ANNOUNCING: Portrait Allure – photography + life + style

I am proud to introduce myself as a member of the team over at Portrait Allure.  Portrait Allure is a website dedicated to life, style and photography.  Our mission is to infuse the lives of professional photographers with smart, effective design, sophisticated style and having fun while doing so.

The inception of this site is inspired by so many fantastic lifestyle blogs out there, I am very excited to be part of this venture with some really terrific photographers from across the nation.

On that note, I am introducing our first SHE SAID / SHE SAID feature where we are taking one question posed to two photographers to offer up two differing points of view.  So please go check us out at Portrait Allure : A photography lifestyle blog 

The SHE SAID / SHE SAID feature is a great twist on the typical interview.  I hope you enjoy our views.


Contact MeEmail This PostBack To Top
  • Chantena - March 31, 2010 - 1:48 pm

    OMG love the site…..I love all the little tips, ideas, information, and just seeing some stuff other photogs think are neat……ill def be a follower of allure!

  • Chantena - March 31, 2010 - 1:48 pm

    OMG love the site…..I love all the little tips, ideas, information, and just seeing some stuff other photogs think are neat……ill def be a follower of allure!!

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!

Elk Grove Village Child Photographer

Baby Photography

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


Contact MeEmail This PostBack To Top
  • 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.

newborn photographer

oh I love those sweet newborn pouts


chicago baby photographer

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!! 

Contact MeEmail This PostBack To Top
  • 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!) 

Chicago Children

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!

Chicago Family Photographer

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…

Contact MeEmail This PostBack To Top
  • 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:


Child photography

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

Here’s Bananas in a more contemplative moment:

Chicago child photographer

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

Thank you for stopping in.

Contact MeEmail This PostBack To Top
  • 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.