Hey, what's up?
My name is Tommy and I've been playing with cameras since I was I too little to really understand what they even did. I just thought it was fun to line everything up in the viewfinder and click the shutter when it looked perfect.
After I graduated high school, I started carrying my DSLR with me all day, every day. Taking photos became an obsession and I was constantly looking for something new to shoot. I took my camera through abandoned buildings, down trails by the river, and to pop up shops in the city. I met a lot of cool people shooting for fun and in time I had a list of clients I would regularly shoot events for.
I've shot with a few local clothing brands, the Smith School of Business, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, and a couple dozen other companies from the area. If I had to choose, the event I'm most proud of covering would have to be the 2019 Asian American Literature festival hosted by the the Smithsonian AAPI at the Eaton in DC.
My shirts are union made in America on a sustainably sourced organic bamboo / organic cotton blend but I'm not here to sell you shirts right now. Tommy WARES has been featured as a finalist in the Do Good Challenge at University of Maryland and has participated in the Terp Startup Accelerator for Entrepreneurship but we had to take a step back from apparel.
I'm passionate about educating others about the exploitative production practices in the apparel industry. It's really messed up that the industry has continued to profit off hurting people and polluting the planet for decades. We really ought to change that.