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.
I was a naturalist for years, and I can identify tons of different trees and plants.
I love to write and listen to music. Old jazz and indie folk are among my favorite genres.
I have a masters degree in education, and have taught in CPS all over Chicago.
I was once voted “most likely to save the world.” I love to raise money for charity, and have organized charity events since 2006!
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
MY FAVORITE THINGS
Many photographers say that photography runs in their blood, but 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 (and that's where my company name comes from).
The Mandelette was portable and compact, and able to produce developed photos in one minute. 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 and preserving memories, and helping photographers grow into successful business owners.
Let's meet and chat about your wedding day. I want to hear everything—how you met, funny first date stories, and how you got engaged.
I'm here as a resource beyond photography, whether you're looking for recommendations, timeline advice, or vendor referrals.
I 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!
I'll 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.
The big day is here! That went by quickly, didn't it? Just know I'm PUMPED to celebrate and capture your wedding day. It's going to be awesome.
Check your inbox for your wedding gallery! I love working with you to choose the perfect images for your album and to display in your home for years to come!
Head on over to my portfolio to learn more about working with me and see some of my favorite recent weddings!
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