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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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Private Estate Engagement Session Near Gywnn's Island

Private Estate Engagement Session Near Gwynn’s Island Mary Margaret and Andrew’s Private Estate Engagement Session Near Gwynn’s Island was absolute perfection. While photographing this session we could totally see that these two are made for each other. Their love was so evident and they had smiles on their faces throughout the entire session. The lovely couple […]

Private Estate Engagement Session Near Gwynn’s Island


Mary Margaret and Andrew’s Private Estate Engagement Session Near Gwynn’s Island was absolute perfection. While photographing this session we could totally see that these two are made for each other. Their love was so evident and they had smiles on their faces throughout the entire session.

The lovely couple will be tying the knot on May 5, 2018. Mary Margaret and Andrew will say “I Do” at Trinity United Methodist Church followed by a reception will be at Richmond Country Club. Based on what we know about this couple, it will be an absolutely perfect day, with friends and family celebrating the union of these two wonderful people.

They wanted to celebrate this special time in their lives with an engagement session. The couple chose a private estate near Gwynn’s Island for their outdoor shoot. The property was absolutely gorgeous. From the riverfront location with the rustic dock to the miles of white picket fencing…everything was absolutely perfect. In addition, the couple’s style changes helped add an extra dynamic to each group of photos. We honestly cannot pick our favorite set of images from this session. However, it certainly is hard not to focus on the images showcasing the beautiful sunset. They truly cannot have asked for a more perfect day.

Between getting engaged, purchasing a home and getting married, this is a very busy time in their lives. However, it is so nice for couples to take a day and just celebrate their engagement and upcoming nuptials. For Mary Margaret and Andrew, this day was just for them and the images from this session will document this special time for the rest of their lives.

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The session ended with the perfect sunset…
What more could Mary Margret and Andrew have asked for!

Private Estate Engagement Session Near Gwynn's Island

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Condrey Family Portrait Session & Installation The Condrey Family Portrait Session turned out to be the perfect holiday gift. Lauren and Keith were married 25 years ago and we were there to capture the wonderful memories of their special day. Now what a “treat” it is to be photographing their children, Lydia and Wright. And, […]

Condrey Family Portrait Session & Installation


The Condrey Family Portrait Session turned out to be the perfect holiday gift. Lauren and Keith were married 25 years ago and we were there to capture the wonderful memories of their special day. Now what a “treat” it is to be photographing their children, Lydia and Wright. And, we use the word “treat” partially because Laura is the co-owner of Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe in Richmond, Virginia. As we experienced with Mary’s children and her niece, leaving home for college is a heart-wrenching event. You want nothing but the best for your children, however, being left behind with only the memories of their footsteps is heartbreaking for any parent. This is why celebrating this milestone with a family portrait is a perfect way to keep their memory at home forever, no matter where they end up in life.

During this session, watching Lydia genuinely caring about her little brother just melted Jamie’s heart. She is such a great big sister and we know Wright will miss her when she leaves for college. When Lauren brought her family to our studio she wanted to capture this special time in their lives. In addition, she planned on giving a framed portrait to her parents for their holiday gift. We say it all of the time but the gift of photography is truly one of the most special gifts to give. It is hard to believe that we photographed the Condrey’s wedding 25 years ago. It’s truly full circle to now be photographing their family.

The Condrey’s chose to do both black and white studio shots as well as shots in our garden.  We absolutely love how all of the images turned out. Scroll all the way down to see the final framed portrait of Lydia and Wright.

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Lauren was brought to tears when we presented her with the framed portrait. She knew this would be such a wonderful gift her parents at the holidays. This gift will be something that the grandparents will treasure.  Also, it will be part of their family for a lifetime. Again, we cannot express enough what a wonderful gift photography is. Just imagine giving her family something that they will truly get joy out of every day. It is the gift that keeps on giving.

Condrey Family Portrait Session

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