British photographer Philip is based out of San Antonio, Texas and is available for local and destination weddings. Philip has been married to Marcie since 2006 and have two beautiful little girls.
Photography is Philip's passion and part of his life for over twenty years. Continually honing his skills and craft, Philip Thomas grew up in Chichester, Sussex. In 1991 he had his first step on the ladder as a local news photographer and developing and printing his work. Philip also traveled and worked around the world on luxury cruise lines like the Queen Elizabeth II before settling down in San Antonio, Texas. There he photographed actors and models before pursuing weddings full time.
Photographers that have shaped and influenced his life include Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and Steve McCurry.
What motivates Philip is the art of anticipation, capturing those unique and special moments throughout the day. Philip works unobtrusively with a strong emphasis on use of geometry, light and shadow throughout his work.. Most importantly the couple can have FUN!
Award Winning Photos
The Wedding Photojournalist Association proudly recognizes the accomplishments and creative excellence of Philip. The following awards have been earned by Philip from the WPJA. These achievements come with great merit considering the high level of competition that a member faces in the contests.
Nice seeing of shadows during a toast.
This is a great moment where the girls are imitating the bride. Great timing and great angle for the full effect. Photographer managed the tough lighting very well.
Photographer's CommentThis click was photographed at the famous San Jose Missions just south of San Antonio, Texas. I was documenting the father and bride as they waited for the ceremony to start. Everyone was inside and this was the brides brothers hand. Part of a sequence, this was the best intriguing shot and typical of my humor. I anticipated the moment and was sprinting up to the door to get this shot just before he poked his head out again.
The hand curled in anticipation adds interest to this graphic photo. We can’t wait for the doors to swing open and give us a peak to what is happening inside.
Photographer's CommentI love scene shots and even more when I can layer the compositions. I had already scoped this shot out prior to the ceremony. Shot from the same room the bride was getting ready and photographed with the sublime Leica M9 and a 35mm summilux. I wanted the balance to be just right so I kept the bride in the bottom right corner of the frame.
Photographer's CommentCaptured with the Leica M9 and a summilux 35mm. I love to capture emotive subjects and of-course weddings are no exception. This is the brides niece and one of my favorite shots from 2012.
Photographer's CommentEverything seemed to come together at the right moment and I'm very proud of this click. Shot with a Leica M9 just after sunset. the girls twirl and how the boys legs are also crossed just seems to work.
This is a very funny image but what I really like is that the photographer captured the man hoisting the baby in the air for a better view as if the baby had any idea what was going on!! Totally adds another dimension to the image. Shooting this wide was the best way to handle the emotion.,
Photographer's CommentLiterally the last shot of the wedding reception.
Great light, great use of color and highlights the beauty of the bride’s gown on the dance floor.
This is a nice moment during the ceremony. The officiant doesn’t have to have his face seen - his hand is fine. I like the ring bearer and flower girl to the side.
I like how everyone is involved in this photo, the couple and everyone standing around then. The hands in the air, the petals and the colors make it fun.
While my choice for first in this category stood out because it beautifully captures a moment between two people, this image does well to place the happy couple in the company of their guests. The choice of framing was intentional, and was the best choice for bringing everyone into the image while still allowing the bridal couple to be the center of attention.
In a truly touching shot, a mother and bride stand cheek to cheek. Looking towards each other, with their eyes closed, you can almost picture them swaying back and forth. While the wedding reception swirls around them, the bride and her mother seem completely isolated in their own world for a moment. Well crafted to show the environs but not to lose the importance of the emotion shared between the two.
The joy captured on this boy's face exudes radiance. His young face is a wonderful contrast to older gentlemen musicians. A very dynamic composition. The boy's head is placed nicely between the guitars. And the inclusion of the hand and the guitar on the right adds context nicely.
I wish there was a little bit cropped off the top of this frame, but I really like the layering of the two dogs and the simple expressions on the bride and women trying to help her with her veil as the one dog jumps up for attention. All nicely framed the door.
I like the composition of this photo with the man encircled by a group of people. It makes me wonder if he's the groom's father and he's just thrilled to have the bride joining the family. He's clearly happy with the day's events and addition to the family.
The following letters are from the clients of Philip Thomas.
Married: 6 years ago
Britney and Chase
I just wanted to give you a Huge THANK YOU!! It has been a pleasure working with you along this wonderful journey. I couldn't be happier with the way everything has turned out! Your talent is truly amazing.
Married: 4 years ago
Marcela & Rishi
What can we say...thank you so very much for sharing your art and your passion with us during our wedding weekend! Your photos capture the essence of the weekend-the joy, the fun, the passion, the love-you got it all. We can't wait to see "the book" and we can't want to work with you again. Thanks again!