You may remember the beautiful maternity session from several weeks ago that was featured on the blog here.  A & L came to the studio yesterday with their adorable Sebastian and we photographed his newborn session at just six days old.  L looked FABULOUS – she is quite the superwoman!  A was so into fatherhood – I seriously fell in love with how much this couple was in love with their brand new bundle of sweet yummy newbornness. 

Thanks to them for coming out from the North Side of Chicago to my little downtown studio.  We captured so many spectacular newborn lovin’ moments – I am so thrilled to present these few sneak peeks for them!  🙂

Chicago Baby Photographer

This scale resided in the back of my closet for a couple + years and finally made its’ appearance yesterday. 


Professional newborn photography

I went a bit vintage with this treatment because of the mood of the light I shot in.  Love this shot.


Chicago Baby Portraits

I personally just totally dug his little expression here.  He had the funniest faces @ the beginning of our session together!


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I received several appreciative comments in email on last week’s Fashionista Friday post – I am going to try to make it a regular segment on the blog.

This week I chose to focus on a session with a small family and two boys.  I chose clothes from American Eagle Outfitters, Forever21, Gymboree and a couple of online retailers for shoes & accessories.

What to Wear to Your Photography Session


Little boy 1 outfit

Little boy 2 outfit

Mom’s dress, Mom’s shoes, Mom’s necklace

Dad’s shirt, Dad’s jeans, Dad’s shoes


Happy Shopping!  I hope that these clothing segments on the blog help you in your quest to dress for a successful portrait session with Marmalade!

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  • LauraB - June 5, 2009 - 9:57 am

    GORGEOUS family image! WOW!! That should be printed HUGE!!!!

  • Sherri W - June 5, 2009 - 11:15 am

    OMG, that second image is so cool and modern. I love it!! Sweet sweet newborn session.

  • Danna - June 5, 2009 - 2:31 pm

    that family image is breath taking!! WOW

  • heavenesque - June 5, 2009 - 7:17 pm

    Beautiful work!!!! Fashionista Friday — great idea for photographers:)

  • PamN - June 6, 2009 - 5:23 am

    Gorgeous images! LOVE the family one….canvas worthy for sure!

  • Terrilyn - June 6, 2009 - 6:02 am

    *swoon* I am just melting over your newborn images. The scale – timeless. The tender emotion with mom and dad, magical. The wide eye’d newborn, priceless! Well done Mare!

  • Kimberly - June 6, 2009 - 1:50 pm

    OH*MY*WORD – I’m not a fan of vintage’y processing at all but it suits that image perfectly. Absolutely stunning, Marianne. I’m loving your portrait clothing segments too!

  • christine pobke - June 6, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    ahhh! that scale is such a great prop! 🙂 i love your newborn images! and that vintagey family one rocks! 🙂

I took my girls out for our annual end of school year/beginning of summer session.  I am religious about very little in my life but this is an event I never pass up.  Photographing my darlings several times a year (other than snapshots) is a priority for me.  They are my muses.

June is kicking off to be insane so it’s best to hit the ground running.  I love love love May light and there you have it.  See how they grow!

Channahon Child Photographer

Tween Child Photography

Chicago Family Photographer

The older ones short hair grew SO quickly.  I think I’m gonna get another shoot in where her hair is more manageable.  Man she grows QUICK.  Everything about her grows fast!


Suburban Child Photographer

South Suburban Child Photographs

Studio Children

Chicago Children

They grow all too fast.  THanks for stopping in!  🙂 Stay tuned for a busy June.  One session left, call to book asap! 🙂

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  • Anna-Karin - June 2, 2009 - 6:52 pm

    Lovely young ladies!!
    What a great idea that you are making this a tradition to do every year. So much fun and how nice to have these stages documented for years to come.

  • Janine Memon - June 2, 2009 - 7:21 pm

    What cuties! Your oldest looks so much like you (at least based on your pics. The light in the first one is sooo sweet.

  • Denise - June 2, 2009 - 8:12 pm


  • jessie - June 2, 2009 - 8:49 pm

    Seriously. I am swooning! These are lovely and so are your girls. I can’t believe how much your oldest looks like you. Just darling!

  • shannon curcio - June 2, 2009 - 9:42 pm

    so pretty, love her hair!

  • Lisa Kelly - June 3, 2009 - 3:21 am

    Mare, these are just delish. Your girls are gorgeous. Love all of the images but the last two studio ones just speak to me, love them.

  • Terrilyn - June 3, 2009 - 3:57 am

    Aw Mare they are just beautiful of course! What good looking girls you have. I’m so jealous of your ritual with taking them out several times a year for photos. I really need to do that myself. Thank you for the spark!

  • Jenna Slomp - June 3, 2009 - 9:01 am

    They are so beautiful Mare… stunning images, I am sure you will hang these large and prominently in your home (you better! They are gorgeous!)

  • Brandy - June 3, 2009 - 9:41 am

    Such beautiful girls, and these images are just so natural and lovely.

  • Kimberly - June 3, 2009 - 3:03 pm

    They’ve grown so much, especially your mini me! Normally your outdoor images grab me right away but this time it’s the studio ones. Could Marmaland be extending indoors?!?

  • PamN - June 4, 2009 - 6:54 am

    These images will become your most precious possessions before you know it!

  • allie - June 4, 2009 - 8:02 am

    Oh mare, these are just beyond beautiful. they are such gorgeous girls, and you capture them with such an amazing touch.

  • christine - June 4, 2009 - 7:48 pm

    what gorgeous girls you have!!! 🙂 wonderful work.

  • Sarah - June 4, 2009 - 10:12 pm

    Your girls are GORGEOUS! I just adore the first one. Beautiful light! 🙂

  • Danna - June 4, 2009 - 10:56 pm

    I actually gasped when I saw these….stunning!!

  • Joy Vertz - June 6, 2009 - 7:54 am

    Simply gorgeous! They look a lot like you. I love that they are so natural and fun…. and your girls are stunning!

I’ve been under the weather this week and had to reschedule several sessions but well enough to sit upright and do some online "shopping".  I came across a couple really great dresses for little girls and thought to myself "Oooh a fun shopping post!"  This blog entry is brown & peach tones and is dedicated to a family session with two little girls.

The girls’ dresses are boutique finds, the mom & dad outfits are typical mall fare.  I’ve noticed with many of my clients this is how it usually plays out so I took a bit of the typical client that rolls through the studio and sort of went shopping for them.


What To Wear to a Photography Session

Little Girls Dress, Little Girls Shoes

Tween Dress, Tween Shoes

Mom’s Dress, Mom’s Bracelet, Mom’s Shoes

Dad’s Shirt, Dad’s Pants, Dad’s Shoes


Hope this helps you in your quest for shopping.  Isn’t the Luna Luna Copenhagen dress divine?  I want one for *ME!*

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  • Kimberly - May 31, 2009 - 10:05 pm

    Very Marmalicious! You’d look lovely in the Luna Luna Copenhagen dress, Mare!

  • jen - June 2, 2009 - 8:33 am

    What a fun idea! I am sure your clients love having a *visual* – you are right, that Luna Luna dress is to die for!

  • Denise - June 2, 2009 - 8:13 pm

    Where can I buy Luna Luna Copenhagen?? NEED it. 🙂

This past weekend I had the good fortune to meet F and her wonderful parents A & C.  I travelled to Arlington Heights for a session with this beautiful three month old little girl.  F was quietly serious.  Not too much seemed to phase her.  For some reason her serious nature amused me (she must know that while I love to have fun and get giggly happy pictures I like serious, soul searching images as well!). 

Thanks A & C for allowing me into your lives this past weekend and allowing me to capture your beautiful, young family at this amazing time in your lives!

Baby Photographer

We used "parents as props" a lot during our time together!


Chicago Baby Photography

These parents *were* awesome props 🙂


Sleeping Baby

What a little beauty!  I loved photographing this serious (and sleepy) little darling!

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  • Nancy klim-Bigham - May 27, 2009 - 3:06 pm

    Beautiful pictures! So natural. Not so posed and phony! 🙂

  • Denise - May 27, 2009 - 5:13 pm

    She is darling!! 🙂

  • LauraB - May 28, 2009 - 9:14 am

    These are such sweet perfection!!!

  • Lisa Kelly - May 29, 2009 - 3:44 am

    I too adore more serious shots. I feel you have captured her beautifully and mum and dad do indeed make gorgeous props.

  • elizabeth - May 29, 2009 - 8:04 am

    These are just lovely

  • PamN - May 29, 2009 - 8:18 am

    Stunning images…love the intimacy of the first family shot. These will look wonderful forever!

  • Terrilyn - May 29, 2009 - 6:17 pm

    How do you DO it Mare?? These are so sweet, so much love and emotion in the portraits you capture. I am in awe.

  • Julie - May 30, 2009 - 7:33 am

    She is beautiful! I am definitely a fan of both serious and sweet, as well as the smiley and silly. Love the sleeping one too. Gorgeous

  • Kristie Chadwick - June 1, 2009 - 1:16 pm

    Great session. The last one is great. I love sleeping babies.

  • Heather Gibb - June 1, 2009 - 2:58 pm

    Beautiful!!!!!!!! I love the connections you captured and the sweetness of the her in the last shot is priceless!

  • Danna - June 1, 2009 - 5:38 pm

    ohhh she is just the cutest little thing ever!! gorgeous images Mare…..not that I am surprised 😀

  • Jenna Slomp - June 2, 2009 - 9:49 am

    What a sweetheart! Love the family image, so beautiful.

Happy Mother’s Day to you my blog friends.  I’m settled in today – woke up to the smell of homemade pancakes, syrup and shouts of glee from my little ones that I was finally awake and they could finally give me their mom’s day gifts.  I am so lucky – being greeted with a bounty of hand crafted cards in all sorts of art mediums (crayons and markers are always the preferred choice) and a beautiful bookmark to help me along as I finish up Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead.

What would Mother’s Day be without some reminders of the day.  These are some of my favorite mom moments captured in mid spring/early summer 2008 – I came across them while doing a bit of research into my own work for a very special little project going on behind the scenes here. 

Enjoy your mom’s day treats from your little ones – goodness knows they don’t stay little and hugg-y kiss-y very long (that’s why photos like are extra special!).

Professional Children


professional family photographer


Chicago Professional Photographer

Take care!  -M

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  • Shellie - May 10, 2009 - 10:48 pm

    Love these images Mare! Beautiful connections captured!! Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Kimberly - May 11, 2009 - 5:11 am

    Lovely mommy connections, Mare. As my older children move on (and out) these moments with my littlest become so much more important. How I wish I’d listened when people told me I’d forget if I didn’t have something concrete to remember these moments by…

  • elizabeth - May 11, 2009 - 7:20 am

    fantastic as always Mare.. great work

  • Jane - May 12, 2009 - 4:16 am

    Nice pics Mare!!

  • Kristie Chadwick - May 12, 2009 - 12:28 pm

    I love the connection you captured in these.

  • Terrilyn - May 14, 2009 - 9:25 pm

    Oh Mare, these are all just so beautiful I find myself at a loss for words (which doesn’t happen OFTEN). Seriously stunning moments in time captured, these families are BLESSED to have your found you!

  • Jane - May 15, 2009 - 7:22 am

    That is so very beautiful!!!!

  • Michelle Haley - May 15, 2009 - 1:22 pm

    **GASP** Oh my word I love these. I so wish this was me and my kids! That one on the dock is just divine. You are such a master of light, Mare!

  • Michelle Parsley - May 15, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!!! I especially love the one on the dock.

  • Dawn - May 18, 2009 - 3:02 pm

    Beautiful. I LOVE the second one. So peaceful.

  • Ashlie - May 19, 2009 - 12:04 pm

    These are gorgeous! Nice job! Love the one on the dock.

  • PamN - May 19, 2009 - 12:22 pm

    Such art! These will look so stunning as large canvases – what a fantastic way to beautify and personalize a home!

  • Daveen - May 20, 2009 - 5:12 pm

    So, so pretty! Your work is so unique and beautiful as is the sweet interaction you’ve captured in these images!

  • Danna - May 21, 2009 - 11:32 pm

    OMG…these are all amazing!! wow

  • Jenna Slomp - May 22, 2009 - 10:40 am

    These are so lovely, I would absolutely love to have images like this of me with my little guy! These moms must LOVE that you captured their relationship so beautifully!

  • Sarah - May 25, 2009 - 9:24 pm

    Love all of these! Beautiful!!