Engagement Photos - Why they're so important!

Engagement Photos - Why they're so important!

So you got engaged….congrats! Now you start the fun planning process and get to go to bridal shows, dress shops, different venues and start browsing for the perfect wedding photographer near you! All of these things are great fun and but can sometimes lead to more questions than answers. Wedding photography in particular can be confusing…so many options…so many packages….albums, digital files, shooting time, number of photographers, timelines, styles….the confusion can be daunting for someone planning their first wedding.

One of the choices you’ll need to make is whether or not to have engagement photos taken. Many local wedding photographers will include this as an extra option and others will include it in their standard packages. Here at Dave Thompson Photography, we include it as a standard part of all of our collections for a number of reasons, here’s why….

It’s a great excuse to get all dressed up, go out for a couple drinks and lunch, and then spend a couple hours with your future hubby/wifey having fun….kinda like a date night that includes paparazzi taking your pics!

You’ll be able to spend some time in front of the camera, before the hustle and stress of your wedding day. We’ll work with you to help you feel comfortable with the camera pointed at you (BTW, most people are very camera shy, it’s not just you!). We’ll help you learn posing, the best ways to stand, how to relax and how to have fun to create beautiful memories.

You’re gonna need pics for your save the date cards, reception slideshows, guest sign-in books and wedding websites…. this is the perfect way to get them!



Are you planning a wedding? We’d love to work with you and document your love story for you! Click the button below to get in touch and we’ll meet you over coffee to connect!



You’ll be happy you documented this time in your lives together. We like to pick activities and places to shoot that are special and meaningful to you. If you both enjoy horses, we’ll plan the session around horse back riding. If you have a favorite local restaurant that is special to you, we’ll shoot their. If you got engaged on a pier overlooking lake Michigan, that’s a perfect spot for your photos! In 20 years, when you look back at your photos, you’ll be so glad you had this season in your life captured to remember forever!

So there you go, hopefully you’ve learned a little bit about why we think you can’t go wrong with an engagement session! Get in touch, we’d love to hear your love story and document this beautiful time in your lives together for you!

{ Kiah + Derek | 1.12.19 } Engagement Session

{ Kiah + Derek | 1.12.19 } Engagement Session

I knew this engagement session was going to be amazing from the first time Kiah contacted me. Kiah and Derek are both Notre Dame grads and recently Derek popped the big question on campus, so they knew they had to find a way back to campus for their engagement photos! After finding their perfect local wedding photographer (me!) their plan was coming together!

They had both made recent career moves that took them to different parts of the country but wanted to get back together for their engagement session at their alma mater campus. They knew they wanted a snow filled love story for the theme of there photos, so we picked a date to “shoot” for (lol, no pun intended). In Indiana, you never know what you’ll get, but lucky enough the weather leading up to the date showed plenty of snow in the forecast, so it worked out perfect!

We started off in front of the famous golden dome for a few shots….the snow was really coming down at this point!

These two were completely amazing to work with! Their natural connection was contagious and it was an absolute blast to shoot with them.

What a better way to start a lifelong relationship than to light a candle of blessing together….

Time to cuddle up and get warm together! Derek sure knows how to score brownie points when he grabs the blanket and wraps Kiah up tight :) They are perfect together…blizzard and all!

When you’re in a local Indiana snow storm, there’s no better way to end a day of picture taking and walking around campus than to have an epic snowball fight!

A huge shout out to Kiah and Derek for choosing this local photographer to capture this special time in their lives together! With all the choices in photographers today, it’s an honor that they’d choose Dave Thompson Photography! We had such a blast this day, it’s surely on the top of our list for the most fun session to date!

We wish we could be there to see the wedding day, I’m sure it will be amazing! CONGRATS!

Wedding Wire Award Winners

I’m so happy to announce that Dave Thompson Photography has been given the Couples Choice award for 2019!

Bride in strapless ball gown with beautiful floral pattern and burgundy and green bouquet in front of white pillars.

Thanks to all of the amazing couples that have chosen this local photography team to photograph their wedding day! We love getting to spend the day with brides and grooms and being there to witness and capture all the special moments for them!

I’m always honored when we get great feedback on our Wedding Wire page and 2018 was no different! We got to see all the emotions of Moms and Dads, grandparents, children and of course brides and grooms as they make a life changing commitment to each other! It seems like every wedding I end up drying off my camera eyepiece right in the middle of the ceremony because I start crying :) At the end of the day, once all the hard work and stress of planning and organizing a wedding is complete, it’s really about the connections, moments and memories that are being made!

Here’s to another wedding season in 2019 full of fogged up camera eyepieces !!!

Midwest Wedding Photography Guide

Midwest Wedding Photography Guide

I’m super excited to have been featured in this addition of the Midwest Photography Guide in Wedding Day magazine. This issue features 29 of the best wedding and engagement photography pros from around the northern Indiana and southern Michigan, included yours truly!

Check it out using the link below and be sure to browse through the entire Wedding Day website, where you’ll find lots of information on wedding venues, caterers, floral vendors and all sorts of other tips and tricks for your wedding day!

Bridal Spectacular 2019 - South Bend Century Center

If you’re a bride whose recently engaged and starting to wade through all the options available for wedding related items, the Bridal Spectacular is the perfect place to start!


Dave Thompson Photography will have a booth and we’d love to show you how we can help make your dream wedding come true :) We will show you examples of what we provide including engagement photo sessions, wedding timeline planning, custom leather wedding albums, digital files and beautiful personalized and creative photos of your special day!

Come out and see us this Sunday, Jan. 6th and say hi!

Click the link below for more info!!

Bridal Spectacular - South Bend Century Center

{ Cuthbert Family | 10.11.18 } Family Photo Session

{ Cuthbert Family | 10.11.18 } Family Photo Session

I love getting to meet new families and get to know each of their personalities! This family photo session was no different. We had so much fun finding different areas around the park to capture some great memories for them. I love it when the kids want to run and have fun, it make for great candid shots of families being themselves!

Kids will be kids!

Can’t forget about Mom and her daughter and Dad with his boy!

{ Devree + Joe | 9.30.18 } Engagement Session

{ Devree + Joe | 9.30.18 } Engagement Session

It’s always so much fun meeting a new couple and witnessing the genuine love an connections they share as they are venturing along the path of marriage! Joe and Devree share such admiration and respect for each other and it definitely shows in their engagement photos.

We were able to spend time with them in St. Patrick’s County Park in South Bend at some of their favorite locations within the park!

Of course, the big blue barn in the park is awesome and we had to take a few photos there….

When we saw this long fence full of grape vines, I knew that Joe would have fun collecting a “bouquet” of grape vine leaves especially for Devree….surprise!

Oh, and the covered bridge, yea we had to shoot some photos around there too!

And the big red barn in the background…must have photo!

And last but not least, a short hike through the woods brought us to their favorite foot bridge over a creek within the count park!

Congrats to Joe and Devree for this exciting time in their lives together!

{ Wetzel Family | 9.24.18 } Family Business Photos

{ Wetzel Family | 9.24.18 } Family Business Photos

Alissa got in touch with me asking if I would take photos to capture some memories for their family inside their family business. She told me about the family run general store in Union, MI and how it had been started 36 years ago by her father and how closely connected the whole family had become to the business. After all the years of running the store, the time had come to close the business and they asked me to capture some final memories!

I jumped at the opportunity to be involved and to be able to photograph all of them together in this store that meant so much to them!

The kids have grown up in and around this family business and it has become a big part of their lives over the years. I was amazed to hear all of the history and stories dating back to the 80’s when the store was opened. The Wetzel family spent many days and nights organizing and operating the market.

The dining table at the front of the store was the gathering place for many early mornings involving strong coffee, newspapers and visits by many in the community. In a small town like Union, Michigan, this market has become a landmark for all in the community to come for a chat and to buy their groceries!

The grand kids stole the show….these jackets were family heirlooms and worn by the owners children as they grew up in the store…now the grandkids are passing down the tradition!

The little ones had a blast running down the isles of the store and having their family photos taken…smiles on all the kids faces!

These little toddlers were a blast…so darn cute and loving!

Country portrait

I love being able to meet and hear the stories of all my clients….it always such a blessing to see inside their world and be able to capture it in photographs with them!