Halloween In The Alley – Painesville, Ohio

I think someone came up with a great idea and named it “Halloween In The Alley”. The festivities run from 6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The Downtown Painesville Organization has the details on their Facebook Page. The event will be located in Mechanics Alley in Painesville. Betty’s Bombass Burgers will be flipping Food all night; local band Horse Feathers will be keeping you movin all night! They will be serving Witches Brew Cocktails as well as beer and wine from Debonne.

Check out the link for more information. Oh yeah, go ahead and tell David Polakowski you heard about it here at tom-szabo.com!

tom-szabo.com business card

Is Hollywood In Trouble?

Let’s face it technology is blasting ahead at warp speed. Look at your cell today as compared to 1, 3 and 5 years ago. Still photography and video photography cell phone capabilities are more advanced than ever. So should Hollywood cinematographers be worried? Check out the work of Tristan Pope using an iPhone-6. Would you buy a ticket to see his work? Let me know your comments.


Lake County Chambers Home & Lifestyle Expo

Lake County Chambers Home & Lifestyle Expo – February 21-22 at Great Lakes Mall. The Home & Lifestyle Expo is hosted by Lake County Chambers of Commerce. Visit with over 60 member businesses primed and prepped to give you tips, tricks and advice for your own home and lifestyle. The event’s Premier Sponsor is Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center | Mentor, OH. For more information about this event, please contact Linda at or call (440) 357-7572

Valentine Photography

A Thomas Image, valentine photography package

Valentine 2015 Special Offer. Call or email the s studio today to order your package.

Yes, by all means – flowers, candy and/or dinner for Valentine Day. Why not capture a great memoir though. Here’s a great offer on a 1-1/2 hour sitting and an 8X10 color print, Half Off. The offer expires January 31, 2015. Contact the studio for details and to purchase your  package today.

High School Student Learns About Starting A Business

You read in my earlier post about Brandon McClain, who was asking for help with his market research.  Brandon has been hard at work launching his business.  To learn more about Brandon and B-Kind Cards, check out this You Tube video we did:


I hope you enjoy this short video.

Photographer Digs Up Gold!

Photographer Tom Szabo recently dug up Gold at the Lake Communicators APEX Awards on April 9, 2014.  A commercial photography assignment for a wood framed sunglass manufacturer was submitted to Lake Communicators for it’s annual APEX Awards. The assignment was given a “Gold Award” in the Individual Category for Photography.

Lake Communicators is a Lake County based organization for marketing communications professionals.  The awards highlight the work of local creative professionals.  The ceremony was held at the Mooreland Mansion on the campus of Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio.

“Now I understand how actors feel at the Academy Awards”, Mr Szabo commented.  “It’s great when your peers recognize your work as worth an award” he said.

Tom Szabo is the owner of A Thomas Image an aerial, commercial, portrait, wedding and underwater photography studio.  Located in Concord Township, A Thomas Image has been serving clients since 1999. Now Tom returns to the task of digging up his next assignment. More prospecting in hopes of striking Gold!

Wood sunglasses, case and assecories

Wooden sunglasses photography assignment that won APEX Gold.




Photographer with APEX Gold

Tom Szabo, Photographer, show off his APEX Gold Award.













Photographer Helps Lake County Marketing Professional Group

Small businesses are often looking for ways to stay in the mind of their customers.  In many cases, it’s almost a full time job.  Here in northeast Ohio we are fortunate to have some of the best marketing and communication experts to help.  Many of these professionals belong to a group called Lake Communicators.  For a recent Lake Communicators brochure we were aske for comments to describe Lake Communicators.  My comment was:  “Lake Communicators has more talent than you can shake a brochure at.”  I truly believe that statement.

Recently Lake Communicators sponsored is second annual “Marketing For Mar-Coms” workshop.  The event included representatives from three local businesses to talk about their marketing success stories.  Hear what a couple of attendees had to say.  You can hear their testimonials by checking the following links.




For more information about Lake Communicators check out their web site: http://www.lakecommunicators.com/. 

Tom Szabo, Photographer Exhibit – “Shrimp To Sharks” helps Project Hope!

Pacific reef shark

A 20X30 inch print of this image is on exhibit.

Clown fish in anomone
This image of Clown Fish is also on exhibit!

Everyone in business will tell you that opportunities can come about at any time and from anywhere. Recently Environments By Design invited me to display my underwater photography in their showroom. In addition, the gallery opening provided an opportunity to raise funds for one of my favorite organizations – Project Hope, a Lake County shelter for the homeless.

Please mark your calendar for the opening on Friday May 3, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT. The exhibit is at:
Environments By Design
7204 Pearl Road
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130

Won’t you please register for the gallery opening and help Project Hope? For more information and to register go to the registration page.

I look forward to seeing you Friday, May 3, 2013!

A Suggestion Made About My Recent Photography Studio Newsletter!

In the A Thomas Image studio E-Blast for October 2012, I mentioned a new brick backdrop.  A friend of mine asked: “Why didn’t you include a picture of the new backdrop”?  I actually thought about doing just that, but I was in such a hurry to get the announcement out, I omitted the image.  Well, “duh” on me!

 Today, I acquired another muslin backdrop.  It dawned on me this might be a good time to announce the muslin backdrop, include a photo showing it and update everyone on the brick backdrop.  The muslin backdrop is a dark charcoal in color with some splashes of purple and tan.  It’s large enough to drop from the studio ceiling and cover the floor.  It should work very well for the right portrait photography sitting.


Photograper announces portrait backdrop

Tom Szabo of A Thomas Image is posed with the newest studio mulin backdrop.


Some portrait clients might like a warehouse or loft theme for their sitting.  The new brick backdrop will accommodate that very nicely.  Lighting can be adjusted to give the appearance of being outdoors in an alley or indoors near a window.  It’s neat for that “urban” feel.  With a little creativity, graffiti can be added to the image.  Graffiti can be customized to include client names, graduation year, special announcements or the name of your band.


Brick wall background for portrait photography

Brick texture for that urban look.


 So now I just need someone to schedule a sitting where we can use these backdrops.  Any takers?  I also hope this blog post helps redeem me from my e-blast photo blunder, he said sheepishly!

Photographer and Scuba Diving Instructor Now A MAST Board Member

On April 14, 2012 the Maritime Archeological Survey Team unanimously voted area photographer and scuba diving instructor Tom Szabo to its board of directors.  The Maritime Archeological Survey Team, also known as MAST is a nonprofit avocational group.  Members work to document Ohio’s historic underwater resources. MAST was formed March, 2000, and is composed of volunteers who support and participate in research, documentation, underwater archaeological surveys, and educational workshops.  MAST also manages buoy markers for 10 shipwrecks in Lake Erie.  Divers can tie off their boat to the buoys.  This prevents anchor damage to the wrecks.

Tom Szabo is a photographer and owns A Thomas Image, a commercial, portrait, underwater and wedding photography studio in Concord Twp., Ohio.  In addition, he is a PADI certified Master Scuba Diver Trainer diving instructor. Tom has taken MAST classes, worked on many underwater archeological surveys.  “I have been very impressed with the level of volunteers and their commitment of time and work to support MAST” said Szabo.

Scuba diving in Lake Erie is different than diving in the Caribbean.  MAST divers don’t seem to mind.  Diving a wreck in Lake Erie provides a sense of excitement not found elsewhere.  It’s that sense of exploration by members that caught Tom’s attention and made him very interested in MAST.  Szabo said “I look forward to working with everyone associated with MAST and hope I can make a positive contribution to their work!”

Anyone interested in MAST can learn more at the organizations web site: http://www.ohiomast.org.  Tom Szabo can be reached using contact information found at the studio web site: http://www.blog.athomasimage.com.

Portrait of Tom Szabo, photographer and scuba diving instructor

Tom Szabo, Photographer and Scuba Diving Instructor

Photographer, A Member Of Award Winning Creative Team

Photographer Apex Award

Lake Communicators 2011 Apex Gold Award

My good friend and client Erica Kosinski had a vision for a combined educational and marketing periodical for a local supplier of architectural
granite.  Realizing that “stock” photography would not convey an accurate view of the business.   Some images used were obtained from the client’s partner businesses.  A gap was present in the images needed to convey the entire message.  Erica decided to contract with my studio to fill in the photographic gap that exhisted.


Photographing granite certainly doesn’t rank up there with photographing
supermodels on a Caribbean beach, but it does pose some real challenges.  Architectural granite has brightly polished surfaces.  So every little environmental feature represents a potential reflective flaw in each exposure.  That required very tedious attention to every detail of every shot.  Thank God for
digital photography and the ability to see immediate results in the camera display.  Imagine trying to shoot this assignment on film, waiting for proofs only to find an unwanted reflection!


This assignment also required showing the diverse inventory and expansive warehouse.  Fortunately, like most warehouses a forklift truck and experiences operator were available.  This allowed photographing up in the air to strategically pose staff members in the warehouse.  These images were able to show the expanse of the inventory and warehouse. In addition, I could show customers making their selection and the role of the customer service representatives in the sales process.


Erica decided to enter the final magazine product for competition in the Lake Communicators annual “Apex Awards”.  The result was the project won an Apex – Gold in the Marketing Business To Business category at the November 9, 2011 Awards Ceremony.  Others contributing to the award are:  Villa Beach Communications, Erica Kosinski and Mike Setta Creative Directors, Doug Karn Art Director, Tom Szabo Photographer, Erica Kosinski Copywriter, Debbie Graehling-Tomsic of Graphic Repros the printer.


Congratulations to Erica and everyone who participated.  It was a pleasure to be part of a great creative team helping to make this Apex Award possible.  The assignment was pure enjoyment and let’s face it, recognition like this is a very humbling experience.  My thanks to everyone!

Photographer To Dance Under The Stars

Photographer, Tom Szabo is participating in a fund raising effort for Family Planning and Lifeline.  Both organizations are non-profits in Lake County, Ohio.

The fundraiser is “Dancing Under The Stars”.  Local celebrity volunteers are teamed up with professional dancers and will perform on August 12, 2011.  To learn more about Dancing Under The Stars use the following link.


To support Tom with a donation in his name, contact the studio at:

440-354-2535 or

A Thomas Image Announces Portrait Package Winner.

Sue Muller has just won a portrait package that includes a 1-hour studio sitting and an 8 X 10 color print!  The portrait package was a prize offered by A Thomas Image at the Mom’s Nite Out event at Great Lakes Mall on Thursday May 5th, 2011.  Booth visitors were invited to register for the drawing to win the portrait package.

Sue plans to use the package towards her daughter Tinah’s senior portrait.  Sue and Tinah live in Burton, Ohio and Tinah attends Berkshire High School.  She plans to graduate in 2012.

Congratulations to Sue and Tinah!

Photography Studio, A Thomas Image Announces Winners

Smart phones are becoming the rage for both personal and business use.  Visitors to the A Thomas Image – Shop Lake County booth at the Great Lakes Mall on February 25 & 26, 2011 were invited to use their camera/smart phone to photograph themselves. 

A Thomas Image, Photography, Cleveland, Northeast Ohio

Shop Lake County visitors were welcomed to the studio booth February 25 & 26, 2011.

Located in the booth was a 40 inch by 80 inch smart phone replica.  The display area in the replica was cut out allowing visitors to stand behind the replica and be photographed using their personal phones.

In addition, visitor’s photos could be uploaded to the studio Facebook Fan page making them eligible for a portrait package drawing.  The goal was the photo with the most “Likes” would win a portrait package. 

Due to the response for the contest, two winning entries were selected. 

A Thomas Image, Photography, Cleveland, Northeast Ohio

Heather and Ashlee pose at the A Thomas Image booth.

One of the entries selected was submitted by both Heather Elzeer and Ashlee Dunston from Mentor, Ohio. 

An additional entry selected was submitted by Dan Nugent of Geneva, Ohio.

A Thomas Image, Photography, Cleveland, Northeast Ohio

Dan Nugent and Claire at the A Thomas Image booth during Shop Lake County.


It seemed that everyone who stopped at the exhibit booth had fun with their cameras and the smart phone replica as a prop.  “Smart people” and a “smart phone”, what a winning combination!

HHS Students listen to Entrepreneurs

On January 5th, 2011, Harvey High School students were treated to presentations by two local entrepreneurs.  The students most likely thought this was just a great chance to not have to listen to their teacher.  But all eyes were fixed on the presenters:  Ms Jennifer Pealer of Jennifer And Company plus Mr. John Gadd of Flozio.

The students in attendance participate in the E-City program through the business class taught by Ms. Nell Rapport.  E-City allows high school students to learn about entrepreneurship by starting and operating their own business, in addition to writing a business plan.

The program is funded through Big Brothers – Big Sisters of North East Ohio.  In addition to listening to speakers today, three of the student companies repaid their seed funding loan commitment to Big Brother – Big Sister.  The loan repayments were made through profits from product sales for each individual student run business.

You can see how the presentation went by looking at images on the following slide show link:


E-City students – you rock!

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!