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!!

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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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Oh Super H!  I adore you so.  Your beautiful brown hair, your great sense of style (and taste in boots!) and your heart and fighting spirit.  We all need a little bit of all of this in our lives and you overflow with the fighting spirit side of things.

Courage and gorgeousness wrapped up in a package that’s filled with heart & soul.  Thank you H for inspiring me (and Julia!).  And thank you to Jamie and Ben for allowing me to photograph you guys in one of my favorite suburban Chicago family photography locations here in the home town!!  Love you guys.

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^^ THANK YOU JULIA for your help that day, I think Super H loved you and wanted to take you home!

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I last saw Super H a few years back…here’s a little reminder of where we’ve been:
2010…I can’t believe it!





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A quick update: I have several dates available prior to the November 15th holiday cut off date for 2015.  Please call 815-603-8450 if you’re interested in booking a session at one of my southwest suburban locations or on location at your home or other location.  I have to refer out sessions with “runners” (toddlers and the like) as I have an injury preventing me from running after them but otherwise I am open to creating some beautiful art for you.

Onto the sneak peek…

I was so excited to create these family photos in LaGrange, Illinois at this family’s home a couple of weekends ago.  I photographed them at their home in Chicago a few years ago (<– click the link to see the flashback from 2013!)  and was blown away at how much J grew since I saw him last (it’s not fair!  Kids are forever frozen in time for me after I photograph them, of course until the NEXT time I photograph them!)  Angela and Jed are so gracious and I am once again reminded how incredibly kind my clients are.

Thank you, I so appreciate your trust in creating these images for your family.  As my own girls grow from school aged kids to teens I realize how incredibly fast this time goes and how incredibly precious this work is that I create for my clients.  I hope you enjoy your sneak peek!!




Thank you A Family <3

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In my role as photographer I do a lot of suburban Chicago family photography on location and at some of my locations throughout the southwest ‘burbs.  Last year I did a full family session (Signature Session) with these kids and their mom and dad on location at their home and this year we photographed the kids only for more updated photos of the kids only.

I love these sort of sessions as it is all about the kids, always a joy to photograph these faces.  Such gorgeous kids.  Thank you Terri for once again trusting Marmalade Photography with your memories of these guys.  <3

On with a quick sneak peek (and apologies for the delay in getting these up – I somehow caught the back-to-school virus du jour and was down for the count for a few days this past week).


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