Hi, I'm Nadiya.
I am originally from from Detroit, Michigan. I currently, live, work and eat in Richmond, 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, 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 why it is such a strong part of who I am and the work I do. Yes, I am a wedding photographer, but I am also a woman of color 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 to be a voice. A voice for all people to be represented, welcome, and celebrated exactly as they are and choose to be.
For those that are not equally represented within the media/wedding industry, and have been traditionally marginalized, I see you. I am excited for you. 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,
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.