Happy Thanksgiving!!  I want to quickly mention the things that I am thankful for before proceeding onto sneak peek time…

I am thankful for my family, my wonderful and supportive husband who always has my back and always stands by me.  My beautiful children, I cannot imagine what life was like before you two shared your lives with me.  Thank you for being wonderfully sweet, funny, happy, silly, sassy, goofy, smiley, giggly, hyper…oh I can go on and on.  I thank all of my lucky stars for this past year, another year with my dad and with my mom.  For my friends, my in laws, my extended family.  I am thankful for my clients, for whom without my life’s purpose would be nonexistent.  Thank you to all of my clients, friends, blog readers for checking in with me, seeing what’s up in Marmaland 🙂 and for caring enough to stop in.  I am thankful for a healthy life, I am doubly thankful for being allowed a second chance to exist and share in my children’s childhood and to be allowed to breathe, to move and to love.  Speaking of moving, I am thankful that I am beginning to find my stride again with movement and exercise.  I am thankful for the beauty in this world, for the changing seasons and for everything that those seasons bring.  Gratitude is a part of being.  We can not simply exist without taking time to be thankful for all the beauty we have been given.   For all the love that we share…

 

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Speaking of giving thanks…I had the great pleasure of meeting L (who has the coolest first & middle name ever but for the sake of privacy I will leave it out–I assure you though, completely unique and completely awesome).  L is just over one week old and his mom came out to the studio from the Lockport area for a newborn session with me.  Thank you Michelle for allowing me to capture this BEAUTIFUL time in L’s life and more importantly in YOUR life as well…first born babies bring a sort of magic with them that is completely indescribable, enjoy these magical days with your sweet little boy.

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Isn’t he the most sweet & cuddly baby ever? 

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  • PamN - November 29, 2008 - 9:34 pm

    Oooh, that baby is so precious! Love the animal print, he looks so silky smooth and soft on it!

I am so behind on several things so a cute, short & sweet post about the first part of  yesterday’s stint at the studio.  Thanks to Monika and her beautiful beautiful girl, M, for coming out from Chicago’s Northside for a quick urban studio session.  Really quick little sneak peeks:

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Chicago Child Photographer Marmalade Photography

 

Does she not have THE MOST AMAZING eyes?  Beautiful girl.  Thanks M!

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  • PamN - November 26, 2008 - 4:08 pm

    Her eyes are incredible! Great captures – mom must be thrilled!

  • June - November 26, 2008 - 6:57 pm

    Fantastic! She is truly a stunning girl.

  • Jana Kunz - December 1, 2008 - 11:36 pm

    He is adorable! Love those blue eyes.

I worry that once one of these shots will be seen a certain mom of an 18 month old child is going to hunt me down….LOL

Anyway, could this session be any more fun?  I don’t think so.  A huge thanks to Denise for introducing Jen to the Marmalade ways.  And a doubly huge thanks to Jen and her beautiful sisters in law for travelling out to the studio the other evening (and braving rush hour traffic no less!) to get out to me for an almost entirely in studio session.  I promise you guys, you are going to be so very happy….

On with the sneak peeks…

Naperville Sisters

um, yeah, i didn

 

black and white baby boy

 

sweet baby girl

 

Thanks for stopping in!!  🙂

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  • Sheila - November 21, 2008 - 12:21 am

    beautiful!!

  • Denise - November 21, 2008 - 7:39 am

    Wow….. love the couch image! 🙂

  • marie - November 21, 2008 - 9:01 am

    love that first shot lady…dreamy

  • Jana Kunz - November 21, 2008 - 1:14 pm

    These are beautiful!

  • Heather - November 21, 2008 - 2:08 pm

    Gorgeous images and children!!!!

  • PamN - November 21, 2008 - 3:37 pm

    Love their outfits, and love their expressions!

  • Jenny - November 22, 2008 - 12:19 pm

    Beautiful job Mare! The photos make it look effortless…ha ha..

  • Lisa Kelly - November 24, 2008 - 2:14 pm

    OMGoodness!!!! These are just gorgeous. The image of them all on the couch is sheer perfection. Mum will just cry I’m sure when she sees it. Love these.

  • Jana Kunz - November 25, 2008 - 1:31 pm

    Wow, these are amazing! What a perfect sibling shot. 🙂

  • Michael Duff - October 19, 2009 - 3:16 pm

    Are you using a ring flash in these? Fantastic eyes and color!

I had the pleasure of meeting the K Family this past weekend.  They were super fun and it was a real pleasure working with them.  Once again I realize what a lucky girl I am with such a fantastic group of clients and I am thankful for it.

I won’t bore you with Marmabanter as I am much more behind than I should be (I feel like a hamster on a wheel right now).  On with the sneak peeks:

baby boy

This little guy was such a trooper…letting us take the set of images this shot belongs to without any negative fanfare.  Loved this little guy!

 

The boys, having fun

These guys were great fun together.  Love it when the dad gets in on the fun.

 

Mom

Doesn’t he have the most beautiful eyes?  I could’ve put him in my pocket and taken him home.

Thanks for stopping in….crazy busy season continues (and starts winding down…)

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I had the pleasure of working with the B Family this past weekend.  They were incredibly great sports, it was BRRRRRRRRR out and the kids just put up with us time & time again.  I have a bit of a secret on how to handle the cold (ok, so it’s not that secret.  It’s called letting the kids borrow my coat and let them use it in tandem.  Also take the kids inside frequently for quick recovery breaks.  And finally get their parents to load them up with lots of hot chocolate pre session!).

Thanks to them for coming out from Lockport the other day.  This session seriously rocked my world.  I can’t wait to show off the sneak peeks…ok…well now!

Family of 4

Princess Girl

and finally, really we WERE out in the cold alot and this proves it:

peeking

Thanks for stopping in…

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  • PamN - November 18, 2008 - 1:12 pm

    The images don’t look like anyone is in the least uncomfortable…they look adorable! What a great idea to bundle the kids together in a coat. That first one is my favorite – talk about an image saying a thousand words! Look at their expressions!

  • Terrilyn - November 18, 2008 - 7:56 pm

    Ha ha ha!! Hey, I believe it! I’ve been known to brave some fierce Florida winters for a cup of hot cocoa – but it has to have those mini marshmallows in it! LOL Ok, you’re laughing at me now aren’t ya? 😉

    Seriously though Mare, these are truly beautiful!! Mom has a wonderful sense of style, I love the clothing she picked for the children. A perfect match to your unique style.

  • diana - November 18, 2008 - 8:32 pm

    these are amazing!

  • chantelle - November 18, 2008 - 9:49 pm

    stunning work as always Mare! gorgeous colours