So question of the day:  What do you get when you combine a good looking family + an amazing sense of humor (x5-yes I’m including myself) + crumbling urban decay?  You get a fun, amazing photo session with some extraordinary humans!

While some of the funner moments of this session will never see the light of day on this blog (I will reserve those for their mom’s blackmail opportunities if she sees fit!!) I have to say it is remarkable to me that this session was even MORE fun than our first session together just a couple of years ago.

Much thanks to their beautiful mom, Michelle, and  K, C & K for a great time.  Michelle-hard to believe, I know, but we actually DID accomplish what we set out to do – really terrific high school senior photography (and an absolutely hysterical session).




and this last shot that is just divine (plastic plant notwithstanding):

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek!  And btw RIP Sanders!  LOL

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  • Macarena Yanez - August 22, 2011 - 11:09 pm

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos. There is nothing like having a great session with a funny and easy going family.

If I could just title this entry with !!!!! tons of exclamation points I would !!!!!!

My professional photography friends understand what a complete honor this is and I by no means am taking any of this moment for granted.  I am incredibly humbled, excited, honored, pleased, thrilled, overwhelmed, overjoyed, and every other emotion I can think of about this news.  So bear with the giggling freak that I am and please join in my excitement at this news:


The article is in print only currently but here are shots of the magazine.  (and in a clichéd statement uttered by EVERY portrait photographer when they are forced to photograph a non-moving object I will state: “I am not a product photographer, please bear with me.” 🙂  )

chicago-glencoe-photographer chicago-winnetka-photographer child-photographer-chicago-hinsdale chicago-plainfield-photography family-photos-chicagoland evanston-photos I was stunned when I got the news that *my* work was going to be on the cover of Rangefinder.  I am honestly humbled beyond words that the editors believed in my work enough to place it on the cover.  HUGE.  Huge news.  I want to take this opportunity to thank all my clients for their support and my blog readers for their interest but mostly to my family-because without family there would be no Marmalade.

Now please excuse me so I can continue running around being a freak about this amazing leg in my life’s journey.


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  • Leila - August 16, 2011 - 8:54 pm

    That one of your girls is one of the images that made me fall in love with you the first time I laid eyes on your work. STILL sad the spot is no more. A little piece of heaven it was. I am so proud and happy for you. I continue to look up to you and feel inspired by your essence. You are a gem!!!!

  • Marianne - August 16, 2011 - 9:48 pm

    Leila, you too are a gem and I thank you so much for thinking so highly of me and my work. I truly appreciate your words and have loved getting to know you since the workshop and on “that” social network. You are such an amazing lady as well.

  • Laura - August 19, 2011 - 11:33 am

    Congratulations!!! I can imagine your excitement, that is an incredible honor and amazing opportunity. <3

  • Mira - August 22, 2011 - 5:21 am

    Hi! I found my way to your site and blog through Rangefinder and I had to blog about you! Congrats! Your work deserves it!

  • Mary Anne - August 23, 2011 - 4:42 pm

    Congrats! I just received my issue today. So well deserved. I am always in awe of all of your images. Mary Anne (your mentee from last Sept)

A group of very talented children’s & family photographers (whom I am lucky enough to call friends) have gotten together for yet another themed blog carousel.  What is it?  It’s a monthly interpretation of a photographic theme.  This month we are tackling LOVE – PASSION.

This month I decided to dive into the archives and retrieve some images from weddings.  I love photographing (the occasional) wedding – for me it’s a combination of “rights”.

  • Right mood (love)
  • Right setting (somewhere gorgeous)
  • Right people (people I love to work with, love or just plain admire) and
  • Right clothing (who looks awful on their wedding day?  Hardly anyone!!)

When you encounter these factors of “rights” it makes for easy photographing.  I hope each of these couples loves these images like I do:

After you are finished reading this entry click on the link at the bottom of the page for the next photographer on the blog carousel.  There are quite a few of us so give yourself a good 20-30 minutes to go through all the entries.

I hope you enjoyed this stop on the Blog Carousel!  The next stop is my friend Danna Bowes, Calgary maternity, baby, and family photographer‘s blog.  I cannot wait to see what beautiful imagery she has for this month’s theme!

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  • Simone Hanckel - August 15, 2011 - 2:00 am

    I don’t think I’ve seen a Marmalade wedding image before! These are so beautiful 🙂 I love the passion in all of your imagery, so seeing wedding images is a treat 🙂

  • Anna Mayer - August 15, 2011 - 9:19 am

    Awww. Weddings are amazing! and these are amazing shot so of love at them. I especially love the first one. I swoon when my husband puts his hand on my neck like that. So tender. Beautiful.

  • Corey Sewell - August 15, 2011 - 9:47 am

    Each of these are so beautiful, Mare! Perfect interpretation of this month’s theme!

  • Danna - August 15, 2011 - 12:21 pm

    such a wonderful selection of images for this months themes! Gorgeous Mare!

  • lauri - August 15, 2011 - 1:11 pm

    Don’t forget… right photographer! These are absolutely beautiful wedding images, and so full of love.

  • elizabeth pellette - August 15, 2011 - 1:36 pm

    these are all awesome.. hope you are well Mare.

  • dawn sela - August 15, 2011 - 4:14 pm

    So pretty! Makes me want to get dressed up and go to a wedding!!!

I have worked with the G Family since before their first son, S, was born.  In the few years  we’ve worked together we have created beautiful maternity images together – some of my very favorites of all time (and if you look through my sample maternity gallery you’ll see a few from our session together!), some gorgeous newborn photos and one year/family photos as well.

Fast forward to a few months ago when Lori got in touch with me to book a session for her current pregnancy – I was so excited for her and Andrew!  Earlier this week I finally met the new bundle of joy, Little D!  What a sweet, beauty she is.

I love how this brother is welcoming his new baby sister into his world

I think the above cropped to a 10×20 would display beautifully!

Cuddle up baby. This little bundle was such a joy to work with.

Sweet sleeping baby

My wish for D:  Welcome to the world little girl, this is an amazing place filled with wonderment, joy and happiness – take the bad with the good as it is inevitable – but never highlight the bad too much or too often.  The beauty that the world has to offer to you is limitless if you choose to fill your heart with it.

I feel decidedly monochromatic today.  I hope you enjoyed the sneak peeks!

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  • Leila - August 11, 2011 - 1:44 pm

    love the smooshy lip in the Mommy shot!

  • Marianne - August 11, 2011 - 10:24 pm

    Me too Leila. Love that sort of newborn shot, timeless and lasting and always meaningful to parents.

  • Pieces of Sunshine - August 22, 2011 - 5:33 am

    These are beautiful! The middle one is my favourite.


The mountain view from way up high

I took this featured image on my flight to Las Vegas this past February to the yearly WPPI convention.  As I posted here – I was overwhelmed with a rush of mixed feelings fueled by the adrenaline.  The anticipation and other undefinable emotions that all add up to excitement was fueling my energy that whole day, what an interesting few days in my life!  The start of a strong year professionally…

Fast forward to today.  Downloading the images off my camera on to my computer’s hard drive, I came across this shot.  To be honest I really don’t remember snapping it (what can I say…I was a frenzy of nervous energy AND I had been up since o’dark thirty to fly out early that day!) – but I am totally in love with it.  Something about the mountaintops from this vantage point feels surreal and insightful (in a weird way).

I remember long ago hearing a quote and it has always stuck with me.  It has been attributed to Leonardo DaVinci but the research indicates it was not him that shared this knowledge and attributing it to him is a misquote.  Regardless it speaks truth, I cannot help but always cast my eyes upward.  Does not matter how many times I fly – every time I do there is some exciting reason for it and every flying experience is a new experience for me.

“When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” -Anonymous

I wish for you, my readers, to have a day filled with new experiences today.  Go out of your way to find something new to feel, see, touch or a new place to wander.  It’s good for the soul.

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