Tammy McKinley was raised in Lexington, Kentucky where she attended the University of Kentucky for over three years before transferring to the Savannah College of Art and Design for photography. For several years she freelanced and exhibited in galleries in Savannah, Myrtle Beach, and Los Angeles. She was the still photographer for the Sundance Channel’s award-winning independent film, “Swimming”. After spending several years as the photo editor of Yikes! Magazine, she landed her first full time staff photojournalist job at The Richmond Register. She continued working as a staff photojournalist for newspapers in Kentucky, New Mexico, Alabama, and Texas for twelve years developing a unique vision that merges fine art principles with reality-based storytelling. Her work has been published by several major news organizations such as The Associated Press, The New York Times, U.S. News, AOL, People, Photo District News and many others. Her images have appeared in newspapers, magazines, websites and textbooks around the world. She has received numerous awards for her work, some of which include: The Associated Press Managing Editors Awards, The New York Times Chairman’s Award, Editor and Publisher Picture of the Year as well as many other state specific press awards. She currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida where she is the founding principle of The Union Art Studios and Gallery. She currently exhibits at Art Festivals, galleries and private businesses in Florida and NYC.
I am on a mission, a pilgrimage, a journey. Not just to document what I see with a camera, but to explore the diversity of the life experience through imagery. From the sublime beauty of nature to the joy of birth and the despair of death and all moments between, sometimes humorous, sometimes stormy, sometimes lovely. I have a strong connection with line, shape, light, and emotion. My compositions are bold and without judgment. For me, photography isn’t just worth a thousand words: it’s worth all the words.