COVID-19 Update




Updated May 14, 2020


As some of you already know, I’m no stranger to risky situations.

As a former newspaper photographer, I tend to opt for the best angles over my own safety. I climb over fences, onto rooftops, and will even hang off the side of a boat or ferris wheel for the best angle.

COVID-19 is the first situation that has ever stopped me. I’ve had to put my camera away, and say no to people for the first time. It sucks, and as my husband continues to head to work with a mask on every day, I count my blessings that we are all still healthy.

For those of you still working outside the home, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!! (and be safe)

So What’s Happening Now?

– Per the Governor of Virginia, I will begin photographing again this weekend as we enter Phase One

– Due to multiple reschedulings, new sessions will be booked in June or later

What We’re Doing During Phase One

  • To maintain the health & safety of myself and my assistants, we are rescheduling any sessions with anyone that has had a fever or illness within the home within 14 days of their session.
  • My assistants and I will also be wearing masks, even for outdoor sessions, unless we are over 10-12 feet away until Phase 2 begins.
  • For indoor sessions, I will be wearing a mask until Phase 3 begins.
  • The same procedures will be followed for office appointments (which will be disinfected after every visit) and masks will be required for everyone through Phase 2
  • Virtual appointments are available for consultations & ordering sessions
  • Sessions will be limited to 8 or less (we make the 10 max 😉 until Phase 2

The silver lining is that I am offering a few very special offers until Sept. 1, 2020 to help support everyone right now. Check them out and please share them with anyone you think might be interested:

$500 Off Wedding Collections
Good for any 2020 or 2021 wedding. Flexible payment plans and deposit options are available.

Offer exp. June 1, 2020


50% off High School Senior Portraits

($125+ value)

Let’s celebrate your senior year in style & show off your prom dress at a unique outdoor location of your choosing.
Sessions must take place by Sept. 1, 2020.
More Details HERE
Rose Garden Huntington Park Wedding Heather Hughes Photography
FREE Military & First Responder Elopements
($1250 value)
Last year I introduced this program and am continuing to offer it this year, so long as we can maintain social distancing and the location legally allows it. I was lucky enough to have 2 weddings before the virus shut things down so I can book 2 elopements this year – and this year I am extending my offer to EVERYONE working through the pandemic.

1-2 hour session in Hampton Roads

All Digital Files w/ full rights to print & copy

More Details HERE
FREE Mini Session Day For Everyone
($150 value)
Last year I introduced this program and plan to set a summer date as soon as Hampton Roads enters Phase Two.
This year I will be extending my offer to EVERYONE and 50% off ALL proceeds will be donated to the Virginia Living Museum’s emergency animal care fund.

20 min. session

Option to purchase prints & digital files

SIGN UP to be notified when the Summer 2020 date & location are set
Let’s continue to support one another and we will get through COVID-19 stronger & better than before. 
Stay safe everyone!

Heather Hughes Photography Studios

733 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Newport News | (757) 870-4006 | 5560 Foundation St., Williamsburg

- by appointment only -


Voted the Knot’s “Best of Wedding Photographers” | WeddingWire’s “Couples Choice” Award 2008 - 2020 | Virginia Living Magazine's "Top Wedding Vendor" 2015- 2020 | VA Small Newspaper Photographer of the Year | Wedding Photojournalist Assoc. Blue Medallion Award