My journey as a photographer

I’ve been interested in photography for about as long as I can remember. My dad shot and developed black and whites before I was born and my grandfather shot Olympus film cameras for years. I wanted to take photography in high school as an elective, but I was denied admission. However, the photojournalism class took me.

I went to Texas A&M, where I majored in Agriculture, Communications and Journalism. I wrote for The Battalion and was even on the photography staff for a semester or two, but never got a photo assignment or a photo published. I didn’t have much experience, and we had a pretty spectacular photography staff, including Andrew HancockGuy Rogers III and The Bryan/College Station Eagle staff photographer Stuart Villanueva. I took one class in photojournalism at A&M, but my real focus was on writing and broadcast journalism.

After I graduated, I decided I would rather go into sales than journalism, and I took a job with a Fortune 400 company as a sales rep. It was in this job that I decided to get back into photography as a hobby, and I bought a Canon 10D digital SLR.

I fiddled with the camera, got a lot of compliments on how great my pictures were, and thought I was great. Looking back, what I was doing was little more than snapshots, but I had a lot of fun.

I threw myself into studying photography nearly around the clock. I left my job as a sales rep and eventually ended up with a salaried job as a photographer. Along the way, I was able to put my photography to use by doing everything from documenting the famine and genocide in the Sudan and the orphans in India to portrait shoots with 9-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis and Basketball Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon. My work has been published in everything from magazines like Texas Monthly and ESPN the Magazine, newspapers like the USA Today, LA Times and Chicago Tribune to museums, coffee shops and art galleries.

My journey in photography has taken my far, but it has just started.

To see some of my work:

Thomas & Penelope :: Custom Wedding Photography

Thomas Campbell Photography

Thomas taking pictures in the Sudan

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