About Tom Levy

As a kid I was always reading. Books fueled my imagination and fed my curiosity. But writing wasn’t my first calling.

Photography was. The first time I watched a black and white print come to life in a tray of developer I heard the call. Magic!

Chasing that magic led to my two-decade career as an award-winning photojournalist, first for newspapers, and later for a variety of freelance clients, including news organizations, businesses and nonprofits.

Later, during a seven-year stint living in Honolulu, I added writing to what I offered clients. My wife’s career had brought us to the islands and there we learned to love body surfing, hiking in the Ko’olau Mountains and eating shave ice with azuki beans.

Soon after our son was born we returned to the San Francisco Bay Area, to be closer to family and to pursue other work opportunities. I was a senior writer/photographer at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland for five years, spent a year as a staff writer for the research division of Kaiser Permanente Northern California and now offer freelance writing and photography to a variety of clients.

While I tend to be serious, I also enjoy clowning around. Ask my wife and 14-year-old son. When not working I enjoy bicycling, gardening, cooking, yoga, cross-country skiing, hiking, camping and watching superhero movies with my son.