{un}convention BROOKLYN sponsor: Imani Fine Art Photography

One of the elements of (un)convention Brooklyn is free headshots, and one of the photographers helping us out with this project is Nadiya of Imani Fine Art Photography! A newcoming on the wedding scene and an absolute phenom photographer, we asked Nadiya to share a little bit about her work ahead of her time in NYC!


Company: Imani Fine Art Photography

Owner: Nadiya I. Nacorda

City: Richmond, Virginia (But available for travel!) 

Brief description of your hustle: Imani Photo is a hybrid (film/digital) photography co. focused on documenting the love stories of authentic and non-traditional partners. With an emphasis on cultural diversity and inclusivity, Imani strives to challenge the traditional Fine Art narrative within the wedding industry. 

How are you a “game-changer” in the wedding industry? Imani Photo is working to combine a lot of elements that are rarely being seen within the wedding industry. The first being a firm dedication to diversity and inclusion of the LGBT community, interracial partners, and people of color that are severely underrepresented. Another important element is a crazy passion for film photography. The power of visual communication through film is a niche area, but one my favorite things in the whole world. Ultimately, Imani also stands for compassion, equality, balance in relationships, bottom line. 

What inspires you to “do weddings differently”? I come from a multicultural background. My mother is from South Africa and my father is from the Philippines. For them, their mixed relationship was frowned upon, and altogether rejected by some. Within the context of my life experience, cultural diversity is a part of who I am. When I was little I would go out with my Filipino grand parents, and people would stare and gawk as us. I experienced this type of profiling and judgment my whole life, and sometimes still do with my partner, Evan. (We are an interracial couple). But this social narrative simply needs to die. And it is because of my experience and empathy for others like myself that I'm trying to make Imani Photo a part of that movement. Families, lovers, partners, and friends come in all colors and shades. (And thank heavens to Betsy they do!) As such, the imagery and media we see, whether in the industry or otherwise, should represent that beautiful reality, not shy away from it. 

What is one of your favorite creative, offbeat projects you’ve worked on? My current project is documentary work exploring the concepts of marriage/love/relationships within specific couples' relationships. They're going to be a series of blog posts involving in- depth interviews and photographs. I find all too often that we see so much wedding/engagement imagery based on the aesthetic, but not enough in reference the complexities and realities of those relationships themselves.

What are three ingredients for a perfect day at your company? Lots and lots of film scans coming back from the lab, a meeting with a dope mixed couple from Cape Town, and endless episodes of Parks and Rec while I'm editing and drinking beer. 

If you were in charge, what would the next big wedding trend be? The elimination of the idea that getting married is this life long accomplishment of adult life, and that your wedding day is going to be the best day of your life, ever. 

What are you most looking forward to at {un}convention? In being new to the wedding industry I'm just so stoked to be able to be a part of something so prolific and important. It's a wedding movement I believe in....And also the food, I love food I'm a Taurus. 

Here are some of our favorite photos by Nadiya!

Elizabeth and Ruben during their summer engagement shoot

Elizabeth and Ruben during their summer engagement shoot

Lawrencia and Val in their traditional African wear during their engagement shoot

Lawrencia and Val in their traditional African wear during their engagement shoot

Alexa and Stephen’s gorgeous bridal party at their wedding at First Landing State park in Virginia Beach  

Alexa and Stephen’s gorgeous bridal party at their wedding at First Landing State park in Virginia Beach  

On their wedding day Alexa and Stephen spontaneously hoped across shallow waters to get to this dry spot on the beach.

On their wedding day Alexa and Stephen spontaneously hoped across shallow waters to get to this dry spot on the beach.