You're getting married! I would love to be part of your wedding day. A bit about me:  I create images that are natural and genuine by getting to know you as a couple. At the end of your wedding day we will feel like old friends!
I specialize in natural light and indoor flash photography, so your images look beautiful no matter the location. My style is editorial meets documentary, so I will direct you during your posed photos, and capture joy as a fly on the wall, so that you will look and radiant. The end results is being able to relive those joyful, uplifting, and comforting emotions through your images.  I can't wait to hear from you, and bring your wedding day vision to life!

RACHEL MANDEL

lead fine art photographer 

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Hey there, Mandelette couples! I have been working with Rachel for over 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 photography, and find beauty in the little details. Your experience will be so unique, and you will have the best time. I can't wait to hear from you and capture your day in the most beautiful way imaginable :) 

STEPHANIE ALVAREZ

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Shawn Brooks

lead fine art videographer 

Hello! 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 is 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 true 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, as well as understanding biodiversity and ecosystems. It brings me joy to share this knowledge with all ages and backgrounds. 

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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. I continue teaching others through independent business consulting, tutoring for children, and teaching in underserved neighborhoods. 

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I was humbly voted “most likely to save the world.”  Fact of the matter is, I simply love to raise money and awareness for charitable organizations, and have organized events for Tourette's Syndrome and other various causes with my father since `97

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My parents both have owned successful, intersectionality-focused businesses. 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 <3

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MANDELETTE PHOTOGRAPHY

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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Check your inbox for your wedding gallery! We love working with you to choose the perfect images for your album and to display in your home for years to come!

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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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