I was thrilled to be contacted to do this photo shoot for several reasons.  #1 being that this shoot is a celebration of 45 years of marital bliss between two beautiful people.  #2 I got to see one of my favorite families.  #3 selfish reasons: to hang out with this very cool family.  Finally #4 Channahon family photos essions are some of my favorite as they’re close to home (I actually don’t mind the travel around the area but it’s a nice break to be close to home).

Thank you Dawn & Derek (and everyone else) for once again trusting me with your memories.  Love you guys.  Also a big thanks to Johnny who conquered some of his fears, what a sweet wonderful soul.



I hope I look this great after 45 years of marriage!


Funniest kid ever!


because I *always* enjoy a good photo bomb:


and finally, because mom rules!



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I first met this lovely family last year when I photographed their son for his highschool senior photo session in Libertyville.  I enjoyed working with them and was so happy to hear from them to book a family session this past weekend.   It was a real joy to get to see them all again, photograph G again and to get to know their tween daughters a bit more.  My life is full of tween and teen sister stuff so I was ready to photograph these beautiful girls, sisters to the core, to see them interact with their brother and have some beautiful family photos done.

Thank you so much Sandra & Justin, enjoy your sneak peek!  And keep Beliebing in yourselves!  😉





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I had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with this gorgeous family early last week.  Thank you to Denise & Ruben for allowing me to photograph their family while in Chicago this past week.  I hope you enjoyed your stay in the Windy City and look forward to seeing y’all again! 🙂  Thank you for choosing Marmalade Photography to capture a few moments of your time here.





If you are visiting Chicago and looking for some amazing family photos while you’re here give me a call!  I love meeting new people and introduce them to some local flavor and locations!!  815-603-8450 is my number, my name is Marianne Drenthe and I’ve been doing this since 2005.


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I had the pleasure of photographing this family a week or so ago at their beautiful home on Lake Michigan.  We had a blast playing on the trampoline (and by “playing” I mean one of the kids is a world class gymnast and he wowed me with what he could do), walking on the beach, skipping stones in the water, walking on the Slackers Line and jumping in the pool…I was blessed to meet such great kids and great parents, thank you to my dear clients who referred me for this session.

Thank you to the B family!! I so very much enjoyed meeting you and exploring your personalities! Enjoy your sneak peek of our version of a casual Michigan day.  Be in touch soon!





and finally…



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This is Lucky, she’s my little muse.  We took some time out for a mini mini session a few weeks ago to create these gorgeous images of Lucky at my home in suburban Chicago.  This is a perfect example of creating beautiful art in the short span of a mini session.

I hope her beautiful face brightens your day the way it does mine.  Enjoy!  😀




…and finally a diaper shot (but of course!)


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