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!!
A LITTLE later to this post than my normal monthly recap but here we go! May had some downtime towards the beginning of the month and then picked right up into high gear as I finished out going through the branding process with Alex of Alex Collier Design, started planning out some workshop logistics for this upcoming July (!!!) and prepping for my June weddings & travels! Besides all that, here are some fun things that happened in May as well as some #reallife struggles
Highlights from the month:
Visiting Toronto!!! I’ll do a full recap with pictures soon I promise
Spending time in Charlottesville at the beginning of the month, 10/10 recommend eating at Oakhart Social if you haven’t already!
Mother’s Day brunch full with mimosas, avocado toast and eggs bene made by yours truly. And one INTENSE game of Settlers of Catan. It was my first time playing it and I loved it! My mom also loved her Simply Jessica Marie print!
Getting Mon Ami Gabi with my cousins and trying escargot for the first time hahaha I say they taste like mushrooms!
Another first over here was actually having sangria at Bartaco for the first time. Not quite sure how I hadn’t tried that yet but it is delicious 🙂
I’ve been watching the Batchelorette this season and honestly I wasn’t too excited about Hannah but I’ve actually been enjoying her and her realness on the show LOL
MY BROTHER GRADUATED FROM UVA!!! The Sontakke’s have officially made it past becoming college dropouts! I got to take his grad pictures which is a HUGE deal because he actually hates pictures despite being one of my business’ biggest encouragers
Went to the first Jazz in the Gardens and may or may not have made travel plans while buzzed, those are the best kinds of plans right?!
Got to have mid day lunch at Ballston Quarter which is now completely renovated, beautiful and has the best fried chicken I’ve had in Northern Virginia from a shop there called Hot Lola’s! I have no pictures because I ate the sandwich too quickly hahhaa
Spending time at Blue Valley Vineyard for #winewednesday was a definite highlight!