I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Q & her little brother D yesterday at their home on the North Shore.  It was the quintessential late summer day – it could not have been more gorgeous outside!  We hung out at their home for a bit and took off to the beach for a bit to capture just a little bit of summer 2009 in their lives.  Thanks to their lovely mom for welcoming me into their home & allowing me the opportunity to photograph them on this amazing late August day!

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Thanks again D Family!!

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Limited Edition Sessions for the Fall will be held for one day only-Saturday September 19, 2009.  Details will be posted in the next day or two!  As always these will be for this date only, meant for up to 2 individuals for 15-20 minute sessions where you will be presented with 12-15 images in an online gallery for 2 days.  That’s it so far, look for more details in the next blog post!!

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  • Terrilyn - August 26, 2009 - 3:56 am

    Just stunning Mare! I absolutely adore that last shot of the two of them looking out over the water, that SO needs to be printed as a large canvas, it would be breathtaking!!

  • stella - August 26, 2009 - 10:43 am

    Oh my word ~ these are so precious. I would *hart having these kind of images of my kids. I just came across your website on the internet and I am very much into your work. Marianne you have an amazing gift~talent, what have you! Thank you for sharing your beauty of the world with all of us (and your special lucky customers)

  • Lisa Lucky - August 26, 2009 - 1:57 pm

    So great and WOW that last one is really amazing! You’ve got such a great style!

  • Kimberly Hill - August 26, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    That last image takes my breath away! Please tell me they ordered it as a huge canvas art print for their home. It will make a gorgeous focal point for a room.

  • Brandy - August 26, 2009 - 11:27 pm

    Just love these, and especially that last one – his little hat is adorable!

Officially I will be back in the office tomorrow but I’d first love to share a snippet of our FABULOUS time in Isle of Palms, South Carolina (not very far from beautiful historic Charleston!).

We spent a few days in the Smoky Mountains.  Here’s a quick shot of my youngest hanging out on the deck of our cabin with the most incredible views of the Smokies:

Smoky Mountains

This was the view we woke up to and went to bed to the two full days we stayed here:

Tennessee Mountain Views

There was also a hot tub on the lower deck where I spent a great deal of time!

The Smokies were unbelievable, we didn’t expect what we got from the area.  We ended up driving about 40 minutes away and went tubing on the Little Pigeon River.  It was an unbelievable experience to just be lazy river travelling…something I’ve always wanted to do.  One of my vacation highlights for sure.

If you ever are in that area I highly recommend the river tubing experience, the website is here: River Rat  We loved every minute of it.  The tubes are high quality, the people are nice and the shop is super well run!

We also hit the Smoky Mountains National Park for a few hours the same day.  I have images on my other camera, we hiked up to Laurel Falls, a nice calm (ahem) 1.25 mile trek UP a mountain to get to.  It was BEAUTIFUL!!  I’ll have to post those later.  We didn’t spend nearly as much time as I’d like exploring the park but I assure you what I saw was incredible!  The girls had their National Park Passports stamped (we started that tradition back in 2007 when we did our Yellowstone trip!) and we were able to experience just a bit of what the Smoky Mountains offers.  I was encouraged by some locals to go to Cade’s Cove to see the Black Bears gather in the morning so that is a definite must do for the future!

We left the Smokies on Saturday a.m. and drove to South Carolina where we checked into our condo.  We had the most amazing view of the beach on Isle of Palms.  We were lucky enough to have a private rooftop deck that we could use at our leisure to experience the salty winds coming off the Atlantic.  It was truly amazing.

We stayed in Isle of Palms for the full week, only leaving the resort for necessities and a day trip to historic Charleston (which, btw, I am in LOVE with!).  It was the perfect vacation for an overtired clan such as ourselves:


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Duane & I as seen by my oldest (wonder where she gets those mad camera skills from?) 🙂

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My oldest on the beach on our last evening


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My youngest on the last night there


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The girls hamming it up in Charleston


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All of us at the fabulous STELLA NOVA , it’s hard taking self portraits of the fam 🙂


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My oldest hamming it up


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Waiting in line to get into…



Charleston Real Estate

One of my Charleston dream homes on King Street. 

Charleston Dream Home

Charleston Carriage House

Carriage house.  PRETTY.

And finally: some more of the beach.  My two lovelies:

Charleston Family Photograph

and the beach on its’ own:

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Thanks for stopping in.  Back down to business later in the week!

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  • corey civetta - August 19, 2009 - 6:51 am

    Gorgeous captures! LOVE that view!! Looks like you had a wnderful time away!

  • Kimberly - August 19, 2009 - 8:27 am

    You were so close, and yet so far… next time!

  • PamN - August 19, 2009 - 4:48 pm

    OK, I’m only 90 minutes south of Ashville…next time!!!

  • Danna - August 20, 2009 - 8:40 am

    What a BEAUTIFUL place!! I am so jealous. Looks like you are all having a wonderful time! Thanks so much for sharing some of your holiday with us 🙂

  • Sylvia Laughrin - August 20, 2009 - 11:26 am

    wow, what a gorgeous location… i can tell by your images that you had a wonderful vacation.

  • Lisa Lucky - August 22, 2009 - 8:02 pm

    Glad you had a great vacation. Awesome pictures:)

  • Brandy - August 23, 2009 - 11:40 am

    It looks like a dream vacation! You’ve made me want to go!

  • elizabeth - August 23, 2009 - 1:30 pm

    i love these.. looks like a great time was had by all, and by the way So Nice to see you in some of the photos

  • Lisa Kelly - August 23, 2009 - 10:01 pm

    What a wonderful group of images. The first two though, those views are amazing. What a wonderful spot.

  • Terrilyn - August 24, 2009 - 9:24 am

    So much fun!! You really worked that wide angel well Mare. What amazing memories you’ve captured for your family!!

I had the great pleasure of meeting the C Family late afternoon on Tuesday before I left for vacation.  It was a great pleasure to work with them and the gorgeous little M!  Thank you for coming out to the studio for a session amongst all the urban wonders that are for the taking in historic Wilmington, Illinois!  😉

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I *hart* those two teeth on the bottom!

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Aren’t they the cutest family, like, ever??!!

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We are out of the office until the afternoon of Tuesday, August 18th.  Please keep that in mind when trying to communicate with Marmalade Photography.

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  • Rebekah & David - August 5, 2009 - 2:11 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!! The are just awesome!!
    We had such a wonderful experience with you! Thanks for making us feel so comfortable & relaxed!!

  • Rebekah & David - August 5, 2009 - 2:12 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!! They are just awesome!!
    We had such a wonderful experience with you! Thanks for making us feel so comfortable & relaxed!!

  • Danna - August 5, 2009 - 11:02 pm

    ohhh definitely lovely!! and I love that you got a shot of her little teeth, as a mom I would cherish that.

  • Terrilyn - August 6, 2009 - 7:17 pm

    Oh these are just yummy Mare!! Such a lovely family. Your soft, dreamy imagery always makes me smile.

  • Lisa Kelly - August 7, 2009 - 4:38 pm

    I agree with Terrilyn, your soft imagery really is just so dreamy. What treasures these images will be.

  • Cindy - August 9, 2009 - 10:26 am

    What an adorable family. Beautiful shots!

  • Julie - August 9, 2009 - 3:47 pm

    What a cutie pie she is! LOVE these family images too…fabulous

  • PamN - August 12, 2009 - 9:20 am

    I just love how you captured that she is at the center of their world in the first one – so creative!

  • meggan - August 12, 2009 - 7:09 pm

    Gorgeous Mare! I love the first B&W. So beautiful!

  • k - August 13, 2009 - 12:20 pm

    I just love the first family picture. She is such a cutie.

  • Tonya Marie - August 17, 2009 - 8:56 am

    Gorgeous family. I especially love how her parents are looking at her in the first image. I hope that one gets a special place on their wall.

  • Brandy - August 23, 2009 - 11:41 am

    What a beautiful family! That little girl is completely adorable!

I had the pleasure of photographing Vanessa & Freddie yesterday morning at the studio – they are so gorgeous – inside & out.  I cannot wait to see how beautiful their baby will be!!

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Thanks you guys for being so fun during our session yesterday!!


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This is *the* cutest thing I’ve seen all week!!  So adorable, I sort of stumbled upon it looking for something else and heard the song on another website.  Quick did a Google look up of the lyrics and it led me to this video.  She is now 19 years old!  What a little cutie pie she was:


Thanks for stopping in!



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  • Kimberly - August 4, 2009 - 9:11 am

    That is going to be one beautiful baby. Love the moody lighting on the second and the serene, yet sexy look to the first.

  • PamN - August 4, 2009 - 5:39 pm

    These would look FABULOUS in their bedroom!

  • Lisa Kelly - August 4, 2009 - 6:57 pm

    Absolutely amazing maternity images. The connection is so visible, love that. Can’t wait to see the baby.

  • corey civetta - August 5, 2009 - 11:35 am

    Beautiful work – LOVE that first one!

  • Danna - August 5, 2009 - 11:02 pm

    oh gosh that first one is stunning!! WOW

  • Terrilyn - August 7, 2009 - 3:49 am

    Absolutely beautiful Mare. I love your soft lighting in these images.

  • Brandy - August 23, 2009 - 11:42 am

    What a gorgeous mom-to-be! These are beautiful, the lighting is so perfect!

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!