Ugh, it’s been QUITE the week for photography (or lack thereof) this week.  Hopefully tomorrow & Sunday hold out for me and the clients lined up for the weekend!!  Kristen-I know you’re reading this-can’t wait to see you guys next Friday!!  🙂

Despite the rained out weather – thought I’d drop in for a good dose of FF!  Today is a family session with some Southern inspired clothing.  Several weeks ago I did a session and the dad had mentioned seersucker and it being a "Southern thing!" and that my friends is all it took for the Southern Inspired Fashionista Friday post!!  I hart the Luna Luna Copenhagen dress – I know there’s only limited sizing available (I think it was a Spring 2009 release) but so adorable I couldn’t pass up blogging it.

Photography Sessions What to Wear

Toddler Dress, Glitter Flats

Boy Jacket, Shirt, Pants, Shoes

Mom’s Dress, Shoes, Bracelet, Earrings

Dad’s Shirt, Pants, Shoes, Tie

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  • PamN - June 20, 2009 - 5:50 am

    How FUN! Of course these would look great in a field/park setting, but also how cool to do an urban session that would pop the difference in styles!

  • Daniela - June 20, 2009 - 7:54 am

    I’ve been loving your fashion friday posts….you’ve got style girlie! I need to start doing something like this.

  • Kimberly - June 20, 2009 - 2:11 pm

    ::sigh:: You have the BEST sense of portrait fashion! I’d love to see an urban session with these or a fabulous Marmalade Location. Yummy!

On occasion I do some mentoring 1:1 with photographers, this upcoming Saturday, June 20, 2009 I will be hosting a mentee at my WIlmington, Illinois studio.  I have a fabulous opportunity for someone if they would like to partake in a session fee waived session with Marmalade Photography.

The details:

  • At the Wilmington Studio for an Urban Session
  • Only valid for Saturday, June 20, 2009 for 10:30 a.m.
  • Session will last approximately 45 – 60 mins
  • Session fee is waived (value of $245)
  • Prints are purchased separately and priced at regular session pricing, 8×10 & under start at $70
  • Seeking 1-2 children
  • Must submit photo for consideration
  • Must sign release form for mentored photographer to be able to use some of the shots for their portfolio

This is an amazing opportunity to get beautIfully crafted images of your children for your home – this offer does NOT come around often.

If you are interested in a complimentary Marmalade Session – a $245 value – please CLICK HERE to drop us an email.

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This past weekend I hosted the last Marmalade See the Light Workshop (for 2009! 🙂 ) at the Wilmington Studio.  I thank all the fabulous photographers for coming out and allowing me to share my business ideas, marketing, post processing, tips and everything else that my brain overflows with regularly.  I had a blast meeting all of you!  Here are a couple outtakes of the shooting festivities.  It was an interesting experience to have my kids participate in on the fun.  🙂


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channahon children


Many thanks to the wonderful group of women I spent the bulk of the weekend with.  Each of you has touched my life in remarkable ways.  Remember the journey is what it is all about!!  xoxo

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  • Shellie - June 15, 2009 - 9:40 pm

    It looks like you all had alot of fun! What lucky photographers to have the opportunity to learn from you!!

  • PamN - June 16, 2009 - 6:42 am

    What a wonderful experience for them – I’m sure everyone learned so much & had a great time!

  • Julie - June 16, 2009 - 12:18 pm

    How fun!! I am sure everyone had a great time and learned a ton!! I love the “action” shots of everyone working! Love it!

  • Terrilyn - June 16, 2009 - 3:25 pm

    Fantastic images! What a wonderful experience I’m sure this was. I wish I could have been there!

  • Joyce - June 16, 2009 - 6:45 pm

    Fabulous images! Wish I could have been there–looks amazing!

  • christine - June 16, 2009 - 8:04 pm

    so unfair, wish i could have been there!!! 🙂

  • Sylvia Laughrin - June 17, 2009 - 6:45 am

    looks like another fantastic workshop!

  • Kimberly - June 18, 2009 - 9:49 am

    Your workshops look like so much fun!!

  • terry lee - June 18, 2009 - 2:12 pm

    Looks like you had a successful weekend, Marianne!
    the photos are gorgeous!!
    Wish I could have been there with you, but I will look forward to making a date
    for the 1:1 real soon.

  • Leila - June 19, 2009 - 9:54 pm

    Being one of the lucky ones, I can confirm, it was FUN! If you can go, you should. Marianne is an inspiration and I adore her more now than I did before.

I first met R and his gorgeous parents a couple of years ago.  We did a session around their home in the Roscoe Village ‘hood in the city.  I have never met such a happy-go-lucky guy as R – seriously this guy knows how to have a good time! 

Fast forward to yesterday, a slightly overcast day, I drove to see R and his p’s and meet T – the little brother!  We had a fun (and fast!) session – hanging out on the street in front of the shops and in between the buildings.  I had a blast exploring your little corner of the city with you guys!  Thank you Mary for having me out again – it was a BLAST to hang out with the boys.

So enough idle chit chat – on with the sneak peeking!

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roscoe village photo

Got a little Mater going on! 🙂

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Bribe or no bribe – this boy has the photogenic down pat.

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I’m bringing Fashionista Friday to THURSDAY this week, simply because this weekend kicks off the final 2009 Marmalade Photography workshop weekend for photographers and I have a million to do’s TO DO.  I simply cannot wait to meet my attendees and I have so much wonderful info and experiences to share with them but I do really need to get a ton of things done.

Anyway Fashionista Friday Thursday this week concentrates on a siblings session.  This time it’s for a 2 girl + 1 boy session.  Hope you are enjoying the FF segments!

What to Wear to a Photo Session

The links:

Orange girl dress, shoes

Boy shirt, pants, shoes

Floral girl dress, shoes

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  • Kimberly - June 11, 2009 - 1:49 pm

    Those boys are a hoot! I love that you shot them in their own neighborhood – memories and beautiful REAL portraits. Enjoy your workshop!

  • Julie - June 12, 2009 - 8:19 am

    I love these! What a couple of cuties too! I hope you guys have a great weekend too!

  • elizabeth - June 12, 2009 - 10:46 am

    These are awesome Mare.. How have you been?

  • allie - June 13, 2009 - 7:04 pm

    what fun! LOVE the clothes ideas and the images are just beautiful!!

  • christine - June 14, 2009 - 10:16 pm

    love the outfits and the models! they’re adorable!! 🙂

  • lauri - June 15, 2009 - 5:15 pm

    They look like fun boys! Fun portraits too!

  • lisa - June 16, 2009 - 11:43 am

    Beautiful shots! You were in my ‘hood – sorry I didn’t run into you….

  • Marianne - June 16, 2009 - 11:51 am

    Lisa! I had no idea you were over there. I hart that area…some of it is probably pretty recognizable to you then!

  • Brandy - June 17, 2009 - 10:52 am

    Oh my gosh, what adorable little men! Wonderful work!

  • Kristie Chadwick - June 18, 2009 - 1:57 pm

    You captured such great expressions! I love them.

Miss K and her mom came to see me this past Monday at the Wilmington Studio.  I loved seeing here again and we had the most amazing time catching up (you may remember Miss K from her session back  in 2007 and then a mini session here).  I loved hanging out with her and her mom – for as much as she has grown she is still so very much the same (and more beautiful than ever if that’s even possible!!)  She’s smart, she’s lovely and she has an awesome wardrobe!  What more can a girl want?

Suburban Chicago Child Photography

Stunning little beauty (and so tired of me @ this point!) – I think this is right before the snack.


Chicago Photographer

Almost can feel the softness in this image


Professional Children

Miss K – I’m your biggest fan!  🙂

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  • PamN - June 9, 2009 - 5:19 am

    I love the expression you captured in the first…so timeless!

  • denise - June 9, 2009 - 5:57 am

    wow. that was fast. love the sneak peak. 🙂

  • Lori - June 9, 2009 - 7:06 am

    Beautiful. I’m not sure I can pick a favorite. Each so different yet so Marmalade.

  • Leila - June 9, 2009 - 7:40 am

    love the colors in that last one, delicious!

  • Terrilyn - June 9, 2009 - 1:01 pm

    Oh gosh she’s adorable! Each image you’ve shared seems to show us another aspect of her personality.

  • Sherri W - June 9, 2009 - 7:26 pm

    I LOVE that second image of her. Beautiful! Gorgeous.

  • Shellie - June 9, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    Oh my! How the first image says so much!

  • kelly - June 11, 2009 - 10:00 am

    beautiful girl!! love these images. would love for you to photograph my little girl someday.

  • Brandy - June 11, 2009 - 10:07 am

    What a beautiful little girl! I love that last one!

  • Gramma Sue - June 11, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    You summed her up beautifully, and of course, I agree!

I first met Andrew and his p’s a few years back, they came to have a Marmalade Location session one early morning in the fall of ’06 (I cannot believe it’s been 3 years!)…back then (as now) Andrew was Mr. Explorer and his mom & dad rocked my world because they were so in tune & in love with nature.  I adored getting to know them.  It was a great time…

Now imagine my excitement when they booked a session at the waterfall for their family photos this year.   It’s fair to say that I think everyone had a fun time.  I like to think of sessions at the waterfall as mostly a fun experience where a camera happens to be present!  I think Andrew & his dad agree.  Thanks Beth for trusting me with this time in your lives – our guy is growing so fast!  I can hardly believe he’s an almost 6 year old!  And John, I agree – most painless photography session EVER!! 🙂

Chicago Family Photographer

Suburban Chicago Children

This says it all!! 🙂


Elmhurst Family Photographs

Look @ the glorious light surrounding them.  I hart this spot for family (fun) photos, especially with boy families.


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Cruising through Sunday’s paper I found the full page ad for Target sponsored family and children’s events in Chicago.  This is as good a place to list ’em as anywhere else:

MILLENIUM PARK FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL : live music, hands-on activities and performances for all ages.  Free.  JUNE 10 – SEPT 4, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Visit

TARGET FREE SUMMER EVENINGS @ The Art Insititue:  free admission every Thursday and Friday evening from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m..  Visit

TARGET FREE FIRST SUNDAYS @ the Chicago Children’s Museum.  Free admission the first SUnday of every month for kids 15 years and under.  10 a.m. – 5 p.m..  Visit

TARGET FREE SECOND MONDAYS at The Field Museum.  Free basic admission the 2nd Monday of the month.  9 a.m. – 5 p.m..  Visit

National Museum of Mexican Art TARGET FREE ADMISSION.  Free admission every Tues-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m..  Visite

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  • Dawnraeroberts@hotma - June 7, 2009 - 8:17 pm

    Beautiful images. Lovely location. That second one made me laugh out loud. I love how you see things.

  • christine pobke - June 8, 2009 - 4:04 am

    hat a beautiful location! 🙂 jealous! 🙂 i love that 2nd one of him between his parents… too cute!

  • Lisa Kelly - June 8, 2009 - 6:45 am

    That waterfall image is just amazing, it has to be huge on their wall for sure. I love how the fun just jumps out of the image of the boy looking between the parents arms, haha. What personality.

  • Marianne - June 8, 2009 - 6:46 am

    TY! 🙂 I used to go here as a kid with my parents – it’s a real favorite summer place of mine.

  • Brandy - June 8, 2009 - 12:46 pm

    The are so awesome, I am cracking up over the second image, it’s perfection!

  • June - June 8, 2009 - 1:51 pm

    What a gorgeous backdrop for a session. I adore that second shot!

  • PamN - June 8, 2009 - 2:19 pm

    He is such a boy! Love all of these, they will look fantastic in their home!

  • Michelle Parsley - June 8, 2009 - 6:03 pm

    That is one seriously STUNNING location! Lovely images of a lovely family!!!

  • Terrilyn - June 8, 2009 - 7:40 pm

    Oh my gosh, Mare!!!!!! Yes, that’s my excitement showing. I really want to do a session with you here for my family. Oh my gosh, beautiful!! I love that second capture, so precious!

  • Anna - June 9, 2009 - 8:42 pm

    OMGoodness that middle shot is hysterical!