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It's #NationalDogDay, which was a good enough excuse to bring our pup to the studio today. My apologies in advance, all +FedEx +UPS & +USPS peeps. All deliveries are suspect!
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I just had the extraordinarily meaningful experience of having my Best Gallery Opening EVER at Kidane Mehret Orphanage in Addis Ababa, #Ethiopia for our BeautifulTogether.org.

No slinky dresses or champagne but quite definitely a packed house.

I wrote up all that went into it and how you could absolutely do something similar if you wanted to do so. All shot with +Nikon USA D810 & 24-70 2.8.

This is an experience I'd honestly wish on any artist:

http://tamaralackeyblog.com/the-best-gallery-opening-ever/

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Tamara Lackey showcases her orphanage portrait gallery that she just hung in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the newest project for non-profit Beautiful Together.
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We went back to Korah, one of the poorest communities in the world, again. Our non-profit BeautifulTogether.org is partnering with Life to Live for Korah, to help support their incredible feeding program. We saw exactly how 15 orphans, who miss a whole lot of meals, were fed through this program. It is very much a from-scratch effort, these children sitting patiently in a small room/house - extraordinarily, made from mud - while food is cooked by some rather loving souls who care to feed them good food, then brought in and served (after they say grace!).

As other children lined up outside, they fed a few more little mouths as best they could. We have seen for ourselves just how directly this charity is helping to feed children who would otherwise seriously struggle to eat, and we are looking forward to doing much work with them now and in the future.

If you are interested in learning more, feel free to like their brand new facebook community page (that we all just set up a few days ago!), Life to Live for Korah Charity, and we will also be adding more information about their inspiring feeding program to BeautifulTogether.org very soon.

Photographed with +Nikon USA D810.

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Outside of receiving their own family, the #1 need for these beautiful and affectionate, but vulnerable, children at the orphanage here in Ethiopia is a safe outdoor environment. Can you please check out our fundraising page, with more details, and consider helping?:

https://www.crowdrise.com/safeguardthisorphanage/fundraiser/tamaralackey

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This little boy waits excitedly outside one of the areas we're renovating so he can use a brand new bathroom stall. There's been a ton done on this project already, and tomorrow we start on tile replacement and painting. ANOTHER big project that I just got approval on is photographing the kids separately and together to create a sturdy, moveable gallery of sorts throughout the orphanage. As much as I would love, and as much as I hope for each of these children to have a family, the reality is that most will spend their lives in this orphanage until they age out and have to leave. So the people they spend their childhood years with (and the truly caring volunteers who come through repeatedly) is, for all intents and purposes, their family here. 

It made me think of how one of the things I love most about portrait work is that when children see their family photographs on the wall in their home every day, there's this constant reminder that they are loved and cared for by "their people". So although my first hope, that they have their own family and live in their own family home, may not come to fruition for many of these children, my other hope is that this gallery here at the orphanage will serve to show them each and every day what they mean to each other and how they care for each other. That although they may not have a traditional family, they still have "their people". That they are talented and smart and crazy beautiful and care much and are cared for AND ARE WORTH SO MUCH VALUE, and that they can see that on the walls of the orphanage they live in each and every day. So I am taking many, many portraits (like this one and the one in the post below, from http://BeautifulTogether.org), and we are working hard to have them finished and installed before we leave Ethiopia.

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On a Tuesday morning at 4:30am, I met up with Make Your Mark in Ethiopia, and we set out to spend time with children living on the streets of the city, these homeless orphans who are in every way completely on their own. Over the course of a long, emotional morning, we sat with them, we walked with them, we took them to breakfast, we heard their stories - and I met their best friends, the street dogs and puppies that make up their family. I also learned more about what we can do to help these children, no different than our children, or the children we love, except in life circumstance. 

Please take a few minutes to read about these children and the work that is being done to transform their lives:

http://tamaralackeyblog.com/make-your-mark-on-street-orphans-in-ethiopia/

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Shot in extreme darkness, at 25,600 ISO, with +Nikon USA D810.
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You're right Tamara. Those kids are like our own. I took pictures at an orphanage in Benin, Africa to help promote the blessings the orphanage offers to the kids that do not have a family. The orphanage is called Arbre de vei. I was only there two weeks, but it was enough for me to see how much I take forgranted. You look at pictures and you tell our story, but non of it can compare to actually seeing it. It will open your heart. Thank you for opening up yours.
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Hit the ground running, back in the studio, with a new commercial assignment for +Nikon USA, shooting with their small but seriously powerful D3300.

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Woke up to learn that our fundraiser, Safeguard This Orphanage, protecting an outside place for the 65 children at the orphanage to spend their days, to play and move and safely play their beloved soccer, was FULLY FUNDED - and in less than 36 hours, no less! We were so thrilled to see how much every single person who donated to this project clearly cares about these children, seeing how many people shared it - how many people truly love and care for the good of others. Granted, I'm feeling a bit worn down from the pace of what we're doing here, but I shed some full-on tears telling our family this project got funded, how love can make such a tangible difference in the lives of others.

(The project commenced immediately - will share progress photos asap!) 

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Working on our http://BeautifulTogether.org portrait gallery of the children for the orphanage, which I want to be done shooting for by end of day tomorrow, and I keep coming across these wonderful faces, knowing more about each of them than I thought I would by now, thinking of the ridiculously cute way each one laughs or seeing the way they move in for a hug, clamor to be held, run up to hold hands.

In one of my previous posts, I was asked what the barrier was between the children who wait for families and the families who would want and love and care for them. Why adoption can be more difficult than these children and families deserve. 
It's a frustrating combination of factors.

There are an estimated 150 million orphans worldwide, children who have no family due to disease, poverty, violence, grave misfortune, and more - and a large portion of them are "stuck" in orphanages. These children could join families, families who would deeply love and care for them, but they stay in institutions - some far, far worse than others - due to paperwork issues, politics, lack of documentation, investigations into regions or processes or programs or procedures, on and on and on. Factors that may have, at one time, been instituted to help protect children have, in actuality, left millions of them to spend their entire childhood in institutions. And "aging out" of orphanages just leaves them with less of a support structure than ever before.

But beyond the complicated specifics behind these worsening statistics is a crazy simple truth: Each and every child deserves a family.

We can do so much more for these children. While a heartening MANY work to change the current climate of adoption, we are trying to improve the quality of life for those children who wait. If you are interested in helping to make a difference here, please consider donating and/or joining our newsletter at http://BeautifulTogether.org to help fund or learn more about several new, very tangible projects we will be detailing out quite soon.

Gallery photographed with +Nikon USA D810

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We've spent every day this week at the orphanage, and there are so many infants and toddlers here. Beautiful, affectionate, please-hold-me, super snuggly babies. And I know there are many people out there who would love to adopt a baby but have been told that it's difficult, that it's time-consuming, that the wait is long. 
Aaagh. The disconnect is disheartening. Because the babies? So much sweetness. So much grasping. And yet only so many can be held at a time. Now to figure out how to mitigate all that stands between those parents who have so much love to give and all the babies who reach for them.

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Just back from another very full day at the orphanage, breaking for lunch with a little extra guest who got a hall pass to join us (love watching the excitement of just being able to leave and go to lunch) - and heading out for more orphanage supplies. Big THANK YOU to all who contributed to our orphanage supplies campaign at http://BeautifulTogether.org.

Your donations are going to excellent use, as we get infant formula and laundry soap and vitamins and medicine and toothbrushes and neosporin and on and on and on - so much needed to care for all the beautiful kids here, and we are very grateful for the support.

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Tamara Lackey is a photographer and Nikon USA Ambassador, speaker, author, and host
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Pro Photographer and Nikon USA Ambassador, http://tamaralackey.com
Speaker and author (latest, Envisioning Family and The Posing Playbook...for Kids Who Don't Do Posing), host of reDefineShow and AllInOneLife.com and co-creator of Capturing Life Through (Better) Photography.
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