Last month I took part in the premiere of an incredible fine art photography project with some fellow photographers who do incredible fine art work, I am both honored & humbled to be part of such an incredible group of artists, women who take not only their photography businesses seriously but believe the art of photography is as special as the business of photography.

This month we continue on our journey of exploration.  October – as always is an incredibly insane time of year – this year seems doubly so.  I am behind on sneak peeks and gallery edits but I felt it necessary to take time out of my really busy schedule to go ahead and blast back to the past to participate in the Elevate blog circle.

The roots of my love for children’s photography date back long before I became a mom – I remember taking my 126 film camera to the carnival oh-so-long ago (circa 1980) and snapping photos of the incredible photo op laden land that is known as the annual town fair.  A part of me wishes I could get my hands on those images now, I’m certain they were out of focus and blurry but I would cherish them because I recognize that those images helped fuel the spark that was my love of photography.   For this exercise I must to settle for going back a few years to 2009 when I took my dSLR to the carnival to capture the spectacular sights and lights at the fair.

This first image is a technique I sort of made up a few years ago.  I hadn’t really played with any images in this manner since so I thought it’d be a nice way to premiere the technique on my blog with a fun image.  I may print it to see how it turns out.  The texture is one of my own that I created awhile ago so this entire image/project is truly my own.


The next two images are images I dug out of my archives.  Because we are harkening back to the roots of WHY I love photography I have to also include my greatest loves.  Both of these are from several years ago.  The one of my youngest with the chickens is especially sad, my mom had a brood of chickens for years and finally she has lost her last single hen – it’s a sad transition but it’s necessary as her days are filled with caretaking of my sick father.


This last image is of my oldest, right before she hit a huge growth spurt (she is now taller than I!  Crazy.).  This was just a few summers ago – it feels like a lifetime ago:

southwest-suburban-photographer-kidsThank you for journeying down memory lane with me and for allowing me to explore some older images in a more arty way.  Wishes for much love & beauty in your day today – here’s a terrific continuation of that wish: go visit my incredibly talented friend Nichole Van who owns Nichole Van Photography | Utah Portrait and Wedding Photographer


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  • wendy vonsosen - October 10, 2011 - 8:49 am

    These are just beautiful! Timeless. That first one is amazing! That would be such a unique piece for your wall.

  • Tamara - October 10, 2011 - 9:58 am

    gorgeous!! The tones are rich, deep and vintage….everything I love about your work!!

  • Jennifer N - October 10, 2011 - 10:33 am

    WOW! I wish I knew you were from Chicago when I was there. I would have loved to meet you. These images are awesome. I love that you took us down memory lane and that you were able to do that. You must be so happy you got this project done.

  • crave photography - October 10, 2011 - 12:01 pm

    Love your use of textures. Very beautiful!

  • kamee june - October 10, 2011 - 12:24 pm

    your images are so rich in story telling, so textured (on all levels ;)) and detailed. i love how one image can translate so much meaning! you transported me today to a higher level of feeling and thought; thank you!!!

  • martha schuster - October 10, 2011 - 8:02 pm

    absolutely beautiful. i am especially drawn to the chicken photo. it’s photos like that – true keepsakes and solid memories – that remind me of why i am a photographer. all of your images are beautiful – as they always are. 🙂

  • Brandie - October 11, 2011 - 10:50 am

    Gorgeous! Love the tones in your images. Timeless.

  • Nichole Van - October 15, 2011 - 2:31 pm

    Sigh. I always **puffy-heart** love your work. No one can equal the creaminess of your BW tones, seriously.

  • jules - October 15, 2011 - 3:51 pm

    the processing on the first one is gorgeous! love the depth and texture in it. and the other two … simply perfect!

This Wilmette family wanted a photography session that was fun, reflective of their twin girls’ vibrant personalities and that encorporated some of their favorite spots in Chicago’s growing (and beautiful) South Loop.  We did a bit of a photo safari session at some of their favorite spots – had an amazing time getting to know one another and capturing the girls amidst all the amazing sites this side of Grant Park.

These girls were funny, fun and beautiful, the apples didn’t fall far from the tree!

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Thank you K Family for being such awesome sports!!

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Two days of Forest/Field Sessions for the Fall 2011 Season (perfect for Holiday gifts & cards!) – Joliet Area

$275 includes:

– 20 minute mini sessions for up to 3 subjects

– 8-10 images to choose from

– choice of two options:

• 2 digital images (with reproduction rights) + 2 4×6 photos of same image files

• 1 digital image (with reproduction rights) + 1 11×14 of that image (mounted and sprayed)

– additional items available for purchase

WEDNESDAY, September 28 (morning & afternoon sessions)

SATURDAY, October 8 (morning sessions only)  only 4 remain

Call 815.603.8450 to book

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Once again I have teamed up with some of the most amazing child, family and wedding photographers in the world (and I am not exaggerating!)  to be part of a Blog Carousel.

“Blog Carousel?”  you may be asking.  Yes, Blog Carousel.  What it is: Each month a group of us explores a theme and takes our readers to each of the photographer’s blogs via a linked circle.  It’s a good time for sure, great photography, great inspiration and a wonderful way to spend a few minutes on the internet in a positive way – soaking up beautiful art while sipping your morning coffee (or your chai latte).



This month’s theme is HOPE, very appropriate given that one of our colleagues (and friend) has recently been diagnosed with Stage III ovarian cancer.  I believe in the power of hope to build the courage to heal and garner the strength to help carry one through their journey.

“Hope never abandons you; you abandon it” ~ George Weinberg quotes

Please take some time to go through the rest of our Blog Carousel.  Our next stop is at the blog of my friend, Danna Bowes, who is an amazing Calgary maternity, baby, and family photographer.

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  • Danna - September 18, 2011 - 9:11 pm

    Oh Mare, this is beautiful…simple, stunning, perfect for this theme!! xox

  • Austin family photographer teri mason - September 18, 2011 - 10:01 pm

    Wow, Mare, this is GORGEOUS! I love it so much. One of these days, I’m going to get up to Chi-town and have you photograph my kidlets!! Love your take on the theme!

  • lauri - September 18, 2011 - 10:15 pm

    Beautiful quote, and stunningly beautiful image. It’s breathtaking.

  • Simone Hanckel - September 19, 2011 - 7:13 am

    Absolutely gorgeous image Mare. Love love love it. xo

  • Dena Robles - September 19, 2011 - 8:57 am

    Simply exquisite photograph Mare and a beautiful sentiment.

  • Corey - September 19, 2011 - 9:03 am

    Beautiful image – and such a perfect quote too! Love it!

  • Anna Mayer - September 19, 2011 - 9:40 am

    Simply breathtaking. Love!

  • Samara - September 19, 2011 - 12:15 pm

    Wow gorgeous! So delicate and full of hope – great quote too!

  • Julie - September 19, 2011 - 12:47 pm

    Such a lovely calm and peaceful image. Really beautiful!

  • alpana - September 19, 2011 - 12:58 pm

    gorgeous image, Mare!

  • elizabeth pellette - September 20, 2011 - 7:56 am

    this is amazing. what a beautiful image..

I’ve worked with this family before, creating beautiful photos for their home of the three oldest children.  I was both honored and thrilled when her mom called to book a session JUST FOR LITTLE S!  Chasi, thank you for allowing me to photograph your darling in her favorite place, HOME!   What a beautiful little girl, such gorgeous lashes and sweet smile.

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This little cutie is her cousin and he came over just for a few shots with his favorite girl!  They’re so sweet together (and makes me wish my kids had closer in age cousins to grow up with).

north-side-baby-photographyOn this side of the house the light was so amazing coming off the reflection of the house next door as well as the windows there and the driveway.  It really was crazy beautiful there light-wise.

Thank you Little S for making my day with your sweet & happy smiles!

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