About this Vendor
Capturing 'life', not boring stuffy images
Looking for something different? Photography has been my passion and dream. As a full-time photographer, I photograph weddings for couples who want their wedding shot in a unique and hands-off approach. With a photojournalists nose for stories running beneath the surface of a wedding, I intertwine moments seeking out images that might not be obvious. My style is artistic and unobtrusive. I use mostly available light with the emphasis on you and your loved ones, anticipating and capturing all the authentic in-between moments. Weddings are a celebration, an emotional roller coaster and I’m there to document it all.
Artistic, Classic, Documentary, Modern
Bridal Portraits, Engagement
After Party, Rehearsals + Parties, Wedding
Destination Wedding Packages, Destination Weddings, Digital Files, Film Photography, Online Proofing, Photo, Printed Enlargements, Printed Proofs, Second Shooter Available, Social Media Sharing, Wedding Albums, Photo + Video
Philip was beyond incredible to work with. From his arrival he made us feel at ease and is a wonderful professional and person. It is immediately apparent he not only has a passion for his career, but is also truly skilled at what he does. The vision he was able to create and document on our wedding day is exactly what we were looking for. I am so thankful for the memories he captured for us - we have been able to relive our wedding day through his work! Thank you, Philip!
If you are looking for the most genuine, raw taking photographer Philip is your guy. My husband and I searched for over a year till we came across his website. As soon as I started to tear up my husband knew this was the photographer for us. On our wedding day everyone feel in love with his passion behind the camera. We knew the pictures were going to be amazing but we didn't expect what he captured. The pictures are the most beautiful moments I have ever seen, and I'm not just saying that because I'm the bride:). It was the best day of our lives and we had the perfect person to capture those special moments. He is not your typical stand here stand there photographer. You don't even see him, and I promise you it was the best decision we made for the rest of our lives.
Philip was absolutely phenomenal! He took both our engagement photos as well as our wedding day. He was extremely easy to work with, and brings a great energy to his craft. We immediately fell in love with Philip's style and he was able to deliver great shots that really told the story of our wedding.
Kristina and I highly recommend Philip! We fell in love with his work and he capture our wedding day in the most spectacular way, that every time we look at the pictures it feels like yesterday. He makes you feel so comfortable. His unique style of documenting the event and ability to capture the emotion of a moment is unbelievably beautiful. We love love love working with Philip. We can’t thank him enough for the memories that he captured. Don’t look anywhere else, reach out to him...you won’t regret it! Cheers! Alex & Kristina
We had the pleasure of working with Philip and his partner Adam for our recent wedding in November and it was an absolute wonderful experience. We were referred to three other photographers by our wedding planner but the feeling was not there when we saw their sample work online and I am very happy that we found Phillip after looking through wedding websites and his pictures. That was the best decision we made. Philip was very professional and have such a unique style. He went above and beyond for his client. All his pictures turned out very stunning and he captured the moment when you least expect. I was a bit skeptical to take a chance with Philip since he wasn't on the top three people referred to us but I am very happy that I took that chance. I feel very lucky that we were able to have him for our big day and have these wonderful pictures to look at years after. Every single pictures are beautiful and I don't have anything bad to say about his service. I would highly recommend him to all my family and friends.
Philip Thomas was absolutely AMAZING! My husband and I were drawn to his candid style, and felt that was the best way to capture our wedding day - and he definitely delivered. He was very responsive and helpful with the questions that we had, and he and his 2nd photographer arrived on time. He made us feel relaxed in front of the camera. Philip captured the best moments and the photos exude all of the happiness and love from our day! We also liked that he kept in touch with us after and sent sneak peaks, and put photos on his blog, and updated us on when we would receive all of the photos. We highly recommend Philip Thomas - you won't regret it!
Photography was one of the most important decisions during my planning process. My husband and I are both very adverse to traditional, posed, stuffy wedding photos. We wanted to make sure that we captured the day with an eye for the artistic, as well as a candid look at the day itself. I have to say that the photographs turned out even more stunning than I could have imagined. I absolutely loved his use of geometry, black and white, framing, and most importantly - capturing my friends and family in their natural loveliness. This was one of the more expensive choices I made during the planning process, but I believe it was absolutely worth EVERY penny. Not to mention, Philip was a great person to have nearby. He blended seamlessly with my friends and family, was quirky, funny and a pleasure to be around. I would absolutely request his services for other Texas events and I highly recommend him to others who are looking for more art and elegance in their wedding photos. Additionally, he came to Houston from San Antonio without any additional charges, he spent the entire day with us, without any timing limitations. He even offered to join us the night before at the rehearsal dinner. Such a great experience!
When my wife looked into all the photographers available in the San Antonio area she was so excited to tell me about discovering Philip Thomas and his work. I have a keen interest in photography and was very concerned about an investment into "professional" photos a family friend with a nice camera could have taken. Many people can take nice photos. I'm picky about what I consider "fine art" photography compared to typical "snap-shots". After looking at all his personal work on his website, I was excited to see what Philip would capture on our wedding day. His amazing ability to capture the "decisive moment" sets him apart. Other than saying how much we love the magical photographs we now have, and how grateful we are to him for capturing them, go look at his website and blog to see for yourself at how talented he is at what he does.
One of the best experiences ever and an amazing part of our wedding celebration we won't forget! Philip is absolutely wonderful. When planning our celebration our greatest concern was finding a photographer we loved, and Philip hit off the chart on everything. We met with 10 photographers and emailed back and forth with about 30 more, and Philip was heads above the rest in absolutely every category. He creates art and we will always look at our wedding photos with joy. Very grateful to have Philip share our day with us.
Philip is truly an amazing photographer. Not only do our photos look absolutely beautiful, he did an incredible job at capturing the spirit of us and our special day. Myself being not so comfortable in front of a camera, I really appreciate how he never made us feel like we were being "photographed". Thank you so much for everything, Philip - you sincerely are the best!
Phillip is amazing; start to finish. From our initial conversation via Skype, my wife and I knew he was our guy. On the business side, he is the perfect mix of professional, comforting, funny and attentive. On the photography side, he is simply a genius. His photojournalism background shows in spades with every picture. As I look through our albums I forget it was my wedding and unconsiously begin to feel like I am looking at movie stills or a Time magazine spread. It's not wedding pictures, it's art. In addition to the candid, in the moment shots, Phillip does a great job with the "normal" wedding pictures too. And if that wasn't enough he uses his street photography skills to take pictures of the surrounding areas. He took some amazing pictures of downtown Houston that we will frame and put around the house as (once again), art. I do not know what your wedding budget is, but find a way to make Phillip a part of your wedding; his photography is priceless. The wedding goes by so fast... I don't remember off the top of my head what the flowers looked like, how the tables were decorated, or how good the food was, but I will look at Phillip's pictures and be reminded of that special day for the rest of my life.
Philip was the most wonderful photographer we could have ever imagined for our wedding day! He captured moments that we didn't even know were happening and all his shots have such beautiful meaning! He makes you feel really comfortable from the get go and most of the time you don't even notice that he is taking pictures. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone looking for a photographer for any special moment.
Having Philip Thomas as our photographer was truly amazing. He captured our day perfectly. After following his work and seeing other albums I knew he would be perfect for our wedding. I love every photo from Philip and it helped me re-live every single moment of that glorious day. He captures moments that will last a lifetime. The day of the wedding he was on time and ready to work. He was never in the way or bothersome. He was a pleasure to work with and is a great person. I would recommend Philip Thomas to everyone!
I can't say enough wonderful things about Philip! He did both our engagement and wedding photos and they were all amazing. His style of avoiding cliches and capturing genuine moments is exactly what we wanted, and every single shot is beautiful. We just received our wedding photos this week and they exceeded all our expectations. Just wonderful!
Philip was by far one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. His photos are truly art and in my opinion, he is under-priced for the quality of his product. Philip also was very easy to work with - he responds to emails quickly, is flexible, and put Jonathan and I (and our friends and families) at ease while he was shooting. Like another reviewer said, Philip helped us relive our day. The wedding day went by so quickly, and each time we look at the photos, we feel like we catch little sweet details all over again. We plan to have him photograph our family regularly, once we start having kids. We can't stand the idea of only having one event documented by him!
Philip is an artist, plain and simple. I agonized over choosing a photographer, since their job is to provide you the means for reliving your wedding day for the rest of your life. With the uptick in affordable digital photography equipment, there are a lot of photographers out there able to demand several thousand dollar price tags for their services with little to differentiate them from their peers. And all too often, they deliver the same poorly-composed, clichéd frames. This is where photographers like Philip separate themselves from the crowd. His talent for composing pictures, while seamlessly blending into the background, resulted in hundreds of truly captivating images. An eye for moments also produced photographs of the most emotional bits from the day. Philip's ability, professionalism, humor, directness and passion combine to make him an impeccable choice to photograph your wedding. Look over his portfolio and you'll see for yourself. If you're on the hunt for your wedding photographer like I was, look no further.
Philip truly went above and beyond for our proposal. I proposed this past summer, and I had originally contacted Philip in early spring after searching for photographers to capture the special occasion. I'm so glad I found him because our proposal would not have been the same without him. Philip is the most talented photographer I've met. Philip wanted to take the time to get to know me and make sure his style would be a good fit. This sort of professionalism was reflected throughout the planning process leading up to the proposal. Philip arrived at the Oak Valley Vineyards promptly on the evening of the occasion. While there was a finite number of hours I had agreed to as part of the contract, Philip never kept track. This was something that really stood out to me. He was more interested in taking the time to capture the right moments. He graciously accommodated all our requests including amazing photographs involving our Aggie rings. He went above and beyond throughout the entire evening. Initially I had narrowed my search down to 3 local area photographers including Philip but his work is truly unparalleled in its quality. After conferring with my best friend, my best friend let me know that I would be insane to go with anybody else outside of Philip. His unobtrusive approach allows him to capture those candid moments that you may not recollect without him capturing them. Every time I scroll through our pictures, I recall a new memory of that evening that just makes it even more special. Ultimately, what sets Philip apart is his unique combination of being dedicated to his work and craft and unparalleled talent in capturing the candid moments. Tina and I are truly thankful that we were able to work with Philip for our proposal.
We used Philip Thomas for our engagement photos, my bridal portraits, and the rehearsal dinner + wedding. We were very happy with the photos! Engagement photos were a good "warm up" for us since we were pretty uncomfortable in front of the camera initially. Philip really made us feel calm and relaxed, and he managed to get some beautiful shots. I absolutely loved my bridal portraits. Philip really works with you to determine your individual style when picking location which makes the photos so much more special and meaningful. He also put in the time to get a variety of shots, all of which turned out so well! My husband and I both loved the wedding photos-all very candid and unique photos. I think that is something very special about Philip's style. Wedding photos can get pretty typical and boring. His photos are very unique, interesting, and artistic, which was very refreshing! We purchased a middle range package and then bought so many photos, I would maybe suggest buying a smaller package and then purchasing more photos to be more cost effective. Overall, we loved working with Philip and were very satisfied! We love re-living the night through all the photos.
If you are searching for a photographer to create memories for your special day, let me tell you, you can stop your search! Philip Thomas will make your photos nothing less than magical. Shortly after becoming engaged, I spent a lot of time researching photographers and their work to find "the one". After meeting with Philip Thomas and seeing completed work in his studio, I fell in love. The same day, we signed the contract! I am beyond happy with his work on my own photos and those of others. His style is unique and absolutely stunning. He captured unforgettable moments that still make me tear up when I view my wedding pictures. We've received several compliments on him and his work. I highly recommend using Philip Thomas!
We had an excellent experience working with Philip as our wedding photographer. Philip shot our engagement photos, bridal portrait, and wedding. We could not be happier with his photos. The photos are beautiful and perfectly captured each moment. Furthermore, the photo book he compiled is gorgeous! He is very responsive to emails and calls. He is professional. He made my guests feel at ease. I cannot say enough good things about him! I look forward to throwing another event in which I can hire Philip as our photographer.
Philip was such an integral part of our wedding process from start to finish that it is impossible to give him anything but five stars! He is quick to reply to emails and has an excellent website explaining his philosophy and showcasing his work. From the very beginning when we were researching photographers, Philip was so personal and interested in what we were planning. My husband and I live in Houston and he is super knowledgeable about venues all around Texas. Philip worked with us as we sorted out wedding details and proposed ideas concerning engagement picture locations that worked seamlessly with the story we were trying to tell. On our wedding day, Philip and his second shooter were nothing but superstars! They not only captured so many of the moments that are important but also the lighter moments in between that really make the day special. He is pretty much invisible as he captures moments but at the same time, his personality and calming demeanor put everyone to ease in front of the camera. The quality of prints and wedding albums he offers are top notch and are curated to perfection with his guidance and expertise. Photography is such an important part of the entire wedding process and with Philip it was never anything but a pleasure and a real treat!
Philip Thomas is the BEST wedding photographer and I am so greateful a friend refered him. If you are looking for a true artist and for magazine like pictures he is the one to go to. He knows how to capture the moments of your wedding and will leave you with an album full of beautiful pictures for your life time. He is very professional, artistic, creative and he's work is unique and top notch. He has a friendly personality and he is just pure quality. He's work is true art and he's pictures seem to even be alive. simply WONDERFUL!
Philip captured our wedding day with a very personal non-boilerplate style. We're not the type to ham for the camera, and Philip was great at unobtrusively snapping candids while we enjoyed the wedding. We are very happy with the photos.
If he's available, hire him!!! I cannot say enough about Philip. He is laid back and kind, genuine and genius. He is an absolute delight to work with and will capture moments of your wedding that you didn't know happened. He is truly an artist and you will be amazed with the end result. Not much in the way of posed or staged shots, so if that's your thing either pick someone else or come with a list of shots you want. I am so glad he was able to photograph our day, we will cherish these images forever. Thank you, Philip!
Would give a hundred stars if I could! Philip Thomas is a true artist and wonderful person. He just did an incredible engagement session for us and, after seeing the preview, we cannot WAIT for him to do our wedding! He sees the world with a unique, beautiful, and haunting vision; he captures the lively energy of celebration, sweet moments that you think no one else sees, joyful tears on your emotional day, the happiness of being with your loved ones, and everything in between! And he is simply a delight to be around (which is so important when you’re asking someone to capture such special, intimate moments); he is humble, unassuming, and gracious. I saw it said over and over in his reviews that he will be the best decision we make for our wedding, and we couldn’t agree more! One of my friends even said the rest of her afternoon will be shot as she gawks over his portfolios after seeing our engagement shots :) Thank you Philip for blessing us with your gift and for going above and beyond with our engagement photos!! Philip Thomas captures images that you will cherish forever! <3
Meet The Owner
A Brit from just south of London, England, I have lived in San Antonio since 2006, when I moved to marry my best friend, a Texas native. Before my move to America, I was a newspaper photographer covering local stories and sports, managed a portrait studio and traveled the world. A life long photographer, I've spent an unhealthy amount of time in darkrooms developing rolls of film and learning from amazing mentors.