oh hey there!

I’m Manali, brand photographer & Educator for Growing Creative Entrepreneurs

Computer Science & Cognitive Science Major turned business strategy nerd! I started my photography business right after college & learned everything as I went.

Now I help creative entrepreneurs like you grow your creative passion into a thriving business with brand photography & education!

I LIVE FOR HAZELNUT cappuccinoS, CUDDLING MY CAT KEEGS, &  & cheers-ing (TOTALLY a verb) BIZ SUCCESS WITH bubbly!

ONCE UPON A TIME...

I went through the same struggles of figuring out how to use manual mode, confidently posing clients & piecing together the business side of things. 

Maybe you're going through the same stages of business - with similar thoughts that I had: 
- "Am I good enough?!"
- "How do people manage everything behind the scenes?"
- "I wish I had more time every day!! Wish I had a Time-Turner..."

But I know what's possible on the other end - I DID go full-time in my business just 11 months after I started, after all!

I know it's possible for you to triple your income & turn your passion into your dream job because I've done it! And I wholeheartedly believe that you have what it takes to do the same! 

Cheers, friends!

From charging $600 for my first wedding to over $5k & went full-time within 1 year of starting!

There was no ONE thing that led to my success - but I can tell you that building confidence through education was KEY!

Nowadays my zone of genius looks more like equipping & encouraging creatives like you & helping you become more confident behind your business!

I'm an open book with everything I've over the past few years as a wedding & brand photographer. You can count on me to always encourage you to lean into your unique strengths because you should never have to compare your business journey to someone else's...

Whether it's equipping you with elevated imagery to take your brand to new heights or coaching you through the growth stages of your photography business - I promise to show up and try to understand your brand & business like it's my own.

I'm Manali, an enneagram 4w3, organized as they come... I believe in celebrating the small & big wins in biz with bubbly! 

Top: Fave food. Left, my fave accessory. Right: Do cats count as desk accessories? Keegan def does!

TRUE STORY, I WENT...

THE HEART BEHIND THE WORK

Helping creatives like you find the CONFIDENCE to back

hustling

I know personally what it's like to wear ALL the hats
behind the scenes.

I'm here to help you hang one up with intentional brand photography and time-saving + actionable business systems so you can grow with more ease and less hustle. 

LET'S GET STARTED!

your business without

MY REALLY OFFICIAL BIO, the TLDR; VERSION

Manali is a brand photographer & educator who helps growing creative entrepreneurs become confident behind their business. She empowers creatives to thrive with intentional brand photography and systems education so they can confidently grow their business with more ease & less hustle. She's most often found in leggings,  at a vineyard or cuddling her cat Keegs!

SUPER FUN
FACTS

NOW FOR THE IMPORTANT STUFF

01

I started photographing weddings 6 years ago & went full-time in my business within 1 year

02

I charged $600 for my first wedding and grew to photographing $5k+ weddings in 2 years! 

03

I was a Computer Science & Cognitive Science major  & learned all I know about business basics through education! 

04

I LOVE being an entrepreneur - I get to be equally creative & analytical - and cuddle Keegan approximately 123,618x a day!

"Easily one of the best investments I’ve made for my business yet."

"The Behind the Business Course is a game changer! I needed to streamline my business to help it grow and improve client experience. [My systems were] all over the place. I loved the step by step approach to everything from inquiry to album delivery [in the Vault].

Easily one of the best purchase I’ve made for my business yet. Almost too good to be true. The amount of stuff packed into the vault is crazy. Plus it gets updates every quarter based on your feedback. Guides, templates, resources, workflow, etc. all for one low price.

Seriously, one of the best investments you can make. I started using the resources in the vault and immediately saw results based on my clients feedback." 

–ALEXIUS S, BEHIND THE BUSINeSS COURSE STUDENT

"seriously the best investment ever"

EDUCATION THIS WAY!

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where I stand on all the truly important things

THE QUIZ

Favorite indulgence

Hazelnut Cappuccino, please

MOST LIKELY ON MY DESK

Keegan my cat & a Simplified Planner

CONSIDERED A LOCAL AT

Many Charlottesville Vineyards

alternate universe job:

Website designer or a copywriter

favorite place i've been:

Paris, hands down. Europe is magical

drink of choice

Champagne or chardonnay

CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT

Lip balm + a seasonal candle

usually craving

Boom Chicka Pop and "Ok. Do you like cheese?!"

beach vs mountains

Beach, all day erryday!

favorite show to binge

Friends, New Girl, you get the vibe

COME HANG ON INSTA!

REMEMBER:

It’s never too late
to create your
dream
creative business & life without sacrificing your 

I'm IN! let's work together

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From The Comfort Of Your Inbox 

Weekly emails going BTS of my own business and sharing biz + psychology tips along the way! The MP Email Fam gets first dibs on new offerings & sweet savings sprinkled in along the way!

Leggings, top knots, and 3rd cups of coffee (or wine!) are welcome around here

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    @MANALISONTAKKE