Philip Thomas - headshot

About me

Originally from Chichester, England, UK (that’s about an hour south of London in case you’re wondering), I have lived in San Antonio since 2006, when I moved here to marry my best friend (a San Antonio native).

We have two little girls and life is a wee bit crazy these days. My girls think I’m really silly. Our 5-year-old thinks I’m just 8 years old, love soccer and that I stand over 8ft tall. She’s right about soccer or football as I still call it!

Before my move to America, I was a news photographer covering local stories and sports, managed a studio, and traveled the world in my 20s for several cruise lines including a transatlantic liner, the QE2.

A life long photographer, I spent an unhealthy amount of time in darkrooms developing rolls of film learning from amazing mentors. Over time, I’ve developed my craft heavily influenced by photojournalism.

When I arrived to the U.S.A, I continued my photographic career shooting model portfolios and head shots. Realizing this wasn’t the perfect fit I was looking for, I started shooting a few weddings and was hooked. Story telling was it.

Shooting around 20 weddings a year, I capture weddings in San Antonio, Houston, Austin, New York, L.A. and far flung destinations. I’m also a speaker and educator, available for wedding, street photography workshops and private mentoring sessions. Dates will be released in early 2017.

My inspiration comes from numerous photographers. But I suppose my heroes of sorts are Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Robert Doisneau, Don McCullin, Elliott Erwitt, Alex Webb and well, the founders of Magnum. My studio is stocked full of photographer books. This is my grounding of an ongoing education.

My Philosophy

Congratulations on your engagement and thank you for taking the time to view my work. I’m an Englishman in the Alamo city; a San Antonio wedding photographer capturing weddings in Texas. I’m also a Austin, Galveston and Houston wedding photographer. Increasingly, I photograph out of state weddings along the East and West Coast.

Primarily, I anticipate moments. I capture all the authentic in-between moments. My style is artistic and unobtrusive with a hands-off approach.  I use mostly available light with the emphasis on you and your loved ones. Weddings are a celebration, an emotional roller coaster and I’m there to capture it all. I want to hear your story. Let me tell it. Telling your story is my goal. I intertwine moments seeking out images that might not be obvious with a photojournalists nose for stories running beneath the surface of a wedding. Above all, your wedding day should be FUN!

The Way I Work

I’m not a conventional wedding photographer. All you have to do is peruse my multi-cultural galleries to see that.

Growing up in Europe, I was exposed to photography, art and museums at an early age. As a former newspaper photojournalist in England some 25 years ago, all my life I have studied photography. When I shoot your wedding day, I anticipate and capture unobtrusively. Forget about the latest wedding trends and photographic clichés. My work is defined by my love for what makes us human, EMOTION being just one of those traits that make a wedding day so powerful.

Geometry and composition in the frame without the subject being aware of the camera is what I look for in my viewfinder. I never shoot to a formula, do not direct or stage photos except for 15-20 minutes of group and couple photos, an integral part of your wedding day.

I capture the ‘LIFE’ of your wedding day including all the details, in moody monochrome and color. I love to photograph seemingly simple but complex images, all without prompting or directing you. I am a documentary wedding photographer. Voted one of the best San Antonio wedding photographers by The Knot and in Texas by Bridebox, I look forward to hearing from you. Check your date here.

The Way It Works

After meeting in person at my studio or via FaceTime/Skype and you decide I’m your San Antonio wedding photographer, the next step is to secure the wedding day. We do that with a retainer and agreement all of which can be completed online.

I show up on your wedding day in San Antonio or Houston, Texas with my Leica cameras ready to document the day. There are no set hours. I’m there from getting ready until the end. Once I’m back at my office, I back up your images and those backups are backed up. I then edit every single image. This will take some time to have ready, usually 4-6 weeks and uploaded to a password protected website where you can share with friends and family. They too can purchase prints from that point.

You will have a beautiful blend of images in monochrome and color, available to cherish forever.