On location photography in Elmhurst is one of my favorite things because it often means I get to see some of my favorite faces and this is no exception.  I’ve been photographing this young man for years, in fact dare I say since pre-K?  Anyway he is now a freshman in college, can you believe?  I know I can’t, time has passed too quickly for both myself and for his wonderful parents.

Thank you H Family once again for entrusting Marmalade Photography with your priceless family memories. Some of my favorite moments in my 15 year career as a family photographer have come from our sessions together.

I’ll include some blasts from the past throughout this most recent set of sneak peeks as we watch this handsome guy grow up, backwards…kind of Benjamin Button style 😉




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I could meander on and show quite a few more but it is sneak peek time after all……


As I looked through my hard drive for old images from this families’ session it occurred to me…ONCE AGAIN…that prints are king. I have lost probably 7/8 of the original July 2007 session with this family at the waterfall during the crash drive incident of a few years back. I have what I put in my “favorites” folder.  Back then I even was backing up on CD-ROM and I was like “please please please be saved” when I remembered that it should be on disk, tucked away.  Unfortunately that entire session is gone for the most part. When so many images from a session are pure magic it is heartbreaking…I’m hoping I can dig up the images somehow, someway…

Anyway it just highlights to me that the most reliable form of photographic media are the photographs themselves. You require no online access…no software…no hardware…no special digital media readers that become techno-antiquated (just made up a word, yo!)…you only need your eyes and sometimes it’s good to close them to feel the breeze on that day at the waterfall.  It works for me!

Once again looking for old images has really reinforced my commitment to providing the highest quality in prints to all my clients.

Are you looking for some really beautiful wall art of your family? Give me a call…I love producing unique works of art for my clientele and I love meeting like minded souls. 815-603-8450



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What do you get when you mix four fun siblings with a great setting and gorgeous light?  You get magic!

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Thank you Tiffany and fam for coming out the other day, what a beautiful evening we had creating some pretty amazing photos.  We met up at one of my favorite #MarmaladeLocations and am so glad that I could create some fun, beautiful, thoughtful and goofy images for this personality filled clan. I can’t wait to preview the whole gallery to their parents…I will be they will be thrilled.  I know I am.

Looking for a photographer for your own larger than life family?  I know that having 10 years & under, four (4!!) Chicago Siblings : A Mini Session seems like an impossibility but it’s doable if fun is the standard.  I love photographing families because there are so many dynamics and personalities to take into account and it’s like a puzzle of sorts.  With over 15 years of experience photographing some pretty amazing Chicago Families (both large and small) I bet we can make some magic together. My name is Marianne Drenthe and I work hard to create beautiful and fun memories for all my clients. Give me a call today to create your own magic. 🙂 815-603-8450


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What a beautiful afternoon Saturday was!  Cold. Windy windy windy and beautiful light by the time I took these images for a wonderful long time Marmalade favorite and their dog.  <3  Thank you Kim and Noah for coming out, it was wonderful to see you guys.  I hope these sneak peek images from your mini by the lake make you smile like they’ve made me smile.


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Images from previous sessions with these gorgeous faces have been featured in the following blog posts: CLICK HERE and also HERE including more outdoor fall Naperville family photos .

Before this mini session I was busy photographing one of my favorite faces of all time.  My high school senior for her 2019 homecoming photos with her friends, boyfriend and families.  Here are a couple of unique images of my girl (when we started it was a battle of the light, cold and wind) and of her beautiful flowers.

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Are you looking for outdoor fall family or children’s photos in the Chicago area?  Welcome to my blog!  If you go back in the archives you’ll see that I’ve been creating fun fall family photography (and all the other seasons, yes!  Including winter!) since 2005.  My name is Marianne Drenthe, I’m an established photographer with a great base of satisfied repeat and new clientele.  I pride myself for creating unique personality focused imagery that puts the fun back in creating images.  If you like what you see please give me a call at 815-603-8450.  Thanks for stopping in!



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Whew.  It’s been a week!!  I think Mercury is in retrograde already, my phone has been acting wonky.  My computer keeps giving me errors.  My web server isn’t forwarding me emails like it should and always has…definitely a problem above my pay grade…LOL  My youngest had her very last homecoming dance this past Saturday and it was more insane than usual (I’m not sure why senior year does this to us mamas and the seniors!), the light was off, in this photographer’s opinion, and it was way windy.  Thank goodness the weather settled by the time I had a mini session that evening but honestly everything seems to be off just ever so slightly for the past week.  Not so much that I feel like things are spinning out of control but more like I can’t hit pause long enough to actually accomplish any one task.

Ahhh the life of a mom with teens and tweens.  We all think it’s going to be hunky dory and then one little mishap turns into fifteen.  😀

However I had THE most amazing session with some repeat clients about a week ago.  I think this session had all the stars align for the weather, the lighting and of course the scene.  We mixed in a beautiful family that I know and love and the rest is pure magic.

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I traveled to the far North side near the Loyola campus for this session, I was so excited to see this family as it has been a few years since I last caught up with them.  I say this time & time & time again, I know y’all are sick of hearing me say this, but honestly after my session with my families/kids is done it’s like time for that family has frozen.  So when I am confronted with almost men and young ladies after last seeing school aged faces it is a little startling.  But then I quickly remind myself that yes, time passes.  All too quickly actually.  And I remind myself that my sole purpose as a photographer, my personal credo, is to stop time, capture personalities and relationships and do so in as artful of a way as I can.  So I re-centered myself and got to it.

Look at these flashbacks for just a moment though…and I want to briefly discuss the value and importance of prints as I do this because I could NOT find the following image until I went in my “media” files on this blog and dug this fun image up.  It is TRULY one of my favorite baby images of all time.  ALL TIME folks.  ALL TIME.  E and Lisa came out to the studio for one of my Mother’s Day Minis back in 2009 and we captured this and a bunch of other truly captivating images but this stands out as one of my faves of forever.  AND I COULDN’T FIND IT on any of my drives or discs (back when I used to burn discs).  It was gone like it never existed……EXCEPT it does exist in the real world as a beautiful black and white print in this families’ home.  THANK GOODNESS.


And of course this low resolution web version that is constantly backed up on my blog.  But this, my friends, is why I love prints.  THIS IMAGE RIGHT HERE is why they are so priceless and valuable.  Because this serious face full of seriousness dressed in a beautiful fuzzy pink sweater is just full of sweetness and smiles now.  Gosh I love this girl:

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Now look back at “The Dictator” photo from 2009 and look at this nex timage just a few months later.  Oh my gosh, my HEART!  This baby growing up right before my lens:

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Family image from 2009 ^^

And now we move a few years later to 2012.  Lisa with the boys:

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There’s our cutie E with her handsome dad and brothers and beautiful mom.  Almost as serious as before except…

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When I say I love photographing personalities I really mean it!!

So a few more sneak peek images because I know that Lisa and Jeff would really love to see what we created a week ago…beautiful images of this slice of their current life:

Couples photos on Lake MichiganTruly a beautiful night out  on the water…

And beautiful light in the home… At Home Photos in Chicago high school boy skateboarding photo…and under the street lights

Ahhhhh…what an extraordinary night.  What an extraordinary session with equally extraordinary folks.  Much love!

Listen, I am no stranger to the passage of time.  In the fourteen years I have been photographing families I have watched babies grow up, school aged kids graduate high school and go on to accomplish BIG things and have watched families grow.  I love what I do, I believe that your family should be captured artfully and with a specific vision.  I believe no two families are alike and even more so I believe in the unique qualities of every person I photograph.  If you too believe in those things and if you’re looking for a professional photographer with experience, with vision and the portfolio to match to create some on location photography in Chicago … or the ‘burbs … or for travel even beyond Illinois (I do that and love traveling to my clients!) give me a call.  I am your girl (er…woman).

My name? Marianne.  My game? Professional photographer for beautiful kids and families in Chicago and beyond.  My phone number?  815-603-8450

Thank you for taking a look at some of my on location photography in Chicago.  🙂



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SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2019 photography availability:

Chicago mother child photographyAre you looking for options for fall photos?  Are you in Chicago?  Naperville?  Hinsdale?  Burr Ridge?  Clarendon Hills? Plainfield? Or any point in between??  You’re in luck!

Availability is still open for October for both on location options (we come to you) or our Marmalade Locations (you come to us in the SW burbs).

Also we still have a couple slots open for our last minute options posted the other day LINK to take advantage of the glorious September and early October light

…finally…we have opened up our 2019 Mini Session time slots for immediate booking LINK HERE

Since 2005 Marmalade Photography has been coordinating, creating and printing beautiful images for highly discriminating clientele who seeks personality driven, fun, beautiful imagery created in relaxed settings.  If you are looking for September & October 2019 photography availability for area Chicago photographer fall sessions to create images you have always dreamed of we can help!!

Call us today at 815-603-8450 if either of our linked options do not work to your benefit.

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