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Wedding & Engagement Portfolio


Wedding Photography

Artistic wedding and engagement photography in the South Bend, Mishawaka, Elkhart and Goshen Indiana areas.

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Wedding & Engagement Portfolio


Wedding Photography

Artistic wedding and engagement photography in the South Bend, Mishawaka, Elkhart and Goshen Indiana areas.

 

Welcome!

I'm Dave Thompson, a wedding and family photographer from northern Indiana.  Along with my assistant, we love to capture the very essence and soul of your wedding day & family moments through photography.  We believe in our mission to work with amazing brides & grooms to give them the gift of hand-crafted photo memories to cherish for many generations to come!

Get in touch - we'd love to buy you a coffee, hear your story and show you what memories we can create with you!

 
 
 
 

A better wedding photography experience....

  • No time limits - pay one price and never have to worry about photography time limits on your wedding day!
  • Two photographers - when moments happen, we will be there to capture them!
  • We'll help you plan your timeline, attend your rehearsal and be by your side on your wedding day - because our clients and their wedding day mean everything to us!
  • You'll receive your final photos quickly - normally in less than 2 weeks!
 
 
 

Get in Touch for a free consultation!

Send me your information and we'll meet up for a coffee and chat about your big day!

I love hearing all about wedding plans and get excited to be able to work with awesome brides and grooms to help make their dream day come to life!

Most spectacular experience! I don’t have the words to express how highly I would recommend him!
— Aimee (Sep. 2015)
Dave was wonderful to work with for our wedding photography. He captured every moment perfectly. He has such an artistic eye and suggested fabulous poses and locations. I cannot recommend him enough, he is very attentive and will ensure you have gorgeous images to look back on and remember every moment of your special day!
— Kristy (Aug. 2017)
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Why Choose Us?


Why Choose Us?

Choosing a photographer for you wedding is a major decision!

Here's why we're your best choice...

Why Choose Us?


Why Choose Us?

Choosing a photographer for you wedding is a major decision!

Here's why we're your best choice...

What other photographers don't provide.....

As one of the most committed, artistic, honest & experienced wedding photographers in the northern Indiana area, there's no better investment than Dave Thompson Photography.  Filters & trendy, cliche gimmicks are not our style - we will showcase your wedding with timeless poses, candid moments and genuine images that look as good in 20 years as they do now.

We build genuine friendships with our clients, getting to know their friends and families.  We encourage our clients to book an engagement shoot with us because it allows us to get to know each other and begin building the connections that produce great photography, as well as giving you great photographs to use for invitations, thank you cards, etc...

Cute Flower Girl and Ring Bearer
 

Extra Touches

We're here to help you creat the wedding of your dreams. From helping with timeline planning to attending your rehersal, we'll be your partner and friend before, during & after your wedding! We absolutely love helping make a dream wedding come true through photos!

Fast Turnaround

Expect ultra fast turnaround for your photos - don't settle for months to deliver your photos. We strive to have your photos is 2 weeks!

Timeless Style

We offer a clean, enduring and sophisticated editing style with a mix of traditional posing, candid moments and environmental portraiture. We pursue timeless images free of trendy filters & gimmicks that will eventually be outdated.

Unlimited Time

We don't believe in limitations, especially on your wedding day. You'll pay one simple price and never have to worry about hourly rates, shot counts, up charges, etc...it's always UNLIMITED!

Two Photographers

Dave & Kelly work as a team so that every moment is captured at your wedding! We make sure every tear of joy and every smile of excitement is caught on camera.

Experience

We have over 20 years experience - we'll guide you through your wedding day. You don't want just anyone whose "good with a camera" for such an important event
 
Dave did such a great job photographing my wedding! He was great at directing us through the chaos and the pictures turned out GORGEOUS!! He came so prepared and knew exactly what to do to get the best pictures. I highly recommend him if you want your special day to be captured in time!
— Bryn (2017)
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Investment


Investment

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Investment


Investment

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Thanks for the amazing job on our wedding photos. They turned out better than I could have imagined!
— Tonya B. (Aug. 2015)
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Beautiful Custom Wedding Albums


Heirloom Albums

An investment in your family's heritage.

A treasure to pass down.

Beautiful Custom Wedding Albums


Heirloom Albums

An investment in your family's heritage.

A treasure to pass down.

Digital Files vs. Heirloom Albums

You will receive digital files (.jpg) of all of your photos - both standard size (for social sharing, email, etc..) and full size (for printing).  I recommend that you store them in a fireproof safe, in the cloud or somewhere outside of your home - this safeguards your memories in the event of a fire or other disaster.  However, there are drawbacks to having only digital files:

  • Your USB drive will eventually be obsolete & unreadable - tape drives were replaced by floppy disks, replaced by CD's, replaced by hard drives, replaced by Bluray, replaced by USB drives.....you get the point.  Your album will never be obsolete or replaced!
  • Your favorite photos are difficult to find quickly - if you've ever tried to find your 10 favorite photos on your phone, while flipping through all 900, you know how much of a pain this is.  Albums are easy to open & show off, no hunting!
  • Digital photos look horrible on some screens and better on others - no two monitors or screens are created equal - skin color, brightness, size & resolution never look the same and look downright horrible sometimes.  Your Heirloom Album is color corrected and is printed on high definition, brilliant Kodak photo paper, so your photos and memories always look their very best!

 Albums give you instant, high definition access to all of your favorites, assembled in the perfect order, to guide your viewer through the story of your wedding day!

Ask yourself what you'd rather pass down to your children and grandchildren - a thick handmade, leather covered, personalized heirloom album -or- a tiny plastic thumb drive made in China?  Which can be stored for 30 years in an attic and still be pulled out at any time and passed around for viewing?  As you grow older and begin to cherish your families lineage, you will never regret spending a bit of money on an album.


"An album is an investment in the future and a link in your family chain"


For these reasons, I've hand selected a premium album for your wedding.  They are hand crafted in the US, using museum quality archival materials and are guaranteed to last over 100 years!  The ultra-thick pages are are held together with unbreakable bindings and the images spread across both pages.

There is absolutely no comparing these to Snapfish or other retail book companies.

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Products


Photo Products

Products


Photo Products

The digital .jpg files you'll receive are great for sharing online and act as a great backup/archive option, however there truly are better ways to showcase your memories than your smartphone or computer screen!  Years of research have allowed me to offer exceptional products that are only available to photo studios.  I encourage all of my clients to consider an Heirloom Album and also some of the other products I offer:

  • Heirloom Albums - Guaranteed for over 100 years, these albums will preserve & share your favorite photographs in a format that will never become obsolete or accidentally deleted.  Think about your great grand-children pulling this album down from a shelf sometime and seeing the faces & personalities that they're connected to - albums make this possible!

  • Large Format Canvas or Prints - Once you've seen a professionally mounted, 24x36 or larger print hanging in your bedroom or above your fireplace, you will be blown away and won't know how you lived without it!

  • Guest Books, Thank You Cards, Wedding Invitations, etc... - I have beautiful templates and will custom design all of these items for you.  What a great way to use your engagement and wedding photos!

I truly believe in the importance of photography.  Photography is an investment in history and family heritage and allows you to pass down memories though the family tree for many generations to come.  I strongly believe in printed media (albums and framed photos) much more than digital images.  My albums are guaranteed for many generations and can be stored and retrieved much easier than digital formats.  The likelihood that your great-grandchild will be able to view an album is much greater than the likelihood he/she will be able to open and view a digital file.

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Wedding Photography Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Frequently Asked Questions

Below you'll find some answers to the questions that I get asked a lot.

Wedding Photography Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Frequently Asked Questions

Below you'll find some answers to the questions that I get asked a lot.

- How long does it take to get my pictures after the wedding or engagement?
A typical wedding will take from 7 to 14 days to fully edit all of your pictures and get them to you. There are typically 600+ pictures taken during a wedding, which means a lot of hours spent editing them all. Some of the pictures will be removed, many will need touched up and a selection of them will have a lot of post-processing done to really make them shine!
- How many photographers do you use during a wedding?
We are a 2 photographer team. We have been working together for a long time and work well together to keep your wedding day running smooth!
- How will I receive my pictures?
The majority of the wedding packages include access to an online gallery to view, download or print all of your photos. This gallery allows you to share directly to your Facebook page as well as other social sites. You can download individual pictures or the entire set. The gallery is completely password protected and secure, so only you have aceess to it. Additionally we will make you a custom USB drive with all of your digital pictures for you to store safely.
- What about Copyright and printing rights?
Dave Thompson Photography will provide you with a Print Release document which allows you full rights to have any of your photos printed at any printer you choose. I would highly recommend you choose a professional, high quality printing house and shy away from local drugstores, Walmart, etc... as you will not be happy with your results.
- Do you require a deposit and/or contract?
Yes, we request that half of the entire cost be paid in advance in order to secure your requested date. At the time of deposit, a contract will be signed by both of us that outlines the details regarding payments, hours, location, etc... This document is used so that you know exactly what to expect from us! The remaining balance must be paid before you receive your final pictures.
- Do you travel to other locations to shoot weddings or engagements?
Yes, we can travel to just about anywhere you would like us. Typically the travel expenses would be covered by you, but the standard fee structure above would still apply. Please feel free to contact us for further details.
- What about albums?
Yes, we can design and publish an album if you're interested. We utilize a professional printing lab for all of our prints, providing archival grade, long lasting prints and albums that are designed for last over 100 years. Our fees are very competitive and the finished product is a custom designed piece of art meant to pass down for many generations.
Dave, just wanted to tell you Karen was absolutely amazed by how you took all my old pictures and created the collage photo of my life to go with the journal I had written for her. She loved, loved, loved it! And then how you took the new photos of me in my yard was really wonderful and somehow, you got me to smile - something I rarely do, for some reason, when I get my picture taken. What was truly special for me was how you were able to include my oldest daughter in a very special photo, especially as she entered Heaven in 1971. Through my 81 years, I’ve had my picture taken by a professional 5 times and have never, ever been as pleased with the results as I have with your photos. I can’t thank you enough for creating the beautiful keepsake collage photo and portraits for myself and my family.
— Nina (August 2014)
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South Bend, Mishawaka, Elkhart Shooting Locations


Photo Location Ideas

Are you looking for beautiful locations for your wedding or engagement photos?

Below are some of my favorites!

South Bend, Mishawaka, Elkhart Shooting Locations


Photo Location Ideas

Are you looking for beautiful locations for your wedding or engagement photos?

Below are some of my favorites!

Very creative and innovative photography! Love your profile and background photos too!
— Joline (Dec. 2015)
Cobus Creek Park

Cobus Creek Park (Elkhart)

Just an amazing little park!  Great trails, beautiful fall trees and foliage, small bridges and lots of open spaces.  This is a prime location in October to capture engagement pics or family portraits.  If you have a wedding in the Elkhart area, this makes a great sunset spot to stop and capture you and your wedding party!

Round Barn Theater (Nappanee)

This place is amazing!  Beautiful barns of all colors, lots of stone walls, walkways, horse & buggies, just amazing scenes around every corner.  The main attraction is obviously the amazing round barn itself, but there is so much more.  Within a mile is also downtown Nappanee where you're able to picture life as it was 60 years ago and capture some amazing & beautiful imagery.

Oliver Mansion-Copshaholm (South Bend)

This is a magnificent mansion located near downtown South Bend.  The lush gardens, brick walkways, magnificent stone porches and ornate woodwork make a super backdrop for photos.  I've shot numerous engagements and weddings, both inside and outside here.  This is at the top of the list for venues in northern Indiana for sure.

Amtrak Train Station (Elkhart)

There is an awesome brick train station in downtown Elkhart that is really fascinating to shoot an engagement or couples session at.  Parked there is also an amazing old train that you can climb into.  This is a perfect venue to do a stylized shoot - 1920's suit and suspenders for him and a long formal dress for her!  Dapper couple departing on a freight train!

East Race Waterway (South Bend)

If you're looking for an urban/contemporary feel for you engagement session, this is a fantastic spot.  I'll often pair this location with a downtown South Bend shoot, as it adds variety to the photo shoot.  Some of the attractive elements here include steel bridges, sitting benches, whitewater rapids, long concrete pathways and brick buildings to add interest.

Battell Park (Mishawaka)

This is an really awesome location for family photos, senior pictures or photography in general.  The park offers plenty of scenery to incorporate into photos.  The bright red foot bridge is really cool as is the St Joseph river, Beutter Park and the River Walkway.  There's plenty of architecture, neat old brick buildings and water features to incorporate into photos!

Notre Dame Campus - South Bend, IN

How can you go wrong on the campus of the great Notre Dame University?  You can't!  There are so many historic attractions, amazing doorways and arches, stonework, beautiful landscaping and just generally awesome scenery to work with.  The grotto is amazing as is the long walkways too!

Example wedding photo taken in Shanklin Park in Goshen, Indiana

Example wedding photo taken in Shanklin Park in Goshen, Indiana

Kate's Garden Park - Mishawaka, IN

A spectacularly beautiful garden park near downtown Mishawaka that's perfect for photos before a wedding, an engagement session or a family portrait session.  The park has plenty of interesting backdrops including a gazebo, floral gardens, pathways, greenery and other beautiful scenery.  Easy to get to and usually not a lot of people.

Shanklin Park - Goshen, IN

Close to downtown Goshen, this is a great little location for an engagement shoot.  There's a very cool arched steel bridge, a nice lake, a few benches and various trails to explore.

Kercher's Apple Orchard - Goshen, IN

Quaint and romantic, this apple orchard makes a great setting for an engagement session.  Walk down the rows and pick out an apple for your partner!  The barns are awesome too!

High Dive Park (Elkhart)

Island Park (Elkhart)

Ruthmere Mansion (Elkhart)

Bonneyville Mill - Elkhart, IN

Rustic barns, streams and open meadows are everywhere in this county park.  Lots of different shooting locations are here to explore and it's generally not overcrowded. 

Oxbow Park - Dunlap, IN

A super amazing park within close driving for anyone around the Elkhart, Mishawaka & Goshen areas.  There are a lot of trails, woods, open fields of tall grass and it's all for a very reasonable admittance fee.  There's an amazing 1 lane covered bridge and lots of scenic backdrops of awesome fall colors in mid to late October.

Coppes Commons - Nappanee, IN

Set in the quaint town of Nappanee, Indiana, this is a charming old cabinet making factory building from the early 20th century.  The upstairs venue room decorates beautifully for weddings and receptions, with lots of beautiful woodwork, tall ceilings, gorgeous wide plank flooring and tons of natural light.  The outside boasts large expanses of awesome brick walls with vintage signs which make great photo opportunities.

The Brick - South Bend, IN

A really neat place for a reception located along the river in South Bend.  The vibe is modern and classy with tall ceiling, beautiful windows and plenty of space to host a wedding reception.

The Res - Mishawaka, IN

A really interesting location with lots of spectacular scenery.  In the winter, the snow makes an awesome backdrop for engagement photos.

Blue Chip Casino - Michigan City, IN

Overall this can be an amazing location for an engagement or couples portrait shoot.  It's best to plan the shoot for a weeknight evening when the crowds are minimal.  The lighting, the furniture and the gambling make for an upscale and romantic setting.  Sunset adds a really amazing feel to the scene and adds romance to the Bluechip!

Michigan

Lots of flowers and quaint hideaways make Fernwood Botanical Gardens the perfect venue for engagement or wedding photography.

Lots of flowers and quaint hideaways make Fernwood Botanical Gardens the perfect venue for engagement or wedding photography.

Fernwood Botanical Gardens - Niles, MI

This is a very beautiful setting, particularly in the spring and summer.  There are various gardens to choose from that give all different settings.  The flowers are very beautiful most parts of the year and provide stunning backdrops.

Silver Beach County Park - St. Joseph, MI

Beautiful sunsets and wonderful lighthouses inspire romantic engagement photos here.  Weddings are really beautiful as well.  There are many other beaches up and down the east coast of Lake Michigan as well.  I enjoy working with couples at beach locations, as the setting itself invokes romantic moods and foster genuine interactions, which leads to genuine photos!

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Recommended Vendors


Recommended Vendors

You'll find below a list of some of the top vendors I've worked with in the area.

Recommended Vendors


Recommended Vendors

You'll find below a list of some of the top vendors I've worked with in the area.

Gowns/Tuxedo/Dresses

If you're looking for a large selection and tons of personal service, you have to visit Formal Affairs Bridal Boutique in Elkhart!


Floral

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West View Florist will set the stage for the wedding of your dreams!  With a long history of serving the Elkhart area, they have everything you need for your wedding floral needs!


Cakes & Bakeries

No better tasting wedding cakes & pastries than Adams!