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Erin Benge · Getting married on 08/07/2020
Rachael was fantastic. She was great to work with in creating a list of shots and even better on the day of the wedding. She took care of everything and made the day stress free! She gathered everyone and made our day so relaxing. The bonus when we received the gallery was there ALL the pictures. There were so many pictures to look through and all the wedding attendees loved to see the mass amount of pictures. The pictures came out beautiful and everything plus more was captured. We could not have asked for more from Rachael. Thank you!Sent on 11/27/2019
Anne Garcia · Married on 06/01/2019
Rachael Schirano Photography
Rachael and Karen, her assistant photographer, worked both our engagement photos and wedding. They both worked really hard to get an understanding of who my husband and I were as a couple, and wanted to know what we wanted out of our photos for our special day. I had no idea where to begin with photographs, but Rachael was there every step of the way to ease my mind and helped me find what I wanted out of our wedding photos. They were able to capture one of the happiest moments in our lives the way we envisioned it! We are truly grateful and blessed to have worked with them. If you are looking for a photographer to work your wedding, look no further!Sent on 11/07/2019
Jenny · Married on 10/27/2018
Everything we hoped for!!
What attracted us to Rachael's photography was the stunning realness in every shot- from relaxed powerful joy and emotion in the sentiment to the vivid and artistic capturing of light, line, and shadow of the composition. We wanted our photos to feel current without being too trendy to stand the test of time. Rachael completely exceeded our expectations in our entire gallery. Every shot is real, full of breath and stands as a true time capsule of each moment- and she captured them all! One of my worries as a bride was that there would be moments I wouldn't fully be present for on the day, but Rachael knew exactly what to capture. I could be in my own little bride-world and trust I wouldn't miss anything. And...She. Got. EVERYTHING!!! So many images, moments, and memories I didn't even think about. Looking through our final gallery is definitely a full-on re-living of the day. Beyond her artistry, Rachael served almost as a wedding planner (and life-saver) for us! I was planning our Galesburg, IL wedding from Canada, and with Rachael helping to organize the details of the day, I felt a great sense of relief to be in such good hands. She helped us create a timeline, with expert knowledge in what to realistically expect for time as the day unfolded. And she carefully protected what meant most to us in the day, ensuring we would not miss the most important things- the brilliant light of sunset (and she knows how to use light!!), and those oh so important first few moments alone as husband and wife. She even gave us a ride to our reception dinner when we realized we made arrangements for everyone else except us!! I would recommend Rachael to every bride. Her warmth and professionalism is matched by her sheer joy of all things wedding.Read LessSent on 01/05/2019
Rachael Schirano Photography's reply:I absolutely adored working with the two of you and am blown away by your sweet note. Your day was beautiful!
Ellen Eckert · Married on 10/06/2018
Hiring Rachael was one of the absolute best decisions I made when planning my wedding! Without a doubt, if I had to do it all over again, I’d hire Rachael again in an instant.Sent on 12/17/2018
From the start of wedding planning, my fiancé and I knew we wanted to dedicate a good part of our budget to photography. After the ceremony and celebration of that day is over, you have your memories, and you have your photographs. Hiring someone to capture moments on film of the most important day of you life is a daunting task. If they screw it up, there are no do-overs.
Rachael was an absolute GEM to work with. Early on, she helped me form the timeline for the wedding day, which was the absolute basis of everything else I planned that day. She was patiently listened to all my questions and concerns during the wedding planning process. She always remained calm and had solutions for everything. Her expertise and guidance was worth every cent of what I paid her.
The day of my wedding, there was a 90% chance of rain all day (of course). While the ceremony was inside, we had multiple outside locations we wanted to take pictures at. Rachael remained so calm and composed the entire day. Honestly, and this is a big deal for my Type A personality, I felt so confident letting her call the shots for the day. She never panicked, she just worked with the weather. As composed as could be, she moved a few things in the timeline around to work with the rain. My day turned out absolutely PERFECT, and Rachael was an extremely huge part of that.
Plus, she was extremely easy and fun to work with! She made being photographed so relaxed. She captured genuine moments between the two of us. Nothing was staged or forced. Our photos are genuine moments of the two of us talking and laughing. I could not be happier with her footage of us.
My husband and I cannot thank her enough for capturing beautiful photographs that we will treasure forever. Do yourself a huge favor and book Rachael! You will not regret it.
Rachael Schirano Photography's reply:You are just the sweetest - thank you so much for sharing such a heartfelt note. I cannot express in words how wonderful it was working with the two of you! xo
Bridget Hardy · Married on 09/29/2018
Rachael Schirano is a catch - book her now
Rachael runs a very smooth operation and definitely is responsible for making our day stress free and fun. She is creative with angles and depth of field to capture some really breathtaking moments. We took pictures in a church, in front of a fire station, downtown Chicago, and on a boat... and she managed to capture the most interesting and flattering parts of each location. Rachel and her assistant(s) were extremely kind and calm, helping me stay/feel calm as well. We love our prints and have a great time showing them off to our friends and family. Best of all, after the wedding is over, there are no gimmicks. Rachel chooses the best pictures and they are yours. On top of all that, I would totally hangout with Rachael as friends, she is a lovely person. Good luck booking her!Sent on 12/17/2018
Rachael Schirano Photography's reply:I absolutely adored working with you two on your wedding day and am so tickled you loved your photographs as much as I loved taking them! xo
Erin · Married on 09/22/2018
Best wedding photographer
I honestly cannot say enough amazing things about Rachael. Trying to find a photographer for our wedding was one of the more stressful things to check off of my list but once I across Rachael’s page I knew my search was over. Right from the beginning when we initially talked on the phone I knew I needed to book her. She is so down to Earth and helpful and I think our wedding party loved her just as much as we do. From our engagement to our wedding photos, every single one of them just blew me away. I am forever grateful to have had the chance to work with Rachael and will truly treasure our photos forever. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!Sent on 12/13/2018
Rachael Schirano Photography's reply:Oh gosh, your sweet words made me tear up - I am so happy to hear that your experience was wonderful and you are so tickled with your photos! xo
Carly Graham · Married on 09/15/2018
Perfect! Couldn’t have asked for better photos
Rachael was amazing to work with! We had never done any photographs together before so we were a bit nervous, but she made us feel comfortable. Also when we received both our engagement and wedding photos, there were so many good ones it was hard to pick! Thanks again Rachael!Sent on 01/04/2019
Rachael Schirano Photography's reply:Thank you so much! I adored working with you two - your wedding celebrations were absolutely beautiful and being there to document your moments was simply amazing! xo
teagan · Married on 09/08/2018
Best wedding photographer ever!
Rachael was everything we could have hoped for in a wedding photographer!! She made the entire day stress-free and everyone in the wedding party felt so comfortable with her! The best part - her photos are absolutely gorgeous!!Sent on 01/18/2019
Rachael Schirano Photography's reply:You two and your families and friends were an absolute dream to work with - I was honored to be there!
Ilana Rosen · Married on 09/02/2018
The best wedding photos you could imagine!
5 stars really are not enough for Rachael. We found Rachael because she shot our friends wedding, and we fell in love with her ability to capture emotion and not rely on stiff posed photos to get great portraits. From the moment we reached out to her she absolutely blew us away. She's warm, sweet, kind and impossible not to love. The bride and groom are her focus, and she will make you feel fantastic, confident and completely at ease. It was important to us to feel relaxed on our wedding day, and Rachael helped us do that - she didn't add even an ounce of stress, she went with the flow, and was able to navigate families and lots of different personalities. In addition to loving spending the day with her, we are HEAD OVER HEELS for our photos. She captured every special moment and way, way more. From the subtle exchange we shared the moment after our ceremony, to the hilarious reactions to some of the speeches - she documented it all. I could not recommend her more to take photos that will bring you right back to all the best parts of your special day.Sent on 12/13/2018
Rachael Schirano Photography's reply:Your sweet words made my day - thank you so much for trusting me to capture your beautiful celebration! I am beyond happy to hear that you are HEAD OVER HEELS for your photos! xo
Adrienne Ohler · Married on 07/14/2018
Beautiful photos, makes you feel comfortable on your big day
Having a great photographer was really important to us. This was an item that we were willing to splurge on in our wedding budget. I had looked at a lot of photographers' work, and found that cheap photographers did very cheap work.Sent on 12/17/2018
Rachael is slightly more expensive but well well worth it. She is very professional, which is important to us. She was easy to get a hold of if we had questions.
Finally, the 2 most important photos that we wanted were one of us at the altar and one of our family (which is 35+ people). She got great shots of both, and with such a large party with lots of little kids, she handled it great and took charge when we needed her to take charge and tell us where to stand and where to look.
She also asked us what were the most important things to capture about the day, and we said "our guests", so she got lots of good photos of people dancing and people smiling at the church. When we shared the photos, we got a lot of comments about what a wonderful photographer she is. She captured the day perfectly, and so many of the best moments!
Rachael Schirano Photography's reply:Thank you so much for trusting me to capture your beautiful celebration - I adored working with you and am so happy to hear such sweet words!
Vanessa · Married on 07/07/2018
Rachael is everything I wanted and MORE in a photographer!
Rachael is just the BEST. When I first saw our wedding photos from Rachael my heart actually skipped a beat. They are more beautiful than I ever imagined they could be and when we look at them we can still feel all the emotions we felt the day of our wedding. She does an amazing job at capturing that dreamy and magical lighting that really makes a couple glow, the candid photos show all the excitement and happiness we felt and the portraits are so beautiful. I knew when I was looking for a photographer, that I wanted someone who not only took amazing photos, but someone who I could also connect with and feel comfortable with. I knew right away that I wanted to book Rachael for our wedding when I looked at her portfolio (which has the most stunning photos) but her sweet and bubbly personality sealed the deal. She made our entire wedding process so special from the time we booked her until even after our wedding. You can really tell that Rachael has such a love for the work that she does and for the clients she works with.Sent on 12/13/2018
Rachael Schirano Photography's reply:Your note is the absolute sweetest - I just adored everything about your day and had so much fun capturing all of your beautiful moments. I'm thrilled that you are so happy!
Carrie Harshman · Married on 05/26/2018
Rachael Schirano Photography is Amazing!
Rachael & Sara were amazing to work with. They made everything so easy, I never had to worry about a thing. Sara is very relaxed and makes everything comfortable. She also even helped out when there were other wedding-day issues that popped up and needed to be handled. My photos are amazing- I have so many beautiful ones to choose from, and they truly are pieces of art. I would recommend Rachael Schirano Photography to anyone- you will not regret it!Sent on 01/01/2019
Rachael Schirano Photography's reply:Thank you so much for the sweet note, Carrie - we loved working with you and are so honored to have been a part of your day! xo
Jana · Married on 03/02/2018
Surpassed our highest expectations
Rachael is an incredible talent who produced amazing images of our wedding that we will treasure for the rest of our lives. Her joy and warmth, her ability to get us to relax when we were the center of attention for a very long day, and her creativity made us especially grateful that we decided to work with her for our engagement and wedding photos. Rachael is kind and generous, and her talent and skill for capturing the best moments of the happiest days of your life are truly incredible. Investing in her services was the best decision we made when wedding planning!Sent on 02/21/2019
Rachael Schirano Photography's reply:I cannot thank you enough for such a sweet note - meeting the two of you was so wonderful and I am so happy that we were able to work together. Knowing you felt so supported and loved throughout the process means so much to me! xo
Sarah Ruff · Married on 11/04/2017
Sarah Ruff (Theriault)
We were beyond blessed to have Rachael as our wedding photographer for our big day. From start to finish, she made us feel so special. From the love story session to the big day, she was always an email or text away to help give advice and plan out the perfect schedule for the day. Her photographs are flawless and really capture those moments you never want to forget. Rachael went above any beyond since the day we asked her to be our photographer. She was photographer turned into advice giver and a little bit of wedding planner on the side. We will forever be grateful for the amazing engagement and wedding pictures that will be in our home and it is because of her that we can remember every special moment of our wedding day. Thanks Rachael, we are so blessed that we found you! Highly recommend!!Sent on 12/13/2018
Rachael Schirano Photography's reply:Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for your sweet words - working with you was an absolute joy and I'm so honored to have been a part of it!
Elizabeth Dierkes · Married on 10/14/2017
More than just photos
Rachael played a big part in making my wedding day run smoothly and turn out flawless! Prior to the wedding, each time I met with her, she has this wonderful ability to calm your nerves. Of course she has the knowledge and experience to help you determine your timeline and what you need to get the pictures you want, but she also is fun, playful, and relaxed. Even though she helped me make a very detailed timeline for photos on the wedding day, I never felt like I was stuck to the timeline or that we were rushed. She builds in time for you and your husband to take some moments alone to really let the day sink in. These moments will be some of our best memories from the day! So far we have just received a sneak peak slideshow of our photos but they are so good!! She captured so many little details and special moments that I didn't even know she was photographing. I can't say enough good things about Rachael and would highly recommend her!Sent on 12/15/2018
Rachael Schirano Photography's reply:From the bottom of my heart...thank you so much for everything. I had so much fun working with you two and am just overjoyed to know that you love your photographs and had such a wonderful experience!
Molly · Married on 09/30/2017
I think we are so blessed to be able to have Rachael as our photographer. I have never seen pictures so beautiful. We had two ceremonies for her to photograph. We had an Indian ceremony and a Christian ceremony and we absolutely cannot wait to see what the photos will look like when they are ready. Rachael is excellent at keeping things on time during the day and even better at keeping the bride calm! There were many times I would start panicking about time and she always stepped in to calm me down and reassure we were good. She was so much fun and it felt natural with her. Things didn't feel forced for pictures. I highly recommend Rachael. She is very flexible and open with ideas!Sent on 10/15/2017
Rachael Schirano Photography's reply:Oh gosh, love - I just adored working with you two and am so happy I was able to help ease any stress. Your day was beautiful and I feel honored to have been a part of it!
Jackie · Married on 08/19/2017
She was great to work with!
It can be very overwhelming while looking for all the vendors for your wedding but when you are looking for a photographer look no further! The moment I had my first meeting with Rachael I knew she would be perfect to photograph my husband and my engagement, and wedding photos! Not only do I love her style, but her personality is the best! Her and her daughter snapped pictures the day of the wedding and were both so much fun to work with! They kept everything running smoothly and remembered the little details that I could have forgotten being in my own little wedding brain zone. Rachael also sends you sweet little gifts along the way to let you know how much you really do mean to her, and that she has not forgotten about you!!Sent on 12/13/2018
Rachael Schirano Photography's reply:Thank you so much for such a wonderful note - I absolutely loved working with you guys and am so tickled to know that you loved the images from your beautiful day!
Therese F Samp · Married on 06/10/2017
Best Wedding Photographer
It's hard to put into words how incredible Rachael is! From our first meeting, sending us little packages leading up to our wedding, to staying in contact after our wedding, Rachael is amazing to work with. She takes time to get to know her clients and truly cares about them. Her photos speak for themselves, they are simply stunning and timeless - I know I will love looking at them for years to come! Rachael helped us think about every detail leading up to the wedding and made great suggestions when needed. She was flexible with her packages - we had her come to our rehearsal dinner instead of doing an engagement session. On the day of our wedding, Rachael made my husband and I feel comfortable and that we could really be ourselves. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have worked with Rachael!Sent on 01/01/2019
Rachael Schirano Photography's reply:Aww - thank you from the bottom of my heart. You two were absolutely wonderful to work with and I enjoyed every moment of it! xo
Kaitlin · Married on 07/23/2016
Me and my husband absolutely love Rachael!! She is so extremely talented! Not only do we love the Wedding photos we have seen so far, but she was so easy and fun to work with! She made everything so stress-free and relaxed. She took time to meet with us several times and get to know us. Rachael's photos are unbelievably beautiful, she is able to capture all the love and joy from the day! We feel so lucky that we were able to work with her! She is worth every penny and I would recommend her to all of my friends and family!Sent on 08/19/2016
Rachael Schirano Photography's reply:I am so happy that you were able to relax and fully enjoy your day. You two are the best and I am so happy I was able to be there to capture the moments of your celebration!
Allison · Married on 09/26/2015
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!Sent on 10/11/2015
Rebecca · Married on 01/30/2014
Thanks you were great! I had such a wonderful wedding!Sent on 01/30/2014
Sarah · Married on 12/07/2013
We feel strongly that the wedding photos end up being THE most important part of a wedding. Moments and emotions are captured that, as a bride or groom, you do not even realize they are happening because you have to spend .4 seconds with each guest in a blur of the most amazing day of your life. Rachael was HANDS DOWN amazing. Her ability to capture emotion, value, and special details is second to none. We had so many remarks from guests about how they never even realized the photographers were there...they were that considerate...THAT good. And when the gallery link was emailed to us, we shut down and got lost in HOURS of pouring through the photos, reliving the day, understanding how powerful the event was to us as a now married couple. I've never seen pictures like this..in all of the wedding photo albums I've viewed. Friends and family have laughed and cryed (from happiness) while going through the gallery. Rachael gave us the best gift by capturing these moments...because she is so gifted. She is worth every cent and we are eternally grateful for her fine-crafted skill!Sent on 02/02/2014
Amanda · Married on 08/31/2013
Rachel was wonderful to work with. She really helped us feel comfortable and also helped with planning the day. I felt I could trust her to get all the shots I asked for and I didn't need to worry. She captured amazing moments and we were all very impressed by the pictures. I would highly recommend her!Sent on 01/23/2014
User3247590 · 2+ years ago
Rachael and her assistant were very easy to work with prior to and day of the wedding. The photos were fantastic! The online gallery made it very easy to share and print photos. All of our family and friends that have viewed the photos love them!Sent on 02/08/2014
Lindsey · Married on 03/30/2013
Rachael is amazing to work with! I knew she was the photographer for us when we first "interviewed" her for the job. She took the time to get to know us as a couple rather than starting off talking about the business side of things, and we both really appreciated that. Other photographers we talked with wanted to start scheduling our day and to talk about the pricing of prints and packages. We felt comfortable with Rachael right from the start.Sent on 01/23/2014
She was very responsive to ALL of the questions I had through emails and texts. We also had some face-to-face time to plan a timeline and talk about how we envisioned our day and the photographs. She was very helpful and had some great suggestions. Even though I was stressed (we only had a 3 month engagement), she assured me that it would all come together.
Rachael found some beautiful locations for our photographs, in addition to our suggestions. All of this on a cloudy, chilly day in March! She has such an eye for natural beauty. Our photographs are stunning! Having her there was reassuring and comforting.
I HIGHLY recommend Rachael Schirano Photography!