Hello! I’m Jannatul (she/her/hers - *click here for pronunciation*) and I’m passionate about capturing what makes you authentically YOU! I find joy in capturing your joy.
As a queer, 1.5 gen, Bangladeshi American from an immigrant, low-income household, my intersectional identities and lived experiences are a huge influence on me and my mindset regarding my photography. Taking professional pictures seemed unattainable and unrealistic due to the financial burden it could cause me and my family. And I never saw people who looked like me represented in professionally created images. Since the beginnings of my photography journey, my belief has been to provide financially accessible & identity affirming ways for folks to have beautiful photos of themselves and their most joyful moments. If you are money is a deciding factor in booking with me, please reach out - I provide financial plans & would be honored to work with you because you deserve to be celebrated!
As a photographer, I strive to empower others to see themselves as beautifully as I see them through my camera. Cue the stories, the laughs, the music and impromptu dance parties during our time together - I’m hoping you will see me as a friend who is excited about showing the world all the wonderful aspects that make your story so uniquely you!
Journey started as a young, art loving teenager in my high school photojournalism class taking photos for the yearbook using the class cameras. This was my first time ever holding a professional looking camera.
Bought my first ever personal camera, my oh so trusty companion the Cannon Rebel T3 before heading on a trip to Harvard. My parents indulged in my desire to take photos and covered half the cost of the camera. I carried this camera with me everywhere, documenting anything and anyone who was willing to be photographed by this amateur.
First year taking graduation photos of my friends for little to no cost. As a low income, first generation student, I wanted to make sure my friends and I were able to have beautiful photos of our memorable times on Grounds. I had found a new passion.
Experienced major growth in my passion, becoming a sought after graduation photographer. I could finally consider this as a serious business, something I was unsure about for a long time.
Booked my first wedding as a primary photographer in Vesuvius, VA. It was an overwhelmingly new, yet extremely exciting experience! From there, I continued to slowly grow my wedding and engagement portfolio.
What a year! Personal record broken of graduation bookings in one season, photographing 160+ graduates. Honored to be part of multiple weddings + elopements. Ventured into product shoots and food photography. Created unbreakable connections with people within the Charlottesville community.
"We just got our full album back and it is absolutely breathtaking!! Love love love it, can’t say enough wonderful things about Jannatul!"
"This was our first time taking professional pictures and it was absolutely easy and felt so comfortable with Jannatul. She definitely took the best conversations so that we could laugh and smile to capture these pictures."
"Jannatul did a great job giving direction. My partner was not comfortable at first but she did a great job at coaching us... Do not hesitate to book with her."
"Whether for a casual photoshoot, a graduation photoshoot, or wedding photos, Jannatul will deliver high quality photos and a wonderful experience for you."
"10/10 - such an amazing photographer! From her warm energy to her ability to make others feel comfortable, Jannatul is the best photographer there is."