Thomas C. Krieger, an award-winning photographer who specialized in portraits and pictures of such family events as weddings and bar mitzvah parties, died Saturday at the age of 40.
He was taken ill that day while working at his studio on Sayward Avenue in the Towson area, about a month after a brain tumor had been diagnosed.
A mass of Christian burial for Mr. Krieger, who lived on Providence Road, will be offered at 9 a.m. tomorrow at St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church, Loch Raven Boulevard and Woodbourne Avenue.
He operated his own photography business for about 20 years. Earlier, he worked briefly for another photographer, Frank Galeone.
In 1989 and 1990, the Professional Photographers of America named him one of three "bride's choice" photographers. The Maryland Professional Photographers Association named him "wedding photographer of the year" in 1989.
The national group also designated him as a "master of photography" and a "photographic craftsman," certified him as a professional and cited him for his service to professional photography.
He had been both president and chairman of the board of the state association.
The native of Baltimore and graduate of Cardinal Gibbons High School and Towson State University taught at various times at St. Philip Neri, Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. Matthew's parish schools. At St. Matthew's, he taught a course in photography as well as elementary school courses before leaving a teaching career for full-time photography in the mid-1970s.
He lectured to photography groups and schools, using costumes, props and humor in presentations that stressed his love of photography.
An Orioles fan, Mr. Krieger played left field in the team's Dream Week program in Florida last spring.
He is survived by his wife, the former Debra Lee; a son, Scott Thomas Krieger of Towson; two daughters, Sarah Kathleen Krieger and Rachel Dennin Krieger, both of Towson; his parents, Charles and Virginia Krieger of Linthicum; four brothers, James, Robert, Donald and John Krieger, and a sister, Catherine Krieger, all of the Baltimore area.