Chia finds inspiration in the artistic and eccentric influences that have always surrounded her—from her childhood in Penang, Malaysia, to her current residence in Savannah, Georgia, where she earned
a B.F.A. in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Chia is drawn to both stillness and drama, whether shooting a still life or capturing life's fleeting moments. She loves bitter coffee with sweetened condensed milk, devouring a good book on long flights and lugging her camera, husband and two daughters to the familiar and unknown.
Chia's diverse body of photographic work—which includes foods, portraiture, lifestyle and interior design, fine art and travel—has appeared in several leading international and shelter magazines, including Vogue, bon appétit, Cosmopolitan, Elle Décor, Southern Living, National Geographic Traveler and The New York Times. Her books include A House in the South (Clarkson Potter 2006), Perfect Porches (Clarkson Potter 2010) and The Whole Hog Cookbook (Rizzoli 2011).