"There is nothing I can't fix," she said. "I can make anyone look beautiful by bringing out their best qualities."
She does not use templates. Instead, she makes her own by photographing a rock or some other surface that has a pleasing color or texture.
In 2006, Thompson was in a car accident and her career came to a standstill. It took three years for her to recover and get back to work. She rejoined the Maryland Professional Photographers Association and began participating in competitions to get her confidence back after it had been crushed in the car accident.
In 2011, Thompson won Electronic Imaging Photographer of the Year, an award for excellence in digital editing. She also won Illustrative Photographer of the Year for the creativity of her photographs.
One of the images that won her the award is titled "Bent on Survival." It is an image of a small green tree, bent over from the sea wind at the edge of the ocean. Since she overcame hardship as a result of her accident, it is a meaningful piece of art for her.
In 2013, Thompson's photography was featured in a solo show at Carroll Community College titled "Tammy Thompson: Behind the Lens." She has also sold her work at the Maryland Wine Festival and the Bel Air Art Show.
She is the founder of the company Passionate Portraits. Thompson said she wants to "move" people with her work. She has a 15-acre farm in Finksburg that serves as her studio.
Thompson has a field of buttercups in the spring, tall grass by the barn, a tree-lined drive and rustic fences. All these backdrops, she said, are great for her portraits.
Part of her style is to create a peaceful environment in which to photograph. She said she wants to capture the emotion of her subjects. When people look at the photographs, she said, they sometimes cry because the photographs are so moving.
"Watching the reaction of people when they see my work is my fulfillment," she said. "I look at it as if I am giving someone a gift. One of my sons has a form of autism so being able to capture him is a gift to me. There are so many bad days that it is great to have a photograph of him on his good days."
Thompson's website is passionateportraitsweb.com.
She can be contacted at 410-693-3803. Thompson can also be found on Facebook. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.