Photography for Cleveland and Northeast Ohio by photographer Tom Szabo

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

How to Find A Thomas Image

The studio is located at:

7290 Waterfowl Way

Concord Twp., OH 44077


Google Map:,+Painesville,+O.H.+44077,+USA&sa=X&oi=map&ct=title

June 2, 2010 Posted by | Contact | Leave a comment

Art Infusion, Painesville, Ohio: Wine And Art Event

Check out this event in Downtown Painesville.  I have 5 pieces hanging at Art Infusion.  Check out their featured artist, Michael Cooney.  You can also look at some of my work too!

Art Infusion Gallery & Studio - Painesville, Ohio

Art Infusion Gallery & Studio – Painesville, Ohio Join us next Friday, June 4th after work for ‘Wine and Art’ and view the talented Pen and Ink artwork of Michael Cooney. ‘Intrigued by the cast of shadows mixing with shafts of light to create images of life’, Michael had decided years ago ‘to build a body of work revealing a new style of abstract art that fragments ev…ery day life into black and white’. You can see more photos of Michael’s work on his facebook page-Michael Patrick Cooney InkArt.

As always, complimentary wine will be served… sponsored by Lake Home Improvement. All artwork is for sale. Cash, Check, Master and Visa are accepted.
“Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.”-John Lubbock Sr.
Alter your mind for the better and infuse yourself with greatness at Art Infusion. Hope to see you there!

June 1, 2010 Posted by | Announcements | Leave a comment


As a photographer, I attempt to “eek” out a living using my camera equipment, studio, creative talent and through the sale of my work.  Pro photographers work hard in this current economic state to find the next assignment and/or client.  In addition, professional photographers are always concerned about unauthorized used of their images.

I’ve been reading the terms of use/user agreement for Facebook and LinkedIn.  As a result, until I better understand their “legaleze” my images will no longer get posted on these social media sites.  In case your interested, here’s what I found on both these sites  on this topic (as of the date of this blog post).  Read on and give me your thoughts.

From LinkedIn:

License and warranty for your submissions to LinkedIn.

You own the information you provide LinkedIn under this Agreement, and may request its deletion at any time, unless you have shared information or content with others and they have not deleted it, or it was copied or stored by other users. Additionally, you grant LinkedIn a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual, unlimited, assignable, sublicenseable, fully paid up and royalty-free right to us to copy, prepare derivative works of, improve, distribute, publish, remove, retain, add, process, analyze, use and commercialize, in any way now known or in the future discovered, any information you provide, directly or indirectly to LinkedIn, including but not limited to any user generated content, ideas, concepts, techniques or data to the services, you submit to LinkedIn, without any further consent, notice and/or compensation to you or to any third parties. Any information you submit to us is at your own risk of loss as noted in Sections 2 and 3 of this Agreement.

By providing information to us, you represent and warrant that you are entitled to submit the information and that the information is accurate, not confidential, and not in violation of any contractual restrictions or other third party rights. It is your responsibility to keep your LinkedIn profile information accurate and updated.

From Facebook:

  1. Sharing Your Content and Information

    You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings. In addition:

  2. For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (“IP content”), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (“IP License”). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.
  3. When you delete IP content, it is deleted in a manner similar to emptying the recycle bin on a computer. However, you understand that removed content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (but will not be available to others).
  4. When you use an application, your content and information is shared with the application.  We require applications to respect your privacy, and your agreement with that application will control how the application can use, store, and transfer that content and information.  (To learn more about Platform, read our Privacy Policy and About Platform page.)
  5. When you publish content or information using the “everyone” setting, it means that you are allowing everyone, including people off of Facebook, to access and use that information, and to associate it with you (i.e., your name and profile picture).
  6. We always appreciate your feedback or other suggestions about Facebook, but you understand that we may use them without any obligation to compensate you for them (just as you have no obligation to offer them).

May 27, 2010 Posted by | The Business Of Photography | 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

More about Copyrights

So many people think if the photographer takes their picture, they own it as the subject.  Not so.  Here’s a great article to give you more info.—What-is-a-Photographers-Copyright-and-Why-Do-They-Need-It?&id=4082083

NY wedding photographer, Chris Leary publishes the “Weddings by Chris Leary Photography” weekly e-zine. Get your F*REE report: “10 Mistakes Brides Make When Planning Their Wedding Photography” at wedding photography tips

April 14, 2010 Posted by | Copyright Resources | Leave a comment

Deliverable – What’s A Deliverable?

Deliverable – What’s A Deliverable?

The phone rings, after I answer and identify myself, the magic question comes; how much do you charge to photograph a wedding?  Wow, that’s like asking; how much does a car cost?  Do you want a Hyundai or a BMW?  In order to answer the bride or groom, some details are needed.  Often I ask:  What do you want as a deliverable?  That’s when the discussion comes to a halt.  I can tell by the prospect’s voice they don’t understand the meaning of “deliverable”.

So let’s try to explain.  Wedding photography consists of 2 parts; the service of photographing a wedding, then delivering some finished product to the bride or groom.  I’ll refer to the final product delivered to the newly married couple as a “deliverable”.  So what do you want?  The deliverable can be in the form of: a CD (with or without a license to purchase your own prints at a local photofinishing lab), album with prints, proof book, individual prints, thank you cards, or a coffee table book.  In fact you can order any one item or a combination of them.

One variable that impacts the “cost” is the type of deliverable.  Let me go into greater detail.  Photographers can fall into two broad categories.  They both provide photography wedding coverage.  Most will offer a range of service based on the amount of time the photographer is needed.  Now, here’s where the two begin to separate.  It has to deal with the “deliverable”.  The first type – “Traditional” generally start by providing proofs for view.  Proofs may be in the form of prints or image files on a digital medium.  You then purchase prints, wedding albums or other “hard copy” images.

The second type is often referred to as “shoot and burn”.  After the wedding photography is completed, the photographer delivers a CD with full camera files.  See my post:

Some “traditional” photographers look down on the “shoot and burn” photographers.  It’s just how people are.

Remember, photographers own the rights to all images they create.  You need to purchase a release from the photographer to copy or print the image files.  I know, you’re going to say but it’s my picture – I can do what I want with it.  NO, read my post about copyrights:

If the CD includes such a release, then you may take your CD to a photo finisher to print the files you want.  The details of your rights will be spelled out in the release you purchased from the photographer.  Let me suggest you read it before signing your contract!

Why do you care which type of “deliverable” you purchase?  Let’s say you purchased a CD of files, now you must sort through the hundreds and hundreds of files, select the files to print or distribute and source a vendor to provide printing services.  If you don’t like the final print results, then you have to go back to the lab and argue your case.  The lab now has an easy “out” by claiming they printed the file you gave them and the file is poor.  So you go back to the photographer, claiming the file is of poor quality.  The photographer may claim his file is acceptable, but your lab is not providing quality print services.  Now what do you do?  Who do you believe?  Or do you even care?  If not, simply accept the poor print quality. 

Often when purchasing prints from your photographer, there is time built into the cost of wedding photography services to provide touch up or enhancing, counseling time with the bride and groom to make print selections, design time for albums or coffee table books and the photographer wants you to have the best final product they can offer.

So how do you know which way to go?  Well, you have to do your research and make a decision.  If you really are on a tight budget, talk with the photographer.  Explain your budget restrictions.  Don’t get me wrong.  There are many very effective ways to hold down your wedding cost.  But, remember – you get what you pay for!  That statement may refer to quality of service or the amount of service you can expect.  You may or may not get much post wedding support if you’ve hired a “budget” photographer.   Be a good consumer.  Ask questions and make an informed decision.  Be ready to tell the photographer what you expect as a “deliverable” and best of luck!

March 30, 2010 Posted by | Wedding | Leave a comment

The Art And Business Of Photography – Yes I said ART!

People often think photographers want to give away their work. We often here prospects suggest take pictures for me and you’ll get Recognition or PR in lieu of being paid. Wow, I’ll try to deposit that Recognition or PR into my checking account to pay my mortgage or put food on the table!

So where does this mentality come from? People seem to think photography is not art or just a hobby because I have a camera. Let me assure you photography is not just a hobby for me. It’s a business and one I use to generate income, so I can pay my bills.

Now if you think photography is not art – check out this link:

The link announces a display of Ansell Adams’ work. Many of us photographers hold Mr. Adams in high regard. His work is stunning, artistic, ahead of its time and commands a high price. Viewers of his images will want to stare at his work and study the details.

Maybe the Southern Illinois University Museum is asking the Ansell Adams Trust to display the work for Recognition or PR? I don’t think so!

March 1, 2010 Posted by | Photog Is Art | Leave a comment

You Got The Photographer Baffled On This One!

When I talk with customers and other business owners, I can generally follow the logic behind their budget and how products or services are priced.  I often draw an analogy to the automobile market.  Cars all perform the same task; they get you from point A to point B.  But they have a huge range of selling price.  That’s because different people have different budgets and will spend varying levels of money to purchase a car.

A Thomas Image is signed up to get alerts from brides looking for photography services.  In many of these alerts the bride can list her budget.  I can understand that some brides will have expensive taste (especially if Mommy and Daddy have lots of money to spend on them) and some brides want to put their money into a house rather than a fancy wedding.  I applaud people who think ahead like that.

Here’s my dilemma.  I see more and more brides trying to put a wedding together for a total budget of $500.00 to $2000.00.  That’s their TOTAL budget for a hall, decorations, food beverage, entertainment and photography.  We’re not talking about a small wedding for 15 to 20 people either.  The figures appear to include wedding photography.  Am I missing something here?

How can anyone hire a professional anything, expect them to have top notch equipment, a back up of everything, spend time with the couple to prepare for the wedding, shoot the wedding, come back into the studio to spend 8 to 30 hours to sort and prepare images to view and do all that for a measly hundred bucks.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect wedding couples to pay my entire mortgage for the month.  But at least let me clear some money to put towards the mortgage or buy some food.

If things are that tight, maybe couples should simply continue to date, get an education and start a career in hopes of someday being able to afford to get married and afford to run a household.  Are couples that out of touch with reality, to not have a handle what things cost?  Does everyone think they are entitled to whatever they want and should be able to get it for FREE or near nothing?

I’m willing to help people keep costs under control.  As a business owner I have to do the same thing – keep my costs under control and work within my budget.  What am I missing here?  Can someone tell me?  This photographer is truly baffled.

February 2, 2010 Posted by | Wedding | Leave a comment