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Photography in Seattle, WA,
(425) 646-2790
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4.9 out of 5
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    Matthew Thorsteinson

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  • My wife and I used Tom for our engagement and wedding photos. He takes amazing pictures that capture both the look of the moment and the feel as well. We loved how much he would do to make sure our ideas would work. He was wonderful to work with and has a great eye for beautiful pictures. I am very happy that we went with him for our photography.

    Dorothy Ann Johnson

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  • My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Tom for both our engagement pictures and our wedding and I can say without a doubt we were so lucky to have found him and gotten the chance to work with him! The pictures he caught are some of our favorite to date and we have many of them proudly displayed around our home. One of the great things about Tom is that he works with you as a couple – taking your suggestions or ideas you might have found from pictures you have seen – to get some really stunning shots, or if you have a particular word or feel you are going for you can share it and he has enough skills built up over his many years of shooting to pull out different tricks to help achieve what you want from your pictures. His style is realistic and in-the-moment, very much a journalistic style, but he can also do soft and loving, which is a wonderful range to have and captures some truly magical moments when you combine the two. He also can photoshop dragons into your pic... Read more

    Benjamin Tracy

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  • We hired Tom to take our engagement photos and he did a great job. After we arrived at Snoqualmie Falls, Tom met up with me and told me the best spot to do the proposal at. He captured the moment perfectly for us. After that we went to a few other locations around the Falls to get some more great pictures. He even took us to another off site location to shoot some more photos at. Tom was very professional and fun to work with. He did a fantastic job and I would recommend him to anyone else who is going to get engagement photos done.

    Jocelyn Cowan

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    5 out of 5
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  • My husband and I really enjoyed working with Tom for our courthouse wedding. Tom was not only very friendly, but he was punctual, well-prepared, and professional. It was immediately clear to us that Tom was very experienced and knew exactly what to do, in terms of what photos to take, where to take them, and how the courthouse ceremony would go. He was also very speedy with posting the photos online, which we really appreciated! We would definitely recommend Tom to others interested in a courthouse wedding - and probably traditional wedding venues as well. Thanks for working with us Tom!

    Alex `

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    5 out of 5
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  • My husband and I are very happy with Tom's overall attitude, mannerisms and respect. Being a young couple, 21 & 23, we came across many people and vendors that did not treat us with respect, or like adults for that matter, during our engagement. But, Tom was entirely the opposite. He was great to us as clients, as well as being a young couple. He is very easy-going, provides lots of good advice, and he is reasonable on his packaged prices. He runs his business out of his home, which feels more personal than some other vendors we encountered. He is great with emails; he will usually get back to you within 24 hours. And he doesn't double book his clients, making it less stressful on your wedding day. On our wedding day, he showed up early and he fit in naturally. He never "forces" you into his agenda, but will work and do his best to get all the photos of your wedding day without interfering. We got some great photos of family and friends that we will be using to make Christmas pre... Read more

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    Alex, I really enjoyed working with you and Curtis at you wedding in Maple Valley. You mention your age, and being young. But you frankly were much more organized and mature about your entire approach to the wedding day than many of the couples I have worked with who are considerably older than you are! Thanks again for having me be your photographer. I hope that we'll see each other again when you decide to start a family - don't forget the free "first baby" photos that I told you about!

    Lindsay Walker

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  • I contacted Tom the Monday before my Friday Seattle courthouse wedding. I was so happy to find out that he was available! It was obvious that Tom had done quite a few weddings at that courthouse. It was so nice being able to talk to him and know what to expect when we showed up. We arrived at the courthouse at the time he recommended and were the first couple called that day. Tom arrived promptly and was able to get several shots before we were called into the judge’s chambers. It was a rainy April day, so we did the ceremony inside the jury selection room. What a view! Afterward we braved the drizzle and went on to the rooftop deck to get some more spectacular photos with the city behind us. My husband and I now have some wonderful pictures of our ceremony and our friends/family who were with us that day! Tom was so easy to work with!

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    Lindsay and Pal, thanks so much for trusting me to give you the kind of photos that you wanted to remember your wedding day. I'm glad I was able to help you through the day with my knowledge of how the schedule works at the courthouse. While I wish that the "weather gods" had been a bit nicer to us that day, it was still fun getting some shots of you under an umbrella in the rain. Pretty much a classic Seattle photo!

    Jacob Anderson

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  • Tom's communication with us leading up to the wedding and the day of was awesome! He was professional in every sense while keeping everything fun and we thoroughly enjoyed having him as the photographer at our wedding. Our photos turned out amazing. If you are looking for a photographer for your big day, look no further, Tom is your guy.

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    Hey Jacob, thanks so much for the review! I had a great time working with you and Yoshimi at your wedding. It was a little bit crazy what a feeling of deja vu I got at your wedding, since so many of the same people were involved as at Yohimi's sister's wedding a couple of year ago. Pretty cool how all of you are such good friends! I'll look forward to seeing you both in the not-too-distant future when we get your album finished.

    Roxana M

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  • Tom was very friendly, professional and open minded! He has been working with us for months before the wedding to prepare every detail of the photo shoot. Tom had recommendations and was very open to new ideas and suggestions, going above and beyond to make sure the result is beautiful and what we wanted. We are very happy with the photos and definitely recommend Tom!

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    Roxana and Batur, I am so glad that you found me to be your photographer, and that I was able to help you with some of the details of the day in addition to the actual photography. I had a great time working with you and I hope that we'll see each other again when you're ready for more photos.

    Tamara Irons

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  • Tom Ellis is an excellent wedding photographer! He is so easy to work! He is communicative, helpful, kind, knowledgeable, and offered good direction to help us create photos to remember a our day. Tom has tons of local knowledge, which was helpful to us as out-of-towners. He offered suggestions for places to take our photos and even gave us some tips for what to see in the city. Tom provided just the right amount of guidance for us. It never felt like he was in the way, but we never felt at a loss for how to position ourselves-- it was a perfect balance. Tom is great! His knowledge, flexibility, and of course beautiful photos are definitely key aspects of his service. The required investment in his services is also very reasonable.

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    Tamara, thanks so much for the kind words. I had a wonderful time working with you and Joseph, especially talking with you about how you met and the crazy chance that could have ever happened. I guess that some things are just fated to be! I hope that all goes great for you both in Toronto, and as I told you before if you make it out this way again and want to get in a post-wedding session on Mt Rainier I'm ready to go!

    Alice & Kecia

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  • Tom —to say the least was WONDERFUL! He was professional without being stuffy or making us feel uncomfortable on our special day! He went ABOVE and BEYOND regarding what he agreed to do for us. He didn’t make us feel bad about our cut throat budget or that our cross country elopement changed location. He is a “go with the flow” kind of photographer while getting the best possible pictures. We would use him again. Thanks for helping to make our day extra special. ❤️

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    Alice and Kecia, it was an absolute joy working with the two of you. I just wish that the weather had been a bit more cooperative so we could have had a chance at more outdoor photos! But it was still a blast working with you, and I hope that if you make it back to Seattle we might have a chance for another session together.

    Terry

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  • Tom was flexible and creative. He allowed my husband and I to take charge of our photo session, and he graciously took the lead during the moments we were unsure. And the photos were great!

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    Thanks Terry! I enjoyed working with you and Alan and your friends, and was very impressed that you were able to put your entire wedding together so quickly. I'm glad that I was able to help you when needed; I'd like to think that's at least part of what I am there for!

    Cassie

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  • We were so happy to have Tom as the photographer for our wedding weekend and our pictures turned out incredible! Tom worked with us (and around the weather) to capture all the shots we wanted, and also spotted tons of other opportunities along the way. It's 100% true that weddings pass by in a blur, and it’s impossible to be everywhere at once. I knew that going in, so I made a point of soaking in as much as I possibly could and don’t at all feel like I missed out on anything important, but it was still so much fun to look through Tom’s pictures after the fact and see that he had captured several great moments that I didn’t see live, like our ring bearer turning around halfway down the aisle so he could throw flower petals from his sister’s flower girl basket. We loved working with Tom throughout the entire process, and cannot recommend him highly enough!

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    Thanks Cassie! Your wedding was really a lot of fun, and I enjoyed the chance to finally get to meet your parents. I loved the multi-day destination event that you planned; as much as I enjoyed the wedding and reception, the session that we had the Monday after the wedding for just the two of you might have been even more fun.

    Robert

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  • Tom was amazing during the entire process. My wife and I were trying to plan as much of our wedding on our own as possible, but we had no clue on what to do. Tom was the first person we hired and we couldn't have made a better choice. He's been in the wedding game for so long he was able to run us through all the steps needed to achieve a perfect wedding, and was able to recommend what to do and what to avoid. He was very professional and was able to capture every special moment on film we needed. He made the whole process as fun and enjoyable as possible and we couldn't be happier with Tom as our wedding photographer. If you want someone who loves what they do and has many many years of experience in wedding photography, Tom is the man for the job!

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    Robert, thanks so much for the kind words. I had been looking forward to your wedding for a long time, and it went even better than I could have imagined. I look forward to visiting you and your lovely bride again sometime soon.

    Anthony

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    5 out of 5
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  • If we could we would give Tom 6 stars. Tom's experience and knowledge of our venue helped create many beautiful and memorable photographs of our wedding day. Our initial plan for photographs did not include leaving the venue for any of the shots; but Tom's proposal of spending time at Volunteer Park prior to our ceremony was a wonderful idea, and he ended up providing some great shots of us there in the park. Tom is a joy to work with and we would recommend him to anyone without hesitation. Lizzie and Tony, Seattle

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    Betsy and Anthony, thanks so much for having me photograph your wedding. I had a wonderful time working with you, as well as your families, and I'm so glad that our pre-wedding detour worked out so well. Hard to believe that we found a sunny Saturday that Volunteer Park wasn't crazy crowded! And your wedding rings are absolutely the coolest that I have seen in 1200+ weddings. I just have to be careful or my wife is going to demand we go to Ireland to visit your jeweler and get something for ourselves. ;-)

    Michael Quinn

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  • Tom did a fantastic job photographing our wedding. It was evident how experienced Tom is at this, and he made the process as stress-free as possible. He knew exactly the right shots to take and was adept at improvising to take advantage of the unique features of the venue. Tom was punctual, professional, and most importantly, the pictures came out beautifully. We're very happy with how everything turned out and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to our friends.

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    Michael, thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review. I had a great time working with you and Lisa. I still think Lisa's dress might be the coolest wedding dress I have seen, and since I've shot over 1200 weddings that is saying something! Thanks again for having me be your photographer.
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