About this Vendor
Your chance to fall in love over and over again.
As I’ve always said: The true beauty of a photograph isn’t found in its picture-perfect composition, a breathtaking backdrop or an artful angle. It’s about the people who are in them. Your endearing quirks, silly streaks, and untamed affections. The bold and unbreakable bond that brought you this far, and will glue you together beyond this moment. Even if you think you’re “unphotogenic” or look awkward in photos, I’ll find ways to ease you into silliness, snuggling, starry-eyed stares and smiles galore. I’ll capture the moments you didn’t even know happened...because I want you to be able to step back into the day’s beauty like it’s the first time, whenever you want to be reminded of how special your day was.
Artistic, Classic, Documentary, Lifestyle
Bridal Portraits, Day After Session, Engagement
Getting Engaged, Wedding
Destination Weddings, Online Proofing, Digital Files, Film Photography, Printed Enlargements, Wedding Albums, Photo, Second Shooter Available, Social Media Sharing
It is hard to decide where to begin when describing Rachael and her photography work, but extraordinary, meticulous, unique, charming, and love are all words that rush into my mind. My husband and I heard of Rachael through close friends. The moment we saw their wedding photos our search was over – we had to have Rachael to document our own special day. Her photography style is a true art form that melds together her stunning eye for light and ability to capture emotion, to bring each and every image to life. While working with Rachael to plan our day she expressed all the qualities one would expect from a professional photographer. She was knowledgeable, organized, responsive, attentive, reliable, and understanding. Rachael was also very reassuring and this is the trait that meant the most to me in particular. I have a habit of second guessing myself and changing my mind, but Rachael was able to truly put me at ease after each milestone decision. Rachael was instrumental in planning and implementing the schedule of our wedding day. Her input and experience was a guiding light that made for a smooth and enjoyable event from start to finish. When it came time for Alex and I to sit down and review the portfolio of images from our wedding, we were both brought to tears. Rachael encapsulated our day into the most beautiful array of joyful, energetic, romantic, and modern photographs. The emotional moments she captured will be with us, our families, and one day our children forever. We are forever grateful!
I cannot say enough good things about Rachael and her team. When I was searching for photographers I tried to find one that was within budget but had AMAZING photos. Rachael was slightly out of our budget but after searching and searching my heart came back to her photos and sweet approachable demeanor. We ended up booking and have never regretted it. Every time I look at our pictures I find something new that Rachael captured that I didn't notice the first time. It brings us right back to the day because she captures all the details and little moments that you may miss! She was also very patient with us as we were really focused on being with our guests and enjoying the day and did not want to spend hours on pictures. She made it work for us and still gave us tons of images that we adore. Also we received our photos in a very timely manner which I know a lot of friends who have had to wait even past their promised date. I have had quite a few friends book with her after our wedding and they all have the most positive reviews as well. You will not be disappointed.
After searching the internet for hours to find the perfect wedding photographer, I came across Rachael's site and immediately fell in love with her style of photography! After an initial phone conversation and then a meet and greet on FaceTime (we lived in different cities!), we sealed the deal and hired her for our engagement and wedding photos. It was the BEST. DECISION. EVER. (Right behind choosing to marry my husband ;) ) Rachael was such a dream to work with. She is incredibly flexible with timing, location, changes, etc. She is very timely and we never had to wait long at all to see proofs from the sessions. The quality of our photos for both the engagement and wedding were amazing; it was incredibly hard to choose which ones to print because we wanted them all! Aside from her work ethic and high quality product, Rachael is beyond kind and truly could not be easier to work with. She makes the sessions all about the couple; she is always completely present and in the moment. I cannot say enough great things about Rachael and her business. I would recommend her in a heartbeat!
Rachael was absolutely amazing to work with! She was very friendly and made us very comfortable and at ease around her from the start. I loved how she was willing to incorporate some of our ideas into the shoot was well. I also loved the natural look of the photos. I have always disliked "staged" looking photos; however, with Rachael, the photos looked natural. She was also surprisingly quick at getting our photos back to us, which I really appreciated. We got our photos taken in the middle of December, and I mentioned to Rachael that I was really hoping to print some of the photos to frame for Christmas presents. She was more than willing to work with me and got me the whole album back within a week! I would recommend Rachael to anyone looking for a photographer and plan on returning to her for our elopement, as well as our future anniversaries!
There are not enough good things I can say about Rachael and how amazing she made our wedding day! Right from the beginning she was easy to talk to and reassuring and she is extremely knowledgeable about photography and weddings-- you can tell she absolutely loves what she does and loves capturing couples' love stories. She made myself and the whole bridal party feel comfortable and relaxed during photos and was extremely helpful with staying with the timeline and making sure everything ran smoothly. She truly made our wedding day that much more amazing and we just got our photos back and cannot stop looking at them--they will forever be cherished and looked at for years to come. Rachael is absolutely amazing!!!
There is so much good to say about Rachael. Her work is amazing and I was smitten from the first time I saw her website and clicked through every picture available. My husband and I met with her to discuss everything and from the first meeting I felt like I could be myself around her, and that she was taking to heart all of the concerns I was pouring out to her. She is so personable and cares so much about her work that it was impossible for us to think of choosing anyone else. I find being photographed to be super uncomfortable and was terrified that I was going to dislike every single picture from what was supposed to be the best day so far just because I'm a girl and I pick everything about myself apart. She assured me that it was her job to make me fall in love with each picture, and boy did she! After our engagement session, which Rachael made so enjoyable, I knew we had made a fantastic choice. I adored every picture she captured because they were so uniquely us in a way I didn't know that we could be seen. As a photographer Rachael is everything you could want. She is thorough, organized, timely, understanding, flexible, patient, talented, caring, and so incredibly likeable. She's the kind of person that you meet and immediately want to be friends with. She has a way of figuring out what you want your photos to look like and making it happen without you realizing it. While looking for different vendors I know that it is every couple's task to make things work within a budget, which we had to do as well. Someone told me early on to invest in a great photographer because pictures would be all that would be left after the special day passed and it was the best advice I could have received. Rachael is the kind of great photographer that you should work with if possible.
Rachael gave us the most amazing wedding day experience! Our photos are EXACTLY what I dreamt they would be. Not only is she the best wedding photographer in the central Illinois area, but she knows how to put her clients at ease on the biggest day of their lives. I recommend her to all of my engaged friends and family.
We had our eye on Rachael's work before we were even engaged. Rachael had photographed the weddings of many friends and each time the photos seemed to perfectly capture their day. When it came time to choose our photographer we were sold within minutes of sitting down with Rachael. Not only is her work amazing, but she is truly a joy to work with. She immediately put us at ease knowing we were in her capable hands and we were not disappointed! Rachael has a unique way of personalizing everything she does down to the sweet gifts she sent throughout our entire process (six months later and we are still getting surprises!). Rachael an eye for catching all of the best moments and we couldn't be happier with our photos or our experience working with her.
I knew from the moment I met with Rachael that she was going to be the most perfect photographer for my wedding day. I didn't want to look any further! It was her sincere interest in our engagement story that showed me how much she truly cares about her couples. I had no idea what I was wanting as far as photography for the wedding but it was like Rachael knew EXACTLY what I wanted. Rachael guided my husband and I through every step of the way. She really put us at ease and there wasn't one moment during the process that I was worried. We were lucky enough to have Rachael along with us for the entire day of our wedding and we would highly recommend every couple to do the same. From getting ready the morning of, to our first look, to the ceremony and finally the reception she was there for it all. She captured every single moment that we asked for and even the ones we didn't know we wanted. We absolutely love her honest and pure style. She even helped us in ways that weren't photography (especially when I couldn't stand my painful shoes any longer)! Needless to say we loved having her with us. Although I am sad that the wedding is over, having Rachael's photos brings back so many wonderful memories of the best day of our lives. We love being able to relive the day through them. Those photos mean the world to my husband and I and we are forever grateful to Rachael for capturing our special day. We really don't know what we would have done without her!
We chose Rachael to capture our wedding day and engagement pictures, and it was the best decision we made. I loved every single one of our wedding photos. Rachael and her daughter worked together on our wedding day and they made me and my husband feel so comfortable. Getting photos taken can be awkward, but Rachael really does a great job making you feel less so. She did a wonderful job capturing moments I may have missed and candid photos, which I love. She took the time to ask questions and really find out what "style" I was looking for on the wedding day, and customized photos to fit what I was hoping for. She did a terrific job and feels more like a friend throughout the process than just your photographer, I highly recommend Rachael!
I was first drawn to Rachael's bright, romantic photos, but what sealed the deal was the hours-long first meeting we had over coffee. We bonded over so many topics, wedding related and otherwise, that I knew my husband and I could trust her style and ability to document such an important day in our lives. Rachael was there throughout the planning process to answer questions, assist with different tasks, and generally ease my mind. We had a somewhat unconventional wedding day planned, and I don't know how I would've figured out a timeline without her help! When the wedding day arrived, she was present and supportive, yet somehow managed to stay under the radar enough to capture natural, candid moments. Needless to say, the photos turned out beautifully, with many friends and family remarking that they had a fairy tale or "Jane Eyre" quality about them. Rachael definitely has the eye, talent and passion required of a great photographer. I also must mention Rachael continually goes out of her way to make her clients feel special. My husband and I are always pleasantly surprised to receive notes, mail and social media features from Rachael that remind us of our wedding day and our wonderful vendors that helped it all come together! We are forever grateful for the memories she has helped us preserve!
It might have been luck that we found Rachael to capture our special day but i'm going to chalk it up to fate. We, I, had an instant bond with her and I knew she would fulfill requirement or request I threw at her. She exceeded my expectations and even reassured my husband that we did indeed choose the best wedding photographer for our day! The photographer was one of the most important aspects of our wedding day. I was determined & wasn't willing to settle with just anyone. Rachael made our wedding planning experience that much more enjoyable and I knew on our wedding day I didn't have to worry, she had it taken care of! XOXO
Rachael was the best! She was able to capture all weddding moments from our engagement photos to late in the night at the reception! My husband and I are so thankful for how accommodating Rachael was with our schedule and willing to work with us-all while having so much fun! She was one of the best decisions of our wedding!
During the planning process, I had many recommendations for photographers, but wanted to make my own decision. I started researching local photographers on my own, studying their portfolios and comparing their experience levels and I choose Rachael Schirano Photography simply for the crisp, clean, artistic quality of her photographs. She was MORE than patient with my husband and I during our engagement photos and wedding day pictures. We are not a naturally affectionate couple, but she was able to pull the chemistry out of us in such a natural way. Not only is her quality of work exceptional, but shes in genuinely such a good-hearted person I feel lucky to know. She goes the extra mile with her personal notes, and special little gifts and her willingness to explore even the craziest ideas or locations you might have. I am so thankful that I trusted my instincts and chose her because she made out wedding day perfect!!
Rachael was a pleasure to work with ! She took the time to get all of the photos we needed with our entire family. Rachael is patient, classy, artistic, happy, loving, kind, and insightful. The photos she took, we will treasure the rest of our lives. Rachael also captured my daughters wedding day - and she did an excellent job for Lauren too. We are so thankful that Rachael came into our lives at just the right time to capture our moments!
Rachael photographed our wedding in July and went above and beyond to not only give us beautiful pictures, but make us comfortable and enjoy every moment. About one week before our big day, Rachael and I spoke on the phone one last time to discuss details and timelines. As we were finishing the conversation, she asked me to make sure I did one thing the day of the wedding. She said, find someone in my wedding party to pull me aside a couple times throughout the day to just pause and take it all in. The day goes by so fast but to take a short moment and slow down will be moments I look back on forever. In that moment she said that, I knew 100% we chose the right person to spend our most special day with us. Rachael is more than a photographer. The time we had to take pictures alone was one of the best parts of our day largely because Rachael made that time not just a photography session. I highly recommend Rachael because she makes your day special! And takes beautiful pictures of course :)
Rachael is one of the best decisions we made for our wedding.. I found her through organic search and fell in love with her candid, romantic style of photography. Like a few of the reviews below, she was above my original budget, but I came back because her style and approach was just what we wanted. I appreciate the way she takes care of her people, from the little goodies in the mail, to the comfort she offers when shooting. You're looking at your partner most of the time, not the camera. And she captures the story, not the fancy shots....even though that ends up making the photos fancy. She's a sucker for good light and what she calls "micromoments" or the small yet loving moments in between that she captures. I received the photos within 6 weeks of the wedding, in a fancy little box with a flash drive, and I was really proud to show them off because I feel like it captured our day authentically, not just pretty to look at. I can't imagine a person not being happy with her level of service, response, talent, and delivery. She's a GEM, darnit.
There are no words that will fully describe how wonderful it is to work with Rachael. She is by far the most talented photographer in central Illinois. From the first time you meet with her, she is focused on getting to know you and your fiancé and is determined to convey your love story through her photo sessions with you. Rachael has become a dear friend of ours and we consider ourselves so lucky to have gotten to know her during this season of our lives. She made us feel comfortable in front of the camera and really brought our love story to life through her lens. We would absolutely recommend her as an engagement and wedding photographer!
Absolutely THE BEST! Rachael's work is absolutely stunning and captures the heart and soul of each person. She got to know me and my vision to shoot exactly what I wanted for my engagement and wedding sessions. My husband hates taking pictures, but Rachael is so relaxed and easy to work with that she was able to put him at ease. I recommend her whole heartedly!!
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Rachael. To start, she is wonderfully talented. Our wedding photos are absolutely gorgeous! I cannot get enough of them! She was able to capture so many special moments of our day. The day goes so quickly and looking through our photos reminded me of the quick special moments that we had with family and between myself and my husband. Rachael is also so kind, patient, and understanding. She is so easy and fun to work with! She helped out in a lot of stressful moments and I will be eternally grateful for that. It really is hard to put into words how wonderful of a photographer and person she is, but if you are questioning whether you should book her-stop questioning and do it. She is worth it!!!
Where to start? Rachael was AMAZING. We planned our wedding from halfway across the country, and she was so easy to work with over Skype and email. Rachael took the time to understand what we wanted out of wedding photos, and she was extremely well-organized throughout the planning process. Working with Rachael and her assistant both in the months leading up to our wedding and on the big day was effortless! She is such a calming force of nature during all the stress of wedding planning. And of course, her photos are perfection. We've gotten so many compliments on them, and Rachael captured so many beautiful moments of our day. Having Rachael as our wedding photographer was one of the best wedding decisions we made. I honestly can't recommend her enough!
Rachael was absolutely amazing to work with - she did our engagement photos as well as our wedding day. From the first time we met her, we could tell that she would be so easy to work with and would capture all the little moments perfectly. No matter what the weather was, Rachael rolled with the punches and made the best of it. On our wedding day, Rachael and her second photographer blended seamlessly into our day and captured everything, from the small details of our decor/flowers/cake to the expressions and candid photos of us as well as all of our family and friends. I also especially appreciated that while she wanted to get posed pictures of the family and wedding party, she made it a priority to get us to our reception quickly so that we wouldn't miss out on anything (some of the candid photos that she took were my absolute favorites). I loved working with Rachael and would highly recommend her to any soon-to-be bride!
Absolutely wonderful to work with from beginning to end.. She was the one vendor that I had absolutely no concerns with as she is extremely on it! She came up with wonderful suggestions in the consult, as her experience is vast, and her advice was very helpful in the planning process. I felt as if she truly cared about you as if you were family. If you want a photographer that provides an intimate experience, tailored to your personal wants and needs, and vast knowledge and skill- Rachael is a perfect fit!! I work in the industry so I am extremely picky and critical when it comes to vendors. But I am confident you will love Rachael- not only her personality but her unbelievable talent, professionalism, and, skill!
If someone asked us how Rachael could improve her work or service, we honestly would not know what to say because she did a truly exceptional job. She is organized, professional, punctual, and simply fun to be around. My wife and I felt comfortable and had a lot of fun during the photo sessions. We can't say enough good things about Rachael or the experience. Highly recommend her!
Everyone has an opinion about where to spend your wedding dollars, but if I had to do it a million times over again, I would never settle for less than Rachael. She made the day of our wedding so easy and captured each moment with so much realness and warmth. She sees the little things...smiles from your grandfather, exchanges between old (and new!) friends, the look on your parents' faces when they see your first dance, she sees it in a way that you will appreciate for the rest of your life. She's artistic, classic, and clean. She was the first vendor we booked and I recommend you do the same! We love her and her work to pieces!
Meet The Owner
Rachael Schirano is an Illinois based wedding and boudoir photographer who honors sincere smiles, unscripted moments and bare beauty. Her passion lies in threading together those intangible wisps of connection that float through her lens and anchoring them in photographic poetry. When she’s not playing paparazzi, you can usually find her chasing adventures with her family, loitering shamelessly in art museums, or relaxing with an offbeat indie film and good Malbec.