Her Grandpa Max (“Goldie”) landed in Old Miami Beach, by way of Brooklyn, in 1937 at the height of the gambling era. He made his living from the slot machines he owned on Ocean Drive. Tracey’s Dad did not follow in his shoes. Dr. Jerry Hagen became the first pediodontist in Miami–Dade County after serving the United States of America as a marine on Paris Island; he and his wife brought life to Tracey in the early 70’s.
At age five Tracey began her career as a pianist. At age seven, it was over. She had traded in the black and white keys for her new passion, black and white photography, and never looked back. Her Grandmother, whom graduated from The Peabody Conservatory, Tracey’s piano teacher, wasn’t amused to say the least. In her teen years she tried out for modeling but apparently “short” wasn’t in that season, so she turned her interest to animals, they, thankfully, did not care how tall she was. Tracey rode and jumped English horseback and actually became good enough to show.
Fine Art College was seen through the lens of her camera, which she hadn’t put down since age seven. After college she developed a severe case of wanderlust and began to travel the world. Reality finally called collect and she answered by going into the family business with her Mom, Real Estate Mogul, Barbara Hagen. Tracey became one of the youngest, most successful, Real Estate agents in Miami in 1993; or at least her clients John Travolta, Eddie Murphy, and Al Pacino thought so.
Tracey Hagen Photography always makes an effort to donate a portion of proceeds from photo sessions to a few select charities of choice that are close to Tracey's heart. Her inspiration in India, during this adventure of a lifetime Tracey journeyed to Kerala, India to reconnect with spirit, awaken minds, and get in touch with the deepest parts of her soul. For this retreat she helped to raise funds to help twenty five women in rural India start their own tailoring business which has grown to be a successful handbag company called OmLuxe. This initiative addressed the basic needs of less privileged women by making them aware of their basic human rights and empowering them to become self-reliant.
Tracey donated a metal print to the silent auction benefitting the non-profit Animal Recovery Mission & sat on the host committee for their first annual fundraising event. In an effort to raise awareness of Animal Recovery Mission non-profit organization which is local in Florida and dedicated to eliminating extreme animal cruelty operations worldwide. ARM’s mission is to continue to be an uncompromising protective force for the welfare of all animals.
In 2012, she met the love of her life and now dedicates her time to Photography, her husband Bruce, her amazing son Jaden and their rescue dogs Daisy Mae and Duke.
Daisy Mae & Duke
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