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 Minted.com or Tinyprints.com for cards.  Hurry now because time moves fast especially at this time of year!


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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!