Born and raised on the south shore of Long Island. Tom was exposed very early on to the magic of the entertainment business. His father, Tom Sr. was the general sales manager at RKO (Channel 9) in the heart of NYC. This early exposure to the inner workings of a TV studio planted the seed for Tom’s fascination with cameras and photography.
Immediately after graduating from UC Santa Barbara (’94) with a degree in Film Studies, Tom went to work in Ireland as a PA on the feature film ‘War of The Buttons’ produced by David Putnam. Halfway through the shoot, a trainee position opened up in the Camera Department and the rest, as they say, is history.
After working a few years as a camera assistant, Tom saw an opportunity at the broadcast design giant, Pittard Sullivan. Armed with the mighty Bolex camera, he helped the company earn 4 Emmy nominations over the course of five years and eventually became the in-house DP. There, Tom shot commercial and promo work for clients such as Playstation, Microsoft, ABC, STARZ, ESPN, DirecTV, Nickelodeon, as well as music videos for Victoria Justice, ATB, Snoop Dogg, Celine Dion and many others.
The commercial and music video work led to feature film projects including the musical “Leave It On The Floor” which was selected for the Toronto, Berlin and Los Angeles Int’l Film Festivals. Additionally, Tom shot 2nd unit photography on the Oscar nominated film “Transamerica” starring Felicity Huffman and the thrilling IMAX film “Tornado Alley” for which Tom spent a summer chasing tornados across America with IMAX and Vistavision cameras.
In 2012 Tom made the jump into television, shooting 2nd unit on the hit TV series “The Mentalist” for Warner Bros. This opportunity blossomed into a fulltime DP position for the final three seasons. Since then, Tom has shot multiple TV series including “Web Therapy” (Showtime) “The Player” (NBC), “Training Day” (CBS) and Is currently filming "Lucifer" for WBTV/ Jerry Bruckheimer on FOX.
When Tom is not filming he enjoys traveling for surf and helping to coach his sons baseball teams.