Supporting Local Military & First Responders

Local Heroes Heather Hughes Photography

Last year I celebrated 10 years as a full time business. And as I reflected on my journey, I realized my true passion is still to help people get beautiful photos that capture the important moments in their lives and tell their story.

What many don’t know is that one year after I started my career as a newspaper photographer, I was one of the first photographers to arrive at the Pentagon on 9/11.

That experience, combined with years photographing stories about our local military and first responders, and the fact that my husband Rob is a Gulf War veteran, fueled that passion to capture the fleeting moments in life and sparked a desire to support first responders and veterans who put their lives on the line every day.

Over the years, I have offered discounts to military couples, free upgrades, and even portrait sessions. Living in Hampton Roads surrounded by every branch of service men and women I still wanted to do more. 

So, after polling previous clients, friends, and families along with the general public I am excited to celebrate my 11 years in business TODAY with a new program for all active military, veterans, and first responders and their families!!

Local Heroes Heather Hughes Photography

Giving back to Local Heroes

Giving Back #1 – FREE 2 hour Elopement Coverage for 4 couples EVERY YEAR

I have been contacted many times over the years by military couples who are planning a simple justice of the peace or courthouse wedding so they can be officially married before a deployment. And while many couples will plan a more traditional wedding once time allows, I want to help them get this moment captured too!

If you or someone you know would be interested, more info & the application can be found HERE.

Giving Back #2 – FREE Mini Sessions for military, first responders & their families

Since we moved to Hampton Roads in 2002, we have gotten to know a lot of the military community and first responders who regularly put their lives on the line to keep the rest of us safe. From Hurricane Isabel to multiple structural fires and more, I got to see first hand their bravery, hard work, and dedication.

To thank them for their service I am now offering a day of mini sessions (each spring or summer) in Hampton Roads where they can get a family or individual mini portrait session and an 8 x 10 print. Additional prints & products are available for purchase and I donate 50% of any proceeds to a different local charity each year.

If you or someone you know might be interested, they can sign up HERE to be notified first with the date & location of the next session and to sign up.

Local Heroes Heather Hughes Photography
Local Heroes Heather Hughes Photography
Local Heroes Heather Hughes Photography

Never Forget

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