It was a complete jolt to my system to come back home after spending five days on the beach sweating.  The weather was beautiful in Florida’s amazing Rosemary Beach, our hostess Marla of Marla & Shane Photographers and her assistant Brittany created a remarkable atmosphere-loads of learning, fun and just relaxing (a little anyway).  We did so much in our five days – it wasn’t just lounging around and sunning, I swear.  Thank you to Marla & Brittany for hosting this (sometimes wild, ok mostly wild) bunch of some of the most talented children’s photographers in the world, aka my photography friends.

I was mostly a slacker, this was my fourth time to the area (it’s my very favorite destination btw for beaching it up-the sand is so pure and the water is beautifully emerald in color) and I really didn’t snap a ton of photos.  Yeah I took iPhone snapshots here & there but I didn’t go crazy.  BUT-the time I did take my camera out it was pure magic.  Brandy Anderson of Calgary’s Fresh Sugar Photography brought her wedding dress just for a trash the dress session on the white sands of Rosemary Beach and I, a sucker for pretty people in beautiful clothes, went crazy shooting her impromptu trash the dress session.  So here are some fun things – not client related and more shooting for me than anyone else (and well…Brandy too 🙂 ) from our session together.  Thank you Brandy, you rock!!

rosemary beach photographer

bridal photography

fun wedding shot

trash the dress session

beach photograph

wedding gown photo


beach wedding

bridal photo

moody wedding gown photo

Thanks for stopping in.

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  • Desiree Hayes - September 29, 2009 - 2:18 pm

    LOVE these!! Stunning!!

  • Brandy - September 29, 2009 - 2:20 pm

    I think I am in love with you! These are so pretty, I am amazed with what you did with my sunburned, drowned-rat look! Thank you so much, these photos are truly a precious gift to me.

  • Marla Carter - September 29, 2009 - 5:05 pm

    Gorgeous!!! The next to last one is AMAZING!!! Thanks for the blog lovin!

  • Kristie Chadwick - September 29, 2009 - 10:32 pm

    i love these. What a fun session. She is beautiful!

  • Brittany - September 30, 2009 - 1:02 pm

    it was so nice to meet you! Hope to see you next year…love the images…so much fun!

  • PamN - September 30, 2009 - 4:44 pm

    Jaw-droppingly gorgeous – the girl and the images! What every bride would die for! I think couples who didn’t have the time or budget for great wedding photos should consider this!

  • Cheryl Johnson - October 4, 2009 - 7:16 am

    straight out of the page of high fashion mag – just stunning work

  • Tonya Marie - October 5, 2009 - 6:49 am

    These have such a dreamy feeling. Just gorgeous!

  • Brandy - October 5, 2009 - 11:38 am

    I came back to look again, you are awesome!

  • corey civetta - October 5, 2009 - 7:42 pm

    These are so beautiful, Mare!

  • Stacey Woods - October 13, 2009 - 10:11 pm

    Oh my word. These are fabulous, Mare. Delicious light and wonderful connection. She’s gorgeous!! You are a master of harnessing light, I swear it.

    And thank you for the blog love! xo

  • Plus Size Ginger - February 9, 2011 - 11:50 am

    I love the black and white pieces!

This is for Tasha-I may just finally be caught up!!  (and yes, I’m still chillaxing by the beach & having the time of my life)  Wish you all were here (well maybe not ALL since it’d be awful crowded).

Anyway before I head back to reality a quick sneak peek for Tasha, just a little taste of what’s to come.  Thanks for coming out to the studio last weekend, I enjoyed meeting you and photographing Miss Gorgeous here.  Incidentally Tasha had the CUTEST accessories for her girl.  Have I mentioned lately how much I *hart* my clients?



Mmmm, look @ those boots-altho they were tough to motor around in!  😛


October sessions (just a couple actually) are still available – it’s the best time of the year to get photos for Holiday gifts, photos for Holiday cards and just to update your family photo with a beautiful wall gallery or canvas wrap from Marmalade Photography.  Give us a call to reserve one of the last couple October sessions remaining.  815.603.8450 (leave a message for when I return from paradise on Monday!)

See you all back @ home.  Thanks for stopping in!

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  • Gourmet Candles - September 26, 2009 - 12:55 pm

    Nice work here. Love the boots.

  • Terrilyn - September 30, 2009 - 6:04 am

    Oh she is just tutu cute! What style too, lovin’ those cowboy boots!

Greetings from sunny Florida where the weather is mostly sunny and beautiful.  I am away from my office until Monday afternoon so if you are a client or want to be one – just a head’s up I’ll be back in motion starting Monday the 28th.

I am almost caught up on my multitude of sneak peeks for September (just in time to gear up for October rush!) .  If you’re interested in a session in a session please keep in mind that the last session for guaranteed delivery for Holiday cards & gifts is NOVEMBER 15th.  No exceptions.  We still have just a couple of October sessions left and November is booking up quickly.  THIS is my favorite time of year (despite the crazy feeling I get every year at this time and the neverending to do lists!).

I want to thank Little B’s parents for coming out from Elmhurst to the studio late last week for a Marmalade Location session.   We had an amazing time, the light was gorgeous and the flowers were full on bloomin’.  It was a pleasure meeting you G Family, I think you are going to LOVE your sneak peeks.  They rock (if I do say so myself):

Beautiful children

This shot, quite simply, took my breath away.  Brava Little B!

Family Photographer for Suburban Chicago

I love photos of only children right before…

…they aren’t only children any longer.

Chicago Maternity Photo

I hope you enjoyed your sneak peeks G Family.  It was a pleasure working with you!


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  • Terrilyn - September 24, 2009 - 5:38 pm

    Mare these are just BREATHTAKING, seriously girl! That first portrait of the little girl deserves to be displayed proudly in fine canvas!

  • Mrs Soup - September 25, 2009 - 10:07 am

    Gorgeous! That first shot is just unbelievably beautiful. Breathtaking is the proper term for sure!

  • Julie - September 28, 2009 - 4:32 pm

    Just beautiful! Love all of these, but especially the last one – so sweet!

  • marie - September 28, 2009 - 8:29 pm

    wow…so lovely

Still playing catch up on the sneak peeks – just a few more and I’ll be all caught up!!  🙂

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting the K Family.  They came out to the Marmalade studio for a nature session and we had a beautiful time.  The grasses were still green and the flowers were blooming in full force all September style (I will not wax poetic about September light altho I really want to!). 

I loved meeting S and her little sweet attitude, great style and beautiful smile. Thank you K Family for allowing me to capture these moments for you.

Professional Child Photography

I love this shot, she looks like she is in deep thought here

Professional Family Photographer

I have yet to meet a child who doesn’t love sticks.  Seriously-I don’t quite know what that’s about!

Chicago Toddler

YAY!  I have the prettiest clothes in the land!!

Thanks to the K Family for allowing me to capture these moments for you and little S.  I loved meeting you all!



Baby Loves Disco was this past weekend at the Metro on Clark Street in Chicago’s Wrigleyville. It was a *blast*!  There was a dance contest sponsored by H&M and lots of activities galore.  If you’ve never been to Baby Loves Disco before it is such a cool thing.  First take a nightclub, clean it up to be kid friendly, open it up on a weekend day and have parents and their little ones come dance the afternoon away.  There’s healthy snacks and activities galore.  It really is THE place to be for rocker chicks & dudes everywhere.  DJ Bald Eagle did an amazing job as always and Sweet & Sassy prettified all the pretty ladies (and gave some very cool dudes some very cool mohawks!)  Here’s a taste of what went on:

Baby Loves Disco

One of the dance contest winners is pictured here.   The little girl in the Bears outfit danced her heart out to win.

Chicago Metro Baby Loves Disco

Chicago Child

There was *the* most amazing face painter there (I wish I had her info to link for everyone but I don’t just yet)

Chicagoland Photographer

Believe me, I saw her kicking it up on the dancefloor, don’t let the coy camera pose fool you!

Sweet & Sassy

Sweet & Sassy just rocks.  They do an amazing job every time!!  I love this little girls’ expression: "Are we done yet?  I’m ready to show my beauty off!"


If you were at the event Marmalade Photography has created a special BLD page for you. The passcode that you received is your ticket to the city:




I will be out of town starting Wednesday, September 23, 2009 so if you need the passcode I will be happy to email it once I get back in the office starting Monday, September 28.   I have a couple more sneak peeks lined up while I am gone so if you’re waiting, never fear.  I got your back! 😉

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  • haniyyah siddique - March 18, 2011 - 1:07 pm

    Hi Marianne,

    We spoke on the phone this morning, and I would like to schedule an afternoon session for my family. Looking forward to hearing from you!

So yeah, I get it, I’m a week behind in blog posts.  Life has run away from me this past week, here I am a week behind!

Last Saturday I traveled up to Racine to meet up with four beautiful girls and their mom who just so happens to be Racine Wisconsin’s very own Tracie Stier-Johnson of TSJ Photography.  You simply must check out her blog – it is wonderful.  SHE is wonderfully gracious.  Thank you Tracie (and the girls!) for allowing me into your lives to capture these beautiful images.  And now on with this belated sneak peek!!


The littlest one who is also a sweetie pie


Professional Photographer

The one filled with joy.


Professional Child Photographer

The one with big smiles


Teen Photographer

The beautifully mysterious one


Thank you ever so much Tracie for allowing me into your lives to capture your beautiful girls at this stage in their lives.  🙂

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  • tracie - September 20, 2009 - 5:58 am

    mare, these are absolutely breathtaking and of course leave me wanting more! 🙂 {no pressure!}

    thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  • Pammy - September 20, 2009 - 10:22 am

    I can see why Mom is thrilled. Each child has a unique personality and you captured them beautifully. I really like the delicate, dreamy feel to all of these.

  • Terrilyn - September 20, 2009 - 7:13 pm

    Wow! Beautiful work Mare! You’ve really captured the beauty of these children, inside and out, with your lovely images.

  • Mrs Soup - September 21, 2009 - 9:45 am

    Beautiful! That second one is just breathtaking…

  • Kristie Chadwick - September 21, 2009 - 1:21 pm

    Awesome! I just love these.

  • PamN - September 22, 2009 - 7:48 am

    Their mom just has to be thrilled! What beautiful images of these girls!