Terence Ford is a Chicago native. He briefly worked as an actor at The Second City before attending the London Film School where he discovered his passion for media production and documentary photography.
Terence worked for 20 plus years in commercial photography and the film industry in Los Angeles, and is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild. He eventually settled in St. Helena in the Napa Valley where he focused on commercial photography for many of the prominent wineries there, including Robert Mondavi Winery, Shafer Vineyards, Opus One and Joseph Phelps Vineyards.
Other clients included Calistoga Ranch and Auberge du Soleil resorts as well as the national publications The Wine Spectator and Architectural Digest.
In 2009 Terence was invited to present a digital photography program to the post 9/11 trauma-wounded veterans at The Pathway Home, a residential treatment facility in Yountville, California.
Then, in 2012, Lt Col. James Fullwood invited Terence to present his program, fStop Warrior Project, at the Wounded Warrior Battalion West onboard Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton. The program’s digital photography lab was embedded in the Battalion’s Alpha Company Bachelor Enlisted Quarters for over three years, eventually presenting the fStop program to over 150 wounded marines and sailors.
Terence has since created the fStop Foundation, which presents digital photography instruction to veterans and first responders in a restorative setting at the Santa Barbara City College, at the Wake Campus.
In January 2021, Terence created and helped produce the Discovery Channel’s series Cal Fire profiling the California agency’s struggle to contain the near constant wildfire in California in 2020.