Rachel Mandel

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I always go above and beyond for my clients! You may find me tearing up behind the camera, or quietly busting a move on the dance floor. I am an expert in posing couples and families, so you’ll never have to worry about what to do in front of the camera for formal portraits!

Being someone who has been insecure about how I look, it is my prerogative for you to feel confident and comfortable in front of the camera, and to absolutely love your images! I tend to fade into the background like a fly on the wall to capture the natural emotion and joy that unfolds on your wedding day, so that you can look back on your experience with the warmth that you felt in the moments where you said, “I do.” 


Fun facts:

1.       I am a big fan of vintage cars, as I grew up around them!

2.       I got my MA in education, and have taught in all areas of Chicago

3.       I LOVE Game of Thrones

4.       Trader Joe’s is my life force!

5.       I got into photography in 2011, and it has been a blessing ever since!

I would love to get to know you!

About the Mandelette

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Mandelette Photography

Behind the Name: 

My Great Grandfather, Louis Mandel, and his brother, Mandel Mandel (who changed his first name for marketing purposes),  invented the Mandelette, the first self-developing film camera. This camera was the most widely distributed street camera in the world, paving the way for photographers to make a living from their craft.  The Mandelette would later become the prototype for what has become the modern Polaroid camera. The most famous, and pictured model was a postcard making, ferrotype processing, film camera. The direct positive image originated from Louis Mandel's inventive process. My late grandfather, Gerald Mandel, worked in the Mandel Camera factory following the Great Depression, and I am honored to be following in my family's footsteps of creating memorable images.

I would love to get to know you!