Tracey Hagen Rishty is a South Beach native; Miami Beach runs in her blood. She was born into a family that has been full-time Miami Beach residents for over ninety years.
Inspired by her father’s work as a Dentist, she assisted her father photographing each and every client and learning to develop x-rays in the darkroom. Tracey was given a camera by her parents at the age of seven and explored the world observing life and developing her own unique style. She studied photography with and has been mentored by Helmut Newton, Eduardo Del Valle and Mirta Gomez, Steve Althouse and Evon Streetman, who have all contributed greatly to impacting Tracey’s inspiration. Tracey is always looking to better herself and enrolls in workshops and seminars whenever possible to stay updated on her passion for photography.
She photographed everything in nature from fauna and flora to all types of people including strangers and her English Toy Spaniel dogs. After exploring many subjects in front of her lens, she has found that it is photographing people she enjoys the most. This interest in being related to people and getting into their worlds by capturing personalities on film has inspired her work for years now, which has evolved into her portraiture work “ Personalities in Portraiture”.
Other bodies of work include: “Memories”, a conglomeration of her father’s Polaroids of child patients, which is evolving into a fine art book entitled “My father’s Daughter and Inspiration”; “The Dress Code” Collection”.
Tracey maintains an avid social presence and is involved with many charities and fundraising organizations as well as schmoozing with Miami’s renowned movers and shakers, who happen to be her clients. Tracey Hagen is a woman who works behind the scenes. Her commissioned pieces are well known and she is busy working on bringing back the classic art of portraiture to capture personalities in a unique contemporary style.