Hi! I’m Philip, an Englishman in San Antonio and a documentary wedding photographer.

Consistently voted one of the best San Antonio wedding photographers, your story is captured authentically. I'm not your typical wedding photographer.  

I avoid those wedding photo clichés and capture a wedding candidly as a wedding photojournalist. What is PJ? Wedding photojournalism is the recording of moments without deliberate interference by the photographer.

My love for photography runs deep — that and coffee 24/7 with my fast-paced family life. Available throughout the state of Texas, USA, and worldwide.

A jealous sibling stares down her sister in a pink room captured in San Antonio, Texas by photographer Philip Thomas
054 Ocho Hotel Havana Wedding Reception Leica wedding photographer Philip Thomas Photography

natural light photographer, 'unscripted' black and white and color images capturing your wedding day.

Two young ring bearers helping each other get ready San Antonio Wedding Photographer Philip Thomas Photography

I photograph 'life!'

Forget wedding photo clichés. This is wedding photojournalism.

San Antonio Bride steps onto limousine bus on her wedding day captured with a Leica M10 and summilux 35mm lens M0945 L1009744

My Style

My passion for photography goes back 30 years to when I was a teenager shooting film. Fast forward to today, I document weddings quietly in a documentary style known as wedding photojournalism. I'm everywhere, yet nowhere to be seen.

Bride walks down aisle with father at Don Strange Ranch wedding venue

I'm a self-described 'light-catcher' film and digital shooter, photographing on Leica M6s and M10 Rangefinders. The Leica's are quiet, small, and perfect for the way I see. I draw inspiration and knowledge by studying masters of art, painters, photojournalists, and documentary photographers.

Thrilled to see my pic win in the WPJA 2017 Tri-3 Contest - SEND OFF / DEPARTURE - 2nd Place - Photo By: Philip Thomas from San Antonio, Texas

I photograph a wedding day with my heart and passion for the craft. Almost everything I photograph on your wedding day is unscripted without the photographer's direction. I avoid wedding photography clichés. I'm hooked on decisive moments and emotional resonance. Sure, I'm delighted to take group photos and pictures of the two of you. They're integral to your special day, but they're pretty quick.

Emotional moment mom and daughter.WPJA and ISPWP images Philip Thomas

The cool thing is you can just be you, and I'll handle the rest. I believe in documenting your day as honestly as possible. In fact, please ignore me, as I prefer to observe and photograph your experience quietly. All I ask is for your trust.

Mother and grandmother of the bride help bride with her veil at The Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio Texas - WPJA Award winning image

"...Frankly, he’s probably among the best photojournalistic wedding photographers in the country" ~ Peerspace

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FILM: behind the scenes

29.4252° N, 98.4946° W - san antonio, texas, usa

Go behind-the-scenes with documentary

photographer Philip Thomas,

Discover how ignoring wedding cliches and an unobtrusive approach have defined his authentic wedding style.


A unique and candid style truly reflecting "the art of photography.

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