Richmond wedding photographer

My photography style is dreamy, elegant, and effortless– allowing me to document your special day truthfully and unapologetically. 

Marrying badass vibes with classic fine art photography

The average wedding investment with Chelsea Schmidt Photography is between $5,500 and $8,000.

My rebellious spirit is my superpower as your photographer. I’m not into fitting into boxes, following trends, or curating the *perfect* Instagram feed. 

Instead, my approach to photography is simple: focus on what makes you comfortable and confident so we capture your essence in every frame. 

And, of course, we’ll have a blast while we do it. Sound like something you’re into? 

Hey, I'm Chelsea

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Here’s what you need to know about me

I’m a Capricorn

I truly embody Capricorn energy, but don't ask me ANYTHING else about astrology. That’s literally all I know.

Movies that raised me

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Clueless, Confessions of a Shopaholic…see a trend?

I hate…

DIYing anything. I’d rather pay someone to do it for me so I can focus on the things that truly bring me joy.

Activities I love

  • Sand volleyball
  • Pilates
  • Tennis (I do an awful job, but it’s fun!)

If I invited you to a dinner party, I’d cook…

Anything Filipino, though my fave is chicken adobo and rice. It’s a dish that feels like home for me.

My BFF (best furry friend)

My fluffy cavapoo– he is everything and he is my son. 

If you give me $100, I’ll spend it…

  • Getting my nails done
  • Spending a ridiculously absurd amount on Amazon
  • Feeding my shoe addiction

She photographed our wedding and I couldn’t have been more satisfied with the photos and her service. Her bubbly personality made our special day so perfect and I received so many compliments from our bridal party and guests on how great she made everyone feel. On top of her awesome personality, her service is second to none. I received all of our photos within the time frame she promised. Her work is amazing, I would definitely recommend her to any future brides or anyone needing professional photography done.

Rylee W.

Chelsea is absolutely incredible. 

"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! "


"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!


"Chelsea was a joy to work with!"

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.


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

Personal values I bring to my photography: 

Embrace what makes your love yours.

You don’t need to impress anyone on your wedding day– certainly not me. Instead, we’ll focus on celebrating you in a way that honors your story. 

Honor the raw and the real.

The moments that pull out our raw emotions make the most beautiful, memorable photos. We won’t waste time with awkward poses and stiff smiles.

Everyone deserves to celebrate themselves. 

At CSP, we celebrate love of every shape and size. Everyone deserves to feel like royalty on their wedding day!  

the experience

As a bridal makeup artist I pay close attention the details of the day and always get so excited to receive a wedding gallery from Chelsea because I know with her attention to those details the photos will be perfect!


Chelsea is an amazing photographer! 

She is ceaselessly patient, incredibly talented, client-minded, and a complete pleasure to work with as a planner- she’s autonomous but knows how to stick to the timeline, and her work speaks for herself! I can’t wait for another opportunity to work together, and I can’t recommend her strongly enough!! She’s a wonder!


I’ve had the pleasure of working with Chelsea several times now at styled shoots and on an incredible wedding. 

More to Explore

Learn more about the 
CSP Wedding Experience

View featured galleries in my  Portfolio

You’ll receive white-glove service from the moment you inquire to the moment your photos are in your hands. 

Go ahead and judge me a little– I don’t mind. I want to make sure you’re 100% certain I’m the photographer for you.

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