rachel mandel

When the Photographer Becomes the Subject

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to photograph a photographer? Or on the other side of the same coin, have you ever modeled when you have only been the one behind the camera before? I decided that as a graduation gift to myself, I would pay Becca Waterloo at oolretaw.com take my picture :) I wanted to see what it would be like to be the client, so that I can improve my own client experience. The nerves were real! I followed my own style guide, got my hair done, and put my faith into the hands of a talented professional. As I froze up and forgot some of my own posing tips, Becca made me feel comfortable by using an artistic eye, and telling me what looked good. My nerves melted away, and we started to have fun! She went above and beyond by working over our allotted time to make sure I was thrilled with my photos, and I was! Check out our session below: 

Golden Light with Kristin

As Golden hour struck at 6:30 PM on a GORGEOUS sunny June night, Kristin and I hit the field at McGuane Park in Bridgeport, Chicago. As the main motivation for this session was to get tacos afterwards, Kristin and I had so much fun laughing and sharing jokes as the gleaming beams of light danced across the sky and into my lens. "I've never felt this comfortable in front of the camera!" she beamed, and I couldn't have felt more content in that moment. Following my style guide, getting her hair and makeup done, and wearing a dress that made her feel like 1 million bucks, Kristin was the perfect model to have, not just due to her stunning looks, but also to her warm persona that matched the tone of the photos. Peek our session below!