We produce high quality image art for all of our clients. If you're interested in working with us we are available for sessions on location throughout Chicagoland. We also offer Marmalade Location sessions in our home area in the SW Suburbs of Chicago.
We are often booked several weeks in advance especially during our peak seasons (spring, summer and fall). Session fees start at $195 for weekday sessions @ our Marmalade Locations or $295 for weekday sessions on location in Metro Chicagoland. Weekend sessions are available for an add'l $60.
Prints are a separate purchase and start at $45. Collection pricing starts at $795. Please call us: 815.603.8450 with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!
Since 2005 I have been in the business of creating tangible memories but the truth is that I have been a photographer "forever". I was about 6 when I first held my brother Matt's (heavy) Canon AE-1's viewfinder up to my face, I the heft of the camera heavy in my hands & the strap scratching the back of my neck. I remember seeing the world through that viewfinder rectangle for the very first time.
For a number of years I worked as an RN in the critical care setting and at some point I had a realization that while I loved the connection nursing allowed me to have with others, I wanted more to contribute beauty and love to their existence. Some of my favorite patient families would bring photos in for their loved ones - visual reminders that the patient lying in bed is a human being, struggling at the moment but in reality this person is a loving parent, a doting grandparent, a wonderful wife or husband, someone's best friend. Those photos personalized my experience with my patients. It is because of these experiences that I continue to grasp to UNDERSTAND the meaning of this life. My belief is that the meaning lies in the connection between us all, relationships, after all, are the only thing we leave on this earth with any real meaning.
In 2005 when I finally took the leap and started Marmalade Photography it was based upon a single vision: fun, beautiful and quality photos for Chicago area families and children that speak to who they are as a character in the plot of their lives and who they are in the connectedness of this life.
My ten years photographing people of varying ages is of benefit to you: I offer a full service photography experience and have the expertise to create art you will love for your home. I love to help clients design wall galleries, provide custom created beautiful albums and art pieces. I have even been commissioned to create images as large as 10 feet in length. High touch, high quality, there is no other way to do it.
While I do live, breathe & eat photography obviously I am not just Marmalade Photography. I am also a wife…a mom to Maddie & Lauren who inspire me every day in so many ways…I am a historian and a friend…a gardener (who can't keep indoor plants but I have a green thumb if it grows outside)…funny…fun loving…serious…in fact you & I may have a lot in common…I would love to get to know you through that rectangle & tell your families' story for you.
On location session fees for our BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE sessions are only $75 for the months of January and February 2012 (normally $295). Regular print & digital purchases apply. Call soon – we are only taking a limited number of sessions during this time and time flies when you’re having (cold weather) fun!
As the 2011 Holidays come to fruition today on Christmas Eve I am reminded of the great gifts I have been given, not just this past year but for the past MANY years. I am thankful for the dawn of yet another Christmas Eve and the time that I am given here to spend with those that matter most to me.
I am so thankful that I finally got my Holiday cards out & sent! This year I was handed a more hectic (than the usually hectic!) December, the cards were the least of my worries hence the truly waiting for the 11th hour on those. Thankfully (again!) my clients and friends should expect their card in the mail. My online greeting for you today as we celebrate Christmas Eve:
And I thought I’d share a heart warming YouTube clip, I saw it on my friend Simone’s photography blog and thought “what a perfect share for this time of year!” Those that work with children know what a crazy undertaking this must’ve been but beautifully executed:
Once again I am taking part in the ELEVATE Fine Art Photography Blog Circle with a group of very talented women photographers that I am lucky to be friends with. I am so very excited about making art an active part of my life again with slow season starting (right about the time my last holiday delivery goes out the door in the next week or so). This time of year is my time to take a more active part in personal projects and ELEVATE fits into this goal.
This month I am pulling an old client image to show off – on location indoors – very suitable for this winter season in Chicagoland – indoors is where it’s at! 🙂 I am also including some work I had done for Professional Photographer Magazine, for which I do the occasional photography equipment/software review for. That second image happens to be one of my many faves from a Lensbaby Composer Pro trial that I did earlier this year for PPMag. I am excited to include it here for ELEVATE.
Little E in one of my all-time favorite shots of her – l-o-v-e
I used to post quite a bit on new little discoveries for the kid set: clothes, outfits, styling your family, new products, etc. I sort of miss that aspect of my blog and decided why not change that?! 🙂 So here we are, back with a holiday gift idea that will make your “I want a cellllll phooooone!” tween or middle school aged child happy while keeping you happy because you’ll a) stay on budget and b) maintain some control over how the phone is managed.
Kajeet is a company that one of my client friends recently told me about and I LOVE LOVE them. I did quite a bit of research on them in the past day or so and I can’t see a downside to their service. Their cell phones come with parental controls – I’m pretty sure the quality of their controls isn’t matched on the market (I have been looking for months and we finally settled for a value plan by TracFone which I’ve been mostly happy with). The great thing about Kajeet is that maybe you want your child to fall within a certain budget and allow them only text messaging (no picture messaging) unless they pay for it – Kajeet allows you to do so, break up the service so your child can add to their own “wallet” and have picture messages or other add ons taken out of that fund vs. your monthly bill.
Seriously you need to check it out if you’re considering getting a cell phone. You’ll keep the peace of mind knowing you can reach your child wherever they may be with their phone, Kajeet runs on the Sprint network so you know it’s reliable service and they have such a wide selection of phones I can only imagine there’s one for every kid on your list. You will have the peace of mind AND the control. Win-win!
Thanks to my client, Dawn, who recommended it to me. Here’s a favorite image from her gorgeous session that I just delivered yesterday:
I’ve started this entry at least three times and cannot seem to find the right words for it. I’m not usually so speechless but in this case I feel like it’s all I got.
My friend Cara and I share a mutual history of independent events that lead our lives on a trajectory much different from most women. I feel like I am ultimately a better person for knowing her and for the events that lead to our meeting. I’ve photographed her beautiful family & extended family once before a few years back and we got some amazing images together and I was finally able to meet the people who love & support her – which was such a blessing to finally get to do. In the past year and a half (really two years…) Cara’s life has really changed (for the busy better) and they brought this amazing little L into their lives – he is full of life and laughter (even though he’s been sick for a few days) and it was an honor to meet this gorgeous bundle of (busy!) joy finally.
And there he goes!! I shouldn’t tease, he was *so* good for us but I love this moment, the older cousins (and brother) are enjoying the moment
and finally the big brother in what he called the “80’s pose”. I just watched Sixteen Candles – I think he might be right on that one. 😉
Thank you Cara for entrusting me with your photos once again! I loved seeing how the cousins are growing up and how their relationship is blossoming despite the distance. I loved seeing you again – I wish we had tons more time to hang out before you had to return home to Florida. And thank you to Rob, Kriszti and ALL the kids for being beautiful and fun. I had a blast this past weekend during our session.