Ahhhh, I can maybe breathe a sigh of relief.  While our local state parks received the necessary funding to keep them open–others (and they are busy parks!) fell to the ax of closure, closing their gates in December of this past year.

However with the impeachment of good ole Blago we now have a governor who seems to care about the people a bit more.  Governor Pat Quinn has been quoted as stating that re-opening our state parks is a paramount concern:

The Pantagraph

So for now I can breathe a sigh of relief. 

I’ve been busy hunkering down and dreaming up new concepts for 2009. In the coming weeks I hope to have a new website for the SEE THE LIGHT Workshop for my photography friends with new dates released for 2009.   I’m looking at a workshop for late April and early June.   Other stuff too!  2009 will be a fabulous year.  I hope it finds you, my blog friends, feeling healthy, enjoying life and making loads of memories.

 

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  • PamN - February 1, 2009 - 2:28 pm

    Can’t wait to see everything you’ve got going for the new year…I’m sure it will be FUN!

  • Pammy - February 1, 2009 - 4:48 pm

    Yea! So glad you have more workshops lined up this year.

  • Denise - February 1, 2009 - 8:12 pm

    I heard Quinn mention parks in his 1st news conference and was pleased as well!!! 🙂 Happy February.

I had the awesome pleasure of meeting a new little client of mine yesterday.  I have photographed K & J’s family a number of times and watched them transition into first time parents, have had the pleasure of watching their handsome son grow from baby to busy toddler and now I have had the pleasure of photographing the littlest member of their family, P. 

P is super beautiful and such a wonderful baby.  K & J are so very blessed…they have a gorgeous family and their new little girl is perfect-in every way possible.  A huge thanks to them for entrusting me with this most cherished of times in their lives.  I love the images from their sessions so much–I’d marry them if I could.  This newborn session from yesterday is NO exception and in fact already houses a few of my faves from 2009!!

But first a quick retrospective:

This is from March ’07 with their little boy:

Little Max 2007

And here we are not two years later!  Already doing somersaults!

Little M now...

Big M – Jan 2009

Love those beautiful curls and those gorgeous eyes!

 

Little Sis

And his soon – to – be – partner – in – crime

Little Sis – Jan 2009

 

Cutie Pies

I love this shot because he was so good! Aren’t they gorgeous gorgeous children??

Now that I have my blog fixed maybe I can update more.  🙂  Hopefully.  I am actually a couple posts behind for sneak peeks..apologies to C, M & L for not being able to sneak peek their sessions however they already have their galleries so no matter!  My story (and I’m sticking to it 🙂 ) is that I sort of FUBARed my blog trying to update it so I reverted to an older copy of it and well, gave up in trying the update–for NOW.  🙂

Thank you for stopping by, until next time–

 

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  • Cindy - January 18, 2009 - 6:26 pm

    What a sweet little baby! I really adore shot #3, but the one with big brother peeking through his legs is especially fun!

  • Sylvia Laughrin - January 18, 2009 - 8:09 pm

    adorably sweet newborn. beautiful work as always.

  • Lisa Kelly - January 19, 2009 - 12:13 am

    Just gorgeous. Amazing what a good boy to sit still for that image. Lovely work.

  • PamN - January 20, 2009 - 9:41 am

    I love how you got a picture of him on the bed, now with his baby sister! How fun to have both of those!

  • Lisa - January 20, 2009 - 11:51 am

    Those are so precious. Love the somersault!
    🙂

  • Jana Kunz - January 20, 2009 - 9:18 pm

    These are beautiful images!! They grow up so fast. 🙂

  • Jen Lane - January 22, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    Oooohhhh a Mare fix! I love this session! Those kids are gorgeous! LOVE #’s 1,2 and 3 especially!!

  • dsr - January 24, 2009 - 2:50 pm

    Your photos are always so perfect! I love that second one of the big brother peaking out between his legs!

  • Anna-Karin - January 25, 2009 - 10:19 am

    Oh I love the one of the two on the bed. So beautiful and perfect of a doting brother keeping an eye on his new little sis.

  • elizabeth - January 28, 2009 - 8:40 am

    These are fantastic

  • kelli@fancypantsphot - January 29, 2009 - 9:33 pm

    Wow. Love them all.

  • […] was a perfect day for a roadtrip of sorts.  The first leg of my "tour" was to go to K&J’s home on the North Side of Chicago and photograph their beautiful kids once again.  Before I go any further let me thank them, once again, for entrusting me with the most […]

Well, it’s here!!  The year end Marmalade 2008 slideshow is FINALLY up!  Even before my holiday (um, New Years?) cards have arrived.  🙂  Please click and enjoy the show.  Oh & a HUGE thank you to all my clients and friends that made 2008 an amazingly rocking year here in Marmaland.

 

 

 

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Also I’d love to encourage all my blog readers that are in the Channahon/Joliet/Shorewood/Plainfield/anywhere area to make the trek out to Channahon for this AMAZING lights display. 

WEBERS LIGHTS

My pal from highschool, Dave (and his beautiful family) have put together the most AMAZING light show I have ever laid my eyes on.  It coordinates to music so when you are within the transmitted area you can listen to the music that perfectly coordinates with this amazing light show.  I was blown away.  Amazing stuff.  Check out his website for videos to get an idea of what it is all about and to get directions on how to get there.  I assure you it’s worth the drive.  Great job Dave!! 🙂 

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  • Whitney - December 27, 2008 - 6:50 pm

    Awesome slideshow as always – Thanks for the tip on the house. The girls loved it! 😛

  • Denise - December 27, 2008 - 9:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing all the images! Some great shots this year.

  • elizabeth - December 31, 2008 - 3:36 pm

    what a wonderful slideshow. really gorgeous work… happy new year to you mare.. all the best for you and your family in 09 xo .e.

  • Anna-Karin - January 1, 2009 - 10:05 pm

    Loved the slideshow!
    What beautiful portraits and such a great variety session to session.

I’m sure I’m not the only one scrambling to finish my big long to do list this holiday season.  My busy season extended until late November this year and I am just catching my breath.  I still have a couple left over to dos from 2008 and we’re back up & running in early January.  Thank you everyone for being so awesomely patient this holiday season!

I’ve been so busy that it took up until this past few days to get my own children photographed for our Holiday card.  I know!  Could I be cutting it much closer to the actual Christmas holiday??!!??  However I am excited to finally be finished with it.  It truly was a bit of work as I wanted to come up with something that adequately showcased the ice glazed wonderland that I was living in the midst of at the time (all that has changed with about 4" of snow and who knows how much rain!).  So this year my card will be more of a New Year’s treat.  No matter, I love getting cards and I’m certain I’m not the only one!  Clients: look for your cards in the coming weeks.

Here’s a couple of sneak peek images for client cards.  I have to thank the girls for being real troopers in all of this.  They really did their best to tolerate the ridiculously low temps (who knows what the windchill was!) this past Monday.  🙂  Gotta love kids who really cooperate for a cause!

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Chicagoland Children

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Happy Holidays to all my blog readers and well wishes for a wonderful, happyment 🙂 filled 2009!

 

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  • Rachelle - December 25, 2008 - 8:16 am

    Happy holidays to you. Many blessings in the new year 🙂

    Love these shots, especially the colors in the first one. I’m sure these clients are totally stoked about you giving them these priceless card images.

  • liz - December 25, 2008 - 12:42 pm

    you really captured the beauty of winter!

  • Jana Kunz - December 25, 2008 - 6:18 pm

    These are very cute. 🙂
    Merry Christmas!

  • Denise - December 27, 2008 - 9:09 pm

    Wow… lovely images. Hope you had a great holiday. Happy New Year! 🙂

  • Amy - December 28, 2008 - 5:48 pm

    All of these rock! Sure is nice to have a Winter Wonderland in your photos 🙂 #1 and #3 need to be in a large canvas!!!

  • elizabeth - December 29, 2008 - 5:59 pm

    these are wonderful Mare.. love these.. Happy New Year to you and your family

  • Terrilyn - January 2, 2009 - 8:42 pm

    Ooooooo Mare, lovely photography as always! What troopers those girls were eh? From what you’ve shared here it was certainly worth it!

  • jennifer - January 15, 2009 - 10:18 am

    oh these are just gorgeous, love the closeup especially!

Wrapping up 2008 I had the great fortune to photograph this radiant mom to be (and of course her husband).  Thanks to them for braving the supposedly "warm" Sunday this past weekend and driving out to my Wilmington studio for a session indoors.  We had great fun!  G was creative and open to any suggestions for her session and we collaborated successfully on a fantastic maternity session.  I am so in love with so many of these images, I cannot believe how much fun we had.

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A big thank you to G and her dh S for coming out and allowing me to capture this magical time in their marriage.  It was a true honor photographing you guys, thank you for everything!

And that wraps up new stuff for 2008!!  If I can get caught up in the next few days I’ll try keeping my tradition of an end of year slideshow…I have yet to get my personal holiday card done and that’s obviously top priority but I suspect I won’t let 2008 pass without the end of year client highlights slideshow that I so enjoy doing!

Keep in mind that Marmalade Photography will be out of office for the Holiday Season starting this Wednesday.  We will be finalizing all client orders with guaranteed delivery during this time.  Thanks for a great 2008!!

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  • elizabeth - December 17, 2008 - 6:01 pm

    These are gorgeous … love em

  • MJphoto - December 17, 2008 - 7:53 pm

    Love the second one especially.

  • Season Moore - December 18, 2008 - 6:50 am

    The light on that second one is divine!

  • Terrilyn - December 18, 2008 - 7:22 am

    Mare, stunning work! She looks just radiant and Dad looks so proud in that first image. Beautiful session!

  • Lisa Kelly - December 19, 2008 - 3:51 am

    Wow, such amazing images. She really looks sensational.

  • Jana Kunz - December 19, 2008 - 8:07 pm

    Wow, Those images are stunning!

  • kristina - December 19, 2008 - 9:39 pm

    These are just gorgeous!!!

  • PamN - December 23, 2008 - 9:20 am

    How beautiful! Can’t wait to see their newborn images!