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 30 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

Photographer, Business Consultant and Session Assistant

I have been Richard’s wife for 30 years and I enjoy capturing your special moments with him. I hold degrees in Business Administration, Management, and Nursing. Since 2007 I have owned Joyful Stitches which is an embroidery design and monogramming company. Need embroidery for your special wedding day or family gifts? Contact me on JoyfulStitches.net. I enjoy keeping our home a happy and welcoming place for our family to share life together.

Hi, I'm Emma

Photographer, Videographer, Graphic artist, Custom Digital Illustrations

I am currently a Graphic Design Major at Winthrop University. I have always loved art and photography. I love capturing special moments through my own personal photography branch of Forever Southern and assisting my dad with Forever Southern Weddings as a second shooter. 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 grade for four 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!”