I so very much enjoyed meeting Christine & her gorgeous (I mean *gorgeous*!) baby boy.  I am a sucker for sweet babies who have beautiful heads of hair and boy, was I not disappointed!!  🙂  Thank you so very much, Christine, for coming out to the studio yesterday and allowing me to photograph this sweet bundle.  Here are just a couple of sneak peeks!

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I am so in love with this spur of the moment shot to test the light.  LOVE moments like this!


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  • Sherri W - February 6, 2010 - 8:00 am

    Beautiful! I just love that second shot of this baby. That hat is to die for on her!! Love it.

    Great work as always! I know the parents are always pleased, and they should be! I know I would, but you are too far away from me.

  • Julie - February 7, 2010 - 10:11 am

    He is adorable – love his hair!!! These are beautiful images of him.

  • Corey Sewell - February 8, 2010 - 10:34 am

    What a handsome little man! Love these!

  • Yvonne - February 9, 2010 - 12:37 pm

    Stunning images!

  • PamN - February 11, 2010 - 6:55 am

    Look at that adorable baby! Such wonderful images – mom must be thrilled!

  • Lisa Kelly - February 16, 2010 - 6:21 am

    He really is adorable. Love these images.

  • allie - February 16, 2010 - 7:24 pm

    Oh my goodness- that little face, that hair… the little hat- these are precious!!

You may remember the beautiful mom to be & her son from a few posts back…if so prepare to meet the beautiful & sweet baby D.  I was privileged to photograph her this past weekend – she was just under 2 weeks old and is absolutely gorgeous.  A big huge thank you to the W Family for allowing me to take over their home for several hours (probably longer than any of us anticipated, little D wasn’t into sleeping too much that day!) to create these amazingly beautiful newborn shots of baby D.

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oh I love those sweet newborn pouts


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I did mention she didn’t want to sleep didn’t I?  These images make me look like a liar!

Thank you Corey, Ted & the kids for allowing me into your lives to capture these early sweet moments with your beautiful family!! 

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  • Mrs Soup - January 21, 2010 - 11:22 am

    Oh man, those little baby lips are amazing….Gorgeous!

  • Leila - January 23, 2010 - 10:57 pm

    Ooooo, she is so amazingly pretty. Love them both, but the second one, her little lips, precious. I would get that one big!

  • allie - January 23, 2010 - 11:35 pm

    beautiful, beautiful baby!!

  • Julie - January 24, 2010 - 10:04 am

    Gorgeous! Look at those lips too! I really love the colour in the first one.

  • Joy Vertz - January 24, 2010 - 2:03 pm

    such a beautiful baby! What beautiful images!

  • Sara Siegel - January 24, 2010 - 8:54 pm

    Amazing photos and gorgeous baby!

  • Lisa Kelly - January 25, 2010 - 2:44 pm

    Awww, she is gorgeous and I love that black and white image, timeless.

  • PamN - January 26, 2010 - 3:51 pm

    You can so easily tell she’s a girl – look how pretty she is! Beautiful light Mare!

  • corey sewell - January 27, 2010 - 10:01 am

    So beautiful! Love the soft colors in the first one!

  • elizabeth pellette - January 28, 2010 - 1:14 pm

    These are beautiful Mare

  • Sherri W - January 31, 2010 - 6:12 pm

    Oh those are beautiful, soft and so precious. That second image is one I can SOOOO see on my wall if I were the Mom!!

  • Yvonne - February 2, 2010 - 5:02 pm

    So beautiful and peaceful!

  • Nancy - February 4, 2010 - 10:30 am

    Gosh, these are just precious. The light is perfect.

  • Lori Wood Habiger - February 5, 2010 - 9:05 am

    Oh gosh, how sweet! These *almost* make me want to have another.

  • funky photography - February 6, 2010 - 2:19 am

    oh gosh just came across your site via a friend, how lovely!!! beautiful images and adore the props xxxxx best wishes from queensland annie x

This past weekend was filled to the brim with Marmalade favorites!  On Saturday I got to photograph beautiful P and her big brother M.  I have known M since, well, since before he was born even!  It has been wonderful to watch him grow.  I wasn’t disappointed when he came to the door to greet me with: "Miss Marianne, what car do you drive?" as he did back a few months ago at our last session.

P had just turned one years old (seriously WHERE is time going?!) and this was really mostly about her (altho we did get quite a bit of M in there too!) 

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I adore the way her hands are grasping at her outfit.  This was such a great outfit for her.   One of my favorite shots of 2010!

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It’s no secret that I find the little quirks of family life fascinating – I love the implied interaction here – the happy goofiness of 2 kids under four years old sort of moment – it’s one of those lifestyle moments that I adore.  With kids this age, THIS is the kind of fun shot that I wished I had of my own family.   Ah, if I could only go back in time to recapture this stuff… 🙂

Thanks for stopping in…

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  • Kim - January 19, 2010 - 1:56 pm

    What great photos! Thank you for capturing these moments. Can’t wait to see the rest.

  • PamN - January 20, 2010 - 8:58 am

    What a fabulously fun and modern family image! Love it!

  • lauri - January 21, 2010 - 12:29 am

    These are the lifestyle moments I adore too… and you do them so well! Beautiful beautiful…

  • Melissa Rohde - January 25, 2010 - 11:33 am

    A beautiful family portrait. These are the moments we will want to remember.

  • Melissa Rohde - January 25, 2010 - 11:37 am

    Beautiful family portrait. These are the moments we will want to remember.

Whew.  This weekend was a whirlwind of activity.  The Marmalade home was awash with the stomach flu the weekend prior and I had to do some schedule juggling to make it all happen this weekend!  We’ll kick off the weekend festivities with a blog entry from late last week’s fun session with A & A. 

I have been photographing Bananas and her family since she was 3 months old – I *always* look forward to our sessions together and seeing her beautiful mom Beth.  Now that she has a little brother – we spend time playing and photographing him as well.  I love working with this family and feel honored that they allow me into their lives every time I get to photograph them.

Little brother, A, had some bath time – I got some amazing bath time images and this shot pre-bath just made me 🙂 from ear to ear – I really love this shot so much:


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Is he a handsome devil or what?  He has the most beautiful lashes in the world.

Here’s Bananas in a more contemplative moment:

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I love her curls and the way the light shines in her eyes here

Thank you for stopping in.

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  • Mrs Soup - January 18, 2010 - 5:22 pm

    Oh my, you have inspired me to shoot a bathtime shoot of my daughter! That is GORGEOUS!

  • PamN - January 19, 2010 - 11:11 am

    That bathtub shot simply must be made into a canvas and displayed in that bathroom!

  • Amanda Keeys - January 21, 2010 - 3:52 am

    Ohh the bath tub shot! So sweet.

Happy 2010 to everyone!!  Let’s start off the year with a bang! 

This past week I had a wonderful newborn session with Baby Michael and his mom L.  L is well on her way to sunny Florida (lucky girl!  I bet she knew in advance we’d be experiencing -20ºF windchills this weekend, brrr…) 

Here’s a couple little sneaks for you L.  Thank you so much for coming out to the studio for a Marmalade session!

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L- mission accomplished.  Admittedly I worried for a few minutes but we got it! 🙂 

I had to postpone this sneak peek because of a little blog issue on the backend and a huge thanks to the guys over at ProPhoto blog for their outstanding customer support.  In this industry customer service is extremely hit or miss and it was a total hit.  Thank you Matt for helping me out earlier this week – I really appreciate it. 

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  • LeAnn Linehan - January 2, 2010 - 7:29 pm

    I LOVE them! Thanks for coming in on your vacation for Michael’s photo session :-). We really enjoyed working with you.

  • PamN - January 5, 2010 - 7:41 am

    Adorable – the baby and the images! Timeless, priceless images.

  • Corey Sewell - January 5, 2010 - 12:43 pm

    Beautiful work, Mare! Love the eye contact in the first one.

  • Julie - January 6, 2010 - 11:58 am

    Beautiful images! And I love the eye contact in the first one – so alert and sweet!

  • elizabeth pellette - January 7, 2010 - 10:19 am

    These are wonderful I especially love the last shot

  • Lisa Kelly - January 15, 2010 - 3:13 pm

    OH he is just lovely. Stunning images.