Dhanda was born in Slough and became interested in photography when a course was offered at her sixth form college. She went on to study photography at Plymouth College of Art and Design from 1988. Dhanda then worked as a photographic assistant in London before freelancing for magazines and newspapers, most notably ‘The Observer’, with a loan from the Prince’s Trust ensuring she continued to work in the industry. Since then she has generated various projects alongside commercial work. Recent projects have included her 2000 commission from the British Council to photograph British Muslims, highlighting her interest in marginalised communities. She has also produced a series of large scale images of dogs and their owners, which were displayed in London Underground tube stations.