Describe your business in 1-3 short sentences.
Listening to and getting to know my clients is essential to my creative process, and allows me to make honest photographs that connect our ideas, match personality to portraiture, and establish trust. I strive to make photographs that broaden our emotional repertoire and show personality. I'm inspired by the art that exists in genuine moments of connection between people and their surroundings and enjoy working with couples who are not afraid to be vulnerable, sassy and creative and scribble outside the lines.
Why do you want to work with APW Couples?
I feel that APW readers genuinely value creativity and prioritize photography. They want to connect with their photographers and have a set of wedding photographs that show the atmosphere and personality of their celebration. They know that weddings are ultimately about relationships.
Describe your artistic approach to weddings?
I will make a photograph if I notice an irresistible puddle of light or the seductive trifecta of atmosphere, composition and design, but otherwise I hunt for the moments and beautiful imperfections that tell your story. I'll capture colorful swirls of chaos, peaceful moments of structured serendipity, and everything in between. I'm an observant fly on the wall, but prepared at any moment to jump in and be a decisive but calming presence without needing to be asked. Calm is my superpower.
What are your non-work-related hobbies?
Gardening, cooking, traveling, reading and lots of yoga.
What’s your favorite book?
Anything written by Brené Brown.
4 reviews on “Betty Clicker Photography”
We found Kate (Betty Clicker) online after searching for and studying the work of (we think) every established wedding photographer in the Richmond area. Kate's photographs appealed to us at first because we were not only looking for someone who took beautiful photos, but someone who took photos that truly captured the essence of an occasion - pictures that felt real rather than posed. We stalked the Betty Clicker website for quite some time, and the more pictures that Kate uploaded, the more we fell in love with her work. Unique, artistic, special pictures that bring out beauty in all kinds of people and places. For engagement photos, Kate struck a great balance of listening / accommodating what we wanted, with helping us create a shot out of nothing when we were at a loss. On the day of the actual wedding, Kate executed flawlessly - she captured every important moment, taking charge when she needed to, and all without being overly noticeable. Her price was mid-to-high end, but the value of the final product made the price well worth it. Aside from being a natural with a camera, Kate is a genuine, caring, detail-oriented person. We really enjoyed working with her on a personal level, and she has our highest recommendation to anyone in search of a photographer.
Betty Clicker Photography is simply the best. I did not even consider another photographer for my wedding. It had to be Kate. She captured moments from our rehearsal and big day that I could only dream of. Her talents are far reaching yet her demeanor is thoughtful and sweet. Most of the time you do not even know she is there. She is a quiet "ninja" with the camera, allowing you to live in the moment while knowing and trusting that she is capturing memories that will last a lifetime. Throughout the entire process (planning, day-of, and post-production) she has been a complete joy to work with. Always prompt and organized yet skilled with an artistic eye that is so rare, I feel so lucky to have had her. Highly highly recommend!
Book Betty Clicker Photography as soon as you get engaged! It cost us a good chunk of our wedding budget, but it was SO worth every single penny for the amazing wedding photos we received. These are the kinds of photos you want to blow up and put in your house-- the kind that don't seem forced or posed, the kind that show every emotion of that moment. Working with Kate was a joy-- she is the nicest, calmest, coolest person, and she is one of the best photographers I've ever known. We have gotten so many compliments on our pictures from so many people-- even random Facebook friends we haven't talked to in years. Book her! and if she's unavailable, just change your wedding date. Trust me on this.
Kate Thompson is a dream to work with, and we are so very grateful that she elected to take us on as clients! From our very first correspondence to the day of our wedding to the insane two-week turnaround on our extraordinary wedding photoset (!!), her flexibility, kindness, low-key warmth, and no-drama style had us counting our lucky stars at every turn. How do we count the ways? Though based in Richmond, she traveled to DC for free, skipped from locale to locale shooting wedding events with professionalism and grace, and even scouted shooting locations in advance of our morning wedding. She offers flexible photography packages for those with less-than-all-day events, and tailored her package still further so we could get more time with her! Friendly and easy-going with our flexible timeline, she showed up on time, directed when we needed direction and fell back when we did not, and made EVERYONE who was photographed, from camera-awkward me to my camera-shy mother-in-law, feel comfortable and look great. (Introverted couples: Kate is your girl.) She started sharing quick preview shots of the wedding on the day-of (!) and trickled them out over the short weeks to come before the final photoset landed — something we as a couple absolutely loved, since people who weren't in attendance could connect with her gorgeous shots in real time. More than anything else, though, there are her photos, which speak for themselves, in volumes. Kate is a true artist, a kind spirit, and a dream to work with. We can't wait to work with her again!