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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I believe that the best gifts are gifts that have longevity, having potential to last a lifetime.  For instance, I was not at all offended to receive my KitchenAid mixer as a gift circa 1995-96, to me that was a gift that had meaning – it was purchased to help create memories with my someday children – baking with them and for them.  Holiday baking memories have been made with the KitchenAid and the help of two sets of little hands and myself.

So when a husband buys a mom the gift of fine portraiture for Mom’s Day (like in this instance), instantly the man in question wins rockstar status.  I mean…seriously…what greater gift to give to his gorgeous wife then the gift of memories with their first child who is just turning one years old?  Rockstar status…I tell you.  Bill you get props for thinking ahead and I know Kara has expressed to me the joy she had to receive a photography session for her Mother’s Day gift!!

Thanks to you both and the adorable little B for hanging out with me this past weekend.  We nearly DID melt amongst the heat – thank goodness for all the fountains in the city!  🙂  I enjoyed hanging out with your family and I hope that these sneak peeks make you happy.

Oh…and little B…HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEAUTIFUL BABY!  You are a fun sweetie pie and I’m so happy to have met you and hope to watch you grow.   Now on with the sneak peek!

Tutu cute?  Tutu right!

Thank you for stopping by!

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WOW!  Summer is almost over, can you believe it?  I know that we can’t!

We are quickly filling up August sessions and are booking for the rest of fall 2011!!  Hurry and call soon to get a family session in while your skin is still kissed by the summer sun and the relaxing moments of summer are still with you!!    Call today to book your very own one-of-a-kind Marmalade Photography session!  815.603.8450

Here is a small selection of images from one of our Marmalade Location sessions at this time last year.  Look how relaxed & happy the M family looks – it’s a great time to get family images done…right before the hustle and bustle of the busy school year starts up again!!

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  • David Akesson - August 1, 2011 - 7:55 am

    Just read the article about you in Rangefinder. Suggest all your readers should look at it at – says a lot about your personal integrity and open honesty in your photographic craft.
    Love your work Marianne.

  • Marianne - August 1, 2011 - 12:20 pm

    Thank you David. What an incredible comment to wake up to this morning!

Travel PhotographyYou haven’t seen a tree until you’ve seen its shadow from the sky.  ~Amelia Earhart

In the sky, up beyond where the clouds play, the world below looks like somebody spilled a bag of cotton balls onto the landscape.  The shadows from the cotton ball clouds look like dark ink stains, seemingly staining the surface of the earth forever, not just until the clouds pass.  From above my eyes view the scene with bemusement – it all looks SO different here in the sky, from a beyond-birds-eye vantage point.  The reality is that our perspectives constantly shift, our world experiences never mirror another, never perfectly duplicate.  While two people may be in the same place, experiencing the same thing, the way they judge that reality may be different (in fact it probably is).  The thing about perspective is that clouds can either look like puffy balls of white against a blue backdrop when looking up to the sky or they seem to stain the earth below when looking down from above.

That’s the truly one big life lesson that takes time to learn: ones’ perception is ones’ reality, it means that the same scene may have thousands of different perspectives.  I guess this life lesson means that it’s never wise to take yourself too seriously, chances are you could be wrong.

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So…what can I say about little N that I haven’t said before?  Oh…I know…he’s gotten B•I•G since the last time I saw him!!

I was so very excited to hear from Kim a few months ago when she called to schedule this session.  They had moved to California a couple of years ago and were moving back.  While I know they’re probably missing the great South Cali weather, I know they’re happy to be home again!!

Little N, you were a giggle to work with, a growing up, handsome, funny boy!  It was so great to see you guys!!   I hope you had a blast at Kohl’s Children’s Museum after I left.  😉  Thank you Kim!!

To continue yesterday’s theme: LAUGHTER…on with the sneak peek (and a couple retrospective shots)

I love this moment captured between this beautiful mom and her little guy (who is growing up so fast!!)

It’s no secret that mother-child photography is truly close to my heart.  Here’s one from a few years back:

and one from when N was super little!!

It’s hard to believe he was that small.  It’s even harder to imagine that that image was in 2006!  Time really is flying.  My advice: hold onto your littles, give them lots of love, take loads of pictures and moms – make sure you get beautiful photography done of you and your ‘babies’, they grow up faster than you can ever imagine.

xoxo, Mare

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  • art photos - August 8, 2011 - 2:16 am

    Lovely photos! The one with the dog and the baby is my favorite. Keep up the good work.