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Bride silhouetted with dressing hanging with bridesmaids watching

Getting dressed for a wedding

June 4, 2021 / Wedding Photojournalism

The bride getting dressed for a wedding. Here's a showcase of my favorite images. For me, always one of the most anticipated parts of the wedding day. After months of searching for the perfect dress,...

A proud mother of the bride observes her daughter getting ready on her wedding day St Anthony Hotel

This weeks favorite 6 images – February 10, 2021

February 10, 2021 / For brides

Starting today and just for the sheer love of the craft, a new weekly blog post, a favorite selection of six photos and what I like about them. My style is mostly as a wedding photojournalist&nb...

Modern documentary wedding photographer Philip Thomas serves San Antonio and beyond - WPJA 2020 v1 winner

Favorite wedding images from 2020

January 5, 2021 / For brides

2020 favorite wedding images. Every wedding I photograph is precious and distinctive in so many different ways. Here are some of my favorite pictures from my couple's beautiful wedding days. ...

Closed-spandrel arch bridge over San Antonio River ridge over Riverwalk Downtown Christmas Holidays Engagement Shoot in San Antonio Texas-Leica photographer-Philip Thomas Photography- Built 1938-40 as part of a massive undertaking by the city of San Antonio and the W.P.A. to preserve the San Antonio River as it winds through downtown San Antonio.

Engagement Session – Downtown San Antonio at Christmas – Arsy + Felix

December 21, 2020 / Downtown Engagement

Arsahy and Felix's engagement session captured during the Holiday festivities downtown San Antonio along the riverwalk. They're a good looking and fun couple.

WPJA 2020 v1 winner

WPJA 2020 Photo Competition | Philip Thomas

October 6, 2020 / Wedding photography

The latest WPJA 2020 results are in and I'm so fortunate to win three award winning images. I'm thrilled to share these with you. You can see more on my award winning gallery. From the WPJA site: ...

Loran and bridesmaids in a decisive moment at St Anthony Hotel San Antonio Texas -0386-L1003507

Decisive moment – Image of the week 11 – Philip Thomas

May 9, 2020 / Image of the week

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 i...

I love images that look seemingly simple, and yet this shot was challenging to capture. The focus is on Alison, our beautiful bride, and her father during their joyous first dance. But I’m always looking for more, and I love multi-layering my images and tell the story in the most profound way possible. The challenge is to capture these moments in real-time with interactions from the photographer. If I can do this in one shot, then this is a good example. My back was up against the reception wall when capturing these. At first, the flower girls noticed me but eventually placed their attention back toward the subjects.

Layering images – Image of the week 10

April 24, 2020 / Image of the week

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 schoo...


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

April 8, 2020 / Image of the week

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 ...

San Antonio bride drinking gin on bus after tying the knot on a winter's day

Image of the Week 8 – What is wedding photojournalism?

March 22, 2020 / Image of the week

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....

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...