Although we often think of art as something created by old masters that hangs in museums, art surrounds us and shapes our daily lives. The billboards we pass on our commutes, the music we hear at the mall and the selfies our friends post on social media all seek to inform and convince us to join the world that they depict.

Artists like Jacqueline Fugatt recognize the role that art plays in moments great and small, and seek to show the subtle dynamics and emotional depth of the things we encounter every day. In her work as a photographer, Fugatt captures the essence of the moment and her subjects with tenderness and grace.

Fugatt hails from Chattanooga, but you’d never know from her camera work that she isn’t a born-and-bred Memphian. The natural beauty of Memphis forms more than a backdrop to her sessions—the flora and light become subjects in her work, and she treats them with as much care as her clients.

Wedding photography forms a significant part of Fugatt’s work, and her love for these special events is clear, with the delicate details of bridal gowns becoming a testament to the joy of the occasion under her artistic guidance. Her wedding packages include engagement photos and a day of both candid and posed shots, but you needn’t wait for a wedding to benefit from Fugatt’s expertise, as she also offers family and individual photo sessions that capture the emotional vulnerability of youth and the vibrancy of friendship.

While still-life painters don’t have to worry about fruit looking nervous, photographers do their best work when their subjects are comfortable. In that vein, Fugatt’s sweet, easygoing manner puts her subjects at ease, making candid photos a snap. Ultimately, the smiles on her subjects’ faces are an indication of both the joy of the event and their trust in their photographer.

Since her arrival in Memphis, Fugatt has built a strong reputation for professionalism and artistry, creating photographic essays that draw the viewer into not just the event but the hearts of her subjects. A picture is worth a thousand words, and with Fugatt behind the camera, those words become an ode to the occasion.

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