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.
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.