Hi there, I'm Manali! A wedding & portrait photographer serving DC, VA & Worldwide. Click through for all my favorites from recent sessions, adventures and travels, as well as tips & tricks for clients! Grab a cup of coffee, relax, and feel free to connect with me elsewhere as well! Cheers to you!

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Meg of Captivating Complexion and I took her brand shoot pictures last week at King Family Vineyards and on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall! It was one of my first few portrait sessions back from quarantine and it was SO FUN!!!! I loved her different outfits, how she showcased her love for all things Disney If […]

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When I was first starting out I was trying to figure out what my photography aesthetic was. As much as I tried, I always felt like I was SLIGHTLY off the mark of what I was visualizing in my head. I would tweak the white balance, the tint, the exposure, contrast and everything but I couldn’t figure out how to get my images to all look consistent with each other!

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Today I’m walking through my entire post-processing workflow! I’ve put together an in-depth tutorial where you can see me go through the workflow for a graduation portrait shoot but I also talk through how I do this for wedding days as well!

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Where would my life be without checklists and systems in place? Not entirely sure but it DEFINITELY would be very chaotic. My brain LOVESS to get distracted with all the things, all the education and all the ideas! Systems help me stay on top of tasks, keep all my information organized & easy to access, and ensure a smooth and consistent client experience across the board! I use a combination of Trello, Google Calendar, HoneyBook and my Simplified Planner to keep track of my monthly, weekly and daily to-do’s.

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I photographed Abhi & Anuj’s wedding day pictures last week! It was a CRAZY turnaround time because Abhi reached out on Monday and we photographed their pictures after their ceremony on Thursday!! That’s LESS than a week!! It turned out beautifully though! Initially, we were going to take images at the Hindu Temple in Sterling but after seeing the rain in the forecast, we decided to move the pictures a little later in the day and decided to take them in their backyard in Ashburn.

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Are you a photographer hustling behind the scenes spending HOURS each week in your inbox, editing or spinning your wheels trying to grow your business? Do you wish that you could save HOURS on the backend of your business each week? Imagine if you had TWENTY extra hours every week to move the needle forward in your business or maybe just to take some time off to yourself!

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I FINALLY got to get back to shooting a little bit during quarantine for Meghan’s UVA graduation portrait experience!! I am so glad that I got to hang out with her (and her mom!) to snap some pictures to celebrate this beautiful (but definitely different!) season of life! Meghan graduated online like the rest of 2020 but came back to Grounds to move out of her apartment the day before her session. We had originally planned to take her pictures in March but obviously had to push back to when it was a little safer to do so. We also almosttt rescheduled yet again due to the weather but ended up lucking out with the most beautiful day on the Lawn!

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Let’s bust the myth that email templates are TERRIBLE because they don’t let you personalize your client experience. I would actually argue the exact opposite! I think setting up email templates is one of the things that helped me grow my business quickly even while working a full-time job!

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I FINALLY got to get back to shooting a little bit during quarantine for Meghan’s UVA graduation portrait experience!! I am so glad that I got to hang out with her (and her mom!) to snap some pictures to celebrate this beautiful (but definitely different!) season of life! Meghan graduated online like the rest of 2020 but came back to Grounds to move out of her apartment the day before her session. We had originally planned to take her pictures in March but obviously had to push back to when it was a little safer to do so. We also almosttt rescheduled yet again due to the weather but ended up lucking out with the most beautiful day on the Lawn!

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I am by no means a financial expert at all but I have found that over the past couple of years, having a strong grip on my finances has helped me confidently grow my business and make really big decisions for it! It’s allowed me to take (very) calculated risks like going full time with the business, knowing when to invest in very expensive gear or an educational retreat or workshop.

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