Chicago wedding photographer, Daniela Cardili tells the story of your wedding day with heartfelt images that artfully portray this very personal event. She combines her unique sense of style and her passion for photography to create a photographic document that captures special moments, relationships, and love.
Dani grew up in a large, close-knit family near São Paulo, Brazil. Though her family may be far away (Dani has been in the United States for eighteen years), her close ties with her own family inspire and guide her as she moves through your family’s momentous capturing images in a way that feels emotionally charged and unscripted.
Her style reflects a mix of a photojournalist’s reflexes, a portraitist’s eye, and the strong influence of the worlds of beauty and fashion. She continues to build on her abundant natural talent by attending workshops and seminars to keep up with the latest trends in wedding photography. Dani credits much of her success as a wedding photographer to her unobtrusive approach and her easygoing manner. Her subjects always appear at ease and natural. She draws on her own background and experience to create extraordinary photographs that celebrate love.
Daniela was absolutely amazing to work with. I searched for the perfect Chicago Wedding photographer with my mom and from the moment we met Daniela she was just amazing. We clicked and I knew she would be perfect for my wedding. After seeing her gorgeous albums and her work I couldn’t have been more anxious to sign a contract. She is such a sweet person and she was so lovely to work with. My wife and I weren’t always the easiest to manage I’m sure and she never missed a beat. She was professional and friendly and just a true artist. For our engagement session she made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera. For the wedding, she stayed calm while literally everyone else was in panic mode. I could just look over to Daniela and be reminded that this day isn’t about how everyone’s hair looks or if the colors turned out right. It was more meaningful and Daniela worked to capture those sincere moments. I cannot wait to see our photos because I have all the faith in the world they will be beautiful. My wife and I are not the most romantic couple… we are more playful and silly but we chose Daniela because the way she shoots and edits, we knew she would capture the softer side of us. Thank you Daniela for being so kind and understanding while working with us! We were blessed to have you for our wedding xoxo
Amanda and Melissa
Picking the wedding photographer was the only real assignment my now wife gave to me, but we both agreed it was the most important vendor. I spent hours and hours looking at photographers and their styles online. At one point I had a spreadsheet with about 50 photographers rated and profiled. After figuring out exactly the style we were interested in, I narrowed it down to three to meet and get pricing from, and Daniela Cardili was at the top of my list based on the albums on her website. She wasn’t as well known as some of the other photographers we met with, but her pictures spoke for themselves, and we figured she’d be one of the most expensive (she wasn’t at all). After meeting with photographers, Daniela’s personality was our favorite, and her pricing was really reasonable and fair. It was the easiest decision because we liked her photos the best too, and we are thrilled we picked her. She has a very artistic documentary style that tells the story of your entire wedding day, so you can remember it forever. Her photos of us were just as beautiful as the albums she has on her website, if not more so. We took photos on Lasalle Street, in a small park next to the Art Museum, and then at the Museum of Contemporary Art where our ceremony and reception were. They were all amazing, and she made it really easy to be natural in front of the camera. Instead of feeling uncomfortable or like we were posing, she had us be natural (and kiss a lot After 3 hours of photos around town (our choice) we were still relaxed and happy, and ready to be married. We would recommend Daniela as a better alternative to the expensive well-known studious with high priced photographers. Daniela is better.
Reid and Alyson
Daniela was the absolute best investment that we could have made for our big day! She was not only a fabulous photographer, which you can see from her pictures, but she was also professional and knew exactly what we were looking for.
She captured every moment of our big day perfectly. The best part is that she got shots of the little things that we didn’t see. The details we might have missed if not for her snapping those shots.
I highly recommend booking Daniela for you big day! It will be one of the best decisions to you make, next to saying ‘I Do’.
Christy & Cameron
We can’t say enough about our wedding photographs … they are simply stunning!!! Daniela flew all the way from Chicago to Maui to help capture our wonderful day and she did it with the true eye of an artist. We are wedding photographers ourselves by profession, so obviously this was not a light choice for us. It was a difficult thought to give up control and let someone else capture the day, but with our choice of Daniela we never once worried, knowing that she would capture every moment and detail in the same fashion we would! For us – obviously – photography was the MOST important part of our wedding day and there is no one else we would have trusted it to. We highly recommend Daniela Cardili – she is amazing!!
Tina Wright and Kevin Juberg
Daniela is AMAZING. Her photographs are beautiful, and really capture the spirit of the moment, emotion, and the real character of people. They are wonderful. Daniela and her assistant were totally unobtrusive during the wedding and celebration, yet she captured everything. She is a joy to work with, and we felt totally comfortable with her – like an old friend. I researched various photographer for a while before deciding on Daniela – she had the most beautiful photographs and also the best package and pricing. I am an artist, and I can honestly say that her photographs and our albums exceeded my expectations. She is fabulous, and I give her my highest recommendation. I ordered two parents albums, because they are so gorgeous. And the photo CD came in it’s own gorgeous book-type case, which is so classy! Everything is so well-thought through and classy. We had her come before the wedding, stay through the wedding, and stay till the reception started to wind down. It was great.
Mollie and Andrea
Frequently Asked Questions
Why and when did you become a photographer?
Wedding Photography has been one the best discoveries of my life. Not only it takes me to amazing places, but also gives me the opportunity to meet great people and to make lifetime friends. I knew I was meant to be a photographer 14 years ago when I developed my first B&W photo in the darkroom. Having the ability to stop a moment in time and share this moment with other people was emotional, exciting and priceless. Today my darkroom is my computer because I photograph digitally, but I still feel extremely emotional and grateful every time I capture an intimate moment between bride and groom or mother and daughter that can’t be recreated. I know they will be happy with the memory I’m giving them and that’s why I love being a photographer.
What kind of equipment do you use?
All my wedding photography is done digitally. I use the highest quality professional Canon digital cameras and lenses. I always bring backup equipment to photograph your wedding.
Where are you located?
I’m a wedding photographer based in Chicago, but I also provide Wedding Photography services in Deerfield, Glencoe, Highland Park, Kenilworth, Lake Forest, Northbrook, Oak Park and other cities in Illinois.
For destinations weddings, packages are customized depending on location and specific needs of bride and groom.
How can I reserve you for my wedding date?
A nonrefundable deposit and a contract are required.
Do you offer wedding albums?
Yes, I offer Wedding Books made in Italy by Graphistudio. I like Graphistudio because they offer a variety of materials and customizations. In order to guarantee uniqueness and exclusivity, their covers are all handmade in single copy, on the basis of the aesthetical sensibility and choices made by each client. They also use refined materials and seamless binding, the perfectly lay flat opening and the extreme attention to the finishing are the distinctive marks of the Graphistudio Wedding Books.
What can I expect from you on my wedding Day?
I will photograph your wedding along with a second photographer responsible for photographing the groom getting ready and providing a second angle on the ceremony and reception. We are very focused on you and your wedding the entire day, we are always looking to capture the details and the perfect moments that will tell the story through the images of your wedding day.
How much do you charge to photograph a wedding?
Please inquire about our packages and availability.
All packages include:
- Pre-wedding consultation
- Wedding coverage with myself and a second photographer
- Online gallery for image viewing
- High-resolution files for printing and reproduction
Complete packages include custom hand cut and assembled wedding books, engagement session, and parent books.
Call or email me today for an appointment to discuss your wedding and to see samples of wedding books.
Daniela Cardili Photography
Based out of Chicago, Illinois