Thomas Kerns

Thomas Kerns

Biography

From my start as a curious high school sophomore to today, I’ve shot for Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures, weddings product photography and even the occasional zombie.

My sophomore year of high school, I saw fellow students disappearing behind the revolving door of the darkroom. I wanted to know what this other world was.

I took to photography quickly using a borrowed Nikon fm2 camera and eating up the meager income I received from my summer jobs on roll after roll of film. By my senior year of high school I was mentoring younger students in my photography class and giving them real world practice while photographing as many as two to three weddings a weekend. I quickly became proficient in the journalistic style of photography, shooting so that the subjects would not react to the photo to capture the true emotion of that moment.

In my free time I enjoy photographing and exploring abandoned locations across the country as an urban explorer. Urban exploration, often shortened as urbex or UE, is the examination of the normally unseen or off-limits parts of human civilization. UE helped me develop a unique eye for photography, using different angles to capture the mood of the surrounding areas and telling a story through the long exposure. Additionally I’m the director of photography for three large conventions held in the southeast and my duties include recruiting photographers for the conventions, scheduling coverage for various events, assigning photographers to the events, and finally editing staff photos for delivery to convention public relations.

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