Architecture & Design
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 photography help diverse groups define a single cohesive message? I believe photographing candid interactions between participants is usually more honest than group photos or “grip & grin” scenarios to bring to life the spirit of an event.
When well-planned and carefully researched, a true portrait will draw out a subject’s personality, 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 a corporate website. These two products are priced accordingly.
Products: In-Studio or On-Location
Often considered a freestyle event by many photographers, what may feel like wide open spaces for inspiration can be seductive. However, placing creativity above the creative brief can be a recipe for disaster.
Accepting that the client has a deeper understanding of the brand – and where they see your photography helping shape the brand – is key to building a trusting relationship with marketers and creative directors.
In a career spanning almost 40 years, I’ve worked both in – and with – all three roles. My perspective is informed by relevant experience navigating the forces at work when building any brand.
THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC
My life in photography began in the 1970s when a favorite aunt trusted a 10-year-old Dave to explore the Michigan’s lakes with her new Nikon F2. In the 80s I was photo editor of my high school yearbook., after which I snagged a spot shooting campus life and sailing classes for the Michigan State University annual.
Over the course of my career, I’ve built relationships with fantastic clients and talented photographers across North America. I believe in adding value and increasing efficiencies in any assignment, large or small.
I’ve had the good fortune to sign renowned marketing firms, as well as some gifted photographers in the US and Canada.
My practice includes an emphasis on photographing:
- Architecture & design
- Corporate events & people
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 & experience, and my thoughts on how to best partner with clients.