Tom Lavoie's background as a photographer
My passion for photography began with capturing images on a Sony Mavica while on tour in Europe as a professional trumpet player in 2001 and 2002. Frustration with the limitations of this early digital camera in the dim light of cathedrals and opera houses motivated me to upgrade my equipment and begin a lifetime of learning and developing my skills as a photographer.
Soon after acquiring my first DSLR, I sold my first press image to The Valley News in White River Junction, VT. That image ran the next day "front page above the fold".
This initial taste of success encouraged me to study photography and Photoshop techniques with some of the worlds most noted photographers including Jay Maisel, George DeWolfe, Rick Sammon, Joe McNally, Scott Kelby, Tony Corbell, Vincent Versace, Robert Beck, as well as others. I have also studied composition with artist Marylin Tully Ward.
Together with my photo partner, Medora Hebert, we have shot weddings, advertising, portraits, and exhibited fine art photography. Our clientel has included Tom Rush, Dartmouth Mary Hitchcock Hospital, The Global Health Council in Washington, DC as well as others. My experience includes coordinating photography for The Great Waters Music Festival, lecturing for The Osher Lifelong learning Institute, and teaching photography at Granite State College. I am currently a juried member of The NH Art Association, a member of the photography advisory board for The Creteau Regional Technology Center in Rochester, NH. and am active as a lecturer and instructor of photography.
My work has been featured by invitation in over 20 exhibits since 2011.
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Medora Lavoie Hebert's background as a photographer
Medora Hebert started her photographic career in 1977. With no experience and a twin lens Rollei she went up in a small aircraft, knelt on the seat, and photographed a rock concert though the window. The resulting picture ran across the top of the entire front page of the Keene Sentinel the next day. Excited by the process and encouraged by the editor of what was then called the Womens' Page, she began freelancing by shooting fashion shows and eventually all aspects of a daily newspaper. She began studying photography at Keene State College night school, the Maine Photographic Workshop (now called Maine Media Workshop), The League of New Hampshiire Arts and Crafts and other various workshops and started shooting weddings in 1980 when people started requesting her services. She did extensive freelance work for Liesure Weekly, the Keene State College Office of Public Affairs and the Antioch New England Graduate School public relations office. 1986 she joined the staff of the Keene Sentinel as a part time lab tech. When she left in 1988 to move to the Hanover, New Hampshire area she was a full time staff photographer. There she immediately started freelancing at the Valley News and continued shooting weddings. In 1993 Medora became a full time staff member of the Valley News. She left the paper in 2001 to do weddings and freelance photography.
Photography has grown and changed over the years and she has kept up, at first starting with a twin lens film camera with 2 1/4 negatives, moving into 35 millimeter format black and white, and then into color. From using the black and white darkroom she started scanning negatives onto the computer, learned Photoshop and changed to the digital photography world.
After leaving the Valley News she began to ramp up her knowledge of Photoshop and studied with Photoshop expert Jim Block of Etna, New Hampshire and started showing art work that she had been producing over the years. Her work has been shown in galleries and venues in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. She is represented by VoxPhotographs
Her author photos have appeared on book jackets, in magazines and newspapers. A collection of her author photos is owned and displayed by the Toadstool Bookshop in Keene, NH.
As a member of the National Press Photographers Association, her work has won awards in sports, news (first place), and illustration. She received awards from the New Hampshre Press Photographers Associaton for illustration and sports and a first place award for a pictorial picture from the New England Editor's and Publisher's Association.
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