Last week was a complete whirlwind for me, I took a last minute trip to Vegas for the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) Convention. For you non photographer types: WPPI is an organization in the photography industry that hosts a yearly convention that attracts thousands of photographers from all around the world.  In 2010 I entered the photography competition and it was wonderful for me in terms of good things: a few of my competition prints were hung – quite the honor that I shared with all my Facebook fans and my newsletter subscribers.  This year my work represented the genre of CHILDREN’S PHOTOGRAPHY in the WPPI 2011 Show Guide, I found out sort of last minute that my work would be in the guide and flew out to see it in person in the context of the convention.  Doing so allowed me to spend time with my photography friends, meet loads of amazingly talented photographers, gain much needed inspiration from people I admire and attend the Awards Ceremony.  I was humbled to be amongst so many talented artists and business people.

Click the image above to download the WPPI 2011 Show Guide – Children’s Photography Article featuring my work

I’ll be honest though, my favorite part was being in the Guide because it really is quite an honor.  The first thing I did was go to the main floor of the convention, grab a couple of copies and sit down in a corner to fully take in the moment.  I jokingly (sorta) told some friends that it took everything I had not to walk around with the opened magazine like a big dork saying: “LOOK IT’S ME!  IT’S MY WORK!”  Thankfully the dorky part of me stayed quiet (mostly).  🙂  I can’t say that I didn’t do that for a day or two after I got home though.  😉

Thank you for allowing me to share this super cool honor.  Also I want to thank the good people at Rangefinder Magazine for hooking me up with web sized copies of the PDF to show the article in the best possible light.  Viva Las Vegas (minus the money that I left at the blackjack table)!

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  • Paula - March 2, 2011 - 7:39 am


  • charity - March 2, 2011 - 8:14 am

    how exciting. congratulations!

  • Leila - March 2, 2011 - 8:45 am

    well deserved

  • teri mason - March 3, 2011 - 8:19 am

    Way to go, Mare! Congratulations 🙂

As you already know the blog was broken for awhile so I thought that I would share some images from a few of the sessions that were not blogged while the cold is settling in for the remainder of February.  CANNOT wait to get back out there to shoot (snow shoot anyone?  Anyone?  Bueller??)

I had the pleasure of meeting this handsome guy (and his brother) back in November.  I think we were hit with cold weather a little sooner than usual so this little guy was settling in for his first long Chicago winter, hope they’re enjoying the copious amount of snow we’ve been hit with.  Here he is with a bright happy smile to warm you up:


Thank you A Family (and Darla H. for the referral) for trusting Marmalade Photogrpahy with your memories.  I hope you are enjoying the gorgeous portrait work of your beautiful children we created together.  xoxo

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  • PamN - February 15, 2011 - 4:34 pm

    Love everything about this – his expression, the door, the stuffed animal, the light – LOVE IT!

  • Michael Wachel - February 22, 2011 - 1:39 pm

    I love this photo! I like them mood and the playful look on his face. Nice job.

  • Leah Severson - March 21, 2011 - 6:15 pm

    Love that he’s still got a tight grip on his furry friend. Great photograph!

Dear blog,

I really didn’t mean to neglect you for the past two and a half months…honestly my database needed updating and things were messed up on the back end…I just couldn’t bear to deal with you in the midst of the busy season so sadly you stood neglected through the end of the rush of the Holiday busy season.  You’ve waited patiently for me to get my act together…I’m back here to play again. 




Hi all!  I’m back with a January sneak peek!  I hope you’re enjoying the new colors and the bit of remodeling the Marmablog has undergone in recent weeks.  I think that some more tweaking is in order but for now…this’ll do.

Little A travelled from Chicago’s Hyde Park area this past weekend for a session at the Marmalade studio.  It was nice to take a break from "event" season and get back to shooting kids (with a shiny new camera no less). 

We’re starting out the 2011 portrait season with a bang!  A huge thank you to A’s parents, Trey and Shari, I appreciate your entrusting me with these memories of your beautiful girl.  I hope you enjoy the sneak peeks I’ve prepared!!


Oh how I adore little A with Rabbit



This one makes me laugh



This one makes me smile

Thanks so much for stopping in!!

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  • Sylvia Laughrin - February 2, 2011 - 9:49 am

    awww. the first one melts my heart. my kids are older and have stopped loving their “lovey.” the color on the last one is beautiful!

  • Lisa Kelly - February 3, 2011 - 6:15 pm

    The first image with Rabbit, sigh it makes me smile. So lovely. What a sweet little one and what lovely images.

  • elizabeth pellette - February 5, 2011 - 8:35 am

    Umm hello.. love these Mare.. so great.. especially the last shot..

  • Dejah - February 7, 2011 - 9:42 pm

    I really like the new blog look! 😉

  • Michael Wachel - February 22, 2011 - 1:40 pm

    Amazing set of photos you have here. I really like your processing on them as well.

I was thrilled to pieces when this family called to schedule another session with me.  At our first session i traveled on location to the D Family’s beautiful home in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, an area I’m very familiar with from many sessions I’ve shot over the years.  This time Debra, Thad and little E traveled out to the Wilmington studio and we captured dozens of amazing images of them with E and of E alone just being who she is. A huge thanks to Debra and Thad for coming out to the studio this past weekend.  I cannot believe how much beautiful E has grown since I saw her last.  Thank you once again for entrusting me with these precious moments in your family’s life.

On with the sneak peek!


Beautiful ballerina E.



OH!  The colors in this shot-makes me happy.



Two beautiful ladies…inside & out.

‘Til next time 😉 xoxo

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  • Lisa Kelly - November 14, 2010 - 4:55 am

    What beautiful images.

  • Aunt Stephanie - November 14, 2010 - 7:02 pm

    Gorgeous photos of two gorgeous girls 😉 So proud to be related 🙂

  • Corey - November 18, 2010 - 10:06 am

    She is too cute and that last image is just precious!

  • JD - November 18, 2010 - 12:49 pm

    i know that ballerina outfit! very cute!

  • Jenna Cole - December 1, 2010 - 12:39 am


    I apologize that I am contacting you about this here, I couldn’t find an email address on your blog. I’m new to the Chicago area and would like to refer a family session to someone. If you’re interested in doing a family session at the Four Seasons hotel can you email me at the address I have attached to this comment?

    Feel free to delete this comment.

  • PamN - December 8, 2010 - 5:56 pm

    I am IN LOVE with the last one – so gorgeous!

  • elizabeth pellette - December 10, 2010 - 10:35 am

    These are awesome… she is such a cutie pie

  • Portrait Photographer in Denver - December 23, 2010 - 6:13 pm

    I love the ballerina shot. Really cool chair in that shot too!

  • Anna-Karin - December 27, 2010 - 10:13 pm

    What a lovely session with an adorable little girl!
    The last one is just stunning and such a sweet tender moment captured between mother and daughter.

  • Arnold M. Wilson - January 21, 2011 - 3:22 am

    Great photos! They’re so expressive! What a wonderful little girl! A pleasure to look at!

It’s late in the season and I decided to open up some last minute holiday mini sessions at the studio on Monday and Wednesday mornings through the remainder of November.  Details below for this amazing, more flexible opportunity to have custom Marmalade Photography images in time for the holidays for gift giving, to create an amazing wall gallery with images from this session that will WOW all your friends and families and for uploading to or for cards.  Hurry now because time moves fast especially at this time of year!


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