You may remember this handsome little guy from last summer:

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It’s so wonderful to see him grow and explore at one.  He & his sweet parents came out to the studio yesterday evening for a Marmalade Location session.  Here’s a quick couple sneak peeks of our fun time together!

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Thanks to A & his parents for coming out to the studio to have some fun in the fields!

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  • Christine - August 2, 2009 - 12:57 am

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! These are gorgeous, as always Marianne! 🙂 I especially love that 3rd one of him staring back at you. Lovely!

  • Nisha - August 2, 2009 - 1:09 pm

    I am so excited to see the rest of the images! I am in love with the one of me and him! And I love the one where he is looking back! Priceless! Thanks for spending your Friday evening with us! We really enjoyed the shoot and glad we came out to the studio!

  • Janine Memon - August 2, 2009 - 3:46 pm

    Beautiful Mare — I love the one where he’s turning to look back at you! Great work!

  • Sherri W - August 3, 2009 - 6:39 am

    OH my heavens on that first image. That is just plan and simply FINE ART. That would be so beautiful in the client’s home. Gorgeous. Gorgeous!. Timeless!

  • Kimberly - August 4, 2009 - 9:12 am

    They get so big so fast – just look at how much he’s changed! Him peeking back at you would be my choice for a wall portrait but I’d have to have them all. He’s so adorable!

  • Terrilyn - August 4, 2009 - 7:56 pm

    Oh Mare, so yummy!! Both then and now…beautiful images captured for this family. What a treasure!

Cousins + families this post.  I spent some time photographing one of my fave families from last fall this past weekend (yes I know I’m a bit behind!!).  They had extended family in for the weekend and I did some images for their family. 

Here are a few sneak peeks for the K family – it was so wonderful to see you and your three handsome boys again (I appreciate being entrusted once again with the memory making for your family! xoxo)  and thank you to Judy for bringing everyone together for this occasion.  I can’t wait to dive into this session – we did an awesome job in this incredibly short amount of time – the kids were spot on!  We couldn’t have coached them any better!!

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Family Fun!


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Brothers – they have gotten so much bigger in our short time apart (especially that little one – he looks like a little boy now!  Baby be gone-it happens too quickly)


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Cousins – look @ that crazy sky behind them.  Stunning!


And finally for kicks one of my faves from that day that I must show off!

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Speaking of fun, this YouTube is going around and I love it so much.  Life is filled with joy – every momentous occasion should reflect that:


 I love the expressions on the faces of the older family and friends at first.  Sort of all "jigga wha?"  🙂


Thanks for stopping by and seeing what I’m up to.  I’ll be off to St. Louis and taking some time off for a week more to hang out with the kids-this summer seems to be ending too quickly and busy season is looming…will be posting images from STL as well as our trip to South Carolina early next month!

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  • Christine - July 24, 2009 - 6:03 am

    Marianne, these are soooo lovely. Especially that first shot – absolutely priceless!! 🙂 And I love that video, I posted it on my blog this morning as well!

  • Kimberly - July 24, 2009 - 6:24 am

    your fave is my fave and oh, that video is so much fun!

  • Brandy - July 24, 2009 - 10:37 am

    Love all of these, and I really love your fave!

  • Terrilyn - July 24, 2009 - 2:16 pm

    Oh Mare, that first one and that last one send me through the roof! How fun are they?! Beautiful work, as always!

  • Daveen - July 24, 2009 - 6:04 pm

    Such darling kiddos and great images! Love the little secret that is being told in the last one! 🙂

  • Sherri W - July 25, 2009 - 9:08 am

    OH what a great session. I can’t believe you were able to capture such a great shot of all of them together! These images play out a story in my mind. Awesome work.

  • PamN - July 26, 2009 - 1:23 pm

    As a grandma myself, can I just say that I would be completely over the moon if these were my kids? 🙂

  • corey civetta - July 27, 2009 - 7:15 am

    These are so fun – love them! The first and the last are my favorites!

  • lauri - July 28, 2009 - 3:29 pm

    I love that whispering shot…her facial expression is priceless! Beautiful and fun work!

  • Lisa Kelly - July 29, 2009 - 12:58 am

    These are so fun. Love her expression on the last one, tehe

  • Kristie Chadwick - July 29, 2009 - 9:26 pm

    Great session. They are really going to cherish these.

  • Dawnraeroberts@hotma - July 31, 2009 - 11:51 am

    LOVE THESE! That first is perfect. And the secret, her expression is awesome. Beautiful images.

  • bryan - February 11, 2011 - 3:10 pm

    i love the secret i think ill steal that one

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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  • 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!