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Daily Inspiration: Meet Tammi Camp

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tammi Camp.

Tammi, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
A cosmetologist, turned photographer, passionate about capturing the real and honest moments that make you, you. I was 20 years old. I had gone through a tough breakup and felt like I was failing at life. Like most of us in our early twenties, I questioned my purpose and needed to figure out where I belonged.

Growing up, I knew I was going to be an artist because I had always been passionate about creating; I just wasn’t sure what kind I would be. Being a cosmetologist runs in the family, so decided to give beauty school a shot. I was told multiple times that photography wasn’t a real job. I never felt good enough and was trying to do all the things that were expected of me rather than what I truly wanted to do. I felt stuck and knew I was living my plan B life.

One fine day, I decided to stop living my life for everyone else and start living it for me. I left my job at the salon to pursue a career as a photographer. Two years into my photography career, I experienced the pain of losing a loved one, which forever shifted my mindset and approach when it comes to photography and storytelling. I lost my grandmother to cancer.

When my grandma passed, I realized the power of presence and the beauty in even the little everyday mundane moments. With the force of a gut-punch, I was made aware of how fragile life is, how truly important reminders of loved ones are after they’re gone and how vital it is to make sure their story lives on.

One memory, in particular, stands out among the rest. I remember every time we left her house; she would stand by the door waving until she couldn’t see us anymore. I remember always looking back in the rear window of the car as we drove away to see her smiling and waving. What I wouldn’t give to have a photo and a video of her waving goodbye so I can go back and relive those little moments over again. Moments, I didn’t even realize I’d miss so much.

I’ve spent the last nine years traveling around the world and observing others in everyday life when photographing them. I felt this pull to show up differently and document life differently. I wanted to preserve life as best I could with intention and purpose. Too often, we obsess over being a part of this world through a screen rather than be fully present in the moments we are living.

After a year like 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I decided to reflect on where I wanted to go from here and prioritize what was truly important to me when documenting to perfect honest storytelling. I’ve become even more passionate about living a fully present life while encouraging you to do the same when documenting your favorite moments.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Is anything ever a smooth road? Life is rocky, let alone owning your own business. Lots of ups and downs. I can take a good photograph, but running an actual business takes a lot of hard work and dedication. There’s been lots of sleepless nights and lots of blood, sweat, and tears to get my business where it is today. However, I wouldn’t trade it for anything!! Also in a world full of photographers and a city of such amazing talent… it’s hard to stand out. It took me years to hone in on my exact style and approach!

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a wedding, elopement, and portrait photographer based in St. Louis, Missouri. I specialize in weddings and elopements but photograph families and boudoir as well. I am most known for my style and approach to photography…

Most photographers approach photography as they’re preserving the past. We really want to capture these moments because in the future, you want to be able to look back at these images, right? And that’s definitely part of it, but that’s really the result of what will happen if we, the photographers, do our job well.

It’s a mindset shift from looking at it as preserving the past and realize I am photographing the present. It’s so important for me to approach it this way, as I am able to be intentional and fully present in the right here, right now. The moments I am able to capture is all about how I am able to show up as myself, the client shows up as themselves, ready to fully immerse themselves in the day and I document the present time that’s in front of us.

I look at a wedding day and even a regular lifestyle session as if I was reading a book. A writer has to describe the setting to you. If they do their job well, it’s like you are there and can vividly see it. This is exactly how I photography. I think of the five basic human senses: hear, taste, see, smell, feel… How can I capture this so that when you are looking through the images, you are taken back to that place in time.

How can people work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
You can book me via my website tammicamp.com or email me directly at hello@tammicamp.com. You can also find me on Instagram @_tammicamp

Pricing:

  • Weddings start at $5000
  • Photo sessions start at $750

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