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 awesome 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 images because you deserve to have genuine images that really mean something to you!
And that's exactly what I strive to take care of for my couples. So you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that I'll be there to capture your wedding day in its entirety for you to relive again and again.
Photographs have always been especially important in my family because we've lived in different places, continents apart. I was actually raised in China by my grandparents. My parents moved to the U.S. when I was 4 months old to attend college, so they watched me grow up through photos and phone calls.
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 images. 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!
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- especially if it involves seafood or pasta.
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!
Forever a Hoo!
I'm an alumna of the University of Virginia. I'm so glad it brought me to Charlottesville!
The best window view? Out of a plane!
I love traveling and can't wait until we can 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 Milli Coffee Roasters.
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 Mandarin.
I show up to capture YOUR unique story, so it's important that we take time to learn about you. I can't wait to hear about you, your people and everything you're dreaming up!
Not sure on the hours of coverage, first look vs no first look, the best time for your ceremony? That's okay! I'll help create your timeline and guide you through the whole planning process.
Enjoy your wedding! You'll have peace of mind knowing all your once-in-a-lifetime memories are professionally documented and stored.
You get more than just digital files - I can’t wait to create a custom designed wedding album for you! Through print, let’s make your house your home.
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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.
I'd love to hear more about you and your story - fill out the form below and I'll be in touch asap!
We often have dates reserved in advance by 12-18 months, particularly for popular dates, so don't wait and miss out on your chance to connect!
You deserve the best.