My schedule this week is a bit insane but I just had a couple of last minute reschedules for later this month and instead of taking advantage of the slow day in the week I thought maybe I’d put this offer out there.  If anyone is interested in a session tomorrow, Wednesday October 14 – I will happily do their session for 50% off the session fee.  I normally don’t ever do this but last minute reschedules do occasionally happen (in this case the kids are very sick, hope they feel better soon!)  Please give me a call asap at 815.603.8450 to take advantage of this 50% session fee!   Session time is later afternoon and all other regular pricing will apply.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of photographing the M family.  Their newest member, little Z, was there – you may remember his mom’s beautiful maternity photographs from late 2008.  This was a session for the whole family to shine and it was so fun.  Z has two big brothers and they were really great kids, up for anything and with a few ideas of their own (and this I love!).

A few sneak peeks for the M family:

Baby Photographer

Tween Photographer

Teen Photographer

Baby Photography

I love his cute expression here, very "I don’t know what to make of all of this…"  adorable!

A big thank you to the M family for bearing the chilly weather of this past weekend to create such beautiful family photographs!

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  • PamN - October 15, 2009 - 2:22 am

    What handsome boys! I love the looks you caught of the older two, captures what those ages are all about!

  • Christine Pobke - October 15, 2009 - 5:09 pm

    Wow, love this session! Gosh, I just love your colors so much… you’re amazing! 🙂

  • Brandy - October 17, 2009 - 11:42 am

    Oh wow! Who wouldn’t love family photos like these????

  • Teri Mason - October 17, 2009 - 12:05 pm

    What a gorgeous family. Love the images, esp of the big boys! Such rich colors and handsome guys 🙂

I couldn’t have been happier this past weekend when I got a chance to see Little E again (she was not so serious this time!) and meet the rest of her family for a session that included everyone!  Lisa, thank you for trusting me again with your beautiful kids and the memories of them at this age.  This was a ridiculously fun session on an unbelievably beautiful day (we haven’t had very many of those, have we?)  I loved meeting and photographing Little E, her brothers and her beautiful parents, such a gorgeous family.  Thank you J Family, here’s a little bit of what’s to come…


Chicago Family Photographer

Chicago Baby Photographer

Chicago Children

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With October as official family portrait month isn’t it time to get your Chicago family photographer lined up for your 2009 Fall session?  We love creating memories for our clients, give us a call at 815-603-8450 to get on the list for fun, beautiful family photographs by Marmalade Photography.

October is Family Portrait Month


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  • Lisa - October 6, 2009 - 7:08 pm

    Thanks for such a fun afternoon!! I can’t wait to see the rest of them – I’ve been like a kid on Christmas morning all day!! I love that shot of Jeff and Ellie! You are amazing….

  • Mrs Soup - October 7, 2009 - 9:40 am

    What a beautiful family! I ADORE the little girls outfit…that is just too cute!

  • corey civetta - October 7, 2009 - 10:29 am

    These are absolutely gorgeous! I love them all but if I was the mom in that first one I would have to have that huge!

  • lisa lucky - October 9, 2009 - 11:38 am

    Really beautiful session! That light!

  • Daveen - October 9, 2009 - 8:58 pm

    Such beautiful family portraits. Love your style. These will truly be keepsakes!

  • Terrilyn - October 11, 2009 - 12:22 pm

    Um, wow!! What a beautiful family and stunning location! Mare, that first image just melts my heart – what a perfect Mommy moment you’ve captured!

  • Tonya Marie - October 11, 2009 - 1:07 pm

    I love the connections you captured here. The first images is just so heartwarming!

  • Brandy - October 12, 2009 - 11:28 am

    oh my goodness, what a beautiful family!

  • Christine Pobke - October 15, 2009 - 5:19 pm

    That first shot is amazing!! I love the backlighting so much, it’s so warm and lovely! 🙂

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