I have a confession, one of my favorite images of all time is from the Spring of 2006.  Those that have been at my studio will know this image well when they see it.  Little E is and was a total natural for the camera – the camera digs her and she knows it!

It was a pleasure to be invited back to this family’s home this past weekend. It’s amusing to visit a family after not seeing them for awhile – it’s like Father Time waved his magic wand and POOF! the kids are grown up.  In this case they added on an adorable little brother.  Thank you M Family for entrusting Marmalade Photography to produce some more awesome imagery of your beautiful kids once again.  It is both a pleasure and an honor to be allowed into people’s homes & lives for a little while to produce memories.  It is doubly so when I am welcomed back.

Without further adieu – a couple of sneak peeks of some pretty awesome kids:

Sibling photography in the Chicago area

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PEEK A BOO!  I see you! 🙂

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A wonderful smiley moment

And the piece de resistance – the wayback machine takes us to 2006:

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  • PamN - April 15, 2010 - 12:19 pm

    So adorable – childhood captured in such a cool, modern fun way!

  • lauri - April 15, 2010 - 5:03 pm

    Oh gosh, look at her! That old one of yours is one of my favorites too. Very cute family and wonderful, fun images of their childhood. I love your work Mare.

  • Loveland Children's Photographer - July 20, 2010 - 12:28 pm

    The fence photo is super cute, as well as the bottom w/ the pink and dirty feet!. Well done. Great inspiration.

This past few months has been a whirlwind of activity for me, I feel like I have hardly had time to catch my breath!  Mostly personal things – some heart breaking, some frustrating.  A busier than usual winter shooting schedule also has kept me busy – something that I’m happy to report.

So when I was "forced" to go out and get shots of my youngest – I felt a palpable excitement during our session together, something that I sometimes worry will be gone one day (thankfully I can report that it’s there!).  It was exciting to be back in the warmth of the sunshine and back in nature.  I felt heady with excitement and anticipation of what my captures would be and how they would appear once I was finished putting my magic into it.  I felt invigorated and renewed.  I guess my few weeks off from the business side of things I has left me renewed, much like what spring signifies – almost a new beginning.

Happy Spring!

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 We are now booking through the summer months for family, child, sibling and baby photography sessions.  Call us today to book your very own Marmalade Experience!!  815.603.8450

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  • Kimberly Hill - April 13, 2010 - 6:32 am

    Oh, I love it! More Marmalicious light and color and outdoor beauty. Not to mention your little, who’s not so little anymore.

  • PamN - April 13, 2010 - 10:50 am

    Such a classic, timeless look with a twist of modern style – just like you!

  • Rita - April 13, 2010 - 12:21 pm

    Hi there, I’ve been following for some time and LOVE your work. Thought I’d drop a line already =) This location is beautiful btw.

I’ve had a few weeks off for a much needed break, just easing back into "work" mode again, it was wonderful to get some time to regroup.  Time flew by quickly and now I’m fired up to take on the world!  🙂 

Every once in a great while I encounter someone who reminds me how lucky I am as a mom, as a human.  Every once in awhile I encounter someone who has amazing strength, a desire for survival and inner beauty that radiates outwards and undoubtedly I had that encounter the other day.  Little H – happy 2nd birthday you amazing, beautiful girl!  Thank you to her and her remarkable mom, Jamie, for coming out to the studio the other day from the Schaumburg area.  I hope that you enjoy these sneak peeks.  It was a pleasure getting to know you!

Schaumburg Child Photographer

Her favorite "pose" – love it!

Chicago Child Photographer

We have Dolce, sans Gabbana here 🙂


I also want to thank my mentee, Linda, who traveled from Hong Kong to Chicago!  She wins my award for the most frequent flier miles out of any workshop attendee or mentorship attendee.  I am honored to have worked with you – I’m certain you will rock Hong Kong with your amazing talent!

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  • Kirsty - April 2, 2010 - 8:06 am

    Wow what a little cutie! Beautiful images…

  • Jamie Page - April 2, 2010 - 8:43 am

    Marianne – the photos are gorgeous! Thank you so much – we had a wonderful time spending the day with you and Linda. I was so worried that Miss H would be shy and unwilling to take photos but she was so happy and relaxed with you both. I can’t wait to see the rest of the photos! Have a wonderful Easter and we’ll talk soon! Jamie

  • Lisa Kelly - April 3, 2010 - 2:34 am

    Beautiful images. Love the moddy black and whites. Lovely as always.

  • PamN - April 3, 2010 - 9:30 am

    She is absolutely adorable! Love the first one so much – just speaks to how small she is, and learning about the world while under the safety of her mom

  • Ruby Campbell - April 4, 2010 - 11:16 pm

    Great images

  • corey sewell - April 5, 2010 - 8:17 am

    Love that first one! She is so adorable and I love her expressions!

  • Linda - April 8, 2010 - 10:07 am

    Mare, the photos came out AWESOME! Thanks for everything again! i had a great time with you and definitely learned a lot from our precious day together! :D:D

  • Terri - April 9, 2010 - 7:42 pm

    She is totally adorable. Absolutely love her eyes in the first image. And can I mention mom’s boots. YUM!

  • ALT Designs - Alicia Thurston - April 10, 2010 - 6:17 pm

    Love the first shot, stylish mom, gorgeous girl!

  • sabrina - April 17, 2010 - 6:57 pm

    beautiful pictures of one of my favorite little girls!

What a fun time we had earlier this week at the studio, Little L’s mom brought her out to the studio from the Norridge area to be photographed.  Her outfit, simply amazing.  Her personality, shining.  A happy, beautiful girl.  Thank you for allowing me to capture who L is at 3 years of age:

Chicago area children

Norridge Child Photography

She is so very pretty, isn’t she?

•  •  •  •  •

This week was an amazing week.  Busy, very busy, but fulfilling and beautiful.  Not only did I get to photograph some of the most beautiful kids this side of Lake Michigan during the week – I also had the opportunity to speak to some incredible, funny and talented middle school kids at Naperville’s Scullen School in the west suburbs.  I was so nervous – never having spoken in the school setting before (teaching adults is much less daunting, why?  I don’t know!  LOL)  After all my anticipation and nervousness – it was such an amazing and fulfilling experience. 

I’d like to take some time to thank Monica and the rest of the teachers who allowed me into their daily lives to experience a little of what they do.  What an amazing gift!  To infuse young minds with knowledge – to be able to give of yourself and what you know – what an incredible feeling.  Thank you to the Naperville IPSD 201 for this wonderful and not soon forgotten experience.  I hope the kids had half as much fun as I did!

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  • allie - February 28, 2010 - 5:19 pm

    WOW! Her expression in the first… it is so full of joy and sweetness! That background as you set it up in the second one is just perfect- gorgeous work as always!

  • Marianne - February 28, 2010 - 5:35 pm

    Thank you Allie. It was an amazing end to a fabulous week.

  • lauri - February 28, 2010 - 6:25 pm

    Oh she is sweet Mare! Your work is always so gorgeous!

  • Joanna - February 28, 2010 - 8:47 pm

    I absolutely LOVE LOVE the results 😉 especially the first pic! We had a great time and we will definitely be back for future sessions! I can’t wait to see more pics! 😉 😉

  • Terrilyn - March 1, 2010 - 11:59 am

    What an absolutely beautiful little lady and fantastic portraits of her Mare. I can certainly see her personality coming through, especially in that first capture.

  • PamN - March 3, 2010 - 10:50 am

    Wow! If I were her mom I would be so, so thrilled! You captured such depth for such a young child – this girl is something special, and these images really capture that!

  • Christine - March 3, 2010 - 10:19 pm

    Aw, she really is stunning… what a gorgeous girl, M! 🙂 Love the soft light on her face too – awesome work! 🙂 xx

  • Anna-Karin - March 5, 2010 - 8:17 pm

    What a sweet and lovely little girl. You really captured her well, both the happy sweet girl in the first image and the serene contemplating moment in the second one.
    Lovely memories for her family to have as she grows and changes!

  • Lisa Kelly - March 8, 2010 - 3:20 pm

    That first image is, WOW! So much of her personality is shining through in that image. I agree, the outfit is too cute for words and so is she. Beautiful work.

  • elizabeth pellette - March 14, 2010 - 8:34 am

    isnt she just the sweetest thing

  • Corey Sewell - March 14, 2010 - 2:13 pm

    She’s such a beautiful little girl. Love that first one!

  • Naperville Dermatologists - March 16, 2010 - 9:36 pm

    Beautiful images! Was the first photo taken with a 50mm?

  • Marianne - April 2, 2010 - 1:29 am

    For the first commenter – it was. Thank you for the kind words!

I had the great pleasure of meeting A & C today, they are adorable brothers who made me smile from ear to ear.  You got a friend in me, A & C.  Thanks to their lovely parents for bringing out the boys to the studio!  Here’s just a bit of a sneak peek!

Child Photography

Chicago Child Photography

Plainfield Child Photographer

Look at the bright happy colors – I cannot wait until spring!  🙂  Thank you for stopping in.

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  • Veronica - Vera Photo - February 23, 2010 - 11:48 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I love theese brown eyes!

  • PamN - February 24, 2010 - 10:44 am

    Beautiful kids, especially striking eyes!

  • Lisa Kelly - February 24, 2010 - 2:46 pm

    They are so handsome. Gorgeous eyes, gorgeous images.

  • Terrilyn - February 25, 2010 - 4:15 pm

    Such sweet captures Mare, I always enjoy visiting your site. Lovely work!

  • Daveen - February 25, 2010 - 11:49 pm

    Um . . . absolutely DARLING little boys photographed in perfect Marmalade style. Beautiful work!