Hi, I'm Philip. (aka Novo Studio)

I suppose I could've just named the business "Philip Thomas Photography". But that doesn't have a "ring" to it at all. And besides, I think it's already taken.  When I set out on my own, I wanted a name that pointed to something bigger, something other than just me. Hence the name, Novo Studio. The pictures above are typical me; my trusty little camera in hand, over my shoulder or up to my eye, creating images of the world around me; bulldogs, bicycles, random artsy fartsy images I've shot with my iPhone. I've learned to be a people person. By default though, I'm somewhat of an introvert. I hate talking about money, I'd rather talk about ideas for projects and photo shoots or just get to know you over a good coffee or beer. I graduated college with a degree in Graphic Design. I picked up a camera because during my college career, a design professor told me that if I didn't pick up another "marketable skill", I'd never make it as a designer because I couldn't draw. I worked a cubicle job as a production artist for 3 years and in that time, I learned a lot. I rediscovered my love of photography with the purchase of a digital camera. I also learned that I didn't want to work in a cubicle so I decided to try and start a business combining design and photography. For the past 6 years, I've photographed everything from weddings, to celebrities, to restaurant food, to orphans in Africa, to tornado damage and almost everything in between. I've also designed things like logos, business cards, websites and music packaging. My favorite part of this job is the variety of work that I get to be a part of. Even when it's gut wrenchingly tough, I wouldn't rather do anything else. In my free time, I read, play music, explore places with my camera, mountain bike, fly fish or chase storms. Here's a few other random facts about me: 

Music: Mat Kearney, Mumford & Sons, Dawes, U2 and M83
Everyday Cameras: Fuji X100s, iPhone
Favorite Old Cameras: Voigtlander Superb, Univex Twinflex, Polaroid SX70
Musical Instruments: Martin guitars, Yamaha Drums
Shoes: For professional attire, comfortable black ones. Otherwise, TOMS or Chacos
Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Pets: English Bulldog (#thebosco)
Restaurant: The Rail or Hugos
Drink: Water, Gatorade, Black & Tan
Books: Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning and Making The Invisible Visible by Hillman Curtis
Magazines: Kinfolk, Aperture, Outside, Architectural Digest
Exercise: Cycling (mtn & road), swimming, trail running
Places: New York City, Africa, Ireland, Picher Oklahoma, Kansas City, Colorado
Someday: Travel the world as a documentary/humanitarian photographer