Manali Anne Photography
Manali could not have been a better photographer for our engagement photos and wedding in December 2012. She was professional, on time, flexible, calm, directed us quickly, efficiently (and gently!), and went above and beyond the entire night to make sure we got all the shots we wanted.
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Planning a small wedding on a weekday? I have flexible packages just for you, starting at 90 minutes of coverage. Check out my San Francisco City Hall pricing on my website. The rates apply to any small weekday weddings in and near San Francisco, even if you're getting married at a different venue.
Read my tips about getting married at San Francisco City Hall here: https://manaliannephotography.com/how-to-get-married-san-francisco-city-hall-wedding-information-advice-and-tips/
Describe your business in 1-3 short sentences.
My specialty is to photograph weddings in a natural and candid way. I simply love what I do and feel fortunate to work with clients who love the photos I take of them and their guests. I work with couples who above all else, are excited about being in love.
Why do you want to work with APW couples?
I feel like APW couples are looking for authenticity and so am I. They are creative and down to earth and are looking for a photographer who will take beautiful photos of real moments, not someone who will arrange them into awkward poses.
What is your artistic approach to weddings?
I pay a lot of attention to people and light. I want to capture the true emotions people experience on their wedding day, the excitement, tears of joy, and those soft intimate moments after the ceremony with your new spouse. I also have learned how to make light work for me, since I mostly work with natural light. When I walk into a room I can tell where I need to stand to get my best shots and know how to avoid problematic lighting scenarios as much as possible.
What are your non-work-related hobbies?
Luckily I turned my number one hobby, photography, into my profession, I was photographing for 10 years before I “turned pro.” My other greatest passion of all is to travel. Collectively throughout my life I have visited 6 continents and have probably spent about 3 years abroad, much of it traveling as a backpacker.
What's your favorite book?
“The God of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy. I love long fictional drawn out family sagas. I also love “East of Eden” by Steinbeck, and “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver.
What's your favorite movie?
I love The Princess Bride, and will forever have a crush on Cary Elwes (Westley).
If you could have a one minute dance party at your desk, what song would you pick?
Anything 80’s Madonna. Material Girl, Vogue, Like a Virgin…
If you read no other part of this review, then at least know that Manali is AMAZING and we would hire her again in a second. When we got engaged about a year and a half ago, the first thing I told my then-fiancé is we needed to book our venue, and then find an amazing photographer. Manali was the very first vendor that we booked, and we are so beyond happy that we found her. All those months ago, I reached out to her looking for pricing after seeing some of her beautiful photos posted on Instagram. She had shot previously at the Outdoor Art Club, and I loved the style of photography that she had from her website. She was very prompt and friendly over email and set up an in person meeting for all three of us out in Oakland. In that original meeting, she brought a few albums for couples she had worked with before, and she asked lots of questions to help determine what our eventual timeline would be, if she would need an assistant, and generally what we were looking for in a photographer. She was so warm, very easy to talk and ask questions to, and she even bought us some beignets! We left that meeting feeling super confident, and we were spot on. Our wedding was well over a year out, but come February of last year, we did our engagement shoot with Manali out on Mt. Tamalpais. Naturally, it ended up being the windiest and coldest day of the year probably. I remember Manali called that morning asking if we were still down with that location, suggesting a few backups in case I was worried about my hair or something. She was very thoughtful about things, but we still agreed to go out to Mt. Tam. My husband and I are both kind of awkward, we're not good at getting our pictures taken at all, but she made it feel super natural and not awkward. She had us laughing and smiling and coached us on how to move so she could catch a natural shot. And the poor thing was out there freezing her hands off the whole time! The pictures of course came out amazing, and we used them for our save the dates and for decorations at the wedding. After that, almost an entire year passes. Towards the end of last year/beginning of this year, Manali and I got back in touch to start prepping for the wedding. She continued to be super organized, sending us some spreadsheets where we could share info on our day of timeline, what family members and bridal party folks we wanted in photos, any special shot requests, etc. All this kept her super organized day of, which was so helpful when I was trying to wrangle my family for pictures. The whole week leading up it rained heavily, and day-of it was looking a little sketch. We originally wanted to do our first look shots in a wooded park that ended up all muddy, but Manali was very easy with switching locations back to the venue and staying on a new track. She and her assistant Zoë were amazing all day, capturing all those special moments and being flies on the wall. She also stressed that if at any point in the night I wanted a photo, just grab her and she'd make it happen. We got really lucky and it didn't end up raining really, just a small drizzle right as we finished our vows, but you'd never even know, Manali got all the best photos. Most importantly for us, she is an amazing candid photographer. The staged/posed photos with the bridal party are wonderful of course, but the reason we loved her style is because of the candid shots she had in her portfolio. The reception shots of all of our guests just living their best lives on the dance floor are some of my favorites, and two of my unforgettable moments of the night she caught beautifully: my dad realizing what song we were dancing to and laughing which I will cherish forever, and shots of me laughing hysterically at my maid of honor/best friend's hilarious speech. After all the dust settled, Manali sent us little previews while she edited, and about six weeks after the wedding we got the link to the gallery with all of our beautiful photos. Her website is easy to use for downloading, and she makes it super easy to share with family. So, very very very long story short, we are so grateful to Manali and her assistant, and so glad that we chose her all the way back in October or November 2017. You'll cherish your wedding photos no matter what, but it helps when they are genuinely really well shot. Thank you so much Manali!
Manali photographed our wedding in September, and we couldn't have been happier with her work. She was one of the very few people about whom we had zero reservations throughout the entire process of planning the wedding: it was so apparent that she was a consummate professional and would do an incredible job. Manali made sure to meet with us in person to better understand what we were looking for from our photography and to make sure we were a good match for one another. This personal touch was so valuable to us as our photos were one of the most important parts of our wedding day to us. Her style was perfect for us: she focused so much on candid moments and captured the love and joy of our wedding, and that's exactly what we wanted. We couldn't be happier with our photos now that we have them, and we both highly recommend Manali to anyone lucky enough to work with her.