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San Antonio wedding photographers

Hi there! I’m Philip, a San Antonio wedding photographer

I love the craft of photography! I’m a Brit from across the pond and a documentary wedding photographer based in San Antonio, Texas. My specialty as a wedding photojournalist is capturing stories with emotional depth and sincerity in a non-traditional approach, and avoiding wedding photography clichés.

I’m a former press photographer who has made San Antonio my home since 2006…I’m still holding on to my British accent for dear life! All jokes aside, I’m passionate about photography and love to fuel my passion with coffee 24/7 while balancing family life.

Wedding photojournalism is all about documenting moments without disrupting the natural course of events. As a wedding photojournalist, I observe and capture the magic unfolding. Photographing weddings is a creative journey. It’s instinctive rather than rational, and spontaneous rather than preconceived.

I am honored to have been voted one of the best San Antonio wedding photographers by The Knot for five years in a row. I also capture weddings in Houston, Austin, Los Angeles, New York, and other destinations. Start looking through the galleries below and I hope to hear from you!

Forget wedding clichés.

Authentic documentary weddings

Just gorgeous ‘in-between’ moments

Capturing the soul and feel of a wedding

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


Always Chasing the Light

I love capturing moments with the diminutive Leica Rangefinder cameras. The natural-looking images I produce are film-like or shot on film, which gives them a unique and moody quality, especially in black and white. The Leica is perfect for how I see the world- quiet, small, and unobtrusive. I draw inspiration from many sources, including masters of art, painters, photojournalists, street photographers, and documentary photographers. Henri Cartier-Bresson is a particular favorite of mine. Studying their work taught me more about my craft and how to tell stories with my photos.

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Unscripted in-between moments

I’m a San Antonio wedding photographer, but I also photograph in Texas and throughout the USA. I enjoy capturing the in-between moments, those raw and unscripted moments on your wedding day.

I also love working with geometry in my images. Those decisive moments and emotional resonance truly make the photos come alive.

WPJA Bride surrounded by friends and family in a prayer

Ignore me, pretty please

Of course, I’m more than happy to take the traditional group photos and portraits of the newlyweds, but they’re just a small part of the magic that happens on your special day.

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 the pictures will be better while you can enjoy the magic and intimacy of your special day. All I ask is for your trust. See my galleries here.

Finally, yes, I really am an ‘unobtrusive’ photographer, capturing the real, the authentic.


Texas wedding photographer

I am a photographer based in San Antonio, and I love capturing moments all across Texas. From the vibrant city of Austin to the bustling metropolis of Houston and the serene beauty of the Gulf Coast, I enjoy exploring all that this great state has to offer through my lens.

Houston Wedding Photographer

Check out my work in Houston, Texas.

134 Canyonwood Ridge Hindu Wedding Ceremony Reception Austin Leica photographer Philip Thomas Photography

Austin Wedding Photographer

Check out my work in Austin, Texas.

Destination Wedding

From New York to California, check out my weddings in the USA.

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Hotel Havana, San Antonio, Texas

Hotel Havana has to be one of my favorite San Antonio hotels to capture weddings. The hotel is like stepping into the tropical allure of the hotel’s Caribbean namesake.

Summer wedding in New York

056 The DeBruce Iin Livingston Manor wedding ceremony and reception in New York Leica photographer Philip Thomas Photography

Here’s a set of my favorite images from Judy and Alex’s wedding at The DeBruce in New York. The DeBruce is nestled in 600 acres of grounds along Willowemoc Creek and features hiking trails, ponds, and views of the Catskills mountains. I hope the pictures I took show just how breathtaking it is.

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July 2024 Favorite Image of the Month and Why

a father and daughters first dance in a wedding reception

 The joy of shooting in real time heightens my interest in capturing moments with soul and meaning and adds dimension to create unique images for the client. When shooting photos, I look for a few things, and I’ve listed them here.

How to become a successful wedding photographer

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Shooting weddings over the last eighteen years, I’ve learned a great deal. It’s a self-journey of discovery. I continue to learn the craft of photography. But really, it’s about growing as a human. Not about attainable wealth. That’s not what success is! It’s about the journey.