When I was a little girl, my dad would sit and fashion these exquisite little trees out of brass wire and gems (often broken costume jewelry of my moms). He would then mount these exquisite beauties to wedges of wood he had spray painted gold to match. These gem trees are the trees of my youth, I cherish the two I have as if they were made of real diamonds and gold.

On the night of my birthday I felt compelled to go for a short walk. I stopped when I saw the streetlight hitting the dew laden tree at the corner where my girls get on the bus for school. I was feeling sad, missing both my parents who are now gone, having spent my birthday with my beautiful family but still missing the people who brought me into this world. The moment I came across this great mostly natural spectacle I was inspired to run into the house and grab my camera. It reminded me of my dad’s gem trees.

I wish I could capture images exactly how I view them in my minds’ eye. I think that’s what keeps me on my toes, the always-searching-for-that-perfect-capture.


I miss you mom and dad. Thank you for the wonders you have gifted me since your passing, especially this gift of a gem tree.

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This preview is from a session in South Barrington photography session at a favorite repeat client’s new home.  I loved seeing little A and her parents again.  It was just last fall that I saw her last and boy has she grown!

Thank you Barkha, once again, for trusting Marmalade Photography with these memories of your gorgeous little.

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I had the great pleasure of photographing these cuties late last week.   In my role as a professional photographer in Channahon I get to see both old and new faces, in this case I loved having these (somewhat) familiar faces in front of my camera!  Thank you Jenny for trusting me with creating beautiful memories for your family to cherish forever.  Enjoy the sneak peek!

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Beautiful, smily, happy E

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He’s devilishly handsome, I think


Are you looking for a professional family photographer in Channahon (or Shorewood or Minooka)?  We may be the perfect fit for you.  We create beautiful custom wall art for families throughout the Chicago Southland.  Give us a call at 815-603-8450 to book your custom photography session today!




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I was so happy to photograph this family this past weekend.  Michelle called me about a month ago and suggested they wear the formal wear that they had planned for an evening wedding that day for our session and I was ALL OVER THAT idea.  I love the juxtaposition of formal clothing in an urban environment and was so excited for this session.  The best part?  Not only were mom & dad dressed up…so was adorable little N who shined in his suit with tail coat!  ADORABLE!

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Michelle and Bob…enjoy your sneak peek, I very much enjoyed meeting you all!




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Baby and family photography in Chicago post has been created by Marianne Drenthe.  In my role as a child and family photographer in this great city I take particular pride in creating unique, one of a kind pieces of art work for my clients.  As you can see this session was no exception.

If you’re interested in creating some personalized art of your family for your home give me a call to discuss:  815-603-8450


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As a Children’s photographer here in Chicago I’ve taken hundreds of “favorites”, this time we’re doing a remix of some of these old faves.

This upcoming slow season I plan on doing a revamp and as I look through my old galleries I see how my work is evolving, how my world outlook has effected the art of my work, essentially my vision.

As I progress through life I find myself feeling freer, lighter.  Less dark, less moody (which in my work I loved), more certain of my place in the world, more sure of who I am and where I am headed.  My work is more reflective of this and I thought it’d be a fun artistic endeavor to play with some images as a sort of artistic study.  I took about 30 minutes one morning and chose a few images to redo.  I wasn’t too picky but I still chose some favorites from the past to play with.

I came up with these versions.  I loved the old versions (and maybe I’ll showcase those later) but in this world filled with dark, gloom, moodiness I definitely welcome the light and airy.  It’s time to shed my skin (I feel like I do a big change every seven years) – shedding my skin and moving forward.

Thank you to all my clients who continue to grow with me and my artistic growth.  I promise I will continue to produce the quality of imagery you have come to expect from me and much like Picasso I guess I have had a blue period.  😀

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