Seattle's top-rated wedding photographer

Candid, artistic photography for couples who want to have fun in front of the camera!

Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award and Knot Best of Weddings 2009-2018

Hello and welcome to my web site! If you're looking for the best in Seattle wedding and portrait photography you've come to the right place! I've been a professional wedding photographer for more than 30 years, and have been the photographer at well over 1000 weddings. For me, wedding photography is a dream job - getting paid to go to parties and take pictures!

I specialize in what I'd describe as a natural, story-telling style of wedding photography, combining traditional posed photos with pictures taken in a photojournalistic style. I want to not only capture all the special candid moments during your wedding and reception, but also to help you create amazing posed photos using the lighting and backdrops available to us on your wedding day. There are many wonderful locations for wedding photos in the Seattle area, and I am happy to take you just about anywhere you'd like to go so we can make some incredible photos together.

I am a "local boy"; I grew up in the Seattle area and have lived here almost my entire life. I know my way around Seattle and Western Washington very well, and have photographed weddings in hundreds of different venues in Washington State. If you would like to see a fairly comprehensive list of Seattle and Puget Sound area wedding venues please visit my Seattle Wedding Venues page.

I have photographed weddings with as few as 2 people (just the bride and groom, I was one of the witnesses for signing the paperwork) and with as many as 400+ guests. I have photographed weddings of many different cultures, including Indian weddings, Japanese weddings, Chinese weddings, and numerous others. I am comfortable working with any size group, and my years of experience mean that I know where I need to be at all crucial times during the ceremony and reception to get the best possible shots.

Unlike many studios, I photograph every wedding personally, so when you see my work you know that you'll receive the same quality at your own wedding. All of my wedding photography packages include all of the fully edited digital files or negatives at no extra charge. And unlike many self-styled "wedding photographers" I've invested in all the equipment - top-end professional digital cameras and lenses, medium format film cameras, portable studio lighting, etc. - that is needed to take the best possible photographs under virtually any conditions.

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 your friend (and photographer) I remind you to breathe, relax and (most of all) have fun!



Here is a short video slideshow of a wedding at the Salish Lodge. There are more slideshows on my Real Wedding Videos page


Local and Destination Wedding Photography

While Seattle area wedding photography is the majority of my work, I also do weddings all over Washington State - Aberdeen, Bellingham, Bremerton, Everett, Gig Harbor, Kent, Port Townsend, Tacoma, Vancouver, Yakima etc. If you're getting married outside of Washington State I have also photographed weddings in California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon and Vermont and am hoping to add more states to my tally! I am a "Go anywhere!" wedding photographer, and I am available to travel anywhere in the world to photograph your wedding or special event. See the Weddings page in my site for details if you are interested.


What our Clients Say!

Tom was absolutely wonderful as our photographer, and I wouldn't hesitate for a moment to hire him again if we were to do it all over. I have (and will continue) to recommend him to my friends. Tom was friendly and made it clear that his advertised packages were just a starting point. He was extremely flexible and willing to create any kind of picture package we wanted.

Audra & Nate - Seattle wedding at Alki Beach Audra & Nate

What our Clients Say!

I can't say enough wonderful things about Tom!!! He was so easy to work with and helped me with things that I hadn't even considered until he asked me and brought them to my attention. He did exactly what I was hoping for and more! We received our pictures online within a week of the wedding and all were GORGEOUS! I would HIGHLY recommend Tom Ellis for any wedding, absolutely wonderful!

Shannon & Kaleb - Wedding at Snoqualmie Ridge Shannon & Kaleb

What our Clients Say!

Words cannot express how incredibly pleased my husband and I were with Tom, but I'll try. He did both our wedding photography and our engagement pictures, and I'm so happy with the work he did for both. He is not only a supremely talented photographer, but is also a very kind and pleasant man to work with, and a consummate professional. He was there for us 110%, and we are so happy with the pictures he took.

Lisa & Kelly - Seattle wedding at Kubota Gardens Lisa & Kelly

What our Clients Say!

Tom Ellis was fantastic. He was professional and helpful in the planning stage and really put us all at ease on our wedding day. He took great pictures of our bridal party and families and also many candid shots from the ceremony and reception. He documented the joy of the day without ever being obtrusive. Our digital pictures were available within days and our album within a couple weeks. Wonderful experience!

Erin & Floyd - Seattle wedding at Shilshole Bay Beach Club Erin & Floyd

What our Clients Say!

Having Tom as our wedding photographer was a great experience. He has extensive knowledge and experience in the field and not only was a great photographer, but was helpful in helping us figure out multiple other wedding details (day-of timeline, recommending vendors etc) and repeatedly offered to help with more than the expected photography questions. I highly recommend booking your wedding with Tom.

Kristen & Chirs - Wedding at Fort Lewis Kristen & Chris