Heather Hughes Photography, LLC » Wedding Photography and Newborn Portraits

About Me


Hi! I’m Heather, a wedding and portrait photographer living in Newport News, VA.

And I truly believe the BEST photos aren’t when your hair is perfect or you are looking at the camera, but when you are being yourself and truly living in the moment. And nothing makes me happier than capturing those moments and milestones in people’s lives.

Ever since I was 7, I knew I wanted to be a photographer. But not the average photographer I saw around me, setting up photos with fake smiles and awkward poses. I preferred to capture candid moments, emotion, all as it happened, so I decided to become a newspaper photojournalist.

I studied photojournalism at Ohio University, and became an award-winning newspaper photographer and editor around Virginia. I shot my first wedding in 2004 and I became hooked, and in 2008 left my newspaper career to photograph weddings & portraits full time.

Best decision of my life.

After photographing almost 300 weddings and 200 portraits over the last 10 years, I have dialed in my photojournalism style to capturing (and sometimes helping to create) fun, lasting memories for my clients with a mix of classic and lifestyle portraiture.

By focusing on real moments framed by great composition and lighting, I present my clients with precious memories from each stage in their lives that they are excited to share and re-live for generations.

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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