I had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite clients and finally meet A, Banana’s little brother!  Thanks to Beth for allowing me to come out to their beautiful Highland Park home late last week and capture little A – another round of sessions with Marmalade!   Beth – once again it needs to be repeated – you look fabulous for having just had a baby a few months ago!  Your little guy is heaven on earth – I adored his big baby brown eyes – he is a complete looker!  Thank you so much for letting me into your lives – I loved seeing all the images we have captured together through the years lining the walls and gracing the tabletops of your home.

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I love his little Oilily shirt here!  Beth has the greatest taste in clothes!

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I didn’t get very many of Miss Bananas looking @ the camera but this one made my heart skip a beat, I love it so!

And for fun, Bananas + Beth not-so-long ago:

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Whoa, that logo is a blast from the past! 🙂

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  • christine - July 13, 2009 - 8:33 pm

    awwwwww these kids are too cute!! 🙂 i love that last one.. and the one of the little girl in b&w. in fact, they’re all beautiful!! 🙂

  • Danna - July 14, 2009 - 7:00 am

    absolutely gorgeous!! LOVE the first one of mom and baby, she looks way too good for just having had a baby such a short time ago.

  • Terrilyn - July 14, 2009 - 12:14 pm

    Oh gosh, these are so perfect! I love them all! That first shot with Mom is just to die for!

  • Leila - July 14, 2009 - 9:20 pm

    That second shot is why I love ya!

  • Lisa Kelly - July 15, 2009 - 6:57 am

    Wow that last image is just heaven, and the serious “banana” shot, well it’s divine. I love how you have captured this family.

  • Kimberly - July 15, 2009 - 11:15 am

    it’s probably not nice to hate your clients for looking fabulous right after birth so we’ll just dislike her strongly, but only in that aspect. 🙂 The second shot is TDF (great clothing choice, mom) and Miss Bananas is stunning.

  • Jen - July 16, 2009 - 7:42 pm

    Beautiful! The family, the work!

  • elizabeth - July 19, 2009 - 10:31 pm

    these are wonderful.. really amazing stuff.

  • Brandy - July 21, 2009 - 11:31 pm

    Oh my goodness, what lovely images. You really captured their beauty.

  • Cindy - July 22, 2009 - 11:16 am

    How exciting to see this beautiful family grow. They are all great, but the look that she is giving you in #3 just seems to say so much “wise beyond her years”. Absolutely gorgeous work!

  • jennifer - July 22, 2009 - 10:01 pm

    oh wow these are just beautiful, love the love and interaction in these

My friend, Toronto’s very own Heather Rivlin, shared this the other day on her Facebook-a perfect internet steal for my blog.  Watch & be prepared to love:



Fashionista for the Fourth is abbreviated for a one child session, several outfit choices.  Here we go!

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Room Seven Dress, Beca Michele Sandals

Sophie Catalou Dress, Venettini Kids’ Sandals

Catamini Outfit

Lili Gaufrette Dress, Ecco Sandals

Deux par Deux Dress, Buster Brown Sandals


And finally a HAPPY 4th of JULY to all my readers.  Let freedom ring!  Enjoy your long weekend!

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Edited to add: Please see below for an awesome opportunity for any pregnant women in their third trimester in July.

This family made their way to me from Rogers Park on Friday evening.  They showed up in great spirits and were all smiles despite the ‘eh’ pre-session traffic antics and I thank them because traffic was horrid and they got all snagged up in it.  K walked into the studio and said: "I know absolutely that this will be worth it and it just doesn’t matter."  Gosh, did I mention that I love when my clients walk in saying wonderful things?  🙂  Cuz I do!   

Little H (who, incidentally is *the* most smiley, happy baby I have seen in studio this year) is going to grow up to be a big ole flirt!  What an adorable guy with a great big smile.  Not to disappoint we had gorgeous light for our time together-mixed with good company and smiling faces, what’s NOT to love?

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Thanks to the wonderfully laid back C Family for coming out and allowing me to capture some early summer fun with Little H!!


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Bree Lara and Teonna Ingram own Borrow A Dress Couture, Chicago’s only designer dress leasing boutique.  They are in need of a third trimester (in July) woman who wouldn’t mind strutting her stuff on the network news in one of their designer dresses.  It’s a non paying gig.  Call them for details:  773-904-8735   Thanks! 🙂


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  • Kristen - June 29, 2009 - 10:44 am

    Thanks again for a terrific session! We had a great time and these photos reinforce my belief that it was worth the drive. I love that first image of my baby!

  • Lisa Kelly - June 29, 2009 - 2:52 pm

    He’s gorgeous, love that black and white family shot, so fun and natural, just perfect.

  • christine - June 29, 2009 - 7:57 pm

    that black and white shot is one of the most beautiful images i’ve ever seen! gorgeous work – what a lovely family to take pictures of!!! 🙂

  • PamN - June 30, 2009 - 5:54 am

    What an adorable family, and that baby is beyond cute! The images are such a perfect blend – casual, yet with a touch of sophistication in the image. Love them!

  • Kristie Chadwick - June 30, 2009 - 1:42 pm

    Great images. He does have a great smile.

  • elizabeth - July 1, 2009 - 2:01 pm

    these are so great mare

  • lainey - July 1, 2009 - 11:47 pm

    Holy smokes is that boy a little patootie! He is such a cutie!

    Marrianne, you have such a way of capturing little kids and families, very genuine emotions. I like that about your work, no phony smiles and expressions.

  • Heather Gibb - July 2, 2009 - 12:06 am

    Wow what a lucky family to have you capture their love!! These are all great and I adore the first one! He is such a doll!

  • Kimberly - July 2, 2009 - 6:42 am

    The first one goes big Big BIG somewhere in their home – it’s absolutely perfect. And the family image must go large where they’ll see it every day. What a treasured heirloom to enjoy now and always!

  • Nichol Krupp - July 2, 2009 - 8:46 am

    These are all precious Mare. I love them. That first one is gorgeous. Your color always rocks.

  • Jen - July 3, 2009 - 7:01 pm

    oooohhhh how SWEET!!!!! That fist one kills me! LOVE it. THey are all fabulous though, K was of course, quite right,lol! Fabulous work!

  • TaraMc - July 4, 2009 - 5:39 am

    Totally adorable! Amazing images.

  • Julie - July 8, 2009 - 9:10 am

    These are just fantastic! I love the family ones ALOT! Lovely work! And what a cutie he is!

I had the most amazing shoot on Thursday evening with a couple of Marmalade Cuties!!  OMG – these girls rocked my world back in late summer – early fall last year.  Their mom Andria brought the cutest hats and outfits and we rocked the urban session!  Here’s a bit of last year’s fun:


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Well that was then!  Look @ these cuties now!!

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THIS is the shot that makes me smile.  "Dancing".

Finally, I, their cousin who came from Hotlanta for a visit – what an adorable adorable little guy.  Loved the pudge!

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I love this shot – always on the go with a mind of her own.  I love personalities!

Thanks P & A and little I for coming out to the studio for an urban shoot.  LOVED seeing you all again!  Thanks to Michelle, Andria & the rest of the entourage that came out that afternoon!

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  • PamN - June 27, 2009 - 4:23 pm

    They sure have a family resemblance! Beautiful images of beautiful children.

  • christine - June 28, 2009 - 3:30 am

    oh. my. god. these are SOOOO cute!!! they are adorable! 🙂 that pink hat is too cute for words, and the dancing shot is my fave as well! 🙂 great work!

  • lainey - June 28, 2009 - 9:02 am

    are they the cutest!?! ohmigosh that little guy with all the chubbiness! and those prety girls and those dresses. you did a great job.

  • Terrilyn - June 28, 2009 - 10:43 am

    Oh wow Mare, these are all just gorgeous of course but that third shot, gosh, I want to blow that one up HUGE and mount it on my own wall. Pure ART!

  • Sherri W - June 28, 2009 - 1:44 pm

    Wow, what a fantastic session! Oh I adore that first image and her on the horse in the tall grass – fantastic! that shot of them together is so perfect for a family!!!!

  • Heather Gibb - June 28, 2009 - 3:21 pm

    Definite cuties for sure!!!!!!!!!!! Love the rocking horse one and the color is super!! Truly amazing- they are lucky to be Marmalade Girls :)!

  • Jen - June 28, 2009 - 8:24 pm

    And omgosh, “dancing” is fabulous!

  • Lisa Kelly - June 29, 2009 - 3:26 am

    awww, how cute is that dancing shot. Beautiful vibrant colours and textures and I love all of the expressions.

  • Michelle Parsley - June 29, 2009 - 7:59 am

    Gorgeous work, as usual!!! I LOVE the rocking horse image!!!

  • Kristie Chadwick - June 30, 2009 - 1:41 pm

    WOW! I love them all what cuties. The location is perfect.

  • Amanda K - July 1, 2009 - 11:53 pm

    Oh how darn gorgeous! You do such fab work Mare.

  • Kimberly - July 2, 2009 - 6:45 am

    They just keep getting cuter and I love that dancing shot! What adorable cousin chub as well. I can’t wait to see how they’ve changed *next* year!

  • Nichol Krupp - July 2, 2009 - 8:47 am

    I love that last shot too. So, precious.

I had the great pleasure of seeing KC & his lovely mom yesterday morning.  We kept getting ‘rained out’ for sessions so we decided to brave the bright sunshine, hot hot heat and humidity to fit this session in before KC grew out of his uniform.    Yeah mon (inside joke).

I’d first met KC a couple of years ago when he and his parents came out to the studio for a session.  We had a blast.  It’s so cool to watch these kids grow up to be bigger kids – there is no greater honor than to be allowed to document this time in a family’s life.  This is KC Fall 2007:

Joliet Children


This session was all KC and focused on his passion for baseball.

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This boy is ALL boy.  Every once in awhile I caught a glimpse of what is coming up…

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Thanks KC for putting up with the hot humid sticky late morning weather.  Hope you enjoyed Ben Franklin & the Polka Dot and thanks to A for taking the trip out to Wilmington once again for a MarmLocation shoot.  It was great seeing one of my very favorite families.


Skipping Fashionista Friday for today – I have a bunch of stuff to catch up on – I will bring it back next week!  Stay tuned.  🙂

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  • Annette - June 26, 2009 - 4:15 pm

    Oh my!!! My boy has changed so very much!! You captured exactly what I was looking for ~ YEAH MON!! As always, many, many thanks for creating such special memories for my family!!
    All the BEST!! Annette

  • Jen - June 27, 2009 - 1:21 am

    What a handsome boy. That black and white shot of him is simply amazing. So nice to see photographs of a school age child – all too many parents take this age for granted.

  • Kylie K. - June 27, 2009 - 1:22 am

    Love ’em. Just saw your work from the Daily Candy site from a few months ago – I will be calling soon to set up an appointment for my three month old. You are so talentd!

  • Marianne - June 27, 2009 - 1:51 am

    Thanks Annette. *I* am so pleased to be able to create these for you. Yeah mon!! xoxox

  • CarmenM - June 27, 2009 - 9:43 am

    I just love all your work and these are no exception. The reflection of the feet in the one is great! Lovely work as always.

  • Daveen - June 27, 2009 - 10:22 am

    Just perfection!! Love images like these that capture who each child is at that moment.

  • Terrilyn - June 28, 2009 - 10:47 am

    Mare, there is something to be said for a photographer who can capture such relaxed images of older children like these. You have such chemistry both with the camera and your subjects, well done!

  • Kristie Chadwick - June 30, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    I love these. This is a hard age and he looks so natural.

  • Kimberly - July 2, 2009 - 6:47 am

    Perfect. I love that Mom made this session all about *him* and what *he* loves. Mare, you constantly amaze me.