Philip Thomas

You might be wondering how a Brit is living here in San Antonio, Texas. I often answer that by saying, ‘I flew.’
Here’s our story, a somewhat classic romantic tale. I met an American on a cruise ship. We both worked onboard the ship. And so, we dated back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean and made the decision that I would immigrate to the Alamo City in 2006. Fast forward to today, we have two beautiful daughters 9 and 12, and two dogs.
In the U.K., I was a news photographer covering local stories and sports, managed a studio, and traveled the world extensively in my twenties.
I’ve spent an unhealthy amount of time in darkrooms, developing rolls of film, printing lots of prints. I learned from amazing mentors. Over time, I’ve refined my craft heavily influenced by photojournalism.
When I arrived in the U.S.A., I continued my photographic career shooting model portfolios and headshots. Realizing this wasn’t the perfect fit, I started shooting a few weddings, became hooked for the decisive moments and the emotional resonance. Storytelling from the heart was it.
Shooting around 20 weddings a year, I capture weddings in San Antonio, Houston, Austin, New York, L.A. and anywhere else really. I’m also an occasional speaker, available for general photography and wedding workshops, street photography, and private mentoring sessions.
Inspiration comes from numerous photographers. But I suppose my heroes of sorts is Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Robert Doisneau, Don McCullin, Elliott Erwitt, Alex Webb and well, the founders of Magnum.
My studio is stocked full of photographer books and is my grounding in my ongoing education and craft. To this day, I continue my learning about art and design in this never-ending journey of discovery.

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