Fitzhugh was born in New Orleans and is a self-taught documentary photographer of education, social issues, children and families. Over the course of her career, she has traveled across the country working with foundations and nonprofits concerned with education, healthcare, the effects of poverty, and society in general. Her later work focuses on education in Seattle’s public schools and the natural world around her home on Vashon Island, Washington.
Exhibitions of her photography have been shown in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Seattle in such venues as the Maryland State Arts Council, the Cloisters Children’s Museum, the Maryland Hall of Records, and the Seattle City Hall Galleries. Examples of her work may also be seen at the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Abell Foundation, both in Baltimore; and the Casey Family Programs, Pyramid Communications, the Seattle Foundation, and the University of Washington Medical Center, in Seattle.
Fitzhugh has illustrated books entitled Dooryard Garden, Changes Everywhere, and Raising a Happy Child. She has won many awards for her photography and published in several magazines including Life, People, and Pacific Northwest.