About

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The year I turned 16 was probably my first “banner” year. I got my license, my first car (that I purchased myself), my first real girlfriend (probably because of the car), and a Pentax K1000 film camera with a 50mm lens. The one thing on that list that changed my life was the camera, which I still have today. 

After attending college where I received a degree in Photojournalism, I embarked on a journey, working for newspapers and magazines throughout the South. Although college trained me well, I learned so much more in the real world. I covered all types of stories from the biggest cucumbers and watermelons grown that season, to feature stories, such as one about a dwarf second grade teacher, to fiery deaths on the well-travelled interstate that went through the town where I worked. 

After a stint in the Pacific Northwest and the Washington, D.C. area, I married the love of my life, had a son, and moved to the Hampton Roads area. Event photography has always been a good fit for me, because of my photojournalistic background, so in 2002, I began my company, primarily focusing on weddings. 

Soon after moving here, I began teaching photography at a local community college. In 2010, I began my studies for a Master of Fine Arts degree and once finished, I took a professorship at a local university where I am currently teaching photography and graphic design. 

When it comes to photographing weddings, I find that having those two degrees, along with the experience as a photojournalist, brings a certain dynamic to my work. I seem to be always in the right place, at the right time, capturing those moments that are so meaningful to you on your wedding day and also bringing a creative flair to make the details of your wedding magazine-worthy. 

I appreciate you stopping by my website and please enjoy the images I have provided for your perusal. If you have any questions and/or comments, contact me at the information below. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you. 

Sam 

sam@samhughesphotography.com 

757.489.1320