Jewelry, Photography and Scuba instructor.
Tom Szabo, jewelry, photography and scuba instructor.
tom-szabo.com is a company built around my hobbies – it’s just that simple! My hobbies lead to the start of each new business unit. I’m using my previous corporate career to provide you my customer with quality customer experience, smooth business operation and reliability. When you contact tom-szabo.com, you’ll talk directly to me, Tom Szabo.
Photography – Commercial And Portraiture
After being downsized from the corporate world, I launched my first business in 1999, a photography studio. The studio provides commercial, portrait and underwater photography services. I look at photography as a journey, not a destination. After 30 plus years of shooting, dark room work, digital photo editing, competing, workshops and publication, my understanding of photography has deepened.
As a commercial customer, you can take advantage of all my photographic experience for your products, events, corporate branding, internal and external business communications, marketing, website, social media and collateral materials.Digital files are available for business and marketing purposes.
Tom Szabo will be your portrait photographer, not a substitute. The studio provides family portraits, family reunions, children, senior student, maternity and other exciting special moments. The studio offers a wide array of print mediums to allow your family heirlooms to hang in your home.
Scuba Diving Instructor – Learn To Dive
At the age of 13, the first time I donned a mask and snorkel was in the Florida Keys. I put my face in the water and was in awe of the exciting underwater marine world. Water would have a whole new meaning for me from that time on. Later as an adult I became a certified scuba diver, then was certified as a PADI Instructor in October, 2000. This gave me the opportunity to lead dive travel to some of the most exotic destinations in the world, teach numerous adults and children to scuba dive and create some wonderful underwater images. Some of my images have been published in dive magazines.
Ocean Sands Jewelry – Prehistoric Megalodon Teeth, Shark Teeth, Manatee Bone & Whale Bone. Bracelets, Necklaces, Earrings & Key Chains
A dive boat pulled out of service for repairs was the reason to refer me to a unique dive opportunity. I chartered with AquaNutz out of Venice, Florida. Captain Mike’s charter is dedicated to diving for megalodon shark teeth. After a couple years of bringing home small hauls of prehistoric megalodon teeth, shark teeth, manatee bones and whale bones, there had to be some use for these specimens. They range from 2.5 to 26 million years ago.
After some trial and error the Ocean Sands line of jewelry was launched. Bone specimens are cut, ground polished then turned in to jewelry. The shark teeth get cleaned and polished then turned into jewelry also. These specimens become the center pieces of each piece of jewelry. All Ocean Sands jewelry is designed, and hand made by myself. Ocean Sands jewelry includes necklaces, bracelets, earrings and key chains. These unique pieces of jewelry can be purchased in the tom-szabo.com on-line store. making ideal gifts for friends, family or yourself.
Home Town Notecards
A jeweler friend of mine suggested that I launch a line of note cards since I was a photographer. Part of the distribution of jewelry included selling at art shows and craft fairs, the thought of note cards featuring my photography seemed a logical step. The first series of cards features local iconic buildings and points of interest in Painesville, Ohio. One by one more cards are added to the catalog.The cards are blank allowing you to express your thoughts to a special someone in a way commercial greeting cards fail.
Elegant Flights – Liquor Tasting Tray With 1.5 Oz. Glasses
Friends make life so much more enjoyable. Our long time friends accompanied my wife Diane and Me for two visits to Bardstown, Kentucky. For those of you who don’t recognize the name Bardstown, it is located in the heart of Kentucky bourbon country. As we responsibly sampled and began understanding the intricacies of bourbon an idea was born.
That idea is called Elegant Flights. Elegant Flights is a liquor sampling kit. It includes a hardwood tray in the shape of a bottle with 4 sampling glasses that rest in recesses. The trays are hand made and hand finished to highlight the warmth of the hardwood. You can find these fun kits in the tom-szabo.com on-line store for sale. They make a wonderful gift for that liquor aficionado or a fun serving system for your next party.
You can learn more about the tom-szabo products and services by viewing the web site. To stay up to date with new product releases, events and other bits and pieces of info like the Facebook page. Since the business is based on hobbies, you can find the page at Facebook.com/hobbytobiz. Kind of makes sense doesn’t it?
Here are a few highlights of Tom’s career:
- 2002 – Authored a PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) distinctive specialty for Underwater Point-N-Shoot photography certification. Tom also teaches two PADI underwater photography specialties.
- 2006 – Sport Diver magazine published his image titled “Superior Producer”. In addition portions of his article were included in the June edition.
- 2008 – Northeast Dive News publishes article “Curacao – Blennies To Bling” and accompanying photographs
- 2008 – Awarded the Lake Communicators Silver APEX Award in the Editorial Writing category for his 2008 Northeast Dive News article “Curacao – Blennies To Bling Bling” and accompanying photographs
- 2014 – Awarded the Lake Communicators Gold Apex Award for a photo campaign completed for a wooden sunglass manufacturer.