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joyful photography for humans who love.

From the small, sparkly moments that give you goosebumps to the ones that overflow and take your breath away - it would be my honor to capture it all. 

hello! I’m Zachera

This job has connected me with an endless stream of wonderful people and it just keeps getting better! My cameras and I call Chicago home but we are lucky enough to travel all over the world to witness joy! I’m an extroverted bookworm who will break into dance at a moment's notice (and will probably talk you into dancing with me). I firmly believe every situation either calls for champagne or a margarita darn it, I just love human beans.

My love of humans allows me to be more than a photo technician - I want to truly connect (let’s be friends!) and show you how brightly your love shines. I want to tell your individual story and capture exactly the way you hold hands. These things matter and they shine so brightly. 

If you want a photographer with peak spice girl energy with the organizational power of Leslie Knope you've come to the right place. I can’t WAIT to hear all about your love story… so boogie on over to my inbox and let’s DO THIS THING! 

Chicago based wedding photographer serving humans in love

with an open invitation to all dogs 

couples

family

weddings

My story

OMG... where to even begin?! Zachera is amazing. The most incredible wedding photographer, hype girl, and delegator of all for your wedding day - she checks every box possible for a wedding photographer. She genuinely cares about her clients and it shows in her personal interactions and in the absolutely stunning quality of her photos. Zachera came to us in a seriously stressful moment amid COVID wedding planning. We no longer could trust our previous wedding photographer to honor our postponement date and were left feeling deflated and sad. One phone call with Zachera made it all ok. She promised to make our day perfect - no matter the date - and empathized with our situation emotionally and financially. She made us believe it would be everything we had ever dreamed of, regardless of the experience we had before. From our "would have been wedding date" shoot to the actual day of, we felt Zachera had our best interest at heart and took personal pride in making us look beautiful in her pictures!! Our wedding photos are beyond my wildest dreams. She effortlessly captured all of the perfect moments - staged or not - and returned them to us within weeks. It has been a blast reliving the day with my husband and our closest family and friends. I cannot rave enough about Zachera. If you're lucky enough to be able to book her (get on her calendar ASAP!), I know you'll have the best time working with her. She is worth every penny and more! 

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Hayley

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With my mother being a photographer, there were BIG shoes to fill. We were immediately taken with Zachera’s website and even more so upon meeting her in person. Her passion for her work is real and clearly evident. Her style is genuine, classic, individual and refined. She is easy to work with and personable. In documenting the moment, she is aware of and attentive to every detail, connection, relationship, emotion and person. She gives direction so that the tiniest gesture or nuance completes the photo. We have never felt so at ease in front of the lens or as beautiful. She captured it all flawlessly. Our wedding photos leave us breathless with each viewing. She has given us the best present and one that will endure. We cannot recommend her highly enough. If and when we need a photographer in the future, there will be no need to look further. Thank you Zachera!

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Mari

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Where to even begin. Zachera is truly one of the best in the business. From day one of our phone conversation, I knew Zachera is who I wanted to capture our wedding day. Her desire to truly get to know us as a couple reassured me that I could trust her with one of the biggest jobs of the entire day! Although we hired her as our wedding photographer, she was so much more than that. Zachera never hesitated to call me (and vice versa) in the final stages of planning to make sure we were in communication and on the same page about the day of. On the wedding day, Zachera (and her whole team) was so calm and easy to work with despite our jam packed schedule, and she was constantly offering help and guidance. She truly had my back on the wedding day...she was one of, if not THE most trusted vendor I had on our wedding day. While we were on our honeymoon, we received a preview of some of our photos and my husband and I could not stop smiling. Her skills and talent are truly such a gift. I would 1000% recommend Zachera to any couple. Zachera, please know how much we appreciate you so much!

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Kathleen

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I don’t even know where to begin with Zachera! When we first met, I left the coffee shop feeling like I had just caught up with an old friend. This was so important to my husband and I as so many people kept telling us about how much time you spend with your photographer and how important it is to find someone you’re comfortable with. Zachera was incredible to work with. In our first meeting, she told me that her goal is to capture the feelings and emotions of the day and this couldn’t be more true with our pictures. Our engagement pictures show the glee and excitement of planning and counting down to the big day. Our intimate ceremony pictures capture the love despite what was going on in the world around us. Lastly, the postponed celebration pictures encompass all the love, excitement, and joy all over again and I couldn’t be happier to have these pictures to look back on for years and years. We truly couldn’t have asked for a better photographer turned friend. If you’re newly engaged and looking for someone who can flawlessly capture all the big moments and small details, look no further than Zachera!

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Alyssa

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Simply put, Zachera was the best decision when it came to our wedding planning! The attention to detail that she & her team had on our wedding day reflected in every photo taken. Looking back at the photos makes our hearts swell; they are breathtaking. In the photos, there were so many intimate moments, so much genuine laughter & so much serenity captured. Beyond the photos, our wedding would have not gone so perfectly if we didn't have Zachera & her team! Zachera had every detail of our timeline down & did everything in her power to keep us on track. With our bi-cultural wedding having so many moving parts, that was not an easy task but she executed it in the politest/smoothest way possible. She is the most personable yet most professional person to work with, which is so important in a photographer because they are side by side with you throughout the whole day. We believe that couples should have a connection with their photographer; with Zachera, it's like she read our minds & never missed a beat. She made us feel confident throughout the whole day and left no room for us to panic. She really goes above and beyond for her couples- to the point that she even picked up Gatorade on the wedding day when it was getting too hot out for us. She checked in throughout the whole time leading up to the wedding, encouraging and supporting us in every way. Forever grateful for her presence, the passion she has for her art and her kindness.

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Natalie

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Where to even begin. Zachera captured moments on our wedding day with so much personality and emotion that I can feel the moment when I look at the photos. My husband and I were nervous about taking photos because we aren't naturals in front of a camera - Zachera took away every insecurity, and made our wedding day so much fun. She has an air about her that makes everyone relaxed and confident. She had fun with our wedding party and worked with vendors to make the timeline work. She knows how to help you be yourself with posing, she can make you relax in front of the camera and enjoy having your photos taken. She delivered photos that are indescribably beautiful, and preserve the emotions of our wedding day forever. She will always hold such a special place in our hearts as the one who captured our first moment as husband and wife, the ten minutes we took to ourselves to soak it in after the ceremony, and the hours with our best people at our reception. And to top it all off, she's just a great human being who harbors a special talent, and brings so much happiness to wherever she is! I would hire her 10x over, she is THE BEST.

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Lauren

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The best thing about having a photographer you trust is knowing at any given moment on your wedding day there is beauty, joy and connection somewhere you can’t see - and she's capturing it. 

the experience

Witnessing joy is a privilege - reflecting it back to my couples is an honor. 

Let's do this