Hi there, I'm Manali! A wedding & portrait photographer serving D.C. & Virginia! 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!
The best model for a line of luxury dresses? THE DESIGNER HERSELF!! It was so much fun getting Hani to model in the dresses she designed at the Kennedy Center Rooftop! She’s as gorgeous as she is talented
One of my big pipe dream kind of goals for this year was to host my very first all day workshop for wedding photography! Just seven months later, I can’t believe it’s come and gone!
I wanted to do a quick shout out post for Angelica of Angelica & Co Weddings who I’ve had the pleasure of working with for over a year now!! We started following each other on Instagram and I somehow had a feeling that one day if we met in person, we’d be GREAT friends! And […]
If you can’t already tell from the very first picture, these two absolutely love being engaged!! Jolene & Peter both went to Virginia Tech and then moved to the area after college! They were family friends growing up, both having been raised in Buffalo, NY, and had always kept in touch throughout the years. As […]
In the Sontakke family, there is one girl who’s a fan of flowers and it’s actually not me! That would totally be my mom! Somehow my mom’s love of flowers didn’t really translate to me over the years! I was the person who swore I’d have a paper floral bouquet and I never wanted flowers […]
My last session STARTED over a bottle of wine but this one ended with Maya & Darian GIFTING me a bottle of their favorite kind of white wine! Maya heard about me through her mom who knows Nakul’s mom, Arathi Aunty, which is so classic! If you’ve read through the blog you probably recognize Nakul […]
You know an engagement session that starts off with sharing a bottle of wine is going to be a good one! I usually will either meet my couples in person or over video chat but I met Ky and Tatiana over the phone so I’ll admit that as an introvert I was a little nervous […]
Back in January I met Heather and Doug initially over Skype since these two live across the country in San Francisco! When we started talking it felt like an immediate connection and I felt myself hoping that they would book me for their wedding! When they did I was super happy and kept looking forward […]
Because of how CRAZY the day was, I didn’t even get to appreciate this until when I was in Lightroom editing my heart out being SO happy with how the shoot turned out the night after! The whole team really rallied despite less than ideal (aka 30-40 mph wind gusts and cold!!) conditions for a […]
I met Nakul & Lakshmi almost a year ago when Nakul got down on one knee to a very surprised and VERY happy Lakshmi!! I’ve been good friends with Nakul’s sister Neha from college and since Nakul was in Boston up until the weekend of his proposal, Neha and I went out to scope out […]