Tom Borges on Being an Entrepreneur and Photographer

H sat down with Tom Borges, a Wisconsin-based photographer and entrepreneur, and talked about his journey as a photographer and how it conflated with his love for entrepreneurship and vintage clothing.

It was 2012 when he first started shooting photos, with a Minolta Hi-Matic AF2 that he had found at and purchased from a St. Vincent De Paul in Madison, Wisconsin.

When he was younger, he would go with his mom and his grandma to a bunch of thrift stores, Goodwills, and flea markets. He would find things that he liked, but wouldn’t personally get any use out of, and decided that maybe someone else would get good use out of it.

He says that when you’re involved with clothing, you’re more inclined to and subjected to notice small details about things. For him, as a vintage clothing seller and collector, he has a process to the way he does things. When he takes photos of the clothing, he knows how to get all the details in there so that they accurately represent the piece he’s selling. That’s where his love for photography comes in.

As long as you’re doing what you love (like passion projects), Tom believes that it will keep you fresh, willing to try new things, and will keep you from burning out.