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I'm a creative and modern wedding photographer in Austin, Texas. At Studio Uma, we work like crazy for our brides and grooms to produce gorgeous works of art that stir the soul. We do magic things with light and color. We love modern Indian wedding photography! For more info, email us at uma@umasanghvi.com.

February 11, 2015

Emily and David’s wedding at the W Hotel in Austin was one of my most memorable weddings of 2014. These guests get my award for BEST DANCING at a wedding, hands down. No contest. And then there’s the moment when Emily and David took over for the DJ (you have to see it to believe it). It was Taylor Swift and Shake it Off, and these newlyweds brought the house down.

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Emily and David’s W Hotel wedding in Austin was one of my most memorable weddings of 2014. Their guests get my award for BEST DANCING at a wedding, hands down. No contest. And then there’s the moment when Emily and David took over for the DJ (you have to see it to believe it). It was Taylor Swift and Shake it Off, and these newlyweds brought the house down at their W Hotel wedding.

Everything about this day was impeccable: the lush bouquets, the pretty blush bridesmaids dresses – and especially the bride and groom. They live in New York and returned to Austin for their engagement photos last winter. I knew from that day on that I adore this dynamic couple. Here is their unforgettable W Hotel wedding day, filled with love and laughter.

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Congratulations Emily and David! Thank you for sharing your big day with us. It was a joy and so much FUN.

Creative Team

Venue: W Hotel Austin

Coordinator: Becky Navarro of Pearl Events Austin

Photographer: Studio Uma

Rabbi: Steven Folberg of Beth Israel

Linens: La Tavola

Rentals: Premiere Events

Caterer + Cake: W Hotel Austin

Flowers: STEMS

Videographer: A & A

DJ: Texas Pro DJ

Hair + Makeup: Rhea McCarter

Ceremony Music: Musical Discovery

Lighting: FILO

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If you’d like to find out more about Studio Uma, please click here to visit our website.  We’re based in Austin and specialize in editorial wedding photography.

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February 10, 2015

What do you get when you mix salsa dancing, Michael Jackson, Dia de los Muertos and a magnificent grooms cake shaped like the Taj Mahal? So glad you asked. When Michelle and Gandhi planned their Star Hill Ranch wedding in Austin last year, they included all of the above and more. Michelle is practically a celebrity in Austin – she’s the owner of Michelle’s Patisserie. Michelle and her team spend their days concocting the most amazing wedding cakes and other sweet treats. They outdid themselves for this special wedding.

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When Michelle and Gandhi planned their Star Hill Ranch wedding in Austin last year, they included a mix of salsa dancing, Michael Jackson, Dia de los Muertos and a magnificent grooms cake shaped like the Taj Mahal. Plus so much more! Michelle is practically a celebrity in Austin – she’s the owner of Michelle’s Patisserie. Michelle and her team spend their days concocting the most amazing wedding cakes and other sweet treats. They outdid themselves for this Star Hill Ranch wedding.

Star Hill Ranch is one of my favorite Austin wedding venues. It’s like an Old West town and you can tell they shoot movies there. CLINK did an impeccable job coordinating this wedding.

And the dancing. Wow, the dancing! The bride and groom choregraphed a sizzling number that incorporated their love of salsa as well as Bollywood. Even the father/daughter dance was meticulously choreographed. The guests at this Star Hill Ranch wedding were delighted.

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Congratulations Michelle and Gandhi! You two are beautiful and inspiring.

Thank you to Julia Robinson for the beautiful detail photos above.

Creative Team

Photography – Studio Uma

Wedding Coordinator – CLINK

Venue – Star Hill Ranch

Bakery – Michelle’s Patisserie

Florist – Last Petal

Catering – Creative Creations

Rentals – Marquee

Videography – Adam Grumbo

Lighting – ILIOS

Music/Sound – Penguin Entertainment

Mariachis – Mariachi Estrella

Officiant – Pastor John Stennfeld

Hair + Makeup – Deborah Lira

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If you’d like to find out more about Studio Uma, please click here to visit our website.  We’re based in Austin and we specialize in editorial wedding photography.

For our latest work – check out Studio Uma on Facebook. We’re always up to something.

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January 17, 2015

Dear friends, Happy new year! Bonne année! Ein glückliches neues Jahr! Hauoli Makahiki hou! Szczesliwego Nowego Roku! Feliz año nuevo! Chuc mung nam moi! I am THRILLED to share my favorite 50 photos from the year with you.

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Dear friends, Happy new year! Bonne année! Ein glückliches neues Jahr! Hauoli Makahiki hou! Szczesliwego Nowego Roku! Feliz año nuevo! Chuc mung nam moi! I am thrilled to share my favorite 50 photos from the year with you.

2014 brought weddings and engagements in Mexico, Virginia, California, North Carolina, Chicago – and of course all over the great state of Texas. THANK YOU to my warm, funny, loving clients. I am always thanking my lucky stars that I get work with such big-hearted brides and grooms.

Lots of love to my talented team of editors, second shooters and assistants, who were and are such a wonderful support. Special thanks to Izzy Ramirez, Ashley Landis, Brie Mullin, Greg Lovett and Julia Robinson.

In June I was thrilled to be ranked fifth on the Top 20 Wedding Photographer’s in Texas by Bridebox — woohoo! Last year also brought in 7 new Fearless Photographer Awards.

Speaking of Fearless, another highlight of the year was attending my first Fearless Photographers conference in Arizona in November. I love being a part of this group/family.

How did it get to be January so quickly? Once again we find ourselves at the beginning. Without further ado, I’d like to present my favorite photos from 2014.

Wishing you love and light in 2015,

Uma

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What. A. Year.

I wish I could tell you 2014 was all love and light for me. But it was not. It was intense and painful at times, and that’s why when I look at these pictures I am filled with deep gratitude that I had these jewels of moments to fill me up.

Here’s what I learned… A certain darkness is needed to see stars.Osho.

I’m absolutely surrounded by stars.

There’s something AWESOME I want to share with you. I collaborated with a talented graphic designer at Mae Mae Paperie to design this stunning book. There’s nothing I love better than design and books, so I am jumping for JOY!

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We wrapped our first wedding of this year on January 3rd. What a beautiful thing a new year is! These 2015 brides and grooms – wow. Prepare to be dazzled by this group.

To whet your appetite, here is a link to my first Gallery Book. The second one is going to be even better.

xo,

Uma

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Uma Sanghvi was named one of the “Top 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography” by Rangefinder Magazine. She is based in beautiful Austin, Texas, and specializes in creative, modern wedding photography.

Uma can be reached at uma@umasanghvi.com and through the Studio Uma website.
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September 23, 2014

Could these two lovebirds be any lovelier? If you have a love affair with bold, beautiful colors like I do — you’re going to want to see this engagement session. This was my first time in Chicago, and I was so blown away by how photogenic this city is. We stayed around the Art Institute, and everything from the gardens to the architecture inspired me. It was a photographers dream.

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Could these two lovebirds be any lovelier?  If you have a love affair with bold, beautiful colors like I do — you’re going to want to see this engagement session. This was my first time in Chicago, and I was so blown away by how photogenic this city is. We stayed around the Art Institute, and everything from the gardens to the architecture inspired me. It was a photographers dream.

I bet you can’t even tell that it was SO COLD and windy on the day of our shoot! Tara and Rohan were resilient in the midst of the elements. The warmth of their affection for each other is what really strikes me.

I can’t wait for their Cancun wedding. Is it May yet?

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Congratulations Tara and Rohan! You two are absolutely wonderful and I can’t wait to see you in Cancun for the wedding festivities.

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Uma Sanghvi was just named one of the “Top 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography” by Rangefinder Magazine. She is based in beautiful Austin, Texas, and specializes in modern Indian wedding photography.

Uma can be reached at uma@umasanghvi.com and through the Studio Uma website.
May 8, 2014

Style icon Audrey Hepburn once said: “I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. And I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls.”

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Style icon Audrey Hepburn once said: “I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. And I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls.”

Engagement picture tips by Austin Indian wedding photographer

I adore the last line! As a long time professional photographer, I’ve learned that it pretty much sums up everything you need to know about looking good on camera. But perhaps you’re searching for more concrete advice on what to wear for your engagement session. Unless you have a lot of experience in front of the camera, you may be wondering: what colors should I wear? Do I need to get my hair done? If only you had a personal stylist finding the best looks for you! Not to worry. Looking flawless and photogenic is easy if you follow these simple guidelines.

1. THE CAMERA LOVES COLOR

Tip number one – color is gorgeous on camera.

If your outfit features mainly neutrals or softer shades – which is totally fine – think about adding a color somewhere in your accessories. Shoes, nail color, scarf etc. Or a bright lip color. A pop of bright color is fabulous.

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2. SOLID BLOCKS OF WHITE CAN BE PROBLEMATIC

Cameras get fooled by lots of white. But don’t let this get you down – there are exceptions to this rule. For example if you have a gorgeous white dress that fits you perfectly, ignore this rule. Fit is more important than anything!

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3. TIME FOR A MANICURE

Your hands will be in many of your photos. Holding hands, showing off your ring, running your fingers through your fiancés hair… these are all likely scenarios during your photo shoot. And depending on your shoes (are you wearing strappy sandals or a peep toe heel?) you may want a pedicure too.

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4. COORDINATE YOUR COLOR PALETTE WITHOUT BEING MATCHY

You don’t want to look like twins!

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5. THINGS LOOK A LITTLE DIFFERENT IN PERSON THAN ON CAMERA.

I suggest grabbing your iPhone, snapping some full-length selfies in the mirror, to see how a camera “interprets” your outfits. That will give you a rough idea of how an outfit is going to play on camera. Then email your pics to your fashionista sister (or cousin or BFF) and ask for their advice. A photography tip: take your test shots in natural light (stand facing a big window, or go outside).

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6. GET PAMPERED!

Get a professional to do your hair and/or makeup. If for no other reason than it will make you feel more put together and relaxed in front of the camera. Also, it is the perfect opportunity to try out a new look or a new stylist for your wedding, sangeet, reception etc. Think of it as a trial run before the Main Event.

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7. SHOW OFF YOUR BEST ASSETS

If you need some help identifying your best features (or just narrowing them down!) ask your fiancé. This is a prime opportunity to hear them talk about your sexy legs or gorgeous eyes or luscious hair.

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8. IGNORE THE RULES AND DO WHATEVER YOU WANT

At the end of the day – don’t get overwhelmed with rules.  Take the tips that work for you – and throw out the rest. If there’s any secret to dressing well, it is to wear what makes you feel really good.

Seriously.

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When you are relaxed and enjoying yourself, it shows in your eyes and through your body language. And the camera picks up on those cues. Remember, your engagement session is all about capturing the special bond between you and your fiance. So it doesn’t really matter if you’re wearing pink or yellow or red or even zebra stripes – remember to enjoy the experience, and you’ll look gorgeous!

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Uma Sanghvi was just named one of the “Top 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography” by Rangefinder Magazine. She is based in beautiful Austin, Texas, and specializes in modern Indian wedding photography.

Uma can be reached at uma@umasanghvi.com and through the Studio Uma website.
Thank you to South Asian Bride Magazine for publishing this article!

 

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April 28, 2014

Every once in awhile, I’m offered a news assignment from the New York Times. It’s always a thrill! I love going back to my photojournalism roots every now and then. It’s a reminder of my past life: the daily deadlines, the hustling to make a good photo, working with awesome writers and editors, getting an intimate peek into the lives of people I would otherwise never meet; it’s an honor and sometimes (depending on the story), fun.

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Every once in awhile, I’m offered a news assignment from the New York Times. It’s always a thrill! I love going back to my photojournalism roots every now and then. It’s a reminder of my past life: the daily deadlines, the hustling to make a good photo, working with awesome writers and editors, getting an intimate peek into the lives of people I would otherwise never meet; it’s an honor and sometimes (depending on the story), fun.

So this first assignment was not at all “fun”. But it was SUCH an honor to be a part of this powerful project.

Just after the Boston Marathon bombings last year, I was tapped by the New York Times to make a portrait of an Austin woman who had been standing a few feet from the first bomb that exploded.

NYT editor Becky Hanger and her team had a brilliant idea for a powerful multimedia feature on the NYT website. It was based on a photo that was circulating at the time; a frame grab from the NBC broadcast of the race. The NYT put a call out over social media and asked people to identify themselves and other people who appear in this photo. Editors then tracked down as many of these people as they could to interview them about their memory of that historic and tragic moment.

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Austinite Katie Carmona was one of these people. Her story is terrifying and fascinating. She was standing SO CLOSE to the first bomb that exploded – barely 10 feet away. The amazing thing is that even though she was just a few feet away, the bomb exploded directionally – in the opposite direction – leaving her relatively unscathed. I had the privilege of meeting Ms. Carmona and recording the audio for her interview. You can see and hear this incredible feature here.

When big news stories like this one break, I have to admit my heart still skips a beat as I think about my former colleagues – newspaper photographers and freelance photojournalists around the country – springing into action. Documenting history, scrambling to the scene, finding the story underneath the story – that’s the daily life of a journalist.

A couple of weeks ago, I shot a much lighter story for the New York Times.

Any NBA fans out there? Last month the Philadelphia 76ers were on an epic losing streak. They were about to break the NBA record for most games lost, and legendary sports writer Jere Longman was writing an in-depth story about 76ers players, and their state of mind. To illustrate the article, the Times sent me to San Antonio to photograph them practicing at the San Antonio Spurs practice facility. You can find the online version of this article here.

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Instead of standard “sports action” images, my NYT editor was looking for something more imbued with feeling. I got a few minutes at the end of their practice (you always wish you had more time!) and made a few quick frames of Coach Brett Brown, Guard Casper Ware, Forward Thaddeus Young and James Anderson – among others – joking around and generally having a good time. The guys looked more relaxed than frustrated.

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I enjoyed the challenge of having to work quickly and capture as many “decisive moments” as I could to visually tell the story of this beleaguered team.

Being a photographer outside of the wedding world keeps me sharp and on my toes! It’s also an excellent reminder that what I do now is not that different from my career as a photojournalist. I’m still telling stories with my camera, still capturing moments and emotions. Journalists document history – and so do wedding photographers. It’s a much more private, personal kind of history. Your photos will be seen by the most important people on earth: your family, friends — and people you love who you haven’t even met yet (your grandchildren).

These days I document the history of families. And happily I can say that for me, this is the most gratifying work I’ve ever had the pleasure of doing.

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If you’d like to find out more about Studio Uma, please click here to visit our wedding photography portfolio website.  We’re based in Austin and we specialize in editorial wedding photography.

Click here to visit Studio Uma on Facebook.  Happy spring!

March 28, 2014

This love story starts at Little Woodrows, where two Rice University MBA students met for the first time. As fate would have it, they had been assigned to the same “core team”. Was it love at first sight? “My first impression of Brian was that he was uptight and too serious,” recalls Mary. “The first story he told me was that he had canceled a trip to see the World Cup in South Africa to prepare for school! What an awful decision!” Luckily for Brian that first impression didn’t last long. And one semester later, they were dating.

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This love story starts at Little Woodrows, where two Rice University MBA students met for the first time. As fate would have it, they had been assigned to the same “core team”. Was it love at first sight? “My first impression of Brian was that he was uptight and too serious,” recalls Mary. “The first story he told me was that he had canceled a trip to see the World Cup in South Africa to prepare for school! What an awful decision!” Luckily for Brian that first impression didn’t last long. One semester later, they were dating. And the rest is history.

When I think about downtown Houston wedding photography, the Petroleum Club of Houston is the first venue that comes to mind. Poised on the 43rd floor of the ExxonMobil building, it is simply a photographer’s dream. The sweeping panoramic views of Houston at night are breathtaking.

There are so many things I loved about this wedding. The dashing groom, the elegant bride — I can’t say enough about these two wonderful human beings. And that whole “Bridesmaids” move poster we re-created (at the chapel)? Not my idea. That came from one of Mary’s bridesmaids. Such an awesomely fun group of girls! I loved their creativity. Working with them was pure joy.

Needless to say, this was one of my favorite weddings of 2013. Enjoy!

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Congratulations Mary and Brian. Thank you for inviting me to document your special day. And thanks for the delicious bubble tea!

Creative Team

Event Planning:  Honeydew Events

Venues:  Petroleum Club of Houston (PCOH) and the Rice University Chapel

Wedding Dress:  Junko Yoshioka

Veil and Sash: Jane Wang

Bridesmaids dresses: Max and Cleo

Hair and Make Up:  Blush and Co. Salon

VideographyT-Squared

FloralsPrestige Events

DJ and LightingSpace City Jason

Ceremony Officiant:  Marty & Jeff Holmes

Ceremony Audio: Organist Michael Ging

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Photography: Uma Sanghvi with Studio Uma

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If you’d like to find out more about Studio Uma, please click here to visit our wedding photography portfolio website.  We’re based in Austin, we love Houston weddings, and we specialize in editorial wedding photography.

Click here to visit Studio Uma on Facebook. We’re always up to something.

Happy spring everyone!

March 19, 2014

Happy spring everyone! I hope the birds are chirping in your neck of the woods and the trees are slowly turning green. If not, check out this sunshiny wedding from last summer! It’s just the thing to brighten your outlook until the snow melts. Sumaira and Farid celebrated at one of the best Austin wedding venues – beautiful Lakeway Resort and Spa. Sure, Texas is going through a drought and the water level is a bit low, but the views of Lake Travis are still absolutely breath-taking don’t you think?

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Happy spring everyone! I hope the birds are chirping in your neck of the woods and the trees are starting to turn green again. If not, check out this sunshiny wedding from last summer! It’s just the thing to brighten your outlook until the snow melts. Sumaira and Farid celebrated at one of the best Austin wedding venues – beautiful Lakeway Resort and Spa. Sure, Texas is going through a drought and the water level is a bit low, but the views of Lake Travis are still absolutely breath-taking, don’t you think?

Shooting a wedding in a stunning natural landscape (like Lakeway) allows me to do what I love most: cinematic wedding photography. It sets the tone for a truly romantic wedding. Enjoy!

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Congratulations to Sumaira and Farid! I loved photographing you two.

For more of this adorable couple, check out their Houston engagement session photos. Sumaira and Farid are responsible for one of my favorite engagement sessions of all time! And many thanks to South Asian Bride Magazine for publishing it.

Creative team

Photography: Uma Sanghvi – Studio Uma

Venues: Lakeway Resort and Spa and the Crowne Plaza

Videography: Kites in the Tree

Mehndi: Henna Arts

DJ: DJ Riz

Decorator: Aisha Khan

Catering: Shalimer

Dhol, Sitar and Tabla: Tom Griffin and Jason Taj

Makeup Artist: Lauren Garcia

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March 11, 2014

It was a cold and rainy day in November. We had been planning and plotting for WEEKS to do this Indian bridal fashion inspiration photo shoot outdoors – on the lush grounds of Chateau Polonez in Houston. But Mother Nature had other plans, and thanks to the dismal weather we were forced indoors. Luckily I believe everything happens for a reason…

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It was a cold and rainy day in November. We had been planning and plotting for WEEKS to do this opulent Indian bridal fashion inspiration photo shoot outdoors – on the lush grounds of Chateau Polonez in Houston. But Mother Nature had other plans, and thanks to the dismal weather we were forced indoors.

Luckily I believe everything happens for a reason…

… and especially this! As it turns out, exploring the European-inspired architecture inside Chateau Polonez was a true blessing. The interior rooms were the perfect location to capture our theme of Victorian Romance.

I love being able to bounce back and forth between real weddings and editorial fashion photo shoots like this one. If you’re familiar with my work, you probably know that I love editorial style wedding photography. What does that mean? Basically, its the style of photography you see in fashion magazines. Whether I’m working with brides or models, I’m aiming for a certain look: high fashion bridal portraits.

Interestingly, my fashion experience has really helped me become a better wedding photographer.

Working with models helps me so much with posing and lighting my real brides. And I had such a blast working with the lovely Kairavi and Alison on this shoot. Top wardrobe stylist Sobi Qazi outfitted the girls in the most stunning bridal saris and lenghas. And the jewelry? Jaw-droppingly beautiful! I’m in love with that headpiece. And the black lace mask? Gorgeous!

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This was one of my favorite photo shoots all year, so we decided to design several spreads showcasing Victorian Romance in our “Best of 2013” digital magazine! Here’s a peek at the magazine:

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If you haven’t had a chance to seen our “Best of 2013” photo gallery, I invite you to take a look – click here to see our favorite photos from last year.

I enjoyed getting to work with some of the best Indian wedding vendors in Houston on this photo shoot! Special thanks to the talented and energetic Sobi Qazi for coordinating this photo shoot. I came to Sobi with a kernel of an idea, and she basically waved a magic wand and everything came together perfectly.

Alright I know it wasn’t quite THAT easy! But she made it look effortless.

Creative Team

Photographer: Uma Sanghvi of Studio Uma

Event Coordination & Design: Lion & Lamb Event Services

Wardrobe Stylist: QLamb Addiction

Venue: Chateau Polonez – Houston, Texas

Models: Alison Taylor & Kairavi Patel

Makeup & Hair: Infinite Perfection by Saniya Momin

Wardrobe: Almas Tejani Desi Couture

Décor Rental & Jewelry: Prashe Décor & Showroom

Hair Accessories: Eye Heart Me

Lace Mask: Miss S-A Headbands

Florist: Lexis Florist by Sue Habib

Linens: Over The Top Linen

Horse: Houston Wedding Horses- Sheila Mayo

Graphics & Paper Goods: Pintobean Creates

Dinnerware: A Finer Event

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February 7, 2014

Every year I tear my hair out, going through THOUSANDS of images from a years worth of weddings to choose my 50 favorites for a ‘best of’ gallery in January. It is quite simply a monster undertaking for this indecisive photographer. This year, instead of a blog post I decided to go wild and design an entire digital magazine to showcase my favorite photos from 2013. Because HEY who needs sleep? Seriously. What is this “sleep” you speak of?

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Every year I tear my hair out, going through THOUSANDS of images from a year’s worth of weddings to choose my 50 favorites for a ‘best of’ gallery in January. It is quite simply a monster undertaking for this indecisive photographer. This year, instead of a blog post I decided to go wild and design an entire digital magazine to showcase my favorite photos from 2013. Because HEY who needs sleep? Seriously. What is this “sleep” you speak of?

Six months ago, this magazine was a mere wisp of an idea.

One month ago, it was, well, still just a wispy little wisp. In the past 4 weeks, I’ve made a lot of decisions and thought to myself more than once: ok, this is either going to be amazing or completely suck. Luckily, I had some talented folks on my team. And I’m proud to say that today the first annual Studio Uma Gallery Book is live!!! And happily, I don’t think it sucks.

I’m so excited to share it with you. Check it out <  http://ow.ly/tn3BT > and let me know what you think ♥

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Best of 2013 wedding gallery graphic by Sturdy Mfg Co. for contemporary wedding photography magazine

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2013 was a wonderful year filled with amazing clients. And I am truly looking forward to the slate of weddings coming up this year. Many more new friends to be made, thousands of pictures to be taken and love to document.

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As you might have guessed, many smart, talented and patient people helped me make this magazine.

They looked at pictures (some of them looked at THOUSANDS of photos), they copy edited, they photoshopped, they helped me make wardrobe decisions, they took pictures of moi that I actually like (that might be the biggest accomplishment of all), they designed and re-designed and re-designed some more. And they cheerleaded me along the way.

Here “they” are:

Graphic Design: Matt Thompson with Sturdy MFG Co

Photo Editors: Greg Lovett, Mark Edelson, Gary Kirksey, Priya Sanghvi, Chris Hendrix

Photos of me: Amber Vickery

Thank you also to Brie Mullin and to my mom for finding the most beautiful assortment of wood blocks in India and carrying them home for me.

Indian woodblock print design

By the way, here is a beautiful short video on Indian hand block printing. It evokes so much about India that I love. Watch it.

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If you’d like to find out more about Studio Uma, please click here to visit our wedding photography portfolio website. We are based in beautiful Austin, Texas and specialize in editorial, modern and creative wedding photography.

Come visit Studio Uma on Facebook. We’re always up to something ♥