Whether it’s a sun-drenched kiss, a quiet hair-tuck, or your hands finding each other beneath a table...
Warm, safe, and beautifully imperfect.
Somewhere you can experience the magic of being yourself with each other.
The place your heart always knows to come back to, even when you feel lost and life gives you a hard squeeze.
Because that’s what I’m really here to capture: Posterity.
The kind of enduring love that brings out the best in both of you
while still giving you a forgiving space to learn and grow together.
And because I get to call framing love my work,
I feel grateful every day for the couples who trust me to
tell their story with genuine grace and artful simplicity.
Your wedding is only one fleeting moment in the lifetime of memories you’ll share...
One chapter in your love story.
And it deserves to be documented in a way that speaks to the beautiful future that lies ahead of you.
Cares about capturing the way a moment feels, not just how it looks.
Because for you, what makes this day so special isn’t the food, the flowers, or even the décor...
It’s the people you’re sharing it with.
From thriving in all lighting and weather conditions to going with the flow of your dream day, I bring the calm of 10+ years of photographing weddings.
My experience gives you the space to be present with the people who matter most to you, so I can preserve those beautiful, unplanned moments while you simply savor them.
My goal isn’t to fit you into some stylized portfolio or create images that grow my social media following.
Every wedding I photograph has a style and soul of its own, because my intention is to artfully capture who you are….and what you mean to one another.
My lens doesn’t just see you as you are today. It honors all of your tomorrows ahead.
We’ll collaborate to find those backdrops and details that are not only beautiful, but meaningful to you as a couple. So every photograph is an honest reflection of your love.
You deserve to preserve these moments, so they stick in your heart and grow old with you.
I take impressions of your love and refine them with artful angles, natural lighting, and a timeless composition that’ll
hold its impact over a lifetime.
If you want stunning portraits that reflect the artistry of your romance and moment-driven candids of your family and friends, this is where my photography style sings.
I want nothing more than to see you soaking in the joy of a celebration you worked so tirelessly to plan while trusting me to capture the meaning of a moment. Bringing my artistic perspective to your story is a privilege, even if that means collaborating with fickle lighting, navigating last minute timeline changes or accidentally wandering into poison ivy.
(For me, it’s all part of the fun.)
My heart skips a beat for framing love, champagne toasts, window-down car rides, the song of rain, cloud-stacked skies, afternoon naps, the way my husband folds me in his arms...
Rachael Schirano is an Illinois based wedding photographer who transforms genuine interactions and unplanned moments into romantic artistry. Her passion lies in threading together those intangible wisps of connection that float through her lens and anchoring them in photographic poetry, capturing memories for her clients that make their heart race just as much as being in the moment did. When she’s not photographing couples, you can find her chasing adventures with her family, listening to the ocean waves crash in and savoring salt-licked hair, or exploring art museums and old bookstores.