I’ve experienced some cool things in my career and this was a short stint shooting for a men’s pro cycling team - Kenda 5-Hour Energy. I got a few stories to tell about how totally crazy the world of “pro-men cycling photographers” are. Surreal experience cause they wanted nothing to do with a woman out there and I even got a nasty email threatening me to stay off the circuit? Whaaa?  I don’t think they saw all those “other” digital cameras on the other side of the barrier! .   Fun experience though!! Rented me a 400mm, 2.8 and had a blast! Got some cool shots and never looked back…. Yikes!  (I’m in the lower right corner)

I’ve experienced some cool things in my career and this was a short stint shooting for a men’s pro cycling team - Kenda 5-Hour Energy. I got a few stories to tell about how totally crazy the world of “pro-men cycling photographers” are. Surreal experience cause they wanted nothing to do with a woman out there and I even got a nasty email threatening me to stay off the circuit? Whaaa? I don’t think they saw all those “other” digital cameras on the other side of the barrier! .

Fun experience though!! Rented me a 400mm, 2.8 and had a blast! Got some cool shots and never looked back…. Yikes!

(I’m in the lower right corner)

Deborah Tracey, Southern California based photographer. (photo courtesy of a wonderful student, Thiam Cheatwood. Thank you so so much!)

Deborah Tracey, Southern California based photographer. (photo courtesy of a wonderful student, Thiam Cheatwood. Thank you so so much!)

Thanks for dropping by!

I love what I do and have been working at my craft for over 18 years. I went back to school when my youngest child was 5. I was almost 40 years old. It’s been a wild ride and I have experienced so much. I have given it everything I’ve got and have some scars to prove it! I love life and and people beyond measure. I am editorially moved and inspired, covering everything from environmental portraits to political junkets, concerts, events, and presently work for a university shooting for web and magazine. I’ve been published in various media and for 16 years I also covered a handful of weddings per year and consider it an absolute blessing to have witnessed so much love and happiness. It is an honor to have this kind of privilege in life and be a working artist.

My inspirations:

*My dad, who brought my mom and I to the U.S. from England, in the 60’s. He always had an 8mm or a still camera in his hand and I watched his smile behind the lens.

*Dance. I have a background in dance, feel movement even in the stillness.

* Cinema. I can tell who directed a lot of movies by the way it’s lit and the camera angles.

*Architecture. I live for lines, design and history.

*Annie Leibovitz. She does what she wants. She “sees people.” I like that. It’s not about her. She’s not boring.

To end,

I married a great guy 34 years ago. I love how talented and hard working he is. He truly has become my best friend and my deepest ally. As a standup and electric bass player of 42 years, we share a common bond in the arts and can talk about music and art for hours. We love to travel cheap to NYC and visit jazz clubs a few times a year. Together, we have 3 great kids and 2 grandchildren, with another on the way. We also recently moved to a 1953 mid-century renovation in an awesome downtown city near L.A. Best part of this move? There is so much life and inspiration around me and I am close to my grandchildren. Oh, and I can walk to get coffee. Pinch me :)

For more information and pricing, please give me a ring at 909.721-9968 or email me at debtraceyphoto@gmail.com  

The rare moment when someone captures your pure joy and then sends you the photo!

The rare moment when someone captures your pure joy and then sends you the photo!

That rare moment when you shoot for family and your hubby gets to come!

That rare moment when you shoot for family and your hubby gets to come!

Those vulnerable moments when you mess yourself up so bad from doing what you love. Took a fall from a 6ft ladder, split my head on an iron table, holding onto a camera for dear life (of course!!), took the skin off my knuckles, landed on my side, slid into water, busted all the metatarsals in my foot, and hairline fractured a few ribs, plus the weight of the fall I took on a rib under my breast is disjoined for life I guess! Oh and I passed out! But…. I survived and I was not on a job. A total blessing cause I have had some real doozies on jobs, like falling in a lake, spraining my ankle and hitting my head and falling off a bathtub taking a bunch of skin off my shin (don’t ask), and kept on working anyways! I was just about to go to shoot my second of three student concerts in a row and totally lost this work and another big job :( I did this for a hummingbird nest and it took a few months to recover. STUPID. Moral of this story is never use a ladder without anyone around!!!

Those vulnerable moments when you mess yourself up so bad from doing what you love. Took a fall from a 6ft ladder, split my head on an iron table, holding onto a camera for dear life (of course!!), took the skin off my knuckles, landed on my side, slid into water, busted all the metatarsals in my foot, and hairline fractured a few ribs, plus the weight of the fall I took on a rib under my breast is disjoined for life I guess! Oh and I passed out! But…. I survived and I was not on a job. A total blessing cause I have had some real doozies on jobs, like falling in a lake, spraining my ankle and hitting my head and falling off a bathtub taking a bunch of skin off my shin (don’t ask), and kept on working anyways! I was just about to go to shoot my second of three student concerts in a row and totally lost this work and another big job :( I did this for a hummingbird nest and it took a few months to recover. STUPID. Moral of this story is never use a ladder without anyone around!!!

That guy I like A. Lot.

That guy I like A. Lot.