Using photography to improve the lives of foster children and at risk animals

Image of kittens by Tamara Lackey
(Image credit: Tamara Lackey)

Not all photographers can claim they use their skills for as much good as Tamara Lackey does. In 2014, she and her husband started Beautiful Together - a charity that aims to improve the lives of children in foster care, orphanage and group housing. Six years later, they expanded their charitable work and opened the Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary for at-risk animals and those living in inhumane conditions. 

We’ve all had that feeling we could and should be doing more to help others. Whether that’s by donating to a particular cause, volunteering at your local homeless shelter or raising money through a sponsored run/swim/skydive. There are so many ways to help but North Carolina-based photographer and Nikon Ambassador Tamara wanted to take things one step further and start her own charity.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.