our story

My name is Hope, and I started HMM Portraits in 2013 after shooting a small family session and realizing I have a passion for telling other people's stories.

I currently reside in Savannah, GA, along with my husband and rescue puppies, Abby and Zoe. I'm a military spouse, a classically trained pianist, and a Nikon nerd. I have a Bachelors degree in communication and journalism, focusing in photojournalism. I'm currently in graduate school at Johns Hopkins University, studying what I love: public relations, communication, and marketing. I drink a lot of tea, I like healthy food, and I love gelato. 

Some of my talents include capturing unscripted, emotional moments on camera that you will cherish forever. I also am a pro at directing you to move and pose in a way that is most flattering for you and your body type. I don't want you to feel uncomfortable or weird at my sessions. I don't want you to be perfect. Maybe it's the photojournalism side in me, but I want all my photos to tell a story.

I can help stylize your shoot, from clothing to make-up and props. We can also sit down together and build a vision if you do not have one yet. We can create a more traditionally styling shoot. Or, we can create something wild, creative and original. 

I always want my clients to know that I am a professional. I make sure I protect my clients by providing contracts, high quality products, and patient guidance throughout the entire photography experience. It is my mission to make sure my clients love their products and experience, and are never left with questions.

Most importantly, I love sharing my passion with others. That's why my husband, Jonathan began to experiment with film photography and a 1970's Olympus camera. We always had mutual hobbies. We decided this could be another, like motorcycles, sushi and Aerosmith. So, we invested in our art, equipment and each other. He's my right-hand man at a lot of my shoots, so you'll probably see both of us at your session. I also work with various second shooters who are my very best friends and associates. We make up the collaborative 'us'.  

And the rest is pictures. 


 
Photo by Melissa Toms/Charleston, SC

Photo by Melissa Toms/Charleston, SC

 

We love new adventures

Our home is Savannah, Georgia, and we travel across a tri-state region, from Georgia to Florida and Alabama. We've also travelled across the nation for destination weddings. We're occasionally in Pittsburgh, PA, and love to book sessions while traveling. 


 
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Connecting our community through love and an appreciation for all things beautiful

Are you a wanderlust at heart? An artist? Model? Creative? Do you just love beautiful pictures? We're about experiencing life, capturing that, and letting to live on forever on film. We cannot wait to meet you, and share enjoying life together. 


 
Photo by Melissa Toms Photography/Charleston SC

Photo by Melissa Toms Photography/Charleston SC