This page is currently under construction but should be good to go in a couple of weeks! Thanks for your patience and in the meantime check out my Facebook and Instagram page and feel free to email me at manalisontakkephotography@gmail.com for more information!

explore

welcome to MY

home on the web

Weddings

Portraits

Engagements

personal

Maggie and William have actually been engaged for two years and they finally had their engagement pictures taken last week in Georgetown! They chose the location due to the Key Bridge looking much like the one in Fredericksburg where they will be getting married next June! They met back in 2011 and started off dating […]

August 7, 2017

Maggie and William have actually been engaged for two years and they finally had their engagement pictures taken last week in Georgetown! They chose the location due to the Key Bridge looking much like the one in Fredericksburg where they will be getting married next June! They met back in 2011 and started off dating long distance, only seeing each other every four or six months or so! When William joined the Navy, they were able to start meeting more and continued to make it work out long term. Come 2015 William proposed, most fittingly, on an amazing dinner cruise right in the San Diego Harbor when he visited the port. He had flown Maggie in for five days to see him and it ended up being a trip she would never forget!

We met up and explored the backstreets of Georgetown first, Cady’s Alley and finally ended at the Waterfront Park with some gorgeous evening light! These two were dressed to a tee and you can so clearly see how in love these two are, two years after being engaged and I’m sure their love will only continue to grow.

Maggie & William, I can’t wait to see how your summer navy & golden wedding is next year in Fredericksburg. Continue to love each other’s sense of humor, support each other through thick and thin, and continue to grow your love 🙂

August 7, 2017

My summer recap from last year reminded me of everything that I had accomplished that I would have otherwise forgotten. Hopefully by the end of this summer I’ll have just as much to look back on. Here’s a couple of things I’ve enjoyed so far and some more that are in the works for this summer!

June 5, 2016

I was going through and updating my website and came across my blog post from last summer that recapped everything that happened. Last summer was without a doubt, the best summer of my life so far. It was full of big milestones such as watching my little brother graduate from high school, travelling to new places like Myrtle Beach and working hard to get my photography out there and noticed! My summer recap reminded me of everything that I had accomplished that I would have otherwise forgotten. It also helped me deal with this year’s change from such a busy semester to a slower summertime. Hopefully on the other end of this summer I’ll have just as much to look back on! Here’s a couple of things that have happened so far and some more that are in the works for this summer!

Highlights So Far:

  • Spending an extra week in Cville after I finished finals just taking graduation portraits! I almost felt like a full time photographer aka the dream! See Radhika, Jane, and Narotham & Shreya’s blog posts for just a few!
  • Visiting the Pet Shelter and falling in love with a diabetic cat that liked to be petted & the kittens that were so playful (I’m a cat person!!)
  • BEACH WEEK!!! I’ve never lived so close to the ocean, boogie boarded so much, lounged in a pool or seen the sunrise on a beach before. I’ve also never cleaned so much before or been so sunburned and tan before in my life!
  • Meeting up so many of my friends (including my best friend!) who were back in the area for a little bit before being off to wherever they’re interning/studying this summer 
  • Interning at the same company as last summer and being able to get right back into the swing of things and help out
  • Taking day trips to Annapolis & Harpers Ferry

    What I’m Looking Forward To:
     

  • Traveling with uncle who is here from India
  • Getting to know my fellow new intern crew better
  • Hanging out with my friends that are back home for the summer
  • DRIVING!!! I love being home and being able to drive my 1990 Eagle Talon around. It’s too old for me to take Here’s hoping that we won’t have as many parts to replace/problems to fix up
  • Two couples’ sessions that are in the works! I’ve taken photos for one couple before (they were the very first to let me & I actually LOVED it) and the second couple just recently got engaged which is super exciting
  • Second shooting another wedding that I will be in charge of taking groom and groomsmen portraits for by myself for the first time!!

June 5, 2016

I can’t believe how quickly this summer has gone. Usually by the end of the long summer break I’m ready to go back to school. This time is a little different. I’ve had the most incredible summer & I’m not quite ready to go back to the grind. Here’s a quick recap of everything that’s gone down this summer!

August 11, 2015

I can’t believe how quickly this summer has gone. Usually by the end of the long summer break I’m ready, nope, DYING, to get back to the academic year. I’m one of those nuts that gets super excited about back to school shopping for supplies & loves the smell of fresh notebooks (think Hermione from Harry Potter). I was updating my personal photo journal the other day after realizing that I’d been slacking with documenting everything that happened this summer & I wanted to share bits of my summer vacation (of course, with pictures) on here as well. Here’s some great (and not so great) times that happened this summer:

TRAVEL

  • Treating my Dad to MooThru for the first time coming home from UVA which he LOVED
  • Driving down to Roanoke for a dance gig & then doing a midnight BK run for food
  • Going to OBX for the first time, making friends with a local dog, eating my weight in crab cakes, and being in a boat right next to really playful dolphins!
  • Finding a match made in heaven with the S’mores Milkshake at Good Stuff Eatery in Georgetown (if you didn’t already know, I have a thing for s’mores)
  • Going to UVA twice within one week for my little brother’s orientation & then midsummers. It was weird being there & not being crazy busy. I also died due to the heat & humidity, gotta love good ol’ Cville
  • Finding new spots in my own area

PERSONAL

  • Keeping a running photo journal for 4 years!
  • Watching my brother graduate & him actually ASKING me to take pictures of him & his friends (this is a shocker because he hates pictures & never lets me grab any)
  • Was in a minor car crash which scared the hell out of me. Thankfully the other driver & I were both unhurt 
  • Along with that I just struggled majorly with cars in general. Think broken parking brake, hoods falling down & smoke coming out of the hood. I guess it comes with having a 25 year old car. I’m constantly scared that this will ACTUALLY be the last summer with my car
  • Helping my cousin buy the most beautiful dress for a wedding for an unbelievable price
  • Experiencing my other cousin’s cross-country road trip through his blog & finally FaceTiming him and getting to see his new place & hear about his job in SanFran
  • Enjoying weekend brunches again with eggs benedict, fresh mozarella, pancakes, crepes, and all the good breakfast food. This and our IHOP trip which was something we hadn’t done in a really long time!
  • Becoming good friends with co-workers at my internship and having the best little spontaneous trips & pulling pranks on our boss

PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Buying a flash for my camera and being in love with being able to light pictures in low-light situations so that they’re still super sharp & not grainy (I spot grain like no other)
  • Finally buying Lightroom (and saving hours!!), going back to shooting in RAW (and taking up ALL the storage space with huge files)
  • Attending & taking pictures for a baby shower, IN HEELS, never again (the heels part). Creating my first ever photo album for the event was an interesting time haha
  • Taking two event pictures in the same day & overcoming my introverted nature and genuinely connecting with people I met for the first time
  • Having a GREAT time getting to know people on both sides of the family & celebrating with them and capturing the pre-wedding events for Shahana & Marc. Shahana was even kind enough to invite me to the wedding AS A GUEST! (check out this blog post for the first of the wedding events)
  • Reaching out to some local photographers and getting soo much feedback & advice! 
  • The opportunity to second shoot a wedding!!! I can’t tell you how excited I am (and nervous which hasn’t kicked in quite yet but I’m sure will)
  • Getting my first inquiry from social media 
  • ^ This block is long and that makes me super happy!

This has hands down been the most eventful summer I’ve had so far. There’s been the good times, lots of firsts, big opportunities, good times with friends but there’s also been the crazy, frustrating and scary ones. But all in all, I never would have thought that this is what my summer was going to be like at the beginning and I’m really grateful that it turned out as well as it did! It’s made me a lot more open to new opportunities & taught me that passion can push you past your fear. For anyone who’s still reading this, for anyone who has every supported me with something as simple as a “like” on Facebook or someone who has gone out of their way to write me a message or tell me about their support of my photography in person, I can’t thank you enough. It really means so much to me & there have been so many times that I’ve doubted what I’m doing but your words of encouragement have kept me afloat.


Picture credits of photos taken of me go to my brother Sohum!

August 11, 2015

navigate 

Sorry, this site is currently under construction. Check back soon or contact me via email in the mean time. Thank you for your patience!

manalisontakkephotography
@gmail.com

Snapchat-color Created with Sketch.
Instagram-color Created with Sketch.
Facebook Copy-color Created with Sketch.

elsewhere 

HOME