My name is Tom. I was born in Bangkok and spent my early childhood in London. I returned to Thailand later where I earned a bachelors degree in Music and masters in Communication. I worked as an award winning art director before going on to start pursuing my dream in photography. I began taking photographs when I was six years old with my father’s camera and have loved shooting ever since. I became a professional photographer in San Francisco after getting a master's in Photography from Academy of Art University. My wide-ranging background created a diverse portfolio. In 2010 I started working with John Lund, the master of conceptual stock photography, to create new photographic realities. He introduced me to major stock photography websites. I become a contributing photographer for Blend Images and Getty Images at that time. In 2011 I have worked with Google and Symantec. In April 2012 I was a speaker for American Photographic Artist (APA) and Apple San Francisco in their Creative Professional series about my award-winning Panoramic Landscapes and series of Milky Way images. Recently I was selected for the 200 Best Advertising Photographers of 2013-2014 from Luerzer's Archive Magazine.
My Panoramic Landscape series and the Milky Way images were started on a road trip. As I drove and hiked through U.S. National Parks, I discovered amazing scene I'd never seen before. I slowly learned how to capture what I saw in front of me, and soon the vast landscape wasn't enough for me so I start pointing my camera up to the stars. I photographed in panorama, as it is the closest visual representation of what is perceived by the human eye. My life is a journey in which I enjoy driving and shooting. I am still learning and willing to share my experiences. My photographic goal is to capture beautiful landscapes from all U.S. National Parks and other natural places around the world.
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"His talents and dedication to the excellence of his craft were evident in his examples of imagery that cannot be seen with the naked eye. I highly endorse Tom Penpark as an out standing member of the APA and looking forward to seeing his future accomplishments in our industry."
Chairman of the Board APA San Francisco Chapter
National Board Member of APA
"Tom's background in art direction and design is apparent in his work, his Photoshop abilities are deep and professional, and his understanding of Lightroom and digital capture is extensive. Tom is more than just a talented photographer; he is a problem solver as well."
"Tom is the real deal. Not only is he an incredibly skilled technician at his craft, but he is amazing at concept and creative as well. I have been extremely fortunate to have Tom as the rock on my team here at Monster. He is very hardworking, dependable, and self-driven. Best of all, Tom is truly a pleasure to be around. His thoughtful and eager-to-help attitude has always made him an integral team player within our department. I can't say enough wonderful things about Tom. I would, without hesitation, recommend him for any and all opportunities that come his way. I look forward to watching Tom in the years to come as he undoubtedly has a strong and successful career ahead of him."
Former Digital Media Group Manager: Monster Products
Member of American Photographic Artists