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!
Manali Photography is a wedding & couples' photography business based out of Washington D.C. and Charlottesville, VA. When she's not making couples laugh or editing for the fastest turnaround time you ever did see, you might find her with family & friends at a vineyard with cheese & rosé to share! Cheers!!
It has felt like a long and full month over here! I started out the New Year traveling to Asheville and Atlanta. It was fun celebrating with cousins in ATL that I hadn’t seen in the while! We got to tour the city which was really fun even on a rainy day and I can’t wait to go back (maybe this year?) to get to see more of it! I also got to travel to Texas for the first time in the middle of January for a business retreat that was refreshing and inspiring and got me ready to tackle some big things in 2020!
Here’s some fun memories from this month:
Ogling at all the wildlife in the Georgia Aquarium! I still can’t believe they fit THREE whale sharks in one giant large tank
Running across the couch from Friends randomly in the CNN building! Totally wasn’t expecting this 🙂
Trying out some new things surrounding my health and diet. Think all the lemon water, tea & honey, salads thrown into the mix. Hoping this will last throughout the year and not be a new year’s fad that fades away! The Hummus Tahina one from Sweetgreen is really good and was a great first-time salad there!
We had a girls night with our dance team complete with pizza & wine where we played pizza box and it was super fun
The Heartfelt Brand Society Retreat was one of my favorites of this month! We spent three days cozied up in an Airbnb in Waco, TX dreaming of taking our businesses to new heights in 2020. I was so excited to get home and start implementing everything I’d learned! We also toured Magnolia, got fantastic cupcakes from their bakery and delicious coffee to go. I also got to try Torchy’s Tacos for the first time after they were highly recommended to me by Vanessa and they did not disappoint!
January and this year as a whole has me thinking of ways to simplify everything. My motto for the year is to simplify to thrive in each aspect of my life!
I loved having two small snow dustings and cozying up with some hot cocoa and taking it a little slow for these days!
We celebrated my aunt’s birthday and all the parents were reminiscing of past crazy summer vacations and planning out one for this year
Nav and I celebrated FOUR YEARS together!! We also took a day trip to Charlottesville and back and had a couple of work dates 🙂 I’ll never take being able to do work dates for granted!
Watching the Hoos from home of course!
Connecting with the ladies at Rising Tide’s TuesdaysTogether after a really long time, it’s always nice to hang out with industry friends outside of the pressure of wedding days!
Eating at Founding Farmers with old friends and somehow having a lengthy discussion about religion and spirituality!
Photographing food part II at Stone Tower Winery! I absolutely love their team, they have the BEST food and wine and the ladies sent me home with an entire bottle of rosé! I was exhausted after four hours of shooting pictures at REALLY odd angles but it was so worth it for the bottle! I highly recommend their rosé and cab suave!
Adding a new member to the MP team that I’ll have to introduce soon!!
Created a picture book using Chatbooks with all my personal recap photos of last year and it was so fun to flip back through! Definitely making this a yearly tradition 🙂
That’s it for this month! I’ll be back next month with another recap 🙂 Follow along on Instagram for the latest & here are some past recaps as well to binge read through
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