Family Photographer

Authentic Family Portraits


Not your typical family photographer.

I love capturing love and natural laughter rather than fake “smiling for the camera” so my family portrait sessions primarily take place outdoors. I bring along lights, an assistant, and send along guides on what to wear and how to prepare your kids for a fun session so that we will have the best chance of success for creating priceless moments filled with laughter.

Your family photos will be treasured by you and future generations as a priceless family heirloom, and it may be YEARS before you can fit another family session into your busy schedule again.

Let’s make this moment last!

1 Hour Sessions start at $300

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“Heather was amazing! She was very accommodating, friendly and warm (which was certainly needed during our early cooler morning session!) She brings great professionalism every step of the way! I cannot sing enough praises about her!” – Kumori Francis


“Heather has done many photo shoots for our family over the years. We love and cherish the photos every single time! From scheduling, to taking photos, to getting the photos back to us – she makes it all a seamless process. In more recent years we have had our children for the photos, and we appreciate how patient she is with young kids. Thank you, Heather, for genuinely wanting to help us capture so many special moments!!” – Rebecca Gresham


“Heather helped us capture amazing family photos. She was helpful, professional, and fun to work with. I wouldn’t go anywhere else.” – T. Simone


“Heather is an incredible photographer. Like most young children, ours love playing and this is often problematic when trying to get a good picture. Heather had no trouble whatsoever getting good pictures that also highlighted their joyful and lively personalities. She paced the picture session to keep them engaged without getting bored and fidgety. Her alternating between static family pictures and active playful pictures kept them satisfied while producing the best photographs of my family I have seen. Before the shoot she advised us on what colors and patters to wear to help us pop against the background (being as we’d chosen an outdoor photo shoot) and took care of all the permits and permissions required.

After the shoot we reviewed nearly a hundred pictures she had taken and it was a genuine struggle to not mount all of them on the wall. With her help, we managed to pick a few very special ones to put in places of honor, use for holiday cards, and even hang as ornaments on the tree. I can’t imagine going to anyone else for family pictures again. Heather was easy to work with and a pleasure to be around, her quality, professionalism, and personality were worth every single cent.” – Will & Jessie LeRoy


Have questions? CONTACT HEATHER

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

Heather Hughes Photography

733 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite 170, Newport News, VA | (757) 870-4006 |

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Voted the Knot’s “Best of Wedding Photographers” 2021 | WeddingWire’s “Couples Choice” Award 2008 - 2021 | Virginia Living Magazine's "Top Wedding Vendor" 2015- 2021 | VA Small Newspaper Photographer of the Year | Wedding Photojournalist Assoc. Blue Medallion Award