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

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 the dance floor, be it the DJ’s LED’s where I have to shoot into them to avoid the odd colors cast on…

Decisive moment – Image of the week 11 – Philip Thomas
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Decisive moment – Image of the week 11 – Philip Thomas

I love what I do for a living. For over 25 years, I’ve been fascinated with the ‘Decisive Moment.’ My style of photography is primarily based on this concept and what I look for to tell a story in one image. The ‘Decisive Moment’ is the idea that Henri Cartier-Bresson spoke of when all the…

Layering images – Image of the week 10
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Layering images – Image of the week 10

This weeks it’s all about layering! Stuck inside during COVID-19 lockdown, I thought I would have so much time to shoot mini-projects. But in reality, I’ve been busier juggling kids, online school, cooking, and everyday household chores; time is getting away from me. Plus, um, making those homemade Old Fashioned’s. Yum! Actually, no, I don’t…

Image Of The Week 9 -Finding Reflections – Philip Thomas Photography
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Image Of The Week 9 -Finding Reflections – Philip Thomas Photography

This week’s picture of the week shows the reflection of the couple’s first dance through the Skyroom’s glass and downtown San Antonio’s. What’s great about editing images for a couple, like this week for Loran and Andrew, is coming across a picture I missed kinda the first time. Perhaps I didn’t’ recognize why I liked…

Image of the Week 8 – What is wedding photojournalism?
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Image of the Week 8 – What is wedding photojournalism?

I missed the last week with my postings due a crazy one of editing, but now I can get back to posting my thoughts about my work and why I think specific images work. Weddings are full of emotion. There’s excitement, tears, laughter. There’s highs, lows, and humor! All in one day. My work is…

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

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 often impossible, and once noticed, I’ll spin the other way, pretending to photograph something else,…

Image Of The Week 6 – Working with shapes in photography
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Image Of The Week 6 – Working with shapes in photography

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 to frame her in the reflection. In this instance, the composition works. Weddings are very fluid, and if a composed scene doesn’t, I move…

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

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, you can not help carry the emotion with you on and after a shoot, and it’s easy to let emotion interfere with…

Image of the week 3 – Juxtapositions
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Image of the week 3 – Juxtapositions

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, many weddings are inside at this time of the year, which forces me to push harder to find exciting juxtapositions and…

Image of the week 2 – what is wedding photojournalism?
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Image of the week 2 – what is wedding photojournalism?

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. For more on my thoughts about wedding photojournalism or reportage go here. Weddings are, of course, highly charged…

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

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 celebration of that and new for 2020, I’ll be posting a favorite image each week…