Chicago Wedding Photographer
My name is Rado Doney, though most of my clients know me as Randy, and I’m a Chicago wedding photographer. A lover of natural light and the magic that is romance, my goal is to capture real moments and raw emotion in an organic way.
My core philosophy is simple: every couple and family I have the opportunity to photograph is one-of-a-kind and their pictures should reflect that. I accomplish this by taking a creative, documentary-style approach to photography. I also take the time to get to know my subjects, enabling me to ensure the finished product is equally unique.
Since entering the industry in 2007, I have photographed more than 300 weddings in the US and abroad. I apply my philosophy to every wedding I photograph, and the end result is a series of stunning, natural photographs depicting the deep sentiment my couples and their families share.
I am renowned for my breathtaking portraits, exquisite detail images and dynamic reception shots. When you choose Crane’s Photography, you can feel confident that you’re choosing one of Chicago’s best wedding photographers.
Wedding Photographers in Chicago
Over the last 10+ years in the industry, I have won numerous accolades and have had my work featured in a variety of publications. You can find my work in Rangefinder Magazine, LensCulture, Magnum, La Grande, Carts & Cake, Memorable Indian Weddings, Southern Bridge, Jim Couture, Aisle Perfect, Contemporary Bridge, Wedding Wire – Real Wedding, FotoRelax, Best of Weddings, Wedded Wonderland, La Bridge, Filter-Grade, Zankyou, on Style Me Pretty and in other wedding and press publications.
I have been a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA) since 2008 and have won numerous ISPWP, Fearless, WPS, WPPI, La Grande and Lens Culture awards.
Serving the Greater Chicago and Milwaukee Areas
Wedding photography in Chicago is spectacular! I have shot weddings in many incredible cities, including New York City, Washington, D.C., Cancun, Los Angeles and Vail, but there is no other city in the world where a photographer can photograph a bride and groom in nine to ten places in less than three hours between the ceremony and reception!
I recently photographed a wedding, for example, starting at the Belden Stratford Hotel. I then captured the ceremony at St. Clements Catholic Church, followed by pictures at Wrigley Field, the Lincoln Park Conservatory, the Lincoln Park Zoo, Café Brauer, The Chicago Water Tower, Hancock Building, Wrigley Building, Chicago River, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, The Art Institute, Planetarium Point and finally at Notebaert Nature Museum. All in three hours!
I cover all of Chicago and Wisconsin, and occasionally travel to Michigan and Indiana, as well. The areas I serve include, but aren’t limited to: Arlington Heights, Aurora, Bolingbrook, Cicero, Des Plaines, Elgin, Evanston, Gary, Hammond, Joliet, Kenosha, Naperville, Orland Park, Palatine, Schaumburg, Skokie, Tinley Park, Waukegan, Washington County, Ozaukee County, Waukesha County, Milwaukee County, Mequon, Brookfield, the North Shore, Fox Point, Whitefish Bay, River Hills, Shorewood, Glendale, Bayside, West Milwaukee, West Allis, St. Francis and Madison.
Photographing at the Best Chicago Wedding Venues
With more than a decade of experience serving the Chicago area, I know the best-kept secrets for downtown Chicago wedding photography.
Here is a list of some unique wedding ceremony and reception sites in and around Chicago, Illinois where I have photographed weddings: The Drake Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, The Intercontinental Hotel Chicago, The Four Seasons Chicago, The Chicago Botanic Garden, The Field Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Sofitel, The Chicago Cultural Center, Café Brauer Wedding Pictures, Adler Planetarium Wedding Photography, Eaglewood Resort and Spa, Garfield Park Conservatory, Shedd Aquarium, The Chicago Hilton and Towers, The Swiss Hotel Wedding Pictures, Rolling Green country Club, The Palmer House hotel, Assumption Catholic Church Chicago, The Glen Club – Glenview Illinois, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Chicago Illinois, Concorde Banquet Kildeer, Illinois, Barrington Hills Country Club, Biltmore Country Club Wedding Pictures, Boulder Ridge Country Club, Cantigny Park Wheaton IL, US Cellular Field, The Patrick Haley mansion, The Signature Room at 95th, The Field Museum, Lincoln Park Conservatory, Danada House, Café La Cave, The Metropolitan Club at Willis Tower, Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus, The Crystal Garden at Navy Pier, Fulton’s on the River, Germania Place, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Wedding Photos, Trump International Hotel and Tower, The Blackstone, A Renaissance Hotel, Omni Chicago Hotel ,The Congress Plaza Hotel, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Cuneo Museum and Gardens, Kemper Lakes Golf Club, Meson Sabika – Naperville, Westin Chicago Northwest, Chandler’s Golf Course Banquet of Schaumburg and Makray Memorial Golf Club.
Multicultural Wedding Photography
As I mentioned, every couple is unique and one-of-a-kind. Multicultural weddings that blend different aspects of a couple’s faith or cultural backgrounds are a wonderful way to personalize their big day. That being said, photographing them requires an extra level of artistry and skill that I take great pride in having mastered.
I have photographed Indian weddings, Christian weddings, Chinese tea ceremonies and dozens of other cultural or interracial events and understand how to harness lighting, capture fine detail and react quickly to unplanned changes to always capture the best images. Chicago is the perfect backdrop for multicultural weddings!
Luxury Weddings in Chicago
If you’re looking for a phenomenal wedding photographer in Chicago, you’ve come to the right place. I specialize in photographing luxury weddings in Chicago! Crane’s Photography serves the entire Chicagoland area and all of its premier venues, including Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, St. Jane Hotel, Revel Fulton Market, LondonHouse Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Galleria Marchetti, The Langham, Waldorf Astoria Chicago and Venue One Chicago, to name a few.
I offer 4 distinct packages. The Artisan Collection is my full-service package and includes a full-day coverage with two photographers, a fine art wedding book, two (2) parent books, a photo booth at the reception with professional lighting and the best equipment and several other benefits. One thing that sets Crane’s Photography apart is our full-day coverage feature. All of our packages include full-day coverage from getting ready until the very end of the day. I don’t advertise “full day” and cap it at 8 hours – you will always get 100% of my undivided attention for the entirety of your special day, from beginning to end.
I am inspired by authenticity and amazing people who share an awe-inspiring zest for life and love, and I am 100% confident that this shows through in my work as a photographer. Many of my clients come to me after reading reviews on Wedding Wire, The Knot, Yelp and Angie’s List. I’m honored to have had the opportunity to capture the magical moments of so many clients in Chicago and Wisconsin and look forward to working in the industry for many years to come.
Pricing and Information
A defining feature of my philosophy is that pricing should always be transparent. I am extremely upfront and open about my pricing, which can be viewed here. I offer several packages for clients to choose from. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, please let me know and we’ll develop a custom solution for your special day.
Wedding Photography Education
I am self-taught, and mentorship has played an important role in my professional development. Photographers I respect and admire have helped me get where I am today, and I take great pride in returning the favor by mentoring local photographers myself. Through personalized attention and transparent discussion on topics such as shooting techniques, work-life balance and marketing, I help my clients enhance their skills and achieve new and exciting goals.