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


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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!

Saturday was a perfect day for a roadtrip of sorts.  The first leg of my "tour" was to go to K&J’s home on the North Side of Chicago and photograph their beautiful kids once again.  Before I go any further let me thank them, once again, for entrusting me with the most precious of things – the memories of their beautiful children.  I am honored and humbled that they have welcomed me into their lives yet again to document this all too fleeting time.  Thanks to the P family – I adore you guys.

So enough with the flowery stuff, this is all about sneak peeks…here we go!

Chicago Kid Photographer

I *hart* this kid.  It’s like he’s really grown up since I saw him last!!  Thanks M for being so fun to hang out with.


Chicago North Side On Location Photography

Beautiful P with the beautiful eyes.  You are the sweetest baby girl in all of Chicago – I am convinced you are definitely the cutest.



Two of my favorite cuties!


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  • PamN - September 16, 2009 - 7:34 am

    Such beautiful light as always! These children just look so natural and innocent in this setting – so great of their parents to value custom photography of these precious years, they will never regret it.

  • kim - September 16, 2009 - 10:22 am

    Thank you, Mare! Perfect sneak peek. We can’t wait to see the rest of the proofs!!!!

  • Lisa Kelly - September 17, 2009 - 7:06 am

    Really love images. I can see why the parents trusted you to capture their babies, you have done it so beautifully

  • Terrilyn - September 18, 2009 - 5:12 pm

    Beautiful work Mare! I love the soft, rich color of your portraits. That first shot just melts my heart!

  • Daveen - September 19, 2009 - 6:14 pm

    Such cute little siblings! Lovely portraits . . . mom will be HAPPY!!!

Late last week I met the gracious E family at their home for a Marmalade On Location session at their beautiful home in Lincoln Park.  A big thank you to them for allowing me into their lives for a bit to capture their beautiful 2 year old doing what she loves best…exploring, hanging out and just being cute.  Thanks again Amy, I loved meeting you and your family!

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Chicago Family Photographer

Weeeeeeeeeeeeee!  It’s all in good fun with Marmalade!  😀

Lincoln Park on location photographer

…still more sneak peeks in the next few days!  Busy September, it’s all good.

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  • Terrilyn - September 15, 2009 - 6:28 am

    Oh my Mare, she certainly is cute! I’m having a hard time picking a favorite here. That capture on the swing is so timeless, it just screams childhood! The one with Mom & Dad with the big grin makes me smile from ear to ear. Equally beautiful is that last image you shared with it’s lush colors and her darling expression. Beautiful work my friend!

  • Yvonne - September 15, 2009 - 8:48 am

    These are great! Beautiful girl to go with beautiful captures. Love the location too!

  • SUsan - September 15, 2009 - 2:48 pm

    She is gorgeous! Beautiful images!

  • Daveen - September 19, 2009 - 6:13 pm

    She is beautiful!

No joke, I am almost a week behind on sneak peeks.  Ugh. 

Jill’s session was last week and we had a blast.  Not only is she sweet, she is gorgeous and in the tradition of all high school seniors that I have photographed in the past…she is super fun and open to any suggestions I had.  Thank you Jill (and the rest of the M family!) for a fantastic Marmalade Urban session – one that will make any cousin green with envy!  😉  On with the sneak peeks!

Joliet High School Senior Photographer


Senior Photographer


Lincoln Way Senior Photographer

More sneak peeky goodness to come in the days ahead until I get caught up!


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  • Julie - September 13, 2009 - 7:49 am

    Gorgeous images, gorgeous girl!! I just love them!

  • paula hickson - September 13, 2009 - 8:45 pm

    I have always loved your work since first seeing your images. I am so happy I found your BLOG!!!! Your work is stunning and this session is no different, beautiful work and girl!

  • Shellie - September 13, 2009 - 10:11 pm

    She is gorgeous as are your images!

  • Lisa Kelly - September 14, 2009 - 4:26 pm

    She is really so stunning, and you have totally captured that in these images. Gorgeous work.

  • Terrilyn - September 15, 2009 - 6:39 am

    She is just BEAUTIFUL, as are the images you’ve captured for her. Gorgeous!!

Happy Labor Day to all my blog readers!  Traditionally Labor Day signifies the end of summer but as we in the Chicago area will attest, it really finally just feels like summer now (almost mid-September).  It’s been a crazy few months to say the least.

The three little cuties that I photographed late last week will attest to the sudden surge in temps!  We had a blast in the fields for a Marmalade Location session.  Thanks to their beautiful mom for bringing out three of the most adorable kids this side of Chicago.  Welcome to your sneak peek!

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I love this quiet moment with the three of them!  Three under the age of 5 – it doesn’t get too much better than this! 🙂


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Giddy up!  T in her blue tutu was heaven on earth!


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He cracked me up – LOVED having the chair in a fallen down position.

Thank you to the C family for allowing me to capture these images for you.  I loved meeting you all!

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Fall is pretty much upon us, I took the liberty at finding a couple of fun things to do in the coming weeks for the greater Chicago area.  Here’s a couple quickies.

Apples on Oak an apple orchard right outside of Joliet straddling that Lockport – Joliet area.  We were always under the mistaken impression that apple picking was an hour away from our home, this proves me wrong!  My client Andria had this on her Facebook so she deserves the ultimate kudos for finding this cute, not too far from Chicago orchard.  Situated on five acres, the owner told us that it’s his "hobby gone wild".   Apple picking begins in August and runs through late October/early November.  Don’t judge the orchard by their outdated website, it really is a nicely run orchard run by supernice people.

Dollinger Family Farm in the Minooka area, a short drive off of the I-80 / I-55 interchange.  We go to Dollinger’s yearly, it’s been our family tradition since 2000.  It’s an adorable farm.  The Dollinger Family is gracious and opens their farm up to visitors every year.  Admission is free, parking is free.  There are free and pay for activities.  They range from a small petting zoo, to little playhouses in the field for the kids, a corn maze, a haunted barn, jumping in the hay/straw bales and much much more!  If you’ve never been to the farm before it’s a treat to be there.  Opens for the harvest season on September 26 and runs until October 31.

Garden Patch Farms & Orchard outside of the Homer area.  I love the concept of this place!  It’s on our to do list this fall.  They offer pick your own fruits (strawberries in June!) & veggies (starting in July).  Seems like a neat place to go for locally grown produce.  Check out their website and if you go drop me a note to tell me how you like it.


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  • magda - September 7, 2009 - 5:33 pm

    I am a photographer in NYC, I envy the beautiful locations and your beautiful images of families. These shots of the three of them are incredible. Beautiful work as always Marmalade.

  • Leslie Campins - September 7, 2009 - 9:18 pm

    My heart skipped a beat when I saw my sneak peek. You are a genius! How gorgeous these pictures are. I am on pins and needles waiting for the proofs.

  • Leila - September 8, 2009 - 7:55 am

    love, love, love

  • Lisa Kelly - September 8, 2009 - 4:03 pm

    Amazing images, love the blue with the green grass, and the tutu is divine. The sibling shot is perfect.

  • Terrilyn - September 8, 2009 - 6:38 pm

    Oh Mare these are just stunning!! Beautiful lighting, location and subjects. I simply adore that first image of them all together. The second image with the tutu and the grass, fantastic composition and that sweet smile in the last portrait just melts my heart. These are all just perfect! Well done!

  • PamN - September 9, 2009 - 6:27 pm

    Wow, that blue really brings out their eyes! Gorgeous kids and setting, and the color is divine.

  • Kristie Stuckel - September 9, 2009 - 10:00 pm

    Soooooooo beautiful, you have such talent!

  • Brandy - September 11, 2009 - 9:59 am

    What a lovely family! Her outfit is absolutely adorable!

  • Life with Kaishon - September 12, 2009 - 11:22 am

    Thank you for being the judge at I heart faces this week! I loved your picks! Very cool! And I love these pictures here. How fun is that little girls skirt? SO cute! And God bless the Mama! 3 under 5! You know she has some BUSY days : )

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