Candid Touch Photography and Design

I'm Mandi Mayernik Photographer, Designer, and beaming owner of Candid Touch Photography and Design. I love capturing the story of my clients and portraying them in timeless pieces of art. I serve the Tri-State area which includes Dubuque, Iowa, Platteville, Wisconsin, and Galena, Illinois with lifestyle custom photography specializing in newborn, family, children and senior portraits. I truly believe that life is art whether be silly, spontaneous, or quiet.

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Hi! I’m Mandi Mayernik and I want to be your photographer. Please allow me to introduce myself, I am an alumnus of The Illinois Institute of Art with a BA in Interactive Media and Design. Since starting my career I’ve worked in every area of creativity you could imagine. I’ve designed websites and software, museum exhibits, interactive training for the Department of Defense, marketing materials for a wide variety of companies, and even motocross graphics and ATV posters! I’ve worn a lot of hats and because of my well-rounded design background, I believe my creativity in the photography industry has excelled.

With nearly 10 years in the photography industry, I have found my passion and the reason my creative heartbeats. What I love the most about capturing portraits is that no two sessions are the same. I pride myself in making the Candid Touch Photography experience as unique as my clients. I strive to capture the personality and love of each family, the beautiful softness of a newborn, the imagination of a child, and the extraordinary story of a graduating senior. My attention to detail from your session to your gallery is unprecedented, to create timeless portraits that truly portray your life as art.

As a wife and mother, I understand the value of capturing each moment in a growing family’s life. In such a technology-saturated world, I am a strong believer in the value of printed portraits. My daughter will have a box of portraits to sift through and reminisce, just as I do when she’s older. Along with being a busy mom and photographer, I enjoy all things art-related from the theatre to the latest music, and movies new and old. I credit much of my inspiration to the activities I enjoy in my spare time.

I love getting to know my clients. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to watch so many families grow and change. I’m proud to say that many of my clients have become like family and friends. I believe that photography should be a highly personal experience and getting to know my new clients and keeping up to date with returning clients is something I enjoy. This allows me to create sessions that capture the true story of a family, the personality of a senior, and the magic of childhood.

To describe me as an artist I’d say I’m unexpected, dramatic, whimsical, a dreamer, and a little over the top. I strive to create one-of-a-kind portraits that are anything but ordinary. I look forward to what the years have in store and developing even more meaningful relationships with my client and creating photographic art that will be cherished for generations.
Yours Truly,

Mandi Mayernik
Photographer | Designer | Creativity Enthusiast

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