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“My husband and I both love photography… so ensuring we had the right fit for our wedding photographer was something we put a lot of weight on. My husband and I were referred to Melissa by a very good friend who had worked with her in the past. Having checked out her portfolio we knew we loved her style, from there we scheduled a coffee-date to chat through ideas and prepare a timeline and quote. Our in-person meet-up put all our anxious feelings to rest. Melissa is professional, witty, SO talented, and just a really awesome person to be around and work with.

I have so many favorite parts… and those breakdown to (1) her sweet demeanor, professionalism and fun-loving, down-to-earth personality. Personality is BIG and hers made pre-wedding “meet-ups”, engagement pics and the actual event a dream. Second favorite part (2) – letting her run the show. We scheduled our engagement photo shoot on a windy day in April… we were going to scrap doing them, but Melissa mentioned it would be a great test run of shots for our wedding and way to get to know each other / get comfortable behind the lens. DO THIS… It was so fun. Melissa has some seriously hysterical ways of getting the best pics. Our shots were brilliant and filled with the energy of that day. It was also great to meet at a bar and share a warm-up beer with Melissa before the shoot. Third favorite part (3) the wedding. Melissa managed to eloquently wrangle our 16+ wedding party, taking classic, stoic and hilarious photos all in the same hour. After seeing the full array of shots following our wedding, our expectations were not only matched and surpassed… we were blown away.

Beautiful, natural, just-right moments captured with a quiet, fierce grace… Melissa has an art and zen that is so refreshing and rare. Her all-star personality and talent together made I+H the beyond-perfect fit for us. My husband and I (and all our guests!) recommend Melissa with the upmost confidence and highest of praise. So much time and energy goes into planning what amounts to an 8 hour (+/-) event. Make the most of those memories, photos are forever — hire our girl, Melissa… we are so happy we did.”
– Erin + Matt


iron and honey, melissa ferrara, photographer, chicago photographer, reviews, testimonials“I saw her work through bloggers I follow, and was immediately impressed by her ability to capture genuine emotion instead of posed portraits. Her pricing was also the best I’d seen. I was SO excited because she was my #1 choice. She brings a sense of calm to an otherwise hectic day. I was running late for the first look because of hair and makeup, so I was already frazzled/nervous/anxious about getting all the pre-ceremony photos done. But once I got to our shoot location Melissa filled me with ease. She quickly ensured me she’d used the time to take the groomsmen photos (pure genius), and that there was no need to worry! Her calming presence and can-do attitude were present throughout our entire day, and I couldn’t be more thankful for it. Melissa’s attitude is a perfect mix of go-with-the-flow and get sh*t done. Win win. Every photo was AMAZING. When I look at the gorgeous photos she took of our super special day they bring me back to the exact emotion I was feeling at the particular moment. She understands how to capture raw human feelings, and she does it with such effortless skill – it’s truly amazing. I cannot tell you how thankful I am to have these breathtaking photos to look at for the rest of my life. Working with Melissa is like working with an old friend; she somehow completely understands you and your significant other’s relationship after just meeting you and is able to capture the uniqueness of your relationship. Kudos.”
Shannon + Logan

iron and honey, melissa ferrara, photographer, chicago photographer, reviews, testimonials“I had seen Melissa’s work via a couple of my favorite Chicago bloggers and she was incredible at making the subjects + the city shine. I knew she would be the perfect person to capture the essence of our online shop! Being an online shop, pictures are my storefront and Melissa truly understands what my company is all about. She’s helped transform my website through her images. She not only captures the product features well, but she also truly knows how to showcase our products in an authentic way. I’m continually impressed at how she can make any scenery pop, how she approaches each photo from a different angle and the quality of photos I get back. During our shoots, she’s equal parts photographer, set designer, stylist, and even official hair-fixer if the job calls for it. She does it all! Melissa always produces quality work and uses her creativity to ensure every shot is what the client is looking for. Melissa’s creativity behind the lens truly sets her apart. She’s such a joy to work with!”
– Ali with Alice & Wonder

iron and honey, melissa ferrara, photographer, chicago photographer, reviews, testimonials“We chose Melissa because of the gorgeous pictures on her website. The pictures she portrayed on the website were the style we were looking for in capturing our day. Her pictures showed a carefree event versus a very rigid session. We definitely knew we chose the perfect vendor for us on our initial phone call with Melissa. Of course, FaceTime wasn’t working, well I’m sure it was user error on my part! But, it was not a problem…. Melissa and I talked on the phone and she has such a calming, fun, easy going sense about her, it was easy to be drawn to her and feel comfortable with her. Throughout the entire process, her communication was instant and she was always available for a silly question, concern or just to help reassure! When we met for our engagement pictures, we had a blast walking all around Cantigny Park. The time flew by and she helped capture our true relationship- easy going, relaxed and just fun. The pictures arrived sooner than expected and they were amazing! After that, we were super excited to see how she would capture our special day. I am a crazy super planner, sometimes too organized and Melissa reached out to me before I could reach out to her. Seems silly, but a vendor who makes you feel like you and your day are the most important event on their calendar is a special feeling. Melissa does that! During her wedding, Melissa was “there”. She helped make the day special. Working with Melissa is a truly magical experience, where you will not be disappointed and will leave you wanting the opportunity to work with her again!”
     – Heather + Steven

iron-and-honey-chicago-wedding-lifestyle-photographer-63“Melissa took photos for our engagement session and for our wedding day. I couldn’t be more happy with how they turned out! We have SO many great photos that it’s hard to decide on which one we want to frame in our home! Melissa is very thorough in understanding what you’re looking for, she is creative and works efficiently to capture every moment. I would recommend her to friends, family, and strangers in a heartbeat.”
     – Julie + Matt

iron-and-honey-chicago-wedding-lifestyle-photographer-56“Melissa did such a great job! We did our photography outdoors in some really hot weather, and I made some poor footwear decisions for walking around the city, but Melissa was a good sport the whole time! We’re really excited to see the final product, as the few photos we’ve seen so far are perfect! I would definitely make the same decision if I were booking a wedding photographer again, and will for sure use Iron & Honey Photography the next time I need photos in the city.”
     – Holly + Lincoln

“We had Melissa do our wedding photography at a small ceremony on the Lightology Chicago rooftop. She was very professional and captured great shots! Thanks for everything, Melissa!”
     – Lindsey + Leah

iron-and-honey-chicago-wedding-lifestyle-photographer-31“She does magic with her camera! My whole wedding looked like a fairy tale through her lenses! Can’t thank her enough!”
Sudeshna + James

iron and honey, chicago wedding photographer, chicago engagement photographer, engagement photographer, wedding photographer, lifestyle, love, couples, anniversary, northwest indiana, chicagoland“Melissa was an amazing photographer to work with! She met us at Chicago Cultural Center and started taking photos right away! She guided us on poses, as well as letting us pick. We walked all over the Cultural Center and took pictures in every available room, she didn’t mind going the extra mile to get that perfect shot. We really love how our pictures turned out and would definitely recommend her to family and friends. Not only that, we will without a doubt love to work with her again! Thank you, Melissa!”
     – Jacob + Chris

chicago lifestyle photographer, pet photographer, national dog day, pet photography, chicago photographer“Melissa helped with posing and also gave tips on what to wear when seeking her advice for a fall look. She also had a great list of places we could choose from when I asked for help on locations. We chose to have our shoot at Olive park in Chicago which we received the amount of time we paid for. We were most impressed with the quality of the pictures. They turned out great! They look very professional and our family/friends loved them as well. One way Melissa went above and beyond is when she offered and suggested taking more pictures even though there were only a few minutes left. I felt that if we wanted to take a few more over the time we paid she would have had been willing to do so. Might I say, the wind was crazy that day you would have never guessed looking at Melissa’s work from our shoot. It was amazing and we loved the quality. Her work looks like something you would see in a magazine or on a billboard. I also love her website and I would definitely recommend her.”
– Zena + Quentin

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