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Genuine moments & timeless portraits for joyful couples

Hello! I'm Xiaoqi (she/her; pronounced "cho-chee"), Charlottesville foodie, dessert queen, and wedding photographer!

I get it - you don't want to remember your wedding through a bunch of awkward, overly-staged stuff...

Working with me and my team means you鈥檒l be able to enjoy the food, dance the night away, and spend time with the people who mean the most to you!

We're all about capturing the day as it unfolds, but we'll also step in to help you look your best - aka candid storytelling + natural, timeless portraits.

So relax, have fun, and take in every moment! Know all those once-in-a-lifetime memories are preserved for you to relive again and again.

Read on to learn more and get connected - I can't wait to meet you!

  • Asian-owned
  • Woman-owned

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What is the starting price for your wedding photography services?


Which of the following are included in the starting price?

High-Res Images
One Event / Day
Digital Files

Which of the following are included in the price of your most popular wedding package?

2nd Shooter
Add'l Hours
Engagement Shoot
High-Res Images
Multi. Locations
One Event / Day
Digital Files

What primary photographic style do you identify with?


What photography services do you offer?

Additional Hours
Boudoir Shoot
Destination / Travel
Engagement Shoot
High-Res Images
Second Shooter
Wedding Portraits

What photography items do you offer?

Digital Files
Matted Prints
Save the Date
Thank You Cards
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Emma B. Married on 03/25/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Run, don't walk, to hire Xiaoqi and Jess for your day!

We had the great pleasure of working with Xiaoqi Li and Jess on our wedding day and CANNOT recommend them enough! Booking Process: When I first did my discovery call with her, you could tell she had a passion for what she did, and it was more than just a job to her. I immediately felt at ease with her and knew that there was no other choice for our photography. Xiaoqi has several different packages available. We went with the Gelato Package with Jess and Xiaoqi as our photographers. Because we had gotten engagement photos done already, we instead added an extra hour of coverage for the wedding day. Looking back, I would have loved to have a separate session getting to know them both a little better in person, but we had enough planning calls that I felt comfortable day of! Xiaoqi had a couple planning calls through the process and several timeline questionnaires. This was SO helpful in guiding conversation between my husband and I about what we wanted during the day. Xiaoqi was incredibly respectful of all of our decisions about what we did or did not want. After getting an idea of our vision, she created a thorough timeline that we used for all of our other vendors. It was great to have someone else as detail oriented as I was going into the process. I felt incredibly confident with her. On the day of, it had rained that morning and some of our original plans had to be scrapped. They were quick to offer suggestions of where we could still get great shots. They both had a keen eye for detail and framing to get amazing photos. Even better, they kept everyone laughing and at ease, but still herded our very bombastic group the entire time. In between the formal, posed photos, they were capturing quiet, intimate moments others may pass by. I left feeling like every moment was captured! I would argue Xiaoqi has one of the fastest turnaround times for sneak peek photos in the business! As an anxious bride who wants to have photos to share and look back on, she truly delivered! On the dot, 8 weeks later, our full wedding album was ready. Now, what I will say about Xiaoqi, is that she does a reveal celebration. Instead of just getting a link to look at the photos (which I would naturally do even if it's in the middle of a work day), we got a chance to sit down together and look back through all the highlights of the wedding day. We laughed, cried, and laughed again watching it back. For something as intimate and personal as a wedding, I wouldn't want anything less when getting back the photos of the day. We had over 900 photos back from the day, and while I am VERY good at finding everything I dislike about myself, I struggled to look at the things I hated when I was so busy looking at the emotions that Xiaoqi and Jess captured. And that's why I chose them to shoot our wedding. Because they capture what love looks like. They capture you and your family and friends in their most authentic, loveable moments. And I know that when I'm opening up our photo album 50 years from now, I'll still be transported back to exactly how I felt in that moment - so, so in love with my husband, and so happy to be surrounded by the people I love. So when you're looking at a photographer, I implore you - this is one area not to skimp on your budget. Because at the end of the day, this is how you'll remember your day. I wouldn't have trusted anyone else to capture those moments. So when I say, don't walk, run to hire Xiaoqi and Jess for your day, I mean it!
Kayla W. Married on 10/29/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The BEST decision we made for our wedding!

Working with Xiaoqi was the best decision we made for our wedding! She is knowledgeable and incredibly experienced, so professional, and just FUN to work with! The photos she captured of our day are breathtaking and so special, and we are so grateful for her work and talent. She worked so well with us and our wedding party, our family, and even our 5 and 3 year old nephews. Every photo she took tells such a beautiful story and it took us right back to every moment of our wedding day.
Emilia S. Married on 10/21/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Above and beyond photography team

My husband and I are delighted with our experience working with Xiaoqi. After booking our venue we knew that the most important vendor to us would be our photographer since our wedding photos will be with us for the rest of our lives, and Xiaoqi was truly the best photographer that we could have worked with. We chose her because of her photojournalistic style - we wanted someone who could go above and beyond pretty portraits and who could deliver shots that reflected emotion and the small but special moments that made up the night. Her communication was excellent and she was so patient and flexible accommodating us even when we were probably not the easiest clients to work with because of our busy work schedules and some last-minute planning. Hire Xiaoqi - you won't regret it!
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