Do you know how sometimes you can just LOOK at someone and see the person they are becoming?  You can see this phenomenon in a person of any age, however in my line of work it’s much more specific to children, young adults.  Looking back at some of the photos from this session as I was getting a few prettified for blog preview, I completely saw the remarkable adults these kids were (quickly) becoming.

Thank you to Michelle & Mike for coming out to the studio this past week and allowing me to capture there three remarkable, fun, gorgeous kids.  I had more fun than a photographer ought to and I really enjoyed photographing your beautiful family.  Thank you for allowing me into your busy lives to capture this time (because times they are a changin!) for you.

Just a couple sneaks from your R O C K I N G  session.  I could editeditedit these all day but since I have to stop – I’ll share only a few.

Chicago Child Photographer

K is such a sweetheart.  If I told you her age you’d not believe me!  Her poor daddy is going to have to have her under lock & key.


Chicago Area Child Photographer


Suburban Chicago Senior Photographer

These two had me in stitches – seriously you’d think they lived for being in front of the camera.   I couldn’t stop cracking up at their antics.  Adorable & funny.  Watch out ladies!


Chicago Family Photographer

Finally a quick fun shot of the gorgeous and funny & funky fam.  Thanks guys – you topped off an amazing week for the Marm.


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  • Sylvia Laughrin - April 18, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    Wow, these are all so gorgeous! Love the style they have… very cool.

  • Janine Memon - April 19, 2009 - 4:22 am

    What great style they had! I love the family shot — it looks like so much fun!

  • Danna - April 19, 2009 - 8:54 am

    gorgeous images! Love the family one. so fun!

  • Lisa Kelly - April 19, 2009 - 3:43 pm

    They truly are gorgeous young adults. I love their clothing choices and the family image just made me smile.

  • Kimberly Hill - April 19, 2009 - 5:43 pm

    Are they MarmStyle or what?!? They look like so much fun and I bet they already have the perfect place in mind to hang that family portrait.

  • Dulce - April 19, 2009 - 7:39 pm

    What a good looking family! These are so fun they just make me smile! I definitely see some wall portraits in mom’s future! 🙂

  • Susan D'Arcy - April 19, 2009 - 10:07 pm

    Mare, these are gorgeous and yes I see what you are saying! You can see the ‘grown up’ in each of them.

  • Connie - April 20, 2009 - 7:51 am

    Love the attitude in that first shot- perfection! Looks like a fun family!

  • elizabeth - April 20, 2009 - 9:16 am

    These are awesome.. so so fun..

  • Ruthi David - April 22, 2009 - 3:45 pm

    Great work as always. Love these.

  • Brandy - April 23, 2009 - 2:28 pm

    What stunning images, and I absolutely love their clothes!

  • teri - April 23, 2009 - 6:38 pm

    What a fun family! you really seemed to capture their style and their closeness. Looks like a fun session!

  • MaryAnn T - April 24, 2009 - 12:42 pm

    WOW! You’ve created some fantastic portraits at an age where most kids feel the most uncomfortable. They are so open and spirited, really capturing their personality. Wonderful!!

  • Terrilyn - April 25, 2009 - 9:52 am

    Simply stunning Mare! I love them all but that last shot, oh wow, I would have to have that HUGE. I love it!!

  • Sheila - April 25, 2009 - 9:30 pm

    Love the last one!!

  • CarrieS - April 25, 2009 - 9:35 pm

    LOVE these, and love their style!

  • meggan - April 26, 2009 - 9:38 am

    Oh, I LOVE that family image! How perfect!

The See the Light Workshop (as you may know) is holding a contest for one lucky winner….if you are a photographer go & vote!!  CLICK HERE:  Photographer’s CONTEST

(apologies – I had to edit this post because of a problem I was having with some of the content after an initial edit)

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  • sarah - April 18, 2009 - 7:56 pm

    oooh,I love this….i may have to snatch it and put it on my blog 😛 It reminds of the movie August Rush!

Ahhhh, one of my favorite clients from 2007 came to visit me at the studio just over a week ago…AND she brought her new baby brother!!   I was thrilled when her mom, N called to book a session with me.  Her name barely came out of her mouth when I screamed with glee (I get like that – admittedly).   I was super excited to meet the new little bro, C and hang out with A again. 

So I totally have to share this tidbit:  The first time N called to book with me she, her husband and A were moving to Chicago from Louisiana.  One of the things she said to me during our conversation always stood out for me

"When we move the first things I do are line up a hairdresser AND a photographer for my family". 

I consider it an enormous compliment that you choose Marmalade Photography – thank you N (and hence the scream of glee from me) — you  had to know that it would just be a matter of time before that story came out!  😉


Elmhurst Children

What a happy sweet little guy!


Western Suburban Chicago Photographer

Love how she’s holding her hands here.


Chicago Family Photographer

What a beautiful family!

And what is a post about favorite clients without a blast from the past – circa 2007…

Chicago Professional Children


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I haven’t done any serious shopping links on the blog lately and I promise to rectify that (hear that Mandy?  🙂 )  Before I forget I wanted to share a beautiful site for baby stuff (and other stuff too).  Layla Grace is a company out of Cali that sells gorgeousness online, check ’em out:

Layla Grace

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  • allie - April 16, 2009 - 6:37 pm

    these are just unspeakably beautiful mare. gorgeous in every way… amazing work!

  • marla carter - April 16, 2009 - 7:35 pm

    Adorable! Love his hat and his little baby toes! Great stuff as usual!

  • Susan D'Arcy - April 17, 2009 - 7:39 am

    gorgeous Mare, that family has made a very good choice in photographers! they will adore these, how could they not!

  • Kimberly Hill - April 17, 2009 - 9:52 am

    Of course she chose Marmalade! Quality, style, pure gorgeousness… what’s not to love?!? Her fingers, his eyes. Both caught me right away. Of course you got them both. And mom’s sense of style with those clothes? BONUS! I foresee a long, happy photographer/client relationship here. How did the hairdresser turn out?

  • Denise - April 17, 2009 - 9:56 am

    Cuties! 🙂

  • elizabeth - April 17, 2009 - 2:59 pm

    that first shot is awesome.. really well done.. well they all are actually

  • Daveen - April 17, 2009 - 8:38 pm

    Lovely, lovely children (and mama!) Love your work!

  • Lisa Kelly - April 18, 2009 - 3:42 pm

    I adore the story about your client choosing a photographer first, and wow she must thank her lucky stars she found you and your art. I love these images and the kids are just too cute for words.

  • teri - April 23, 2009 - 6:39 pm

    Awww, I love it when clients come back again and again. Such a huge testament to your high-quality work! She is a gorgeous little girl, they are lucky to have found you!

  • Jenna Slomp - April 25, 2009 - 2:24 pm

    Gorgeous images of beautiful children! I love how mom dressed them too, so stylish! You did a wonderful job capturing them, especially with their mom, such a lovely image.

I had the pleasure of meeting E & her mom just over a week ago.  E’s mom is planning for a family session with E’s brothers later this year – I cannot wait to see them again and meet E’s bros!  E’s mom had the most lovely things to say about my work and how excited she was to have me photograph them, I love when clients understand that time doesn’t stand still and how imperative it is to capture the here and now before it flies away. 

Really quick thanks to them for coming out to the Wilmington Studio, we got some really awesome shots of them together – seriously there are some from their session that are just jaw dropping beautiful.  E has amazing eyes and her mom is just gorgeous.

Here are a couple peeks into their beautiful beautiful session:


Chicago Baby Photographer Happy :) Baby

E was SO serious most of the session.  NOTHING (well hardly) made her smile.  Her mom said this is how she rolls!  I love it.


Smiling Baby Chicago Child Photographer

Oh wait!  She *DID* smile!! 🙂

Between little E here and W from last week – goodness – they’re rationing out the smiles for the camera!  I’m not sure what it is about having a big black box in front of my face – apparently it brings out the serious in some of my subjects!  🙂  I love it!

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  • Brandy - April 15, 2009 - 12:28 pm

    What a beauty! Gorgeous images!

  • Denise - April 15, 2009 - 1:01 pm

    Darling!!!! 🙂

  • marla carter - April 15, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    Absolutely precious! You definitely captured the sweetest smile. She looks so snuggly in her little sweater! Love it!

  • Jenna Slomp - April 15, 2009 - 4:37 pm

    Oh what a sweetheart! Such beautiful images. I love how the framing on that second one just pulls you right in to the sweet baby face.

  • Lisa Kelly - April 15, 2009 - 4:43 pm

    Well I love the way she “rolls”. Those serious expressions are just divine. What a beautiful child and these images just capture that so perfectly.

  • Kimberly Hill - April 16, 2009 - 7:05 am

    Kudos to Mom for loving the real little E faces! That peek of a smile is a serious :snort: “awwwww!” Perfect dreamy Marmalade images of a gorgeous babe and mom.

  • Tera - April 16, 2009 - 7:25 am

    Smile or not, that is one gorgeous baby! And equally gorgeous mom of course. Wonderful captures!

  • Terrilyn - April 17, 2009 - 10:18 am

    Oh she is just adorable! That soft baby skin, her big blue eyes and that pale pink sweater are the perfect combination. I adore the sly little grin she’s giving you in that last portrait Mare, so sweet!

Quick sneak peek – I’m a bit behind with them (2 or 3 sessions now but who is counting)…

Let’s start with Tuesday’s festivities.  Amanda came out in the a.m. with her two beautiful kids who simply rock my world time & time again.  I’m falling behind on a few things so I only have a couple *AWESOME* sneak peeks for her here (more if you follow on through to the cool link below!)

Chicagoland Children

Suburban Chicago Child Photographer

SMILING (sorta)  YAY!


Aren’t they the most awesome kids ever?  Another huge thanks to Amanda for coming out to the studio.  I wish it were just a tad warmer but no matter, we still had a fab session. 

Just a bit more about Tuesday … I was fortunate to meet Stefan at one of my workshops last year – funny, great guy from New York starting his business with his head and heart in the right place.  He seems to be really involved and wanting to create (and doing so!)  amazing works of art, since he has the art thing down pat his big item of business is getting his business pointed in the right direction.  That’s where our all day 1:1 mentoring session this week comes in.  We had a blast – the day went by SO quickly.  I enjoyed working with him (again) and thank him for allowing me the opportunity to help him in his (sure to be) successful endeavor.  My clients loved him.  Stefan – you rock.  Many well wishes for the future of your business!!

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Now please let me thank the good folks at PhotographerCafe – a great resource for the photography professional – for having a Marmalicious sort of feature on their blog.  Check *me* out!  Photographer Cafe : Photographer resources for the photography professional.  Amanda & everyone else please follow through to the link to get one last sneak peek of our girl by the awesome wall complete with red velvet chair!

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  • Terrilyn - April 10, 2009 - 4:25 am

    How completely adorable Mare! That shot with the umbrella is just so much fun, I love it! His sly little smile is completely charming as well. Beautiful work!

  • Kimberly Hill - April 10, 2009 - 6:37 am

    The umbrella shot is all about her with the light and colors… until you notice her brother hiding under the umbrella back in the shadows. And then his little hint of a grin in that black and white. Be still my heart! Your work never fails to delight, Mare.

  • Paula - April 10, 2009 - 9:13 am

    gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. that umbrella shot… wow!

  • Danna - April 10, 2009 - 1:17 pm

    ok that first shot is absolutely FANTASTIC!!!! I love it so much! YOu have such cute clients 😀

  • Shellie Gansz - April 13, 2009 - 8:05 am

    Oh my gosh! This sibling shot is just too cute!! It looks like big sis’ wasn’t wanting anyone to crow her spotlight, lol!! Congrats too on your feature!

  • Janine Memon - April 14, 2009 - 5:57 am

    Wow – I just adore that first shot! What a sweet capture!

  • Jackie Jean - April 14, 2009 - 11:21 am

    `love the first shot! your work is great 🙂

  • Samara - April 14, 2009 - 1:11 pm

    Ok Mare whats not to love here?! Two absolutely adorable images paired with your fantastic work. Love each and every bit of these!