Rachel Mandel

Rachel Mandel Best wedding photographer chicago travel photographer engagement photographer

Fun facts:

1.       I am a big fan of vintage cars; I grew up with them in my home!

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

3.       I LOVE Game of Thrones. House Stark for life!

4.       Trader Joe’s is my life force! Have you tried the white truffle potato chips??

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

Nationally Published, & Voted Best of Chicago Wedding Photographers by Shutterfly, Wedding Wire, and more in 2018 and 2019.

Hi! Thanks so much for checking out my site, I’m glad you’re here! 

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 have always been a little insecure about my looks, and I want you to fall in love with your photos. Because of this, 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’ll coach you through, with countless words of encouragement, and simply capture your natural beauty :)

I enjoy photographing moments, be it a glint of light in the trees, a proposal, a first glance, or the in-between happenings of each frame. I believe in capturing natural, fresh, joyful images between you and your loved ones to cherish forever; the kind you hang on the walls of your home, and pass down for generations. I tend to act like a fly on the wall during ceremonies and receptions to seek out those timeless reactions. Just be yourself, enjoy, and I’ll capture the glow.

If you think you may like to work together, I am so honored and thrilled that we have made it to the next step! Click the “let’s chat,” button to inquire about wedding day packages, and so we can get to know each other a little bit better. I can’t wait to connect with you :) 


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!