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San Antonio wedding photographer Philip Thomas captures bridesmaids and bride striding in unison to ceremony

WEDDING PHOTOJOURNALIST IN SAN ANTONIO

Modern documentary weddings

No wedding clichés, just timeless moments.  Wedding photojournalism, put succinctly, is the documentation of moments without deliberate interference by the photographer. A wedding photojournalist is an observer.
San Antonio wedding photography by Philip Thomas captures sisterly love. Well, most of the time! Photographed by San Antonio based wedding photographer, Philip Thomas
Leica Photographer Philip Thomas

Hi! I'm Philip, an Englishman in San Antonio, Texas.

I love my job! If you like what you see, reach out! 

I have a cool English accent; I’m dashing and handsome – so my wife says. Seriously though, I love the craft of photography. I’m a former news photographer and a San Antonio based wedding photographer capturing weddings also in Austin and Houston, from a fly on the wall perspective. You’ll not notice me. My photos are candid and delightfully artistic with a splash of color and monochrome. I avoid those wedding picture clichés.

I’m fortunate to have collected over 80 international wedding awards with Fearless, WPJA, Photographers Keeping It Real, ISPWP, and This is Reportage. I shoot a blend of digital and film on Leica M Rangefinders and medium format Mamiya RZ67 film cameras. The Leica’s are quiet, small and unobtrusive cameras, perfect for my way of working. 

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

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Philip Thomas on location at Menger Hotel, San Antonio

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How I work

If you’re searching for a wedding photographer specializing in a documentary, fly on the wall approach, then you may have found the one for you. I’m a San Antonio photographer specializing in wedding photojournalism and a former news photographer hailing from the UK, living in San Antonio, Texas

The really cool thing is you can just be you, and we will handle the rest. I believe in documenting your day as honestly as possible. I hope you ignore us. I prefer to observe and photograph your experience quietly. Of course, I’m happy to help you direct some group photos and pics of the two of you. All I ask is for your trust that we will capture all the moments organically. After all, it’s not my day. It’s yours—your story.

I met my wife, from The Alamo City, on a cruise ship in 2002. We both were employed on board and started dating. We dated on land, crossing The Atlantic many times, visiting each other’s country, lots of Skyping, and miraculously, somehow, it all worked out. We tied the knot at Chapel Dulcinea, just outside Austin 2006. We live just south of the Hill Country, San Antonio, Texas.

I have over almost thirty years of professional photography experience and an interest in the arts since I was 13 years old. I drew and painted in an endless supply of joy and sketchbooks. I picked up my first serious camera when I was 15 and stayed hooked.

I believe photography is a unique medium. Wedding photojournalism is comparable to how other forms of photography capture. The following descriptions of my work also describe my particular way of thinking and are often described as documentary wedding photography or reportage wedding photography. I capture the fleeting and instant moments of life using dynamic symmetry, diagonals within my frame. In essence, dynamic symmetry, or more precisely, the Gestalt psychology principles, creating an atmosphere of balance, harmony, simplicity, and unity. When these all come together in a click of a button, I know I have captured exactly that ‘fleeting moment’ and geometric composition. 

Typically, a precisely timed, one-off shot, not a repeatable moment on a wedding day or any other day. These ‘wedding life’ captures are unobtrusive and candid moments, without direction from me, your photographer.

Shoot me up an email if you like what you see in my galleries. You can also check my availability for your wedding date. Thanks for reading!

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Couple embrace in beautiful low light at Barr Mansion, Austin Texas

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Hannah and Rob tied the knot at Barr Mansion in Austin, Texas. The couple, who live in Los Angeles, California, met five years ago at a birthday party, and it took several tries before they finally dated....

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Minta and Philip hug each other before their wedding day unfolds at The Grand Texana in Texas
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Philip was our ideal photographer - he was unobtrusive, but everywhere, and took the most gorgeous photographs and so many other moments we're so happy we're going to be able to look back on for the rest of our lives. We're so so so glad we picked Philip! - Minta + Philip

Father of the bride breaks into a cry and raises his hands to his mouth to hide emotion at JW Marriott in Houston Texas
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Philip is an amazing photographer! Not only did he deliver beautiful photos, he put myself and my husband at ease during our rehearsal and wedding. For my husband who doesn't like having his picture taken, Philip 'blended in' with the crowd which helped my husband be more relaxed and look great in photos. I would highly recommend Philip as your wedding photographer!!! - Megan

Newlyweds Stephanie and Justin at 24-Bridal-Oaks-Wedding-Events-Cypress-Texas-San-Antonio-Leica-Wedding-Photographer-Philip-Thomas
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Wow!! Philip was amazing! I’m so happy we went with him to capture our special day. He was very professional and always got back to us quickly if we had a question. The photo albums turned out amazing. He might not be the cheapest, but he is worth every penny. - Stephanie + Justin

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