Photography for Cleveland and Northeast Ohio by photographer Tom Szabo

James’ senior portrait sitting.

Here are a few images from James senior portrait sitting.  Hop you enjoy them.


September 19, 2010 Posted by | Portrait | , , | Leave a comment

Cassandra’s portrait photography session.

I hope Cassandra enjoyed her sitting as much as I enjoyed creating her portrait!

September 17, 2010 Posted by | Portrait | , , , , | Leave a comment

Cindy’s portrait session.

My friends Diana and Mike brought their little darling Cindy into the studio for her portrait session.  I’m happy to share some images with you!

August 29, 2010 Posted by | Portrait | Leave a comment

Professional Head Shot – Just VAIN?

Why do people use head shots?  After all we’re not all actors.  Isn’t it just a case of thinking too much about one’s self?

Today employers are using social media in their recruiting process.  Many professional people are using social media to promote themselves professionally and grow their personal “brand”.  How should you be perceived by other professionals?  I know, I ask a lot of questions don’t I.  But think about all these questions.

As a business professional you want to have a professional brand.  That means:

  1. Be easily recognized at a first client meeting.
  2. Including a head shot to promote a presentation.
  3. Allow prospects to feel comfortable working with you.
  4. Showing the market you are confident about yourself.

 Here’s a recent head shot for a long time friend of mine.  Thanks Carol!

August 20, 2010 Posted by | Commercial, Portrait | , , , | Leave a comment

Coffee Table Photography

Here it is!  Whether you want to show off your portraits, high school senior, wedding or showcase your business to customers, a Coffee Table Photography Book is the way to do just that!  The book is 10X10 with 20 panels of color or black and white images.   Page design may include a single image or a cluster of images.  The design options are limitless.

Contact A Thomas Image for details and costs.  Gift certificates are available for the gift that won’t be duplicated!

August 6, 2010 Posted by | Commercial, Portrait, Wedding | Leave a comment

His First Photography Session!

Mom’s little guy comes in for his first photo session.

August 2, 2010 Posted by | Portrait | Leave a comment

Young Adults Steppin Out!

High Shool seniors are a blast to photograph.  They don’t have inhibitions like adults.  They are willing to bring in their props and have fun.  I hope you enjoy these.

May 21, 2010 Posted by | Portrait | Leave a comment


If there’s one thing in this world that makes me exxxxtreeeeemely nervous – it’s going to the dentist!  When I get in the chair, my body goes rigid.  Often I can see that same nervousness when people come into the studio for a portrait. 

 The first point of order is to get people relaxed.  As they start to loosen up a bit the next issue to arise is: “What do you want me to do with my hands?”

 So if you have the same problem, problem with hands that is, put your trust in the photographer.  Let list a few quick comments about hands:

  1. What may bother you about your hands, is likely just you being nervous or maybe you’re self conscious about your hands.  In a portrait from the waist up, any defects in the hands become nearly invisible.  Those big problems to you don’t show up in the final image.
  2. A good photographer will have you position your hands to compliment the pose.
  3. Your hand position may often be adjusted to allow clothing fabric to smoothen.  That’s right!  Sometimes hand/arm position can cause clothing fabric to pull, pucker, or crease.  This can cause problems in the composition.  So your hand/arm may be positioned to eliminate/reduce those fabric issues.
  4. Hand placement may be used to compliment the pose, i.e. resting a chin on the closed hand.  Sometimes this works and sometimes it just doesn’t.  When it doesn’t, the photographer will change the pose and continue to shoot.

 The bottom line is your concern about where to put your hands is normally just your nervousness.  Don’t worry, you’ll relax.  You’ll begin to forget about your hands and start to have a good time.  Well that should happen if you’re working with a pro!  Let me know your thoughts.

November 6, 2009 Posted by | Portrait | Leave a comment

What Does Your Social Networking Photo Say About You?

How cool, you’re on several social networks now.  Everyone knows what you’re thinking.  You’ve posted photos about your pet and your trip to the cottage.  Your list of “friends” keeps growing.  You’re really on your way. 

Hey you even managed to upload a photo of yourself shot with your friend’s cell phone.  Ok, Ok, so some alcohol was involved in the photo – but hey what difference does it make?  Your friends will like that photo over the one of you in a sport shirt, which has nice composition.

 Let’s explore this scenario; You’ve been working real hard at your job.  The raises have been steady.  Co-workers even come to you for your expertise.  Your supervisor often gives you the better jobs/assignments.  Everything seems to be on a roll.  Hey you’re even up for a promotion.

 Now let’s rewind this scenario a little.  Remember the night at the party your friend shot that profile picture?  You know the one where alcohol was involved.  That’s the same night you made a small pass at your best friend’s girl friend – just a little innocent thing – Right?  Well maybe your friend didn’t think it was so innocent.

 Now that you’re up for a promotion, a copy of that profile photo winds up in your Vice President’s email “in-box”.   Oh by the way the VP is a woman and she was in an abusive relationship with an alcoholic, but you don’t know that.  Now she’s looking at your profile picture and she makes the final decision regarding your promotion.  What do you think might be going through her head at this point?  What about that promotion?

 Which profile photo would you prefer your VP see?  The one with some thought about clothing and composition or the picture of you from your friend’s cell phone?  Even if you change the photo the damage is done.  Can you change that – probably not?  Oh to be a fly on the wall during that interview!

August 5, 2009 Posted by | Portrait | 1 Comment

Top Ten Reason To NOT Have Your Portrait Done?

As a portrait photographer lots of excuses have been given to NOT have a portrait created. One of these MUST apply to you – right?

10. Someone might see your portrait and think you look great!
9. You might get too much attention!
8. It might be a fun thing to do!
7. You have too much hair!
6. Your skin is too nice looking!
5. The photographer will lie to you!
4. No one will believe it’s you in the picture!
3. You have a round face!
2. Your friends will never speak to you again!

And, the number one reason to NOT have your portrait done:
1. You will be the one and only person to break the camera!

You can view some A Thomas Image portrait samples by going to the studio web site.

July 28, 2009 Posted by | Portrait | Leave a comment