Yael Pachino.


    Photo by Lee Shelly Photography


I'm Yael. I'm the girl behind the camera. I shoot Canon and am proud. I bleed red and yellow in honor of my Maryland Terps, I only wear flat shoes at the gym and I spend 95% of the time with a cup of coffee in my hand.

I graduated from the University of Maryland in 2014 with a B.A. in Communication. After graduation, I worked in the DMV area as a News Production Assistant for a year when it hit me; I love photography. On September 6, 2015, I packed up my Silver 2010 KIA SOUL and hauled my Jewish behind up to Western Massachusetts to attend Hallmark Institute of Photography. 

The day after I graduated Hallmark, I repacked my KIA SOUL and hit the road down to Philadelphia; never to look back again. Every day I fall in love with this city a little bit more. Between the beautiful architecture, rich history and unique residents, there has not been a moment since I've moved here that I haven't felt inspired and lucky to consider Philadelphia my home. 

I also take a lot of pride in my heritage. I love being Jewish. I love teaching others about Judaism as a culture and as a religion. I love being "the Jewish girl" that people turn to with any question or interest.  I absolutely love to photograph a ceremony under a beautiful Chuppah. Seeing a couple sign the ketubah brings a smile to my face every time and the energy from the Horah always makes me giddy and full of joy. It's what I've grown-up knowing and loving and it's what I will continue to grow-up loving and photographing. 

Also, side note... I like to laugh, cry and dance, and so far, I have done all three of those things at every wedding I have photographed. 

I could ramble on and on but I am sure you just want to hear about my photography. 

So let me start by saying this... I love what I do. I love my clients. I love watching peoples true colors come out in front of my camera when they start relaxing and feel more comfortable. I love every cliche you can say about being a photographer, and I hate being a cliche, but I love it, and I feel honored every day that I get to wake up and photograph the people of the great city of Philadelphia and beyond.  

As the youngest of three sisters, I grew up always observing. I observed how my sisters did their hair, how they talked to boys and I observed how they matured into two beautiful and strong women. That's what I do with my work. I observe. I observe and capture.  I go for a more natural and relaxed look instead of posed. I will guide and coach when you need, but I strive to let people be themselves. Every family deserves to showcase their goofiness in a large print above their sofa, every child deserves to have a collection of prints dedicated to just them and every wedding couple deserves to love each other in any which way they choose. 

WOW! Mazal! You reached the bottom of the page. I am not only impressed, but flattered!

Now it's time to chat!  Can't wait to meet you : ) 

                                                                                                      - YPP