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One of the most rewarding aspects of being a photographer has been watching families grow and transform over the years. Amber and Brett are no exception. I’ve known these two for over six years, from when they were just engaged, then married, and finally, to the birth of their beautiful son Brayden who is now over 4 years old! I’ve witnessed their blissful glow of newly-wedded coupledom to the more recent difficult times that their family has endured as Brett weathered through a diagnosis of Burkitt Lymphoma. After 5 months of chemo and an eventual surgery to remove the tumor, Brett was declared “cancer free” in August 2014. He later received a stem cell transplant, and just last week, celebrated Brett’s one-year “stem cell birthday” with a special meeting with his donor, the stranger who saved his life.

I couldn’t wait for our session together. It’s been awhile since our last family shoot together. Two gorgeous, strong parents, one very smiley big boy, and we had an absolute blast capturing these adorable fall-filled memories. It’s truly been an honor, both as a photographer and friend, watching this beautiful family grow emotionally through ups and downs. Excited to share some of my favorite moments from this awesome session.

xo, Melissa

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Chicago Family Photographer

Melissa Diep Photography is a highly sought after wedding, engagement, family, maternity, newborn, baby, and children portrait photographer based in Chicago. Melissa strives to capture organic moments as works of art. She loves to incorporate natural environments and soft light to create beautiful imagery.

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When Diem asked me to do a mini lifestyle photo shoot, I was excited to join her at Caffe Bene for something “cozy and casual.” Her words exactly. What’s cozier than rich wood tones, a steaming cup of joe, and girl talk? Diem arrived late so I was able to enjoy some rare me-time before our shoot. I had a cup of coffee and lunch all by myself. Sans kids, it was awesome! The camera loves Diem. She is amazing and easy to shoot. No warm-up required. Oh, and she also turned the lens around on me – this is what happens when you’re on the job with one of your girlfriends!

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Melissa Diep Photography is a highly sought after wedding, engagement, family, maternity, newborn, baby, and children portrait photographer based in Chicago. Melissa strives to capture organic moments as works of art. She loves to incorporate natural environments and soft light to create beautiful imagery.

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Fall is here, and the colors are absolutely stunning. Add the pure happiness and anticipation of these beautiful parents-to-be, Hanaa and Mohammad, and the only word that comes to mind is… magical. This is one lucky baby girl to be born into a world that’s bursting with love!

Excited to share all of the beautiful moments from our day together in downtown Chicago at the Tiffany Foundation Celebration Garden (in Grant Park), which also just so happens to be my favorite place to shoot in the city! Hanaa walks by this park every day on her way to work, so it’s no surprise that they requested this backdrop for her maternity portraits. It’s a stunningly gorgeous and quiet reprieve away from the hustle and bustle of Michigan Avenue.

Congrats, Hanaa and Mohammad!

xo, Melissa

p.s. My business is built upon the success of referrals, like Hanaa and Mohammad here, who are friends with many of my past wedding clients. If you know anyone who is looking for an awesome (and humble) photographer, send them my way!:)

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Melissa Diep Photography is a highly sought after wedding, engagement, family, maternity, newborn, baby, and children portrait photographer based in Chicago. Melissa strives to capture organic moments as works of art. She loves to incorporate natural environments and soft light to create beautiful imagery.

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