Testimonials


If you're new to Chad Mitchell Photography or have never heard of us, please take the time to read what other satisfied customers have said about us. We strongly believe our customers speak volumes for our studio and are proud to list their testimonials!


"I want to throw a shout out to Chad Mitchell. Chad you are a blessing to our communities, Decatur and surrounding. Thank you for everything you do for all of us, you change lives. I pray that God continues to bless you & your family ten fold. You're the Best!"

— Bob Hackert


"Thanks so much for all of your work over the last few months. We are so pleased with your photos and the process of sending our folks to you. It is such a relief for us! We talked about offering new headshots to leadership and providers at the beginning of the year, so you may get quite a few requests."

— Bethany Gotts, Outreach and Business Development Coordinator, Crossing Healthcare


"[We] received the pictures. They are phenomenal. Thank you for your help and for such a great experience."

— Kahra Sinks, Mother of Two Past Seniors


"We booked a 5-hour session with Chad for him to take professional headshots for a long list of employees at our organization. Chad was punctual, prepared, polite, and generally great to be around! We have several employees who can be a bit uncomfortable when having their picture taken, but Chad was always quick to put them at ease and bring about genuine smiles for the photos. We will be booking Chad again soon and recommend his services to anyone looking for great pictures and a great experience."

— David Gardner, Marketing, and Mary Garrison, President and CEO of Heritage Behavioral Health Center


"I brought my daughter to Chad for her senior photos. At first, she was nervous, but then Chad really put her at ease with his suggestions for backdrops and outdoor locations with the clothes and shoes she brought. In the middle of her photos, she told me she's never felt more beautiful in her life. Thank you, Chad, for giving both of us this experience. Her photos are gorgeous!"

— Danielle R., Mother of H.S. Senior


"I have received the photos, and absolutely LOVE them! Thank you again for being patient with us on the day we took them, and for your work! These will be greatly cherished memories..."

— Andrea Taylor


"I don't know how you did it, but you got everyone in our family to smile at the same time AND with genuine smiles. Our family photos are perfect. Thank you for taking the time and making everything so perfect for our special day."

— Amanda G.


"We originally came just for a yearbook headshot, but we were so impressed with your studio and photos. It became clear that you were the studio for our son's senior photos. He didn't even want to do senior photos, but after talking to you, he got interested and even picked out his own clothes and ideas. I haven't seen him so excited in a long time. Thank you for taking such beautiful photos and capturing his personality."

— Traci R.., Mother of H.S. Senior


"You made our family photos perfect. I can't remember the last time everyone smiled to make a perfect photo, but your sense of humor and personality made our family photos so much fun. I love the large canvas print. We will have it hanging in our living room for years to come."

— Ashley


"He [her son] was not looking forward to his senior photos, but you really changed his attitude. At first, he just wanted to get it done and over with. But after you taking the time with him and listening to what he liked, he actually LOVED his senior photos. We were in the car in-between locations, and he actually said, 'Mom, Chad has made this a lot more fun than I thought'. I love my photos! You made this a great and unforgettable experience for both me and my son."

— Samantha M., Mother of H.S. Senior


"Hello, i just wanted to say, "Thank you!". I got my digital picture of my son, Jaydyn's, [basketball] picture, and it's probably the best picture he's ever taken. The smile is perfect. So, thank you."

— Anon. Youth League Mother

"Thank you soooo much. You do wonders with a camera. I am so proud to share this picture, and I never say that."

— Kim Peters

"Thank you. I love it...I've never been so pretty."

— Krystal Johnson

"Our pictures came today. Let me just say they came out so great! In person, they came out even better than the proofs! Thanks again!"

— Jessica Fishel

"Thank you for your gracious service. You're a very gifted photographer who put my son at ease, enabling him to exhibit more genuine expression than he normally would when being photographed."

— Francine Moyer


"[My daughter] & I had the most wonderful day! The pictures look amazing & Chad Mitchell is AWWWWESOME!! I would definitely suggest anyone use him for SR pics!! (well any pics really!!) He makes you feel like you're the ONLY client he has, you're very special & totally interested to what [my daughter] was looking for!!"

— Christine P. (mother of senior)

"Chad is the BEST. He and Claire [high school senior] got along splendidly. He is professional and fun. The photos are better than I could have imagined. Proofs were ready same day and shipping occurred quickly after we made selections. The entire experience was wonderful."

— Kimberly Claussen

"Chad Mitchell Photography provided our daughters a personal, custom experience while taking their breathtaking senior pictures. Chad was able to take photographs that not only exceeded our expectations but truly captured the essence of their very different personalities. We will always choose Chad Mitchell Photography to provide photography services to celebrate our family's life milestones."

— Arricka Newingham

"Our long time school photographer had retired after many years, and we were very fortunate to acquire Chad Mitchell [Photography]. Chad had the experience and expertise to jump right in and meet all of our needs. His passion and creativity set him apart from other photographers, but his easy going nature make him distinctly unique! I would recommend Chad Mitchell for any of your photography needs."

— Scott Adreon, Principal, Maroa-Forsyth High School

"I wanted to take a moment to thank you for calling and letting me know Evan's Prom and Cap and Gown pictures were being dropped off at the high school. I picked them up yesterday morning, and I am very pleased with them. I can't say enough about your business. You have always been easy to work with, your prices are reasonable, and most of all you take wonderful photographs. Thank you for the memories."

— Stephanie Young


"My photo shoot with Chad Mitchell was an enjoyable one! Sometimes before shoots I feel a little nervous. But, I was immediately put at ease after talking to Chad, because of his positive demeanor and fun, laid back personality. He has new and fun ideas for backgrounds, lighting, and poses. I was comfortable and had a load of fun during the whole shoot! The results were just as wonderful. The pictures turned out great and reflected the fun I had! I would highly recommend using Chad Mitchell Photography, LLC!"

— Dani F.

"As a pastor I appreciate Chad's professionalism as a photographer. When I'm performing a wedding and he is the photographer, I am not even aware that he is shooting photographs. I enjoy working with him."

— Rev. Ellen Moma

"First, I just want to say what a great experience we had. But, I really want to start where the experience really began and that was with your postcard mailing. When I received it, I immediately called and requested sitting fees and senior pic fees. I have to say I was skeptical due to the fact that your sitting fees were amazing. And, you even had a special on top of the already great price. I talked to my daughter about this...especially with all the other photographers around here (Springfield area) charging an arm and a leg just for sitting fees. So, we decided to call and make our appointment. When the time arrived, we drove over to your studio, which was very easy to find, and that is where our experience took off. Kristin had several outfits and your accommodations were great!! You started in your studio and had so many choices right there! Then, you were so kind to already have other areas in mind with what we wanted, so we followed you all over Decatur and had such a great time. Kristin absolutely loved taking the entire afternoon, I believe over 4 hours. When we were finished, Kristin said to me, ‘Mom, I am so glad we decided to take a chance on him!! I had such a good time, and I just loved it!!’ She couldn’t wait to get the results. When we received the end products, it was so difficult to make decisions on which ones to purchase that we decided we needed them all and requested the book. You did an amazing job on it!! Again, our experience with you was worth the short trip to Decatur (from Springfield). We have bragged about your services to no end. Everyone has loved the pictures. Thanks again!! It was an experience I wanted to be special for her and her senior pics, and you made the day. Thanks, Chad!!"

— Marilyn Lowe (Mother of High School Senior)

"I first heard about Chad Mitchell Photography through Facebook. I called Chad to book an appointment and was pleasantly surprised with how accommodating he was. He was willing to meet at as many locations as we wanted. My son is a senior and was not looking forward to having so many pictures taken of him. Chad was laid back and made him feel comfortable. Towards the middle of the session, Chad no longer had to ask my son to smile big, he was already willing to do so. I'm glad I got to share in this experience. It's never easy watching your child grow up, but Chad's pictures will be a reminder of the fun day we shared, and of the great young man he's become."

— Nikki Macke (Mother of High School Senior)

"Chad Mitchell is a rock star drummer and a rock star photographer. We love him! He is very involved at Decatur First Church of the Nazarene where I am the lead pastor. He has photographed our staff, special events, and many families in our church. He is professional, passionate, and creative. Chad always brings out the best in every one he works with. I highly recommend working with him for all your photography needs."

— Brian L. Powell, Lead Pastor, D1Naz

"Our request was pretty demanding with multiple shots of four families plus several of the entire group together which presents its challenges. Chad's experience and professionalism made it a great experience from beginning to end. Every photo was very visually balanced with not an eye closed or hair out of place. He nailed it! Chad Mitchell has the most well-rounded portfolio of any area photographer but what makes his work incomparable is the creative vision that lies behind the lens. Whether he's doing sports photography, high fashion, or anything in-between he captures it beautifully. Don't trust your most important moments to anyone else."

— Christy Rau

"I have used Chad Mitchell photography for my stepdaughter and my daughters senior pictures, and they were both AMAZING!!! Chad not only did inside and outdoor pictures with both girls, but he went to several different locations and spent several, and I mean several, hours with each girl! Unlike many local photographers, his ideas were fresh and exciting and not like the same "hugging the dreaded tree pose" that other studios do! Chads prices were so reasonable I was able to purchase all the pictures my girls wanted, and if you have girls you know how they love pics of themselves. But seriously, if you want the newest greatest pictures of your seniors at a price you can afford in our economy, Chad Mitchell Photography is the photographer for you!!! I truly feel blessed for the job you did on both girls pics...it was an unforgettable experience."

— Amanda Massey

"Shelby County 4-H would like to say, 'THANK YOU', for being our photography workshop instructor. The kids and adults learned so much about how to take the 'perfect shot'. Thank you for taking time out of our busy schedule and sharing some of your knowledge with Shelby County 4-H. I know everyone had a great time and enjoyed getting to take their own pictures and have them looked at by a professional. The 4-H motto is ' to make the best better' and your help did just that."

— Shelby County 4-H

"Thank you so much for capturing all the special moments on our wedding day. The pictures look amazing, and we love them all!"

— Brent and Samantha Finke

"Over the past three years, Chad Mitchell has been able to capture many of our family's memories. From our wedding, our family portrait each year, maternity photos, and birth announcements. Chad even helped us with a photoshop project, taking a three generation photo and adding our newborn son into his late great grandfathers arms, to give us a four generation photo. Chad has not just given us pictures to place in a frame, but rather, keepsakes to watch our family as it grows and changes. We will continue to use Chad Mitchell for all of our big moments life brings us."

— Tricia Queen

"I was very pleased with the job Chad did shooting staff photos and facility photos for our website! We spent the good part of a day with him shuffling people in and out. He was easy to work with and the results were far better than we expected in a non-studio setting. His prices were very fair, and he was easy to work with! I would without reservation recommend Chad. We will use you again!"

— Scott Bowers, VP Dynagraphics

"Chad’s enthusiasm for taking the time to capture images from different angles and perspectives represented our daughter’s character and personality in numerous photos. Chad’s ability to work with various settings while balancing light, timing and the environment represents the heart of a really good photographer. We are delighted with our daughter’s senior portraits."

— The Millers

"Chad Mitchell Photography is simply the best. We have used Chad for all of our "firsts"; from our wedding (where he traveled 2 hours to shoot and stayed until every shot was taken!) to newborn photos of both our children (priceless memories), Chad Mitchell Photography has been a part of our life. Chad is always supremely professional, extremely flexible, and immensely creative to boot! We wouldn't choose anyone else to document our life in pictures."

— Rob and Raphaella Prange

"Working with Chad has been a blessing. He has built up my portfolio with great quality prints. Working with Chad, I had a lot of freedom with movement, with great critiques as well. Chad is easy-going and makes shooting very comfortable. Thank You, Friend!"

— Aftan Noon

"Chad Mitchell Photography has been the photographer for the Forsyth Youth League baseball, softball, and basketball programs for many years. Chad’s competitive pricing, schedule flexibility, and overall willingness to work with our organization on many requests has made for a very enjoyable experience for our board, parents, and children we serve. The quality and quick turnaround is just a bonus! We highly recommend Chad Mitchell Photography."

— Mike Turner, Forsyth Youth League

"Two months before our wedding day, the photographer we had originally decided on did a terrible job with our engagement pictures. I was an absolute mess and my fiancé was mad. So, we started our search again and called Chad. He sat down with us and talked with us about our wedding discussing details and plans. He was so helpful and calming during the entire meeting while I was an absolute wreck on the inside! I walked away from our initial meeting feeling comforted and excited again about our wedding day. Chad was more than a photographer with excellent skills and great pictures that day and that's why we chose him. Our wedding day went by flawlessly and Chad's pictures were timeless and gorgeous. Now, 4 years later, both of our families have used him for all of our picture needs! Thanks Chad for all you've done!"

— Emily Artime

"Thank you for taking my pictures for the [Illinois] State Pageant. I'm so glad I could count on you to do awesome work (and on such short notice)!"

— Kenzie Jones (Western Illinois Fair Queen)

“We chose Chad Mitchell for my daughter’s senior pictures. They were amazing. Chad made the entire experience very memorable. He listened to all of our ideas and took a great deal of time to get what we wanted. My daughter has done other photo shoots with Chad; he is creative, professional and fun. We have told him he cannot retire for many years, because we would not want anyone else to do her wedding photos.”"

— Penny Sheets

“I really enjoyed my fitness photography session with Chad. He allowed me to pick and choose the backdrops and made great suggestions as well. I felt absolutely comfortable the whole time, and it was a fun experience! I usually don't like having my picture taken, as I don't think I am extremely photogenic, but Chad was able to get very natural smiles and my best angles. The photos turned out beautifully."

— Sara Brown

"I am so glad I chose Chad to work with for both my senior pictures and wedding! He is so affordable and gives each session a personal touch. I was so happy with my senior photos that my fiancé and I booked him for our wedding! Our engagement photos turned out great, and we are so glad that we were able to have our dogs with us in some of the photos. We are beyond excited to see how our wedding pictures turn out!! You will most definitely not be disappointed in choose Chad Mitchell Photography! Chad, Thank you so much for being our photographer! You were beyond helpful from day one. Hopefully, one day we get to use you again as our family grows!"

— Lauren Blythe

"For the past 5 years now, we have been running an Upwards Basketball & Cheerleading program for kids pre k-9th. We got connected with Chad about doing team pictures, and he has done an amazing job. The parents and kids have had nothing but good things to say about the quality of his work. They also enjoy the reasonable rate that he has given them. As the league director, it is a privilege to work with Chad. He is very easy to work with and always has a smile on his face, even when the kids are running around crazy. We will continue to work with Chad because of the success we have had with him."

— Justin Neufeld, Upwards Basketball League Director

"Our family has been needing to update our portraits for years. The last time we had them taken, our eight-year-old was two! When I found out that our oldest would be home from college for Christmas, I called Chad right away and he was able to work around our schedule and fit our family in. We are thrilled with how they turned out and love that the kids are no longer embarrassed by their out-of-date pictures hanging on the living room wall, thanks to Chad Mitchell Photography!"

— Ronda Bundy

"Chad did a remarkable job 4 years ago capturing great memories of our son's wedding in our back yard. He is very professional, yet exceptionally good at helping everyone feel at ease in front of the camera. He has also taken two of our children's senior pictures and did a fantastic job. He is very creative, yet willing to accommodate special requests...I highly recommend their services for any of your special events."

— Ginger Artime

"Senior pictures seemed like such a confusing process to me until I met Chad Mitchell. Chad helped explain everything to me and made the whole process a lot easier. He listened to my ideas for my pictures, and he incorporated them in for me. Chad made me feel very comfortable, and I am extremely happy with my photos!"

— Brandi Bedinger

"We had family pictures taken by Chad in 2009 before we moved from IL. He did a wonderful job. The thing I liked best was that he was patient and worked really well with our dog who at the time was under a year old! I had a great experience with Chad and highly recommend him as a top notch photographer."

— Tena Baine


"Dear Mr. Mitchell, I want to say thank you for the wonderful photos you have taken for our company. Whether it is head shots of our staff or good looking fields of corn or soybeans your work is high resolution and reprints extremely well. We have used many of your photos for the covers of our product brochures.  I especially appreciate the fast turnaround on projects where speed is of the utmost importance. When we need photography in the future, I know I can count on Chad Mitchell to deliver high quality shots on time. Thanks for being a trusted supplier for our company."

— Tom Burrus, President of Burrus Hybrids

"Millikin University has been a consistent client of Chad Mitchell Photography since the business opened so many years ago. Chad provides excellent service, quality photography and is always extremely accommodating with our varied requests. I would highly recommend Chad Mitchel Photography for all your photo needs."

— Sarah Shupenus, Millikin University

"We have always been pleased with the quality & service that Chad Mitchell provides for our residents and faculty at the SIU Decatur Family Medicine Residency Program. He is willing to work around our physicians busy schedules and the end results are very impressive."

— Tina Hartwig, Southern Illinois School of Medicine

"Chad's technique and professionalism are exceptional, and we appreciate his ability to quickly comprehend the artistic direction we are striving for...and amplify it. Typically, we are on a tight deadline, so his prompt, responsive approach is accommodating and makes him very easy to work with. Because of his versatility and breadth of professional experience, Chad brings many dimensions to a project that, in the end, offer great results that have exceeded expectations."

— Mark Butler, HIP Advertising

"Meridian High School is in their second year using Chad Mitchell Photography as their contracted photographer for: senior portraits, homecoming, prom, and sports packages. Chad has also done us the favor of taking action sports photos and candid shots. The school approached Chad at a time when change was needed. Our yearbook program needed to generate more income to pay for our publication. Chad offered a solution, and we have been BEYOND pleased with the results. He is organized, always sticks to schedule, and has creative ideas to make our book a better publication. In fact, our yearbook placed in state for "BEST USE OF PHOTOGRAPHY." We couldn't be happier. Thanks, Chad, for your amazing support."

— Sheila Moore, Meridian High School

"Chad is a very skilled and professional photographer. What makes him even more unique is his comfortable and relaxed demeanor with the people he is photographing. We have a special needs population that Chad put at ease and resulted in a much more relaxed, comfortable and positive imagery of our facility and the residents we serve."

— Julie Bilbrey, Decatur Manor Health Care

“Chad did my daughter's senior pictures. At first I was just going to do head shots for school yearbook, then her pictures came in and were FABULOUS!!! Soooo hard to choose which picture to use for yearbook. Then, we had him do the rest of her senior pictures. He had my daughter who is VERY SHY come out of her shell and relaxed!! Very professional and fun to work with!! I had ordered her portfolio and pictures that I wanted, and now I'm placing another order. The pictures turned out so so good!!!!"

— Natalie Brown

"Oh my gosh, the pictures are amazing, we LOVE them! You did a fabulous job...Jon and I just sat down to look at them all. They are fantastic! It's going to be hard deciding which ones I want to get to hang around the house! I'm sure each of our families will want to purchase prints as well. I LOVE the outdoor ones and all of the silly ones you did; they are so fun and fit our personalities perfectly! I can't wait for everyone to see them. "Thanks again so much...I have told everyone I know or who might be getting married what a great job you do! I knew the pics were good, but they are so much better in real life! We LOVE them!!!! Thanks Chad!!!!!!!!!!!"

— Mindy and Jon Backes

"You did an amazing job on my pictures! You're an amazing photographer, and I had a great adventurous day with you! I have to say, 'Thank you!!!' Good luck with the rest of your senior pictures! I know they'll have a great time just like I did."

— Paige Foster

"Chad Mitchell was fabulous to work with for our wedding. He was very easy to communicate with whether in person, on the phone, or via email. Leading up to our wedding, Chad shot our engagement session, and we were in awe at his ability to capture our personalities and let them show through in picture. On our wedding day, [our wedding party] ran LATE, but Chad was there helping us along the way. He managed to ease stress AND capture every moment of our special day. I don't remember seeing him at all during the ceremony, but he was there snapping shots of everything! When our photos were posted online, we went through them all just laughed and reminisced about all the fun we had. Chad's expertise and knowledge definitely showed through. We had 31 people in our wedding party, and Chad was able to keep everyone on track and focused. We definitely recommend Chad Mitchell Photography to all of our friends and family. Thanks so much Chad for making our day memorable and special."

— Love, The Clemons


"My husband and I could not have chosen a better photographer to follow us in our journey from engagement to matrimony. Chad was absolutely wonderful to work with! The memories that Chad captured in the pictures he took during our blessed day go beyond words. He not only captured the people but also the emotions, making for a beautiful wedding keepsake. The best part was that he was there the whole time taking amazing photos, yet you wouldn't have known it. He was also so much fun to work with and very patient with everyone involved (and when you come from a large family, patience at big events is a definite plus!). Thank you Chad, for truly caring about us and our life together, we appreciate it more than you know! P.S. We're pretty sure that the old saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words" stemmed from Chad's work."

— Matthew & Erin Whyte

"We just wanted to 'Thank You' and let you know how very pleased we are with our Family Photos! I'm happy we chose to have our 50th Anniversary Photos taken outdoors and chose you for that task. We appreciated your time and patience in getting everyone to look like they were enjoying themselves. The pictures are certainly something we will treasure for many years to come. Thank you for making that possible."

— Eleanor Scott

"I first want to tell you that the pictures are wonderful, and I could not have asked for a better photographer. You were great and made me feel so relaxed. Everyone thought they were all great, and they said they will have trouble picking which ones that they want. I love them all and think that you are great, and I will recommend you to everyone that I can. You are wonderful and so easy to work with. I hope that we can use again in the future for other events that our family has."

— Tia and Matthew Langiano

"We had seen Chad's work and heard great recommendations from friends whose weddings he had done, so we decided to meet with him as we were making our wedding plans. Before we even left his driveway, my fiancé and I both knew we wanted Chad to be a part of our special day. Unfortunately for us, he had another wedding scheduled for our date! So, I quickly made some calls to see if we could change our date to allow us to have Chad as our photographer. From the engagement session to the bridal portrait to the wedding day, Chad was professional in every way. But most importantly to us, he made the whole process fun and easy and captured the excitement and emotion of our day beautifully. He truly has a gift for what he does, and we can't thank him enough!"

— Kristen and Eric Streeter

"We wanted to thank you again for doing our wedding photos. You captured everything so perfectly. We have enjoyed looking at our photos online again and again and look forward to reliving the magical day when looking at our albums for years to come."

— Jen and Eric Armstrong

"Thank you for all of your hard work. You were really great! Your pictures were awesome! Everybody said they are gorgeous. Thank you for everything."

— Jami and Jason Warnick

"Thank you for all the excellent work you have done, I appreciate the time and energy you put into helping us have a great (high school senior) photo session. Both boys have told me that they enjoyed working and meeting you. I, myself, have to give you praise on a professional level due too the fact that you were able to open them up. My son, Chris, has always had a problem in the past with taking good photos and to my surprise he did quite well for you. I am sincerely thankful for your work. You are very good at what you do, and I will highly recommend your work to anyone."

— Diana Mentor

"Chad Mitchell Photography (CMP) was an outstanding choice for wedding photography. When it comes to "bang for your buck," there is no one better. CMP was professional, courteous, and very helpful from the first phone call through the entire process. His prices were extremely reasonable, and his "photo-journalistic" qualities were right on. Although I am sure he is capable of a very scripted photo album, that is not what we wanted. Our desire was for him to capture the wedding as it happened, so we could really remember the experience every time we look at our album. CMP helped make our wedding an unforgettable experience and we are forever grateful."

— Kelly Brown


"The Forsyth Youth League board used Chad Mitchell of Chad Mitchell Photography for our 2006 Baseball/Softball team and individual photos. The feedback on Chad's work has been extremely positive. Chad was very easy to work with - flexible scheduling, always on time and the pictures came back very, very quickly. Based on this, the FYL Board is happy to recommend Chad for this type of work in the future."

— Chris Beckemeyer, Forsyth Youth League Member

"I was very impressed with the work Chad Mitchell did. We didn't believe that he could get that many pictures and have them all look good, but when we got our album we were amazed. Every single one of our pictures are amazing! He is very creative and listens to what you want. I didn't want to look back and only see those boring posed pictures. I wanted to have fun! Chad captured every fun moment and gave us something that we can look at and cherish for the rest of our lives. We will continue to use Chad for all our pictures especially the ones of our most prized valuble, our son Andrew which by the way Chad definitely captured Andrew's personality through out the wedding. Good luck, Chad, in your business and in life, and I know we will see you soon."

— Sara Blair

"We were a bit concerned that we would have to sacrifice quality to find a photographer within our budget, but then we came across Chad's website. We hired him for a "ceremony only" package and found that the photos we got back from Chad captured our day beautifully. We are delighted with the photo quality and the coverage we got of our event. The black & white photos Chad took while we were getting ready for the wedding really capture the quiet excitement of that morning. We had decided we wanted to see each other prior to the wedding to get more of the photos done and Chad was very sensitive to our desire for that moment to still be special. In fact, one of our favorite photos is one he took the moment just after we saw each other for the first time. Jason's face says it all. Chad was very respectful of our church's guidlines on photography and he managed to get some great "up-close" shots during the ceremony - which we didn't even notice him taking. We were amazed to find that our proofs were available shortly after we returned from our honeymoon. The only difficulty we had with Chad's photos was choosing which ones to order reprints or enlargements of because they are all so great!"

— Katie Anselment


"It was a pleasure working with Chad Mitchell Photography regarding my son's senior portraits. My son can be very shy and Chad was able to capture some of the best smiles I've seen out of him. I am very pleased with the portraits and can't wait to share them with our family and friends. I am recommending Chad Mitchell Photography to my son's friends once they are ready to have their senior portraits done. Thanks again Chad for a great job!!"

— D. Leopardi

"I was so pleased with the work that Mr.Mitchell had done for our wedding. Through the whole process he made us feel comfortable and relaxed about the big day. On the day of our wedding he was there on time, he did a phenomenal job with handling our family quirks. When we received our pictures, they looked amazing. Both my husband and I were very pleased with Mr. Mitchell's professionalism through everything, as well as his excellent work."

— Sonya Jensen

"Chad Mitchell was not only a good photographer during our session, but he made me feel at ease throughout the whole shoot! It was an extremely comfortable setting, and an overall fun time! His photographs are creative and unique, and he notices every detail in the shot. He is also patient, not in a rush to get the shoot over with, but willing to take the time to get just the right look. I definately recommend Chad Mitchell for any girl getting started out with her modeling career, or for any reason in general!"

— Emma Overmeyer

"I never liked getting my picture taken, but Chad made me feel comfortable and made the experience fun. We had such a great time that we actually lost track of it. Some of the best things is that Chad was able to get all of my hobbies into a picture, he and captured the realistic side of me as well as the girly side (not a side all get to see). For someone who never liked pictures, I didn't want to leave. The pictures were great and gave me a self-esteem boost like no other. Now when one of my friends say smile for the camera, I do without hesitation. All thanks to Chad. I hope to use Chad again in the future and have recommened him to all of the kids at my school."

— Patricia Hobson, Warrnesburg-Latham High School Senior

"It was a pleasure working with you at our wedding. Everything turned out perfect, and it was a comfortable atmosphere. Thanks for helping to make our day special."

— Holly and Mike Ravenscraft

"You have finalized the plans, you have rehearsed your ceremony, your hair is done, your dress is on, and you are ready for your big day. I know that on my wedding day I did not want to concern myself with anything other than enjoying the celebration of my union with my husband. I told myself early in the day that no matter what happened, I was not going to worry about it. Then Chad arrived, and my prayers were answered. He made both Jason and I feel comfortable, and worry-free, all day. He took his time with us, never getting upset, or antsy with our family or friends, even when they were taking too much time preparing for pictures. The two things that stick in my mind regarding Chad on our special day were, one, that I never even knew he was there, but he took shots during the ceremony that were perfect, and I am grateful for, and two, he came up with on the spot shots outdoors that turned out so wonderfully that I couldn't have chosen a better set up. Chad makes your day last forever with his capture of moments you never knew existed. Thanks, Chad!"

— Becky & Jason

"My husband and I chose Chad Mitchell as our photographer for our wedding on June 12, 2004. We were more than pleased while working with him throughout our whole experience, especially when we received our wedding photos back. Chad does an outstanding job at photography! We were very pleased with the affordable price of the package and how quickly we received our pictures back. Not only that, Chad genuinely cared about our opinions and ideas and was there to guide us when we weren't quite sure what we wanted. He made us feel very comfortable and at ease. His ideas are very unique and he really knows how to capture the feeling of the wedding day. From the first picture he took to the many pictures later, every picture has great sentiment to us and will remind us of each and every moment of our wedding day. It was a day that only happens once and because we chose Chad as our photographer we will be able look back at the pictures and almost relive that day again. We couldn't have made a better choice of photographers to capture our special day! I would recommend Chad to anyone."

— Joe and Carrie Gorden

"It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of thanks. Rob and I were so pleased with your services. From my bridal portraits, to our getting ready photos, to our reception and ceremony, you conducted yourself with great professionalism, sincerity, and creativity. When Rob and I set out to look for a wedding photographer it was very important that we find someone who could relate to our vision. We wanted to look back at our photographs and see memories, not stuffy portraits as so many of our friends had. You immediately put us to ease by showing us your work. It was great to know that you had worked with so many subjects, from infants to products, we just knew that you would be able to capture the spirit of our day.

As we have shown our albums to our friends and family, they have remarked at how beautiful our photographs are. Many people who attended our wedding also said that they hardly noticed you were there! This is actually a great compliment because it means that you were unobtrusive. Never did I feel pressured to pull away from greeting guests to take pictures, and you always asked me what I wanted you to do next.

Since our wedding in May 2004, we have told all of our newly engaged friends about you. Rob and I are now expected our first child and are eager to set up a baby portrait session with you.

Chad, thank you again for helping us achieve a magical day. We wish you all the best of luck with your business, but we know you won't need it!

With sincere thanks,"

— Rob & Raphaella Prange


"Chad Mitchell is very easy photographer to work with. He was always available to answer any questions or concerns. We were pleased with the photographs he took for our wedding. Chad has a unique and creative way of portraying your special day. He was the only photographer we found to do that."

— Dylan and Kristin Pritts

"Chad was wonderful to work with! He listened to all of our ideas and suggestions and brought them to life -- it was so nice to look back through the pictures and see our ideas in color! Chad is NOT pushy and doesn't follow you around snapping pictures every two seconds. He genuinely cares about the couple and makes you feel at ease. Chad's uniqueness, creativity, and attention to detail are evident in his excellent photography. We are very glad we chose Chad Mitchell to capture the memories of our special day."

— Bryan and Laura Young

"I would recommend any model who is just starting out to use Chad Mitchell Photography as their photographer. He did everything he could to make sure I was comfortable. Chad is a very considerate photographer, and I loved the way my pictures turned out. I look forward to working with him in the future."

— Dawn B.

"I had my senior pictures in the fall with Chad Mitchell. Taking my pictures with Chad was a lot of fun, he was very laid back and easy to work with. I really liked how he kind of let me do my own thing but yet made it so the pictures would look good they came out. Chad took a lot of time with me during my pictures, he wasn't trying to rush me to get to the next person. My pictures turned out wonderful and with out a doubt, I would tell everyone to have their pictures taken with Chad."

— Megan Edgecombe

"My experience with Chad Mitchell was very pleasant. He did my daughter’s senior pictures. The afternoon he did her pictures was very relaxing, not rushed at all. He respected my opinion as her parent, the way I would like to have her pictures taken....I would recommend Chad Mitchell Photography to anyone."

— Michelle Gentzyel

"In the past ive been to several different photographers, but the personal experience that we had with Chad was wonderful. I have a three-year old son, and as others know from experience, sometimes it can be very hard to get them to set still or even let a photographer take one photo of them. Chad took time to make it not only fun for my son to have his photo taken, he made it a wonderful memorable experience for both of us. The way his studio was set up made it so much easer for us to just be ourselves and not feel like we were being rushed in and out like other studios make you feel. Chad took tons of wonderful photos of both me and my son. It made it really hard to choose just that one we liked the best. They were all wonderful. His prices were very affordable. I know the next time we need a photographer, I will choose Chad as mine. Thank you again for all you did to make it the most wonderful session for me and my son to have done. I highly recommend Chad Mitchell to anyone who wants the highest of professional quality in a photographer. Even to this day as we drive down the road past his studio, my son will say to me, 'Mommy, I want my picture done'."

— Tracey M.

"Chad Mitchell is a one of a kind photographer. He takes the time to talk with you to make sure it's what you want. He made the whole process comfortable and very fun. I would recommend him to everyone. I, myself, will use him again...Just give him a try, and I'm sure you will not be disappointed with his work."

— Jeanice Hobson (Mother of a Senior), Warrnesburg-Latham High School

"Mr. Chad Mitchell was a pleasure to work with. He made the work environment very relaxing as well as entertaining. Mr. Mitchell gave us the freedom to do whatever poses we liked as well as offering us advice on what poses may look best. A photographer like Chad Mitchell makes modeling an easy and very enjoyable hobby. We would definitely recommend him to any professional or beginning model to help build their portfolios and advance their modeling careers."

— Pugh Twins

"My husband and I chose Chad as our photographer for our May wedding after seeing previous wedding portraits he had done. We love the way he captures detail in his pictures. He made sure we had memories of all the little things we spent so much time and money on for our wedding. Chad put our pictures to a 'storybook' theme for our big day. That made our wedding album flow like the fairy tale I've always dreamed of. We love how our 'getting ready' pictures are in black and white, while the rest are in color. We were very impressed at both the price and quality of our pictures. Chad is very professional and easy to work with. You can tell him exactly what you have in mind, and even if you don't have any specific ideas, he can still arrange beautiful pictures. We have already recommended Chad to some family members for their upcoming weddings."

— Liz Wilson


"I could go on for pages praising Chad's phenomenal work, but I'll try to condense it into a couple of paragraphs: First of all, Chad is affordable. Unlike some of the local photographers I researched who were charging up to $3000 for their services, Chad will work for less than $1000. That helps significantly, after trying to cover every other wedding expense! Secondly, Chad is not the typical businessman. After we had contacted Chad about our upcoming wedding, but before we had signed the contract to hire him, another couple tried to book him for the same date. They were willing to sign a contract that very night to seal the deal, but Chad made it very clear that my then-fiancé and I had "first dibs," since we had contacted him first. What a relief it was to know that we could trust him not to leave us hanging! Thirdly, Chad is accessible. He is receptive to e-mails and phone calls at home, and he is always quick to respond. What's more, he was often the one to contact me, just to touch base. That was reassuring!

On our wedding day, Chad traveled all the way to Champaign from Forsyth and arrived at 8 a.m. for a pre-ceremony photo shoot. He was always very cheerful and flexible, willing to work around any last-minute schedule changes. That really took the stress off my shoulders! And during the ceremony itself, Chad was respectful of the chapel policies regarding when he could use flash and where he could walk, etc. And he was inconspicuous-we had many guests comment on how discreet he was when taking photos. For most of the ceremony, they didn't even notice he was there! It was wonderful for everyone to be able to focus on what was really important, without being distracted by the photographer. Kudos to Chad for reducing our wedding-day jitters and for so skillfully and artistically capturing the most precious moments of our lives!"

— Mary (Nichols) Parod


"My family has had numerous photo sessions with Chad Mitchell from baby portraits, a portfolio shoot, and he even photographed a pageant one of my daughters was in. He is always professional and creative. We have been very pleased with the sessions and the finished product."

— Britne R.

"After speaking with a number of photographers, it was not a difficult choice to decide on the one we would want to photograph our wedding. We decided very quickly we wanted Chad to photograph our wedding, that no other would do. Chad has a way of making you comfortable and everything fun even on the day when there are so many details to focus on. From the first meeting with him, he worked very hard to make sure he understood everything that we wanted and he delivered just that. We could not be happier with our pictures or with Chad's performance. Many of our guests commented on how well he made himself unnoticeable during the ceremony. He was very discreet. He made sure that he never became the center of anyone's attention. We had a lot fun and have a lot of beautiful pictures to show for years to come. We would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone, in fact we already have to many."

— The Miners

"I was very comfortable working with Chad. Some photographers expect you to know exactly what to do, but if you need a little direction, Chad is very cool about helping you out. He kept things casual yet professional at all times. By the end of the shoot, I felt very comfortable with him. I can be a shy person, so that shows how easy to work with he is. The photos that he took were exactly what I needed to expand my portfolio. I told Chad what I needed, and I got exactly what I asked for."

— Jessica L-B.

"My experience in working with Chad Mitchell was very professional, but at the same time, very relaxed and fun. Chad created such an atmosphere that was very easy to work in and be myself in. He gave me exactly what I wanted to expand my portfolio and was very flexible in what types of pictures were taken. It was the most comfortable I've ever felt while doing a modeling photo shoot, because sometimes the photographers expect you to do pose after pose, Chad was full of his own ideas and gave direction when it was needed. Overall, he was very personable and an excellent experience working with him. I would recommend anyone to Chad and would gladly work with him again, given the chance."

— Michelle A.


"It was a wonderful experience working with Chad Mitchell. He made the environment very comfortable and fun! Chad is an easy photographer to work with, I was free to do whatever pose I wanted, and he never pressured me to do anything I didn't want to; that was the best part of the whole shoot! The photos turned out great. Overall, Chad is very nice and does a good job. It was a pleasure working with him."

— Linda V.

"My experience with Chad was great. I was so nervous, but Chad's great sense of humor quickly put me at ease. Chad is so nice and understanding. I would recommend him to everyone."

— Latoya


"Chad was a pleasure to work with. The session was fun and we covered many different poses and set ups. I am delighted with the results of our session together and will be using the images for advertising for many years to come!"

— Debra Risberg, Founder/Teacher Main Street Yoga

"Chad N. Mitchell was our wedding photographer for our wedding ceremony and reception on October 4, 2003. We were very pleased with his services. Chad offered us an affordable price for a photo package that included everything we wanted. Chad’s service is a good value. He was more than willing to do what we wanted and accepted lots of input on our part. Chad Mitchell is flexible and has a positive attitude. He really enjoys his job. He was professional in every regard, and we received our prints in a timely manner. Our pictures were printed with high quality processing, and Chad creatively used various special effects for different photos. He used multiple settings and different light sources in unique ways to create memorable photos. He does a great job at recording the small details of a wedding through photographs. Chad was easy to communicate with and he kept contact with us, even though we were out of state, throughout the process. We are very happy that we chose Chad N. Mitchell to capture our wedding day."

— April & Shawn Tolliver


"We were amazed when we received the photos back of our wedding. Chad's ability and experience in the 'making' of a photograhic moment distinguishes him apart from the photographers that just 'take' photos. We are happy that we entrusted Chad to handle the entire experience."

— Tom Suits

"My husband and I were very impressed with Chad's professionalism, not to mention his skill as a photographer. The pictures he presented us with were beautiful, not to mention creative. We could not have been happier with the outcome. If I had to plan another wedding, I would definitely ask Chad to be my photographer. After all, it is the most important day of your life and you need someone you can trust to preserve those memories. Chad undoubtedly fits the bill!"

— Amy (Hartman) Jedlicka