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!

I had the most amazing shoot on Thursday evening with a couple of Marmalade Cuties!!  OMG – these girls rocked my world back in late summer – early fall last year.  Their mom Andria brought the cutest hats and outfits and we rocked the urban session!  Here’s a bit of last year’s fun:


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Well that was then!  Look @ these cuties now!!

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THIS is the shot that makes me smile.  "Dancing".

Finally, I, their cousin who came from Hotlanta for a visit – what an adorable adorable little guy.  Loved the pudge!

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I love this shot – always on the go with a mind of her own.  I love personalities!

Thanks P & A and little I for coming out to the studio for an urban shoot.  LOVED seeing you all again!  Thanks to Michelle, Andria & the rest of the entourage that came out that afternoon!

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  • PamN - June 27, 2009 - 4:23 pm

    They sure have a family resemblance! Beautiful images of beautiful children.

  • christine - June 28, 2009 - 3:30 am

    oh. my. god. these are SOOOO cute!!! they are adorable! 🙂 that pink hat is too cute for words, and the dancing shot is my fave as well! 🙂 great work!

  • lainey - June 28, 2009 - 9:02 am

    are they the cutest!?! ohmigosh that little guy with all the chubbiness! and those prety girls and those dresses. you did a great job.

  • Terrilyn - June 28, 2009 - 10:43 am

    Oh wow Mare, these are all just gorgeous of course but that third shot, gosh, I want to blow that one up HUGE and mount it on my own wall. Pure ART!

  • Sherri W - June 28, 2009 - 1:44 pm

    Wow, what a fantastic session! Oh I adore that first image and her on the horse in the tall grass – fantastic! that shot of them together is so perfect for a family!!!!

  • Heather Gibb - June 28, 2009 - 3:21 pm

    Definite cuties for sure!!!!!!!!!!! Love the rocking horse one and the color is super!! Truly amazing- they are lucky to be Marmalade Girls :)!

  • Jen - June 28, 2009 - 8:24 pm

    And omgosh, “dancing” is fabulous!

  • Lisa Kelly - June 29, 2009 - 3:26 am

    awww, how cute is that dancing shot. Beautiful vibrant colours and textures and I love all of the expressions.

  • Michelle Parsley - June 29, 2009 - 7:59 am

    Gorgeous work, as usual!!! I LOVE the rocking horse image!!!

  • Kristie Chadwick - June 30, 2009 - 1:41 pm

    WOW! I love them all what cuties. The location is perfect.

  • Amanda K - July 1, 2009 - 11:53 pm

    Oh how darn gorgeous! You do such fab work Mare.

  • Kimberly - July 2, 2009 - 6:45 am

    They just keep getting cuter and I love that dancing shot! What adorable cousin chub as well. I can’t wait to see how they’ve changed *next* year!

  • Nichol Krupp - July 2, 2009 - 8:47 am

    I love that last shot too. So, precious.

I had the great pleasure of seeing KC & his lovely mom yesterday morning.  We kept getting ‘rained out’ for sessions so we decided to brave the bright sunshine, hot hot heat and humidity to fit this session in before KC grew out of his uniform.    Yeah mon (inside joke).

I’d first met KC a couple of years ago when he and his parents came out to the studio for a session.  We had a blast.  It’s so cool to watch these kids grow up to be bigger kids – there is no greater honor than to be allowed to document this time in a family’s life.  This is KC Fall 2007:

Joliet Children


This session was all KC and focused on his passion for baseball.

Joliet Child Photograph

This boy is ALL boy.  Every once in awhile I caught a glimpse of what is coming up…

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Thanks KC for putting up with the hot humid sticky late morning weather.  Hope you enjoyed Ben Franklin & the Polka Dot and thanks to A for taking the trip out to Wilmington once again for a MarmLocation shoot.  It was great seeing one of my very favorite families.


Skipping Fashionista Friday for today – I have a bunch of stuff to catch up on – I will bring it back next week!  Stay tuned.  🙂

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  • Annette - June 26, 2009 - 4:15 pm

    Oh my!!! My boy has changed so very much!! You captured exactly what I was looking for ~ YEAH MON!! As always, many, many thanks for creating such special memories for my family!!
    All the BEST!! Annette

  • Jen - June 27, 2009 - 1:21 am

    What a handsome boy. That black and white shot of him is simply amazing. So nice to see photographs of a school age child – all too many parents take this age for granted.

  • Kylie K. - June 27, 2009 - 1:22 am

    Love ’em. Just saw your work from the Daily Candy site from a few months ago – I will be calling soon to set up an appointment for my three month old. You are so talentd!

  • Marianne - June 27, 2009 - 1:51 am

    Thanks Annette. *I* am so pleased to be able to create these for you. Yeah mon!! xoxox

  • CarmenM - June 27, 2009 - 9:43 am

    I just love all your work and these are no exception. The reflection of the feet in the one is great! Lovely work as always.

  • Daveen - June 27, 2009 - 10:22 am

    Just perfection!! Love images like these that capture who each child is at that moment.

  • Terrilyn - June 28, 2009 - 10:47 am

    Mare, there is something to be said for a photographer who can capture such relaxed images of older children like these. You have such chemistry both with the camera and your subjects, well done!

  • Kristie Chadwick - June 30, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    I love these. This is a hard age and he looks so natural.

  • Kimberly - July 2, 2009 - 6:47 am

    Perfect. I love that Mom made this session all about *him* and what *he* loves. Mare, you constantly amaze me.

Yesterday’s session was tied up with my day of mentoring one-on-one with the Orlando’s delightful Sarah Bray .  Thank you Sarah for travelling up from the south SOUTH and hanging out for a day with me.  I hope you take away all the good stuff that I had lined up for you! 

Back to the session (only one of four that I did not get rained out on in the past seven days!)…I had the pleasure of photographing Faith’s (and Shawn’s) beautiful kids yesterday late morning.  They were wonderful!  So fun!  So happy!  So silly!  I loved meeting them and having the opportunity to see Faith after, I don’t know, what’s it been?  20 years almost??  🙂  So without further delay – some of the most adorably fun kids this side of Chicago!

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The lovely S – she is a spitting image of her gorgeous mom.  No joke.


Joliet Children

Handsomely devilish J


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They were so superfun together!

Thanks for stopping in.

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  • Melissa - June 21, 2009 - 5:17 pm

    Mare, these children are gorgeous. I LOVE the moment you captured there in that last shot. If those were my children (who aren’t nearly as cooperative!) I’d have that blown up as a huge canvas on my mantle. I love it “THAT” much!!! I bet their mom is going to be THRILLED with these!!!

  • Faith - June 21, 2009 - 6:49 pm

    Marianne, these are the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen of my children, love love love them. Melissa: u were correct Mom does love them :)!

  • Denise - June 21, 2009 - 8:06 pm

    Darling. Really like the one with the ‘secret whisper’. 🙂

  • Jen - June 21, 2009 - 8:27 pm

    Ah, these are beautiful Mare!!

  • christine - June 21, 2009 - 8:50 pm

    beautiful children and fantastic photos (as always). 🙂 love them!

  • Danna - June 22, 2009 - 6:45 am

    beautiful, your color is always so amazing!

  • Kristie Chadwick - June 22, 2009 - 11:28 am

    Simply beautiful! I love the different colors!

  • Sherri W - June 22, 2009 - 12:27 pm

    I love that sibling shot of him whispering in his sister’s ear. Very cool!

  • Kimberly - June 22, 2009 - 12:52 pm

    I’m with Melissa – the last one needs to be HUGE. GIGANTIC. MASSIVE.

  • Sarah - June 22, 2009 - 2:57 pm

    Mare! The pictures turned out beautifully 🙂 THANK YOU so much for such a wonderful day filled with delicious info that is just buzzing in my head! I couldn’t have asked for a better Chicago experience 🙂

  • Julie - June 23, 2009 - 7:20 am

    Wondeful images!! I love the “telling secrets” image. Gorgeous!

  • Terrilyn - June 23, 2009 - 2:37 pm

    Beautiful work as always Mare. That last image is sheer perfection!

  • lauri - June 23, 2009 - 6:00 pm

    That last one is breathtaking! Beautiful work!

  • Lisa Russo - June 23, 2009 - 6:49 pm

    Mare, your images are just so rich…so deep and poignant and beautiful. Love these! The whisper one is perfection.

  • Sheri V - June 24, 2009 - 12:31 pm

    so precious ! .. love them

  • PamN - June 25, 2009 - 4:48 am

    Gorgeous. How can you photograph in an alley & make it look better than the finest studio?!

  • elizabeth - June 25, 2009 - 6:24 am

    These are beautiful..

  • Kristen - June 29, 2009 - 10:48 am

    I have to point out how amazing that second shot is – the colors, the way the plaid of his shorts goes with the brickwork behind him…love it.