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This was my favorite portrait session from my last week in Charlottesville. Naro & Shreya asked me to take their graduation portraits on the day of since their photographer couldn’t make it after Shreya had gotten her hair done. I’m glad that I had time to take their pictures and we actually got the best lighting as well! These two are so much fun to be around and we were laughing throughout the entire time.

May 26, 2016

This was my favorite portrait session from my last week in Charlottesville. Naro & Shreya asked me to take their graduation portraits on the day of since their photographer couldn’t make it after Shreya had gotten her hair done. I’m glad that I had time to take their pictures and we actually got the best lighting as well! These two are so much fun to be around and we were laughing throughout the entire time. 

They’re so easy going & comfortable around each other 🙂

We also took a bunch of individual portraits with grad caps, gowns and all. You can’t leave UVA without a couple of column pictures to remind you of the Lawn.

I love that the Rotunda is coming back to life in the background of all of these!

These ones above in the alley are definitely my favorite!

We ended around dusk in a garden I’d never been in before. 

Naro & Shreya, thank you for letting me take your portraits. I hope you enjoyed your pictures and I’m glad you were able to get them taken on the day you had originally intended. Good luck to you both as you continue doing big things in the real world! 

May 26, 2016

A couple of weeks ago my dance team traveled down to Virginia Beach for a competition. We go this competition every year and it’s become tradition to go to the beach at night after the competition ends before leaving back for Charlottesville. Here’s a couple of pictures from our time there!

May 9, 2016

A couple of weeks ago my dance team traveled down to Virginia Beach for a competition. We go this competition every year and it’s become tradition to go to the beach at night after the competition ends before leaving back for Charlottesville. I brought my camera along again this year and got some funny shots of our group getting ready as well as some really cool night shots on the beach! I can’t wait for us to go to Beach Week and do our actual photoshoot at the beach in a week!

Thanks fam for a solid time as always (and to Ani for any pictures that I’m in)! I can’t wait for beach week, it’s the only thing that got me through finals! Good luck on anyone finishing them up and T MINUS SIX DAYS TO MYRTLE!

May 9, 2016

I met Suma my first year when we both joined the bhangra team my first year but really got to know her this year through dancing on the team! Suma is one of the most hardworking, thoughtful, and fun person I know. She’s also a photography major but never gets her pictures taken so I was glad she asked me to take hers for graduation!

May 9, 2016

I met Suma my first year when we both joined the bhangra team my first year but really got to know her this year through dancing on the team! Suma is one of the most hardworking, thoughtful, and fun person I know. She’s also a photography major but never gets her pictures taken so I was glad she asked me to take hers for graduation! I’m so glad we got to take pictures of her with her BEAUTIFUL thesis work. We also ended up doing our photoshoot despite the torrential downpour and it was everything that she wanted for complete with dancing in the rain! This girl makes me like the rain and you’ll see why 🙂

This is her and her gorgeous thesis work on arranged versus love marriages from the view of her family. She went all the way to Richmond to get her pictures printed on actual saris that her family has worn in the past. Photos don’t really do these justice, I’m so glad I got to see her work in person twice!

This structure is kinda the coolest thing ever!

And these next ones are some of my favorite pictures ever in terms of lighting 🙂 The rain made for some pretty awesome photos right in front of the Drama Building for this Drama minor!

Suma I LOVED taking your graduation portraits by Arts Grounds! Thank you for always driving me to comps and practice (even though I live like five minutes away from the gyms), for sharing a love of coffee and late nights, and being one of the most dedicated dancers on our team this year (still amazed at how you pulled through at Nashville). I’m gonna miss you (and your penguin dashboard figure) so much next year. I wish you the very best and please, please come back and visit often!

May 9, 2016

Sharaara, thanks for letting me take your pictures! I’ve always wanted to do team pictures  & you guys were a dream to work with. I know firsthand all the hard work you guys put in each week and I can’t wait to see how you guys do this spring!

January 4, 2016

My time at UVA has been pretty well defined by my decision first year to join a cultural dance team called UVA di Shaan that specializes in a kind of dance called Bhangra. There’s two other teams Indian dance teams on Grounds each with about 25 to 30 dancers. These dancers put in anywhere from 9 to 12 hours a week at UVA’s gyms learning choreography and formations for routines that tend to be anywhere from 6 to 8 minutes long. We call the AFC, Mem, North Grounds and Slaughter Rec Center our second homes. There are days that you have classes, a bunch of meetings, a fleeting dinner and then three hours of practice where you’re expected to put in the blood, sweat and tears. If it sounds like a lot of hard work, that’s because it is but at the end of the day you get to travel around the country and compete dances you spend hours perfecting. More than that, you make the best of friends through your team. You know each other best because you’ve seen them at their least glamorous (sweating in practice) and their best (if you need evidence of this, just look below). There’s nothing quite like being on a dance team!

Sharaara is UVA’s only female-fusion dance team and since it’s birth in 2002, this team has been competing all over the country in national inter-collegiate competitions. Last season these girls competed at UC Berkely, Boston, and Ohio State University and this season they’ll be making their way out to Georgia Tech, Boston again, and the University of Iowa. I can’t wait to see how they do this upcoming spring but until then enjoy some of their individual & team portraits we took last fall!

I’ve never had to photograph so many people at once but these girls definitely know how to work as a team both on stage and in front of the camera. That sounds so cheesy I know, but it’s true!

Sharaara, thanks for letting me take your pictures! I’ve always wanted to do team pictures  & you guys were a dream to work with. I know firsthand all the hard work you guys put in each week and I can’t wait to see how you guys do this spring!

If you haven’t seen any of their dances definitely go over to their Facebook page and check out some of these videos:

2015 At Srujan (2nd Place)

2015 South Asian Showdown (3rd Place)

2014 NKD, William & Mary (1st Place)

January 4, 2016

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