I’m Dave Thompson, a professional photographer in West Michigan.  Thank you if you have stopped by my ArtPrize® 2021 entry. Many of you have asked if it’s possible to purchase a reproduction of the “Grand Rapids Skyline Mega-Pan” for your home or office.

Great news! We’re now taking orders for a 72-inch x 18-inch version of this very unique image. These limited edition signed and numbered prints will be transferred on canvas and stretched on a wood frame.  The level of detail is quite remarkable at this size as well.

Reserve your 72-inch reproduction of this image below. I’ll be in contact soon with ordering details, including timing and final pricing.

If you haven’t seen the Skyline Mega-Pan in person, I hope you’ll stop by to see it in front of the Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids. See you there!


Photographing architecture requires an appreciation of the artistic, a respect for the scientific, and a commitment to reflect the vision of the architect.

Quality and accuracy are non-negotiable in this genre, so I work exclusively with Nikon equipment, including the D850 and D810 F-mount DSLR bodies, paired with super fast Nikkor lenses, including Nikkor Perspective Control, Electronic aperture (PC-E) 24mm f/3.5D lens.

Events & People

Do events have personalities? Can diverse groups define a single cohesive message? Photographing this elusive spark can mean capturing the focus of a fixed gaze, or the connection of a fleeting glance.


When well-planned and carefully researched, a true portrait will draw out a subject’s personality, and reflected in their values. This holds true whether the subject is an individual, a couple or a family.

Headshots, on the other hand, are often designed to create a oneness, or a sense of team, such as in an annual report or on an ID badge. These two products are priced accordingly.

Photographing food can be the opposite of cooking: Slow deliberate processes to capture the essence of food that one will eat.


The freestyle event for many photographers, what may feel like wide open space can be seductive. But placing creativity above the creative brief is a recipe for disaster.


My life in photography began in the 1980s, first as the photo editor of my high school yearbook, which led to a role photographing campus life for the Michigan State University annual. 

Over my 30 year career, I’ve been blessed to build relationships, both with clients and other talented photographers across North America. I’ve learned to add value and increase efficiencies in every assignment, large or small.

At times I’ve had the good fortune to hire industry-leading marketing firms, as well as some renowned photographers in the US and Canada.  

My practice includes an emphasis on photographing:

  • Architecture & design
  • Corporate events & people
  • Residential landscapes 

I invite you to take a few minutes to browse my site.  If you like what you see, I would be thrilled to discuss your next project, and to add value to your organization or brand.

You can also click here to learn more about my background, my experience, and my thoughts on how to best partner with clients.  

And thank you for your interest!


Ready to book?

Thank you for your interest in purchasing a 6-foot reproduction of the GR Skyline Mega-Pan.

Fill out the form today and a copy will be reserved for you. We will be in touch shortly with more information.