I’ve been told that I’m honest to a fault, in this case I can honestly attest that I fell in love with these kids.  They really rocked my world!!  Fun, silly, sassy, goofy, smart, loving … all rolled into one.

Chloe is a beautiful girl, she loves to dance, read and watch silly movies.  Gavin is really into music, no stranger to Green Day and The Beastie Boys (by the way it made me excited to hear the Beastie Boys are still really considered cool! Brass Monkey anyone?).  He likes to be goofy and funny but has a really serious side as well.  Fun fun kids!

Thanks to their mom for bringing them out last week…here’s a taste of what’s to come!  Thanks guys, loved meeting & working with you!

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Isn’t this amazing fall color?  Love it!


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I sort of have the Beastie Boys segueway for this next little blurb: go see the Tamra Davis Cooking Show (Mike D’s wife from The Beasties).   It’s a really great blog/show about healthy eating for kids & families.  I think you’ll like it.  I love her straight up simple no frills approach to healthy eating plus I totally dig most of the music featured in her show segments.  Enjoy! 🙂

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  • Kristina Olsen - October 27, 2009 - 8:16 am

    Oh Marianne – they’re just gorgeous! I cannot wait to see the rest! Beautiful work.

  • elizabeth - October 28, 2009 - 10:20 am

    hey you…. sorry been so out of touch.. crazy busy over at my corner of the world.. love these photos.. hope you have been well.. I am hoping things will slow down some so I can get back to my blog reading

  • Lisa Kelly - November 1, 2009 - 2:21 pm

    That sibling shot is to die for. They look so relaxed and happy, just perfect. In fact, all of the images are like that, just wonderful.

  • PamN - November 2, 2009 - 9:16 am

    Their mother has to be beyond thrilled! I would be so happy & proud if these were my kids – look at how beautiful these images are!

This session was great fun!  Three kids, four outfits and a whole bunch of images.  E, A & E rocked this session.  I was so impressed with the amount of fun we had in the short amount of time we were together.  They rocked this session.  Annie – I think you are going to LOVE what we got.  You have three amazing kids-thank you for entrusting me with building your families’ memories for you!

A little bit of a sneak peek:

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The not-so-wicked witch!

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We had BIG fun together

Thanks to the R Kids for bringing a whole bunch of Halloween and other goodness to the Marmalade Studio last week!!  🙂

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  • annie - October 25, 2009 - 9:24 pm

    Wow!! These are fantastic, I cannot wait to see the rest of the images. Thanks so very much!!!!!!!!!!

  • Marianne - October 26, 2009 - 7:38 am

    Oh my gosh Annie, you’re welcome. Your kids were wonderful. I cannot wait to fully dive into your session!

  • PamN - October 26, 2009 - 9:04 am

    What adorable children, and kudos to mom for the incredibly cute outfits! Love the personalities shining through in the last one!

  • Terrilyn - October 27, 2009 - 6:33 am

    Oh my gosh!! Mare these are so cool! From the little witch to the boys-being-boys by the lake to the last fabulous shot of all three – just perfect!

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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Urban Photo Shoot

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 ???

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  • 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! 🙂