Tom Gundelfinger O'Neal (USA)

Speaker/Photographer


 

Tom grew up in Beverly Hills where he formed friendships that have continued through his life.  He left California to attend both the Chicago Art Institute and the University of Illinois. Near the end of his college career, Tom began to transition into photography. The application of design and composition theories from his prior studies to the process of film capture was a natural segue.  The world of the camera was particularly fascinating to Tom because of its mobility. He regarded this new medium as a portable canvas and never looked back at his easel. This developing passion became the focus of a lifelong career.

Along with his burgeoning talent as a photographer, Tom also had an instinct for timing. His photography career was launched at the iconic Monterey International Pop Festival. From there he immersed himself in the intense Los Angeles music scene that exploded in the sixties. He found himself in great demand by several high profile rock and roll stars. Ironically, he applied both his photographic and graphic design skills in the creation of over 72+ album covers, including the acclaimed Déjà Vu cover used by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.  Other notable groups were the Rolling Stones, Steppenwolf, Joni Mitchell, Poco, Crazy Horse, the Mamas and the Papas, B.B. King, and The Three Tenors. He developed relationships with entertainers that created opportunities for many years to follow. Two of Tom’s shots are part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

Ready to have a more permanent location Tom returned to the Monterey Peninsula where he has immersed himself in his commercial and art photography.  For the past 15 years Tom has worked with clients such as Rolex and The Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers where he continues to travel the world shooting events, celebrities, and VIP’s  His illustrious experiences have led him into a key note speaking profession where he connects his photography experiences with a lively presentation:  Owning the Moment.  Through his entertaining stories he covers the specifics regarding connecting with people, taking charge, creating your own circumstances, and manifesting your passion. Tom’s keynote, teaching and photographs are simply a reflection of his unbridled approach to life

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