New Client Feature : In Their Words

Hi Friends!

I have long wanted to expand upon the Q&A feature that I sometimes do with clients, many of my clients comment on what a cool idea it was to incorporate into the blog–personally I just love the "15 minutes of fame" thing (as an aside I have had a lot of Andy Warholisms in my life as of late which is oddly amusing to me at this point in my life).

So to feature my first IN THEIR WORDS segment….Whitney!  Whitney, for some of my regular blog readers, is a fantastic mom to two beautiful girls (aka Mare’s muses) and every time I see her/talk to her it’s like hanging out with an old friend.   She’s one of my many clients that "get" me (I swear I really am lucky in that respect), she took time out of her weekend this past April and helped me out by bringing her adorable girls to the studio for the benefit of my workshop attendees and came out later in the month to do images for Mother’s Day with the whole family!!  She recently emailed me in great anticipation for delivery: "I can’t wait until my house is Marmalized!"  For just only that little phrase–I simply adore her.

Recently she agreed to be my first In Their Words client.  The purpose: showcase the client’s 4 fave images from their session and have them tell the blog readers in a Reader’s Digest sort of manner WHAT they feel about these favorite images.  Because it’s client’s choice you may (may not) have seen these images at blog preview time. 

(drumroll please) IN THEIR WORDS time with Whitney:


Channahon Photographer


"Such joy in that face and those tippy toes!  My baby girl getting bigger – So full of life.  This is Lyla – Period!"


Suburban Chicago Professional Photographer


"This is true art!  Madeleine looks so small and magical.  I love the expression on her face and the little glimpse of Lambie behind my back. "

(as an aside, Lambie is a regular in our sessions together, sort of like a guest star)


Family Photographer

"I love this shot of my baby being led by her Daddy.  I imagine that one day this piece will be hanging in her home.  Chris looks so strong and gentle at the same time.  Perfection!"



Professional Photographer

"I love this family shot.  Even though Mad is turned away, you can catch a little bit of her cheek and you know she is laughing.  Ring Around the Rosey – Ring Around My Heart."



A huge thank you to Whitney and her beautiful family and a huge thank you to all of you for stopping in, emailing and commenting on the blog.  The beauty and love that I am lucky enough to witness and experience makes this job my life’s purpose feel worthy of the wonderful families that have touched my life over the past few years.  I cannot wait to hear what my other IN THEIR WORDS clients will have to say about their images…I am only thankful that my vision and the inspiration that I gather from being in the presence of these families’ love and light brings them joy in the final end pieces that grace their walls (and their hearts) forever.


(as an aside, i’ve put a little mix tape together for you all)


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  • Samara Hutcheson - June 3, 2008 - 5:28 am

    Amazing work as always! Loved getting to see Mom’s thoughts too!

  • Daveen - June 3, 2008 - 8:05 am

    So fun to read and what a beautiful glimpse into this family’s lives.

  • Paula - June 3, 2008 - 3:06 pm

    Gorgeous – so wonderful to read your reactions, Whitney. Of course the focus is normally on the children but you look stunning in your beautiful red dress. Gorgeous work, Mare.

  • Paula - June 3, 2008 - 3:11 pm

    OH, and the mix tape is WAY COOL!!!!

  • Jen Lane - June 3, 2008 - 7:37 pm

    What a BEAUTIFUL idea, and beautiful showcase!

  • Dawn - June 3, 2008 - 7:58 pm

    I love your work Mare. Just gorgeous.

  • allie - June 3, 2008 - 9:46 pm

    Beautiful Mare. Just gorgeous images. Scrumptious.

  • CarmenM@carmenmiller - June 4, 2008 - 10:12 am

    I love your mix tape! I’m a huge pixies fan and I had a little flashback listening to that song.
    Beautiful pictures too. I love your work!

  • lisa mak - June 4, 2008 - 6:07 pm

    what a wonderful idea! i love reading your client’s reactions…and then looking deeper into the picture. brilliant!

  • jen wilson - June 4, 2008 - 7:46 pm

    What a great idea – and I love the word *marmalized*! Those photos are all gorgeous and it is great to hear what *mommmy* thought…

    jen 🙂

  • MaryAnn T - June 4, 2008 - 11:56 pm

    Mare, you’re an inspiration!

  • corey civetta - June 5, 2008 - 4:28 am

    Beautiful work! I love them all … and that mixed tape is really cool!

  • Kelli - June 5, 2008 - 7:11 am

    Lovely, I can see why mom is in love with these images.

  • Stacy W. - June 5, 2008 - 7:44 am

    Mare, these are beautiful as usual! And the heartfelt commentary by mom makes them even more special. What a great peek into what your work means to this family!

  • June - June 5, 2008 - 7:31 pm

    Amazing images! And what special words from mom. You DO create art, Marm!

  • stacey woods - June 6, 2008 - 5:36 am

    oh mare, what a difference you are making in your clients’ lives by sharing your art, and incredible talent, with them. i loved hearing mom’s personal connection to each one of these pieces. wonderful, fantastic idea.

  • Julie - June 7, 2008 - 8:50 am

    What a beautiful series of photographs! I love them all!

  • Jody - October 22, 2008 - 1:10 pm

    Hello Mare =)
    I just found your website here while surfing for ideas on how to photograph my two darling baby grandaughters. I am just Dumbstruck with your talent and gorgeous work!
    I can only hope in time as I learn to make art with my canon, to capture at least One perfect photo.
    You are added to my blog roll so I can read often! Thanks for the help you give us newbies =)

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