Award-winning fine art and portrait photographer Tom Stio was born in Brooklyn, New York. He received his first camera, a Kodak Brownie, as a child in grammar school, and thus began his life-long love affair with photography.
In 1975 Tom moved to Bloomington, Indiana for graduate studies in biology at Indiana University. A few years later he founded Jordan Scientific Company, a laboratory equipment manufacturing company. After operating Jordan Scientific for 16 years, Tom sold the business in 1996, and now pursues a full-time career as a photographer.
Tom has exhibited his photographs in numerous local and regional galleries and museums throughout the Midwest and New England. Tom was also company photographer for the IU Ballet Theatre, the IU Contemporary Dance Program, and the Lotus World Music Festival, and he served as vice-president of the Bloomington Photography Club for several years.
In 2005 Tom collaborated with author Christine Barbour on Indiana Cooks!, a book profiling the chefs and culinary creations of 15 of Indiana's top restaurants. Before he left Bloomington, Tom also provided much of the photography for the first few issues of BLOOM, a new magazine celebrating life and culture in Bloomington.
In 2006, Tom and his wife Amy moved to Rhode Island, exposing a new area of the country to Tom's exceptional images. There Tom has photographed for GET and Providence Monthly magazines, and regularly photographed performances at the Blackstone River Theater. Recently Tom and his wife relocated to the New Haven area, enabling them to live closer to family, and to take part in the rich cultural community of Yale University and other local institutions.
Tom brings originality and an artistic sensibility to every photograph he creates, whether it's one of his fine-art exhibition photographs, a dynamic headshot, a striking photo of a restaurant's signature menu item, an artist performing onstage, or an interesting editorial shot for a magazine. Tom will work with you to create exactly the kind of high-impact photographs you need.
Tom has been recognized by the Swope Art Museum with several awards, including: the Edward Westom Award of Distinction in 2003; the Award of Merit in 2004; and the Keith Ermish Purchase Award in 2005.