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When this gorgeous mom-to-be walked into DL Loft, with her incredible purple hair and beaded flower crown, you could already feel the creative sparks in the air. Here is beautiful momma, Lysa, in one of her last photos as a family of four – she and husband Toby welcomed their third child, a sweet baby girl named Leilani, just a short couple weeks ago!

Together with their sons Aiden and Kailer, this gorgeous family was a pleasure to meet. As a maternity photographer in Chicago and beyond, I’ve shot my fair share of expectant mommas, children and families. Lysa and Toby’s older son is a total ham. He reminds me of my own outgoing boy Roman, while Kailer took a little longer to warm up. But all kids love me eventually – I’m like the crazy aunt they talk about for days!

If you’re in Chicago and haven’t checked out DL Loft yet, go now. As an on-location maternity and family photographer, one of the most important things is having the best weather – which as you know, in Chicago, is often a bigger feat than it sounds and we didn’t luck out on the day of Lysa’s maternity session. Fortunately for us, I have DL Loft on speed dial – it’s plush and luxurious and dripping in gorgeous natural lighting and is my new favorite urban location to shoot. I’ve done several portrait sessions at the loft, including this one here.

Congrats to this beautiful family!

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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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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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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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