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:

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The not-so-wicked witch!

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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…

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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!

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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!


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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!

Earlier this past week (before all the rescheduling craziness that has taken over my business life due to unseasonably rainy & cold weather!) I had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful G Family.  I feel bad as I am a few days behind in sneak peeking these-so Lindsay these are for you!  Thank you for allowing me to photograph your handsome C and for coming out for a Marmalade session in the forest!  Here’s just a little taste of what’s to come! 🙂

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He’s such a cutie!


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It’s as if he’s saying: "Here I have something for you!" 


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And here he’s really doing peek-a-boo!  I *hart* mom-child shots and this is definitely one of my faves of all time.

Thank you G Family for entrusting me with your memories-just taking a sneak peek at your session to post these few images I know you’re going to love these!

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I am contemplating adding on another day of mini sessions for mid November.  If you’re interested in this last 2009 chance for a LTD Session with Marmalade Photography for Holiday cards & gifts, drop me a line and I’ll send details.  Email me if you’re interested.

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Finally – it bears repeating.  Keep Me, Protect Me, Share Me.  I still love this video:


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  • Leila - October 16, 2009 - 9:56 pm

    love this set! That video still gives me chills and makes me a little teary every time I watch it. How wonderful to be able to give people such a gift.

  • PamN - October 17, 2009 - 5:59 am

    What an adorable toddler! I love the one with the flower, but the one with his Mom is definitely one I would get BIG!

  • Terrilyn - October 17, 2009 - 6:16 am

    Oh my! I gasped out loud when I saw that first portrait Mare, simply stunning! These are all beauuuuutiful!

  • Amanda K - October 17, 2009 - 8:21 am

    So so SO divine. What GORGEOUS shots… and man I just *love* the family shot with bub looking back at you.

  • Brandy - October 17, 2009 - 11:41 am

    These are beautiful, and I just love your location!

  • Mrs Soup - October 19, 2009 - 10:09 am

    That first photo is so amazingly gorgeous! Love it!

  • Kristie Chadwick - October 19, 2009 - 1:26 pm

    He is an adorable little guy. great images!

  • Sylvia Laughrin - October 20, 2009 - 7:43 pm

    awww! his a little cutie and I love the first image that you captured. perfect.

  • Christine Pobke - October 21, 2009 - 7:36 am

    I am seriously loving that 2nd shot to bits!!! AHH! 🙂 Fantastic session! 🙂

My schedule this week is a bit insane but I just had a couple of last minute reschedules for later this month and instead of taking advantage of the slow day in the week I thought maybe I’d put this offer out there.  If anyone is interested in a session tomorrow, Wednesday October 14 – I will happily do their session for 50% off the session fee.  I normally don’t ever do this but last minute reschedules do occasionally happen (in this case the kids are very sick, hope they feel better soon!)  Please give me a call asap at 815.603.8450 to take advantage of this 50% session fee!   Session time is later afternoon and all other regular pricing will apply.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of photographing the M family.  Their newest member, little Z, was there – you may remember his mom’s beautiful maternity photographs from late 2008.  This was a session for the whole family to shine and it was so fun.  Z has two big brothers and they were really great kids, up for anything and with a few ideas of their own (and this I love!).

A few sneak peeks for the M family:

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I love his cute expression here, very "I don’t know what to make of all of this…"  adorable!

A big thank you to the M family for bearing the chilly weather of this past weekend to create such beautiful family photographs!

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  • PamN - October 15, 2009 - 2:22 am

    What handsome boys! I love the looks you caught of the older two, captures what those ages are all about!

  • Christine Pobke - October 15, 2009 - 5:09 pm

    Wow, love this session! Gosh, I just love your colors so much… you’re amazing! 🙂

  • Brandy - October 17, 2009 - 11:42 am

    Oh wow! Who wouldn’t love family photos like these????

  • Teri Mason - October 17, 2009 - 12:05 pm

    What a gorgeous family. Love the images, esp of the big boys! Such rich colors and handsome guys 🙂