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Friday was a good day meeting up a high school friend who was here for Days on the Lawn & taking spontaneous portraits of Adi who was all dressed up for an interview!

April 22, 2016

I was so happy when Tejal told me that she was coming to visit UVA this past Friday. She was here for an admitted students Days on the Lawn where prospective students come to UVA for a day of panels, talks, tours, and to get a dose of a day at UVA. She asked to meet up and we got lunch at one of my favorite places on the Corner called Basil. I later ran into her, my brother, as well as our friend Adi near the Amphitheater and HAD to take pictures on this gorgeous spring day.

HHahahaha Sohum finally realized that he still had on Tejal’s name tag.

ANDD since Adi looked so dapper all dressed up for an interview we decided to take a couple of quick portraits so that he could get his quintessential “column picture” on the Lawn. 

Don’t be fooled, he’s really just laughing at a really cute puppy off to the side.

This last one is my absolute favorite and his reaction to when I mentioned that his mom would LOVE these pictures. Well, I hope she does and I hope that your interview went well. Stay looking dapper & I hope you’re having the best first year at UVA. Tejal, if you’re reading this, CONGRATS FOR COMMITTING HERE!!! I hope that you’re next and that I can’t wait to take your “column picture” here at UVA next year!.

April 22, 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

 I was so honored that Grace came to me for portraits and I was even happier when her friend and roommate Brianna was able to join. It’s easy to tell how well these two girls get along!

December 31, 2015

Last year I decided to rush an engineering sorority called A.O.E. here at UVA. Those who know me were pretty surprised about my decision since I don’t exactly fit your stereotype of a sorority girl. However, the reason I followed through with rush continues to be the reason why I love A.O.E. today and that’s due to the fact that I got to meet and connect with some pretty amazing girls who were able to share my triumphs and struggles of being a female engineer at UVA. Grace is one of those girls that handles everything from her academics to extracurricular  activities, well with a certain kind of grace that’s hard to describe.

 I was so honored that she came to me for portraits and I was even happier when her friend and roommate Brianna was able to join. It’s easy to tell how well these two girls get along. I loved how well these two’s outfits matched each others!

The lighting at the McIntire patio was perfect!

These two know how to have fun and I’m so glad they were down to play around in the leaves despite the students walking by right behind me. We also made sure to get the Rotunda in the back of their pictures despite its current scaffolded state. 

Thanks for asking me to take these! I hope you two have a fantastic rest of your fourth year and that these pictures capture the spirit of your last year here at UVA!

December 31, 2015

Neil flew all the way down from New York to CHO (Charlottesville’s airport) to spend a weekend with his sister, Maya, who is currently a third year at the University of Virginia. These two remind me so much of each other it’s crazy!

December 30, 2015

Neil flew all the way down from New York to CHO (Charlottesville’s airport) to spend a weekend with his sister Maya who is currently a third year at the University of Virginia. I’d heard so much about Neil from Maya, it was great finally being able to meet him! These two get along so well as brother and sister and from these photos you can tell how much they genuinely enjoy spending time with each other.

They caught the Lawn at a gorgeous time when all the leaves were turning yellow in the background.

I love these candid ones of them attempting to make funny faces at each other and making each other laugh instead.

We had a good time scouting out gorgeous fall trees that we could incorporate into their shoot. And of course no photo shoot is complete without finding the perfect bunch of leaves to mess around with.

I hope you guys had a good time taking these pictures, I know I certainly did! It was so nice to finally meet Neil and I hope the Singh’s got the Christmas card cover photo that they were looking for!

December 30, 2015

I’ve known this group of girls since my first year in the Engineering School at UVA. They held up in the cold to get some gorgeous portraits on the Lawn.

October 30, 2015

I’ve known this group of girls since my first year in the Engineering School at UVA. They’ve been the ones that have been in all of my engineering classes & stuck with me through late nights in Stacks, Rice & Wilsdorf. They’re such a fun group of girls & I’m sure their love for each other shows through their pictures. They call themselves the E Clan short for the “Engineering Clan” since we bonded over engineering classes first year and have inseparable since. Thanks for holding up in the cold for these pictures and for Kavita for making sure I was in some of them.

Love you guys & I hope you liked your mini fall photoshoot!

October 30, 2015

I’m so incredibly grateful that Erin dealt with all of my weird living habits last year as my roommate. She was also open to trying out a new spot around UVA to take her portraits after the classics!

October 29, 2015

I’ve been friends with this girl since high school and last year she was one of my few friends that let me take them to random places around Grounds in order to get “candid” shots of student life at the University. She dealt with all my crazy living habits last year as my roommate (namely the blaring alarms that I didn’t happen to hear every morning…sorry Erin) and I couldn’t imagine my time at UVA without her. 

Last Friday I got to take Erin’s portraits at the peak of fall around UVA during golden hour. I was in photography heaven due to the gorgeous lighting on the Lawn, the fall colors and being able to use my new 85mm lens for portraits. Below are some of my favorite posed & candid ones of this gorgeous girl!

Erin’s column pictures are probably some of my favorites ones that I’ve taken!

I’m glad she was so open to trying out a new spot around UVA to take our last set of pictures to take advantage of the fall colors in the backdrop!

October 29, 2015

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