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 ???

  • Gina Sandrzyk - October 21, 2009 - 6:25 pm


  • 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 🙂

I couldn’t have been happier this past weekend when I got a chance to see Little E again (she was not so serious this time!) and meet the rest of her family for a session that included everyone!  Lisa, thank you for trusting me again with your beautiful kids and the memories of them at this age.  This was a ridiculously fun session on an unbelievably beautiful day (we haven’t had very many of those, have we?)  I loved meeting and photographing Little E, her brothers and her beautiful parents, such a gorgeous family.  Thank you J Family, here’s a little bit of what’s to come…


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With October as official family portrait month isn’t it time to get your Chicago family photographer lined up for your 2009 Fall session?  We love creating memories for our clients, give us a call at 815-603-8450 to get on the list for fun, beautiful family photographs by Marmalade Photography.

October is Family Portrait Month


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  • Lisa - October 6, 2009 - 7:08 pm

    Thanks for such a fun afternoon!! I can’t wait to see the rest of them – I’ve been like a kid on Christmas morning all day!! I love that shot of Jeff and Ellie! You are amazing….

  • Mrs Soup - October 7, 2009 - 9:40 am

    What a beautiful family! I ADORE the little girls outfit…that is just too cute!

  • corey civetta - October 7, 2009 - 10:29 am

    These are absolutely gorgeous! I love them all but if I was the mom in that first one I would have to have that huge!

  • lisa lucky - October 9, 2009 - 11:38 am

    Really beautiful session! That light!

  • Daveen - October 9, 2009 - 8:58 pm

    Such beautiful family portraits. Love your style. These will truly be keepsakes!

  • Terrilyn - October 11, 2009 - 12:22 pm

    Um, wow!! What a beautiful family and stunning location! Mare, that first image just melts my heart – what a perfect Mommy moment you’ve captured!

  • Tonya Marie - October 11, 2009 - 1:07 pm

    I love the connections you captured here. The first images is just so heartwarming!

  • Brandy - October 12, 2009 - 11:28 am

    oh my goodness, what a beautiful family!

  • Christine Pobke - October 15, 2009 - 5:19 pm

    That first shot is amazing!! I love the backlighting so much, it’s so warm and lovely! 🙂