It became flipped when I moved to the US to join my parents. Everyone I had known as family suddenly became memories, photographs, and phone calls. Staying in touch was a lot harder before the internet!
It was especially difficult when my grandfather passed away a few months before we were able to visit him again. However, I was thankful for the collection of photos we had of him. Although I didn't always love being in front of the camera growing up, I'm glad my family pushed for it anyways so we'd always have these memories of our people.
Weddings are my favorite place to create more of those photographs. From getting ready together to cultural traditions and just rocking out on the dance floor, there are so many opportunities to capture people as they are. That's why my philosophy with weddings goes beyond two. For you, for your people now, and for future generations - let's capture your story in its entirety!
As for my backstory, photographs have always been especially important in my family. We've just about always lived in different places, continents apart. My parents moved to the U.S. when I was 4 months old to attend college. I was actually raised in China by my grandparents while my parents watched me grow up through photos and phone calls.
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Hello! I'm Xiaoqi (she/her; pronounced "cho-chee"), Charlottesville foodie, dessert queen, and wedding photographer.
You're here because you want to connect with an amazing wedding photographer. You don't want just some stranger following you around with a camera, but a friend invested in capturing your story - someone who understands that you're looking for more than beautiful photography.
And that's exactly what I strive to take care of for my couples! You deserve to have genuine artwork that really means something to you. Enjoy peace of mind to just relax and enjoy your day because you'll know I'll be there to capture your wedding celebration in its entirety, so you'll always be able to relive those memories again and again.
And I mean it when I say the real stuff. Last year, I ranked top 10 in the USA for authentic, unposed wedding moments by the Wedding Photojournalist Association (aka our world's AP). To highlight a few other recognitions, I'm also a World's Best Wedding Photos Artist and member of Fearless Photographers; I've been published in popular wedding blogs such as Dancing with Her and Charlottesville Wine & Country as well as the Washington Post.
"We absolutely LOVED having Xiaoqi photograph our wedding. Xiaoqi is incredibly professional and has her /art/ down to a /science/. It's a beautiful thing." -Elise & Chris
I have a huge sweet tooth! Some of my fav desserts are macarons, tiramisu, and affogatos (pictured here: espresso + ice-cream!)
I'm that foodie friend always down to splurge to try that new restaurant.
Or an old favorite - count me in!
I'm definitely a beach person. I always take a trip at least once a year! When I lived in China, I was so close to the ocean I could almost hear the waves at home.
I don't know what we did to deserve dogs!
The best window view? Out of a plane!
I love traveling and am so excited to start safely exploring new places again!
I love sunsets and am 100% a night owl (which is absolutely why my office hours start at 12pm haha).
I start off every morning with a huge mug of green tea! When I need something stronger, one of my fav local coffee shops is Mudhouse.
I lived in Chile for 3 months in 2015, y si, ¡hablo español (más o menos)!
I studied Spanish for 8 years and also conversationally speak Chinese.
What sets Xiaoqi apart is how much she cares about the couples she works with. She truly spent time to get to know us, and it shines through in all of the photos from our engagement session and our wedding. -Abby & Nick
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Didn't think so.
Instead - enjoy your day! Have fun and relax, knowing your once-in-a-lifetime memories will be captured the way they felt.
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Which is why it's so important for me and my team to be the best fit for you, and for you to be the best fit for us. We take on only select inquiries because it's so important for us to work with the right couples.
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You deserve the best.