Erin & Tom

Photographed Erin & Tom last evening for their engagement seesion. Wow, wedding coming up fast, less than two months to go! Thanks you guys for some great images!

Quote of the Day

“Trying times are not the times to stop trying.”
— Ray Owen, Writer

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Quote of the Day

“To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes, the wise and the good learn wisdom for the future.”
— Plutarch, Historian

Storm Blow In

Sitting on the city dock in Bayfield, WI….well we took cover shortly after this little squal hit us!

Rachael & Robert, July 25, 2008

Robert and Rachael were married on Friday, July 25th at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, MN. I can still vividly remember meeting Rachael at the Bridal Show and listening to the ‘excited’ details of her wedding…a post of their engagement can be found on the blog…check it out!
Anyway, the weather was warm, for sure, but everyone looked GREAT and all the guest looked liek they were having a good time! Blessing to the both of you!!

Lindsey & Scott, July 26th, 2008

Photographed Lindsey & Scott this past weekend in Ashland, WI at Scott’s family farm…what a great venue…Kudo’s to his mom & dad who had to have labored much during the past 3-4 months to put the grounds all together.
Fun couple with lots of fun images. It was nice to have worked with this coupe again, as I’ve photographed them at another wedding (friends of theirs) a few years ago. Blessings Scott, Lindsey and family!


It’s largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. You’re not finished when you’re defeated, you’re only finished when you quit.
The most important quality essential to success is perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.
You can have a fresh start any time you choose, for “failure” is not in the falling down, but in the staying down. It’s not over until it’s over.
If you’ve got the courage to stick it out, you’ll attain your goal. Winning isn’t everything. Wanting to win is everything.

Ryan & Karli’s Wedding, July 19. 2008

Adrian Halvorson, one of our photographers was honored to have photographed Ryan & Karli Johnson’s Wedding in Litchfield…He did a super Job! Weather held off and the result was great images!!!

Rachelle & Andro were married this past Saturday in Bayfield, WI.  Weather was ‘iffy’ at times, but we manages alot of great images!  Thanks Rachelle and Andro!!  Blessings!!

Nicole & Kevin

Photographed Nicole & Kevin’s engagement on Sunday(yesterday)…had decent weather so we decided images on a sailboat would be awesome! It was! Thanks Nicole & Kevin….Looking forward to October!!

Quote of the Day

“You are going to fall off a cliff trying to get a better shot someday” – My hopeful and loving wife

“ Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ”

– Mark Twain [Samuel Clemens] (1835-1910),

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! 18 Years, today!

iI can’t believe my ‘little boy’ is 18 years old, today. Infact, at 7:55 am this morning, it was official.
No amount of coffee with Bailey’s is taking the shock away from ol’ dad this morning…
The image was taken nine years ago or so…
I love you, Ian!!

” The worst prison sentence ever is ‘Mediocrity for Life With No Chance of Parole’… and it is self imposed.”

Amber & Ricco, July 12, 2008

Was fortunate to have been asked by Riccdo & Amber to photograph their wedding this past weekend…WOW! Lots of great images, too many to post!

Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat”
— Napoleon Hill, Motivational Writer

Quote of the Day

“The value of compassion cannot be over-emphasized. Anyone can criticize. It takes a true believer to be compassionate. No greater burden can be borne by an individual than to know no one cares or understands.”
—Arthur H. Stainback; author

Meagan & Nathan

Photographed Meagan & Nathan’s engagement session on our sailboat and near the beach at our Marina this past weekend…I’m expecting their wedding to be as fun as this session. Thanks you guys!! Looking forward to August 8th!

Sunrise From Madeline Island

Photograph taken in the early morning, during Applefest celebration in bayfield, Wisconsin…early October before haul-out…

Help In Achieving Peace Of Mind

Help in Achieving Peace of Mind

Nothing can be any more dead than your past, so if you wish peace of mind, you must learn to close the doors to all past experiences which were negative. Digging up the sad experiences of one’s past is worse than digging up dead cats.

Always remember that every unpleasant experience you ever had carried with it the seed of an equivalent pleasure or benefit. If you must think of these experiences, then learn to transmute them into something helpful by searching for that seed of an equivalent benefit, and express gratitude for it.

Perhaps the seed may consist of some useful lesson you could have learned only from sad experience.What if the experience did leave ugly wounds in the heart? The seed of an equivalent benefit may consist of the fact that the heart had the power to heal the wounds, thus proving that it can still heal other wounds it may receive in the future.

Close the door on ugly experiences, disappointments and frustrations, and lo! the great universal healer, TIME, will not only heal the wounds, but it will also condition your mind to reveal to you the seed of equivalent benefits available to you because of these experiences.

When you close the door on any portion of your past experiences, be sure not to leave it ajar. Nail it down tightly so you will not be tempted to peep through the crack to see what has happened to the thing you discarded.

You are searching for the way to peace of mind.

That way does not lead backward through the graveyard of dead hopes and unpleasant experiences, a goodly number of which every human being must face during a lifetime.

As the physical food you eat passes through your body, your system extracts from it those portions which are required for the health and maintenance of the body and discards the remainder as waste which must be eliminated from the body before it becomes a deadly poison.

Your mind works in a similar manner in its reaction to the mental food you feed it through your daily experiences, some of which is good for your welfare and some of which must be eliminated before it, too, becomes deadly poison.

When you have attained peace of mind, your mind will automatically reject every thought and every mental reaction which is not beneficial to your welfare. Meanwhile, before you graduate into this desirable command of your mind, you will find it necessary to voluntarily throw off all negative mental influences which you do not wish to become a part of your character.

The “throwing off” consists of your forming the habit of transmuting negative thoughts into positive thoughts. How is this done, you ask? Simply by switching your mind away for unpleasant thoughts and training it on thoughts which are pleasant.

O. Henry’s one and only adventure in crime, which resulted in a prison sentence, was transmuted into talent as a writer which made him an immortal in the field of literature.

Jack London’s frustrations during the early part of his life were transmuted into novels which made him a national figure during his lifetime and for a long while thereafter.

Knut Hamsun, a Norwegian immigrant, failed at everything he tried. Finally, in desperation, he decided to write his story of disappointments in a book which he called Hunger. It won the Nobel Prize for literature and caused the publishers of the world to make a beaten path to his door. Then came riches in great abundance–sufficient to enable him to retire.

Remember with profit that one’s experiences in life, good or bad, are not important within themselves. One’s reaction to those experiences is what counts. By closing doors on those experiences which are unpleasant, one may transmute them into benefits of great value to one’s self and to the world.

Charles Dickens suffered a disappointment in his first love affair. Instead of jumping off the highest building or taking an overdose of sleeping pills, he transmuted his unrequited love into David Copperfield, a masterpiece of literature which opened to him a career that crowned him with glory and riches fit for a king.

If often happens that before a man finds himself he must undergo a series of reverses, disappointments, defeats and failures.

More than likely Harry Truman would have been greatly surprised if, following his failure as the operator of a haberdashery, he had been told that one day he would be President of the United States.

It is a fortunate day for a man when he discovers that there is no such reality as a permanent loss; that for everything which is taken away from him he gains something of equal or greater value to take its place–perhaps something quite different from the thing he lost.

It is an equally fortunate day when a man discovers that the most of his so-called failures and defeats are blessings in disguise; that they force him to change his course in life so that he is led in the direction of greater opportunities, greater happiness, greater understanding.

It would have been difficult to sell this idea to Milo C. Jones while he was working, with a healthy body, as a farmer at Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. He was making a living from his small farm and he would have told you that was about all that any farmer could be expected to do.

But had you told him about it after he had been stricken with double paralysis, and had discovered a mind which enabled him to convert that same farm into a multi-million dollar business, he would have listened to you with respect.

Is it not strange why men seldom come to themselves until they have been overtaken by disaster? Perhaps the Creator planned it thus. There seems no other explanation.

The richest copper mine in the world was discovered by a miner who had spent most of his life searching for gold. This trusty mule, which carried all of his worldly belongings, including his mining equipment, fell into a gopher hold, broke his leg and had to be shot. While trying to dig the mule’s leg out of the hole, the rich copper ore was uncovered.

Remember, when frustration of any sort overtakes you, it may be the silent work of an unseen friend who is trying to save you from trouble.

-Napoleon Hill

Quote of the Day

“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody-it saves so much trouble.”
—Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), poet, author

“Award Winning Photography”

“Award Winning Photography”
Weddings are special. Two people committing their lives to each other. Families beings created. The joy of dreams shared and love fulfilled. Let Delightful Images capture the hope, dreams, and joy of the day that your lives are united. Weddings are celebrations of life and love. Weddings are solemn promises and vows. But most of all weddings are history – your family history. At no other time in your life will you share something so intimate as vowing your love in the company of so many people. Love can be dramatic, wild, quiet, all at the same instant. Love is unique to every couple. Show the world how different your love is.
Together as a team, they create and photograph romantic, storybook weddings that their clients love. Please call the studio to discuss your ideas with Gregg & Linda so they can answer any questions that you may have. Gregg Thompson Photography offers a wide range of services including custom designed portrait sessions, clothing consultations, custom framing, digital retouching services, contemporary black & white wedding photography and more. They look forward to helping make this event one of the happiest and memorable of your lives.
We offer Wedding Collections that always capture the Heart! Two Photographers, with over 24 years of combined wedding experience, at your event. Capturing your style, moments, memories in Black & White and Color, with a ‘flare’ for the contemporary and traditional. Full day coverages, leather-bound custom designed albums, on-line viewing, our guarantee…assure you of the “Best” we have to offer!
Gregg Thompson has been photographing weddings, portraits and corporate functions for over 18 years. Renowned for using natural light situations, Gregg is able to create a sensitive and elegant image.With Gregg’s spontaneous humor, all the tension diminishes and clients become their best in front of the camera.
Gregg has been recipient of many Honors, including; awarded “Minnesota Wedding Photographer of the Year 1999″, “Photographic Craftsman Degree” from PPA in 1999, “Court of Honor” awards, Kodak “Gallery Award” and numerous images accepted into Loan Collections.
Linda, Gregg’s wife, along with her expertise in managing their property management company these past six years, decided to joined forces with Gregg, and became co-owner five years ago, bringing her Black & White photographic (documentary) experience to the team. Her stylistic eye never fails to capture the passion of the day and her sense of fashion and design records those intimate details that might otherwise get overlooked.
Gregg met Linda totally by chance. He had inquired about hiring a model, to help with a wedding instruction class he was presenting to fellow photographers, when a friend mentioned Linda… Seven years later, they now find themselves as one of the ‘most sought after’ married photography teams in the Midwest, having been asked to photograph weddings throughout the Midwest, as well as Negril, Jamaica, Houston, Texas, Sacramento, CA, Seattle, WA, Las Vegas, NV, Sanibel Island, FL, and Isla Mujeres(Cancun), Mexico.With their children, they enjoy traveling together, spending time at their lake home and sailing their 30′ Cal Sailboat on beautiful Lake Superior.
Together they strive to provide the finest wedding and portrait artistry available.Thompson Portrait DesignToll free phone: 866.656.5919 / e-mail:

“No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.”

—Author Unknown

April 2021