BEHIND THE CAMERA


Do you also think fairytale endings are kinda bullshit? Don’t get me wrong, I totally believe there’s a magic to love stories! But getting married is not “The End”. It’s just the beginning - the first page leading a new chapter of your lives together.

Hello! I'm Xiaoqi, a wedding photographer based in Charlottesville, VA. Surprise, Disney princesses aren’t really my thing. Hermonie is badass though, and Annie & Jack from the Magic Tree House series will always have a place in my heart! Aside from being a bookworm, I grew up wielding everything from paint brushes to hot glue guns - though what won out was my camera. I treasured being able to instantly capture the world around me and even share how we felt in that moment.

It’s basically like having a superpower!

And what I want to share, what I want you to see and feel - is you. Your stories. Your moments. Although there are lots of traditions from all around the world when it comes to weddings, remember that it’s about your love story, so follow what makes your heart happy! Whatever you decide, I’ll be there to document your day as it unfolds.

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Your story = you, your better half, their best friend that’s like an older brother, your best friend that’s actually your sister, Moms & Dads, Grandparents, the coworker who insisted that you go say hi, the flower girls, your fur babies, the college roommates who helped you through the toughest all nighters, Aunts, Uncles, cousins - all the people who have helped shape who you already are.

There are so many people involved in your lives, and I know they’ve got to be important if you’re inviting them to your wedding day. I want to make sure you experience your entire story, so I focus on so much more than just you and your better half. When you see your photos, you’ll feel everything rushing back to you. Even 10, 20, 50+ years later, you’ll still be able to relive each moment as you flip through your wedding album. You deserve to have your entire story captured timelessly and authentically.


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A few fun facts about me:

  1. The #1 question I get asked is, "How do you pronounce your name?". It’s okay, the spelling totally doesn’t help! I go by "cho-chee".

  2. I’m a wannabe foodie and huge dessert enthusiast. Some of my favs are maple fudge, fresh fruit cake from Shyndigz, macarons, & crème brûlée.

  3. I start off every morning with a huge mug of green tea.

  4. Dogs. I don’t know what we did to deserve them, but I adore dogs!

  5. I love sunsets (I know, cliché). I'm not a fan of sunrises though...I'm usually not very happy to be awake early enough to see the sunrise. But I will always stop and watch the sunset.

C’ville is home base, though I’m always looking for an excuse to travel! Check out my travel dates at the bottom of my investment page - let me know if I’m heading to a city near you! 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?).