Heather Hughes Ostermaier was a newspaper staff photographer and has a passion for great wedding photography in VA.
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Heather Hughes Ostermaier

Heather Hughes Photography
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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.

13 Awards for Documentary Wedding Photography

10 Client Letters

The following letters are from the clients of Heather Hughes Ostermaier.

Married: 1 year ago

Laura & Bryan

Hi Heather! Thank you!! We are so excited to see the pictures. Thanks you so much for being a part of our day and capturing all our special moments. We will treasure these forever. Feel free to share any photos you'd like. Thank you again so much! I hope that one day our paths might cross again. Until then, I wish you and your family all the best!

Married: 1 year ago

Elyssa & Austin

"OMG HEATHER THEY LOOK AMAZING!!! Thank you soo soo soo much!! Seriously, I am so happy!! Thanks so much again! We had the most amazing time and love the pics!"

Married: 1 year ago

Dallas & Justin

Our photos are stunning!! We love them, I can't stop looking at them!! Thank you X 1000000000

Married: 1 year ago

Sam & Mike

You are a goddess!! Anyone who gets married in VA we will be recommending you. Thank you so much for all that you've done. You're amazing.

Tasha & Herman

Married: 8 years ago

Tasha & Herman

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!!

Lee & Brett

Married: 8 years ago

Lee & Brett

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.

Jill & Mike

Married: 8 years ago

Jill & Mike

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!!

Amanda & Jon

Married: 8 years ago

Amanda & Jon

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!

Aidan and Jeff

Married: 8 years ago

Aidan and Jeff

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

Married: 9 years ago

Lauren & Andy

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!!!!

1 'At Work' Photos

The following photos are of Heather Hughes Ostermaier at work.