Chatting with Tamara Knight

I have always wanted to be a painter. When I was a kid my school art teacher told me that I need to study art to become an artist. I never did but always wanted to.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am a mother, wife and a professional portrait photographer. That order sometimes changes, but I am trying to keep my priorities straight. I am based out of Orlando Florida. I was born and raised in Crimea and moved to America 16 years ago to find my second home. I can proudly say I am a citizen of two countries: Russia and America. And I am as different and similar as they are! A wild mix!

Toma-1_bw

How did you get interested in photography?

I have always wanted to be a painter. When I was a kid my school art teacher told me that I need to study art to become an artist. I never did but always wanted to. When I picked up the camera for the first time about 6 years ago I realized that it became my paint brush. I was missing it all along! So now I paint the word how I see it through my camera lens.

Who are some of your favorite artists, and how did they influence you?

I love looking at the paintings and getting inspired by them! Love the work of Mikhail Vrubel, Zinaida Serebriakova, Gustav Klimt and many more. When I see their beautiful work, I get some many ideas for my own projects! I actually had a personal project to recreate paintings by Henry Raeburn: Boy and Rabbit and Girl Sketching. I am attaching the results, my family had a wonderful time helping me with it (after bribing the kids of course!)

 Tamara Knight

 Tamara Knight

How do you educate to take better photos?

I love working on polishing my skills. I take a professional photography workshop once a year. I have taken workshops with such great photographers as Jerry Ghionis and Nichole Van. Of course learning from the masters is very important, but you do need to put your own twist on everything, use your own style. Practice – practice – practice! And a very important thing – you need to learn to criticize your own work, to find things you can improve. That is the hardest and the most rewarding thing to do!

How do you come up with ideas for your projects?

Here I can talk forever! Movies, paintings, books, childhood memories! I love working with children – the shoots based on their favorite books is always so much fun and turns our beautiful! I have created shoots based on ‘The Petite Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, ‘Ruslan and Ludmila’ by Alexander Pushkin, ‘Brave’ based on the Disney movie and more!

Do you take photos more for yourself or for others?

I work with real everyday people, not fashion models (even though I had an experience like that too). I love their comments, that I make then look and feel like models  I always try to find the right angle and bring out the best features of my clients. Love working with children – you can never be too prepared – they have their own schedule and agenda and you need to work around it. But it always creates fresh and unique photos.

What do you think makes a memorable photograph?

The connection with the viewer. When you can’t look away, when you want to study the photograph and see why is it so special.

How important is an awesome website for your business?

Very-very important! Right now I am in process or redoing my website and soon I will be proudly talking about it non-stop. But for now you can enjoy my current website: www.tamaraknight.com

How has social media played a role in your photography?

A big-big role! At least Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TamaraKnightPhotography
and Instagram (@tamaraknightphotography). I am pretty active there and that’s how I connect with most of my viewers. I have a good following on Facebook I only recently started posting on Instagram, still trying to get a hold of it.

K_D_TamaraKnightPhotog-115 Tamara Knight

What are some tips you would give to yourself if you started photography all over again?

Don’t wait that long to turn your passion into a carrier. I should have done this transition sooner. I am so happy that now my title says: Professional photographer and Owner of Tamara Knight Photography. The best professional decision I have made!

What is one question nobody has ever asked you that you wish they asked you?

Would you like to photograph Meryl Streep and be best friends with Sue Bryce? [Official Website]

Emma_TKP-68 Tamara Knight family_TamaraKnightPhotog-107_bw Tamara Knight T_TamaraKnightPhotog-103 Tamara Knight

More Stories

Savoring Photography by Michael Bomberger

Savoring Photography by Michael Bomberger

A discussion over dinner a few weeks ago with a noted local artist about the nature of beauty and how humans perceive it took me back to my university lectures with Paul Weiss, a noted professor of metaphysics.
Spatial Relations by Shannon Randol

Spatial Relations by Shannon Randol

How the singular subject, viewer in the case of photography, is located in relation to other objects is referred to as spatial relation. Often happening subconsciously, ways in which objects respond to each other impacts the use(s) of a particular space.
A Himalayan Journey By Abhijit Bose

A Himalayan Journey By Abhijit Bose

The beauty of The Himalayan Region is its color and mood. I explored almost every season and made trips towards Terrain Region. It was a treat to my senses when I used to watch changes in color of a region just fifteen minutes away from another place getting washed in torrential rain. I realized nature as the biggest chameleon.

Nude Photography Awards

We invite you to participate in the first edition
of the Nude Photography Awards. We are looking
for the best nude picture for this year, 2022.

Our call is open to any artistic interpretation of nude photography.

DEADLINE | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022

PHOTO BY © OLIVIER VALSECCHI
Underwater by Mike Potts

Underwater by Mike Potts

Underwater project was selected and published in our print edition 22. I see the water as a metaphor for a dream medium and I try to meet my subjects on that boundary and hope that we are able to take the viewer from tranquil peace to a burst of creation and back again.
A Space Odyssey-style evolution by Sonia Payes

A Space Odyssey-style evolution by Sonia Payes

A Space Odyssey-style evolution, is Alchemy (2021), a collection of 14 vibrant chromogenic prints. Each one reiterates the same basic composition and design, with Ilana’s avatar recurring indomitably across two orderly rows. 
Turin; You Do Not See by Riccardo Surace

Turin; You Do Not See by Riccardo Surace

The project titled What You Do Not See, Unordinary tells the story of the City of Turin, my city, seen through the eyes of passersby. All photographs have been captured with a long exposure technique; in other words, I mixed then history of the city with my own history, my life experience. In fact, after five years spent fighting a disease, my artistic purpose is primarily that of representing the all too familiar feeling when, as a young man wandering through the city, one feels invisible, and yet still he is thoroughly involved in its daily frenzy.

Featured Stories

June Korea – Still Lives: Eva

June Korea – Still Lives: Eva

I began photographing dolls in 2001 to listen to their voices, and see their secret lives once again as I did in my childhood. And after a few years of inviting them into a photographic world I staged, I started asking myself, “Why do I really photograph dolls?”
Street Stories by Castro Frank

Street Stories by Castro Frank

Contemporary Street Photographer, Castro Frank was born on August 28th, 1983. This Los Angeles native’s style of photography fuses together a journalistic approach with an artistic eye to create imagery.
Mariëtte Aernoudts ; Fine art photography

Mariëtte Aernoudts ; Fine art photography

My name is Mariëtte Aernoudts and since 9 years I am a self thought photographer / imagemaker. Most of my portraits are from children or young people and always in colour.
Nude by Martin Zurmühle

Nude by Martin Zurmühle

Swiss photographer Martin Zurmühle poetically highlights the beauty of nature and the female nude, exploring the complexities of life by blending a powerful psychological photographic portrayal resonating with a strong sense of empowerment. 
Favelas: the rhythm of change by Albertina d’Urso

Favelas: the rhythm of change by Albertina d’Urso

The favelas of Rio de Janeiro are mostly known for violence and drug trafficking. But, also if those problems still exist, life for most of the inhabitants has nothing to do with that. Favelas are becoming safer and better organized.
Vegetable Peddler by Yoshitaka Masuda

Vegetable Peddler by Yoshitaka Masuda

In Japan, baby boomers continue to grow older, and the population 75 years or older has grown to be 13.3% of the total population. 6.1% of these women and 2.7% of these men cannot go out shopping or ask a relative living elsewhere to assist them.
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/nude-banner.jpg

We invite you to participate in the first edition of the Nude Photography Awards. Our call is open to any artistic interpretation of nude photography.

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/BAnImage.jpg

ImageRights provides intelligent image search and copyright enforcement services to photo agencies and professional photographers worldwide.

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/mono2022.jpg

The best 100 images along with the winning images published in the yearly book “Monochromatic – Best Photographers of 2022”

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/banner23.jpg

Call For Entries #23 | After 22 editions and more than 100 published photographers, our print edition has proven to be a simply effective promotional channel.

Conceptual photography; In Pain by Ramak Bamzar

Conceptual photography; In Pain by Ramak Bamzar

‘In Pain’ a series, exploring the subject of suffering. Pain is a universal human experience. Defines pain as "an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage."
Gili Yaari : Stranded in Greece – Greece Refugee Crisis

Gili Yaari : Stranded in Greece – Greece Refugee Crisis

Greece has become a flashpoint for the migrant crisis in Europe over the past year. More than 1 million people illegally crossed into Europe in 2015 alone, with some 800,000 of them arriving via Greece.
Baikal of wonders by Alina Desyatnichenko

Baikal of wonders by Alina Desyatnichenko

The land of Baikal region in Russia has always been sacred for the local indigenous peoples – buryats. And shamans who could talk to local gods were revered as a hereditary caste of the chosen.
Splits of moments by Moin Uddin Ahmed

Splits of moments by Moin Uddin Ahmed

Almost every good shot captures a unique moment in time. Sometimes the moment happens right away, and sometimes you have to wait a while. It can be as simple as a woman glancing up or as complex as having many disparate elements align within a perfect composed frame.
Matrimonial Ties by John Paul Evans

Matrimonial Ties by John Paul Evans

Matrimonial ties is a project that encompasses varied responses and challenges to the historical and cultural significance of the wedding portrait in western culture.
Erotic photography by Radoslaw Pujan

Erotic photography by Radoslaw Pujan

Born and raised in Poland. I have done IT studies on Poznan's polytechnique. Meantime of my professional work I have started taking pictures in free time. First landscapes, then portraits of friends, strangers.

Trending Stories

Five minutes with Scott Stulberg

Five minutes with Scott Stulberg

Much of the time is my preparation, especially before a trip abroad. I study the countries… I study the people….. And I try to learn the best locations because my images are used in so many magazines and different things all over the world….
Floral photography; Silent Beauties by Julija levkova

Floral photography; Silent Beauties by Julija levkova

Influenced by the Dutch Masters, Julija Levkova's still life floral photography captures the inherently magical beauty of the floral realm.
Mongolia; Kazakh Childhood by France Leclerc

Mongolia; Kazakh Childhood by France Leclerc

Kazakh Childhood; France Leclerc’s project was selected and published in our print edition 16. Though the daily activities may vary quite dramatically from one part of the world to the next, children can thrive if provided with a nurturing caregiver and a safe place to play and explore. 
The Wat Phra Kaew’s Guide Book by Artyt

The Wat Phra Kaew’s Guide Book by Artyt

This Project is about “Wat Phra Kaew”. Wat Phra Kaew is regarded as the most sacred buddhist temple in Thailand. Everyday, Wat Phra Kaew is full of tourists from around the world.
David Baker : Sea Fever and Ridge Trees

David Baker : Sea Fever and Ridge Trees

During the past three years I have developed two projects: Sea Fever and Ridge Trees. Sea Fever concentrates on the power and energy of the sea. People are drawn to the sea, perhaps by the sense of power and force and the sound.
Spirit of India by Jacque Rupp

Spirit of India by Jacque Rupp

India has always held a special place in my heart. My first visit was during an extremely difficult period in my life, as my husband had just been diagnosed with a terminal illness. 
Grids by Francesca Pompei

Grids by Francesca Pompei

The series Grids focuses on the pure clean-lined geometries of the architecture. My works feel like controlled exercises in constant repetition and serial iteration.
Escapism by Amanda Mason

Escapism by Amanda Mason

Amanda Mason’s ‘Escapism’ series visually expresses an ethereal sleep state, a place between being awake and being asleep, a place where the mind is semi-conscious
City As Pillow by Bill Livingston

City As Pillow by Bill Livingston

They’re not necessarily homeless. They may be tourists waiting for their ridiculously expensive hotel rooms to be ready. They may be native New Yorkers who’ve pulled all-nighters at work or school.

Other Stories

stay in touch
Join our mailing list and we'll keep you up to date with all the latest stories, opportunities, calls and more.
We use Sendinblue as our marketing platform. By Clicking below to submit this form, you acknowledge that the information you provided will be transferred to Sendinblue for processing in accordance with their terms of use
We’d love to
Thank you for subscribing!
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted.
- Between 10/30 images of your best images, in case your project contains a greater number of images which are part of the same indivisible body of work will also be accepted. You must send the images in jpg format to 1200px and 72dpi and quality 9. (No borders or watermarks)
- A short biography along with your photograph. (It must be written in the third person)
- Title and full text of the project with a minimum length of 300 words. (Texts with lesser number of words will not be accepted)
This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
Contact
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the adjacent form, or contact contact@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted. This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation.
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
Get in Touch
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the adjacent form, or contact contact@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.