cinematic photos for sentimental old souls

Central Illinois Wedding
& Elopement Photographer

Central Illinois Wedding
& Elopement Photographer

documenting authentic, cinematic, & romantic moments

39.7979963°N  -89.6480741°W

Turning your moments into CINEMATIC memories

39.7979963°N  -89.6480741°W

All love is welcome & celebrated here.

Rachael Marie Photography values inclusivity and will never discriminate against your gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, body type, or abilities. You are wonderful, beautiful, and loved here.

Heyooo, I'm Rachael! (she/her) Born and raised in Springfield, embracing the underrated beauty of the midwest, and finding joy in the mundane.

Whether you're getting married in a courthouse, a family member's backyard, or at a wedding venue, my ultimate priority is giving you photographs you’ll enjoy for the rest of your lives - the only tangible things that will outlive your day and your florals.

I’m here to visually narrate the day you've been looking forward to since your first date. 


Your wedding vision will come to life through a series of planning forms I’ve created for you. Through video chatting and ongoing communication between us, I make sure that you’re never in the dark about the wedding process. 

  • Chat whenever 24/7 access
  • Personalize playlist creation
  • Location scouting for photos
  • Forms to learn about you, your vision, your guests

I've experienced over 70 weddings and I know how to hold your hand through this process. This is going to be fun!

Day-Of: A go-to confidant who includes everyone and makes photos feel fun

Pre-Wedding: A personal guide helping plan the day YOU want

Your day will be so stress free because we planned for it. You’re on time because I’ve got the custom made timeline in my pocket. All those little details you collected for your day will be documented because damn— you worked hard on those!!

Behind the scenes, your friends, family, and vendors are hugged and photographed as if they were my own loved ones. You will have photos of those moments you missed out on and relive them as if you were there. 

The photos in the making will be a mix of documentary style, posed, and directed. For those posed photos, you + boo be given laid-back directions so you find your natural, goofy rhythm in front of the camera quickly. 

  • No stress in sight
  • photos are a mix of candids and directed poses
  • I’m here as your #1 advocate, hypewoman, & chacha-slide teacher
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Whether you have 10 or 100 folks witnessing your vows, are planning the big shebang or a small backyard party, or just want to celebrate getting through life with your best friend. What story do you want me to tell?

elopements & courthouse



Kelly + Seth

"Rachael is as incredible a human as she is a photographer. She was so easy to talk to throughout the planning process. She is thoughtful, attentive, and makes you feel so at ease during photo sessions. My husband traditionally does not like photographs, and even he had a lovely time. Her photos are raw, full of emotion, and edited beautifully. Truly, our photos feel as though I am looking at snapshots from a film. 

If you are looking for someone to connect with, to capture every special emotion of your big day, to be the best hype-woman, and to make your day even more special, look no further. You can trust Rachael to be all of that and more."

"A confidant who made our day so stress-free."

taylor + tyler

"Rachael is amazing! She wore many different hats for our tiny wedding—DJ, hairdresser, and family wrangler for photos. The consultations we had with her before our wedding were detailed and helped us consider how we wanted our day to feel.

She has such a great personality, helped us relax, and made us laugh. I feel like our wedding was photographed by our best friend; that's how much care she put into our day. Our pictures are full of light and laughter, and truly capture our day and how it felt. I told my husband afterwards that her personality and presence feels like a warm hug, that's the best way I can describe working with Rachael!"

"I feel like our wedding was photographed by our best friend."

jamie + manny

"There is a zero percent chance we could've found a better photographer than Rachael for our wedding day. She is talented, enthusiastic, organized, and makes everyone comfortable. She was helpful to me on the day of and prior beyond her job as photographer and I am forever grateful. Manny and I are quiet people and she was someone we quickly felt comfortable around and when she chose our second photographer she kept our personalities in mind. Manny and I adore our wedding photos as much as our engagement ones. We love that we have traditional shots as well as ones with a bit more personality."

"Talented, enthusiastic, and organized."

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Let's start writing your story.

Step 1: Fill out the contact form 

Step 2: Pick your fave personalized, custom package

Step 3: Plan the day you want with me as your guide

Step 4: Have the best day ever and walk away with memories turned into art

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