I'm a lifestyle family photographer capturing connected and genuine moments between you and your loved ones.
I am currently based out of Chicago and will be relocating to Dubai, UAE in September 2018, and I am available worldwide.
Stories about you
You deserve to be treated as more than just a client. You deserve more than just having the same, standard cookie-cutter images of your family. You deserve someone who takes the time to know you, know your family's story and give you a voice. I'm so glad you found me!
Hi! I'm Omayah Atassi. On most days you can find me kickin' it in jeans and a t-shirt at my favorite local coffeeshop, but I've been known to get glammed up every once in awhile. I was born to Syrian immigrants in Chicago, IL, where I spent most of my life, except for a stint in Ann Arbor and another one in New York for school. Right now, I'm engaged to be married to my fiancé Mohammed, and after our nuptials in September, I'm relocating to Dubai! There's a lot of exciting changes happening right now, and as you can see from the photos, the connections with people in my life are what I live for.
I'm a photographer, licensed speech-language pathologist, avid home cook and world traveler. Why do I love doing all of these things? I truly believe that everyone should be given the chance to have a voice and share their story. As a photographer, inclusivity is everything to me. I photograph families in all different shapes, sizes and forms, including families who have children with special needs. As a speech-language pathologist, the children I work with have the hardest time expressing themselves. And during travel, I look for the hidden stories that are often not talked about. I believe in searching and digging for authenticity. Does this sound like something you're into? Awesome, you're in great company :)
To tell you a little bit about my process, it's all about you! Really! We will first meet for coffee or over FaceTime so I can get a true sense of how you want your family's story documented. We'll then choose a location that means something special to you. Is it your family's home? A park you like to play in? Almost anything will work! We will then choose a time according to the best light, either an hour and a half before sunset if it's outdoors, or almost anytime if indoors. Leading up to the session, I'll walk you through everything you need to know in order to prepare. And during the session, I will make sure to get some posed images, but for the most part, I let you and your family be your complete genuine selves, capturing the moments that define you. If you'd like to inquire about a session, go ahead and fill out the contact form on my contact page! I can't wait to meet you!