Hey there! So you're getting married, CONGRATS! I would LOVE to be part of your amazing day! A bit about me: I specialize in natural light and indoor flash photography, so your images look beautiful no matter the location! I aim to create images that are natural and genuine through candid posing. You may even find yourself having fun with me!
I love capturing your moments, be it a glint of light through the trees, a surprise proposal, or a sentimental tear shed on the most important day of your life. It makes me so happy when you not only love your images, but when you look at the photos that adorn your home, and relive your memories for generations to come. 

RACHEL MANDEL

lead photographer & natural light magician

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ashlyn Henry

associate photographer & fine art guru

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Hey there, Mandelette couples! I have been working with Rachel for 3 years, and love everything about weddings! My favorite part of photography is being creative, and finding new angles to capture your love and natural glow as fine art. A bit about me: I have a BA in fine art photography from AI in Chicago, and my work has been featured in galleries all over! I have won awards for my underwater photography, and find beauty in the little details. Fun fact: My husband and I got married at a baseball stadium! It was so unique and we had the best time. I can't wait to hear from you and capture your day in the most beautiful way imaginable :) 

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associate photographer & high fashion expert

STEPHANIE ALVAREZ

Hi there! I am a natural light and off camera flash expert. I love to capture love! I have traveled the world, and have made it my mission to live in Chicago. I have been here for a few years now, and enjoy learning all things fashion. I actually have been featured in Vogue Italia! When I am not photographing Chicagoland weddings, I am hanging with my boyfriend, my cats, or photographing Ford Models for publications around the globe. I can't wait to meet with you and photograph your day just as you envision it! 

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Shawn Brooks

lead videographer & cinematic pro

Hey guys! I'm a wedding videographer and cinematic producer for Mandelette Photography. I am based in Chicago, and am available worldwide. I thrive on making your wedding videos effortless, while capturing raw emotion between you and your partner. Your final result will be a beautiful film that will make you well up with emotion for years to come. As you show future generations your wedding film, my hope is that you can all come together and feel the raw emotion of your wedding day. I can't wait to hear from you and capture your love story.

I was a naturalist for years, and I can identify tons of different trees and plants.

nature

I love to write and listen to music. Old jazz and indie folk are among my favorite genres.

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I have a masters degree in education, and have taught in CPS all over Chicago.

education

I was once voted “most likely to save the world.” I love to raise money for charity, and have organized charity events since 2006!

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My parents both own successful businesses (a small compounding pharmacy chain and luxury wedding car rental business). I worked for both of them for years, and continue to learn so much from them! I am super close with all of my family members, and we still host family dinners once per week

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Many photographers say that photography runs in their blood, for me, it's really true. My great-grandfather, Louis Mandel, founded the Chicago Ferrotype Company in the early twentieth century. Together, he and his son Gerald—my late grandfather—patented and produced the Mandelette camera, the namesake for the company. 
The Mandelette was portable, compact, and able to produce developed photos in 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.

I 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? It's so special to me that my family was able to create that feeling for so many others.

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

Let's meet and chat about your wedding day. We want to hear everything—how you met, funny first date stories, and how you got engaged. 

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Rachel is here as a resource beyond photography, whether you're looking for recommendations, timeline advice, or vendor referrals.

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We love engagement sessions because it's a great way to get to know you and your fiancé and get you comfortable in front of the camera. Plus, you'll get some gorgeous pictures to use for your save the dates & guest book!

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We will check-in about two months before the wedding to see how it's all coming together. And to make sure we have everything we need to capture the big day from details about traditions to timelines. 

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The big day is here! That went by quickly, didn't it? Just know we are PUMPED to celebrate and capture your wedding day. It's going to be awesome.

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

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