You're engaged! You are so excited to marry the love of your life, and those butterflies of your wedding day are starting to feel real. I'm so glad you're here! I can not wait to get to know you. 

I'm Rachel, your fine art wedding photographer, and professional fan girl. I am based in Chicago, and my photography is available across the world. My approach consists of honoring your truth as a couple, and bringing out your personalities through natural, art directed posing. I feed off of your energy as a couple, and make you feel comfortable with authentic interaction and a whole lot of silliness. Ten years ago when I started this journey as a wedding photographer, I dreamed of preserving love stories like yours for centuries to come. I'm so thrilled that you are interested in working together- click "contact" and fill out the form so that we can begin curating your most desired photographs. 

RACHEL 

(she/her) lead fine art photographer 

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We believe that our role as your wedding photographers is to help you look and feel fabulous on your special day. We strive to capture images that are genuine and reflect the true emotions of the day. Our style is a mixture of editorial and documentary photography, with specialization in natural light and indoor flash photography. Whether you're hosting a whimsical outdoor garden wedding or a totally glam Chicago ballroom reception, we capture your day beautifully. We want your wedding memories to live on for future generations to truly feel the essence of the day. Our team speaks a variety of world languages, and comes from diverse backgrounds. Click "contact" to get in touch with us. We would love to work alongside you!

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Associate films 

Hi there! We are the lead wedding videographers and cinematic producers for Mandelette Photography. We are based in Chicago, and available worldwide. We thrive on making your wedding video effortless while capturing real moments 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, our hope is that you can all come together and feel the true joy of your wedding day. We can't wait to hear from you and capture your love story!

The Heart Behind 

MANDELETTE PHOTOGRAPHY

Many photographers say that photography runs in their blood, for me, it's really true. My great-grandfather, Louis Mandel (pictured below), 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 my company. 
The Mandelette was portable, compact, and able to produce developed photos in under 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.

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. Jazz, indie pop, 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 mentoring photographers, and occasionally stepping in to substitute teach 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, and have family dinners every Tuesday with my husband, mother, sister, and her two small children. 

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We believe that love knows no bounds. We are dedicated to serving all couples regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender, size, ability, religion, or background in Chicago, Illinois and across the globe. 

Sabrina, office manager contact: admin@mandelettephoto.com
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Office Hours: M-F, 9am-5pm CST