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…

Chicago Child Photographer

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!

Joliet Child Photographer

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


Joliet Children

Handsomely devilish J


Joliet Family Photographer

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.

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.  🙂


chicago children

chicago baby photographer

photography workshop


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!

chicago child photograph

roscoe village photo

Got a little Mater going on! 🙂

chicago child photograph

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.