It is truly a small world!  When the phone call came from a certain area code & prefix I had a sneaking suspicion the client’s world and my own sort of overlapped.  I was right!!  🙂  It was a pleasure to meet & photograph this beautiful family.  The boys had the most scrumptious lashes (I know, at some point they’ll be insulted I am saying that but because I am currently lashes obsessed I think it’s ok! 🙂 ), we hit it off.  I loved photographing your sweet boys, your beautiful family, loved meeting you both, S & B.  Thank you for allowing me to photograph this time in your lives.  Lastly I am so glad we experienced THE quintessential fall day.  Every year I have a preview that occurs on that day, I think you guys got the luck of the draw this time around.  It was GORGEOUS this past Sunday, thanks for coming out.

Here are only a few sneak peeks of an awesome session:

Naperville Child Photography

Relationship Family Photographer

Gosh I just adore this moment captured here

Suburban Chicago Photographer

I cannot believe how much air was achieved here.  B – I hope your back is ok!  😀

Thanks to the W Family!


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  • Mrs Soup - October 29, 2009 - 12:39 pm

    I was going to comment on my love of the first photo, the moment, the emotion, the tones, the post-processing….

    but then I saw the next one. And the third one. All of these are amazing.

  • Leila - October 30, 2009 - 9:17 pm

    The second one should be huge in their house. I totally love it!!!!!!

  • sushma - October 31, 2009 - 7:04 am

    marianne, you truly have a gift. we had a wonderful time on the quintessential fall day with you. The pics look amazing can’t wait to see the rest.

  • Sylvia Laughrin - October 31, 2009 - 11:53 am

    these are all so marmalicious,,, but the second one is a perfect mom/child pose. a pose that i use to do with my kids all the time.

    beautiful work as always!

  • corey civetta - November 3, 2009 - 8:02 am

    These are so awesome – too hard to pick a favorite! Love how you captured the connections between all of them!

  • Brandy Anderson - November 4, 2009 - 1:28 pm

    Such a happy family! Love your color!

I’ve been told that I’m honest to a fault, in this case I can honestly attest that I fell in love with these kids.  They really rocked my world!!  Fun, silly, sassy, goofy, smart, loving … all rolled into one.

Chloe is a beautiful girl, she loves to dance, read and watch silly movies.  Gavin is really into music, no stranger to Green Day and The Beastie Boys (by the way it made me excited to hear the Beastie Boys are still really considered cool! Brass Monkey anyone?).  He likes to be goofy and funny but has a really serious side as well.  Fun fun kids!

Thanks to their mom for bringing them out last week…here’s a taste of what’s to come!  Thanks guys, loved meeting & working with you!

Suburban Chicago Children

Chicago Tween Photography

Chicagoland Children

Isn’t this amazing fall color?  Love it!


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I sort of have the Beastie Boys segueway for this next little blurb: go see the Tamra Davis Cooking Show (Mike D’s wife from The Beasties).   It’s a really great blog/show about healthy eating for kids & families.  I think you’ll like it.  I love her straight up simple no frills approach to healthy eating plus I totally dig most of the music featured in her show segments.  Enjoy! 🙂

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  • Kristina Olsen - October 27, 2009 - 8:16 am

    Oh Marianne – they’re just gorgeous! I cannot wait to see the rest! Beautiful work.

  • elizabeth - October 28, 2009 - 10:20 am

    hey you…. sorry been so out of touch.. crazy busy over at my corner of the world.. love these photos.. hope you have been well.. I am hoping things will slow down some so I can get back to my blog reading

  • Lisa Kelly - November 1, 2009 - 2:21 pm

    That sibling shot is to die for. They look so relaxed and happy, just perfect. In fact, all of the images are like that, just wonderful.

  • PamN - November 2, 2009 - 9:16 am

    Their mother has to be beyond thrilled! I would be so happy & proud if these were my kids – look at how beautiful these images are!

This session was great fun!  Three kids, four outfits and a whole bunch of images.  E, A & E rocked this session.  I was so impressed with the amount of fun we had in the short amount of time we were together.  They rocked this session.  Annie – I think you are going to LOVE what we got.  You have three amazing kids-thank you for entrusting me with building your families’ memories for you!

A little bit of a sneak peek:

West Suburban Chicago Photographer

The not-so-wicked witch!

West Suburban Chicago Photography

Chicagoland Child Photographer

We had BIG fun together

Thanks to the R Kids for bringing a whole bunch of Halloween and other goodness to the Marmalade Studio last week!!  🙂

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  • annie - October 25, 2009 - 9:24 pm

    Wow!! These are fantastic, I cannot wait to see the rest of the images. Thanks so very much!!!!!!!!!!

  • Marianne - October 26, 2009 - 7:38 am

    Oh my gosh Annie, you’re welcome. Your kids were wonderful. I cannot wait to fully dive into your session!

  • PamN - October 26, 2009 - 9:04 am

    What adorable children, and kudos to mom for the incredibly cute outfits! Love the personalities shining through in the last one!

  • Terrilyn - October 27, 2009 - 6:33 am

    Oh my gosh!! Mare these are so cool! From the little witch to the boys-being-boys by the lake to the last fabulous shot of all three – just perfect!

R and his mom Debi came out to the studio earlier this week for a bit of the Marmalade Urban session.  R was a fantastic model!  The occasions when I have willing (and STILL!) subjects to photograph…gosh I don’t know what to do with myself!

Thank you R for being awesomely fun to photograph and letting me do all my random location spotting.  You rocked it!  Here’s your sneak peek…

Professional Child Photographer

Urban Photo Shoot

Thanks R & Debi!

More sneak peeking to follow…


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  • Brandy - October 25, 2009 - 10:58 am

    He is stylin’! Gorgeous images!

  • Lisa Kelly - October 25, 2009 - 2:34 pm

    OH wow, what a cool dude he is. Love these.

  • marie - October 26, 2009 - 8:55 pm

    one cool kid huh?

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful family, the S Family.  A big huge thanks to a Marmalade Favorite who referred me to the S Family for a fall Marmalade Location session.

I just need to say this … Ken & Kim, you have beautiful children, so kind and well mannered, it was an honor to photograph your family at this time in your lives.  I had a blast at your session, your images rock!  Here’s a little sneak peek!

Child Photographer

Kid Photographer

Oh my gosh the boys look so much alike, it’s kind of funny I’m just noticing it now as I am posting this!


Sibling Photography

Family Photographer

I’m a sucker for the one person looking at me from a group kind of shot.  This makes me smile. 🙂

More sneak peeks coming up in the next few.  It’s the big reschedule week this week.  Still booking several Fall dates with guaranteed Holiday delivery.

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  • Sylvia Laughrin - October 21, 2009 - 11:02 am

    i too thought it was the same boy in the 1st / 2nd image. the family is beautiful and I love how you captured them in the last image.

  • Mrs Soup - October 21, 2009 - 12:05 pm

    Beautiful photos! That last photo is just amazing! Gorgeous family!

  • Leila - October 21, 2009 - 3:57 pm

    beautiful family and of course your images, what can a girl say ???

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  • Sheri V - October 22, 2009 - 7:58 pm

    Oh wow super gorgeous as always !! … what a treasure

  • Sherri W - October 23, 2009 - 4:54 am

    Oh wow. That first shot of their son is gorgeous. The family shot above should be purchased huge. It’s really a great memory/testimony/treasure (you pick) to have. I love that not every family has to have a shot of them all looking. They can have that too, but the family shot above is just something I’d love to have myself.

  • Brandy - October 25, 2009 - 11:01 am

    Gorgeous family, I absolutely love their outfits!