Please read the following information carefully before signing

up for photo access or ordering a Coffee Table Book.

This website is available to you as parents of midshipmen. 



Our goal, or guarantee, is that we will take about 150,000 photographs during Plebe Summer. We can not guarantee that we will photograph any specific company, specific evolution, specific photograph at any specific evolution, or even any specific Plebe. We do our best. Our approach is a shotgun method. We photograph every company, Plebe, as much as we can, during each and every event.  

Our second goal is to photograph each company roughly the same number of times in order to be fair and equitable to all parents.

We ask that you do not make special requests to take more photographs of your Plebe or your Plebe's company. At the direction of the Academy we can not do this.



The Copyright to these photographs belongs to Thornton Studios. Included with your purchases of photo access is a waiver on the copyright for photographs of your son/daughter for your personal use only.

Violation of this Copyright will result in immediate deactivation (without any refund, full or partial) of that parent's access. There is a "reactivation fee" of $100.00 which may be charged at the discretion of Thornton Studios.


Refunds are available in the case of separation from the Academy, not for injuries, quarantine, etc. The refund for separation is prorated on the basis of the number of days your son/daughter was active during the summer divided by the 45 days of Plebe Summer.