Heather Hughes Ostermaier

After eight years as a newspaper staff photographer and a lifetime passion for photography, Heather moved into weddings full time in 2008. Her husband Rob (still a staff photographer) is often a second shooter and photographs a few on his own each year. They both LOVE to travel and currently call Virginia home so they stay around the DC, Eastern Shore, and Outer Banks area most of the time. Heather limits herself to 20-30 weddings a year (and Rob does less) so they can provide the personal attention to every couple that they are known for and artistically capture the unique moments & details that make every wedding special alongside fun and often candid portraits. True photojournalists at heart, they work unobtrusively so you can be free to enjoy the day instead of "smiling for the camera."

Heather Hughes Ostermaier (formally Heather S. Hughes) has been published in USA Today, People, The Knot, and the "America 24/7" & "Virginia 24/7" books to name a few. She has captured hundreds of wedding stories since 2003. Both are graduates from Ohio University's prestigious Visual Communications program (where they met at the school's newspaper), taught at Truth with a Camera, and were accepted to attend the Eddie Adams Workshop in consecutive years. Heather was named Virginia's Small Newspaper Photographer of the Year and has won numerous awards for her lifestyle, sports, and wedding photography over the years.

Heather Hughes Ostermaier
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Client Letters

The following letters are from the clients of Heather Hughes Ostermaier. Click an image to view a larger version.

  • Megan & Kory

    Megan & Kory

    Married 7 years ago
    We got the email from pictage today, and have spent most of the day looking at the wedding pics -- over, and over, and over. We absolutely love them!! You truly captured the feel of the day and we could not be happier to have these memories. You have given us a priceless gift. Thank you so much. We will be choosing our favorites (which will be SO hard) over the next few days and will be in touch. You're the best!
  • Kemba & Chuck

    Kemba & Chuck

    Married 7 years ago
    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 though 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. Just as the other reviewers stated you would never know that she attended the wedding. I would recommend her to everyone I meet. She is very professional, her contract is easy to read a understand. I live in the Richmond area and she would email, send a reminder card or call just to keep in touch. We also met a couple times within the year to touch base. Our photos were completed less than 2 weeks after the wedding. We just have one dilemma, We don't know which photos to pick for our formal album because they all are Fantastic!! Heather thanks for giving us WONDERFUL DOCUMENTED MEMORIES of our wedding!!!!
  • Sarah & Jon

    Sarah & Jon

    Married 7 years ago
    I watched the slideshow. Wow! Heather you captured such sweet pictures. Really.....they are so precious and it just really tells such a wonderful story of love and family and friends. It's great!! You were such a help to all of us. We all love the pictures and by the way, I have received an even greater response from the bridal portraits including those that have shown all their coworkers and such!! Thank you for making everything soooo special for us:)
  • Aidan and Jeff

    Aidan and Jeff

    Married 7 years ago
    Hey, Heather... thanks so much for everything! We are both ecstatic about the amazing pictures you took and truly blown away by all of them! We are just SO happy with your work and definitely want to make that clear. Thank you for all of your amazing advice and guidance, you were much, much more than a photographer to us and made us feel really confident that our wedding would flow smoothly. Your super positive, friendly, calm personality allowed us to feel relaxed and like we could be ourselves and we were amazed by how much fun we had posing for our wedding pictures! Thank you for capturing our special day!!
  • Lauren & Andy

    Lauren & Andy

    Married 7 years ago
    The pictures---OH MY GOSH--THEY'RE AMAZING!!!!!!! I seriously couldn't tell you exactly how many times I've looked at them. They are really incredible, and I can't thank you enough!! I can't tell you how happy we are with the pictures and just how many compliments you keep getting as our families and friends look at them. The slideshow was also incredible and made everyone cry. Thank you again for capturing the day so perfectly!!!!
  • Helen & Stephen

    Helen & Stephen

    Married 6 years ago
    The pictures are WONDERFUL! My whole family has been calling us all day to talk about them!! I would just like to tell you how much we loved working with you and your husband! It was a great process and a great day. We will definitely be highly recommending you to all of our unmarried friends hehe.
  • Amanda & Jon

    Amanda & Jon

    Married 6 years ago
    You did it! You definitely captured the day exactly as I remembered it. I can't thank you enough!! I would of wrote back sooner, but I've gone through the photos about 8 times now (all 702!) and watched the slide show about 15 times. ha!
  • Jill & Mike

    Jill & Mike

    Married 6 years ago
    The slideshow is wonderful!! I'm feeling all sentimental and happy after just watching it. There were a lot of "aww's" and "that's a great one" as Mike and I watched it. It really was like reliving the day, and especially great to see those moments that we missed. Thank you so much, Heather, for being so wonderful the day of the wedding, and for your amazing photos. It really felt like you were our friend and guest, rather than our photographer. I hope you and Rob have been doing great, and will talk to you soon. Thanks for everything!!
  • Lee & Brett

    Lee & Brett

    Married 6 years ago
    I hope this email finds you well.... I know you are busy this time of summer. I first wanted to say how much I enjoyed working with you. Everyone commented on how on top of things you were and how inconspicuous you were... AND I appreciate your flexibility with everything (i.e., family members changing their minds and not showing up and wanting a certain picture (or not wanting a certain picture), etc.) All that being said, it was a true pleasure. I hope you got to at least enjoy some of the good food and get a kick out of my friends! I know there was a lot going on and that you took a lot of photos. Just wanted to let you know that everyone LOVES the pictures, especially Brett and I.
  • Tasha & Herman

    Tasha & Herman

    Married 6 years ago
    The photos are sooo wonderful! I would have emailed you back but I was busy looking @ them over and over and over. Herman didn't see them until this morning (he was sleeping so emailed them to his work account) and by 730 am had shown them to all of his co-workers. I can't even imagine a room full of male Marines huddled around a computer looking @ wedding pictures, LOL. I have to say the wedding photos are my new "claim to fame". You did a great job!!

Wedding Photography Packages

*Complete List on Website* All packages include up to 8 hours of wedding day coverage, proof prints or a hardcover book, photos posted online for 3 months, and a DVD with over 400 individually retouched (perfected) photos that are hi-res and come with a permission to print letter so you can have prints made whenever you want. **All packages are flexible & customizable - Two Photographer Packages also available.,,,,,