Ever since I was given a camera at the young age of 11, I have been a photographer. In 1971, when I moved to Annapolis, I began my professional career in earnest. It was then that I began creating midshipman portraits.

Nine years later, I began filming Plebe Summer independent of the Naval Academy and eventually endorsed by the Naval Academy through the Alumni Association. About 2011, when the Alumni Association decided to provide the service on their own utilizing their own staff, I continued my passion to provide the parents of each incoming class with quality creative photographs -- more than just candids.


A few years ago I found a quote from James Michener that explains why I continue to photograph Plebe Summer after so many years:

"The master of the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his life and his religion."

QUALITY Never have I owned any other camera than a NIKON. Currently it is the NIKON D800E with a huge 32 MP file to capture the detail and color of every image. The lenses I mostly use are a 70-200 2.8 Zoom, a 200-600 zoom  -- and the best lens of all, the NIKON 800 MM lens. It is very expensive and used by sports photographers as the ultimate lens.
COMMITTMENT Larry Thornton has personal ties with the Academy, as his father attended Plebe Summer in 1935. He has honored his father over the last 36 years by filming Plebe Summer.