Happy Mother’s Day to you my blog friends.  I’m settled in today – woke up to the smell of homemade pancakes, syrup and shouts of glee from my little ones that I was finally awake and they could finally give me their mom’s day gifts.  I am so lucky – being greeted with a bounty of hand crafted cards in all sorts of art mediums (crayons and markers are always the preferred choice) and a beautiful bookmark to help me along as I finish up Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead.

What would Mother’s Day be without some reminders of the day.  These are some of my favorite mom moments captured in mid spring/early summer 2008 – I came across them while doing a bit of research into my own work for a very special little project going on behind the scenes here. 

Enjoy your mom’s day treats from your little ones – goodness knows they don’t stay little and hugg-y kiss-y very long (that’s why photos like are extra special!).

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Take care!  -M

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  • Shellie - May 10, 2009 - 10:48 pm

    Love these images Mare! Beautiful connections captured!! Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Kimberly - May 11, 2009 - 5:11 am

    Lovely mommy connections, Mare. As my older children move on (and out) these moments with my littlest become so much more important. How I wish I’d listened when people told me I’d forget if I didn’t have something concrete to remember these moments by…

  • elizabeth - May 11, 2009 - 7:20 am

    fantastic as always Mare.. great work

  • Jane - May 12, 2009 - 4:16 am

    Nice pics Mare!!

  • Kristie Chadwick - May 12, 2009 - 12:28 pm

    I love the connection you captured in these.

  • Terrilyn - May 14, 2009 - 9:25 pm

    Oh Mare, these are all just so beautiful I find myself at a loss for words (which doesn’t happen OFTEN). Seriously stunning moments in time captured, these families are BLESSED to have your found you!

  • Jane - May 15, 2009 - 7:22 am

    That is so very beautiful!!!!

  • Michelle Haley - May 15, 2009 - 1:22 pm

    **GASP** Oh my word I love these. I so wish this was me and my kids! That one on the dock is just divine. You are such a master of light, Mare!

  • Michelle Parsley - May 15, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!!! I especially love the one on the dock.

  • Dawn - May 18, 2009 - 3:02 pm

    Beautiful. I LOVE the second one. So peaceful.

  • Ashlie - May 19, 2009 - 12:04 pm

    These are gorgeous! Nice job! Love the one on the dock.

  • PamN - May 19, 2009 - 12:22 pm

    Such art! These will look so stunning as large canvases – what a fantastic way to beautify and personalize a home!

  • Daveen - May 20, 2009 - 5:12 pm

    So, so pretty! Your work is so unique and beautiful as is the sweet interaction you’ve captured in these images!

  • Danna - May 21, 2009 - 11:32 pm

    OMG…these are all amazing!! wow

  • Jenna Slomp - May 22, 2009 - 10:40 am

    These are so lovely, I would absolutely love to have images like this of me with my little guy! These moms must LOVE that you captured their relationship so beautifully!

  • Sarah - May 25, 2009 - 9:24 pm

    Love all of these! Beautiful!!

Racking your brain for Mother’s Day?  How about scheduling a fabulous Marmalade Photography Session!!  Give us a call @ 815.603.8450 or click here to get in touch with us to get scheduled for a Marmalade Session!  We have gift certificates for that special someone starting at $500 and we still have several May sessions available.

Already have a fabulous Marmalade Photography Session scheduled in the coming weeks?  Here is the Mom’s Day gift guide and the May 2009 Things Marmalade Loves list.

Lush For Mom  BerriesForMom  Sundance Protection Necklace


1. LUSH my friend from Denver, incidentally nicknamed Lush, introduced me to their products about five years ago – I first went to the Lincoln Park store to experience LUSH and never looked back. Seriously if *I* received a bounty full of LUSH for Mom’s Day – I would be over the moon happy.  Check out the highlighted Mom’s Day gift set for $39.95.  Better yet, go to their stores in Woodfield or Lincoln Park and absorb some of the yummy, organic ingredients and take home a few (or dozen) bath bombs.  My favorites: Butterball Bath Bomb, the Sex Bomb and Vanilla Fountain Bath Bomb.

2. Berries for Mom : I heard about this on the radio the other day when I was cruising through stations, they had a special offer that I dug up and linked to.  Great yummy gift for that special mom with a bit of a sweet tooth.  Nothing says love like a boatload of ginormous chocolate dipped strawberries!  If I was to get, oh say a dozen assorted dipped strawberries, well let’s just say I wouldn’t complain!

3. Sundance Catalog : Protective Necklace I was lucky enough to receive a Sundance Jewelry catalog in the mail several months ago.  To say I was smitten with it is an understatement.  The organic feel of much of their collection is not only beautiful but sensible as well.  Each piece of jewelry has a story.  The Protective Necklace comes with the promise that TEN TREES will be planted for every necklace purchased.

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  • Anna-Karin - May 5, 2009 - 3:30 pm

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm on those chocolate covered berries. I think I am going to pass this blog post link onto my dh for some suggestions. Great ideas!!! What mom would not love any of these options, number 1 of course would be a photo session with Marmalade photography!

  • PamN - May 6, 2009 - 11:20 am

    I would STILL take the Marmalade session anyday over these gifts!

  • Danna - May 9, 2009 - 3:19 pm

    wanna do me a favor and email my husband this list?? lo, great picks!

    Happy Mothers Day to you.

  • Kimberly Hill - May 10, 2009 - 6:56 am

    If I couldn’t be Marm-blessed, I’d like anything on this list.

Sunday I had the good fortune to finally photograph E & B’s incredibly good looking bunch.  We had a blast playing in the fields & forests, the kids looked simply angelic in their summer whites.  It was an incredibly warm day (do we not have in between seasons any more in Chicagoland?), the sun came to visit us all during our late afternoon session.  It was the quintessential day.

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My umbrella find from 2008 finally made its’ first appearance, according to A here – it was a hit.


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I love little L’s freckles!  Super adorable.


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I still maintain that E steals all the girls’ hearts in his 2nd grade class

Thanks to E & B for coming out to the Studio to have a Marmalade Location session.  The day couldn’t have been any more beautiful! 

Oh!  And big happy birthday wishes to E who is turning the big se7en this week!  Happy Birthday guy!

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Ahhh, May light.  I wax poetic about May light for good reason – it’s one of my favorite months of the year to photograph children & families.  The weather is wonderful most of the time – the environment for nature shots is perfect – it’s not too buggy (yet) and the light is fantastic.

Marmalade Photography still has a couple of sessions available for May 2009.  Book now before this incredible month gives way to June and the rest of the hot summer.  815.603.8450

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  • Amanda K - April 28, 2009 - 4:31 am

    They are all lovely but omg Mare… that first one is divine.

  • Kimberly Hill - April 28, 2009 - 6:11 am

    Beautiful children? check. Perfect wardrobe? check. Stunning location? check. Fitting accessories/props? check. Gorgeous light? check. Pure Marmaliciousness? Always. ::sigh:: I hope Mom has a whole wall ready for these. I can’t imaging what other gems you have that you didn’t share here on the blog!

  • Erin - April 28, 2009 - 1:18 pm

    These are just gorgeous– thanks Marianne…we had a GREAT time too!!! Can’t wait to see the rest of them…your work is phenominal!!

  • elizabeth - April 28, 2009 - 5:00 pm

    these are wonderful Mare

  • Anna-Karin - April 29, 2009 - 9:14 am

    Gorgeous photographs and beautiful children!

  • PamN - April 29, 2009 - 11:42 am

    These are going to look so fabulous on their walls! Custom, timeless art like this is such a wonderful statement when you enter a home – it says “family” is most important here!

  • Brandy - April 30, 2009 - 9:37 am

    These are gorgeous, and that first one just blows me away!

  • corey civetta - April 30, 2009 - 10:26 am

    beautiful captures, mare! love the umbrella shot!

  • Sherri W - May 1, 2009 - 7:17 pm

    Oh what a beautiful session! I adore that first and last image. Such sweet children you had the opportunity to photograph. I always love the locations you choose!

  • Shellie - May 2, 2009 - 8:08 am

    Mare – your work is incredible and deserves to only be printed on big huge canvases to decorate your clients homes with beautiful art!

  • christine - May 4, 2009 - 1:34 am

    wow, fantastic photos!!! the lighting is amazing, as are the children! 🙂 i adore the location!

  • Julie - May 4, 2009 - 7:52 am

    These are fantastic! Gorgeous kiddos! I do especially love the first one…everything about it is just perfect!

  • Kristie Chadwick - May 4, 2009 - 2:36 pm

    These are all great but I just love the first one.

  • Dulce - May 4, 2009 - 8:39 pm

    love all of these but that last one is just delicious! That little guy is going to break hearts for sure!

  • Terrilyn - May 5, 2009 - 5:28 pm

    Oh Mare, these are just…STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL!! Wow. Mom is going to FLIP!!

  • Lisa Kelly - May 6, 2009 - 1:10 am

    Just gorgeous kiddos. The first image is just so timeless and sweet. I adore it. I love the wardrobe choices mum made, stylish yet simple, keeping the main focus on the kids. Great images.

  • MaryAnn T - May 6, 2009 - 10:55 am

    Mare, that first one is to die for!!! OMG, I have no words, I just love it! These are all so beautiful, what a lucky family.

  • Heather Barone Brown - May 7, 2009 - 7:37 pm

    These are gorgeous, Mare! I could not love that first one more if it were my own daughter. Beautiful work!

  • Danna - May 9, 2009 - 3:18 pm

    utter perfection! your work is always so wonderful…and you!

  • Whitney - May 11, 2009 - 9:28 pm

    JEALOUSY! That first pic is amazing!!!

I had such a fun time with this couple this past Saturday.  They came out to the studio and we had a mixed mostly indoor/some outdoor maternity session.  It was a weird day with the on & off rain and ridiculous afternoon humidity but no matter – this couple looked gorgeous no matter the weather!

Thank you L & A for coming out to see me!  It was a pleasure to photograph you two and I can’t wait to meet the bebé!!  Here’s a couple of sneak peeks of gorgeous love:


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I absolutely adore how this one turned out, good call L!


Fun and happy maternity photo session

Such fun & happy clients!


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Pretty L, doesn’t she look radiant?


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  • Janine Memon - April 26, 2009 - 11:27 am

    Gorgeous work and gorgeous mama — I can’t believe what a tiny belly she has!

  • MaryAnn - April 26, 2009 - 12:01 pm

    Your portraits perfectly captured the happiness inside this beautiful Mom to be! Beautiful!

  • Danna - April 26, 2009 - 1:41 pm

    wow she looks so good!! and so very happy. Great image Mare.

  • Melissa Mullinax - April 26, 2009 - 1:58 pm

    Sooo beautiful!! I totally love the second one…great smile!!

  • Terrilyn - April 26, 2009 - 2:53 pm

    Oh she does look radiant Mare. Lovely images, I’m especially fond of the that last one where she is laughing out loud, she looks so happy and that red top is SO flattering!

  • Kimberly Hill - April 27, 2009 - 6:22 am

    The emotional connection in the first is a heartstopper. You can reach out and touch the love these parents have for their child. The sass in #2 – wow! Love it!

  • jen - April 27, 2009 - 11:43 am

    These are great! She just looks so sassy and happy – you caught some great expressions!

  • Ruthi David - April 27, 2009 - 8:18 pm

    OH these are great! I love the laughter in the last one, especially!

  • Sara - April 28, 2009 - 2:52 pm

    Love the pics of my sis!!

  • Brandy - April 30, 2009 - 9:39 am

    What a beautiful mom-to-be! I love that last one, it’s so happy.

  • Tammy Lacey - May 1, 2009 - 12:49 pm

    these photos show the love that these 2 parents will be giving to their child…..very nice

  • lauri - May 3, 2009 - 5:53 pm

    I love how you captured her laughing. I don’t know why, but I always try to make the pregnant moms laugh.

  • […] may remember the beautiful maternity session from several weeks ago that was featured on the blog here.  A & L came to the studio yesterday with their adorable Sebastian and we photographed his […]

It’s been several months since I last posted a shopping blog post, that post was focused on dressing your family for your session.  Please take a look at it here if you need some inspiration.  In this post we are going to take a look at some trends and fun things to dress your little ones up in for our session together.

It’s no secret that I love music (it’s partly why I do the whole Baby Loves Disco Chicago gig), while working with Baby Loves Disco I discovered the cutest, funnest trend a few years ago…BABY LEGS!  Baby Legs are essentially legwarmers but not ordinary leg warmers – nope!  They are stylish, fun & colorful bits of happiness on sweet chubby baby legs.  My daughters, who are far beyond having baby legs, are totally into using them as arm warmers – my oldest is a fashionista and loves these adorable bits of fun!  And while I know Mardi Gras is long over – seriously how can you not love a company that has a product specifically dedicated to the coolest party ever?

Mardi Gras Baby Legs

At a price tag of less than $20 a pop I think all my bebé clients should come to a session with fun little Baby Legs on!

Now for something fun for the girls.  Hannah Banana!  Not sure if it’s a play on names on a certain famous teen idol (if I say it the hits will come – Hannah Montana) or if it’s just a happy coincidence…these clothes are ADORABLE!!

Hannah Banana Spring Dress

You can find this beautiful dress and so much more at BabyMe.  Being a big fan of hippie chic – I love the feel and look of the Hannah Banana line.  Count me in as a huge fan! 

Spring *has* sprung – what happens if you need to dress a boy for rainy weather?  You want amazing dancing in the rain pics but don’t know what to dress your little guy in?  Well the Swedish Invasion has hit!  Polarn O. Pyret recently made its’ U.S. debut – they have tons of cool stuff for kids to wear and look at the adorable rainy weather gear spotted there for boys:

What says rainy day happiness more than these adorable striped wellies?  Not much I say!

And I know for a fact (because y’all have told me at your sessions) that boy clothes are so hard to find.  What makes it even tougher is that little boys sometimes don’t want to dress up (I know!  Hard one to swallow!  🙂 )  Have I got the solution for you…BABYSUSU.  Check out the cool boy styles like this cashmere hoodie (now on sale!)




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  • PamN - April 24, 2009 - 3:59 pm

    You always find the best stuff for your clients – no wonder they love you!

  • Anna-Karin - April 24, 2009 - 4:15 pm

    Ohhh this is so great. Love all the options here. My absolute favorite is the polarn o pyret boots. I grew up with their clothing and the stripes is so typical for them. I wore their “trademarked” striped clothing as a child in the 70’s. Thrilled to see that they now are available here in the US. the quality is the best and holds up well to pass onto others once your kids has outgrown them.

  • lauri - April 25, 2009 - 10:28 pm

    Great ideas! I love babylegs!