Photographer Tom Bartholomew specializes in creating unique visual memories of the special moments that make up people’s lives. To do that requires a vision and technical prowess to portray people as they wish to be portrayed.
Bartholomew Wedding Photography, located at 26 N. First St. in Vincennes, a successful portrait and wedding photography business, has been doing just that for the past 12 years. Beautiful images of people and their special events, most notably their weddings, adorn the lobbyand front windows of the 175-year-old historic building that serves as a studio and business office.
Bartholomew arrived in Vincennes to document local life for the local newspaper in the late 1980s. I got to know and work with him for 13-plus years. We are friends, so my saying that his work is far and above different — and that it is outstanding — could indeed be construed as biased. That is true. But have you seen his work?
Selections of fine art quality photographs, pictures that reveal a person’s identity, are located on his website, www.bartholomewweddings.com.
“Our pictures might be different (as I had asked/suggested to him during our interview), but that’s because people are different,” Bartholomew said. “Take our (high school) senior portraits, for example. We don’t use the same background for each. We try to find out what the senior’s life is about. They are not that much alike. That’s what makes it interesting.”
The business includes the photographer’s wife, Angie, who is the office manager of the business (and the difference between success and disaster, he says), and their daughter, Cecelia, who sometimes helps out in the studio. It is a local family making treasured memories for other local families.
Bartholomew’s mantra is that all people are unique. Customers have a consultation with the photographer days before any picture is taken.
“We really try to communicate with people, and listen to their ideas as to how they want to portray themselves,” Bartholomew said. “Weddings are different because people are different. Not everyone wants the same thing.”
The photographer keeps up with the “latest” in his field, but he maintains his originality by staying away from trends. “If people ask me about trends, I don’t know,” he said. “Trends are fleeting and make people look all alike. The upside of communicating with people is that we can look at who the people really are.
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