Chicago / The Midwest / Anywhere in the World
Hi, I'm Madi
My own personal love for photography didn't begin with a camera. I always had a big personality with an aim to please and make people laugh (this is still true). As a kid in Chicago eager to find my place in the world, I was drawn most to my drama classes and the stage. For years, in fact, I thought my life would lead me into the world of professional acting. It wasn't until college that I discovered my true passion: storytelling.
Both theater and photography incorporate this concept deep within their core, as do artists in any other medium. We have thoughts and experiences we want to share along with emotions that cannot be contained. I realized that the world inside a photo could tell the story the way I wanted, that others could see what my mind had visualized. I learned how to create art in a unique way that could also serve a valuable purpose to others. A people-person at heart, I find true joy in learning how someone has come to where they are in life. We all have something to say and a tale to tell, especially when it comes to love. I am honored to document those stories so that they may be kept and treasured for a lifetime.
When I'm not photographing people madly in love you can find me in the photo pit at concerts! Normally a photographer only gets the first 3 songs to take photos of the artists on stage, a challenge that has only helped me strengthen my speed and ability to capture events at the most vital angels. Much like elements at a wedding, there is no do-over for these photos. I thrive in these kind of high pressure environments. Even during the most stressful times, I'm as cool as a cucumber.
Although I specialize in weddings, live music and other events, my body of work also includes stylized portraiture, family sessions, and headshots. From large scale music festivals like Lollapalooza to the most intimate ceremonies, I always look for the most valuable and emotional moments to preserve in my photography. I so deeply cherish the relationships I create with all of my clients and always looks to form long lasting bonds and friendships with every person I photograph. No matter if you live in the Chicago area, the Midwest or anywhere else, we will create something incredible that will stand the test of time.
Be present. Be excited. Be in love. I'll take care of the rest.
"Madi is an exceptional photographer in more ways than one. Of course, the quality of her shots is really impressive. I was in awe of a number of photos she took of myself and my wife, and not because of us, but because of Madi and the creative and eye-popping ways she is able to create a moods and feelings through her photography. Beyond that, she’s very funny and does a wonderful job of both directing her subjects and keeping them relaxed and comfortable. I really can’t recommend her enough!"
"Madi is one of the most creative photographers I’ve worked with and her passion for her craft shows in everything she does."
"Madi took photos of my wedding. 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. It’s not easy to do but she pulls it off! Not only did Madi photograph the moments before and during the actual ceremony, but she took us near the river walk afterward to get some STUNNING photos. There was no pressure to be anything other than how we felt (which was ecstatic!) She got a variety of posed, casual, dramatic and relaxed shots. At the end of it all, she even snagged a photo of us walking away together with our arms around each other. 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!"
"Absolutely loved working with her for my family photos! Quick turn around with the edited photos, very professional, and very flexible with scheduling and ideas. I’m having a lot of trouble deciding which ones to frame! Plus, with COVID, she was very safety-conscious and went above and beyond to make sure we felt comfortable."
"Madi Ellis did a wonderful job taking photographs after our City Hall wedding! She was very responsive to our needs and made coordination of meeting up easy. She also scouted out spots downtown prior to the day, which was a thoughtful step that made it feel personalized and special. 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!"
*Due to the ongoing effects of Covid-19, Madi will ensure that each shoot will be handled safely and with the utmost precaution. She will maintain a distance of at least 6 feet, not come into direct contact with the client and will wear a mask for the duration of the shoot. Madi agrees that she will NOT photograph a client if she is feeling unwell or exhibits any symptoms such as coughing, fever, shortness of breath, chest pains, etc or if she has tested positive for Covid-19 within 14 days of the shoot. To make sure everyone on set is protected, Madi asks that all clients please do the same.