Most people think of me as a Professional Photographer, but I am so much more. I'm also a Historian. I capture a slice of time in your or your families lives and are preserved for years to come on photographic paper. Experts tell us that properly cared for my portraits will be here for 100-200 years, for future generations to explore and enjoy. My dream is that 150 years from now someone will look at one of my portraits and say "Wow, that Giles guy did a beautiful portrait of Great, great, great, great, great, great grandma." The legacy of my portraits in the Chippewa Valley will live long after I am gone.
I'm also an artist. I studied art at UWEC and attended UW Madison to studio sculpture in Graduate School. My love for photography took over my art and my life. I focus my creativity to my photography and not in sculpture or painting.
Creativity is a vital part of my life and my photography. I must feed the creative side of my brain every day.
I've loved photography since I got my first camera when I was 3 years old. We had a darkroom in our basement and we printed and developed our black and white prints.
I first started making money with photography while in art school, photographing other students art for juried shows and to include with graduate school applications.
I went to UW Madison to study sculpture, but soon started making money doing photography of rock bands for local music publications. That led to fans purchasing my concert photography, business portraits and more.
Tom earned his Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman degrees and is a Certified Professional Photographer. He's a past president of the WI Professional Photographers Association and a member of the WPPA Hall of Fame. Awarded the Meritorious Service Award and more.