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Meet Mona Chaudhry

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mona Chaudhry.

Hi Mona, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
How did I start?

With an entrepreneurial spirit, I always felt more empowered when I took things into my own hands and created something special. I followed my love for the arts and decided that it was time to move from my nine to five career as an equities trader and venture into my passion -photography.

I attended the Crealde School of Arts, gained the technical foundation, opened my home studio, and started practicing my craft with my friends and family.  In 2002, a couple came to my studio for an engagement shoot. They loved their pictures and asked me to photograph their South Asian wedding. This was the start of my journey to capture the beauty of South Asian culture. My specialty came naturally as I’m South Asian. The more weddings I captured, the more my experience grew, and my portfolio expanded to include a wide array of cultures and backgrounds.  I have captured everything from western farmhouse weddings to large Asian ballroom extravaganzas.   With almost 20 years of experience, I am honored to have had the opportunity to create such a diverse portfolio. I have learned so much and evolved so much personally by being a part of all these unique cultures and customs.  Meeting people from various backgrounds, traveling to remote areas, photographing destination weddings, and intimate affairs have given me opportunities to be a part of so many happy moments for so many couples and families.

How did I get here today?

My dad immigrated to this country to give his kids better opportunities.  He instilled in us a strong work ethic and good values.    His ability to never give up hope when challenges arose is a big part of my success. He taught us to always do everything with honesty and integrity. I am here because of what his work ethic taught me. When I face challenges, giving up is never in my vocabulary, even if it means starting from scratch.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Like every new entrepreneur that has taken a leap of faith into an unknown field, I share the same struggles that most female business owners encounter. I started my journey into photography and my family simultaneously. When you work for yourself, you don’t get to go on maternity leave. Work-life balance was my biggest challenge. I had to learn to accept and respect my limits and my expectations. I thank God for my incredible husband and his unconditional love and support. With his support, I never feared failure, even in the face of challenges.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I capture emotions and tell a story from my images. Photography is about much more than taking pictures. It’s about capturing emotions and preserving every moment. My specialty is unobtrusively capturing your most important moments. My goal is to capture the nuances, smiles, tears, and other emotions experienced at a wedding. My photos create memories that last for generations. For multi-cultural couples, my 20-year experience, background, and familiarity with various cultural customs facilitate capturing all the critical moments on this momentous day.

I am proud that I believed in myself, never gave up hope, and continue to achieve my goals. Today, Sona Photography is exactly where it needs to be and heading in the right direction. This has a lot to do with the love I have received over the years from my clients, who have become friends. My clients love and appreciate my work; their continued support is a big part of my success. I am also proud of the example that I have set for my four amazing daughters. Being a female entrepreneur comes with its challenges, but I hope I have taught my girls that if they set their minds to something, they can achieve it.

Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
As a child, I loved wandering and exploring the outdoors. I enjoyed playing sports and picnics at the park with my family. Throughout my life, I have lived with many special memories, some painful, exciting and happy. But the one memory I will always treasure is when my family and I moved to the US. It was around Christmas time when we landed in New York City. As a child, I felt like I landed in a fairytale. The lights dazzled over my head, and I was in awe. I had never seen so many shining lights. This marked the beginning of our new life in America. I can still remember myself taking it all in and pinning myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.

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Sona Photography

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1 Comment

  1. Mason C

    July 21, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    Best Photographer that I know.

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