Miss K and her mom came to see me this past Monday at the Wilmington Studio.  I loved seeing here again and we had the most amazing time catching up (you may remember Miss K from her session back  in 2007 and then a mini session here).  I loved hanging out with her and her mom – for as much as she has grown she is still so very much the same (and more beautiful than ever if that’s even possible!!)  She’s smart, she’s lovely and she has an awesome wardrobe!  What more can a girl want?

Suburban Chicago Child Photography

Stunning little beauty (and so tired of me @ this point!) – I think this is right before the snack.


Chicago Photographer

Almost can feel the softness in this image


Professional Children

Miss K – I’m your biggest fan!  🙂

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  • PamN - June 9, 2009 - 5:19 am

    I love the expression you captured in the first…so timeless!

  • denise - June 9, 2009 - 5:57 am

    wow. that was fast. love the sneak peak. 🙂

  • Lori - June 9, 2009 - 7:06 am

    Beautiful. I’m not sure I can pick a favorite. Each so different yet so Marmalade.

  • Leila - June 9, 2009 - 7:40 am

    love the colors in that last one, delicious!

  • Terrilyn - June 9, 2009 - 1:01 pm

    Oh gosh she’s adorable! Each image you’ve shared seems to show us another aspect of her personality.

  • Sherri W - June 9, 2009 - 7:26 pm

    I LOVE that second image of her. Beautiful! Gorgeous.

  • Shellie - June 9, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    Oh my! How the first image says so much!

  • kelly - June 11, 2009 - 10:00 am

    beautiful girl!! love these images. would love for you to photograph my little girl someday.

  • Brandy - June 11, 2009 - 10:07 am

    What a beautiful little girl! I love that last one!

  • Gramma Sue - June 11, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    You summed her up beautifully, and of course, I agree!

I first met Andrew and his p’s a few years back, they came to have a Marmalade Location session one early morning in the fall of ’06 (I cannot believe it’s been 3 years!)…back then (as now) Andrew was Mr. Explorer and his mom & dad rocked my world because they were so in tune & in love with nature.  I adored getting to know them.  It was a great time…

Now imagine my excitement when they booked a session at the waterfall for their family photos this year.   It’s fair to say that I think everyone had a fun time.  I like to think of sessions at the waterfall as mostly a fun experience where a camera happens to be present!  I think Andrew & his dad agree.  Thanks Beth for trusting me with this time in your lives – our guy is growing so fast!  I can hardly believe he’s an almost 6 year old!  And John, I agree – most painless photography session EVER!! 🙂

Chicago Family Photographer

Suburban Chicago Children

This says it all!! 🙂


Elmhurst Family Photographs

Look @ the glorious light surrounding them.  I hart this spot for family (fun) photos, especially with boy families.


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Cruising through Sunday’s paper I found the full page ad for Target sponsored family and children’s events in Chicago.  This is as good a place to list ’em as anywhere else:

MILLENIUM PARK FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL : live music, hands-on activities and performances for all ages.  Free.  JUNE 10 – SEPT 4, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Visit milleniumpark.org

TARGET FREE SUMMER EVENINGS @ The Art Insititue:  free admission every Thursday and Friday evening from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m..  Visit artinstituteofchicago.org

TARGET FREE FIRST SUNDAYS @ the Chicago Children’s Museum.  Free admission the first SUnday of every month for kids 15 years and under.  10 a.m. – 5 p.m..  Visit chicagochildrensmuseum.org

TARGET FREE SECOND MONDAYS at The Field Museum.  Free basic admission the 2nd Monday of the month.  9 a.m. – 5 p.m..  Visit fieldmuseum.org

National Museum of Mexican Art TARGET FREE ADMISSION.  Free admission every Tues-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m..  Visite nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org

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  • Dawnraeroberts@hotma - June 7, 2009 - 8:17 pm

    Beautiful images. Lovely location. That second one made me laugh out loud. I love how you see things.

  • christine pobke - June 8, 2009 - 4:04 am

    hat a beautiful location! 🙂 jealous! 🙂 i love that 2nd one of him between his parents… too cute!

  • Lisa Kelly - June 8, 2009 - 6:45 am

    That waterfall image is just amazing, it has to be huge on their wall for sure. I love how the fun just jumps out of the image of the boy looking between the parents arms, haha. What personality.

  • Marianne - June 8, 2009 - 6:46 am

    TY! 🙂 I used to go here as a kid with my parents – it’s a real favorite summer place of mine.

  • Brandy - June 8, 2009 - 12:46 pm

    The are so awesome, I am cracking up over the second image, it’s perfection!

  • June - June 8, 2009 - 1:51 pm

    What a gorgeous backdrop for a session. I adore that second shot!

  • PamN - June 8, 2009 - 2:19 pm

    He is such a boy! Love all of these, they will look fantastic in their home!

  • Michelle Parsley - June 8, 2009 - 6:03 pm

    That is one seriously STUNNING location! Lovely images of a lovely family!!!

  • Terrilyn - June 8, 2009 - 7:40 pm

    Oh my gosh, Mare!!!!!! Yes, that’s my excitement showing. I really want to do a session with you here for my family. Oh my gosh, beautiful!! I love that second capture, so precious!

  • Anna - June 9, 2009 - 8:42 pm

    OMGoodness that middle shot is hysterical!

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. 🙂