The other day I had the most fabulous time with some of the most awesome kids in the ‘burbs.  I was lucky enough to get to visit with M1and her brother C several years ago at their home and this time they came out to see me with their little sister (we’ll call her M2)  🙂 

Thanks to their wonderful mom, Jackie, for bringing them out to the studio!  Jackie it was so wonderful to see you again and thanks for the marmalade!!  (The *real* marmalade).  I’ll have to upload a shot of it on another day.  Mmmmm…

Without further adieu, here is C, M1 and M2 !  What a beautiful set of sibs.


and because I love it so and Jackie got an LCD sneak peek on the day of the session, my buddy SuperC!

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  • Mrs Soup - April 30, 2010 - 9:32 am

    I love the first photo….it seems to really show the personalities of the kids. Gorgeous!

  • Janine Dietz - April 30, 2010 - 12:18 pm

    So cute — I love the umbrella idea too! The second one is adorable!

  • Rachel - May 1, 2010 - 12:03 am

    I really love your work.

  • PamN - May 7, 2010 - 2:28 pm

    That first one is to die for! Love how it just says “childhood”!

  • Corey Sewell - May 11, 2010 - 7:35 am

    Love these! They both capture childhood so well!

  • Lisa Kelly - May 23, 2010 - 5:07 pm

    I am dying over the umbrella shot, how gorgeous.

  • Sophie Crew - June 10, 2010 - 12:35 am

    I am loving that umbrella shot! It’s perfect!!

Before I get going on sneak peeking…I must say that this is the most amazing April ever!!  The flowers are in bloom as if it was May, the weather is gorgeous and just wow on the spring colors.  I’ve been taking almost daily long walks with good friends and enjoying this crazy awesome weather and the fabulous, well, everything!  I hope you too are getting outside to enjoy the gorgeousness.  Life is good.

I had the privilege of photographing S last year, in a session with her adorable & funny brother.  But her mom, Faith, wanted a session just for her.  I love the idea of photographing a child separately from their siblings – it gives them a definite feeling of being special, being in the spotlight and showcasing their unique qualities.  I love Faith for seeing this as an advantage!  And while yesterday was a just a tad chilly, S braved the cold (as all great supermodels do) and we managed to get some incredible images.  Thank you S & Faith for coming out yesterday!  I hope you enjoy these sneak peeks!

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Happy girl.

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Finally…the more serious side.

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  • Lisa Kelly - April 21, 2010 - 4:49 pm

    She is a stunning girl and i agree, mum is so clever to give each child their moment in the spotlight. Gorgeous images.

  • Corey Sewell - April 23, 2010 - 12:14 pm

    Gorgeous images of a gorgeous girl! I love them all and know her mom is going to be thrilled!

  • PamN - April 26, 2010 - 10:10 am

    These will mean SO MUCH to her as an adult – she will always know how much she was adored!

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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  • 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!