I’ve been SO bad.  I’ve been busy over on my Facebook page and neglectful of my blog & honestly I really should be doing it the other way around!  🙂  So I have a bit of catching up to do for sure here on the blog, starting……now!!

A few months back I had the pleasure of meeting this awesome family at their home in the beautiful Chicago South Loop.  We took to the area of the South Loop for family photos of mom, dad, big sis and little brother.  I loved meeting this family and was so excited to see their amazing 30×40 canvas arrive, it was beautiful!!  Thank you to the Y family for welcoming me into their home and showing me around the South Loop neighborhood for the photo session.  I took a few of my favorites to post here on the blog but when I say “a few” I really had to be selective.  There were far too many favorites to choose from and this is but a small selection of this post session showcase.


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Love this non-traditional but classic family image

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Marmalade Photography has always sought to document moms with their children.  It’s our passion and our mission to make sure every one of our moms has at least ONE iconic image with each of their children.

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This little guy was playing his urban Lego scene with that amazing scene behind him.  LOVE!


Why yes, Lake Michigan looked like glass that day!!  I love this family pose AND the background behind them.


During every photo session I try to take time out for a couples photo of mom & dad.  Why?  Because I know (from personal experience) that one of you is always behind the camera when taking family photos.  ALWAYS take time to document YOUR relationship.  If not for yourself then to show the significance of it to your beautiful children.  I love this one of Alice & Peter.  Casual and relaxed with that amazing scenery behind them.


Mother and child(ren) images never fail to make me happy.



This image ^^ felt very Jurassic World to me (note the world renown Field Museum in the background of this image)


ONCE AGAIN: the skyline behind them says it all!!  That and the obvious love between father & daughter in this iconic image

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I will finish this post with an image that is my personal favorite (of favorites).    Please remember that Chicago photographer Marmalade Photography has been in business for 11 (ELEVEN!) years and saying that this is one of my favorites of favorites says a lot.  I love not only the moment but the scene, Agora is one of Chicago’s most iconic of art pieces.  This family was such a pleasure to work with and this image makes me happy – it says everything about how I’ve been feeling about my own children’s childhood.  It is fleeting.  My children – maybe more accurately the time of my “littles” childhood has sped through the stages.  As if they were running as I stood still. Their “littlehood” was so fleeting.  Their tween years passed by in the blink of an eye.  Their teen years are well under way and I, much like the Agora figures, seem to be moving bulkingly slow as they run through the years.

I know, I know, shut up and show the image.  RUNNING THROUGH AGORA:


THANKS ALICE & PETER!!  Much love.



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  • Alice - June 21, 2016 - 4:15 pm

    Thank you, Marianne! These pictures are amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed our session with you!!

Thank you to the V Family for coming out last weekend for a lovely afternoon family photo session in Channahon.  I very much enjoyed meeting you all and getting together for a session together.  I hope you enjoy the sneak peeks!

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Today is my birthday and with Thanksgiving coming around the bend I want to send out a huge thank you to all my clients and every one who has made 2015 a spectacular year!  Happy Thanksgiving everyone.


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This past weekend I had the pleasure of meeting the D Family on location in Lincoln Park.  It was a glorious fall evening, I really don’t think we could’ve asked for better weather and the light was sublime.  Really a great day for fall family photos in Chicago.

Thank you D family for allowing me to capture this fun time in your family’s life.  It was a pleasure meeting you guys and photographing you all.  And thanks to Laurie for the introduction and recommendation for Marmalade.  I really love that clients feel confident in their recommendations for my photography services, what a great feeling to know your life’s work is respected and enjoyed.

On with your adorable sneak peeks.  I hope you enjoy!


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It’s been a bit of an insane last few weeks here in Marmaland…I had to extend the Holiday deadline for guaranteed delivery by December 21st to this upcoming week.  I have a couple of during the week sessions available at one of my many locations in the SW suburbs.  If you’re interested in booking a fun filled photo session with photography you will cherish for a lifetime give me a call: 815/603-8450

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With it being National Adoption month and all I thought a great nod to this particular month is to highlight one of my favorite families brought together through the gift of adoption.

I have known Kim and (not so) Little N since 2006.  A beautiful family active in the adoption community with The Cradle Foundation based out of the Chicago area.  Our session was a couple of months ago however I had terrible blog issues around that time, Kim was busy with the annual Cradle Foundation Ball and time just kept getting away from us.  I’ve sort of built up this anticipation for this retrospective and I almost don’t want to fail us in this!  But here it goes, session showcase, more after the images:

Photo of a mom and son celebrating National Adoption Month

A photo of a boy who is growing up too quick, we Fun photography with this young man who has a smile that can light up a room Another image of the mom and son celebrating National Adoption Month Photography of children and families is something that I celebrate daily in my role as child and family photographer for Chicago area families, this warm black and white photo is a fine example of what I strive to create for families Wacky fun is what we are always about and this kid gets us well! Showcasing this kid This photo is an example of clowning around with this boy who has personality to spare! A family photo with mom, son and dog on a gorgeous fall day in Chicagoland Photography of families and children and dogs in Chicago by Marmalade Photography


As a child and family photography professional it is a privilege to capture my Marmalade Family as they grow and mature.  It is a remarkable thing to watch bonds grow stronger as the years pass, to watch children grow and parents grow with them.  To watch silly kids mature into handsome young adults.  To watch toddlers grow into being school aged kids with personalities and ideas and (gasp!) opinions.   LOL  As a mom it always is a surprise to hear my kids’ opinions on things, like where does this come from??!  And in photographing kids I often hear this from my comrades in motherhood.  “WHERE DOES THIS COME FROM!!!”  😉

It’s a gift to watch mothers settle into their mom role and handle every quirk and difficulty with ease and a smile.  It is just a gift to be part of my clients’ worlds and it’s a greater gift to be invited back year after year.

I started photographing (not so) Little N when he was just a few weeks old and once again when he was about one years old.  In fact if I recall correctly I think I even photographed some of his first steps!!  So when they moved out of the area for a few years I think I mourned a little, I always do when my clients move away (shout out to the G Family, the other G Family, the K Family and the W Family and any one else that I may have forgotten to mention).  It’s difficult to verbalize but as a photographer I grow with these families, I become part of their world, via the memories made for them, and they become part of the fabric of my being as a person in ways I’m not sure they can imagine nor I can begin to verbalize.  I know other photographers probably get what I’m saying – lives truly intertwine.  My wish is that I will get to see some of these children become adults & may be have children of their own.  It truly is an incredible honor to watch the progression of a person from baby to adult.  Maybe this is why motherhood is so bittersweet for me, your whole role is to love them and watch them become independent; while different in the role of family photographer is also bittersweet because I share many of the same experiences as the moms and dads I photograph, we sometimes chat about our sorrows, more often our happy times, heck many of my clients sent me cards expressing sadness for my loss when my folks passed away, it truly is an incredible bond.

When the S Fam moved back around 2011 I was thrilled to be able to photograph them once again.  To say that it was a SHOCK to see this former toddler as a school age, happy and smiling KID is an understatement.  It’s been a thrill to photograph them since.  Thank you Kim and N (& Stella!!) – seeing you guys is always a highlight of my season!  I apologize for waxing poetic about you guys (and all my families in general).  At least once a season I have to express my heartfelt thanks and this time of year is perfect for gratitude.

On with a short retrospective.  Enjoy.  🙂

I hope this was worth the wait.  Thank you to Kim, (not so) Little N and of course Stella!!  A boy & his dog, after all.

(And I still can’t believe how tall this kid has gotten!!)

Happy National Adoption Month!!

Are you looking for someone to create some Naperville Child and Family Photography for you?  Call us today 815-603-8450 and we can discuss plans for your photo session with Marmalade Photography!!  We serve the Naperville area with come-to-you photo services as well as photographing clients in dedicated locations in the SW suburbs.



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I still have one available session prior to holiday guaranteed delivery cut off so if you’re interested in a fall session (before we get too November here in Chicagoland), give me a call: 815-603-8450.

It’s been a great fall season (despite having a knee injury that prohibits me from running after the under 3 year old set).  Really!  It has!  Personal injuries and mishaps aside (and Universe, I could really use a few months injury free!!), I’ve been treated to visiting with quite a few Marmalade repeat clients and some I haven’t seen in awhile. Life has happened, to us all really, and it was wonderful to catch up with every client and especially those whose kids are still six years old in my brain, it’s good to have the reality check that ALL these kids are growing up and not just my own.

It really happens way too fast.

I most recently traveled to the western ‘burbs in my role as an Elmhurst family photographer to visit with some long time Marmalade Faves, the H Family.  I was so excited to see how big the boys had gotten and how the entire fam is doing.  I wasn’t disappointed!  C&C were charming and handsome, Shelly and Darren were the same, hadn’t aged a bit (Shelly you’re going to have to share your magic potion for this!).  Thank you H Family for your warmth and smiles.  Enjoy your sneak peek:





And a quick flashback to a “few” years back!  Enjoy this retro wayback:




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