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Meet Manali Sontakke

Today we’d like to introduce you to Manali Sontakke.

Hi Manali, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
In high school, I started to take portraits for friends and family.

I would work on building the backend of my business and second shooting as many weddings as I could over the summers until I officially opened doors as a business owner at the beginning of 2018. Only 11 months after that, I went full-time as a wedding photographer after quitting my 9-5 job!

I’ve been running my wedding photography business ever since and have branched out into teaching other photographers how to grow their business and photographing for other small businesses as well!

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has not been an easy road! I’ve had to learn so much about photography, wedding, communication skills, marketing, and business along the way since my educational background was in Computer Science!

Deciding that I was ready and believing in myself to take the business full-time was a tough decision. Most of all, navigating the highs and lows and the pressure of being in charge of the business and handling the finances has been the hardest!

I’ve really learned what perseverance and resilience look like, especially during the pandemic! I’ve learned how important mental health is throughout this journey.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m known for my vibrant, light, romantic, and candid wedding pictures!

I’ve stood out as a wedding photographer for being so detail-oriented, and communicative, helping people feel at ease in front of the camera, and providing an incredible wedding experience. I’ve always been very systems-minded even as a creative and it’s allowed me to steadily raise my prices and start photographing in the luxury market fairly quickly!

I’m most proud of the fact that my high school self would have been in awe over how far I’ve taken my photography skills and business.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
The most important lesson that I’ve learned is that you have to put yourself FIRST. You are your business’ #1 asset.

Your mental health and mindset play such a huge role in how your business thrives

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Manali Photography

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