It’s been several months since I last posted a shopping blog post, that post was focused on dressing your family for your session.  Please take a look at it here if you need some inspiration.  In this post we are going to take a look at some trends and fun things to dress your little ones up in for our session together.

It’s no secret that I love music (it’s partly why I do the whole Baby Loves Disco Chicago gig), while working with Baby Loves Disco I discovered the cutest, funnest trend a few years ago…BABY LEGS!  Baby Legs are essentially legwarmers but not ordinary leg warmers – nope!  They are stylish, fun & colorful bits of happiness on sweet chubby baby legs.  My daughters, who are far beyond having baby legs, are totally into using them as arm warmers – my oldest is a fashionista and loves these adorable bits of fun!  And while I know Mardi Gras is long over – seriously how can you not love a company that has a product specifically dedicated to the coolest party ever?

Mardi Gras Baby Legs

At a price tag of less than $20 a pop I think all my bebé clients should come to a session with fun little Baby Legs on!

Now for something fun for the girls.  Hannah Banana!  Not sure if it’s a play on names on a certain famous teen idol (if I say it the hits will come – Hannah Montana) or if it’s just a happy coincidence…these clothes are ADORABLE!!

Hannah Banana Spring Dress

You can find this beautiful dress and so much more at BabyMe.  Being a big fan of hippie chic – I love the feel and look of the Hannah Banana line.  Count me in as a huge fan! 

Spring *has* sprung – what happens if you need to dress a boy for rainy weather?  You want amazing dancing in the rain pics but don’t know what to dress your little guy in?  Well the Swedish Invasion has hit!  Polarn O. Pyret recently made its’ U.S. debut – they have tons of cool stuff for kids to wear and look at the adorable rainy weather gear spotted there for boys:

What says rainy day happiness more than these adorable striped wellies?  Not much I say!

And I know for a fact (because y’all have told me at your sessions) that boy clothes are so hard to find.  What makes it even tougher is that little boys sometimes don’t want to dress up (I know!  Hard one to swallow!  🙂 )  Have I got the solution for you…BABYSUSU.  Check out the cool boy styles like this cashmere hoodie (now on sale!)




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  • PamN - April 24, 2009 - 3:59 pm

    You always find the best stuff for your clients – no wonder they love you!

  • Anna-Karin - April 24, 2009 - 4:15 pm

    Ohhh this is so great. Love all the options here. My absolute favorite is the polarn o pyret boots. I grew up with their clothing and the stripes is so typical for them. I wore their “trademarked” striped clothing as a child in the 70’s. Thrilled to see that they now are available here in the US. the quality is the best and holds up well to pass onto others once your kids has outgrown them.

  • lauri - April 25, 2009 - 10:28 pm

    Great ideas! I love babylegs!

Do you know how sometimes you can just LOOK at someone and see the person they are becoming?  You can see this phenomenon in a person of any age, however in my line of work it’s much more specific to children, young adults.  Looking back at some of the photos from this session as I was getting a few prettified for blog preview, I completely saw the remarkable adults these kids were (quickly) becoming.

Thank you to Michelle & Mike for coming out to the studio this past week and allowing me to capture there three remarkable, fun, gorgeous kids.  I had more fun than a photographer ought to and I really enjoyed photographing your beautiful family.  Thank you for allowing me into your busy lives to capture this time (because times they are a changin!) for you.

Just a couple sneaks from your R O C K I N G  session.  I could editeditedit these all day but since I have to stop – I’ll share only a few.

Chicago Child Photographer

K is such a sweetheart.  If I told you her age you’d not believe me!  Her poor daddy is going to have to have her under lock & key.


Chicago Area Child Photographer


Suburban Chicago Senior Photographer

These two had me in stitches – seriously you’d think they lived for being in front of the camera.   I couldn’t stop cracking up at their antics.  Adorable & funny.  Watch out ladies!


Chicago Family Photographer

Finally a quick fun shot of the gorgeous and funny & funky fam.  Thanks guys – you topped off an amazing week for the Marm.


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  • Sylvia Laughrin - April 18, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    Wow, these are all so gorgeous! Love the style they have… very cool.

  • Janine Memon - April 19, 2009 - 4:22 am

    What great style they had! I love the family shot — it looks like so much fun!

  • Danna - April 19, 2009 - 8:54 am

    gorgeous images! Love the family one. so fun!

  • Lisa Kelly - April 19, 2009 - 3:43 pm

    They truly are gorgeous young adults. I love their clothing choices and the family image just made me smile.

  • Kimberly Hill - April 19, 2009 - 5:43 pm

    Are they MarmStyle or what?!? They look like so much fun and I bet they already have the perfect place in mind to hang that family portrait.

  • Dulce - April 19, 2009 - 7:39 pm

    What a good looking family! These are so fun they just make me smile! I definitely see some wall portraits in mom’s future! 🙂

  • Susan D'Arcy - April 19, 2009 - 10:07 pm

    Mare, these are gorgeous and yes I see what you are saying! You can see the ‘grown up’ in each of them.

  • Connie - April 20, 2009 - 7:51 am

    Love the attitude in that first shot- perfection! Looks like a fun family!

  • elizabeth - April 20, 2009 - 9:16 am

    These are awesome.. so so fun..

  • Ruthi David - April 22, 2009 - 3:45 pm

    Great work as always. Love these.

  • Brandy - April 23, 2009 - 2:28 pm

    What stunning images, and I absolutely love their clothes!

  • teri - April 23, 2009 - 6:38 pm

    What a fun family! you really seemed to capture their style and their closeness. Looks like a fun session!

  • MaryAnn T - April 24, 2009 - 12:42 pm

    WOW! You’ve created some fantastic portraits at an age where most kids feel the most uncomfortable. They are so open and spirited, really capturing their personality. Wonderful!!

  • Terrilyn - April 25, 2009 - 9:52 am

    Simply stunning Mare! I love them all but that last shot, oh wow, I would have to have that HUGE. I love it!!

  • Sheila - April 25, 2009 - 9:30 pm

    Love the last one!!

  • CarrieS - April 25, 2009 - 9:35 pm

    LOVE these, and love their style!

  • meggan - April 26, 2009 - 9:38 am

    Oh, I LOVE that family image! How perfect!

The See the Light Workshop (as you may know) is holding a contest for one lucky winner….if you are a photographer go & vote!!  CLICK HERE:  Photographer’s CONTEST

(apologies – I had to edit this post because of a problem I was having with some of the content after an initial edit)

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  • sarah - April 18, 2009 - 7:56 pm

    oooh,I love this….i may have to snatch it and put it on my blog 😛 It reminds of the movie August Rush!

Ahhhh, one of my favorite clients from 2007 came to visit me at the studio just over a week ago…AND she brought her new baby brother!!   I was thrilled when her mom, N called to book a session with me.  Her name barely came out of her mouth when I screamed with glee (I get like that – admittedly).   I was super excited to meet the new little bro, C and hang out with A again. 

So I totally have to share this tidbit:  The first time N called to book with me she, her husband and A were moving to Chicago from Louisiana.  One of the things she said to me during our conversation always stood out for me

"When we move the first things I do are line up a hairdresser AND a photographer for my family". 

I consider it an enormous compliment that you choose Marmalade Photography – thank you N (and hence the scream of glee from me) — you  had to know that it would just be a matter of time before that story came out!  😉


Elmhurst Children

What a happy sweet little guy!


Western Suburban Chicago Photographer

Love how she’s holding her hands here.


Chicago Family Photographer

What a beautiful family!

And what is a post about favorite clients without a blast from the past – circa 2007…

Chicago Professional Children


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I haven’t done any serious shopping links on the blog lately and I promise to rectify that (hear that Mandy?  🙂 )  Before I forget I wanted to share a beautiful site for baby stuff (and other stuff too).  Layla Grace is a company out of Cali that sells gorgeousness online, check ’em out:

Layla Grace

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  • allie - April 16, 2009 - 6:37 pm

    these are just unspeakably beautiful mare. gorgeous in every way… amazing work!

  • marla carter - April 16, 2009 - 7:35 pm

    Adorable! Love his hat and his little baby toes! Great stuff as usual!

  • Susan D'Arcy - April 17, 2009 - 7:39 am

    gorgeous Mare, that family has made a very good choice in photographers! they will adore these, how could they not!

  • Kimberly Hill - April 17, 2009 - 9:52 am

    Of course she chose Marmalade! Quality, style, pure gorgeousness… what’s not to love?!? Her fingers, his eyes. Both caught me right away. Of course you got them both. And mom’s sense of style with those clothes? BONUS! I foresee a long, happy photographer/client relationship here. How did the hairdresser turn out?

  • Denise - April 17, 2009 - 9:56 am

    Cuties! 🙂

  • elizabeth - April 17, 2009 - 2:59 pm

    that first shot is awesome.. really well done.. well they all are actually

  • Daveen - April 17, 2009 - 8:38 pm

    Lovely, lovely children (and mama!) Love your work!

  • Lisa Kelly - April 18, 2009 - 3:42 pm

    I adore the story about your client choosing a photographer first, and wow she must thank her lucky stars she found you and your art. I love these images and the kids are just too cute for words.

  • teri - April 23, 2009 - 6:39 pm

    Awww, I love it when clients come back again and again. Such a huge testament to your high-quality work! She is a gorgeous little girl, they are lucky to have found you!

  • Jenna Slomp - April 25, 2009 - 2:24 pm

    Gorgeous images of beautiful children! I love how mom dressed them too, so stylish! You did a wonderful job capturing them, especially with their mom, such a lovely image.

I had the pleasure of meeting E & her mom just over a week ago.  E’s mom is planning for a family session with E’s brothers later this year – I cannot wait to see them again and meet E’s bros!  E’s mom had the most lovely things to say about my work and how excited she was to have me photograph them, I love when clients understand that time doesn’t stand still and how imperative it is to capture the here and now before it flies away. 

Really quick thanks to them for coming out to the Wilmington Studio, we got some really awesome shots of them together – seriously there are some from their session that are just jaw dropping beautiful.  E has amazing eyes and her mom is just gorgeous.

Here are a couple peeks into their beautiful beautiful session:


Chicago Baby Photographer Happy :) Baby

E was SO serious most of the session.  NOTHING (well hardly) made her smile.  Her mom said this is how she rolls!  I love it.


Smiling Baby Chicago Child Photographer

Oh wait!  She *DID* smile!! 🙂

Between little E here and W from last week – goodness – they’re rationing out the smiles for the camera!  I’m not sure what it is about having a big black box in front of my face – apparently it brings out the serious in some of my subjects!  🙂  I love it!

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  • Brandy - April 15, 2009 - 12:28 pm

    What a beauty! Gorgeous images!

  • Denise - April 15, 2009 - 1:01 pm

    Darling!!!! 🙂

  • marla carter - April 15, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    Absolutely precious! You definitely captured the sweetest smile. She looks so snuggly in her little sweater! Love it!

  • Jenna Slomp - April 15, 2009 - 4:37 pm

    Oh what a sweetheart! Such beautiful images. I love how the framing on that second one just pulls you right in to the sweet baby face.

  • Lisa Kelly - April 15, 2009 - 4:43 pm

    Well I love the way she “rolls”. Those serious expressions are just divine. What a beautiful child and these images just capture that so perfectly.

  • Kimberly Hill - April 16, 2009 - 7:05 am

    Kudos to Mom for loving the real little E faces! That peek of a smile is a serious :snort: “awwwww!” Perfect dreamy Marmalade images of a gorgeous babe and mom.

  • Tera - April 16, 2009 - 7:25 am

    Smile or not, that is one gorgeous baby! And equally gorgeous mom of course. Wonderful captures!

  • Terrilyn - April 17, 2009 - 10:18 am

    Oh she is just adorable! That soft baby skin, her big blue eyes and that pale pink sweater are the perfect combination. I adore the sly little grin she’s giving you in that last portrait Mare, so sweet!