Frequent Questions

“When did you start in photography?”

I’m a photographer who has shot over 500 weddings. I started professional in 1992 getting my break on a local newspaper shooting news stories and sports. I traveled the world for 10 years before meeting my wife who hails from San Antonio, Texas. This Brit settled in Texas 2006.


“What’s your style?”

I anticipate images. I’m a super discreet and a storytelling documentary photographer. I photograph your day as it unfolds without forcing direction and capture the life of your wedding as authentically as possible. I capture some creative pictures of the two of you and group photos, an integral part of the day.


“How do arrange travel?”

I book all my travel like airfare and hotels if needed.


“Me and my fiancé are uncomfortable having our pictures taken. How can you help us during the wedding ?”

I’m a very calm, mellow person who tends to blend into the scene rather than bring attention to myself. In fact, my choice of camera is the Leica, a small non-intimidating camera that suits me best. That, combined with my documentary style, will have you both used to me within the 30 minutes of getting-ready time. The only time you’ll really be aware of the cameras is during the family group photo and the creative portraits. You can just be you, and I will take care of the rest.


“What camera gear do you use?

I keep things simple. Top of the line tools of use are the Leica Rangefinder M9 and two M240’s for discreet and unobtrusive work. Lenses used are fast Leica 35mm f1.4 Summilux and Noctilux f0.95 among other prime lenses.


“Should I give you a shot list?”

Upon request, I can send you a full wedding to look at. You will see that I’m very thorough and I cover the wedding day including all the decor and details as I find them. There is no need to provide a shot list. The only list that I might need is a list of the family group shots.


“What do I need to book you for our wedding?”

A $2000 retainer toward your final balance and a signed contract will secure your date. All bookings are on a first come, first served basis. I book up to two years in advance.


“How far will you travel to shoot a wedding?”

I now photograph all over North America and Europe. British passport ready. My home base is San Antonio, Texas and half my weddings are in Houston or the Texas Gulf Coast. I have recently phootgraphed weddings in New York, Washington DC, Santa Fe, Los Angeles.


“How many images do you shoot?”

It varies with every wedding that I shoot so there is no set answer. I’m not a ‘machine gunner’ hoping to get lucky shots. I think, anticipate and react to moments ensuring great images every time. ‘Less is more’. Quality over quantity.


“Do we get a choice of Black and White or color?”

I capture everything digitally using state of the art technology. Brides trust me to choose according to my artistic interpretation at the point of capture. It’s a blend of color and black and white and great care is taken over the final prints.


“What is your inspiration for your work?

My hero of sorts is a French photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson. He is considered the master of candid photography and was one of the early pioneers of street photography. It’s his particular early work that I’m drawn to. Cartier-Bresson was uniquely talented at capturing decisive moments using geometry, composition, form and balance in his images.


“What albums do you use?”

Beautiful Italian made GraphiStudio. I include books in all custom packages.


“When must I choose the album design?”

Aim to have your final approval within 60 days of the first release date as the whole process can otherwise get delayed with other clients weddings. This way I can give you the full attention you deserve.


“How long will it take to receive my album?”

Delivery will depend on how long you take to order. I personally custom designs the album layouts. All albums designs and on-line proofing are available for ninety days once they have been released to you. You’re allowed up to three free design changes. Generally, it can take up to four weeks once the design is approved by you as the books are hand crafted in Alba, Italy. Your custom designed album will be one of a kind and well worth the wait.


“How do we know it will be you who shoots our wedding?”

I personally shoot all of my weddings, most with a experienced second shooter.


“What about engagement or bridal sessions?”

Higher end packages include a bridal or engagement session. Top packages include both. If you don’t want a bridal or engagement shoot, that’s fine too.I custom design packages.


“Do you employ second shooters on the day?”

I personally shoot all of my weddings and most of the time with a second experienced shooter. No outsourcing here.


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“What about formals?”

Yes, I capture formals. These straight forward photos are an integral part of your day. However, my aim is to keep the formals to a short list. I want you to go ahead and have a good time at the reception so I can continue to get amazing shots of the two of you. Keep in mind why you’re hiring a documentary photographer.


“Privacy Policy”

I take your privacy seriously. I do not sell or redistribute your information to anyone, ever. I occasionally send out newsletters or promotional e-mails to our couples and to those who register to view their online galleries.

“Refund Policy”

I’ve have never had an unhappy bride, let alone a request for a refund, but the lawyers want this posted on our website in addition to being in the contract signed at booking. We go above and beyond to ensure that you will be thrilled and that you never have to think to ask about our refund policy. Don’t take my word for it though, read some of the independent client reviews we’ve received. With that being said, here is a message from legal:
Philip Thomas Photography, LLC (STUDIO) and its photographers specialize in artistic, photojournalistic wedding photography. Due to the nature of event photography, STUDIO does not guarantee any specific image will be captured.
CANCELLATION. Should the CLIENT cancel the reservation of the Wedding Date or cancel or breach this agreement, the STUDIO shall retain all deposits and fees paid up until the reservation is cancelled. The STUDIO reserves the right to hire a qualified subcontractor(s) to fulfill its obligations under this Agreement. In the event of an emergency rendering the STUDIO incapable of carrying out its obligations, the STUDIO will endeavor to obtain the services of a qualified and competent substitute. Should the Studio be unable to obtain a substitute, all deposits shall be refunded to the CLIENT as the CLIENT’S sole remedy. If the CLIENT cancels or postpones the original assignment date, if the STUDIO is available on the new date, the STUDIO reserves the right to issue a new contract and charge the most up to date pricing. The pricing provided on this agreement applies only to this agreement for the dates specified.
LIABILTY. The CLIENT has hired the STUDIO for its expertise in providing wedding photography and the CLIENT acknowledges that photography is an art. Accordingly, the CLIENT defers to the Studio in determining the best way to document the wedding. The STUDIO shall not be liable for omissions caused by failure of the CLIENT to maintain all agreed sched¬ules or caused by delays due to inaccurate information provided by the CLIENT. The STUDIO shall not be liable for failures or faults in the manufacture or processing of materials or other causes that may reasonably be deemed beyond the con¬trol of the STUDIO. In the event such circumstances prevent the STUDIO from performing its obligations or delivering the agreed product or service, the CLIENT’S sole remedy shall be the refund of any deposits, as a Limitation on Damages as set forth in paragraph 19. Omissions or failure to produce specific images that may be discussed or proposed at a planning ses¬sion shall not constitute a breach of this agreement and/or shall not result in a refund or other compensation to the CLIENT by the Studio.