Testimonials

WE LOVE OUR PHOTOS
“I wish I could scream to the world how happy I am that we had Heather do our photos!!! We LOVE our photos. When you look at the pictures you feel as through you are experiencing the wedding even if you did not attend it. The candid shots are awesome and the still shots are wonderful. She captured every moment, I mean every moment. I would recommend her to everyone I meet. Heather thanks for giving us WONDERFUL DOCUMENTED MEMORIES of our wedding!!!”

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The first kiss, with a dip, made everyone smile at this Virginia Beach wedding ceremony at the Bayville golf club in Virginia Beach.

TOOK MY STRESS AWAY
“Since the first time I met with her Heather took my stress away, was impressively organized, and had such a calm and peaceful demeanor. We talked for months about my vision, shots that were important to me, and what I wanted to get out of our photographs, until finally it was our big day. Heather showed up and was so happy, smiling constantly and putting all of us at ease. I had no idea she was there capturing the intimate and funny moments. Those pictures will stay with us for life, each representing a particular story from our very special day. Anyone looking for a photographer for any occasion- you cannot go wrong with Heather Hughes Photography. I am an artist myself, very picky, and did months of research before committing. I was more impressed than I ever could have imagined. Thank you for making our wedding so fabulous Heather!”

JAW DROPPING
“We want to thank Heather Hughes soooo much for all of her hard work! My husband and I could not have found a better photographer. Heather was everything I ever dreamed of for someone to work with on my wedding day. Not only was she extremely professional, but she was very easy going and fun to work with! Her personality truly made our experience fantastic. Our pictures were more than we ever dreamed of having and the quality of them is simply jaw dropping.”

TERRIFIC ENERGY
“We had a meeting before the wedding and I knew right away that she was meant for our wedding. Heather met the bridal party early at the salon to capture those moments and had such terrific energy through the entire evening. I felt like I had known Heather for years – her personality is so genuine that you can’t help but love her. My guests have commented that they are happy of this or that moment that Heather got, but have no memory of her being near them! If you want a photographer that really wants to make your day special and isn’t all in-your-face Heather is the one to call. I’m so glad I chose Heather for my photographer-one of the best choices of the whole day!”

INVESTMENT THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME
Heather was absolutely amazing. For all the money spent on a wedding, this is one investment that will last a lifetime. Heather was personable, interested in our story and in what we wanted our wedding day to be, and flexible in meeting our needs. On our wedding day she captured everything, yet was hardly noticed. And now the best part-we absolutely love our pictures!!! Only one word came to mind – WOW. She truly captured the feel of the day and gave us a priceless gift – the ability to re-live our magical day.”

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Fantastic emotional first look at Virginia Beach before their wedding at the Lesner Inn.first-lookFirst look at Virginia Beach brings tears to the groom’s (and my) eyes.

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
“Heather was absolutely amazing! She met with us several times before the big day and was very accommodating with any requests we had. Heather was the best of both worlds the day of. She is fun to be around and a wonderful person so it’s easy to spend the whole day with her, but she also blended into the background to capture all the right moments without being intrusive. We were very lucky to be able to have her capture our special day!”

HELPED ORGANIZE OUR DAY
“Heather is awesome – flexible, accommodating and TALENTED. She was patient with us, and her pre-wedding timeline review really helped us organize our day and ensure we got all the shots we wanted. Her package is truly a value — the quality of the photos, the photo book, USB with all our photos, as well as many other details. You cannot go wrong with Heather — she is a true professional, incredibly talented, and was an integral part of our wedding day. She captured more moments and details than we even imagined, so we will always have beautiful memories from our wedding day.”

BLOWN AWAY BY HER CREATIVITY
“I am 100% happy with Heather Hughes. I am from CT and got married in Williamsburg and was looking for a photographer who would do more than just take pictures, but rather capture the mood in unique ways. I was blown away by her creativity and knew she would be perfect. Being from out of town I generally had a short time to get things done, and Heather was able to meet with me on short notice and was very informative & helpful. On the Wedding Day, Heather arrived early and was ready to get going, which was perfect. We loved everything about Heather. Her creativity and professionalism set her apart from many other photographers. She seemed to be EVERYWHERE at once. We now have an awesome way to remember our wedding. We just wish we lived closer to her because we are now pregnant and would love her to take some family pictures!”

FLEXIBLE & PERSONABLE
“I cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed working with Heather! She was very flexible with pre-wedding meetings (even though she’s on the Peninsula, she was always willing to come meet us on the Southside to discuss details, and she is excellent with responding to emails!). We loved how personable and fun she is and how she really focused on getting the candid shots of people just enjoying the wedding, rather than only portraits (although there are plenty of those, too). When its all done, the pictures are available online and on a USB, and there are just a ton of options as far as next steps (prints, albums, etc.). I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer.”

HARDEST WORKING PHOTOGRAPHERS
“Heather is exceptionally friendly, making us feel instantly at ease during our engagement shoot, and is one of the hardest working photographers that I know, and absolutely one of the most competent. Despite our wedding being on a boat with very little angles to work with, she still made her magic happen. From start to finish everything has been a positive experience. We feel so blessed and lucky to have had Heather be our photographer.”

SUPERWOMAN
“As a bride, it was so important to me to have my wedding day not only captured accurately, but also artistically. Heather exceeded my expectations in both regards. I was torn between photographers, and my husband said to me “I want Heather, hands down.” I’m so glad he did. There were many people that we weren’t able to invite to our wedding, but as soon as they saw Heather’s pictures, they told me that they could feel the mood of the event. My husband, our families, and myself ran a gamut of emotions on our wedding day, and every single one of them can be seen and felt in the fantastic photos that Heather took. Every time I look at my album and at all of the photos that I have hung up in our home (which, by the way…has become a little excessive!) I feel so satisfied. Not only did I marry a wonderful man, but I certainly picked the best possible woman to record the most wonderful day of my life. She’s like superwoman! She’s professional, courteous, funny, and she’s worth every penny.”

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This unique angle is only captured by request but can be pretty stunning like at this Smithfield wedding at Chippokes State Park.

NINJA PHOTOGRAPHER
“Heather was always on top of things and responded to our questions timely before the wedding and had all of the photos posted online in the time promised. She made the planning process extremely easy and the wedding day went absolutely perfectly. The pictures came out AMAZING and we couldn’t have been happier with them. She was everywhere taking photos constantly but you never seemed to see her as she blended in so well. Our friends and family referred to her as our “ninja photographer.” The traditional shots came out great and the candid shots were fantastic! She captured some great moments and we couldn’t have been happier in choosing Heather.”

SUPER ORGANIZED
“I love creative pictures, my groom is not a fan of posing for pictures and prefers natural pix. Heather was such a great find. She let me go crazy on Pinterest and actually studied my board beforehand and had every picture important to me captured on the wedding day! I even forgot some but she had a list. And she really didn’t get in the way and wasn’t pushy or anything. She blended in the crowd and took natural shots. She is very patient and willing to work with you to capture your wedding. If you are concerned about one photographer, she somehow got it all captured and was super organized. And I’m really picky about pictures. She was just a pleasure to work with and my groom liked her too (which means something because he hates pictures). Thanks Heather!!!”

LIKE WE HAD BEEN FRIENDS
“When looking back at our pictures I was so happy because it brought all the feelings of our wedding day all over again! It’s so exciting to re-live your wedding day because it all goes by way too fast…but with her talent at photography…she can take you back to that time all over again. She did an amazing job! Working with her was a smooth process…it was like we had been friends all along…she makes you feel comfortable and has a very pleasant, friendly and fun personality. I knew from the moment of our first meeting and going over her photos from previous jobs that she was the one. Thank you again Heather!!”

WE’LL NEVER FORGET
“I didn’t think it was possible to remember my daughter’s wedding in clearer terms than completely special and memorable. Then I saw our photographer Heather Hughes’ photographs of that wonderful day and it became magical. Heather is simply the most talented photographer I have ever seen. It was our greatest stroke of luck that we were able to have her there to capture all the important memories as well as so many special moment that we never would have seen again if not through her eyes. She showed us a day of reflections so clear and sparkling yet so warm and rose-tinted that it swept our whole family back to that momentous occasion in a way we’ll never forget. It you are planning a wedding, do yourself the greatest favor and contact Heather immediately. By doing so you will ensure that when all the planning and organizing is complete, the ceremony and celebration over, you will remember your occasion through your photographs, in a way so special as to make the memories that much more enchanting. Thank you, Heather! Again and again!”

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Beautiful barn wedding reception at East Lynn Farm made more dramatic with a little help from my lights, while still looking romantic and natural.

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Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award 2008 – 2015

The Knot’s Best of Wedding Photographers 2010 & 2013

Wedding Photojournalism Assoc. Medallion Winner 2006 – 2013 – Client Letters