Chelsea Schmidt Photo

Meet the woman behind the camera

Based in Richmond, Virginia but grew up by the beach. I enjoy the scent of clean linens, exploring what my town has to offer me, and walking my dog through the city. Forming a relationship with my clients and asking questions is really important to me as a photographer. I love details and my favorite part of the wedding day is hearing a couple's vows to each other. You'll always find me adding to my list of ideas and forming my next grocery list.

wild dreamer // momma to a fluff // pastel color obsessed

documenting your beautiful, timeless love

I've always been obsessed with love. Capturing it just comes naturally to me. I shot my first wedding when I was just 15 and haven't turned back since. I love the smell of flowers that fills up a ceremony room and the joy on dad's face during a first look with his daughter in her wedding dress. Capturing your small moments and large milestones are one of my favorite things ever and I'm so grateful I can call this my "job."


THE MOMENT MOM ZIPS UP THE WEDDING DRESS, THE FLOWERS PLACED ON THE ARBOR, THE INVITATION SUITES ON FINE ART PAPER...

there's a reason why I love weddings

a few favorite things

go-to coffee order

peppermint mocha

favorite color

anything pastel

ideal vacay spot

greece

favorite binge show

ahs

dream job

photographer

go-to cocktail

mojito

"My husband and I hired Chelsea to do our engagement and wedding photos.  Chelsea is incredibly talented and knows how to direct clients to pose for photos! She’s very responsive and a delight to work with. We’ve already recommended her to several of our friends and will continue to do so! Thank you, Chelsea for giving us the most beautiful photos to remember our wedding by."

Shannon, bride

"We receive comments on how beautiful the photos are constantly."

"Chelsea was our engagement and wedding photographer and did an amazing job! She was such a pleasure to work with and made us feel so comfortable during both sessions. All of our photos are gorgeous - I have so many favorites to choose from! "

jessie, bride

"I highly recommend Chelsea to capture your most special moments!"

She was professional and timely in the planning process, flexible with arrangements the day of, and friendly to everyone in our family. On our wedding day we had a short window of time and Chelsea was so efficient in getting photographs of our ceremony, our families, and us (the new bride and groom). She was directive with poses, which shows her experience. She had a few preview pictures for us THAT NIGHT, which was amazing! We loved the pictures she shared and can’t wait to see the rest. I would definitely recommend Chelsea to anyone!

ellen, bride

"Chelsea was a joy to work with!"

madi, bride

"Chelsea did an amazing job at making us feel natural and comfortable. Our pictures turned out better than I could’ve ever dreamed and I highly HIGHLY recommend her!!!"

 I could not have been happier with her work. But the big thing for me was not only was her work beautiful, but she was so awesome to work as an individual as well! She is so friendly and easy to get along with, by the end of the night she felt much more like a friend than just my photographer. When things were getting stressful, she always remained calm and collected. Even when the wedding started running behind, she did her job so well it got us back on track. I recommend her a million times over and definitely plan on reaching out to her for other photos in the future!

nicolette, bride

"I loved all of my photos so much, they came out SO BEAUTIFULLY!!"

We booked Chelsea for our engagement photos and wedding and she exceeded our expectations. She was very professional, prepared, and always kept us “in the loop” on the next steps of the process. We are not models by ANY means, but she made us feel so comfortable in intimate pictures of the two of us. I often find myself just mindlessly looking at our pictures just to remember what a beautiful and special day we had. Our day was our version of perfect, and thanks to Chelsea, she captured those precious memories.

sarah, bride

"Getting married? Just got engaged? Love your dog and want pictures for Instagram? Chelsea is your photographer!"

see the work

See why CSP couples keep choosing us. We work with couples from the month they get engaged to growing their families. 

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