Bio I was born and raised on the shores of Lake Superior in Marquette Michigan. I earned a BA in Art from St Johns University (MN) and spent ten years working at two daily newspapers: The Mining Journal (Marquette) and the Ketchikan (AK) Daily News. I have since been full time free-lance for for over thirty years.
I have been published in hundreds of publications including: Alaska , Outside, Midwest Living, Lake Superior Magazine, New York Times, Washington Post, Michigan History and The National Enquirer.
I have thousands of photos
on file, mainly of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan but have many other subjects.
I do all types of photography including: commercial, industrial, product, underwater,
brochure work, scenic, aerial, digital restoration, wildlife,logo design, and
I also do portraits and weddings. Samples of my work are
all through my website.
I am married and have twin sons and two grand children.
If you have any questions about me or my work, please contact me:
- Tom Buchkoe
- Box 852
- Marquette MI 49855
Testimonials "Senior year photos. We were receiving flyers from all the area photographers and the prices were astronomical for photos my son didn't even really want to take. We were overwhelmed with offers.
We had always loved Tom's outdoor photos so we decided to make the call and check out what he offered, but we had a few criteria of our own. My son wanted his photos taken outside at a locale he loves; not in a studio, he wanted them done fast; without 400 changes of clothes, he didn't want posed and my husband and I didn't want to mortgage the house.
Tom worked with us on all counts! We quickly set up a time and he literally produced a miracle; getting my less than enthusiastic son working right along with him to get the perfect photo. He was fast and flexible, using our ideas and within a half an hour we had a remarkable selection of photos to chose from. Every photo was great!
The hardest part of the whole process turned out being selecting the photos we decided to go with, as we liked them all! True to his word, Tom didn't take advantage of us and try to sell us more than we wanted or needed, making the whole process fast and painless. Who'd had guessed that senior photos could be so easy? Great photos, professional, easy to work with, fast and reasonably priced, our experience with Tom Buchkoe Photography was awesome on all counts."
--------S.C., a satisfied mom
just wanted to say how very pleased our family was with Lisa's senior pictures. We have shown them to numerous people who asked where we had these taken and how impressed they were with the quality of your workmanship. You made our nervous daughter calm and able to enjoy having her Senior Pictures taken. Lisa commented on several occasions on how she enjoyed having the beautiful outdoor location of your studio as the backdrop for her pictures. You truly have a piece of Lake Superior Heaven right in your backyard. It was well worth the 400 mile drive for the outstanding quality and location for these pictures. Your name and number will be shared with several friends and neighbors both at our downstate residence and our home in Marquette. Thanks again for a job well done!"
---------D. K. and L. S.
"Wow! I can't wait to get the pictures framed. Thanks so much. Great job. Next time I'm in town my mom has a picture she'd like restored so I'll call and see you then. Not that you need it - but if anyone ever wants a reference - I'm more than happy to do it."
"When we came to get our Christmas pictures this year my infant daughter was just having a bad day. As she cried and clung to me thru the whole session I wondered if I would end up with even one good picture. I was just amazed when Tonm gave me the envelope of proofs. Somehow he managed to take an entire collection of pictures of my children that truly captured their souls. They are just enchanting pictures of my kids interacting and obviously loving each other. With my daughter's behavior during that session a less skilled photographer would have come away with nothing."
I absolutely LOVED having you as a photographer for my wedding. You were on time, professional and fun to work with. You were able to get everyone in the place they needed to be in a timely manner and you made everyone laugh.
The pictures turned out beautiful and they are truly a treasure. I can't thank you enough for capturing the beauty that we had on our special day. All the pictures were gorgeous, especially the outdoor pictures, it was impossible to choose which one was the best. It was also nice to get the pictures so quickly after our wedding. Thank you so much for everything."