About Us

Here's the Short Version:

Who we are: 

Matthew and Andrea Raney. Husband and Wife,  Business Partners, Best Friends.

What we do:

We photograph the people and businesses of planet earth.

Where we do it:

On Location and In studio

When we do it:

By appointment

Why we do it:

Because we love it, and we're great at it

How we do it: 

And if you're interested, the Long Version: 

At Raney Images in Chicago, photography isn’t just an art form for us—Matthew and Andrea Raney; it’s a collaboration. When we take photos of our client’s special event—whether it is a wedding, marathon, graduation, or family portrait—we work together to create the best possible images. We can think of a million reasons we do this, but here are the top three:

We love Chicago. We both came to the Windy City to get a college education. We never left. We’ve called a three-flat in Rogers Park, a studio in Uptown, a town home in Lincoln Square, and now a loft in the West Loop our home. We were married in the Sears Tower (we still struggle with the new name!). We sing Go Cubs, Go! We have Lou Malnati’s on speed dial. Our fridge is always stocked with Goose Island 312. Every client offers us a chance to experience this great city from a different perspective. We’ve called Chicago home for over 19 years and enjoy scouting new locations. We love Chicago and have a great appreciation for the gorgeous textural settings; from historic landmarks and quaint buildings to beach life and the greenery. Chicago, after all,  is not just a backdrop for your photos – she’s a character in your story.

We love to tell stories. Actually, we’re obsessed with telling stories. A degree in Fiction Writing and Photography (that’s Matt) and a degree in Philosophy (that’s Andrea) makes for A LOT of story telling. And when we’re not busy being photographers, we’re avid movie goers and voracious readers. We believe that telling stories is how you celebrate your memories. Telling stories builds relationships. People tell the story of the people they’ve met, where they’ve traveled, and what their families are like. They tell stories about their hardest struggles, and their greatest accomplishments. They tell stories about their dreams. As photographers, we are trusted with capturing the vital elements of your story. We take that responsibility seriously, because we know that these images are a critical link to your memory. It happens at every event – the music is danced to, the food is eaten, and guests go home. Your photographs, however, will always be there to tell the story of the amazing beginning of the rest of your lives.

We love…love. We have been married for almost six years, and we’ve known each other for over fifteen! We’ve been many things to each other, but most importantly we’ve been a team. We know first hand what our clients are going through when they’re planning one of the most important days of their lives. We love that going to a wedding always reminds us of our own wedding day. We love hearing about how our couples meet, what they love about each other, what they want for their future…we love being a part of one of the best days of their lives. Along with engagement, wedding, maternity photos and baby portraits, we offer family shoots, special events photography, headshots, commercial, photo books, and affordable package deals. To set up a free consultation, please call us at 312-504-1167 or email us at info@raneyimages.com. If you’d like to stop by the Raney Images studio located in Chicago’s West Loop—let us know. We look forward to meeting you!

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