Reviews

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

 

Sarah + Kyle

"I couldn’t have asked for a better experience with Valerie! We planned our wedding in three weeks and after a recommendation from a friend, we 100% lucked out that Valerie was available to shoot on our day. We had a small, immediate family only gathering and Valerie was the perfect, unobtrusive and lovely addition to our day. We met after my husband and I said our I do’s for the first time, and she was just as pleasant in person as she was in the conversations we had leading up to the event. Her turn around time was quick and she went above and beyond to edit a picture of my Dad and I in time for a Father’s Day gift, just days after the wedding. We are in love with every shot and can’t figure out which to frame! A joy from beginning to end, we can’t say enough about Valerie."

 

Xiomara + Brandon

"If you want to have fun you HAVE to book Valerie! She was absolutely amazing and sweet. My fiance and I have never taken any sort of professional photos and we were very anxious about taking the pictures. We've taken our engagement pictures and already cant wait to work with her again for our wedding photos. If you want unique gorgeous photos with an amazing photographer Valerie Thompson Photography is the way to go!"

 

Madi + Gabe

"Valerie was the best! I found her through a mutual friend and fell in love with her style. She was quick to respond and so great to work with. My husband and I had a lot of last minute changes and she was so flexible with us. She made myself, my husband, and our families feel so comfortable around the camera. I couldn’t recommend her enough and brag on our wedding photos constantly!"

 

Katie + Corbin

"Choosing Valerie as our wedding photographer was the BEST decision we ever made! My husband and I actually live in Michigan, but got married in San Antonio. When we were searching for a photographer, my sister (who went to school in Dallas) said she had a friend from school who majored in photography- how convenient right?! We ended up hiring Valerie on the spot and am so thankful we did. Not only are the pictures GORGEOUS, but Valerie was so sweet and easy to work with throughout the entire process. We can't thank you enough for capturing our day!!! :)"

 

Elizabeth + Ethan

"I was pretty nervous about taking engagement pictures, but Valerie made the whole experience so fun and enjoyable. She is very easy to communicate with and we are completely obsessed with our photos. We can't wait to work with her again when she shoots our wedding!"

 

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

Dallas wedding photographer
  • 8 hrs (full day) of coverage 
  • Gallery of high-resolution digital images
  • Engagement session included
  • Bridals or Day After session included
  • Second shooter included (for over 100 guests)
  • Travel costs included
 

Intimate Wedding - $1,500

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  • Only valid for under 60 guests
  • 6 hrs of coverage
  • Gallery of high-resolution digital images

Collection 2 - $3,000

Dallas wedding photographer
  • 8 hrs (full day) of coverage
  • Gallery of high-resolution digital images
  • Choice of Engagements or Bridals / Day After session 
  • Second shooter included (for over 100 guests)
 

Elopement - $1,000

Dallas wedding photographer
  • Only valid for under 20 guests
  • 4 hrs of coverage
  • Gallery of high-resolution digital images

Collection 3 - $2,500

Dallas wedding photographer
  • 6 hrs of coverage
  • Gallery of high-resolution digital images
  • Engagement session included
  • Second shooter included (for over 100 guests)
 

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

Dallas wedding photographer
  • 2 hours
  • One outfit change
  • Gallery of high-resolution digital images
  • We can shoot in your home or I can suggest some other cute, cozy locations*

Portrait Session

Dallas wedding photographer
  • 2 hours
  • One outfit change
  • Gallery of high-resolution digital images
  • One location change if time and distance allows

Bridals / Day After Session

Dallas wedding photographer
  • 2 hours
  • Gallery of high-resolution digital images
  • 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

Dallas wedding photographer
  • 2 hours
  • One outfit change
  • Gallery of high-resolution digital images
  • 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.