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Hayes & Fisk Brings home the GOLD

Hayes & Fisk Brings home the GOLD We and thrilled to write this Hayes & Fisk Brings home the GOLD post. The Hayes & Fisk Photography team have been members of the Virginia Professional Photographers Association for many years.  Mary, Jamie and Jessica (plus Andee and Debbie from our sister studio, Real Life Studios) look forward to […]

Hayes & Fisk Brings home the GOLD


We and thrilled to write this Hayes & Fisk Brings home the GOLD post. The Hayes & Fisk Photography team have been members of the Virginia Professional Photographers Association for many years.  Mary, Jamie and Jessica (plus Andee and Debbie from our sister studio, Real Life Studios) look forward to the annual convention every year.

A couple of weeks ago we all made our way down to Portsmouth, Virginia for this epic event.  There was so much buzz and excitement in the air.  Mary currently serves as the Education and Events Chair for the association. Also, she had assisted in lining up a world-class group of speakers and educators.  It was truly several days of some of the industry’s top influencers there sharing and giving back to photographers.

Jamie and Andee currently serve as Image Competition chairs. They managed to organize a record-breaking number of entries that resulted in two full days of image judging by trained and approved International jurors.  There were over 560 images judged this year!  This is an outstanding number and there was a lot of competition, a lot of GREAT competition.  And we cannot stress enough that this is a very tough competition. It is a sanctioned judging using very strict rules and only trained and qualified jurors.  The judging is done anonymously. It is in our opinion that we have most valid and fair judging in the state of Virginia.

Hayes & Fisk is pleased to announce that our team did very well at this year’s Awards Banquet.  We cannot share the winning images and albums yet because many of these will go on to be judged at the National District Competition and then hopefully on to the International Competition in August, however, we will keep you all posted as we can.

The following awards and designations were received and we cannot be more proud of all of our hard work and dedication to Professional Photography.  In addition, we want to thank each and every one of our Hayes & Fisk clients.  We know we have the most amazing clients in the world, but it’s you and your loyalty to us that truly keeps us motivated every single day to create award-winning images.  We are beyond proud to share that we have always chosen to enter our client’s very own work, meaning what we send off to be judged by our peers is what is hanging in many of your homes, published on your commercial websites and printed in heirloom albums on your coffee table.   You are our inspiration and we are just so glad that we can bring home the GOLD year after year in your honor!  So here is the list and we promise to share the images when we can!

Best Portrait of a Man
Best Portrait of a Woman
Best Wedding Portrait
Best Wedding Candid
Court of Honor Wedding Candid
Best Portrait of a Bride
Court of Honor Portrait of a Bride
Best Wedding Album
Court of Honor High School Senior Portrait

Jamie not only won 6 Blue Ribbons, but he won first place, for all 6 of his entries.  Along with Mary, he won Best Wedding Album in the state of Virginia (this is an award that they have won two years in a row and numerous times before, their wedding albums continue to be chosen as the Best of the Best).  Jessica was honored to with 2nd Place for her Wedding Candid entry (lost first place to Jamie!) and Mary won 2nd Place for her Bridal Portrait (lost first place to Jamie!) and 2nd Place for her High School Senior Portrait entry as well as 1st Place with Jamie for their multi-maker Wedding Album.  Mary also had 5 blue ribbons images that scored very well in the competition.

Jamie and Mary both had image cases that scored so high that they were named as two of the Top 10 Professional Photographers in the state of Virginia.  And (drumroll please…)  Jamie was named (for the second year in a row) Photographer of the Year!!!  This is a HUGE honor and means so much coming from the Professional Photographers of Virginia image competition.  Again, this image competition is conducted by VERY strict rules and only judged by trained and educated professional photographers.  We are all so over the moon excited about all of the honors and awards.

And, before the night ended we received just a few more honors.  Jessica received her first professional photography degree from VPPA.  She received the Associate Fellow of Photography degree which means she has worked very hard and earned enough credits to qualify for this prestigious honor.  Andee was honored with the highest award you can receive from the VPPA and that is the Virginia Award, which is to honor and recognize her for her volunteerism, generous heart and giving spirit towards our association.

And finally, Jamie received the PPA National Award.  This is a national designation given to our state affiliate by our National Association (PPA – Professional Photographers of America).  The PPA President was there to present this to Jamie as well as our VPPA President.   The PPA National Award is the highest honor you can receive from PPA and is only given through a PPA Affiliate once a year.  The simple inscription on the plaque reads “for your service to professional photography” but we all know that it means far more than that.

So thank you for allowing us to share with each of you.  We are all very excited about our accomplishments.  And again we want you to know that it is you all, our clients that inspire us each and every day to bring home the GOLD!

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Hayes & Fisk Wins Grand Imaging Award Hayes & Fisk Wins Grand Imaging Award: Mary and Jamie recently returned from Imaging USA, which was held in San Antonio, Texas. Imaging USA is hosted by Professional Photographers of America (PPA) each year. It is known as the BEST photographic event out there, and it brings together thousands of professionals […]

Hayes & Fisk Wins Grand Imaging Award


Hayes & Fisk Wins Grand Imaging Award: Mary and Jamie recently returned from Imaging USA, which was held in San Antonio, Texas. Imaging USA is hosted by Professional Photographers of America (PPA) each year. It is known as the BEST photographic event out there, and it brings together thousands of professionals from all over the world.

As you probably know, Mary and Jamie and have been members of PPA for many years, including Mary serving on the board. Imaging USA is a special event that they look forward to every year. It is more than just a trade show. It is a chance to connect with professionals from all over the world. There is so much learning and exchange of knowledge, as well as an opportunity to view the best of photography from the previous year.

Every year at Imaging USA, PPA hosts the Grand Imaging Awards, where IPC (International Photographic Competition) winners compete for the best of 2016’s Loan Collection in six categories: Event Albums, Non-Event Albums, Illustrative, Artist, Portrait, and Wedding. One of those six winners goes on to win the Grand Imaging Award!

This year, we are SO excited to share with you that Jamie won 3rd place for the overall Grand Imaging Award.  This means that his entry placed 3rd out of all the portrait or non-event (non-wedding) album entries in the entire competition (over 5000 entries). This is such an exciting honor and Hayes & Fisk couldn’t be more proud to take home this award.

Jamie’s entry was for a non-event album of the beautiful Dover Hall Estate in Manakin-Sabot, Virginia. Below you will see a few images from the awards as well as a several images from the album entry.

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We Are Excited to Premier our New Portrait Video with Client Testimonial We are Excited to Premier our New Portrait Video featuring a client testimonial from Beth Lane. At Hayes & Fisk understand that selecting a professional photographer to take your family portrait is a big decision. We know that this process can be very personal, it […]

We Are Excited to Premier our New Portrait Video
with Client Testimonial


We are Excited to Premier our New Portrait Video featuring a client testimonial from Beth Lane. At Hayes & Fisk understand that selecting a professional photographer to take your family portrait is a big decision. We know that this process can be very personal, it takes a lot of time and it there is also an expense to creating this lasting memory. We invite you to watch the video to get a a small glimpse into what it is like to become part of the Hayes & Fisk family.

You will see Jamie delivering a the final product to one of our long term customers, Beth Lane. In addition to personally delivering your portrait (if your choose), we will also help with the actual installation. It is our goal at Hayes & Fisk to give you the ultimate experience from consultation to installation.

We have been photographing the Lane Family for years. We have done their family portraits as well as their son Will’s Wedding and their daughter Maddy’s Wedding. Beth, a local realtor, originally came to us after visiting the home on an interior designer. She noticed the oil painting over the fireplace and she fell in love. She knew right then that she had to hire Hayes & Fisk to do the same for her family.

In her own words: “Anyone can take a picture – but Jamie is the only photographer that truly captures the essence of an individual’s personality and can translate it into a portrait. For example, we were photographing the whole family one time and Jamie told the children to kick off their shoes. They were all wearing jeans and he instructed them to stand like they normally would and photographed from the waist down. It was amazing… you tell the children’s personalities by the way they stood. Everyone was shocked and loved it!  It hangs in my foyer along many others!”

Beth will also tell you that she recommends Hayes & Fisk all of the time :) She says that she sees our work all over town as she shows houses and she says that each one speaks for itself.

Below you can enjoy a few images from their last beach session as well as both weddings. We hope you enjoy!

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