Describe your business in 1-3 short sentences.
With a focus on inclusive and emotive visual story telling, I am all about capturing the magnificent reality of your love. With all its edges and quirks. I am not interested in making you into something you aren't. I want to you forget the camera is even there, and to simply be yourself.
Love and relationships are not staged, and your wedding photos shouldn't be either. I believe your photos should represent you and your celebration authentically and simply. I also have a strong dedication to inclusivity and representation for couples who's love has been traditionally marginalized.
Why do you want to work with APW Couples?
Because they get that Love is truly for everyone, and that inclusion is oh so important. That a wedding is about community and connection. That marriage can be redefined for each an every individual couple. They want their celebration of love to authentically represent them as they are, and not how others think they should be. They realize the importance photography, and it’s ability to give life to moments that have since passed. aka, they're awesome.
Describe your artistic approach to weddings?
I am an emotional photographer. My style is organic, emotional and soft. As such, I find it very important to get to know my couples personally in order to truly understand them, and vibe on their wedding day. I’m not interested in being just a hired vendor, but a collaborator, storyteller and a friend. With my work, the captivation of genuine human interaction is central to why I am so passionate about what I do. I am there to be a photographic observer, free of interference or heavy direction. And meanwhile you are enjoying your love, dancing the night away.
What are your non-work-related hobbies?
Being in the sun, getting to be barefoot in the summertime, cooking, yoga, and adventuring with a film camera in new cities.
If you could have a one minute dance party at your desk, what song would you pick?
Lake Michigan by Rogue Wave.
13 reviews on “Imani Photo Co.”
I am privileged to say our wedding was Nadiya's first, and she knocked it out of the park! She photographed our engagement shoot as well. Both shoots were easy and fun. Nadiya knows how to work with natural light beautifully and knows how to capture the natural beautiful moments as well. Thank you Nadiya for capturing our love and giving us a way to show them forever <3 we love you!
Jackie and Eugene JungPros
Literally, everything! Nadiya is an amazing photographer - not only does she possess unique photography skills, but she also gets to know you on a personal level. Prior to taking my wedding day photos, Nadiya made time to meet my fiancee and me. She spent over an hour just chatting with me in a coffee shop, asking me questions and engaging in conversation that wasn't business related in any manner until the very last few minutes. I really feel like she got to know me, and it was so absolutely genuine. By truly caring for her clients, I feel like Nadiya is then able to take photos and capture moments that she knows are representative of who you are because she took that time to truly understand you. She isn't pushy at all and is able to balance the line between setting you up into specific poses vs. capturing natural moments. In a nutshell, we loved Nadiya's personality, professionalism, and overall attitude. She gave us beautiful photos, which were delivered a few days earlier than we expected - a VERY nice surprise. I would recommend Nadiya any day to someone who wants a photographer that can really capture a special moment. We love Nadiya!Cons
From our first interaction with Nadiya, we knew the hunt for a photographer to shoot our wedding was over. She was professional and punctual and her work itself stands on its own. We had an amazing and very casual relaxed wedding day with her at our side. Her editing style is so classy and beautiful. We ended up with amazing photos that we will have forever. All PROS here. We hope to personally cross paths with Nadiya in the near future. She is definitely one of a kind and highly recommended!
Nadiya took my bridal portraits as well as my wedding photos and I could not be happier! I just adore her, her work ethic, her friendly laid back vibe, and her promptness. Upon receiving both sets of photos, which were extremely speedy in their return(my wedding photos only took a few weeks!) I felt fulfillment from knowing I could replay these moments through her photography. Not only does she use angles that capture details in a way I have never seen done before, she gets experimental and it truly works! She focuses in on who you are as a person, couple, family and she stays authentic and unique in the way she adheres to the environment. She paints the day through her lens and makes sure you remember every little detail, down to the flowers on the arbor, the doorway of your dressing room, your forehead against your mother's as you remember the day she told you that you would find love. She is incredibly priced, kind hearted, and dang you really end up feeling satisfied that she was a part of your party!
Auesta and Emall WahisiPros
I landed upon Nadiya by pure chance- I originally emailed a photographer that did a family friend's wedding, but they were booked- I asked them if they recommended any photographers, and they immediately said Nadiya's name (i.e. goes to show she's got respect with her peers). For anyone who is looking for beautiful, candid captures, Nadiya is the go to person. I'll second what the first reviewer said about natural light- she really knows how to use the light to make beautiful portraits of couples. I love my photos. Thank you Nadiya!
Nadiya was our wedding photographer and she was a real delight to work with. We are absolutely thrilled with the photos and she did an amazing job of capturing the day and the spirit of our celebration not just from our perspective but also in capturing the experience of our guests too. We were looking for more of a candid photojournalistic style with only a few formal photos and she definitely delivered this, the pictures really show the authenticity of the day and what it felt like in the moment. Her website is simple to navigate and we were able to favourite and download our pictures in various resolutions as well as sharing the link with family and friends. The slideshow she prepared was also really lovely. We were also really impressed with how quickly she sent the final photos through to us! Her pricing is really excellent value too. Nadiya was very easy to work with, she was thorough in understanding our needs and preferences and made a trip to our venue beforehand to check it out and ensure she was familiar with the light, etc. I really hate having my picture taken but she really put me at ease and I was so happy with how flattering the pictures were in the end. She was very professional and unobtrusive on the day, and several of our guests made a point of telling us how impressed they were with how she went about her work. Highly highly recommended! Thank you Nadiya!
I can't remember even how I found Nadiya - it may have been through APW - but I'm so glad that I did. I connected to her photos immediately, and I had a feeling that she would be able to capture our non-traditional celebration. Before our wedding day, I had only talked to Nadiya briefly on the phone a couple of times, but she has such a relaxed and comforting presence, I felt like we had been friends for years. She was calm and so easy-going, I really enjoyed having her there while I was getting ready. She was extremely professional during the whole ceremony - she got amazing shots and was so discrete. We are beyond thrilled with our gorgeous photos - they are better than we could have imagined. I would highly recommend Nadiya to anyone, but especially to those who are easy-going and want a photographer who understands and can successfully capture a non-traditional, community-centered celebration of love.Cons
We were so lucky to have had Nadiya as our wedding photographer! Nadiya’s approach is a perfect blend of documentary and fine art. She made our engagement and wedding photos feel relaxed with how thoughtful and down to earth her process is. I was nervous about being photographed, but all my fears disappeared when we were in front of her camera. Nadiya captured things that I never saw or would have noticed on our wedding day down to the tiniest last detail. Guests commented to me how she captured every moment without drawing attention or taking away from the intimacy of the day. Everyone who sees our wedding pictures glows about them and I couldn’t agree more! The photos are gorgeous and I feel like I’m reliving the day all over again when I look at them. Nadiya is an absolutely incredible artist, professional, friend, and human, and I am so honored she documented our wedding!
On the list of items that my wife and I cared about regarding our wedding, excellent photos were at the top for both of us, and Nadiya certainly delivered! The bonus for us (that now being on the other side of our wedding day we realize was imperative) was working with someone who isn’t just an incredible photographer but also an incredible person. Nadiya is kind, creative, intuitive, down to earth and has a beautiful magic about her that helped us relax and trust that she was capturing the full range of moments on our wedding day, from the sacred to the hilarious. From the first time we read through her website we knew that Nadiya was an artist driven by values of inclusion, sincerity and openness and this was only further confirmed as we worked with her. As a same sex couple we were so thankful that she took time to connect with both of us, communicated throughout our planning process with both of us, and gave quality time to shooting each of us. In addition, her turn around time is stellar, and she even sent us a sneak peek of our photos through her site very soon after our wedding. We loved working with Nadiya and highly recommend her!Cons
No cons at all, but as a tip for couples, be sure to save time during your planning process to write down any important people/moments you'd like photographed. Nadiya will send a questionnaire to help with this, so save time close to your wedding day to fill it out. Also check in about who best to rally your people for any posed photos you may want.
Nadiya with Imani Fine Art Photography was everything and more than we could have ever asked for in a wedding photographer. She captured not just the timeline of events, but the feel of the day: the emotions, the laughter, and of course love. Nadiya has a unique eye for photography and we were delighted by both her digital and film shots as well as both her color photos and black and white. The photographs do not give a sense of your usual boring stock photo. Every photograph is a piece of art that appropriately and intimately captures the moment. My husband is a trans man, and we knew we could trust Nadiya to tell our story in honesty and in beauty. Nadiya is very laid back and has a genuine heart that is obvious in the way she works with you. She has a true interest in getting to the core of a couple's story, in order to more accurately and organically create a story of your love through her photos. Not only were the photos outstanding, but Nadiya was able to put both of us at ease throughout the day and photo process. My husband and I were both dreading the boring group photos, but Nadiya kept things efficient and light! As a photographer, Nadiya possesses the rare skill of being able to direct people without being overbearing. Working with Nadiya was stressless. One of my favorite photos is of the ~50ish family members from my maternal side running to get into the frame, followed by a giant still shot of us lined up in a more traditional shot. This photo shows how Nadiya is able to perfectly encapsulate the genuine and personal aspects of a wedding, while simultaneously producing a collection of beautifully crafted portraits and shots of events that we as a married couple will cherish as documentation of our special day forever.Cons
We cannot sing enough praises about Nadiya and Imani Fine Art Photography! Finding a great wedding photographer is usually at the top of most couples’ list and it most certainly was for us as well. We’re so lucky to have found Imani Fine Art Photography because we can’t imagine another person being able to tell our story as well as Nadiya did. Nadiya’s work speaks for itself, but what most people can’t see behind the photo is the wonderful person that Nadiya is. It’s one thing to find a great wedding photographer, but to find someone who you can trust beyond a doubt will be true to your story and capture one of the most important and intimate moments in your life, is the complete package. Nadiya was very understanding of our wants and needs and made sure to take everything into consideration when capturing the day. She was kind and courteous to all of our guests and especially to our family members during one of the most chaotic moments of the day - portraits. And to add to the inherent stress of a wedding, it rained! Nadiya was so quick on her feet to adapt to changes in schedule and locations and most importantly she kept her cool while still being able to effectively manage an entire wedding party in the rain. We cannot recommend Nadiya and Imani Fine Art Photography enough. Our photos turned out better than we could have ever imagined. You can rest easy knowing Nadiya is charge of your wedding photos and move on to the next item to check off your list!
Celeste & JalilPros
Nadiya is wonderful. And her work is beautiful. She took time to get to know us so that she could let our personalities shine through the photos of us on our wedding day. We love the feelings of warmth and intimacy that she helps to create both in the process of taking photos and in her final products. Rather than requiring you to step out of the moment and pose, she is able to capture moments with an authenticity that honors your special day. My partner and I loved working with her. She is truly an artist.
Rachel & PatrickPros
Nadiya was incredible! As a fat queer/trans couple it was really important to us to find a photographer who was aligned with us politically and would reflect that in the photos. We were so lucky to find her! The photos are gorgeous-- she got photos of so many joyous little moments and really captured the feel of the whole wedding day. We look fantastic but exactly like ourselves-- not photoshopped to look thinner etc. She is also super professional and organized, yet lots of fun to be around.Cons
We want her to move to LA and be friends with us but she won't :( ;)