I first met little M a few years ago at her home at a Marmalade On Location session.  She was a little curly haired toddler with a sweet smile.  I was so excited to catch up with her and see how she’s grown this past few years.  It was wonderful to be able to catch up with her and her beautiful parents…Marmalade Favorites indeed!!  Thank you Daesman and Rod for allowing me to photograph your lovely family…I so enjoy seeing my clients’ children grow up.

Here’s a few sneak peeks:

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I absolutely adore M’s costume.  She is a beautiful Snow Princess.


Chicago Family Photos

What a beautiful family!


Warrenville Photographer

I love it!!  You don’t know how we ALL worked for this shot.  😀  Beautiful!

Thanks again Daesman!!   xoxo

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  • Daesman - October 28, 2010 - 9:59 am

    “Marianne is an artist”- the first words out of Rod’s mouth.
    Thank you SO much- these are gorgeous.

  • Natalie - October 28, 2010 - 10:01 am

    Absolutely STUNNING. The last photo is just gorgeous!

  • Corey - October 28, 2010 - 12:27 pm

    These are beautiful!

I’m a bit behind on blogging these so please bear with me.

I’ve worked with Whitney and her beautiful daughters (oh yeah and the SofaKing!) for several years now.  In fact I’ve called the oldest daughter my muse.  Whitney and the SofaKing  (It’s ok, he knows it’s his nickname!) have the most beautiful girls.  I was *thrilled* to pieces to finally meet their new baby boy – it was my pleasure to photograph these gorgeous kids for their parents.  Definite Marmalade Favorites, little C being no exception.

So finally…some images from their session:


The Muse and the Birthday Girl


The Little Brother…handsome devil that he is!



M the Muse



L the Sweet Flower



Hehe, I love this shot for the comedy of it.  C’s look says it all.

Thanks to the SofaKing and his beautiful wife!!  Love ya’s.


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  • Corey - October 28, 2010 - 12:33 pm

    What a beautiful bunch of kids! I love everything about these – beautiful work, Mare!

  • Brian - November 18, 2010 - 4:45 pm

    What a cute trio!

I had the pleasure of meeting the A family earlier this week.  They traveled from the Batavia-Geneva area to have a Marmalade Location session amongst all the gorgeous fall color.  Thanks to Greta & David for bringing out their gorgeous kids, we got some spectacular images…I am sure you are going to love love them!


Little S who should win "Most Stylish Baby 2010".  What a cutie!



The minute A sat down by little S she snuggled up next to her and gave this gorgeous, sweet expression.  Love sister sessions!


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A’s idea-she did so well.  I think she’s still waiting for Vogue to call her for the magazine cover!  🙂


Thank you A Family!

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  • Leila - October 24, 2010 - 2:49 pm

    beautiful family and pics

I am having a fantastic busy season, seeing all sorts of past Marmalade favorites and meeting all sorts of wonderful new families.  The S Family was no exception. 

When their mom, Betsy, called to book we hit it off immediately, I love when I’m right.  We created gorgeous art together!  It’s not hard when you work with beautiful and happy families.  It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to chronicle these moments of joy and happiness for people, I truly have the best clients and the best job in the world.

Here’s a few sneak peeks from your gorgeous session with your gorgeous kids:




I just love the spontaneous smile (and in spite of that hat coming off not a moment later!  😀 )

Thank you S Family!

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  • Betsy - October 22, 2010 - 8:47 am

    Thank you Marianne! They are gorgeous! Can’t wait to see the rest!:o)

  • Jamie P. - October 23, 2010 - 6:59 am

    Beautiful children and AMAZING images. I’ve been following your blog for awhile great stuff.

I like to mix it up and it’s been awhile since I posted a miscellaneous post.  Don’t want this seasonal one to be belated anymore than it has.  😀

One of our traditions as a family is to go to our favorite pumpkin farm.  We’re very lucky that our favorite farm is located only a few miles away but realistically I’d be willing to drive an hour to visit the beautiful Dollinger Family Farm.  It’s in a great location in a scenic setting along the I&M canal near the Illinois River. 

We went to Dollinger’s a few weeks back and I’ve been meaning to post about the beekeeper I met during our visit.  Stephen owns Macholz Honey Farm and is an amazing resource for all things "bee" related.  I spent about 20 minutes picking his brain about honey bees and the process of making beeswax candles and hearing about the history of beekeeping, some details about the Queen Bee and bees in the wild. 

Here’s a few images to spark some naturally sweet goodness in your life this Wednesday morning.  If you can please visit Stephen at Dollinger Farm he is there every weekend.  Dollinger Farm is open 7 days/week until the end of October.  It’s a great free family activity!

fall family activities for Chicago Families


Did you know that honey is the only food stuff that doesn’t spoil?  In a sealed container honey can last thousands of years.  No joke!  Archaeologists have dug up jars of honey that were found in unearthed Egyptian tombs hanging out with mummies that were buried there. The honey was 3000 years old, or perhaps even older, and it was still perfectly edible.  I don’t know that I’d try it but someone apparently did! 😀

The docile honeybee

I wish I had my macro lens, the gentle honey bee.  No need to fear them, just let them do their thing…

Wild bee hive

Stephen had this example of what a hive structure looks like in the wilderness, pretty cool

beeswax candlemaking

Pouring beeswax into a form for hand crafted beeswax candles.  I bought a few – they smell sweet. 

Finished beeswax candles

Beautiful finished beeswax candles


Thank you Macholz Honey Farm for taking the time out of your busy Sunday a few weeks back to stop & chat.

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