About Thomas Balsamo
Barrington, IL based photographer
Thomas was very fortunate to find his craft at a very young age. When he was ten years old, he received his first camera as a gift. His love of photography developed into a career in 1978. His love of portraiture and interest in people is reflected in his classic yet simple style. His objective is to capture the true personalities of his subjects, these interpretive portraits invoke an emotional response to the viewer each time the work is viewed. Thomas looks at each assignment as an opportunity to create artwork, striving to create images that enrich his subject’ s lives. These true representations of personalities and relationships become cherished family heirlooms. Thomas’ dedication has generated great demand and many of his clients travel long distances from across the US and Internationally.
His work has been featured on CNN, CBS, WGN and WLS television, has been published in Professional Photographer, RangeFinder, Time, Quintessential Barrington and Parent magazines to name a few. He has presented his portrait philosophy at seminars for some of the largest national conventions in the photography industry. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Barrington area Development Council. He has been involved in numerous philanthropic projects most dealing with special needs children.
His images are being used by Health and Human services on a national campaign to educate the public about people with disabilities. He is co-creator and photographer of the book Souls: Beneath and Beyond Autism which was awarded The Autism Society of America’ s “ Literary Work of the Year” for 2003. Thomas has partnered with Toys R Us, on the Faces of Autism campaign to benefit Autism Speaks. Thomas’ images of Individuals dealing with Autism have been have been displayed in 800 Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores, and across the country, since 2007 6 million dollars have been raised from the Faces of Autism Campaign.