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 I’m all about preserving those moments that tell your story.

Whether it’s four feet ankle-deep in mud, tenderly clasped hands, a happy tear cascading over a cheek, a hair-back laugh or a sun-drenched kiss,

The ones that move you. Bind you. Bring you together and keep you together long after the memory fades.

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It was in October that I got a chance to be Laurel and Tim’s wedding photographer at the Notre Dame Catholic Church and reception party at the Butterfield Country Club. It was a lovely day with fall foliage at its peak in Illinois. This wedding was a sweet and elegant family affair with lots of […]

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Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Rachael Schirano Photography

Weddings are joyous events. Photographing them is exciting and gives me immense creative satisfaction. This happiness swells with the addition of interesting venues like The Normal Theater and the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. Veronica, lovingly called Roni, and Luc chose this venue to formalize their relationship and celebrate their love with family and […]

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Outdoor Champaign Engagement Rachael Schirano Photography

It was love at first sight for Rachel and Patrick. After their first date, they just knew that this was going to be something special. Patrick proposed to Rachel and they got engaged. Soon they decided to include me in their engagement celebration and make their moments of love last forever. It was September and […]

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The Waterhouse Wedding Rachael Schirano Photography

Kathryn and Brett’s ceremony at Eureka Christian Church and reception at The Waterhouse in Peoria was such a romantic affair. It was a true rollercoaster of emotions. There was so much love, happiness, fun, tears and excitement at this wedding ceremony and reception party. I was the lucky one who got to see and capture […]

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Allerton Park Engagement Rachael Schirano Photography

It is always exciting to capture couples outdoors, and especially when there is lots of greenery around. I love to play with the light and the greens at such photography venues. Maddy and Daley decided on Allerton Park for their engagement photos and it was such a great session. Maddy and Daley’s love and laughter […]

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Bluestem Hall Wedding Rachael Schirano Photography

It was such a pleasure to photograph Alana and Jon’s rustic Bluestem Hall wedding this fall. The couple was married in a romantic October wedding with a ceremony and reception at the Bluestem Hall in Urbana, IL. I enjoyed photographing every bit of it. There was something fascinating happening throughout. What made my work easier […]

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Illinois Engagment Session Rachael Shirano Photography

When two people find silence between them comfortable and not awkward, that’s when you know the level of their unparalleled comfort with each other. With Victoria and Joris, it is not just comfort, but understanding for each other and above all, deep love. Their ease with each other made their Illinois engagement photography session so […]

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Chicago-Engagement-Session-Rachael-Schirano-Photography

On a beautiful day in August, I met up with Jenna and Joey for their sunny Chicago engagement photography session. I loved photographing these two! Our photo session was filled with laughter, sunshine, and of course, love. A Meeting by Chance Ends in Love Joey and Jenna met in New York City. Jenna had plans […]

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