I live for family footloose action and transforming everyday floors into dance floors. I love to celebrate with champagne and even after photographing hundreds of love stories, I still shed a tear at every wedding I shoot.

And I’m here to protect your moments from getting missed, even if that means falling on my butt in the process, having run-ins with mostly-harmless snakes, or accidentally wandering into poison ivy. (For me, it’s all a part of the fun.)


I believe in love at first sight, thanks to my handsome husband. In fact, I have a photograph of the night we met to remind me of those butterflies of beginning.

I see beauty in the chaos. There’s nothing more soul-stirring to me than rumpled hair and sleepy voices in the morning, when my kids are crawling across my bed and sunlight is streaming through the curtain cracks.

Illinois WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

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OUR CLIENTS SAY THE SWEETEST THINGS

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.

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. The moment we saw her 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. 

- Devin & Alex

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. I knew my husband and I could trust her to document such an important day in our lives. 

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. We are forever grateful for the memories she has helped us preserve!

- Talia & Andy

Our wedding photos are absolutely gorgeous! I cannot get enough of them! She was able to capture so many special moments of our day and all the love and joy from the 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. My husband and I absolutely love Rachael!! We feel so lucky that we were able to work with her!

- Kait & Joe

 the details

Romantic, Elegant and Fun.

Every love story I photograph has a style and soul of its own, my intention is to curate a gallery that feels the same way your love feels. One that creatively captures who you are—and what you mean to one another. Let's work together to tell yours.

After ten years of being a photographer, I've come to realize that it is so much more than just a pretty photograph - it's your chance to fall in love, over and over again. To relive the tenderness of his spontaneous forehead kiss, how Audrey Hepburn you felt in your dress, the sweetness of a speech, the applause that rolled through the room when your grandparents busted out their moves on the dance floor. When you’re in the thick of love, it’s easy to find that moments blur by. But with me there, you’ll have a visual documentary of the small but significant. Something that’s yours to keep forever.

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If you’re searching for a passionate photographer to turn your love story into visual poetry, or you simply share my love of adventure and spontaneous dancing, I want to hear from you. I’m here to tell your story, make seen the emotions you feel and keep your memories vibrant for a lifetime. 

Fill out the contact form below (or email me at hello@rachaelschirano.com) to talk about the kind of photographs that would make your heart race and what I can do to capture them (and awwing over your how we met story, let’s be honest). I'll also send along more details on my photography collections, pricing and process.

Thank you! We'll be in touch soon!

 mentoring 

YOU DESERVE success

I want to encourage you as a creative entrepreneur – to show you how to own (and earn) your worth and to help you structure a business that enables you to live a life that is fulfilling. I believe that everyone deserves success. Let's work together to define yours.

It took me a while to realize that life is found in the journey. It's hidden in plain sight - tucked into all of those in-between moments and endless to-do lists and every last daily task. I’ve learned the hard way that your business can be built in a way that leaves you time to live your life – not in a way that has it dictating its terms. Watching my dad build and grow his business as a young girl and having successfully launched a couple of my own as an adult - I find mentoring to be a natural fit.

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