite part is that your personality so clearly shines through on every page. I am not the least bit surprised that it is #1!!

  37. Kirstie says:

    I found out about your book on Jesh’s blog. I just pre-ordered my copy on amazon.ca. Hopefully it will reach Canada soon! I’m looking forward to reading it. Congratulations!

  38. Kirstie says:

    I found out about your book on Jesh’s blog. I just pre-ordered my copy on amazon.ca. Hopefully it will reach Canada soon! I’m looking forward to reading it. Congratulations!

  39. melissa says:

    I can’t wait to pick mine up this weekend! Guess I better call ahead to make sure they have any left in stock!!! I am so very proud and admiring of you. Congratulations!

  40. melissa says:

    I can’t wait to pick mine up this weekend! Guess I better call ahead to make sure they have any left in stock!!! I am so very proud and admiring of you. Congratulations!

  41. melissa says:

    ok, seriously…I just called and the publisher is out of stock and so is B&N!

  42. melissa says:

    ok, seriously…I just called and the publisher is out of stock and so is B&N!

  43. Aunt T says:

    Spoke to Mom last night and said our books arrived yesterday! I’ll be there next Thursday and can’t wait to see more of your amazing work! Love your continuing support for children! Love hugs and kisses to all!

  44. Aunt T says:

    Spoke to Mom last night and said our books arrived yesterday! I’ll be there next Thursday and can’t wait to see more of your amazing work! Love your continuing support for children! Love hugs and kisses to all!

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