Julie Elaine Hedges owns and operates JE Hedges Photography.  She is a Professional Photographer with memberships in PPA - Professional Photographer's of America, Young Professionals of Greater Columbus, GA, WPCV - Wedding Professionals of Chattahoochee Valley, Columbus Georgia Photographers, and Kodak's Promise of Excellence.  Julie is honored and humbled by the many awards she has received by the voting public:

  • June 28th, 2012 for the sixth consecutive year, awarded the Ledger Enquirer's Readers' Choice Award for "Favorite Photographer".

  • January 2nd, 2012, awarded "Moms' Choice Favorite Photographer" by Muscogee Mom's for the second year in a row.

  • November 22nd, 2010, awarded "Her Favorite Photographer" by "her Magazine".

  • March 26th, 2010, awarded “Best All Around Photography Studio” for the Columbus, Auburn, Opelika, Eufaula, and LaGrange areas by WTVM.

To be recognized as a leader among all the talented photographers in our area is truly an honor.

Julie has been a photographer for as long as she can remember, starting with a 126 Instamatic Camera (that used flash-cubes... remember those?) in her hand around the age of 7.  "I would line up my baby dolls for portrait shoots... they were always good subjects!" says Julie.  As time progressed, she of course had to move up and into a hot pink 110 Instamatic Camera with built-in flash.  "I really thought I was something with that hot pink camera. (smile).  I now had younger siblings that became my photography subjects.  They enjoyed playing dress up and posing for the camera."  Into high school, Julie transferred over to the more widely used 35mm film cameras and photographed her first wedding.  Friends, family, and special events became  Julie's new photography targets.  "I wanted to create a photographic journal of my life that I could look back upon 50 years from now."  After high school, Julie started college and entered Corporate America.  She worked twelve years with two Fortune 500 companies in her hometown moving into management.  "I thought Corporate America was just the way it was suppose to be.  I was making a good living but my creativity was being suppressed."  Julie's creative eye in her personal photographs was noticed by others.  She received an increase in requests to cover family, friend's, and friends of friends special events and weddings.  She purchased studio equipment, attended photography courses, and upgraded into professional level digital SLR cameras.  In 2000, Photography became a full-time paying hobby outside of her full-time corporate career.  The love of photography began to pull on her emotions and she knew retiring in the corporate world was not what she had in mind for the future.  "I knew I was too talented to sit in a 4'x5' cubicle for the next forty years".  In 2003, Julie left management in Corporate America to manage her photography business full-time.  "Photography is my true passion.  I love what I do.  I've never looked back.  I enjoy working with my clients creating photographic memories they will cherish for years to come.  I become not just a photographer... but friends with my clients."

Keith Ludy, General Manager, joined the company in 2005.  He is Julie's younger and only brother.  At 6'3" tall, he towers over his sister by a whole foot.  He graduated from Columbus Technical Institute in 2002 with a degree in Automotive Fundamentals and Technology.  Julie photographed Keith's wedding, to Kristi Milam, in October of 2005.  They have one daughter, Savannah, who is 5 and another daughter, Faith Ann who is expected to make her debut any day now.  Keith is just a genius with mad skills.  You name it... Keith can fix it... put it together... and make it right.  His biggest challenge though is keeping Julie sane... but you can't penalize him for that.  :)  Keith is a second photographer at weddings, manages and directs all staff during on-location projects, is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of all photography equipment and studio sets, the expert "Train Wrangler", and has been known to act like a monkey in order to make the littlest subjects smile.  Keith is a very dedicated and hard worker... if only we could clone him!  Julie is extremely proud to have Keith by her side... he's her friend... her assistant... the General Manager of the business... but best of all.. he's her brother.

London, age 8, is quickly learning the business.  She can be overheard role playing conducting bridal consultations with friends that visit.  London is incredibly mature, intelligent and creative, receiving high accolades at Wynnbrook Christian School each year as their top student where she maintains a 4.0 GPA.  You can often times find London in the studio office wearing her white cotton gloves helping Mommy tag and sort photographs for clients.  During special on-location events, London greets guests with a big smile and assists guests with their Photo Booth props.

When Santa is not at the North Pole managing elves and building toys... you may find him at your event!  Jerry Ludy, Julie's father, is known by many in the community as "Santa", the Master Lighting Technician.  He is the creator of the "Ludy's Christmas Light Spectacular", which has received local & national media attention.  Each year his lighting display raises thousands of dollars for the "Make-A-Wish" Foundation.  Jerry joined the JE Hedges crew in August 2009 as a "Photo Booth Host" when the Photo Booth division was created.  Jerry has way too many skills to list... but there is no doubt where Keith got his diverse range of technical skills and hard working drive.  Jerry has been married to Edith (Julie, Keith, & Gracie's mother) for 41 years and has been hanging Christmas lights even longer.  Jerry is an Environmental Engineer who has worked on many multi-million dollar projects, dealing with multiple  levels of hazardous waste for over 27 years.  We joke that he glows in the dark when the lights are turned out, which only enhances his Christmas display.  :)  Julie's very proud to have her "Diddy" on her team... all the years of his great advice, voice of reason, words of wisdom, and guidance is part of why Julie is who she is today.

Other members of our team include Robbi Bugh, Jeremy Dunman, Jeremy Gilmer, Marianne Jordan, Ashley Toulson, Celeste Edge, Celeste Bradshaw, and Amy Judith Johnson who all lend their skills to our business as needs arise.  We are very blessed to have many talented individuals as a part of the JE Hedges team.

JE Hedges Photography offers Family Portraits, beautiful Maternity sessions, Baby Panels, Business Headshots, has covered hundreds of events, numerous celebrities, and are regionally known for their unique, creative and fun approach to Weddings.

At JE Hedges Photography, we capture all the feelings of your wedding.... the Romance, the Excitement, the Fun.  We combine a unique photography style and technique with a creative eye that assures that your wedding portraits will have your distinct personality in every image.  Your wedding photographs will reflect the love you feel for each other, along with the friendships and family ties of special people.

"Guests and clients always tell us that our brides look like their having fun.  That's because THEY ARE!!!"  On your wedding day you want to feel happy and relaxed.  We are unobtrusive, fun, and easy going.  We take special pride in working with our clients to make them feel at ease and get the most from their portraits.  Our wedding photography packages are designed to cover every type of wedding from a small affair to a large wedding event.

Call today for a complimentary consultation and allow Julie to introduce you to a new photography experience!

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Julie E. Hedges
Owner & Professional Photographer

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Keith Ludy
General Manager
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London Hedges
Photographer's Assistant
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Jerry Ludy aka "Santa"
Photo Booth Host

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