Peter Wynn Thompson is a native Chicagoan. He studied photojournalism at the University of Iowa before returning to Chicago as a freelance photographer. He has spent his career working for publications including The New York Times, Boston Globe, Financial Times and International Herald Tribune along with agencies like Getty Images and Agence France Presse photographing presidents, celebrities, pro sports and national news events.
He photographed his first wedding in 2002 at the request of two friends (a photo editor and a photographer). His work has been published in The Knot Magazine, CS Bride, Style Me Pretty, Landlocked Bride and Wedding Guide Chicago to name a few.
When he's not behind the camera, he can be found traveling with his family, drinking craft beer and binging on Netflix.
Peter lives with his beautiful wife Karen, their children Ethan and Gillian.
Peter is based in Chicago and available for weddings anywhere.
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A.M. · Married on 04/21/2018
Most importantly, Peter is an incredible photographer who captures truly beautiful moments! He's extremely professional, accommodating, and easy to work with. It was apparent that Peter loves what he does by the big smile he had on his face the entirety of our reception! Thank you, Peter!
Claire · Married on 10/28/2017
Peter was truly fantastic to work with throughout our whole wedding process. His personality and shooting style made my husband and I both feel so comfortable and at ease which really shined through in the moments he was able to capture at our wedding. We were beyond pleased with the final product and will treasure his photos forever. Peter is professional, got our photos back to us quickly, and was a pleasure to work with.
-Claire and Jon
Michelle · Married on 09/16/2017
From the first time we met Peter, all the way through our engagement photos and wedding, he always made us feel comfortable. There wasn't any of that awkward feeling of trying to share an intimate moment with a stranger on the other end of the camera, he has a natural talent for that. He made such a great personal connection with us, by the time our wedding rolled around, we felt as if he would have been a guest had he not been the photographer. One of my favorite memories of that night was taking a step back from everything at the reception and having a bite of late night pizza with Peter, just soaking it all in.
We had actually booked a different photographer for engagement photos until we saw Peter's work and quickly changed our minds and I am BEYOND happy we did. His photos are absolutely beautiful. He made it a priority to find out who our "VIP" family members/friends were and captured many photos of them. I truly think Peter's work captured every emotion of our wedding day (his candids are my absolute favorite). I keep trying to think of excuses to use him again! I would recommend Peter to anyone looking to capture something special. He is simply amazing.
I love working with Peter Thompson! He captures the moments as they happen with gorgeous well-composed images. He is easygoing and unobtrusive. Just a great person to have around on wedding day!