Tom was born in Marquette Michigan, the son of a physics professor and art teacher, always being exposed to arts, crafts and the wilderness of Michigan upper penninsula. At the age of twelve, Tom was introduced to a black and white darkroom and was immediately captivated by the magic that took place, processing film and producing a finished print. Years later Tom now has the the experience of black and white, color printing, lab work and now the digital age of photography. After photography and business school, Tom started a photographic business, working with the Ann Arbor art association teaching artist how to shoot slides of their art work to present to galleries. Aerial photography was Tom’s next adventure up in the sky, taking pictures of land development, progress shots of construction projects and photos for realtors needing aerial shots of hard to see homes. Many of these photos would end up being used in Toms stock photo shop. Tom then spent some time in the biomedical department of the University of Michigan doing both camera and lab work.