Family Photo Session While Visiting Chicago

Photo of two siblings having fun at a photo session in Chicago

The “sweet spot” of childhood

I love a good time and good times often happen with the age group of the kids in this sneak peek.  Plus it’s a brother and sister session which seem to always be lively (aka fun) sessions.

First off the back story.  Candace is a long time client of mine and unfortunately a few years ago her and her family moved out of state.  🙁  But the good news is that from time to time they come back to the city and I get to see this family as the kids grow up (which if you’ve been following the blog you are already aware is one of my favorite things in the world!)

So it was time for a visit to the city and I was so happy to hear that I would be getting a chance to see these kids for updated photos now that they are a few years older.  It is a treat watching my client families grow.

To add to the fun: I absolutely love photographing school aged children, they are always a lot of fun.  They take on a good deal of direction but they haven’t quite lost the spontaneity that teens sort of lose (you know, because they’re “cool” and all 😛 )  And this session…well judging from the first photo you know this was no exception to the rule.  School aged kids…well they ROCK!!

Fun, funny.  Silly.  Serious.  They have it all and in spades.

As this mom and dad said: “This is sort of the sweet spot of childhood.”  And it truly is.

Having said that I was thinking maybe we should trademark that phrase.  What do you think Candace and Thu?  Shall we?   Note I already tossed the ™ symbol up there and everything.  😀

Enjoy these images from your sneak peek and once again…thank you for taking time to be photographed while visiting your old stomping grounds.  It is always a pleasure to work with you all.  Er, “Y’ALL”.

Sneak peek below:


Photo of a boy peeking out from a tree branch in Chicago

Marmalade Photography creates photos of Chicago families

An example of family photos in Chicago by Marmalade Photography


Client image of a wall display in their home

We are specialists in wall design

Are you looking to have a family photo session while visiting Chicago ?  Marianne Drenthe is a lifelong area resident and can steer you in the right direction for the kind of mood you want to achieve when creating your family photos.

We can often be found photographing in and around the city and the surrounding suburbs to create one-of-a-kind works of photographic art for families to display in their homes.  We can help you arrange a display wall for your photographic art from your session and we can help create a beautiful storybook album of our time together.

Give us a call to book your family photo session while visiting Chicago – our number is 815-603-8450.

(image courtesy of the client of the actual wall display in their home – please scroll down to one of the following blog entries to see the wall to the left hand side)





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  • Candace Nguyen - September 7, 2016 - 10:06 pm

    We loved seeing you Mare! Marmalade photo sessions are one of my favorite Chicago traditions. Speaking of traditions, if you dug back through your archives from 9 years ago, you’d find that we bought a pick of Cole posing in pretty much that exact same spot on the tree. I love the similarity and contrast! The pics are fabulous, of course. Can’t wait to see the whole session!

  • PamN - September 13, 2016 - 1:50 pm

    Lovely work as always! And, I might add, beautiful kids!

  • marmalade - September 15, 2016 - 4:52 pm

    Thank you Pam!!

  • marmalade - September 15, 2016 - 4:54 pm

    It was a joy to see you guys Candace!! I thought that little peek was super familiar!! 😀 I’ll walk down memory lane when I do a session showcase maybe after all the craziness of fall settles down if you are ok with that.

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