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    I finished the photos from this Williamsburg wedding weeks ago, but had SO much I wanted to say and so many GREAT photos I wanted to include I didn’t know where to start. Every couple is in love on their wedding day, but with some couples, their love is contagious and affects YOU – and that was the case with Whitney & Henry.

    Their engagement was short, but thanks to Whitney’s mom no one would’ve guessed it. We squeezed in an engagement session at Yorktown Beach aboard Henry’s boat a couple weeks before the wedding day, caught the sunset after a windy (and cold) outdoor ceremony, and the rain passed just in time for their sparkler send-off.

    Everything worked out – including the flash mob surprise that both families collaborated on – and I couldn’t be happier for them. I just know this is just the start of a perfect life. Congrats guys and I look forward to photographing your kids someday!

     

    “I received such amazing photos from my wedding & the hardest part was narrowing down which ones I loved the best because there were so many great shots to choose from. Heather Hughes was professional from start to finish & I would highly recommend using her to capture your precious moments! – Whitney

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    No post is complete without a quick shout out to the AMAZING professionals that helped make this Williamsburg wedding so stunning –  Flower Cupboard, Sara Bailey with makeup, the always amazing Colonial DJs, and Kadi Bakes. #agradelisaffair

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    heatherhughesphotography@gmail.com

    Voted the Knot’s “Best of Wedding Photographers” | Wedding Wire’s “Couples Choice” Award 2008 – 2018 | Virginia Living Magazine’s “Top Wedding Vendor” 2016- 2018 | Virginia’s Small Newspaper Photographer of the Year | Wedding Photojournalist Association Blue Medallion Award

    First, a little about me.

    I always loved photography and went to college at Ohio University where I earned my degree in photojournalism and worked for newspapers as a photographer and editor for almost 10 years before starting my own wedding & portrait business 10 years ago.

    So in other words, I’ve been doing this for awhile ☺ family-photographer

    So for the first time EVER I am offering a summer workshop to learn posing, lighting, composition, and how to use the manual mode on your camera to capture your vision.

    Not ready for a week-long workshop? Still trying to figure out the auto mode?

    That’s ok too.

    You can choose to attend only the subjects you’re most interested in, or SIGN UP for one-on-one coaching where you can learn at your pace and at the level you are ready for.

    A few details about the workshop:

    • Students must be at least 15 years old
    • Space is limited, no more than 15 students per session
    • Workshop will be July 22-27 starting at the Denbigh Community Center in Newport News (location subject to change)
    • Sign ups begin around May 5, 2018
    • Sessions start at $59/ person
    • Sign ups will end once the class is full or on July 15, 2018

     

    Click HERE to get the full schedule and to sign up form

    If you have any other questions please feel free to CONTACT me anytime.

     

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    I love winter weddings, and this winter Williamsburg wedding was nothing short of stunning (all that was missing was a little snow).

    So stunning that I just HAD to order a sample album of Morgan & Alex’s wedding with the gorgeous wood cover everyone loves – just in time for the bridal show in Richmond this Sunday and the VOW show in Virginia Beach next Sunday. This one you really have to see in person!

    This amazing story of a “boy meets girl” is almost too good to believe. Morgan, a cheerleader, falls in love with Alex, a French football player, when he moves in across the street. They stick together through their college days at the College of William & Mary and their fairytale ending sounds like one straight out of Hollywood – but it actually happened, right here in Hampton Roads.

    Years later, just before Christmas, they were married at Wren Chapel and celebrated with their friends, family, and the College of William & Mary mascot (the Griffin) even made an appearance. It was the perfect storybook wedding and I couldn’t be happier for these two. Be sure to check out the list of outstanding vendors I had the pleasure to work with at the bottom of this post if you are planning a Williamsburg wedding – they will not disappoint you!

     

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    No post is complete without a quick shout out to the AMAZING professionals that helped make this Williamsburg wedding so stunning –  Flower Cupboard, amazing live band by Sam Hill with DJ in Full, and videography by Keith Reagan.

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    (757) 870 – 4006

    heatherhughesphotography@gmail.com

    Voted the Knot’s “Best of Wedding Photographers” | Wedding Wire’s “Couples Choice” Award 2008 – 2018 | Virginia Living Magazine’s “Top Wedding Vendor” 2016- 2018 | Virginia’s Small Newspaper Photographer of the Year | Wedding Photojournalist Association Blue Medallion Award

    Victoria and Jason met while working at a fire station in James City County and it was love at first sight. And according to the best man, Jason literally turned her head! So it was no surprise that Victoria was practically glowing on her wedding day at the Historic Jasmine Plantation.

    But what was so great about this wedding is Victoria wanted everyone smiling and having fun with them. So she worked hard to combine their personal interests and quirkiness into the wedding, including giving the bridesmaids their favorite books to walk down the aisle, super hero cufflinks for the guys, and using plastic light sabers throughout the reception. The Star Wars music before she walked down the aisle had everyone laughing, and an impromptu light saber battle on the dance floor was pretty impressive.

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    The wedding at the Historic Jasmine Plantation in Providence Forge was the perfect late November fall wedding. Don and the staff have done a great job landscaping the grounds so we didn’t have to go far to find picturesque photo spots with beautiful color. This is one outdoor venue that has taken night portraits into account, and the lit gazebos look gorgeous against the dark sky.

    Truly a fun and amazing day. Their cake topper summarized it perfectly, “Mutual Weirdness Forever.”

    No post is complete without a quick shout out to the AMAZING professionals that helped make this November wedding so stunning – coordination by Firefly Reflections and Cake by Twanda.

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    WOW! What a crazy, busy, fun fall it has been – and I just LOVE fall weddings and portraits!

    Fall is my favorite time of year making fall weddings and portraits my absolute favorites (we celebrated our 11 year anniversary this October :). The air is clearer, practically glowing throughout the day, and combined with cooler temperatures and colorful leaves it is simply gorgeous outside.

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    With 9 fall weddings (Sept. – Nov.), 4 newborn portraits (LOVE babies!!), engagement sessions, corporate work, meetings, and a couple family sessions I have been working non-stop for a couple months now (and completely neglecting my blog – so sorry!). I have been posting a few teasers on Instagram and Facebook so please friend or follow me if you want to see updates a little more often.

    And come here to see the mini galleries! (Click HERE if interested in a MINI portrait session before the leaves are all gone!)

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    If you love what you see and are still looking for a photographer – I am still booking for 2018 & have started to book for 2019.

    I travel everywhere and consider Richmond to Virginia Beach my local area (so NO travel fees ;). Contact me to schedule a meeting at a coffee shop near you or visit me at one of the many bridal shows I will be at after the New Year (I have a couple of free tickets for each show so let me know if you are coming):

    Virginia Wedding Week – Norfolk, Jan. 6-7

    Colonial Heritage Club – Williamsburg, Jan. 14

    Peninsula Winter Bridal Expo – Hampton, Jan. 21

    Virginia Bride Magazine Bridal Show – Richmond, Feb. 18

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    So without further ado, here are a few highlights from this year’s fall weddings (3 more to go this month), newborn sessions, and a few portraits so you can see a little of what I have been up to (some couples prefer more privacy so I’m not sharing all of them).

    Enjoy!

    Chrysler Museum Wedding – Norfolk, VA

    Awesome Vendors: ProTones Lighting, Simply Perfect Events Coor., Chef by Design

    Williamsburg Inn Wedding – Williamsburg, VA

    Awesome Vendors: Aleen Floral Design, Colonial Williamsburg, The Finns live band

    Dominion Club Wedding – Richmond, VA

    Awesome Vendors: Frostings cupcakes, Strange’s Florist

    Inn at Warner Hall Wedding – Gloucester, VA

    Awesome Vendors: Colonial DJs, A Sharper Palate, Cakes to Remember, Gloucester Floral

     

    Newborns & Families

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    Newborn photographer Heather Hughes Photography uses a portable studio to photograph your bundles of joy in the comfort of your home.

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    Lifestyle portrait sessions are a great way to get professional candid looking photos of those precious moments in life. (This took 10 min. to set up on the couch but was SO worth it!)