Reviews

Don't take my word for it - hear from other people! 

 

Will + Rachael

"When I decided to get married on an island, in the middle of a lake, in the middle of the desert... I was sure we wouldn't be able to find a photographer. Luckily, is Valerie as adventurous as she is talented. We have stunning photos of everything and everyone (before, during, and after the wedding). She was incredibly supportive, creative and just a wonderful person to spend time with. I recommend her whole heartedly."

 

Adam + Angel

"My husband and I booked Valerie initially for a smaller backyard wedding of about 80-100 people. She came and toured the house with us, brainstormed on what kind of lighting would look best, and was super responsive with any and every concern I had. About a month before the set date, my husband and I changed our minds and decided to do more of a pop-up style wedding in New Orleans a full week earlier than the original wedding date. Valerie was incredibly flexible and given the short notice and total 180 in planning, completely turned what could have been a disaster for us into perfect memories. She was ready to move forward with the new setting and even found some other spots in the area where we could take more photos at between the ceremony and the reception. I couldn't have asked for anyone more professional, kind, or flexible to have photographed our big day. From one bride (who swore she wasn't going to be a picky) to all of the future picky brides out there, you will NOT regret hiring Ms. Thompson for your photos."

 

Kennedy + MJ

"My fiancé and I were so excited to see our engagement photos today! In only a week Valerie was able to enhance some shots from our aviator themed engagement shoot and we could not be more thrilled!! The level of comfort we felt during the shoot was matched only by Val's professionalism and artistic eye! She knew how to position us, what to say to make us laugh (dad jokes for the win!) and made the 100 degree heat not even a factor! Thank you so so much, Val! These photos make the entire engagement feel real somehow and we will definitely be repeat customers!!"

 

Kate + Rowdy

"Valerie has a great eye and always manages to capture the best moments. She is organized and professional in everything she does making her an absolute pleasure to work with. I highly recommend her work!"

 

Wedding Packages

 

Collection 1 - $4,000

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  • 8 hrs (full day) of coverage 
  • Engagement session included
  • Bridals or Before/After session included
  • Travel costs included
 

Intimate Wedding - $1,500

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  • Only valid for under 60 guests
  • 6 hrs of coverage

Collection 2 - $3,000

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  • 8 hrs (full day) of coverage
  • Choice of Engagements or Bridals / Before or After session 
 

Elopement - $1,000

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  • Only valid for under 20 guests
  • 4 hrs of coverage

Collection 3 - $2,500

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  • 6 hrs of coverage
  • Engagement session included
 

Additional Services

Any of these options may be selected separately, or in conjunction with any of my wedding packages. All sessions are $350. *Venue fees and travel fees may apply

 

Intimate In-Home Session

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  • 2 hours
  • One outfit change
  • We can shoot in your home or I can suggest some other cute, cozy locations*

Portrait Session

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  • 2 hours
  • One outfit change
  • One location change if time and distance allows

Bridals / Before & After Session

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  • 2 hours
  • Pick a date either before or after your wedding to shoot a relaxed session all dressed up and looking your best, or getting all cuddled up and cozy with each other.

  • Make it local or make it an adventure*

Engagement Session

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  • 2 hours
  • One outfit change
  • Make it local or make it an adventure*
  • One location change if time and distance allows
 

Questions?

 

How do I get 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. 

Do you do studio portraits?

I am primarily a natural light photographer, and I shoot mostly outdoors. While I am always down for a styled indoor session (hello, in-home sessions!) I typically take my portraits out of the studio, and I only shoot with natural or found lighting (think neon, string lights, etc. instead of overhead fluorescent). I just prefer the natural look over artificially-lit portraits. And I LOVE dramatic light. There is no shame in my light game. 

What about locations?

I got you covered! I have a running list of DFW-based locations I love to shoot at and a growing bucket list. 

What equipment are you shooting with?

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 use a Canon Speedlite when necessary (usually during indoor receptions and after dark.) 

Do you do prints or albums?

I do not offer print or album orders at this time. However, I 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 of your choice. I can also offer recommendations for print service providers.

Do you do family sessions? 

While I hope to offer family sessions consistently in the future, my focus right now is primarily weddings and couples. However, I know so many talented family photographers who would love to take on your session, so don't hesitate to reach out for a recommendation.

Should I do a first look? 

Short answer: yes. Long answer: yes, because... weddings can get hectic and a lot of the day is spent with other people getting ready or making the rounds at the reception saying hi to everyone. That leaves not a lot of moments for the bride and groom to just relax and be with each other. I love first looks because it gives the bride and groom a very special private moment before all the chaos begins, and it is a moment all of their own. See also: private last dances. Ask me about those, too. 

What about travel costs?

For destination weddings, all travel costs are covered in my premium wedding package. For all other packages, travel to U.S. destinations 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 I 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 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.