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Famed photographer Thaddeus McAdams has earned his stripes in more ways than one. After
fighting for the country for 8 years in the military, the Atlanta native received a medical
discharge, and found himself back home with some time on his hands and some money to
burn. Poker became the hobby of choice, but little did he know, it would open the doors to a
career in photography that would soon create a demand for his work from all of the biggest
names and brands in the business.
The self-taught photographer to the stars got into the art after a big win at a poker night in the
late 00s. One of his opponents was upset that he’d lost and wanted to continue playing, but
with his money gone, the only thing he could wager was a film camera and a ring. That was all
Thaddeus needed to spark the fire.
After traveling with a friend to New York to take pictures, Thaddeus returned to Atlanta and
pitched the photos to local publications. Grip Magazine ended up giving him his first platform to
showcase what he could do. From there, he met rapper Jeezy’s manager, Twin, who invited him
out to Jeezy’s album release party. The struggle of reloading the film in the dark club that night
brought Thaddeus to the store the next morning, and with his newest DSLR cam in tow, he
completed a full weekend of celebrity events, and solidified his spot as the go-to photographer
for night life in his city.
Eventually, Ozone Magazine owner Julia Beverly caught wind of the skilled photographer, and
began paying Thaddeus to cover events for her magazine. Seeing how far he could go with his
photography, he created his company, Exclusive Access, and began traveling back and forth to
Miami to expand his reach. After he took a leap of faith and moved to Miami to continue to
grow his photography career, he hasn’t looked back since.
Over the years, Thaddeus has shot the biggest names in entertainment, from Jay Z and Beyoncé
to all of the Kardashians, Rick Ross, Diddy, Lil Wayne, Bon Jovi, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and many,
many more. His work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Forbes, Billboard and other top
publications, and he’s frequently asked to cover events from companies among the likes of
Pepsi, Jordan Brand, TIDAL, the City of Miami, MTV, the NFL and more.
“Im just trying to create something better than I did yesterday,” Thaddeus says of his passion.
“A lot of photographers are just running around trying to take pictures; I want to create
pictures. I want people to be looking at my work and feel something.”
Whether it’s a corporate event, club party, sporting event, concert or even editorial work,
Thaddeus McAdams can take your vision to the next level.

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