Never lose your sense of wonder, dear ones. Never lose your spirit, never lose your child like fascination with the world.

Today’s sneak peek features these adorable cuties, a brother and sister team that made my weekend.  We’ve been battling the weather here in Chicagoland this entire month, it’s remarkable how much rainfall we’ve had combined with gray cold days and then the most beautiful weather imaginable on other days.  I think the weather man has been more wrong than right this past few weeks but no matter!  After a reschedule and a break in the rainfall this past weekend we were able to get together to create these beautiful images.

Thank you Kim for coming out to one of my favorite locations and the opportunity to meet and photograph your beautiful babes.  It was a pleasure.


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If you are looking for a Mokena Childrens Photographer look no further!  Marmalade Photography has been providing discerning Chicago families with portrait art focused on personalities and wonder since 2005.  While there are so many photographers in the area there is truly only one Marmalade Photography.  Please check out our portfolio at or call us today at 815-603-8450 to book!


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The year? 2006.  A hot & rainy August afternoon in the suburbs of Chicago.  The setting? One of my favorite and most beloved of locations.  The subjects?  Three really awesome and fun kids with a flair for creativity and a willingness to create some unique, fun images that truly highlighted their personalities at the time and showcased their good looks.

It is no secret that the C Kids have been some of my favorite subjects over the years.  The fun image of the little girl with the boys in the background (see below) hung prominently in my studio as a 30×40 canvas for my time at my Wilmington Illinois photography studio.  Clients from all throughout Chicagoland would travel to the studio and that image greeted them at the front.  It was rare for a client to not remark about the image.


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Much the same as so many sessions since, we also created some really soulful and artful images of these kids individually.  I focused on A’s session awhile back (SEE HERE) but this post is actually about the boys, L & E.

A few weeks ago I got the call inquiring about putting together a senior session for the two of them.  These adorable little guys:
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are now all grown up and about to embark on the first part of their lives as young adults.  It was a complete pleasure to be able to revisit with these kids and to focus on getting some really great high school senior photos for the boys.  So instead of my yammering on and on about the process let’s get to it.  But first an “after” for my before family photograph from up above:

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All grown up!!  I love this redo, what a fun group of beautiful kids!

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and finally:

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Handsome guys with amazing bone structure, eh?

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Your favorite Chicago area child and family photographer is having a little contest over on the Marmalade Photography Facebook page, follow the link after the story.

The contest: share a photo and a story, like my page, share on your wall and tag us!  Easy peasy!!

The story of my photo:

The time: March 1970

The place: Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

The players: My mom, dad, four siblings, my great aunt and uncle

It is late March in 1970 and this is the day my mom and dad emigrated from Poland with little more than the clothes on their backs and with two of my siblings. They are reunited with my other brother and sister who had been living here in the States since 1963.  SEVEN YEARS APART!  My oldest brother Adam (pictured) came to the U.S. with my sister when they were 15 & 11 (respectively).  7 years have passed and both of he and the youngest of my two sisters are adults. My mom had been fighting for the past 7 years to get to America to be with her children.

The photo I am showcasing is taken mere moments and is one of my family’s most memorable family moments in our history.  This image was taken just after their reunion and arrival to the U.S. and it is of my oldest brother Adam and my mom.  The joyous looks on their faces, the way my mom is clutching her chest, she looks overwhelmed and my brother looks happy.  There is nothing not to love about this historic family moment, this is the story of my family.

What you don’t see in any of this story is me.  I’m here in this photo but not visible yet.  My mom didn’t know it yet but she was a month pregnant with me when they arrived in the U.S.  “Made in Poland, born in the U.S.A.” I’ve joked for years.  But it’s true!

I am here because of the tenacity of the woman in this photo.  This strong woman lived through the horrors of World War II only to battle with the Polish government to get passports and exit Visas out of Poland for SEVEN LONG YEARS so she could be reunited with my brother and sister.  She allowed them to come to the U.S. in hopes that they would have a richer, more colorful and prosperous life here.  It is my parent’s strength and resilience that I have always admired, the bravery to leave the country they knew for 40-50 years (my dad was 8 years older) of their lives to start a new life and be reunited with their kids.  Unbelievable courage, undeniable strength, relentless tenacity.  The ingredients for an American family tale.

REUNITED! ©unknown photographer 1970

©unknown photographer 1970

Follow this link to go to the Marmalade Photography page and follow the directions to enter the contest.


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  • noell - January 3, 2019 - 1:58 pm

    Do you have any family mini-sessions this winter?

Announcing 2018 Fall Mini Session dates!

We have photographed hundreds of families over our 13 years of being Chicagoland’s professional children’s and family photographer of choice. If you’ve never worked with us before you’re in for a treat (and we promise…no tricks!!)

In fact mini sessions are a great opportunity to photograph your favorite little in their adorable Halloween costume, what a way to get them really excited for the haunting holiday! Many of our clients use this fall photo opportunity to create photographs for family gifts in time for the winter holidays. Many more create images for holiday cards!

The reasons to book a Marmalade Photography photo session are endless. With your booking you will receive a 20 minute relaxed photo session for up to five people. You will receive a downloadable full size digital image for cards & gifts, a web sized copy for online sharing (so you can show off your littles on your favorite social media platform), a 4×6 copy for reference (and for display) and you can purchase additional prints, digital photos, etc.

You will be presented with 8-10 fully edited image poses in a private, password protected online gallery.

We will offer up outfit suggestions and tips for displaying your photos in an exclusive online client information gallery just for our clients.

Your family is truly unique, your photographic art should reflect how unique you truly are. There are no cookie cutter poses with Marmalade, we insist on that!!  If you are seeking to book the finest suburban Chicago fall mini photo sessions, look no further!


Choose your date preference:

After booking you will receive information on your time.  SATURDAY sessions will be starting at 8 a.m. and conclude with the last session at 9:30 a.m.  SUNDAY sessions will begin at 3 p.m..




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Last weekend I was able to catch up with the G Family who I had the pleasure of photographing about 10 or so years ago.  These beautiful kids are all grown up and starting up with lives of their own!  Thank you Tammy & Lou for having me out to their beautiful home in Plainfield to photograph the family.  I loved seeing everyone and catching up!



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A specialty and favorite location for photos for us is at your home or other favorite location.  If you are looking for a Plainfield Illinois Family Photography specialist look no further than Marmalade Photography.  Marianne is a lifelong resident of the area and has specialized in creating family photography in and around the Plainfield, Naperville, Shorewood, Joliet, Minooka and Channahon area since 2005.




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