Philip Thomas on location at Menger Hotel, San Antonio


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

Photographing kids at weddings - Little girl at wedding reception breathes smoked ice at a bar station at Bridal Oaks Weddings and Events Houston Texas

Image of the week 7 – Kids at weddings and shenanigans – Philip Thomas

February 29, 2020 / Image of the week

This photo is one of my favorites, and features in a year-end blog post. Working with kids at weddings is fun, but the last thing I want is for them to be aware of my camera. Of course, this is o...

Bride gets ready in reflection of a room mirror at La Cantera Resort Wedding Photography Philip Thomas

Image Of The Week 6 – Working with shapes in photography

February 20, 2020 / Image of the week

Here's an image captured a few years ago for Alex and Kristina. As the bride dressed, I noticed these beautiful photographs of cowboys riding horses and couldn't help myself using the shapes...


Image Of The Week 5 – ‘What do we have here?’ Henri Cartier-Bresson

February 13, 2020 / Image of the week

Today's Thursday, which means it's time for a picture of the week. I try to give myself a couple of weeks before blogging a wedding to desensitize from the wedding day. As a photographer, yo...

Crystal Ballroom reception Newly-married-couple-north-boulveard-Houston-Texas-Leica-photographer-Philip-Thomas-Photography

Wedding at Church of St Michael | Reception Crystal Ballroom at the Rice | Rachel + Michael

February 12, 2020 / Houston Weddings

Shadow on wall shows clinking of glasses and the couples at The Houstonian during cake cutting - a WPJA award winning images

image-of-the-week-4 – play with shadows and silhouettes

February 7, 2020 / Image of the week

In this week's image of the week, I love shooting indoor weddings. I use available light, working with shadow and light. It's always a rewarding challenge to use whatever light is spilling onto t...

An interesting juxtaposition as the wedded couple practice first dance and chairs are pushed out of the ceremony to the reception ballroom

Image of the week 3 – Juxtapositions

January 30, 2020 / Image of the week

I love winter weddings for their low light. Thankfully, here in south Texas, we have a few weeks of cold weather, sometimes we will get ice and every ten years, maybe some snow. Nevertheless, man...

Couple Debra and Ryan on hotel balcony at Westin Riverwalk Hotel Jewish Wedding Ceremony Reception San Antonio Texas-Philip Thomas Photography

Westin Riverwalk Hotel | Wedding + Reception | Debra + Ryan

January 29, 2020 / Jewish Weddings

Debra and Ryan met in high school, became friends, started dating at UT, and have been together ever since. So, here we are, over ten years after their first date celebrating their wild and magnifice...

Wedding photojournalism - Father of the brides gets emotional The JW Marriott Downtown Houston bride and groom get ready -Philip Thomas Photography

Image of the week 2 – what is wedding photojournalism?

January 23, 2020 / Image of the week

This week's picture of the week features the father of the bride as he sees his daughter for the first time in her wedding dress. Captured at the JW in Houston, I live for moments like these. Wed...

Joyous reaction as bride is surrounded by family and friends

Image of the week 1 – The wonderful world of the Leica Rangefinder

January 15, 2020 / Image of the week

First, I'd like to write a very Happy New Year to all my readers of this blog. Today's the day, 15 years ago, I arrived in the U.S.A to join my wife and live in San Antonio, Texas. So, in cel...

Beautiful engaged couple Arsenal Bridge over the San Antonio river kiss

Arsenal Bridge San Antonio | Engagement Session | Andrea + Michael

January 14, 2020 / Engagements

Michael popped the question to Andrea on Arsenal Bridge in San Antonio, so we returned there for their engagement session. The bridge built 90 years ago is impressive and crosses the San Antonio Rive...