Fall 2020 Availability Marmalade

Beautiful Fall 2020 Photography Now Available !!

This autumn we are doing things a bit differently and have limited availability.  The above dates show our Fall 2020 availability as of today. Availability, as always, is subject to change as bookings occur.

Our remaining dates in September have discounted session fees as September light is glorious, the leaves are *just* beginning to change and you still have some wildflower pretties scattered throughout much of Chicago. I really would love my clients to have the best of September light and have adjusted fees for those last few dates available.

When you’re ready to book a beautiful Chicago fall photo session capturing your family in the here and now let us know. Marmalade Photography has been creating custom photography art for Chicagoland families just like yours since 2005. We adhere to the highest of standards in producing and creating and having your photography art printed. Perhaps we are of a dying breed but we truly believe that photography that is as unique as your family is the standard to uphold.




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M’s Class of 2021 senior session was a couple of weeks ago and we couldn’t have asked for a better time! The evening was beautiful, her and her family came out to one of our most cherished of locations in the forest and created some beautiful magically lit portraits together.

I’ll be doing a little bit of now and then action as it’s always a pleasure to see kids grown up after photographing them as littles.



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I love when we also add some family photos to a senior session, this was no exception:

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Thank you to the R Family for being so awesome and for coming out a couple weeks back to help capture these wonderful photos!

Is it time to create your own Lincoln Way High School Senior Photography moments? We here at Marmalade Photography love photographing young adults about to embark on their next life path. If you’re looking for a photographer to capture your favorite Class of 2021 Senior, look no further. Drop us a line at the contact form link above or give us a call at 815-603-8450 to speak with us today about your very own photo session.


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On location photography in Elmhurst is one of my favorite things because it often means I get to see some of my favorite faces and this is no exception.  I’ve been photographing this young man for years, in fact dare I say since pre-K?  Anyway he is now a freshman in college, can you believe?  I know I can’t, time has passed too quickly for both myself and for his wonderful parents.

Thank you H Family once again for entrusting Marmalade Photography with your priceless family memories. Some of my favorite moments in my 15 year career as a family photographer have come from our sessions together.

I’ll include some blasts from the past throughout this most recent set of sneak peeks as we watch this handsome guy grow up, backwards…kind of Benjamin Button style 😉




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I could meander on and show quite a few more but it is sneak peek time after all……


As I looked through my hard drive for old images from this families’ session it occurred to me…ONCE AGAIN…that prints are king. I have lost probably 7/8 of the original July 2007 session with this family at the waterfall during the crash drive incident of a few years back. I have what I put in my “favorites” folder.  Back then I even was backing up on CD-ROM and I was like “please please please be saved” when I remembered that it should be on disk, tucked away.  Unfortunately that entire session is gone for the most part. When so many images from a session are pure magic it is heartbreaking…I’m hoping I can dig up the images somehow, someway…

Anyway it just highlights to me that the most reliable form of photographic media are the photographs themselves. You require no online access…no software…no hardware…no special digital media readers that become techno-antiquated (just made up a word, yo!)…you only need your eyes and sometimes it’s good to close them to feel the breeze on that day at the waterfall.  It works for me!

Once again looking for old images has really reinforced my commitment to providing the highest quality in prints to all my clients.

Are you looking for some really beautiful wall art of your family? Give me a call…I love producing unique works of art for my clientele and I love meeting like minded souls. 815-603-8450



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What do you get when you mix four fun siblings with a great setting and gorgeous light?  You get magic!

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Thank you Tiffany and fam for coming out the other day, what a beautiful evening we had creating some pretty amazing photos.  We met up at one of my favorite #MarmaladeLocations and am so glad that I could create some fun, beautiful, thoughtful and goofy images for this personality filled clan. I can’t wait to preview the whole gallery to their parents…I will be they will be thrilled.  I know I am.

Looking for a photographer for your own larger than life family?  I know that having 10 years & under, four (4!!) Chicago Siblings : A Mini Session seems like an impossibility but it’s doable if fun is the standard.  I love photographing families because there are so many dynamics and personalities to take into account and it’s like a puzzle of sorts.  With over 15 years of experience photographing some pretty amazing Chicago Families (both large and small) I bet we can make some magic together. My name is Marianne Drenthe and I work hard to create beautiful and fun memories for all my clients. Give me a call today to create your own magic. 🙂 815-603-8450


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What a beautiful afternoon Saturday was!  Cold. Windy windy windy and beautiful light by the time I took these images for a wonderful long time Marmalade favorite and their dog.  <3  Thank you Kim and Noah for coming out, it was wonderful to see you guys.  I hope these sneak peek images from your mini by the lake make you smile like they’ve made me smile.


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Images from previous sessions with these gorgeous faces have been featured in the following blog posts: CLICK HERE and also HERE including more outdoor fall Naperville family photos .

Before this mini session I was busy photographing one of my favorite faces of all time.  My high school senior for her 2019 homecoming photos with her friends, boyfriend and families.  Here are a couple of unique images of my girl (when we started it was a battle of the light, cold and wind) and of her beautiful flowers.

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Are you looking for outdoor fall family or children’s photos in the Chicago area?  Welcome to my blog!  If you go back in the archives you’ll see that I’ve been creating fun fall family photography (and all the other seasons, yes!  Including winter!) since 2005.  My name is Marianne Drenthe, I’m an established photographer with a great base of satisfied repeat and new clientele.  I pride myself for creating unique personality focused imagery that puts the fun back in creating images.  If you like what you see please give me a call at 815-603-8450.  Thanks for stopping in!



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