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Tom Stanford has a bachelor’s degree in Photography and has worked for newspapers in Texas and Louisiana before assuming the Photography Director role at The Tennessean in 1996. He has extensive experience in digital photography, videography and creating multimedia for online viewing.
While at The Tennessean he was a mentor, photo editor and considered a leader in the newsroom. He was integral in transitioning the photography department from film to digital, adding videography in 2005 and later training newsroom staff to capture photos and video on iPhones. He’s most proud of the recognition The Tennessean received as a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for its coverage of the 2010 flood. A critical part of the coverage was the amazing photography work.
He has been an onsite photo editor for numerous events including the CMA Awards, Tennessee Titans, Bonnaroo, CMA Music Festival, 2008 Presidential Debate at Belmont, NHL All-Star Game, SEC Basketball Championships and the 1998 University of Tennessee National Championship in Tempe, AZ.
Tom’s been published in Time, Sports Illustrated, Forbes and numerous magazines. In addition, he worked for USA Today for four months covering it all from Major League Baseball games, PGA Championship, College Bowl Games, NFL and CFL football, Super Bowl XXIV, Presidential campaigns, the Cuban Prison Riot in Oakdale, LA, capping it off by being part of the elite team covering the Olympics in Sydney, Australia in 2000.
He has been involved in several book projects including Nashville: Hills of Harmony, Flood 2010: Chronicled By The Tennessean, Tennessee Titans: Celebrating the First and he photographed Historic Presbyterian Churches of Tennessee.
He’s passionate about photography, loves to discuss it, discover new talent and put new techniques to use in his own photography and videography.
Sheri Oneal has established herself as a national award-winning photographer renowned for work in the advertising, corporate and editorial markets. For 20 years, she’s captured poetic, unique and memorable images as a commercial photographer specializing in editorial, lifestyle, corporate and advertising photography. Her imagery includes a variety of work such as environmental portraits, executives, food, architecture, business, healthcare and still life.
She has earned recognition in such events as the PDN/Nikon Self-Promotion Awards, the American Advertising Federation competition and the Florida Magazine Association Charlie Awards. Her clients include Cracker Barrel, CBS, Discovery Channel, National Arthritis Foundation, United Way and Scholastic Book Fairs, among others.
A Florida native, Oneal relocated to Nashville in 2001. She received an A.A. degree in journalism from Central Florida Community College in 1985; earned an A.S. degree in photography from Daytona Beach Community College in 1987; and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in art education in 1994.
Outside of commercial photography, Oneal is a mixed media artist, a writer, and educator, an inspiration seeker and the founder of a 2010 Nashville flood relief organization called ReTune Nashville.