WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
WHAT IS YOUR STYLE?
I'm from Chichester in England and made the move to San Antonio, Texas in 2006. Why? I married a Texan. We both worked on a cruise ship in 2002 and starting dating.
I document weddings quietly in a documentary style known as wedding photojournalism, with authenticity as no staged photograph can. I anticipate images. You can IGNORE me. Yes, please. Tell your friends and family too. I much prefer it that way. After all, you don't want the cliche cheesy wedding images. I photograph your day as it unfolds without forcing direction and capture the life of your wedding as authentically as possible. I'll also click some creative pictures of the two of you and group photos, an integral part of the day
DO YOU HAVE A STUDIO?
WHEN DID YOU START IN PHOTOGRAPHY?
Yes. I have a cozy studio adjacent to our home. Appointments are by Zoom at this time.
I have been a full-time professional photographer since 1992, starting as a press photographer. I've been drawing since a kid, and then I picked up my first camera around 13 or 14 years old. I still sketch, but I do it with a camera. Good fortune has been in my life. I got a break working on a local newspaper shooting news stories, sports, and handshake pics, and I developed my craft. Most importantly, I had great mentors who taught me a lot! I then traveled the world for ten years before meeting my wife, who hails from Texas.
ME AND MY FIANCÉ ARE UNCOMFORTABLE HAVING OUR PICTURES TAKEN. HOW CAN YOU HELP US DURING THE WEDDING ?
WHAT CAMERA GEAR DO YOU USE?
I'm a film and digital photographer. I photograph with Leica M Rangefinders. I use an M6 and M3 for the film, and for digital, a couple of M10s. The Leicas is steeped in cultural history; these cameras are entirely manual, quiet, and unobtrusive. I also love using a medium format Mamiya RZ67 film camera for landscapes and portraits.
Well that's how I feel too. Seriously. I'm a very calm, mellow person (some even say I'm funny) who tends to blend into the scene rather than bring attention to myself. I have this British accent which helps, apparently. 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 the family group photo and the creative portraits. You can just be you, and I will take care of the rest.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BOOK YOU FOR OUR WEDDING?
SHOULD I GIVE YOU A SHOT LIST?
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. If I have one of those detailed shot lists from the internet that your photographer must cover, then I really cannot focus on delivering what you hired me for in the first place.
A $1500 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. You really should check my availability. It will save your valuable time.
HOW MANY IMAGES DO YOU SHOOT?
DO YOU SHOOT INTERNATIONALLY?
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.
Yes. I photograph Texas statewide, all over North America and Europe, passport ready. I love shooting in my home base of San Antonio, Texas. 50% of my weddings are in Houston, Austin, Dallas, and the Texas Gulf. My recent weddings were in New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, Santa Fe and California.
DO WE GET A CHOICE OF BLACK AND WHITE OR COLOR?
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.
I deliver about 60% in color and 40% in black and white. Brides trust me to choose according to my artistic interpretation at the point of capture. Photos in black and white cannot be converted into color as they're captured with cameras that only record black and white. I take great care over the final file and prints delivered to you.
DO YOU HAVE A LIST OF YOUR FAVORITE VENDORS?
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. I have many photographers I enjoy reading about and if you come to my studio you'll see a huge stack of books. Right now, I'm reading and learning about Eve Arnold (you know, the one who became friends and photographed Marilyn Monroe). Books are my number one source of inspiration.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RECEIVE MY ALBUM?
WHAT ALBUMS DO YOU USE?
Delivery will depend on how long you take to order. I personally custom designs the album layouts. All albums designs and online 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 handcrafted in Alba, Italy. Your custom designed album will be one of a kind and well worth the wait.
Beautiful Italian made GraphiStudio. I include books in all custom packages. Oh and they're made in Italy. Yes, Italy!
WHAT ABOUT ENGAGEMENT OR BRIDAL SESSIONS?
HOW DO WE KNOW IT WILL BE YOU WHO SHOOTS OUR WEDDING?
Higher end packages include a bridal or engagement session. Or you simply add an engagement session a la carte. If you don't want a bridal or engagement shoot, that's fine too. I custom design packages.
I personally shoot all of my weddings, most with an experienced second shooter. I also shoot small weddings solo (50-75 guests) for a reduced fee.
DO YOU HAVE LIABILITY INSURANCE?
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
CAN I HAVE THE RAW FILES (NEGATIVES UNEDITED)?
I do not release RAW files. What you will receive are a blend of black and white and color images, beautifully edited jpeg files, along with a printing release. The release gives you full ability to print the photographs whenever and wherever you would like.
I take your privacy seriously. I do not sell or redistribute your information to anyone, ever. I occasionally send out newsletters or promotional emails to our couples and to those who register to view their online galleries.
CAN WE RECEIVE THE OUTTAKES?
During my editing process I remove and delete images that do not meet my standards for delivery. This can be anything from tests shots, repetitive images, shots where I unintentional overexpose or underexpose, etc. I deliver all of the images that don’t fall into those undeliverable categories. The outtakes are not archived, so they are not available.
HOW DO ARRANGE TRAVEL?
DO YOU ALSO PROVIDE VIDEO SERVICES?
I book all my travel like airfare and hotels if needed. If I shoot in San Antonio, or the Austin area there are no travel fees. If I shoot in Houston or the Gulf Coast area, then there's a $500 travel fee. If it's beyond that, there's an air fare, two nights hotel stay and perhaps a car rental to be added. And for international weddings, well, probably 3 nights.
No, only photography. I have a list of referrals in the info menu.
• 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. LIABILITY. 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 control 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 session 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.