Once again a group of my friends, some of the best children and family photographers that I know, have gotten together to do the Blog Carnival. You can see my prior entries here & here. This time we are posting images that coordinate with the theme: MONOCHROME.

As soon as I heard we were doing a monochrome themed post, the theme centering around shades of one color, I had an idea in mind. My subject (aka our new puppy) had a different idea when I finally took her out just for this challenge, it was done SOOOO last minute that truly this could’ve been an EPIC FAIL!  😀   I had to put my thinking cap on so I could “find” images with this theme in my recent archives.  Putting my thinking cap on resulted in a win, thankfully, crisis averted. Luckily I had taken this photo of our newest family member just over a week and a half ago.

Meet Thumper – my entry for the Monochrome Blog Carnival, I think the shades of tan & brown qualify this into the monochrome theme.

Now for the next stop on the Blog Carousel.  My friend Anna-Karin, Baton Rouge’s Children’s Photographer of choice.

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One last thing, I want to thank the good people over at Thumbtack.com for asking me to participate in their vendor spotlight.  Thank you Thumbtack!

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  • Dena Robles - May 2, 2011 - 8:08 am

    Oh I think I am in love with your puppy and those sweet eyes. Perfect example of monochrome. I wonder if we choose our pets to fit our style in life…my black dog loves to melt into all my black furniture!

  • Marianne - May 2, 2011 - 8:24 am

    lmao – yes Dena. Perhaps we should do a pet or animals theme for an upcoming Blog Carousel?

  • Anna-Karin - May 2, 2011 - 8:25 am

    What a beautiful puppy! This is a perfect example of monochrome.

  • Corey Sewell - May 2, 2011 - 8:29 am

    Love this, Mare – and your new puppy is adorable!

  • teri mason - May 2, 2011 - 8:36 am

    awwww, thumper is so cute! i love your take on it. those big brown eyes – no one can resist them!!

  • Lauri - May 2, 2011 - 8:52 am

    Not only does this fit the monochrome theme beautifully, but the look you caught in his big brown puppy eyes is so sweet!! Definitely a WIN! (and not in the Charlie Sheen kind of way.)

  • Amanda Padgham - May 2, 2011 - 9:18 am

    Adorable!! Love the name too! Beautiful image. Thumper is lucky to have you:-)

  • Lisa M - May 2, 2011 - 9:23 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! And congratulations on the new addition!

  • Leah Profancik - May 2, 2011 - 9:45 am

    Mare, she is sooo adorable! She has the sweetest eyes. I love your take on the theme!

  • Brandy Anderson - May 2, 2011 - 9:55 am

    Mare, I adore this image! What beautiful tones, you should thinking about adding pets to your specialties!

  • Julie - May 2, 2011 - 10:14 am

    She is so stinkin’ adorable!! I LOVE how she perfect coordinates with her surroundings. Wonderful photograph!

  • alpana - May 2, 2011 - 11:02 am

    What a cute puppy with his soulful eyes. Fun play on monochrome.

  • Melody Hood - May 2, 2011 - 12:02 pm

    Gorgeous image! And gorgeous puppy too! Love the color.

  • Simone Hanckel - May 2, 2011 - 12:14 pm

    That’s a puppy? LOL Thumper is huge!! I love this shot, that look in her eyes is priceless.

  • Mary Beth - May 2, 2011 - 12:24 pm

    Oh, I think I’m in LOVE Mare! Stunning photo… perfect for the theme and I can’t help but just say awwwwwwwwwww! 🙂

  • Marianne - May 2, 2011 - 12:29 pm

    Simone, yes, she’s about six months old. We got her from one of the local Humane Society shelters. She is incredibly sweet, very patient for a puppy. She’s finally falling in line with the family. I’m so glad we got her!

  • Ruthi David - May 2, 2011 - 1:52 pm

    Just gorgeous, Mare!!! How perfect this is.

  • Danna - May 2, 2011 - 2:36 pm

    awwww look at the sweet new baby 🙂 just beautiful!

  • PamN - May 2, 2011 - 2:52 pm

    That puppy does NOT look as ornery as you claim he is!

  • Rebecca Mudrick - May 2, 2011 - 4:01 pm

    Gorgeous shot of your new baby! Those eyes are amazing … love all the browns too. So earthy and soothing.

  • Marianne - May 2, 2011 - 4:59 pm

    @Pam, she isn’t ornery, she just likes to pee on my brand new rug. LOL She’s a sweet sweet girl, probably the most mellow dog I’ve ever had. If we can get her trained to sleep past 6 a.m. I’ll never complain about her again.

  • Je Neuhaus - May 3, 2011 - 5:16 am

    Love your take on monochrome. And look at those deceptively innocent eyes ; ). Beautifully smooth colors with a luminous quality that is so pretty.

  • Samara - May 3, 2011 - 9:02 am

    I love your puppy!!! You lie, he is perfect just like the image. 😉

  • Jim Davis - July 29, 2011 - 11:53 am

    I’m a sucker for pet shots. This totally qualifies for a monochromatic theme. Wish we had taken more photos of our St. Bernard when he was a puppy!

  • art photos - August 5, 2011 - 4:14 am

    Nice image, it really fits the monochrome theme.

Thank you Chicago’s Daily Candy Kids for mentioning Marmalade Photography’s MOMMY & ME sessions on their blog yesterday!!  I love Daily Candy Kids – if you aren’t subscribed to their emails or go to their website regularly you definitely should!!

This crazy April weather is putting a cramp in my (shooting) style.  Several reschedules later – I am SO READY for May flowers.  Here’s a May flowers image from last year – funny enough it was shot in APRIL.  Boy Chicago weather is crazy.  Like they say: “If you don’t like the weather wait a minute.”  I’m still waiting.  🙂

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  • Anna-Karin - April 23, 2011 - 3:13 am

    Beautiful spring portraits and fun with the fresh flowers!

  • Josh - April 30, 2011 - 11:41 pm

    Very cute. Looks like she is having a lot of fun 🙂

Chicago Child Photographer Marianne Drenthe“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.”  ~Henri Cartier-Bresson

The day was warm, thick with humidity.  The frogs were making noise in the canal we rode alongside.  The path was open, free from any fellow bikers or runners or humans taking their canine companions for a walk.  The sun hung low in the sky, the small gnats made their best attempt at halting our passage further down the canal towpath (time & time again).  My daughter, outfitted in her best hot pink helmet pedaled her pink bike faster than the wind – trying to prevent my passage to get in front of her.  Giving up I took my iPhone out of my pocket and shot several frames (nearly falling as I precariously balanced myself on my bike, my balance better than it has been but not nearly as good as in my days of riding my bike hands free).  I received this image as a gift in return for my efforts.  Thank you iPhone, the simple tool that keeps on giving.

(no manipulation contributed to this effect – simply movement and focus)

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  • Corey Sewell - April 18, 2011 - 12:28 pm

    Love it, Mare – and your post! It’s so important to capture those everyday moments with our families and I am so thankful for my iphone to help me do that on a whim.

  • Nichol Krupp - May 2, 2011 - 8:21 am


    LOVE THIS IMAGE. I have to agree with how many times and captures my iphone has contributed to with the spontaneous documentation of my children and life in general. Beautiful. I love the words that you put with the post as well. Made me smile over coffee. That is the good stuff.

  • Marianne - May 2, 2011 - 8:27 am

    awww, thanks Niki(& Corey). I love that the camera is with me, it’s taken my photo taking to a more spontaneous & fun level. Now to just print some of these gems!! 😀


My favorite kind of images have always been relationship style images.  Moms with their ‘littles’ are a personal favorite of mine.  Moms tend to be the family historian, the one BEHIND the camera – it’s my goal to create beautiful images for moms so that their children will grow up having a tangible memory of how much mom loved them.  Inspired by this my annual MOMMY & ME sessions came into being.  It’s a way for moms to get involved IN FRONT of the camera and to capture the beautiful relationship moms have with their children.

For the past several years I have hosted a MOMMY & ME set of short sessions in honor of Mothers Day.  This year, instead of ONE set of days on one weekend, I am hosting these with a bit more flexibility – every Saturday in April we will take appointments for Mother’s Day Mommy & Me sessions.  Details below.

Mommy and Me SessionsPlease call the studio to schedule your appointment or send someone who loves you the link for this blog post so they can gift it to you for Mom’s Day.

These go fast so hurry & schedule your appointment today.

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I have teamed up (once again) with a group of some of my fellow children’s photographers to bring to you a Blog Carousel.  What is a Blog Carousel?  Well it’s simply going from site to site and checking out each individual photographers’ entry into a theme.  This time around we are doing the theme, REFLECTION.  Once you’re done reading this post please feel free to go round the carousel to the next link and follow through.  It’s a fun project and I cannot wait to see what all my fellow photographers have come up with for today’s theme.

I have tons of images that fit that description but one of my very favorites is an image taken a few years back of my daughters.  You may have seen it if you’ve looked at my work in the past.  I love this image, in part because it describes the big sis-little sis relationship as well as any other image I’ve ever taken.  Because it is of my own children (in one of my favorite dresses of all time), it’s extra special to me.  AND it fits the REFLECTION theme.  I usually show it in color but this time I’m going to showcase it in a warm toned black and white.


I have this image in color at the studio in the viewing room – it never fails to elicit oohs and aahs.  I do love this shot – everything about it makes me very happy.

After going through a few of my friends images I thought I’d add another favorite of mine.  I was in one of the Yellow Wagon tours in Yellowstone in 2007 when I saw this scene as we were driving by (pretty fast actually).  I was ecstatic that I caught this image on film – it made me happy:

Reflection at Yellowstone National Park

Now to the next photographer in our REFLECTION theme: Baton Rouge Children’s Photographer, Anna-Karin.

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  • Danna - April 6, 2011 - 7:22 am

    MARE! I actually gasped. This is gorgeous.

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  • PamN - April 6, 2011 - 7:31 am

    Everything about it makes ME happy, too! Love it!

  • Corey Sewell - April 6, 2011 - 7:41 am

    Absolutely gorgeous, Mare!

  • Marianne - April 6, 2011 - 7:47 am

    Thank you ladies! It’s a favorite of mine.

    I added a 2nd shot and I said I caught it on film – since I’ve been shooting a lot of film I need to correct myself – I really caught it on sensor. 😀

  • Anna-Karin - April 6, 2011 - 7:49 am

    Just stunning! Love how big sister is reaching out to little sister.

  • Lauri - April 6, 2011 - 8:09 am

    That image of your daughters is one of my very favorite images ever. I love it in color, but it makes a gorgeous b&w as well! What a great composition you have on your second image, especially for shooting out of a moving car. I love when that works!

  • amanda padgham - April 6, 2011 - 8:10 am

    WOW Mare!
    These are unreal! I love them both. As always your talent shines through your images!

  • teri mason - April 6, 2011 - 8:21 am

    Gorgeous, Mare! Your girls are so sweet!

  • Sandy Edelstein - April 6, 2011 - 8:45 am

    Love the carousel idea and that image of your daughters is truly priceless!

  • Melody Hood - April 6, 2011 - 9:02 am

    These images are absolutely fabulous! Breathtaking!

  • Je Neuhaus - April 6, 2011 - 9:58 am

    Beyond gorgeous. Visually stunning and so lovingly swaddled with meaningand emotion. I belove it. Truly.

    That second? Score! Beautiful and great capture!

  • Dena Robles - April 6, 2011 - 10:43 am

    These are truly gorgeous. I love the clarity of the reflection in the 2nd image and the moments captured in both. I am so drawn into the first image and love the way the background trees almost look like a rippled reflection too because of the pretty bokeh.

  • Julie - April 6, 2011 - 4:34 pm

    That image of your girls is beyond stunning! AMAZING! And I love the second too – that is a wonderful capture for sure.

  • dawn sela - April 6, 2011 - 4:44 pm

    this image of your girls is art that is forever engrained in my mind;)

  • Lisa Russo - April 6, 2011 - 5:55 pm

    Definitely an image to treasure ALWAYS. Beautiful, Mare! And that coyote image is so cool!

  • Samara - April 6, 2011 - 6:03 pm

    Ok so I looked at the image before reading and my first thought was “Oh I hope those parents bought that HUGE.” Then when I realized it was your girls I was thrilled – I know it is sometimes so difficult for us to capture our own children and images like this are so special. The portrait from Yellowstone should seriously be a postcard, love it.

  • Blair Blanks - April 6, 2011 - 7:19 pm

    My first thought was, “One day, I want a portrait like that of my girls…” It was the mother heart wants, just like that. So very, very sweet.

  • Ruthi - April 7, 2011 - 1:06 pm

    STUNNING. It’s literally breathtaking, I am in awe of this image, Mare. The second one is also super cool – what a great moment to catch!