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 each photographers’ interpretation of a theme.

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.

This time around our theme is LAUGHTER.  I really debated on what image exhibits a fun interpretation of laughter and then decided that this recent one of my puppy girl is very fitting of the theme and a fun personal image that I love.  This was taken when my very talented pet photographer friend, Pam of You Had Me At Woof photography, was in town.  We had a nice relaxing walk in the woods with Thumper and happened to capture this fun laughing shot of my pal Thumper.

Now the link to the next blog carousel participant…Buffalo New York’s baby and children’s photographer of choice, SH Portraits.  My friend Samara has a great interpretation on this theme.

Previous blog carousel entries included: Framed, Monochrome, Reflection and Photographer Advice.   If you’re interested you can find my previous blog carousel entries HERE.

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  • Corey Sewell - July 17, 2011 - 9:28 pm

    Too cute! Love your take on this month’s theme – it’s perfect!

  • Tara McGlinchey - July 17, 2011 - 9:36 pm

    Oh my goodness, what a fabulous image! Perfect interpretation of the laughter theme. Well done!

  • Anna-Karin - July 17, 2011 - 10:15 pm

    Oh yes that is perfect! She makes me laugh when I view this beautiful image. Great choice for this theme!

  • lauri - July 17, 2011 - 11:15 pm

    Aw…she’s so pretty! She really does look like she’s laughing. Being around you and Pam, it doesn’t surprise me!

  • Sarah - July 18, 2011 - 2:09 am

    Love it. Great image!

  • amanda padgham - July 18, 2011 - 6:54 am

    That’s fantastic!! What a great shot- love it!

  • Blair Blanks - July 18, 2011 - 7:32 am

    Now THAT is some talent to get a dog to smile!

  • samara - July 18, 2011 - 8:11 am

    Oh my gosh how hysterical is this! Love it! xo

  • Danna - July 18, 2011 - 3:41 pm

    hahahahahahahaha ok, you win!! this one made me laugh the most so far!

  • Je Neuhaus - July 18, 2011 - 5:31 pm

    What an unexpected but oh so happy surprise! LOVE this!

  • Je Neuhaus - July 18, 2011 - 5:32 pm

    What an unexpected but oh so happy surprise. LOVE this!

  • Dena Robles - July 18, 2011 - 6:48 pm

    I am so in love with this photograph! I want to meet Thumper…

  • alpana - July 18, 2011 - 6:53 pm

    haha…saw it this am as I was running out and it gave me a chuckle! Hats off to Pammy for making dogs laugh.

  • Julie - July 19, 2011 - 12:12 pm

    OMG…that definitely made me laugh out loud! Awesome!

It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks…well WEEK really.  The end of June-beginning of July has been jam packed with fun stuff, enough to keep me out of trouble!  😀

One of the highlights of this past week or so has been a visit from my friend from St. Louis, Lauri Baker of Lauri Baker Photography.  She happened to photograph my family & I a few years ago – I absolutely loved our session together and I was so very excited to return the favor.  We had a couple of hours together to showcase her and her husband’s relationship at different spots on Chicago’s Gold Coast, it was a beautiful day to do some photography and I hope I did this amazing & beautiful couple justice.  Here’s just a little sneak peek for Lauri!  Thank you Lauri, for allowing me into your lives to capture these amazing moments for you!  Love ya!  You guys are great.

Relationship Photography

Chicago Relationship Photography Gold Coast photography Couples Photographer

I had a blast and love working with couples to create these sort of relationship style images.  Thanks to them for being awesome sports and making it a really fun session.

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  • Ruth Williams - July 7, 2011 - 3:21 pm

    Beautiful images of a beautiful couple!

  • Audra - July 7, 2011 - 3:54 pm

    Love these! So beautiful!

  • lauri - July 7, 2011 - 7:57 pm

    Mare, I love them! I knew the arches at that church would be awesome, but through your eyes, even more so. I’m in awe of what you’ve created and captured. Thank you!

  • Simone Hanckel - July 8, 2011 - 2:02 am

    These are so beautiful Mare and Lauri. That arch one is breathtaking 🙂

  • alpana - July 10, 2011 - 6:02 pm

    So beautiful! What a perfect location.

  • Anna-Karin - July 17, 2011 - 8:12 pm

    What a lovely session!!
    You can totally see the love between them. Simply beautiful captures of their relationship.

I saw this video and thought it’d be perfect for the blog.  Much like this video explains, I believe in the mom-moments so much, I know that moms are often neglected in photos with their children – consider being photographed with your babies at various stages in their growing up lives – at one point it is what is remembered most.  This is why beautiful professional portraits are so important to mark the passage of time…it is our legacy and what we leave our children.  Our children leave us with so much more.

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I love my clients especially when some of the first words after greeting me are this:

The canvases from our last session are some of our most prized possessions…we hung them prominently in our dining room – an area we use all the time…we love them so much.

They so get me!  The purpose of my work is to create both timeless and joyful images that enhance my client’s lives, by capturing those in between moments that make life what it is – this is why I created Marmalade Photography.  I absolutely love when my clients *get* it.  It’s not about photographing just the stages (that’s really great and all) but it’s also about creating fun memories that happen to have beautiful photography associated with them.

So R & S, you made my week (probably year!) with your statement about how much our last session means to you and for this I thank you!!  It was a pleasure to photograph you, your lovely girls and finally meet the newest member -he’s a handsome guy that made my heart melt (I swear it wasn’t just the heat!!)  🙂  Thank you for coming out this past weekend, for trusting me with your greatest treasures and for letting me come into your lives to hopefully bring added joy.  Your beautiful family makes me smile.

Sneak peeks from this session:

Belated Happy Father's Day for all you awesome dads out there!

Beautiful ladies and gorgeous colors!

Hope this brings a smile to your face!!

and because I hinted at images from our last session being beautiful – let me include a couple favorites:

Love this moment, look how little she was!

This image still makes me smile

By the river RIGHT before a torrential downpour

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  • Samantha Fischer - July 8, 2011 - 9:34 am

    Beautiful photos and you are so right! I find that I have a million photos of everyone else and my children, but almost none of me with them. I have to ask people to take pictures of me with my children! I believe even the most everyday moments are memorable moments!

What could be better than a fantastic summer day?  A fantastic summer day photographing some of the cutest kids this side of I-80!  🙂

Thanks to the O Family who were so very fun and up for anything, I love loved working with you!  We got absolutely amazing shots at your session-so excited to present these sneak peeks.

I absolutely LOVE LOVE this shot

Hats of to YOU little A!

What a couple of cutie pies!

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  • Becky - June 24, 2011 - 8:58 pm

    Are they not the most amazing family?!?! I heart them … and the pics you captured of them!!!!