who we are
Betty Clicker Photography is an award-winning documentary photography business based in Virginia. With over 8 years of experience photographing weddings all over the world, founder and principal photographer Kate Thompson’s career path has been a circuitous one. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Weddings, Garden & Gun, and more. When she’s not traveling to photograph weddings and families, she co-runs a small creative studio with her sister Anna called Palindrome Creative Co. She also co-founded a conference for photographers called The Family Narrative that is held annually in both New Orleans and Australia.
kate thompson, owner & principal photographer
My name is Kate Thompson and I live in Richmond,Virginia with my left-brained other half, Nick and our toddler, Helen. Photography is how I take a stab at making sense of the world. I haven’t found any answers but damn if I’m not wild about the process. People tell me I’m a calming presence on wedding day - a “stealthy photo ninja” if you will. On the inside I feel like daydreaming fool with a curiosity about the layers of human expression and a hunger to make playful but meaningful photos - for you.
I let intuition guide me and am pulled to the moments and beautiful imperfections that punctuate your wedding day. I'll capture swirls of chaos, 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. The best I can hope for is that you end up with a visual narrative for your family to enjoy for years to come and that your photos are the perfect cocktail of my values/creative risks and your important memories.
When I'm not working, you can find me cooking, hiking, practicing yoga, reading, or tending to my beehives.
amelia schmid, associate photographer
Our trusty associate photographer Amelia Schmid joined the team in early 2019. Based in the Shenandoah Valley with several years of wedding photography experience, she brings just the right amount of calm energy, quiet confidence, and creativity our studio.
Growing up I only wanted to be one thing. And now I am that thing. I take pictures.
I live by a creek in the Shenandoah Valley. I have a dog. I travel once-in-awhile. If I didn’t know I was awake, I’d tell you to let me dream. Perhaps I’m a country song without the blues.
Life is about relationships. Listening to our clients is essential to the creative process and allows us to make honest photographs that connect our visions, match personality to portraiture, and establish trust. We strive to make photographs that broaden our emotional repertoire, encourage nostalgia, and show the importance of slowing down and being present. We’re 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 us.
We do our best work when given the creative space to be ourselves. Since we’ll be with you during every tear, knowing look, and moment of vulnerability, sometimes we’ll feel like friends. At other times we might seem like a fly on the wall.. or a guest. The best wedding photographs have come from pure moments of spontaneity - not from a shot list or strict schedule. Couples who trust and give us 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.