This past weekend was busy in Marmaland – with the early spring weather (and early green up/flowers) I have had a ton of interest in outdoor sessions a month or so earlier than usual.  I’m not complaining, I love being outside with so many happy families and their children photographing in the great outdoors.

Today’s sneak peek is for the T Family.  I was very excited to meet them because Bonnie was filled with some pretty awesome ideas for our session.  Bonnie – thank you for trusting me with these precious memories, I know that these will be everything you had hoped for and more!!  Thank you.




and finally Mr. Blue Eyes:


Thanks for stopping by and checking this sneak peek out!

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It’s no secret I enjoy photographing high school kids.   The list of why high school senior photo sessions are some of my favorite is pretty endless but the quick reasons are:

a) it’s a great break from the usual family/children’s/baby photography I normally engage in (which I love!)

b) they know how to follow directions – what a bonus really.  🙂

c) it’s an exciting time, they’re on the cusp of experiencing life in a completely different way

d) they’re always fun sessions, there’s a lot of joking around and laughing

This session was no exception.  Thank you to Gage and his parents for having me out to (BEAUTIFUL!) Libertyville this past weekend to capture him before his highschool days end and the next chapter begins.  What a great young man!  Thank you Gage & family!





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  • tricia burns - April 19, 2012 - 8:42 am

    These are awesome Marianne!! I’m in love with that first one. He’s got some gorgeous eyes too!

  • Kellie - April 19, 2012 - 8:57 am

    Very cool!

  • Marla - April 19, 2012 - 9:11 am

    Gorgeous Marianne! That second one is my favorite, love the intensity of his expression.

  • Robin Gansle - April 19, 2012 - 9:12 am

    Love these, Marianne. Intense!

  • Marci Ralph - April 19, 2012 - 9:13 am

    Fantastic! He looks great in green and has beautiful eyes!

  • Heather Barone Brown - April 19, 2012 - 10:40 am

    These are fantastic images! I absolutely love the 2nd and 3rd. His intense expression is, I’m sure, what leads to his uniform looking so well USED in the third picture! Great senior session!

  • Martha - April 19, 2012 - 10:48 am

    Great job, M! Great expressions and I love the mud!

  • Robbie - April 19, 2012 - 4:37 pm

    Oh what a good looking kid! I really love that 2nd shot!

  • Nanette - April 20, 2012 - 12:38 pm

    WOW! These are fantastic shots!

  • teri mason - April 23, 2012 - 9:35 pm

    love the football shot! very cool and original!

  • Sandra - April 28, 2012 - 4:42 pm

    Love love love these shots Marianne and what nice comments! Thanks for using your magic and making this fun, enjoyable, and unforgettable. You are a truly a pro!

  • stephskul - May 9, 2012 - 9:14 am


A couple of years ago I met Svena and her beautiful son E (you can see them here), we happened to have a rainy afternoon by the time she got out to the old Wilmington studio and we ended up playing outside in the rain.

Now that a couple of years have passed E is now a big brother to a little sister.  I had the pleasure of photographing her and her beautiful mom the other day at one of my Marmalade Locations.  Althought we didn’t have rain but just the right amount of sunshine to make some amazing images together.  Thank you Svena for coming back and trusting me with images of Little E (#2!) at age 1.  What a beautiful baby girl.

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Isn’t she GORGEOUS!!?!

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I met little A and her mom back this past fall when they came out to the studio for a session.  We created some amazing images together (you can see them HERE).  To celebrate Little A’s birthday her mom created this spectacular event at Cantina Laredo on State Street with a large gathering of friends and family.  Barkha did an amazing job with the event, I cannot imagine how much work she put into it.

Barkha (and family) -here’s a quick little sneak peek!!  ENJOY!


That sums it up, FOR NOW!  I believe that a wonderful time was had by all!  Thanks to Barkha and her huge (and REALLY REALLY fun!) family & friends.  I loved being a small part of this great celebration!

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  • Taylor - October 24, 2013 - 7:28 pm

    Hi I was trying to find out how much u would charge to come out to do a party for a 2 yearold

  • Anuja - October 8, 2014 - 12:44 am

    Hi … I m trying to find out how much would you charge to capture birthday party for our baby… We live in the city…. Would you be able to come In the city and capture some memorable moments for us ???

I had the pleasure of meeting Faye & Harry yesterday at their beautiful home near the Gold Coast yesterday morning.  It was a joyous day for photos, they were celebrating their baby’s 100 Days of life.

Yesterday was a perfect day to photograph Baby L and her beautiful parents (and grandmother).  I enjoyed photographing her for her first formal photos and am completely honored to have had the opportunity to be welcomed into her home by her parents to capture this momentous occasion.  She is a beautiful baby girl with equally beautiful parents.

Let’s have a sneak peek, shall we?



and finally…



I was absolutely in love with this little babe.  She was the absolutely sweetest little baby.

Being that I was so fascinated with this cultural celebration of 100 days I did some reading up on it, for the more curious blog readers out there:

The Chinese are not the only culture to celebrate Baby’s first 100 days.  As a general rule for Asian cultures baby’s first 100 days are celebrated because the baby wouldn’t meet the extended family until the end of the 100 days.  It was to prevent illness in the baby whose immunity would not be developed yet.  The baby + mom and any caregivers would stay inside during those first 100 days.  Also in Chinese culture the 100 day celebration is significant because it signifies that the baby will live 100 years.

What an amazing tradition, I love ANY excuse to celebrate!!

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