Katie is the talented, sweet and beautiful photographer behind the highly successful Mary Moment Photography. She truly captures life in the dreamiest, most magical photographs.
Photography was not always Katie's interest. She laughs, “I connect my love for photography to my mother, but I didn’t realize this until my twenties. This is funny; in high school, I worked part-time for a pretty big photographer in Jackson, but I had zero interest in photography as a job. I lasted a total of four weeks before I was let go due to how terrible I was at cutting proofs!”
Though it wasn’t her first love, Hughes has always been wildly creative, exploring with paint-based mediums as a child. “Fast-forward to my twenties and I began using my mother’s first Canon digital camera to take photos of just about anything and anyone. I fell in love and never looked back. I thank the big photographer who fired me because it pushed me to want to be amazing,” reflects Katie.
Katie worked part-time as a paralegal and perfected her photography skills on the side. One day her dear friend, Mary, said, “Katie, you are getting pretty good at this picture-taking thing!” They began talking about how she could turn it into a business. Hughes says sadly, “She was a huge part of my life, and ended up no longer being with us in a sudden way. That in itself made me think that life is way too short. I quit my job and jumped into photography!”
Hughes sweetly named her business after Mary, who had wholeheartedly supported her photography career. Katie says, “When you see ‘Mary’ on my business card, know the namesake is a beautiful person.”
Katie loves to capture weddings, newborn photographs and maternity pictures. Katie smiles, “I honestly love photographing it all! I love getting to be a part of such an amazing, life-altering process such as the Union of Marriage! I love getting to watch two people celebrate their love and pretty much experience their amazing first step into their next phase of life. I think that’s why I also love capturing newborns. I love being a part of this other life-altering phase that is so special and emotional.” Katie often captures a bride and groom and years later, find herself photographing their precious children. “I love seeing people happy and what days could be happier than your wedding and the birth of your children?”
Katie approaches her photographs with a natural photojournalistic eye. “I like my images to show movement, such as a child running or playing. I like to make bridal parties laugh and catching that moment is so real. I am very informal but my end product is timeless.”
Katie and her husband share five kids together and she laughs, “My family is the real life Brady Bunch! Memories that I make with my children are what I try to capture in portraits. My children inspire me every day to pick up my camera and digitally imprint a moment.” She is also inspired by the vast landscape of Mississippi. “We have so much beauty. I can walk into a client’s front yard and photograph toddlers in front of a gorgeous magnolia tree. Or I can take a client downtown and photograph them in front of a funky mural. I love having such diversity and also representing Mississippi.”
Her photographs are truly unique and breathtaking. She smiles, “I have shot photographs all over the world, but I still think the most beautiful sunset can be captured right here in our back yard!”
For more information on Mary Moment Photography, please visit her lovely website here! All photographs courtesy of Mary Moment Photography.