Lead Photographer

I am a wedding and lifestyle photographer. Over the past decade I’ve had the privilege of documenting exceptional couples and  passionate small business owners. In all my photo sessions I strive for timeless, understated elegance, and the magic of capturing a unique real-life moment.


My mission is to deliver exceptional photography, excellent service and a memorable experience my clients will treasure. 

I have been married to my wife, Kim, for 31 years. We have two daughters, Alyssa and Emma. The Thompson team lives in the town of Fort Mill, SC. I have an obsession with coffee, sushi, music, camera gear and anything related to Auburn University. I love Nike High Tops, Apple technology and I could eat guacamole every day. I adore traveling personally and professionally all over the south.

Hi, I'm Kim


I am a wedding and newborn photographer. Richard & I love working together to photograph all of our clients. You have put endless energy into the planning of your wedding and I want to capture the beautiful details you've dreamed of and get to experience on your day. When you receive your pics, you will love reliving every aspect of the day with our husband and wife team approach of making sure we photograph it all!

As a former Labor & Delivery RN I love newborn photography. From swaddles to innovative prop setups, we love photographing your sweet newborn littles! You can have confidence that I will carefully handle your baby as we work together to make certain your photos reflect the beauty of your sweet little one.

I also own Joyful Stitches, an embroidery design and monogramming company. Need embroidery for your special wedding day or family gifts? Contact me on JoyfulStitches.net.

Hi, I'm Emma

Photographer, Videographer, Graphic Designer

I am currently a Graphic Design Major at Winthrop University. I have always loved art and photography. I also have experience in creating digital art in Procreate and Adobe Photoshop. I specialize in creating logos and I love working together with my family to create artistic projects with style that is custom to your life.

Hi, I'm Alyssa

Videographer, Web Content Creator and Curator 

I have taught 3rd/4th grade for six years and I love coffee! I hold a bachelor’s in education from Winthrop University and a master’s from Anderson University. I have always had an interest in technology and I am a Google Level 2 Certified Educator. I am also a certified Apple Teacher. I am excited to contribute my technology skills towards the family business. I organize, polish and manage online content for Forever Southern and I love getting to contribute to the projects our family gets to participate in.

Clients recommend Forever Southern because...

Clients recommend Forever Southern because...

“We had a wonderful experience with Richard. Super flexible and easy to work with and makes the best out of any situation, our photoshoot was in the rain! The proofs in the pictures!”