About this Vendor
Voted The Knot Best Of by Local Brides
Voted The Knot Best of by local Brides. We are so excited to now be Jen & Dayton Photography (Jennifer L K Thompson Photography).We are a Husband & Wife team & we love getting to know our couples. We specialize in Fine Art, Photojournalism & Natural Light photography.
Second Shooter Available
Beautiful photos!Reviewed on 7/08/2014 Erica D
We are so happy that we booked Jennifer L.K. Thompson Photography for our wedding! We have looked at the photos of our wedding over and over again and we are just so thrilled with how beautiful they are and how they really capture our authentic expressions and all the important moments of our special day. Jennifer is an outstanding photographer, and the composition, color and artistry in her photos is phenomenal. We had high expectations based on the photos in her portfolio, but our wedding photos exceeded our expectations. We took our engagement photos with Jennifer and Dayton in November, on what turned out to be very cold day. They gave us the option to reschedule due to the weather, but we went ahead with the shoot. I was so impressed that Jennifer and Dayton were willing to be outside in freezing weather and take the time to get perfect photos. Jennifer had great ideas for locations, and the photos turned out beautifully and did not look overly staged. We met with Jennifer a month before the wedding, and she took detailed notes about our timeline and any specific photos we would want. Based on how our engagement photos turned out, I had great confidence in Jennifer and Dayton for our wedding photos. While Jennifer was always willing to take any photos that I wanted, I felt very comfortable relying on her ideas. She is a true professional and I trusted her to have a good eye for locations and composition. In addition, Jennifer was very prompt in responding to emails, which is important during the hectic stress of wedding planning. On the day of the wedding, Jennifer and Dayton arrived early and made the most of the time that they had there. It was really nice to have two photographers; Dayton took shots of the groom and groomsman before the wedding, while Jennifer took photos of the bridesmaids and me. Jennifer and Dayton took beautiful pictures of the ceremony that captured all the important moments, without being distracting during the ceremony. They also did a great job of efficiently handling group photos after the ceremony. Dayton called out the names in an efficient order based on the list we had given them in advance, and we did all the group photos in about a half hour. We then took additional shots outside of my husband and me and the wedding party. These photos are absolutely wonderful, and I am so glad that we built in time in our schedule for this. The photos she took of my husband and me then are beautiful and really captured our emotions on that day. After that, Jennifer and Dayton went to the reception location and took some great shots of the venue and the guests. Jennifer noticed that my hair wasn’t staying in place, and she quietly pulled me aside and fixed it herself with bobby pins. That is truly going above and beyond what was expected, and I was very grateful. They also got great pictures of the cake cutting, toasts and the dance. I just can’t say enough about how beautiful our pictures were and how highly I recommend Jennifer and Dayton. In addition to being great photographers they are very nice people who really put us at ease on the wedding day.
Jen and Dayton are AMAZING!Reviewed on 10/02/2014 Alexis H
We stumbled upon Jen and Dayton on the Knot when we were looking for photographers and from my very first meeting with Jen I knew that they HAD to be our wedding photographers! Jen and Dayton were the most kind, fun and thoughtful partners in making our engagement session and wedding day truly unforgettable. From the first planning of our engagement session, Jen and Dayton helped with any questions or ideas we had. Jen even helped me with wardrobe choices, making sure that my fiance and I looked our best in the photos based on her experience! During our engagement session, Dayton took time and care to make sure every shot was perfect. From the lighting to going to the exact right location, we could not have had any more perfect photos. In preparation for our wedding day, Jen worked with us on our timeline to make sure we had the exact right amount of time to capture the moments we wanted. It ended up working just right and I'm so glad we went with their suggestions. We also used one of their many items from BHLDN for our wedding and it was the perfect small touch to our day. During our photo session in between the ceremony and reception, Jen and Dayton helped us relax and have fun so we could get the photos we wanted. It felt more like having friends out taking photos with us than anything else and it was such a nice way to take a few moments in between the ceremony and reception. We also used their photobooth and it was definitely the highlight of our reception. The backdrop is more interesting than the usual plain photobooth backgrounds and the book they made and sent us home with that night from the photos was so cute and fun and looking over our photobooth photos together was a great way to end the night after we left the reception. After seeing the photos they have already sent to us from our entire day, I could not give them any higher of a recommendation. I only wish we could get married all over again so I could spend an entire day with them again! They made our day so much more fun and we have the pictures that we always wanted, but better. Thank you, Jen and Dayton!! We can't wait to work with you again in the future for family photos!!!
Fantastic Pair!Reviewed on 10/01/2014 Katie O
Working with Jen and Dayton has been an absolutely wonderful experience. I was so nervous about engagement pics- would my fiancé hate participating, would it be awkward, would they turn out awful? And upon meeting with them the day of the pictures, my stress and tensions went away. This husband/wife team are incredibly easy going, creative and fun. They made the entire process a fantastic experience, and even better - the pictures turned out perfect. I hate most pictures of myself, but there's not an engagement picture I don't love. Even my fiancé loves the photos, which is saying a lot. I cannot wait to work with these two again for my wedding. Thus far, it has been one of the best decisions I have made for the big day- second only to my groom and wedding dress, of course ;)
Look no further!!Reviewed on 5/25/2015 Lori M
Jen & Dayton photography was probably the best money we spent on our wedding. They are an amazing team... Very easy to work with and brilliantly talented. They put us at ease from the first time we met, taking time to get to know us and give us exactly what we wanted. They paid particular attention to detail which sets them apart from so many others. Our photographs are simply exquisite and we are so grateful to Jen and Dayton for capturing the memories of our wedding day in pictures we will treasure for a lifetime.
Best and most important vendor for your weddingReviewed on 4/27/2015 Samantha F
I think one of the most important vendors in any wedding is the photographer and I highly recommend Jen and Dayton Photography. I first had the pleasure of seeing them work in action at a friend's wedding a year before my own. Watching someone work is a great way to learn about them and see how they carry themselves. I remember being impressed with the way both Jen and Dayton were moving around, getting in the right position and angle to take amazing photos while at the same time being respectful of the ceremony and reception going on. My own wedding was moved up in timing with only 6 days for me to plan everything. I originally thought of having a friend take photos but realized again, this is the most important aspect of the day. The photos are the one reminder and one tangible you have for the rest of the marriage to look back on and relive those moments. This was not something I could simply brush aside. I got Jen's contact information from my friend and contacted her 2 -3 days before my wedding. She was beyond helpful and willing to make my wedding work on such short notice even though they already had 2 other weddings that weekend. One thing I learned about having a short time frame to plan is you get to work with the people that are truly compassionate about what they do and are truly excited to be a part of the bride and groom's big day. So many vendors I contacted said no - Jen and Dayton said of course and also talked about how excited they were! The day of the wedding is the first time we all met, which I think could be problematic for some people. You don't know personalities or how people will mesh - Jen and Dayton are so down to earth and kind it felt like we'd been friends for a long time. I loved that Dayton was able to stay with my groom and the guys to get photos of them while Jen stayed with all us girls. She also really helped with my timeline and keeping us all moving along schedule. With Jen you get a wedding planner and a photographer! They kept us at ease all day and were willing to work with us on whatever photos we wanted. It was a blast spending the day with them and I actually love that they were a part of our day which included a small group of close family and friends. Our photos are truly amazing and sometimes I look at them and think "Wow, who are those people. We forgot to change the photo out of the frame when we bought it." The eye they both have for taking shots and the time spent on editing is what you want for your wedding day memories. It's been hard to pick any favorite photo! There are not enough good things I can say about Jen and Dayton. They are everything you would want in your vendor - professional, amazing at what they do, kind and friendly. They are a part of your wedding day you do not want missing.
Our perfect pick!Reviewed on 3/20/2015 Katelyn W
My husband and I picked Jen and Dayton based on their photography style, and fell in love after meeting them! Without a doubt, they were the perfect photographers for us. They did our engagement session, and when our wedding rolled around, Jen was actually recovering from her illness that struck her to the point of hospitalization! Knowing that Dayton would still be there to capture the day, and that they would hire an equally talented photographer put us at ease. Also, Jen would still help edit the photos which is obviously important. Because of the illness, we waited awhile to get the final product (to no fault of anyone! this was not something you can avoid or prepare for), but it was so worth the wait! And thankfully Jen is doing so much better now, it was surely a stressful time for them :( Jen and Dayton are such amazing people and they really want their clients to be happy. Their style is top-notch, and any couple lucky enough to snag them will be impressed.
Highly recommendReviewed on 10/07/2014 Jennifer M
Their pictures are fantastic. Sweet team, easy to work with, and helped keep me calm on my wedding day. I was a bridesmaid in another wedding that Jennifer and Dayton shot and I am so glad to have gotten to know them. They are so sweet and do an excellent job. They completely put me and my husband at ease. Plus Dayton is awesome and he and my husband hit it off right away, which made all of the picture taking that much more enjoyable. I can't wait to work with them more in the future and highly recommend them.
Wonderful pictures and great to work with!Reviewed on 10/06/2014 Laura M
Hiring Jennifer and Dayton to take our engagement and wedding photos was a great decision. They were so easy to work with and took beautiful pictures! We searched and searched for the perfect photographer and are so glad that we found them! We would highly recommend them to anyone who wants a photographer who is friendly, communicates well, and takes GORGEOUS pictures! Thank you for capturing our special day!
Amazing service and quality!Reviewed on 9/22/2014 Melissa O
Jen and Dayton were absolutely amazing from beginning to end. The pride they take in their work shows in everything they do to the results of their hard work. Our pictures are beautiful and I wouldn't change a thing.
Amazing!Reviewed on 9/22/2014 Katie M
Dayton and Jen are so wonderful! They make you feel so comfortable, come up with great ideas, and are literally up for anything! They did our engagement pictures in 100 degrees at Forest Park Boathouse! I could not be more happy with the results and loved our session! We can't wait for the wedding!
Absolutely Amazing Photographers!Reviewed on 9/08/2014 Maggie M
I cannot even begin to explain how amazing Jen and Dayton are! Our wedding photos are all I wanted and so much more!
Could not have asked for a better experience!Reviewed on 8/25/2014 Kacey Q
Jen and Dayton of Jennifer L.K. Thompson Photography have been beyond amazing! I first contacted Jen about photographing our wedding a year out from our wedding date. She was already nearly booked for 2014, which only begins to show how sought after she is. She and Dayton were extremely professional, but also completely warm and inviting. They are the kind of people that you meet once and feel like you have known for years. When planning a wedding, it can be very stressful and having vendors like them was amazing! They make you feel very comfortable during shoots. During the ceremony and reception, I can't tell you how may people came up to me and complimented both Jen and Dayton about how "not-it-the-way" they were. I have heard horror stories about photographers ruining views for guests, and that was definitely not an issue. Jen and Dayton also worked amazingly well with our other vendors. Overall, I think anyone would be lucky to have them photograph their wedding!
***AAA-MAZING***!!!!Reviewed on 5/19/2014 Michelle P
We used Jen and Dayton for our wedding in April 2014. They did such a fantastic job for us and we couldn’t be more pleased. They were well organized and professional, but at the same time FUN and friendly. They were able to capture all the emotion, excitement, and love of our wedding day. They are both so talented and such kind people. They were also so patient with our crazy/hyper wedding party and they worked very well with our videographers. We've received numerous compliments on our wedding photos. Friends and family have told me that many of our photos look like the cover of a magazine. We are just so impressed with their talent!! You will not be disappointed!!
LOVE THEM!!!Reviewed on 1/25/2014 Kelly R
Jen and Dayton are amazing photographers to work with. Jen took the time to sit down with me and go over pictures I want, a timeline, and where to go for pictures. She even helped me with other wedding related things not related to photography. Her and her husband make an awesome team. Many of the people in my wedding party commented on how amazing they were. I would highly recommend them for your wedding. They even drove an hour to do our engagement shoot in a small IL town in the snow!!!!
Absolutely Wonderful!Reviewed on 9/25/2013 Daniele F
Jen and her husband, Dayton, are absolutely wonderful to work with!! From the 1st moment I spoke with Jen, I just knew it was going to be a great experience! She is always so excited to talk to you and no matter how many questions you have, she is always happy to answer them and does so quickly! You spend a lot of time with your photographer on your wedding day so it is important to have someone you enjoy being around. Jen and Dayton balance eachother well and are a good combination for the bride and groom! With the high level of service that they offer, I thought their price was very fair! We also used their photo booth for our wedding and got so many compliments on it! Everyone was impressed with all of the vintage props (not like your typical silly props) and the quality of the pictures! Jen and Dayton really did help to make our day enjoyable and we will without a doubt be using them in future life events!
Mrs. BuschReviewed on 7/20/2013 Jenna H
we absolutely loves Jen and Dayton! They were awesome. They took such good care of us. The day was very hot and they were more concerned about me and how I was doing even though Jen struggled with the heat for a minute! Anyone who ever is privileged enough to be photographed by them on their wedding day will have a wonderful experience. We couldn't have been happier with them!
Great photos and great customer service!Reviewed on 7/16/2013 Elizabeth P
Jen & Dayton are amazing. From the first call we received top notch service. Jen is always quick to respond to emails and the turn around on photos was almost immediate. No only was the service superior, but the photography and finshed product is art. Jen and Dayton elevate wedding photos to artistic expressions of beautiful memories. They were able to capture all our special moments. If you want truly beautiful photos look no further tham Jennifer L.K. Thompson Photography.
Wonderful!Reviewed on 7/09/2013 Stacey T
Jennifer and Dayton are the epitome of professionalism. They can always be counted on to be organized, timely and efficient. They are incredibly fun to work with and remarkably creative in their results. They have the unique gift of capturing moments more than simply taking pictures. I couldn't be happier with our choice and am grateful to have them as a part of our wedding!
Christy Kitson & Phil Miceli WeddingReviewed on 7/09/2013 christy k
As planning a wedding is very difficult and involves many decisions we found one decision was very easy to make. After seeing some of Jennifer Thompson's work on Facebook on a friends page I looked into hiring her immediately! She responded within a few minutes of my inquiry and met me later that week to talk. Jen is so sweet and professional and I felt comfortable right from the start, so we planned our Engagement session and it went great! The pictures were amazing and they captured our personalities perfectly...yes, even with a boot camp class going on nearby we still got amazing pics!! We can't wait until our wedding--3 weeks away-- to see how beautiful the pictures will be as well. I highly recommend Jen to anyone searching for a photographer. (I have 3 friends who have already chosen to use her and have loved their sessions as well and love Jen too!)
Best Wedding Photgraphers EVER!Reviewed on 7/05/2013 Kelsey K
I can't begin to explain how much of an amazing job Jennifer and Dayton did at our wedding. My husband and I both swear up and down that hiring them was the best money we've ever spent! From the moment they got to our wedding in the morning, they were doing an amazing job helping things run smoothly, getting great shots, and even helping me manage all of the different situations that popped up throughout the day! At one point, Jennifer ran down the hill to her car to get me a water because I was feeling ill from all the nerves. I don't think I would ever expect a photographer to be so attentive and so helpful but Jennifer and Dayton helped smooth out so many wedding problems! Our venue fell through on us a couple of times and they did an amazing job helping us fix the situations! They had to handle all of the announcements at our reception and they did such an amazing job and relieved all the stress from my shoulders! Everywhere we went during the reception they were taking pictures of us with our family members and capturing so many different candid shots! We wouldn't have even know they were taking pictures, they were out of the way and capturing some really natural shots. Our pictures don't look overly posed or fake because they know how to capture a good moment. We love all our pictures so much and they also did an amazing job on our engagement photos. They kept asking us if we had all the pictures we wanted and they were more than willing to hear our ideas and get any last minute shots we could come up with. They truly went above and beyond the call of duty and I would recommend them a million times over. All of our wedding party was blown away with how efficient and helpful they were and kept complimenting us on getting such great photographers! If you are anywhere near the St. Louis area (we got married in the Farmington area) you MUST go with them! You will not regret it!
Candice MarchantReviewed on 7/05/2013 Candice B
Jennifer L.K. Thompson Photography was AMAZING!! This wife and husband team is so friendly and fun to work with. They took our engagement and wedding photos and I am still getting compliments on the photos. Everyone comments how beautiful and unique the photos are and how great they turned out. They definitely have an eye for what they do. They are open-minded and flexible and I will continue to use them for any professional pictures I may need in the future!
Engagement SessionReviewed on 7/05/2013 Sara O
There aren't enough words to describe how amazing Jennifer is at photography and providing a Bride with a total experience. Jennifer made me feel important, special, and like her only client from our first meeting. She took notes about the experience I wanted to have for my wedding and has provided that experience with out question. Jennifer is always available by phone or email, often replying moments later. I was so nervous about what to wear for my engagement photos that Jennifer offered to go shopping with me to help. On the day of the session she helped me put together perfect looks! Jennifer and her husband were able to capture the love I have for my fiancé in a photo, in a way I didn't know possible. Looking at the photos Jennifer took of me I finally saw the beauty my fiancées sees when he looks at me. Jennifer offers understanding, commitment, communication, endless smiles, and a comfort that can't be done by anyone else.
Above and Beyond - Wonderful!!Reviewed on 7/05/2013 Crystl C
We had Jennifer take both our engagement session and our wedding and reception. Jen and her husband Dayton were very accommodating with every facet of our wedding. They personally care about the product that they put out, and they went above and beyond the services they promised. When we had a minor issue on our wedding day with a family photographer in some of the photos, Jen was more concerned than we were that some of the pictures might not turn out perfectly (the pictures were still amazing!). Because my husband and I were out of town while we were planning our St. Louis wedding, we had lots of questions about everything, not just photos - and Jen answered all of our questions without hesitation. We ended up using the florist that Jen recommended, and we loved her so much. The week before the wedding in particular, I found myself needing a makeup artist for the day of; even though it was so last minute, Jen was able to help us find the perfect person. My husband and I absolutely love the way the photographs turned out! On the day of, there were several last minute changes to our "schedule," and Jen and Dayton were great about adapting and still getting so many perfect shots. Jen is so easy to communicate with, too. The passion and care that both Jen and Dayton have for photography really shines through. We developed such a great relationship with them, and I highly recommend Jennifer L.K. Thompson Photography!
Fantastically, Fabulous Photographers!!Reviewed on 7/05/2013 Marissa M
I recently got the wonderful opportunity to work with husband and wife team, Jennifer L.K. Thompson Photography for my engagement photo session in March of this year. I learned of Jen and Dayton after thumbing through several photos from a friend's wedding last summer. I was instantly thrilled and had to know who the wonderful photographers behind all of her great photos were. My friend immediately referred me to Jen and Dayton when I got engaged in October of 2012. I am so honored to have worked with these two for my engagement session. They did an absolutely PHENOMENAL job--given the conditions we were under. There was an unanticipated foot or more of snow on the ground at the location my fiancé and I chose to have our e-photos taken at. Upon arriving, I went into full panic mode! How were we going to take photos with all of the snow around?! As soon as Jen and Dayton showed up, I was instantly relieved when Jen told me how excited she was to work in these conditions! After taking a walk around, she immediately explained to us that she had several great ideas for shots. Boy was she right!! The images that we received after our session were nothing shy of incredible!! My fiancé and I were beyond satisfied with how the photos turned out. I would absolutely recommend Jennifer L.K. Thompson Photography to anyone looking for high quality, gorgeous engagement/wedding photos. Jen and Dayton are extremely talented, hard-working, creative, very easy to work with, and overall wonderful people. We enjoyed every minute of our time spent with them at our engagement session and can not wait to work with them again at our upcoming wedding in August!
Perfect!Reviewed on 4/04/2013 Sarah C
Working with Jennifer was amazing! I never once had a complaint! It was important to me that on the day of the wedding I got all of my family shots and she did not disappoint. She helped me schedule and plan the family shots and was always available when I needed something! I highly recommend Jennifer L.K. Thompson Photography! Jennifer and her husband went above and beyond to make this process fun and enjoyable. My husband is a very shy man and they were able to get him to open up and have fun in front of the camera not only on our wedding day but also with our engagement shoot! I love everything that I received with my package! If you don't hire them for your wedding you are missing out!