First an update for Holiday deadlines and any last minute availability:

• we have available one last session for November 2010 guaranteed for Holiday delivery.

• guaranteed Holiday delivery cut off date is November 17th this year.  If you need to book a session please hurry to call and book: 815.603.8450  If you need additional images for reprints or to order cards for the holiday season, please do so by November 17th to insure you receive them in time for December 24th.  Thank you!


I was thrilled to pieces to hang out with the O kids a few weeks ago.  I saw them last year at around this time and cannot believe how much they each changed.  Both such beautiful sweet kids…I love them and their wonderful mom to pieces.  Thank you Kristina for allowing me to capture this in between time in their lives for you. 

On with the session preview…

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G and his bud, Elmer.  The only thing that could make this more perfect is a pair of overalls & a hat like Elmer’s.


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C, as beautiful as ever.  Sassy girl!



Thank you Kristina, C & G!  ‘Til next time. 😉 xoxo

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  • Corey - November 4, 2010 - 9:28 am

    What great looking kids – and beautiful images! Love them!

  • Lisa Kelly - November 9, 2010 - 1:14 am

    You know I just love that even though these kids are getting older, mum is still having their growth captured. Good on her. These are just wonderful images.

  • PamN - November 9, 2010 - 12:30 pm

    How FUN is that first one! These kids are very photogenic – they deserve to be photographed by a professional for sure. Great work!

  • elizabeth pellette - November 19, 2010 - 5:15 pm

    love these and that elmer fudd wall..

  • Portrait Photographer in Denver - December 23, 2010 - 6:14 pm

    really digging the color pallet on these!

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.


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What a beautiful family!


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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.