A little bit about me, Braja Mandala

Braja Mandala at the Krishna Balaram Mandir in Vrindavan, India

LOVE. It is the driving force behind my wedding photography. I feel very fortunate to be doing what I love.

I was born and raised in a a small beach town in Southern California, I spent my Summers as a kid swimming in the ocean and camping with my grandparents. From early in my teenage years I wanted two things in life, to be a photographer and to learn about the Hindu faith. The day after I graduated from high school I committed five years of my life to studying the Hindu religion. I traveled to India twice, although I must admit the first time I went to India at the age of 20 I was in complete culture shock, but after being there for a few days I grew to love India. I’ve been in love with the Hindu faith, the people of India and the traditions ever since.

After my five years of study were completed I still had one more passion that I had not fulfilled and that was photography. I studied under other photographers for a several years until I felt confident to branch out and start my own photography business. My roots in the Hindu religion was the deciding factor to specialize in South Asian Weddings. Understanding the traditions and meaning behind the ceremonies is a major asset to getting the best images for my clients.

I am now newly married and living in Southern California. I am truly blessed to have my husband in my life, he gives me balance and adventure and pushes me to do things I normally would not do on my own. One of our favorite things to do together when we are traveling is to go to antique stores and bring back a little something special from each place we visit. I love seeing the same love and support in my clients.

Photography has allowed me travel from coast to coast and many parts of the globe. My photography work can been seen in the pages of Harpers Bazaar India, Grace Ormonde Magazine, South Asian Bride Magazine, Modele Weddings Magazine, San Diego Style Weddings Magazine, Ceremony Magazine and California Wedding Day Magazine along with bridal blogs nation wide.

Feel free to send me an email braja@brajamandala.com. I would love to hear from you and I am happy to be of service to you.

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