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I’m a bit of an “odd duck” among Seattle wedding photographers, maybe among wedding photographers in general. I started shooting weddings in 1980, using a strange thing called "film" with cameras that did not have auto-focus, waaaay back before the concept of digital photography was anything more than science fiction. In fact, I was taking wedding photos before most of the current group of wedding photographers was born!

I have photographed somewhere north of 1200 weddings, primarily in Western Washington but also all over the US. If you are looking for a photographer with a boatload of experience, I’m your guy! And I discovered early in my photo career that while I loved shooting just about any kind of wedding, my favorites were the ones with couples who were a bit on the quirky side — I guess because that pretty much describes me as well.

My photography style can best be described as adaptable and evolving. I am not someone who blindly follows the latest fads in wedding photography, though I am always eager to try out new techniques when applicable. While I love natural light, there are many times when conditions require something more; after all, this is Seattle! I have a rather ridiculous number of “photo toys” that I can break out when the situation requires, or I can just use my trusty 5D MkIV with a couple of my favorite lenses if that seems to be the best combination for the conditions.

As I see it, my job is not just to take great photos of your wedding day, but to do so in a way that helps to maximize your enjoyment of the 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!

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How I cater to Offbeat Brides

I LOVE photographing weddings! And my favorite weddings are those that may be considered something less than “traditional”. I am proud to say that I was taking photos of same-sex commitment ceremonies years before same-sex marriage was legal, when “LGBTQ” was nothing more than a random jumble of letters to 90-plus percent of the people in this country. I have always greatly enjoyed working with couples who want to have a wedding that is a little (or a lot!) different than the norm. And for couples who want to create some really cool, unique photos I am happy to help with ideas and locations to make their wildest dreams a reality.

"We are so grateful we chose Tom as our wedding photographer. Tom is an incredibly talented photographer and such a nice person. He is very efficient and responsive. We are both rather camera shy but Tom made us feel very comfortable and confident. Not to mention he is just a blast to work with! He worked well with the entire bridal party and we are all ecstatic with how amazing his photos turned out! There is something quite magical about his work. He has a true talent and a great eye for things and his photo quality is impeccable. We are incredibly happy with his work. His pricing is reasonable and worth every penny! If you are looking for an amazing photographer, we highly recommend Tom Ellis!"
– Nickole and Clarence Jazmin

"Tom is literally amazing. Meaning that we are amazed by the photographs we got back from our wedding. He caught the most fantastic images of our first dance including a perfectly framed image of the dip/kiss at the end of our dance and we didn't even tell him we were doing a choreographed dance. We had a morning (10:30am) ceremony so we really had the opportunity to see his artistic talents with lighting that made the morning/ceremony seem as though it were smiled upon by the heavens. I've never felt beautiful in any photograph taken of me until I got our pictures back from Tom.

Beyond the fact that we got amazing photographs, Tom was a joy to work with. He is spot on and just a fun and friendly individual. My husband hates having his picture taken and he even had to admit to me that it was fun to do pictures with Tom. We were originally thinking we wouldn't get a photographer for our wedding as we have a couple friends/family members that are handy with cameras, but I'm so glad we decided to get Tom instead. He is well worth every penny he very reasonably charges for his services.

We planned long distance and I'm an annoying logical person so I was very happy with the way his website actually has answers to many of the common (and less common) wedding photography questions. He was also incredibly helpful and responsive if we had any questions not covered by his website. It truly was a pleasure having him there and we will be forever grateful to him for capturing our day." – Anneliese and Mark Young

"We hired Tom to take both our engagement & wedding photos for us. We didn't know really know exactly which shots would look the best, but Tom has a great eye and was very patient in guiding and positioning us, allowing him to capture many different angles and unique shots. We were married September 2016 at Georgetown Ballroom, and Tom assisted in selecting many action and set shots near the railroad tracks, under the freeway overpass, as well as throughout the venue. We have been extremely satisfied with the quality of the photos, and they truly show the depth of his vast experience and talent.

Even though Tom works alone, he had the amazing knack to know exactly where to be at the right time to catch some exceptional memories. The creative design and quality of our physical photo book far surpassed our expectations. Tom is very professional and responsive to queries. If you need an outstanding photographer you can trust for your wedding or event, I highly recommend Tom Ellis Photography." – Mike and Doug Lyons-Samples

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Examples of my work


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