Hi all!  I’m still trying to play catch up from last week. 

The heat of last week was pretty intense and this cutiepie was such a trooper considering we all looked like we jumped right out of the swimming pool after our session.  I’m surprised my camera could function in that level of humidity!! LOL  A big thank you to her wonderful parents for bearing the heat and allowing me to capture these sweet, beautiful images of gorgeous A while she is still an only child (did I mention she is going to be a big sis?!)  Here are some sneak peeks for you to enjoy of your beautiful girl.  Thank you!!

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What a beautiful session!  I think her parents will be so happy!

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  • The Shore:TonyaMarie - August 18, 2010 - 9:52 pm

    Oh what a sweet little one! She’s a beauty and so is your work. Your compositions are magnificent. Especially the last.

I had the pleasure of seeing a couple of my most favorite of little people a couple of days ago.  The day was ridiculously hot, sticky and humid, then the bugs came out!  How we managed to get so many beautiful captures in so little time is beyond me but guess what Beth?  We did! 

AnnaB Sid is growing like a weed.  I loved talking to her and seeing how her imagination is becoming such a large part of her life.  Little A is just so fun, running and exploring – Beth has her hands full – he is SUCH a charmer.  But don’t take my word for it, look at these beautiful kids:

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He couldn’t wait to get up & go explore some more!

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This was the most docile creature, he/she just hung out with a group of ducks during most of our session.

Beth, as always it was a pleasure seeing you and your beautiful kids, I love to watch your family grow.

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  • Marianne - August 14, 2010 - 11:30 am

    I got several emails about the black and white at the end – all these are edited with my Marmalade Colour & More action set at seethelightworkshop.com. The bw was achieved with the Negative BW + the Little Pinhole Camera.

  • Corey Sewell - August 15, 2010 - 3:28 pm

    Beautiful images! I especially love that first one!

  • Kristie Chadwick - August 17, 2010 - 3:29 pm

    Great images. I love the location.

It was a pleasure to see the G Family again this past week for an urban session out at the studio.  Sessions with boys…teenage boys in fact, are some of my favorites because they are always so fun and relaxed.  This session was certainly no exception.  I adored seeing how these guys have grown in the past couple of years and seeing their beautiful parents once again who are always so gracious and kind.

We had an amazing time and got some amazing images.  G Family – I adore you!


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These kids are fun & amazing.  Thanks to their family for allowing me to photograph them once again!

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I love weather.com and all but they were so wrong the other day in their forecast for the afternoon.  In the morning the forecast for the 3-7 p.m. area time slot was 10% showers and it maintained that until it was time for me to leave for the session.  I arrived at the Wilmington studio and the sky turned grey and opened up!

It got to a drizzle by the time Little E and his lovely mom arrived.  I felt bad…I normally pay close attention to the weather on iffy days.  They braved the fun (?!?!) Chicago traffic and they made it to me, I didn’t want to waste their time.  Little E’s mom graciously said: "Let’s just do it!  A little rain will be fine." and inwardly I jumped for joy because rain sessions can be a blast (if you have the weatherproof gear to deal with the drizzle anyway).

So we did.  I want to thank the remarkable Little E and his beautiful mom for a wonderful session.  I cannot wait until you get to see them all, they’re so fun and spontaneous, just like little E.

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Little E thank you for a terrific session!

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  • Kris - August 7, 2010 - 1:09 pm

    Beautiful pictures! The light is so nice and soft. Just curious – what do you use to protect your gear in the rain? Thanks!

  • Rachelle - August 7, 2010 - 4:53 pm

    Beautiful work. He’s adorable! And I love the idea of puddle playing pictures!

  • Leila - August 7, 2010 - 6:56 pm

    I sooooo adore that first one and wow, he is so stinkin cute!

  • Marianne - August 8, 2010 - 9:09 am

    Hi Kris,

    Thank you for the nice words. I shoot with a 1ds body and it is weather sealed. I also never go out in pouring rain with it but I will go out in drizzle.


  • Lisa Kelly - August 10, 2010 - 12:37 am

    Oh, my, the blue door shot is delicious.

  • Corey Sewell - August 10, 2010 - 8:46 am

    He is so adorable! Beautiful work – love all of these!

This past weekend I spent an amazing late afternoon with some of my favorite clients, the B Family.  I had the pleasure of photographing little E and her mom, aunt and grandmother a few years back when she was just a wee one and my oh my has this little one grown!!  What an adorable cutie – and boy does she LOVE the camera!!

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and since I’ve seen her last time she’s picked up a baby sister:

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isn’t she the cutest?

I also had an opportunity to photograph their Aunt Sam who is a high school senior.  We got an opportunity to do an urban session in her prom dress, cross country gear and some adorable casual outfits (in the near dark no less!)  Thankfully we finished the session just in time because I think we were having so much fun that we’d *still* be out there!!  Here are a couple of Sam:

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…I wasn’t kidding about the darkness.  It’s like someone put a blanket over the sky and we lost all light – we still worked it tho:

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Thank you B Family!!  I loved catching up with you again!


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  • Terri - August 5, 2010 - 2:39 pm

    We had such a great time with you as well! You are so talented and we are so pleased with this preview! Can’t wait to see more!
    Thanks for taking such good care of my family!

  • Corey Sewell - August 5, 2010 - 6:40 pm

    Beautiful work, Mare! Love them all – and you definitely did a great job of making the dark work for you! Too cool!

  • jenni - August 8, 2010 - 9:10 am

    beautiful images! what gorgeous girls

  • kathy - August 8, 2010 - 9:11 am

    Marianne, these are simply *amazing*! Your tones are ssssso soft and pretty.