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!

Quick sneak peek – I’m a bit behind with them (2 or 3 sessions now but who is counting)…

Let’s start with Tuesday’s festivities.  Amanda came out in the a.m. with her two beautiful kids who simply rock my world time & time again.  I’m falling behind on a few things so I only have a couple *AWESOME* sneak peeks for her here (more if you follow on through to the cool link below!)

Chicagoland Children

Suburban Chicago Child Photographer

SMILING (sorta)  YAY!


Aren’t they the most awesome kids ever?  Another huge thanks to Amanda for coming out to the studio.  I wish it were just a tad warmer but no matter, we still had a fab session. 

Just a bit more about Tuesday … I was fortunate to meet Stefan at one of my workshops last year – funny, great guy from New York starting his business with his head and heart in the right place.  He seems to be really involved and wanting to create (and doing so!)  amazing works of art, since he has the art thing down pat his big item of business is getting his business pointed in the right direction.  That’s where our all day 1:1 mentoring session this week comes in.  We had a blast – the day went by SO quickly.  I enjoyed working with him (again) and thank him for allowing me the opportunity to help him in his (sure to be) successful endeavor.  My clients loved him.  Stefan – you rock.  Many well wishes for the future of your business!!

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Now please let me thank the good folks at PhotographerCafe – a great resource for the photography professional – for having a Marmalicious sort of feature on their blog.  Check *me* out!  Photographer Cafe : Photographer resources for the photography professional.  Amanda & everyone else please follow through to the link to get one last sneak peek of our girl by the awesome wall complete with red velvet chair!

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  • Terrilyn - April 10, 2009 - 4:25 am

    How completely adorable Mare! That shot with the umbrella is just so much fun, I love it! His sly little smile is completely charming as well. Beautiful work!

  • Kimberly Hill - April 10, 2009 - 6:37 am

    The umbrella shot is all about her with the light and colors… until you notice her brother hiding under the umbrella back in the shadows. And then his little hint of a grin in that black and white. Be still my heart! Your work never fails to delight, Mare.

  • Paula - April 10, 2009 - 9:13 am

    gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. that umbrella shot… wow!

  • Danna - April 10, 2009 - 1:17 pm

    ok that first shot is absolutely FANTASTIC!!!! I love it so much! YOu have such cute clients 😀

  • Shellie Gansz - April 13, 2009 - 8:05 am

    Oh my gosh! This sibling shot is just too cute!! It looks like big sis’ wasn’t wanting anyone to crow her spotlight, lol!! Congrats too on your feature!

  • Janine Memon - April 14, 2009 - 5:57 am

    Wow – I just adore that first shot! What a sweet capture!

  • Jackie Jean - April 14, 2009 - 11:21 am

    `love the first shot! your work is great 🙂

  • Samara - April 14, 2009 - 1:11 pm

    Ok Mare whats not to love here?! Two absolutely adorable images paired with your fantastic work. Love each and every bit of these!

I just got the most fabulous little albums ever that I will be adding in to the Mommy & Me sessions.  These are a special treat as they are limited to Mommy & Me and maternity sessions only.  They hold 10 images and are perfect in every way, the samples will be in studio the day of your sessions.

There is just one spot left to book for THIS Saturday, April 4, 2009.  Give me a call to book it.   815.603.8450

Details HERE

What would a post be without a picture…I was playing around several days ago with my new lens in an old old old part of my hometown.  What do you do when you have the sky within your reach?

Sky within your reach

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  • Dawnraeroberts@hotma - April 5, 2009 - 10:37 am

    Wow that reflection is SOOO cool! Love your creativity.

  • Lisa Kelly - April 5, 2009 - 3:23 pm

    I love the way you see things Mare, your creativity is inspiring.

  • Sylvia Laughrin - April 5, 2009 - 3:46 pm

    very cool! wish i lived closer, i would be the first in line for these mini sessions!

  • MaryAnn T - April 5, 2009 - 9:52 pm

    That image is so cool!! Funky! If only I could make it from NY for a Mommy & Me session, that would be the best Mother’s Day gift ever!!

  • Julie - April 6, 2009 - 7:42 am

    I really love this shot…very cool and creative.

  • elizabeth - April 6, 2009 - 8:15 am

    Seriously awesome photo Mare

  • Ruthi David - April 6, 2009 - 12:07 pm

    You are so darn cool, Mare. I am in love with this shot.

  • Anna-Karin - April 6, 2009 - 10:26 pm

    Wow that is so cool!!!
    I love it, you artsy you!!

  • PamN - April 7, 2009 - 3:30 pm

    I beat myself up every time I see a wonderful photographer like you offer these Mommy & Me sessions, because my kids are grown and I DON’T HAVE ANY GOOD IMAGES OF ME WITH THEM. I hope today’s moms take advantage of this while they can!

  • Jana Kunz - April 8, 2009 - 9:09 pm

    Cool image.

  • Paula - April 10, 2009 - 9:15 am

    so cool! love this shot

I had my first opportunity to meet the K family back in 2007 – it was a great session in their home with abundant and beautiful natural light overlooking the river.  This past weekend I took another trip to their home and captured some gorgeous images of their family and their newest addition little M!  We bundled up the boys (so much for the warm weather that week!!) and took some outdoor shot as well as a lot of lifestyle images indoors:

I cannot get over how much Little M looks a lot like his big brother did at that age:

St. Charles Children

Little M


H is for HAT

H is for hat!  🙂


St Charles area Family Photographer

The K Family doing their thing.  LOVE how M is looking @ me!


And for fun…a shot from 2007:

Good Hair!

(that boy had some great hair even then!)

Thank you K Family for allowing me into your lives this past weekend and willing to go with my crazy idea.  I love where we ended up outdoors, it couldn’t be more "boy" perfect!



Really quick update regarding the Mommy & Me sessions to be held at my studio this upcoming weekend, we still have two available openings for Saturdays Mommy & Me event.  Look for details here.

Finally for my photog readers and you know who  you all are, details for the May & June pro photographer workshops are here.   Check the site out, there’s tons o good stuff on there.

Thanks for stopping in!

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  • Kimberly Hill - March 30, 2009 - 6:36 pm

    Your lighting and color is just FABULOUS! Mom did a spectacular job on the wardrobe choices and the boys couldn’t be cuter. The family kicking back shot needs to be on canvas and huge on their family room wall.

  • corey civetta - April 1, 2009 - 2:16 pm

    what a beautiful family – love these! the one from above is too cool.

  • Terrilyn - April 4, 2009 - 3:34 pm

    Mare these are just stunning of course. That sweet capture of the family from above, I adore it! It looks like you’ve frozen a moment in time (and clearly you have). What a gift!

  • Shellie Gansz - April 4, 2009 - 9:00 pm

    These images are beautiful! I bet the family love them!!

  • marie - April 5, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    I just love the color of those boy’s eyes…you did an excellent job capturing them

  • Melissa - April 5, 2009 - 6:12 pm

    What a great set of photos here – the family is going to be so pleased! Mom did awesome on those clothing choices, for SURE!! And my fave is the bw of them where the baby was looking up at you. What REAL photographs – and true treasures for this family!

  • lauri - April 5, 2009 - 8:09 pm

    Very cute boys! Gorgeous work as always!

  • Tera - April 6, 2009 - 7:50 am

    Oh man, those boys and their blue eyes are just stunning! You captured them perfectly, love the family image especially.

  • jen - April 6, 2009 - 9:25 am

    I *LOVE* that family shot – such a great perspective – and that second shot of the boy is to die for!!

  • Carrie Steffe - April 6, 2009 - 12:42 pm

    Oh these are so sweet, Love the shot of them all in the chair, what a beautiful bond you captured!

  • Angela - April 7, 2009 - 8:49 am

    I love love love these Mare! The boys are total cutie pies too. Your work always has such flair & style to it.

  • Teri Mason - April 7, 2009 - 6:54 pm

    love the perspective on the family image. way cool!

  • Jenna Slomp - April 8, 2009 - 5:07 pm

    Oh I just ADORE that family shot! And oh how cute the boys are! Great images here, I am sure the family will love them!

  • Anna Mayer - April 9, 2009 - 1:07 pm

    Love love love these. Such adorable little men! I adore that overhead family shot. Perfection.

Just a quick note about a giveaway going on @ the  ole STL Workshop blog.  The This Could Be You giveaway : we’re giving ONE seat away – probably the only time you’ll ever see this done – for the May 16-17 workshop.  Details on the STL blog.


Spread the word – tell all your friends!

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  • elizabeth - March 29, 2009 - 1:30 pm

    Looks like so much fun

  • Teri Mason - April 7, 2009 - 6:53 pm

    me, me, pick me!! 🙂