Hi! I'm Mandalyn.


I photograph real life and real people. 

I was born and raised in beautiful Ohio and now live in Chicago with my boys. My ideal day starts with coffee and a book followed by a bike ride or walk through the neighborhood, a game of tag with my boys, and ends with a picnic in the grass with home-cooked food and good friends. I love my city and will probably never stop acting like a heart-eyed tourist! I'm heart-eyed about a lot of things, really. 

Making people feel at ease in front of the camera is sort of my specialty. I can't count the times I've heard people say things like,

That was much easier than I thought it would be!

You made us feel so comfortable.

The kids loved you!

My secret is to help you feel like yourselves rather than making you be something you're not. I rarely ask for a pose and instead give space for personality.

My lifelong wish is to find beauty in unexpected places. I hope you see that beauty everywhere in my photographs!

Please contact me. I'd love to meet you!

But be sure to check my FAQ page before you do; I answer many common questions there.

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