Virginia wedding photographer, wife, and mother


If you're wondering how I spend majority of my time, you can typically find me working hard on my computer while sipping lots of coffee with Disney songs playing in the background to distract my wild toddlers. Being a mom and a business owner definitely keeps me on my toes but I wouldn't trade it for the world!

A few years ago I probably would have said you're nuts if you told me I'd live my dream as a full-time wedding photographer along with being a mom of two at the age of 26! Before this dream became a reality, I was working as a fine dining server for years and I do have to give that time in my life credit. I'm an extroverted person who loves serving others; over the years I realized there was a way for me to combine my passion for service and my creative eye for photography. 

I feel so blessed to even have the opportunity to follow  my heart and do what truly makes me feel whole through serving my amazing clients and loving my little family. For everything, I give all the glory to God.


Meet my little babes!

My Favorites

coffee drink




Disney Movie


caramel latte


30 minutes w the perrys


Mulan & moana

1 Cor 16:14

The Lodge at Mount Ida
Charlottesville, VA

The Gala 417
Virginia Beach, VA

Castleton Meadows
Castleton, VA

Featured Weddings

Chantel Cruz Photography

Chelsea & Austin

We had so much fun with Chantel. She made us feel so comfortable!"

Love notes from past CCP couples

“Had a wonderful photo shoot in Richmond!! We may have been rained out the first time but she is incredibly accommodating and made everything easy for us! The final photos turned out amazing. Such a fantastic photographer! ❤️”

Kristen + Michael

“Had so much fun with Chantel & she made us feel so comfortable! She had great ideas for the shoot and even asked us if we had any of our own ideas to capture. We adore Chantel’s work, as well as her kind and professional attitude. 12/10 recommend!”


“I had an amazing experience shooting with Chantel! She made me feel more than comfortable and so confident in myself with each shot. She has a vision and captures it perfectly! She has the most energetic and radiant energy, I cannot wait to to schedule my next shoot with her ❤️”


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