About

*Warning: lots of text ahead. Sometimes I’m long-winded.*

What do you do?

At Thornhill Photography we want to help you, your family, and/or your business or nonprofit look your/its best, with some great photos or videos.

Thornhill Photography collageWhat kinds of photos or videos, you ask? I just told you—GREAT ones. Oh, you mean, what categories of photos or videos? Well, there are:

  • Branded lifestyle photo sessions and headshots for you or your business
  • Wedding photos and video
  • Engagement photos
  • Family portraits
  • Senior Photos (for high school or college seniors, although we can do them for the AARP crowd, too; oh, and we offer similar model-for-a-day type photo sessions for tweens, too)
  • Short promotional or testimonial videos for your business or nonprofit (great for use as Facebook cover videos or for hosting on YouTube and embedding on your website)
  • Graduation/commencement photography (as in, taking photos of grads as they get their diplomas; we do the kind where you take photos of people who are getting ready to graduate, too—see Senior Photos, above)
  • Photo booths for weddings or other events
  • Awards ceremonies
  • Any of the above types of photo sessions as a video session (I know, radical, right?)
  • And more

About that And more. Current conventional wisdom would say we should specialize in a certain category, rather than trying to be everything to everybody. I get that. And, I agree.

Our primary category is people photography and videography. There are a lot of subcategories within that, but they’re all about people. Even when we’re shooting commercial photos and videos—product shots, behind-the-scenes at a business or nonprofit, etc.—it’s the people behind the products that usually are the focus (get it—focus?).

Can I get all my photos on a CD?

Absolutely. Or even on a flash drive or cloud storage; we’re high-tech like that.

But you’re not going to get the “photo session and all files on a CD for $50.”

We believe in the tangible photo product. It’s important to print your photos, not just stick them on a flash drive in the junk drawer. Most of our photo art options include a digital file of the image you ordered. And there’s an option to order all the digital files, once you reach a certain level of investment.

“But you’re holding my photos hostage!” No, actually, I’m not. You’ve probably got a phone in your pocket that has a pretty nice camera built in. If you want just digital images, use that camera phone. Or choose one of the many other photographers who have a different business model than ours.

This isn’t some bait-and-switch “gotcha.” You’re choosing us for professional photography or video, not for spray-and-pray-and-dump-’em-all-on-a-disk picture taking. There’s nothing wrong with that, if it’s what you want. But that’s not us.

Those of you who’ve been with us for a while may be thinking to yourselves, “Hold on there, Thornhill Photo guy, that’s what you did for us—you took a bunch of photos and dumped ’em on a disk.” Correct as usual, King Friday.

But we want to move beyond that race-to-the-bottom-of-the-market strategy. It does a disservice to you, to us, and to the whole reason behind hiring a professional to make photos for you when almost everybody has that aforementioned camera phone surgically attached to themselves.

Our prices aren’t dirt cheap. They’re also not so high that you’re going to wonder what we were smoking when we came up with the prices. Hopefully, like Goldilocks, we’ll have found “just right.”

And we may (will) run specials from time to time that are based on a lower investment (that’s the big word that all the marketing gurus say we should use instead of “price”) approach. That’s good for you and for us—it gives you a chance to try us out at a lower price point, and it gives us a chance to show you why we’re worth becoming your preferred photographer at full price.

Anything else you need to tell us?

We come to you. Right now, we don’t have a physical studio space. That’s a lot of lease money for a big open room that doesn’t get used much. But even though our sessions are conducted on-location, if you want a studio look we can bring our portable studio setup and give you the look of a professional studio session, but done in the comfort and familiar setting of your office or home. And if your photos needs require an actual studio, we can rent a space from someone in our local creator network.

While we work to build our base of wonderful client friends like you, we primarily create our photo and video sessions on weekends and in the evenings on weekdays (although we can make some exceptions, with proper planning). Obviously, that’s mainly because I work at another great job, as well. But often it turns out to be more convenient for busy working people like you, too. You don’t have to take off from work, or pull your kids out of school during the middle of the day.

So, after I’ve scrolled all the way down this far, won’t you at least introduce yourself?

Mike Thornhill profile photo
Hey, that’s me! Handsome devil, ain’t I?

But of course.

Hi, I’m Mike. (“Hi, Mike.”) I’m what passes for the brains behind this operation I call Thornhill Photography. My background is in radio and TV, and about 15 years ago I moved over to (or from, depending on your perspective) the dark side to work for my college alma mater in the communications & marketing office. It’s very much a Jill/Jack-of-all-trades operation in our office, so I get do a lot of interesting stuff.

But I really gravitated toward the photo and video opportunities. And eleven years ago, one of my coworkers asked if I would photograph their wedding. So I went out and bought some equipment and started soaking up all the wedding photography helpful hints I could find on the interwebs, so their trust in me wouldn’t be wasted. And the rest, as the saying goes, is history.

So, here we are, nearing the conclusion of the 11th year in business.

Weddings, engagements, headshots, maternity, babies, seniors, models, college graduations, awards ceremonies, commercial work—I’ve shot ’em all. And I pretty much love ’em all.

Whaddya say you and I work together to make some awesome photos?

Are you done, yet?

Almost.

“They” say you should be authentic and not pretend to be someone you’re not. So, this is me, this style you’re reading. More than a bit goofy, sometimes inappropriate (but hopefully not too far over the line). Shifty eyed and mumbling sometimes (hey, just throwing it all out there). More smirk than smile. But we’re going to have a lot of fun on your photo shoot. And I’m going to work hard to make sure you get what you’re looking for, and to make sure you’re glad you trusted me to make your photos.

And, yes, I generally refer to my single-person business as “we.” And I tend to switch back and forth between I/we, sometimes in the same sentence. And I start a lot of sentences with And or But. Sorry, it just flows more naturally and conversationally for me that way. (And, yet, in my other job where I do a lot of proofreading, I never would let someone get away with that clumsy phrasing methodology. Do as I say, not as I do.)

How do we book you for one of these super great photo or video sessions?

Send me an email at [email protected]. Or you can call or text 828-484-1404.

And let’s do this thing.