Been Tagged! and Updates

Goodness. I’ve been tagged (thrice). Once by Joyce Smith, once by Season Moore and another time by Angela Calderon (um Angela, you SAID you was going to tag me…wha happened?  LOL). Thanks guys! I don’t think I can come up with 24 other photogs names to tag (you have to do 8 factoids about yourself and tag another 8 photographers in this game), since I am tagged 3x that would equal 24…I don’t think so! I’m limiting it to eight. Karma in the chain letter sense better not bring me bad luck!
Eight quirky facts about Marmalade, you know, that children’s photographer in the Chicago area that gets all artsy, gets to play and be fun and on occasion puts her clients in the Q&A seat? Well it’s my turn to dish random stuff about me.

1. I used to love to write (still do but I am so rusty now). In fact a goal of mine before photography became a beyond full time venture for me was to complete Nanowrimo. If you ever wanted to write a novel, November is your month! It’s a cool goal to have, check out the Nanowrimo forums, they are quite funny, people sketching out ideas months in advance. Nanowrimo takes place in November so get ready to accomplish a personal goal and write a novel, IN A MONTH! Too fun.

2. I also never used to be a runner and then a few years ago started running as a full time passion. I sort of threw myself into it, once I got my awesome shoes (NB 1221) I was able to run a mile, then 2, then THREE and I almost got to magic number four!! Presently I am deconditioned (I sprained my ankle badly doing a trail run 2 years ago) and it’s all fallen by the wayside. I’m writing this out, putting it out to the universe to indicate that I want to get serious about it again. I loved running, once my body got adjusted, and miss it terribly. So there. Even if you aren’t a runner you can become one. There’s an awesome Couch to 5k program that outlines for you. Click here to access it, it’ll help you get off the couch and on the trails in no time (and it’s time for me to go print that up for myself as well. Time to get off the office chair!)

3. I have double jointed fingers on both hands. It is a funky thing, most definitely but not as funky as the cool shoulder blade trick that I got to witness by one of my clients over the weekend! THAT was creepy cool! I can’t even describe to you the {{shudder}} factor in that feat. I’ve never seen shoulder blades do that before!

4. (this is more widely known than I care to admit) I have a full section in my closet devoted to hand bags. Coach, Kate Spade, Kenneth Cole and soon a Vivienne Westwood.

5. I used to only wear cheap sunglasses because, well, I’d lose them (because that’s what I do…lose cheap sunglasses!) So for my 36th bday last November my DH got me a fabulous pair of sunglasses that I’d been eyeballing (ha! get it?) for months…well…(knock on wood) I haven’t lost those yet. I don’t want to! I went shopping around for them to see if I could get them for less somewhere else before I was surprised with them, I could NOT find them anywhere–and I LOOKED everywhere. So, if you see some really cool tortoise shell Prada sunglasses with stars along the side of them…just send them back my way because, chances are, I finally lost them (honestly that wouldn’t surprise anyone if I did lose them, I’m telling you…as I get older I start losing more and more stuff!). And losing those would hurt, I puffy hart them so.

6. Diet Dr. Pepper is a religion to me. Enough said. I get cranky if I don’t have at least one a day. It’s a true addiction.

7. Before I became a nurse (way before I took photography on as a career vs. hobby), I took a few years off of the school scene to regroup and figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I meant to go to school to become a physical therapist but worked at a major insurance company for a year and a half doing health claims (gosh, I really really hated that gig!) and never did go away to school to become a PT. Do I regret not going to PT school? Nah…I loved nursing and still would consider doing it if I could subtract the politics and B.S. out of the equation (how I’d have the time now, I’d never know). I swear, nurses are becoming sparse and part of it really has to do with the B.S. and politics. Take those out and I am certain people who had done nursing in their former lives would flock back to it. I truly miss patient care on some level.

8. My kids are chronically late and I think it has to do with my not being a morning person. Seriously, I am so not a morning person…it’s really a crime. I got a phone call from the principal yesterday at my younger daughters’ school chastizing me for sending her to the bus stop with a waffle in hand (that she took on board the bus with her because I forgot to grab it as she got onboard). Eggo waffles are a sort of religion in the a.m. here (all my crunchy granola friends are shuddering right now, I know it. Go ahead, shudder!). It’s an in joke here that I’m a horrid mom, you know, sending her kids to the bus stop with a waffle.

Did I mention I am not a morning person? Because I was not exaggerating.

My eight tagged photogs are….(drumroll please)

Stacy Wasmuth

Cindy Bizal

Jen Weintraub

Lauri Baker

Sylvia Laughrin

Melissa Mullinax

Nichole Van

Marta Potoczek (giving some love back to the homeland! going all international on you folks)

And now, a recent session image because you know it’s against the rules for a photographer to post a blog entry without some sort of visual stimulation!

Sylvia’s Kid and the Infamous Free Chair


Finally…some updates. Both the 9/11 and 9/13 sessions of the Holiday 2007 Limited Editions have 2 morning slots open. Things are rushing off to a close as the Limited sessions happen next week. It really does look like I will not be repeating these again for this year, so this is your 2 minute warning. These cards were really quite the buzz last year amongst my clients’ circle of friends. I had people emailing me months afterwards saying the awesomeness of their cards trumped everyone elses’ homemade variations! Investment-wise this is an amazing opportunity to experience the custom photography experience, it truly is! My past clients are chatting big time about this fabulous way to get some Marmalade Love! 🙂 Give us a buzz today 815.603.8450 to set up your own Holiday 2007 Limited Edition Session with the Marm.


Thanks for stopping in. ‘Til we meet again.


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  • Joyce Smith - September 6, 2007 - 6:16 am

    Love your random facts, you witty thing you. 😉 Off to buy some magic running shoes . . .

  • Amanda K - September 6, 2007 - 6:31 pm

    OKay I saw ‘nanowrimo’ and was like… whatwhatwhat and had to make sure I was on the right blog LOL. I had no idea 😉 I’ve done nano every year for the past umm… well, lots. I think since 2001 hehehe. Not this year tho.

    I think it’s funny you’re not a morning person. If my DH wasn’t home until midday most days, my poor kids would probably be off to school in their pajamas!

  • Marianne - September 10, 2007 - 8:12 pm

    dudes something is so wrong with my comment thingy on this blog. i just saw these today.

    joyce, i am so random, it’s not funny!

    and yeah amanda, totally wanted to do that crazy writing thing. I think I have a tendency to be way overword-y tho, it is so much worse now because I don’t practice writing like I used to (if that makes sense). 🙂

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