hello & welcome
My name is Kate Thompson. I am a documentary photographer who strives to capture the art that naturally exists within us and in the world around us. Photography is how I make sense of the world, and I'm inspired by movement, story, and layers of human expression.
I live in Richmond, Virginia with my very left-brained other half, Nick and our little Helen. When I'm not traveling to photograph weddings and families, I run a small branding studio with my sister Anna called Palindrome Creative Co. and plan a family photography workshop series called The Family Narrative. And when I'm not working, you can find me cooking, hiking, practicing yoga, reading, or tending to my beehives.
I let intuition guide me and am pulled to the moments and beautiful imperfections that punctuate your wedding day. I'll capture colorful swirls of chaos, peaceful moments of structured serendipity, the quiet subtleties, and everything in between. I'm an observant fly on the wall but am prepared at any moment to jump in and be a decisive, calming presence without needing to be asked.
Your wedding is not about the day, but rather the moments leading up to it. The best I can hope for is that you end up with a visual narrative of the gathering for your family to enjoy for years to come and that the images are a perfect cocktail of my creativity and family values and your story.
[ If you're curious, Betty Clicker is a nickname I was given as a child. I think of it as my photography alias and figurative superwoman cape. Quality time is my currency, and calm is my superpower. ]
Life is about relationships. Listening to my clients is essential to my creative process and allows me to make honest photographs that connect our visions, match personality to portraiture, and establish trust. I strive to make photographs that broaden our emotional repertoire, encourage nostalgia, and show the importance of slowing down and being present. I'm inspired by the art that exists in genuine moments of connection between people and their environment and enjoy working with couples who are not afraid to trust me.
I do my best work when I am given the creative space to be myself. Since I will be with you during every tear, knowing look, and moment of vulnerability, sometimes I'll feel like a friend. At other times I might seem like a fly on the wall.. or a guest. My best wedding photographs have come from pure moments of spontaneity - not from a shot list or strict schedule. Couples who trust and give me free reign to document their celebration are the couples whose photos take you right back to what it felt like to be there at the wedding.