Behind the camera...


 
 Credit to talented  Vanessa Smith Photography  for my wonderful headshots!

Credit to talented Vanessa Smith Photography for my wonderful headshots!

 Credit to talented  Vanessa Smith Photography  for my wonderful headshots!

Credit to talented Vanessa Smith Photography for my wonderful headshots!

 

Hey, thanks for stopping by! I'm Xiaoqi, a wedding & portrait photographer based in Charlottesville, VA. My work also frequently takes me to other areas of Virginia, D.C., and Maryland. I grew up mostly in Richmond, VA, wielding everything from markers and paint brushes to scissors and hot glue guns - but what won out was my camera. I treasured being able to instantly capture the world around me and even share what I felt in that moment. I especially love it when that feeling is joy - when those in front of my camera also see how wonderful their story is. From casual celebrations to momentous milestones, I strive to deliver images that will spark joy for you and your loved ones.

I recently graduated from the University of Virginia, where I studied Psychology. I've become a full-time Charlottesville resident, but I do love an excuse to travel! When I'm not out with my camera and step-stool, you might find me walking around the Downtown Mall, trying my hand at new recipes, or curling up with a good stand-up comedy on Netflix (John Mulaney, anyone?).


Let's get in touch! Come say hello, ask me a question, or send me a Netflix recommendation!


A few fun facts about me:

  1. The #1 question I get asked might be, "how do you pronounce your name?". It's okay - I would probably wonder, too! I go by "cho-chee".
  2. Some of my favorite deserts are maple fudge, fresh fruit cake from Shyndigz, macarons, & crème brûlée.
  3. I start off every morning with a huge mug of green tea. But when I need something a little stronger, one of my favorite local coffee shops is Milli Coffee Roasters!