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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I’ve been photographing Becca’s beautiful kids for a long time, I’ve been blessed to have such amazing clients who *get* it and spread the word to their friends who get it too and in this case, meeting Becca and the amazing J&M happened very early on in my photography career.

J is an amazing, energetic and beautiful girl (those who come to the studio to see samples of images may recognize her as the girl in the hat on the blue wall)  and M is a bundle of adorableness rolled up into cuteness and topped with a good dose of handsome.  I love working with them so much, it gives me great joy to produce these amazing images for Becca and her family.

Thank you for coming out to the studio last week for a Marmalade Location session.  I think you will be thrilled with these images:



A bunch of hams…I tell ya.



I have a black & white one on my Facebook Fan Page…haven’t decided which one I love more.  I love ’em both for different reasons…





Thank you!!

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  • PamN - October 19, 2010 - 6:08 am

    THIS is exactly why people should use an experienced professional custom photographer; these images are beautiful, emotional, and timeless!

  • Corey - October 19, 2010 - 12:36 pm

    These are gorgeous, Mare! The first and last are so fun and the one with the balloons is just stunning – love it.

  • Dejah - February 7, 2011 - 9:40 pm


Whoa!  What a whirlwind couple of weeks.  On a sort of last minute basis I shifted a couple client sessions around and was able to attend a photography workshop on the West Coast.  A whirlwind of activity preceded my departure for the Bay Area which included this session for a beautiful family that happens to be an old Marmalade Favorite!

Jorie,  it was a joy seeing your gorgeous kids and to finally meet little E.  Thank you for allowing me to capture the spontaneity and grace of your beautiful family.



Beautiful G who was born to be photographed!



Handsome J who is as charming as he is devilish (in a good way!)



Gorgeous E who shines, just like her shirt says she should.


As for the photography workshop, I am humbled and amazed and cannot wait to get a free moment to get caught up on things so I can peek and edit a few images to show everyone.  Stay tuned!

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  • Barbara B - October 13, 2010 - 9:03 am

    Amazing work!!! The parents will be thrilled.

  • jorie - October 13, 2010 - 10:43 am

    Love these pictures. I can’t wait to see more!! Amazing how Elle’s scraped up chin appears perfect here. Thank you!!

  • Corey - October 14, 2010 - 12:45 pm

    Gorgeous images of gorgeous kids! Love them all, Mare – just beautiful!

  • PamN - October 15, 2010 - 6:36 pm

    Love the angles and dof on these – so modern and flattering!

SOOOOO behind.  So very behind.

I had the pleasure of hanging out with the C kids and their amazing parents late last week.  I loved finally getting to meet these beauties and am so glad we had some great light to play with!!  Thank you Kristy for bringing your beautiful family out to the studio late last week…on with your sneak peeks!!


All photogs should know what an accomplishment this is…I think belly lying position is my fave for sibling shots in this age group!



LOVE this pout face!



This baby girl is such a sweetie pie.  What a beautiful family!

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  • Corey Sewell - September 30, 2010 - 9:19 am

    These are beautiful, Mare! Love them all but that one of them together is too cute!

  • PamN - September 30, 2010 - 11:01 am

    Beautiful, beautiful children – your style is just perfect for them!

  • Julie - October 4, 2010 - 12:20 pm

    Gorgeous portraits! The light is perfect and they are perfect little subjects – so cute!

  • Leila - October 5, 2010 - 7:54 am


I had the most amazing time this past weekend seeing one of my favorite subjects John and had an opportunity to meet his gorgeous sister!!  They came out to the studio to be photographed amongst the rustic urban setting of my downtown Wilmington studio.  John has THE MOST amazing eyes and lashes and his sister didn’t fair too badly herself.  Such gorgeous kids.  Thank you Renée for allowing myself (and my mentee MaryAnn) to photograph your gorgeous children!  …on with the sneak peeking:



and introducing the little sis:



…and finally a thank you to MaryAnn who was an awesome student for this past weekend’s

See The Light 1:1 Photographer program.

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  • PamN - September 28, 2010 - 12:44 pm

    LOVE these – so beautiful and different. The baby is completely angelic!