Valerie Thompson

Manifesto

 

I’m gonna start off by saying I’m like... prrrreeetty into my couples (seriously though, you guys are the freakin’ best) and I know I’m not supposed to brag but I’mma brag because I’m also a pretty big fan of my approach to wedding photography. My style is an intersection of photojournalism and art - two of my great loves; and my goal is to make you and your bad selves look and feel cool as hell. 

I am also an artist, so making meaningful and dang good work means everything to me. Trust me, I’m as invested in knocking this out of the park for you guys as you are!  This means that a big part of working with me involves trust. It’s a lot to put that much trust in someone to handle one of the most important days of your life, but I couldn’t do my job without it. I’ve worked hard to learn light and composition and I’m my happiest when I get to use these tools to make you guys look like total badasses.

In booking me, you’re getting the whole shebang. A bespoke experience. You’re getting wedding photos that don’t just look like everyone else’s, and what’s on Pinterest. You’re getting wedding photos that look like what it felt like to be there, on that day. Your day.  Heart beating out of your chest, sweaty palms, tears of laughter and all. I might pull you away from the party for a few minutes (when I’m not catchin all your guests leaving it all on the dance floor) for some perfect light or a crazy shot idea I have, but that’s what makes it worth the while - wedding photos that are 100% rad, and 110% you.

 
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not just a photographer, also a human...

 

Hi, I'm Valerie.

One time I got 40 fire ant bites on my legs from rolling around in the weeds during a photoshoot, and I regret (almost) nothing. This is just who I am. I'm pretty un-fancy and I'm pretty ok with it.

I was born in Texas, but I was raised in Australia (thanks mum + dad!) So I have two passports and WILL travel wherever you want to go as your unofficial adopted child or photographer or whatever. I’ve never met a plant I didn’t like / couldn’t accidentally kill (forreal tho 50% of the plants in my house are now fake and nobody would know because I keep switching my real ones out with fake ones when they die, sooooo...) I use the word "gremlin" a lot. Mostly in relation to myself and my dearest friends. And like a true South Aussie, my love of red wine runs deep. Like an entire wine bottle deep... give or take depending on if I'm watching Bachelor in Paradise (which IS better than the regular Bachelor, I stand by this - haters begone.)

Another thing to know about me is I'm also extra susceptible to the feels. I mean would I be in the biz if I wasn’t? So, you bet your hiney I’ll shed a few tears behind my camera at your wedding, and I'll capture all the laughing/crying/knee-slapping stuff too. Trust me, it’s not my RBF, it’s that I’m trying really hard not to ugly cry at that speech your father/brother/sister/mother/best friend just made. Or I'm trying to conceal my literal tears of laughter at someone's random uncle dropping it low on the d-floor.

 

Meet the boys in my life

 
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Jacob

Jacob and I have been together for 4 years now, and in fact we just moved into a cute little house together. Nothing says "I don't mind your presence" like moving in together. We met in college at an adult onesie party - which is why I LIVE for a good meet-cute. He's the logical to my emotional and I love him for it.

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Tucker

Tucker trotted into our lives last summer, and then promptly off and away into the sunset, stealing our hearts along with him. Just kidding. But not really, this gremlin is an A-grade escape artist. His favourite activities include swimming, stealing other dog's toys and farting.

 

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How do I get all my images?

 

I deliver all of my images to you in a personalized online gallery, which can be accessed for up until a year from the shoot date. Images can be downloaded in both high-resolution for print and web resolution for social media. The option to receive your images on a custom flash drive can be purchased at an additional cost. 

 

Is the retainer fee refundable?

 

To book, I take a retainer fee and a signed contract. For weddings, the retainer is 25% of the total cost and I’m all yours, and for all other sessions it is 50%. The retainer fee is non-refundable. In the event that you need to re-schedule, the retainer fee can be applied to the new date.

 

How do you accept payment?

 

I prefer to accept payment by credit card or bank draft. This is usually the quickest and easiest method (for you and for me.)However, I can also accept payments via PayPal or check. 

 
 

Does it cost to have you travel?

 
 

For out of state weddings, domestic travel is a flat $400 on top of the package price. For all international destinations, get in contact and we can discuss a rate.

 

How many images can we expect?

 

While I do not like to limit myself (or you) to a set number of images from our shoot, I usually shoot around 600+ images for weddings, and up to 200 images for all other shoots. If I shoot more awesome stuff from your day, you get more. Win - win! 

 

What do we do if it's raining at our session or wedding day?

 

I’m a huge advocate for sticking it out. It is Texas, so the weather can change minute-by-minute! If the weather turns inclement for a session and you get in contact with me by the day before our shoot at the latest I’d be happy to try and re-schedule for a better day, my schedule permitting. If it’s your wedding day or the session is unable to be re-scheduled we’ll just roll with the punches and shoot around it, in it, or find comparable indoor/covered spots. Don’t you worry - I’m not afraid to get my feet a little wet if you aren’t! 

 

Do we need a second shooter?

 

This totally varies with each couple, and wedding day. With larger guest counts and moving parts, I feel more comfortable and you feel more comfortable with that extra pair of eyes, trust. Fewer guests is generally more manageable, but if you have a shorter time frame of coverage, or if you’re planning on having some travel between the venue and where you two are getting ready, it’s a good idea to book a second shooter to make sure every moment is captured. Get in touch and we’ll chat about this.

 

Do you offer prints or albums?

 

I just started offering prints and I am in the process of begining to offer albums! I also include a print release in every package and session, so feel free to have any of the high-res images from your session printed through a print service provider of your choice. You can order prints directly through online gallery, or I can also offer recommendations for print service providers. 

 

What kind of equipment do you shoot with and is it insured?

 

I shoot with two cameras - a Canon 5D mk III and Canon 5D mk IV, and 3-4 versatile lenses. I prefer to shoot in mostly natural light, but I also bring a lighting setup for low light (usually during indoor receptions and after dark.) All of my equipment is insured, and I am also covered by comprehensive liability insurance. 

 

What do I wear to my shoot?

 

So glad you asked! I have a client style guide I can send you which covers the long and short of it. Here are some quick tips - if you’re doing bridals or a before/after wedding shoot it doesn’t hurt to invest in the works... flowers, hair, makeup. For engagements, couples sessions and portraits, I have some pointers in my style guide that can help you look your best.