You're engaged! Congratulations- this is such an exciting time in your life, and I can't wait to get to know you. I'm Rachel, your fine art photography expert, and professional fan girl. Our team is based in Chicago, and is available across the world. Our approach in our meetings consists of honoring your truth as a couple, and bringing out your personalities through genuine interaction. Once we get to know each other, I recommend the best photographer and videographer for your unique needs.  Ten years ago when I started this journey as a wedding photographer, I dreamed of preserving love stories like yours for centuries to come, and am so happy to pass on that legacy to our amazing team. I'm so thrilled that you are interested in working with us- please click "contact" and fill out the form so that we can begin curating your most desired photographs. 

RACHEL 

(she/her) founder & fine art expert

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We believe that our role as your wedding photographers is to help you look and feel fabulous on your special day. We strive to capture images that are genuine and reflect the true emotions of the day. Our style is a mixture of editorial and documentary photography, with specialization in natural light and indoor flash photography. Whether you're hosting a whimsical outdoor garden wedding or a totally glam Chicago reception, we capture your day beautifully. We want your wedding memories to live on for future generations to truly feel the essence of the day. Our team speaks a variety of world languages, was voted best chicago photography & videography team, and comes from a diverse set of backgrounds. Click "contact" to get in touch with us. We would love to work alongside you!

Associate Team

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Associate films 

Hi there! We are the lead wedding videographers and cinematic producers for Mandelette Photography. We are based in Chicago, and available worldwide. We thrive on making your wedding video effortless while capturing real moments between you and your partner. Your final result is a beautiful film that will make you well up with emotion for years to come. As you show future generations your wedding film, our hope is that you can all come together and feel the true joy of your wedding day. We can't wait to hear from you and capture your love story!

The Heart Behind 

MANDELETTE PHOTOGRAPHY

Many photographers say that photography runs in their blood, for our founder, it's really true. Her great-grandfather, Louis (pictured below), founded the Chicago Ferrotype Company in the early twentieth century. Together, he and Gerald—her late grandfather—patented and produced the Mandelette camera, the namesake for our company. 
The Mandelette was portable, compact, and able to produce developed photos in under one minute, and it became the world's most popular street camera in the 1920s-1940s. Aspiring business owners were able to make extra income by working as street photographers, offering snapshots to passersby for an 8-and-a-half cent profit.

We imagine the countless moments that have been captured on Mandelette cameras—children enjoying a day at the fair, a family spending an afternoon strolling the city streets, a young couple out on a first date. Now, those moments are memories. How many families treasure that old, tattered picture of grandma as a young girl grinning ear to ear? 

We are honored to carry on the family legacy of capturing moments, preserving memories, and helping photographers grow into successful business owners.

Head on over to our portfolio to learn more about working with us and see some of our favorite recent weddings!

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