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Tom D'Andrea – Young Trailblazers to Follow 2019


Photographs by Hector Gutierrez


"When you look at a photo, it makes you feel. In that moment, someone was able to capture the very essence of something; a kind of talent that doesn’t go unnoticed. My first impression of Tom D'Andrea was just that. I was immediately fascinated by his sheer ability to make me feel something while looking at his photographs. His creative energy and attention to detail causes his photos to be truly captivating. Whether he is creating content for Greyson Clothiers, or simply taking a photo on a Sunday hike, his best foot is always forward. When Tom and I started dating, he was weeks away from starting his first job right out of college with Greyson.
I remember him being so thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the company’s growth, and knew the impact it would make on the early stages of his career. There are days when I’ll just watch him work. He could be completely reconstructing the website, editing videos or photos, and every time, I am always impressed by his diligence and dedication to his profession. His everyday love for life is what fuels his passion and authenticity. Tom has been the most inspirational person to me more than he may know. His confidence, humbleness, and determination will only continue to create a path for him that others can look up to and follow."

– Kayla Santana

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A TRAILBLAZER?


Charging through the unknown. Capitalizing on opportunities. Learning from mistakes.


WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A CREATOR?


To me, being a creator means bringing my visions to life. For every project I work on, there is always a clear and specific vision before I even open the computer or pick up the camera. In regards to manifesting my creativity, I’m not sure if I’ve ever created perfectly on the first try. Whether its a video, a photo, or an advertisement; there is always the process of analysis and adjustment. There is no such thing as the perfect photo or the perfect piece of creative content, and that’s the beauty of it. That’s what makes creating so exciting.


WHAT DO YOU HOPE NEVER CHANGES?


Love. It comes in so many shapes and forms. It’s truly incredible. I’m not even talking about the type of love that makes you settle down and start thinking about a future with someone. I’m talking about the love that makes you wake up excited for your commute to work. They say "Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life." Well, I’m not sure that phrase holds up, but you can sure come close. I love golf. I love adventuring. I love feeling an adrenaline rush. I love experiencing new things. That is the type of love that I hope never changes, but at the end of the day, it’s all love.


HOW DID SACRED HEART SHAPE YOUR CAREER?


Coming into Sacred Heart freshman year, I had no clue what I wanted to do. I enrolled as a general business major. It wasn’t until my junior year when I purchased my first camera and adobe software. I created and created, every chance I could. Although, I knew that my career was never going to be just a photographer. What Sacred Heart taught me was how important content was to the concept of marketing. Without content, you cann