Hello! I'm Xiaoqi (pronounced "cho-chee"), Charlottesville wedding photographer & boss babe.
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 images that feel like you through genuine moments and portraits.
And that's exactly what I strive to take care of for my couples! I want you to 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!
Now that you understand a little bit of why I love photography so much, keep scrolling to learn more about me!
I'm a HUGE dessert enthusiast. Some of my favs are chocolate cake, affogatos (pictured here - espresso + ice-cream!) , and tiramisu.
When I lived in China, I was so close to the ocean I could almost hear the waves at home. Between mountains and the beach, I'm totally a beach person. I always take a trip at least once a year.
I start off every morning with a huge mug of green tea. When I need something stronger, one of my favorite local coffee shops is Milli Coffee Roasters.
There are so many places all over the world on my bucket list! I'm making it a priority in my life to take every opportunity I can to travel.
I don't know what we did to
deserve them, but I adore dogs!
I lived in Chile for 3 months in 2015. I'm very fond of Santiago and can't wait to go back some day! Hopefully, I'll get to go in Sept. and celebrate Fiestas Patrias again.
Forever a Hoo - I'm an alum of the University of Virginia. I'm so glad it brought me to Charlottesville!
Sunsets just never get old for me. It's incredible how uniquely beautiful they can be from one day to the next. I always stop to admire all the colors and shadows.
Here are a few fun details about me.
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When I say let's chat, I mean it! I'd really like to get to know you & your fiance. Learning about you and your people helps me better capture your story.
You won't forget who I am by the time the big day comes around! From timeline & vendor recs to choosing prints to decorate your home, I’ll be there to help you along the way.
I'm super paranoid so you don't have to be! Enjoy peace of mind knowing you'll have professional coverage and storage of all your once-in-a-lifetime memories.
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.
Working with me involves more than just camera gear on your wedding day.