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Thomas Lester Photography

Saint Johns , FL

LOCATION

292 Sparrow Branch Circle
Saint Johns, FL 32259 US

PHONE

904-290-1510

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ABOUT US

PHOTOGRAPHER Hi! I'm Thomas Lester (but you can call me Tom). I'm an international portrait and wedding photographer based out of Jacksonville, Florida. I love my family, love life, and... Read more
PHOTOGRAPHER Hi! I'm Thomas Lester (but you can call me Tom). I'm an international portrait and wedding photographer based out of Jacksonville, Florida. I love my family, love life, and love photography. Want to know more about me? Read on: I LOVE MY WIFE! I love being married. I think it's just about the best thing in the whole world. I married my best friend and she's the best wife EVER! Her name is Heather. We started dating the summer between Jr. High and High School. We've been attached at the hip ever since. She's amazing and can do anything (and find anything... she's the chief "finder" in our house). She's gorgeous. Not like "husband thinks his wife's gorgeous" type of gorgeous, but like "Supermodel gorgeous". She's totally out of my league and I'm the luckiest man alive to wake up next to her every morning. Heather is an awesome mom, a tennis pro, and loves to surf. I just love to be in the same room with her! WORLD'S BEST DAD! No really! I have the coffee mug to prove it. OK, I'm probably not the world's greatest dad, but I can tell you I have two of the coolest kids that have ever graced this universe. They just drip coolness. Rachel is my angel. She's beautiful inside and out. She's a gymnast She's strong and she's fast. She was outrunning the teenage boys in our neighborhood when she was only 7. She still runs laps around them! Brian is a drummer, photographer, and ace negotiator. He could convince you that white is black if he wanted to! He's amazingly talented as a drummer and photographer. My kids are my pride and joy! MUSICIAN At about 11 years old, I decided I wanted to be a photographer. My folks bought me a Pentax K1000 and a 50mm lens (the photographer geeks will know what I'm talking about). I became obsessed with photography. At about 14 years old, I picked up my step-fathers Gibson ES-335 guitar. In typical teenager style, I sold my camera and bought a guitar of my own. This led to college and eventually a career as an Audio Engineer. I made records (still do sometimes). I have had the pleasure of recording artists such as Janet Jackson, The Ramonnes, John Waite, Gladys Knight, Public Enemy, and many others. I also enjoyed working on TV shows and movies like "New York Under Cover" and "Joe's Apartment". Don't worry... I bought another camera. EXPLORER I love going to new places and exploring. I especially like cities. Cities are like a vast playground of interestingness. I lived in New York City and I still love going there and just wandering. I could wander all day. I especially love sharing adventures with my family. I love taking them to new places and sharing new sights, sounds, and tastes. We have the best memories from road trips, camping trips, theme parks, and vacations. I also love hotels. Especially when the whole family is with me. I love to watch the kids jump from bed to bed, go on "ice runs", raid the snack machine at midnight, and sleep in in the morning! I'M JUST ME - I can eat Chinese food, just about every day. - Going over really tall bridges kind of freaks me out. - I think New York City is the coolest city in the whole world. - I once knocked myself out trying to impress the cheerleaders at my school by slinging my guitar around my back. - The CEO of Chipotle Mexican Grill awarded me the title of "Master Burrito Ambassador" for Jacksonville, FL. Seriously, I have a plaque and T-Shirt to prove it. - I can clean my office and it'll be a mess in less than 24 hours. I don't know how this happens. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
0.8/5.0
This photographer was absolutely terrible. First of all, he is cheap, which was great in the beginning but then you realize WHY. He did not take any group/family photos without me directing him to. We now regretfully look back on our photos. We also have not gotten our album and it has been over one year since our wedding. He claims he will "stay the whole time" but he often ducked out early . His pictures were rather lackluster. Use another photographer if you can help it. On top of it all, you can hardly get in contact with him. Not sure how he makes any money, he never responds to his email/phone unless it involves booking a deal or paying him a check... then the contact just falls off.
This photographer was absolutely terrible. First of all, he is cheap, which was great in the beginning but then you Read more...
This photographer was absolutely terrible. First of all, he is cheap, which was great in the beginning but then you realize WHY. He did not take any group/family photos without me directing him to. We now regretfully look back on our photos. We also have not gotten our album and it has been over one year since our wedding. He claims he will "stay the whole time" but he often ducked out early . His pictures were rather lackluster. Use another photographer if you can help it. On top of it all, you can hardly get in contact with him. Not sure how he makes any money, he never responds to his email/phone unless it involves booking a deal or paying him a check... then the contact just falls off. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2/23/2013
5.0/5.0
A week before my wedding, I found out my old photographer had doublebooked for my wedding! He reassured me he would have full coverage by his partner and assistant. However, he also gave me the option for a full refund. I chose to fire him, get my refund and hire a new photographer! I contacted Thomas Lester Photography and he told me he was available for my wedding date! Thomas was originally one of my top choices. He was so easy to meet with and work with and I felt so comfortable with him by the time my wedding came around. I believe things happen for a reason and God was watching out for me. My pictures were ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!! The lighting, clarity, artistic views really captured the emotions of that day. I look at the pictures and it brings me back to my wedding day in clear view! Tom, thank you for everything!!
A week before my wedding, I found out my old photographer had doublebooked for my wedding! He reassured me he would have Read more...
A week before my wedding, I found out my old photographer had doublebooked for my wedding! He reassured me he would have full coverage by his partner and assistant. However, he also gave me the option for a full refund. I chose to fire him, get my refund and hire a new photographer! I contacted Thomas Lester Photography and he told me he was available for my wedding date! Thomas was originally one of my top choices. He was so easy to meet with and work with and I felt so comfortable with him by the time my wedding came around. I believe things happen for a reason and God was watching out for me. My pictures were ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!! The lighting, clarity, artistic views really captured the emotions of that day. I look at the pictures and it brings me back to my wedding day in clear view! Tom, thank you for everything!! Read less
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John & Hoang
Wedding:
12/26/2012
5.0/5.0
The photos are the ones telling the stories decades to come. A quality photo will capture the intimacy and emotions of that moment. Thomas Lester did just that. His work is just beautiful. Our friends and families were in aww of our wedding pictures. They all wanted to know the name of our photographer. We had a small intimate wedding and we wanted pictures of our ceremony taken. Thomas worked out a customized package for us, which was perfect for our budget. His photos look like they cost thousands of dollars, and we even got comments that they look like they came from a magazine. We're so happy with the results.
The photos are the ones telling the stories decades to come. A quality photo will capture the intimacy and emotions of Read more...
The photos are the ones telling the stories decades to come. A quality photo will capture the intimacy and emotions of that moment. Thomas Lester did just that. His work is just beautiful. Our friends and families were in aww of our wedding pictures. They all wanted to know the name of our photographer. We had a small intimate wedding and we wanted pictures of our ceremony taken. Thomas worked out a customized package for us, which was perfect for our budget. His photos look like they cost thousands of dollars, and we even got comments that they look like they came from a magazine. We're so happy with the results. Read less
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Brittany
Wedding:
11/10/2012
5.0/5.0
Tom did such an awesome job as our photographer for our wedding. Not only did our photos come out beautiful but we had a lot of fun taking both our engagement and our wedding shots. All of our pictures were very natural and not posed which was important to us. Although it was just him taking all of our pictures it was like he was in three places at once never missing any important moments from our big day. He really gets to know his clients so that he can make sure to bring out their personalities and the love they have for each other in each shot he takes. I would recommend him to any bride getting married!
Tom did such an awesome job as our photographer for our wedding. Not only did our photos come out beautiful but we had a Read more...
Tom did such an awesome job as our photographer for our wedding. Not only did our photos come out beautiful but we had a lot of fun taking both our engagement and our wedding shots. All of our pictures were very natural and not posed which was important to us. Although it was just him taking all of our pictures it was like he was in three places at once never missing any important moments from our big day. He really gets to know his clients so that he can make sure to bring out their personalities and the love they have for each other in each shot he takes. I would recommend him to any bride getting married! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
0.0/5.0
DO NOT USE THIS VENDOR! My daughter was married 11/10/12 and she did not receive her completed album until 12/24/13. This was after several attempts, the passing of a key family member, more delays on his part, and finally threatening to sue him and contacting a lawyer who sent him a demand letter. We paid in full prior to the wedding but had to chase him for results. he would not have produced it if we had not been trying to get a response. he did not begin working on the book until JULY 2013. The entire experience with him was a HUGE disappointment. needless to say, we have another daughter getting married and will be searching for another photographer, and have shared this information with friends who are getting married. This is not the first time he has handled a bride this way, and if you book him, it will not be the last.
DO NOT USE THIS VENDOR! My daughter was married 11/10/12 and she did not receive her completed album until 12/24/13. This Read more...
DO NOT USE THIS VENDOR! My daughter was married 11/10/12 and she did not receive her completed album until 12/24/13. This was after several attempts, the passing of a key family member, more delays on his part, and finally threatening to sue him and contacting a lawyer who sent him a demand letter. We paid in full prior to the wedding but had to chase him for results. he would not have produced it if we had not been trying to get a response. he did not begin working on the book until JULY 2013. The entire experience with him was a HUGE disappointment. needless to say, we have another daughter getting married and will be searching for another photographer, and have shared this information with friends who are getting married. This is not the first time he has handled a bride this way, and if you book him, it will not be the last. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
0.9/5.0
Thomas started off being okay. Then I began to realize just how unprofessional he is. He never responds in a timely manner to emails or phone calls. He demands money up front and then doesn't provide product. It has been ONE YEAR since our wedding and no wedding album yet. He has some cheap off site person put the album together who you cannot call/contact except through the wedding album online editing tool itself. He nickels and dimes you for everything. I should have just paid a little more and gotten a different photographer. He also, like other reviewers mentioned, forgot to get photos of important family members. I had to use my friend's photos otherwise I would've missed group family photos. He had more photos of random wedding guests that I didn't care about than my actual family. Caveat- do not use Thomas.
Thomas started off being okay. Then I began to realize just how unprofessional he is. He never responds in a timely manner Read more...
Thomas started off being okay. Then I began to realize just how unprofessional he is. He never responds in a timely manner to emails or phone calls. He demands money up front and then doesn't provide product. It has been ONE YEAR since our wedding and no wedding album yet. He has some cheap off site person put the album together who you cannot call/contact except through the wedding album online editing tool itself. He nickels and dimes you for everything. I should have just paid a little more and gotten a different photographer. He also, like other reviewers mentioned, forgot to get photos of important family members. I had to use my friend's photos otherwise I would've missed group family photos. He had more photos of random wedding guests that I didn't care about than my actual family. Caveat- do not use Thomas. Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
10/29/2011
4.7/5.0
Make sure to share your ideas with Thomas and he will gladly incorporate them into the shoots!
Make sure to share your ideas with Thomas and he will gladly incorporate them into the shoots!
Make sure to share your ideas with Thomas and he will gladly incorporate them into the shoots! Read less
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Cherie
Wedding:
7/22/2011
5.0/5.0
When my mom and I met Thomas, we knew he was our photographer. Thomas' work is AWESOME. Thomas bends over backwards to make any bride's day as special as it should be. His son was a pleasure to work with too. Very talented just like his dad. I HIGHLY recommend Thomas Lester Photography. Thank you so much.
When my mom and I met Thomas, we knew he was our photographer. Thomas' work is AWESOME. Thomas bends over backwards to Read more...
When my mom and I met Thomas, we knew he was our photographer. Thomas' work is AWESOME. Thomas bends over backwards to make any bride's day as special as it should be. His son was a pleasure to work with too. Very talented just like his dad. I HIGHLY recommend Thomas Lester Photography. Thank you so much. Read less
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Tara
Wedding:
11/12/2010
3.0/5.0
Thomas Lester is a brilliant photographer. The quality of his work is extraordinary. Unfortunately, he lacks the creativity and professionalism to complete the package. When I first met with Thomas, I went over my vision for our wedding photos. I had some examples with me, and I expressed that I wanted some unique shots. Thomas said he was excited about shooting our wedding and that he would work in some really unique shots. On the day of my wedding, however, Thomas provided little assistance to me and my bridal party when it came to poses for our photos. Essentially he just had us stand there and smile, the exact opposite of what I wanted. He also forgot to get photos of all of my husband's family members, especially the owners of the house we got married at. When I think about it I kick myself for not writing out a list of everything I wanted shot.

One month following my wedding, my mom threw me a wedding shower for family members who were unable to attend my out-of-town event. I informed Thomas of this multiple times, asking if he could provide the softcopy photos by then so my family could see them. His response was positive, yet it took various phone calls from me and my sister before we got them, and they arrived the day of the party. It took 3.5 months for the CD of the photos to arrive,again, only because I asked about them multiple times. I still have not received my wedding album and it's been four months since my wedding. His work is high quality; just make sure you are able to direct what you want shot and expect to wait a while to get your product.
Thomas Lester is a brilliant photographer. The quality of his work is extraordinary. Unfortunately, he lacks the Read more...
Thomas Lester is a brilliant photographer. The quality of his work is extraordinary. Unfortunately, he lacks the creativity and professionalism to complete the package. When I first met with Thomas, I went over my vision for our wedding photos. I had some examples with me, and I expressed that I wanted some unique shots. Thomas said he was excited about shooting our wedding and that he would work in some really unique shots. On the day of my wedding, however, Thomas provided little assistance to me and my bridal party when it came to poses for our photos. Essentially he just had us stand there and smile, the exact opposite of what I wanted. He also forgot to get photos of all of my husband's family members, especially the owners of the house we got married at. When I think about it I kick myself for not writing out a list of everything I wanted shot.

One month following my wedding, my mom threw me a wedding shower for family members who were unable to attend my out-of-town event. I informed Thomas of this multiple times, asking if he could provide the softcopy photos by then so my family could see them. His response was positive, yet it took various phone calls from me and my sister before we got them, and they arrived the day of the party. It took 3.5 months for the CD of the photos to arrive,again, only because I asked about them multiple times. I still have not received my wedding album and it's been four months since my wedding. His work is high quality; just make sure you are able to direct what you want shot and expect to wait a while to get your product. Read less
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Dawn
Wedding:
10/16/2010
5.0/5.0
Tom was amazing and I have nothing but good things to say about him. Not only was he professional and totally on the ball, but he has an amazing eye for catching memories in photos. By far Tom was my favorite vendor to work with and I can't wait to use him for future family photos.
Tom was amazing and I have nothing but good things to say about him. Not only was he professional and totally on the ball, Read more...
Tom was amazing and I have nothing but good things to say about him. Not only was he professional and totally on the ball, but he has an amazing eye for catching memories in photos. By far Tom was my favorite vendor to work with and I can't wait to use him for future family photos. Read less
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