Meet Tom Palmer
As a child, Tom was an avid amateur photographer, using a variety of inexpensive cameras provided by his parents. During High School, Tom was taught how to take pictures with a 35mm camera and was recruited to become the school's yearbook photographer. In college, Tom purchased a Canon A-1 and began a long history of documenting his surroundings and experiences. His first exposure to stock photography was when the university yearbook staff asked to include several of his personal images in their publication.
Tom received a Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from the University of Kansas in 1979 and went on to become an art director and interactive developer for major advertising agencies in Kansas City and Chicago, including DDB Needham and J. Walter Thompson. During his agency years, he supervised numerous commercial photographers who executed his advertising ideas. (See Tom's job history and creative samples here.)
In 2003, Tom accepted a position as a traveling real estate photographer. He was given his first digital camera (a Canon 10-D) and was sent out across the United States to photograph model homes and private residences for home builders. During his tenure, he traveled over 100,000 miles by car and passed through 49 American states and 5 Canadian provinces.
Today, Tom still travels the country for various reasons and records his journeys photographically. You can see a record of his travels at his personal website Fantastic Places. His current library of digital images surpasses 250,000.