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I am Heather Chipps (yes like potato chips but with two p's) Townsend! I am located in a sweet little town in southern Virginia that I love to pieces, but don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to travel, like A LOT! I am married to my high school sweetheart, Robert, who’s an INCREDIBLY TALENTED and passionate Emergency RN, CEN and my NUMBER ONE biggest fan. Together we have two cats, Sola and Luna, and our precious baby angel puppers, Cooper, Maple and Cricket, who really are our children so to speak. Family and friends mean the world to me and constantly inspire me to be a better person every day and to pursue my dreams fearlessly.

Most days you can find me cozied up on the couch with a big cup of coffee with the animals by my side. Typically I am either editing photos and/or writing emails all while watching Netflix or Hulu with shows like Law and Order SVU, Grey’s Anatomy, Real Housewives, or any True Crime in the background. 

I am mostly known for how optimistic I am and my BIG ol' smile. I tend to find the joy in just about everything and approach life light heartedly with a ton of laughter in between.

Hey, hey 

happily married

dog lover


still YOLOing

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Crime Junkie

Family and friends lover



Nail lover



a few of my favorite things

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my passion for

mental health

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Mental health has always been important to me throughout my entire life, especially now more than ever. After the sudden passing of my father in early April 2019, mental health became even more real to me. Perspective is everything. I have learned to appreciate day-to-day challenges and wins as they come and learned to keep an open mind along the way. So much so, that I completed my Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Summa Cum Laude from Liberty University in Spring of 2022 (YAY for later in life adult students, haha!), and I am currently working on my ultimate goal of becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in their masters program in 2024. You read that right! But don't worry, while this a career change for me in the future, photography will always remain a very real and important part of my life, always! It's taken me to where I am today, and I am so lucky to be able to say that! Funny enough, many clients have told me as a photographer that they've felt SO comfortable talking/venting about wedding happenings to me that I kind of feel my therapy journey has already begun!

National Parks


Bryce Canyon

Dry Tortugas

Glacier National Park

Grand Canyon

Rocky Mountain




On my days off

you can find me...

drinking a whiskey ginger

Cuddling Dogs

teaching spin class

In the gym

At the beach with my hubs

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Heather Chipps Photography is a wedding photographer and mentor serving Maryland, DC, and Virginia.


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