Born in Chicago, Ill in 1946, Tom is a retired US Marine who has travelled extensively and currently lives in New Bern, NC. He is an award winning photographer and is the owner of Coastal Light Photographic Arts. He is also the former co-owner and operator of First Flight Photography of Havelock, NC. He has been a member of Professional Photographers of North Carolina (PPofNC) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA) since 2005 and has actively participated in many PPofNC and PPA events. Tom received his Certification as a professional photographer from PPA in September 2013 and his Master of Photography Degree in February 2015 and was accepted into the American Society of Photographers. In 2012 he received the Kodak Gallery Award and was awarded the 1st Place in Women’s portraiture in 2012, 1st Place in Scenic/Fine Art in 2016, and 1st Place in Commercial in 2017 at the PPofNC Print Competition in those respective years. Tom is also the president of the Professional Imaging Group of Eastern North Carolina, a local PPA affiliate, and is the past president of the Coastal Photo Club in New Bern, NC.