Hi, I'm Nadiya.
I am originally from from Detroit, Michigan. I am currently based in Syracuse, NY, but I travel all over the world documenting humans in love. I have a BFA in Photography and Film from VCU Arts. I’m a old school film + fine art photography nerd, a Black Feminist, an astrology buff, and a total sucker for negative space and minimalist anything.
I come from a multicultural background. My mother is from South Africa and my father is from the Philippines. As such, I experienced a myriad of cultural nuances from both sides of my family including learning and listening to different languages. I would attend Filipinx cultural school on Saturdays before hanging out with nana telling me stories of South Africa during Apartheid right before I'd get ready to do my homework and more standard midwestern kid things i.e. playing with bugs and riding bikes until dark. As a little mixed African and Asian free spirit growing up in a Michigan, I loved my quirky and different upbringing but I rarely, almost never saw myself represented in any form of media, wedding or otherwise.
Ok, so why am I telling you this?
Because it shows how I came to be so passionate about representation and the decolonization of weddings imagery. Yes, I am a wedding photographer, but I am also a womxn that cares deeply about social, political and cultural issues on a global scale. I want my business to be about more than dope photos and well considered service. Although those things are vital and close to my heart of hearts, I want Imani Photo Co. to be a voice. A voice for all my people in the margins to be seen and celebrated in a world that ignores and disregards them .
For those who’s existence is not equally or at all acknowledged within the wedding industry that is so saturated with the Western canon of beauty, and have been traditionally marginalized, I see you. I am excited for you. Lets’s make our own space, I am here for you.
So, if you want a wedding photographer:
1. THAT IS INCLUSIVE AND WELCOMING TO ALL,
2. THAT IS GOING TO CELEBRATE AND ACCEPT YOU AS YOU ARE without judgement,
3. THAT WILL KEEP EVERYTHING SIMPLE AND UNCOMPLICATED,
4. THAT IS DOWN TO ADVENTURE WITH YOU ANYWHERE,
5. THAT WILL FOCUS ON CAPTURING THE EMOTION AND FEELING OF YOUR DAY,
6. THAT BELIEVES THE BEAUTY OF HUMANITY IS THE FACT THAT WE ARE DIVERSE...
Well then, we should talk.