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It’s a boy!

These beautiful first time parents-to-be, Samah and Mohammed, dropped a big one (or four) on friends and family, revealing in a blaze of blue smoke that they will welcome a baby boy in the winter. We shot their gender reveal and maternity session in downtown Chicago on a gloriously dapple-lit street. Confession: this wasn’t the first time I met Samah and Mohammed. After having driven over two hours into the city for our session, I discovered, upon arrival, that I had forgotten my camera. I’ll be the first to admit when I make a mistake, and fortunately for me, these two kind souls were so understanding that these things unfortunately happen and we rescheduled – a sure sign that they will be natural parents and can roll with the punches when even the best-laid plans go awry.

Congrats on your little bun in the oven!

xo, Melissa

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Chicago Maternity 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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Aqsa and Adam-Henna-1099

The bride, Aqsa, was adorned with henna and everyone rejoiced in one big party that some might say rivals a wedding reception. There was an explosion of vibrant colors filling the Alhambra Palace Restaurant in Chicago and one love-filled moment after another. As a Chicago wedding photographer, I especially love documenting ethnic and multicultural unions, and observing all the associated rituals and customs that take place prior to the wedding ceremony. The bride’s sisters put on a fun choreographed dance, and so did the cutest little kids, including her nephew. I’ve heard that some believe that the darker the color of the Mehndi, the more the bride’s husband will love her – not that Aqsa will have any problems with this, judging by Adam’s obvious devotion to her!

The entire week I spent with this couple truly embraced so many gorgeous details – it’s like henna on a bride’s hands, which you will see the finished result in bridal portraits in an upcoming blog post featuring Aqsa and Adam’s wedding!

xo, Melissa

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Chicago Wedding 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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Chicago Engagement At Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

You can really never go wrong with a dreamy lace top and flowy skirt, a serene natural setting, and a cute couple like Aqsa and Adam. We had so much fun frolicking around the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool and at the Lincoln Park Zoo Honeycomb Pavilion. Aqsa and Adam came to me wanting something playful, which is exactly the kind of magic photo moments I love to make. As a Chicago engagement photographer, these kinds of sessions are always my favorite – relaxed, lighthearted, and with a big dose of whimsy thrown in (can you say water squirt guns?).

This engagement session was shot on Memorial Day. Their henna and wedding ceremonies followed later in the week, so you could say we all had a lot going on in those few days! I don’t know how I get so lucky to work with so many sweet and kind couples, but these two are no exception and spending a big holiday shooting them was nothing short of fun. So excited to share with you more of this gorgeous couple in the coming weeks – Aqsa and Adam’s henna and wedding ceremonies coming soon to the blog!

P.S. I love shooting at the Honeycomb in Chicago! I don’t get out there nearly enough but it’s a beautiful architectural structure and offers endless posing opportunities for all types of shoots. See this family session here.

xo, Melissa

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Chicago Engagement 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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