Being deeply devoted to capturing every couple as they are is what helps me create genuine art in every photo I take.
I'm a natural empath, a great communicator and the ultimate fan of people making their own rules when it comes to their wedding. Are you and your love planning to have a super special day that's unique to you?
Then I'm ready to be your #1 hype girl!
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I'm Madi, an award-winning documentary & fine art wedding photographer with a big personality and a passion for photographing all forms of love.
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Let's make your wedding EXACTLY how you want it! Your big day has no limits or rules. I always encourage my couples to do things their way on their terms, no matter how crazy. Remember– your wedding should represent you!
Your dream day
I will always make you feel as comfortable as I can. We'll laugh, play around, and get those authentic natural-looking candid shots that will convince your friends & family that you were most definitely a model in a past life.
I form a bond with all of clients throughout the wedding process and our relationship continues even after the big day has ended! Choosing me as your wedding photographer means you're choosing to work with a close friend.
No matter who you are and how you identify, I am here to document your incredible love. I am a body-positive photographer, an LGBTQIA+/BIPOC ally and a proud supporter of BLM. I do not tolerate bigotry, shaming, racial injustice, or slurs of any kind. I actively promote safe spaces and will ensure that you and your person will get to be your most authentic and beautiful selves on your wedding day.
I want to be best buds
I see you and support you
"She showed up with both natural warmth and excitement and a professional perspective on helping us get shots we loved..."
"...Madi excels at both naturally being a part of a moment while helping you tilt your head or move your arm to get a great shot. There was no pressure to be anything other than how we felt (which was ecstatic!) The result was a wedding album that TRULY told the whole journey of our day! Madi has a true talent and is a joy to work with. For smaller or larger events, she has a ton of experience and heart and will give you beautiful photos!"
"Our big day could not have gone better and it was truly because of Madi."
"...She is truly a rockstar. She was extremely communicative leading up to the big day and was so organized. She was thoughtful in choosing the best space for our first look and coordinating different spots throughout the city for portraits. She made us feel like we were just getting to spend time together rather than having our picture taken. She was patient and kind towards our families and made family portraits move so fast. She captured every detail of the day and went above and beyond her duty as our photographer. The candid photos she captured were better than we ever could have imagined. She captured the love, joy, and true emotion of the day."
"From the beginning of the shoot, Madi had us laughing and being silly to the point where we felt no discomfort in front of the camera...."
"...She made us feel at ease and was therefore able to capture us 100% authentically. She is incredibly generous with her time and creative energy- we've had so much fun showing off the photos to our friends and family. We had a blast working with her and are looking forward to her taking our wedding photos as well. 10/10 would hire again!"
"...We shot an engagement shoot with Madi and we couldn't have been more pleased! Madi was super accommodating with our schedules. She was professional but still had a wonderful, friendly quality about her which really helped us open up during the photos. She captured so many wonderful shots without us feeling like things were too staged. We were open to traveling off the beaten path and trusted her eye. We were so happy with the final results. We look forward to booking Madi for many photoshoots to come!"
"I love how so many of the photos show our personality and appeared so genuine to who we are as a couple...."
"...When we took our engagement photos at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool we had so much fun! We cannot wait to have Madi Ellis shoot our wedding and maternity photo shoot. If you're looking for a photographer that can bring joy and delight to any situation, not only behind the camera, look no further. 10/10!"
"Madi Ellis is an amazing person. She is very talented and has the confidence and charisma to come with it...."
"Madi was so great! Easy to work with, organized, engaging, friendly, interactive, and one of the most creative photographers..."
"...Madi really captured what we were looking for. Even the guests complimented on her professionalism and friendly nature. And her work is amazing! Highly recommend Madi and will use her again!!! Her passion for her craft shows in everything she does. She did an amazing job and the results... fantastic! Thanks Madi!!!"
"Madi brings a great sense of professionalism to her practice, is quick to respond to requests, good-humored, and ensures the comfort of her clients...."
"...Madi Ellis was an incredible asset when it came to documenting our wedding reception. From planning a few weeks out with email lists of photographs and opportunities we did not want to miss to the day-of. She captured details we never expected: high school friend reunion dances, handkerchief folding tutorials, hidden whispers between my wife and me, snarky smirks of our parents, and so many details we easily could have missed. Madi captures characters, emotional exchanges, and most of all, memories."
"Madi scouted out spots downtown prior to the day, which was a thoughtful step that made it feel personalized and special..."
"...She did a wonderful job taking photographs after our City Hall wedding! Madi was very responsive to our needs and made coordination of meeting up easy. She also was very respectful of safety measures such as wearing a mask and social distancing. Madi was also able to edit and share the link to our photos after only a few days, so we were able to share them with family and friends quickly. I would highly recommend Madi Ellis Photography!"
"She was a joy to work with! Her work is beautiful and modern, yet timeless and enduring..."
"...It’s one thing to be a great photographer, which Madi is- it’s something else entirely to be able to illicit real emotion like Madi can. Her “bedside manner” is incredible. She made us feel so at ease and able to be ourselves. Her direction guided us to some truly great shots that we will treasure forever. Madi’s work and talents are unique. Her technical skills are inarguably immaculate, but her personality and ability to guide her subjects are just as valuable."
"Madi was communicative, highly organized and amazing throughout the entire process all the way through the big day..."
"...She was incredible from day one of setting our wedding date. We are amazed at how well our wedding photos turned out and have received so many compliments from our family and friends. Planning a wedding can be stressful, but working with Madi was so easy and one of the most enjoyable parts of the entire process. I would recommend her in a heartbeat to anyone looking for a hard-working and professional Chicago photographer.
"...Madi was such a pleasure to have at our micro wedding! She made taking photos so fun and comfortable. We absolutely love the photos she took and cannot recommend her enough! She does great work and her lovely personality is a bonus!"
"She is full of positive energy and happiness and it was contagious!"