A little info about Tom

Since I seem to get asked about this by many of the couples with whom I meet about wedding photography, here is the (greatly abbreviated) story of how I got started as a wedding photographer. Try not to fall asleep while reading!

I have been an avid photographer since I discovered photography while in college. I began photographing weddings after a friend who had seen samples of my work asked if I would take the photos of her upcoming wedding. The conversation went something like this -

Me - "You do realize that I've never taken wedding pictures before, right?"
Bride - "That's alright. You do realize that I can't afford to pay you, right?"
Me - "Will this count as my wedding present?"
Bride - "Only if you do a good job. And if you don't, you have to deal with my mother!"

Under the circumstances, how could I say no? Somewhat to my surprise, I loved the experience! The bride was very happy with her pictures, and I was referred to a friend for her wedding. More referrals followed, and within a couple of years I was booked for at least one wedding almost every summer weekend, and even was picking up off-season bookings. At this point I decided to get serious about photography, because taking pictures at weddings was a lot more fun than working! Since then, I have photographed weddings at locations all over the country - including Vermont, Massachusetts, Detroit, and San Francisco - and well over 1000 weddings in the Pacific Northwest. And the rest, as they say, is history.



Photo of Tom Ellis of Tom Ellis Photography

Filming a wedding is serious business, but also needs to be serious fun! Everyone has heard nightmare stories of the "Photographer from Hell" who turned the formal photos into an endurance contest, or never let the bride and groom have a free minute to enjoy their own reception. That isn't me!! I have found that clients prefer spontaneous, authentic photos that reflect the emotion of the moment. My job is not only to take great pictures of your wedding day, but to do so in a way that helps to maximize your enjoyment of your day. I work hard to make those important formal photos a FUN experience, not just a "necessary evil" photo session! And when it comes to candid photos, I like to stalk unobtrusively in the background, constantly watching for those pictures that will best capture the spirit and the joy of your special day. I want to treat every couple as friends who have done me the honor of allowing me to record their wedding day for them. As a friend I remind you to breathe, relax and (most of all) have fun!

I have been photographing weddings for over 30 years. In that time I have shot well over 1000 weddings, under a huge variety of situations. I feel that my job is not just to take pictures, but to do whatever I can to lower the stress level so you can simply enjoy your day. My goal is to not only take the best photos that I am capable of, but to do so in such a way that the photos are enjoyable, not simply a necessary ordeal.

I can take your wedding photos using either Digital cameras or Film cameras. I use top end professional equipment for either film or digital photography; either way you're guaranteed great quality! There are advantages to either format, so if you're uncertain what would be best for you please contact me and we can discuss your particular photography needs.


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