Rachel Mandel

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My goal is to help you look & feel amazing in your photos!

I always go above and beyond for my clients! You may hear me cracking jokes, reminding you of your fondest memories to get those amazing, genuine smiles. You may even find yourself having fun with me! I am an expert in posing couples and families, so you will never have to worry about what to do once you're in front of the camera. I specialize in natural light/ indoor flash photography, and also capturing natural, fresh, joyful images. 

I enjoy photographing moments. Be it a wedding, proposal, glint of light in the trees, or first glance between strangers. My style of photography is joyful, fresh, bright, and authentic. My hope is that you take away a sense of timelessness and fun from my images. Each picture is meant to tell a story.




5 facts about me:

1.       I am a big fan of vintage cars

2.       I got my MA in education, and have taught in all parts 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!


Light & airy weddings & engagements

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Mandelette Photography

Behind the Name: 

My Great Grandfather, Louis Mandel, and his brother, Mandel Mandel, invented the Mandelette, the first self-developing film camera. The Mandelette would later become the prototype for what has become the modern Polaroid camera. This 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!