Marmalade Photography has been undergoing some behind-the-scenes revamping, it’s always exciting to be bringing new products and new ideas to the table.  2009 is going to be an exciting year, I can just feel it!!  Just a couple notes of random…

Regular session bookings for May and June are booking out like mad.  I don’t know what’s in the Chicagoland water this past two weeks but I’ve had a mad rush of bookings!  That’s a good thing but it’s also a heads up warning to anyone wanting to take advantage of the fabulous May and June light and more mild temps.  There are only two weekend session times available for May remaining and a handful of June dates.  I tell you…it’s a fabulous problem to have!  Call 815.603.8450 to book a session. 

•  Also, this is a biggie for some of my clients for Spring/Summer/Fall 2009, I am limiting the number of ON LOCATION sessions available to one weekend day and a handful of weekday times monthly.  Keep this in mind when scheduling a booking. 

I have been a slacker during my last few weeks off from shooting, it’s been nice to just dedicate myself to my long (rapidly disappearing) list of to dos.  My kids are enjoying spring break this week, I hope to get them out and do some shooting with them, it’s been several months since I really dedicated any time to shooting with them. 

On that note my 9 year old is experimenting with photography like nobody’s business – she got a Kodak point & shoot for her birthday.  She loves LOVES the video mode on it.  It really is amazing to see how creative she is (remarkable really) and how into photography she is at such an early age.  I can’t see where her creativity takes her.

Last month, right before I took time off, I dragged my youngest out to the studio for a "mini session".  It didn’t go remarkably well as she was SO not into it but….BUT this shot has me giggling.   I still have a ton to edit but this one made me laugh off the bat.  One of my good friends says she looks like my mom here, not sure about THAT but nonetheless…

Chicago Child Photographer

I know that *I* probably look like that sometimes, "Ok now, hurry this up!"  LOL   Oh the life of a photographer’s kid.

And finally —-

The perfect Mother’s Day Gift (for you or for someone you love…)  Limited Edition Mommy & Me sessions are filling up quickly!  Currently only April 4 times are available!!  Call today to book before it’s too late.  Details here.

Mini Sessions with Chicago Area Children


Thanks for stopping in.  I’m enjoying the break in the weather and am hoping that SPRING HAS FINALLY ARRIVED in the area.  Let’s cross our fingers that it’s finally here.

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  • Jana Kunz - March 22, 2009 - 2:46 pm

    That is typically what my kids look like to. That is adorable. 🙂

  • PamN - March 22, 2009 - 6:11 pm

    I LOVE that shot! She is adorable!

  • elizabeth - March 23, 2009 - 10:13 am

    I love this first shot Mare.. beautiful and I will tell ya what If I lived closer I would totally have a mom and me session with you.

  • Denise - March 23, 2009 - 2:48 pm

    Darling picture. Glad I got my appt scheduled before the rush. 🙂

  • Lori Wood Habiger - March 24, 2009 - 7:37 pm

    Who would not want a Marmalade session for Mother’s Day? I’m sure you are selling out these sessions. Love your work.

  • David Akesson - March 27, 2009 - 10:55 pm

    this pic if beautiful. it’s the classic “look” as you said. I certainly got a few of them during my two girls growing years. Sadly I don’t get much opportunity to photograph them these days – mid-twenties and all photographed out they say. [Except of course for the really special occasions!]

Follow over to our See the Light Workshop site for more details on 2009 workshop weekend dates and further information on itinerary.

2009 workshop dates


Had to do a quick correction on the June dates.  June 13-14 are the RIGHT dates, we had to change the weekend due to overbookings at area hotels. 

I look forward to meeting some of my loyal blog readers at this workshop.  Can’t wait to meet you!

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  • Kimberly Hill - March 13, 2009 - 3:12 pm

    How exciting!! If anyone can help a photographer find the light, you can. This is one workshop I wouldn’t hesitate to spend money on. The real deal, not a pile of fluff.

I am so excited to announce 2009’s first Ltd Session Event being held on two Saturdays in April.  April 4 and April 18 are the two days set aside for this very special Limited Edition Session. 

  • WHAT IS A LTD EDITION SESSION?  quite simply it’s a taste of Marmalade Photography experience.  A typical Marmalade Photography session lasts about an hour or more and clients are presented with approximately 35 images.  Session fees start at $195.  With this Limited Edition Session you experience a shorter session time (20 minutes), are presented with a gallery of about 10-12 images and a complimentary 11×14.
  • I DON’T WANT TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED but I DO WANT MY CHILD TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED, is that possible?  I encourage moms to participate but am not making mom participation mandatory.  However, I speak from experience, moms do not get in on the photographic action often enough and I am offering this opportunity as the perfect Mom’s Day gift.  Think of it as the ultimate gift to your children.  When they are grown and married they can look back on this photograph as special mom time.  You took time out of your busy life to create a memory of yourself with them.  There is nothing more cherished in my home than my portraits with my children that I had professionally created.  I assure you that your children will cherish these just as much as you will.
  • WHAT ARE THE DETAILS?  see below!!  🙂
  • CALL TODAY!  815.603.8450   Have your credit card handy and a few minutes to discuss some little detail.
  • Typically these sessions book quickly and as they are limited only a select number of first come first served clients will be able to participate! 

Chicago Professional Photographer

Indoor images are planned for but if the weather cooperates we may venture outdoors for a few shots!


a relationship image from a past LTD Edition sessions:



Ltd Edition Session Image : Chicago Area Children


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Baby Loves Disco was held this past Sunday.  A big thank you to Tiffanie (our host mom) and to everyone who came out to party with the BLD family.  As always we had a blast.  If you were at the event the slideshow and access to the gallery starts tomorrow (Tuesday).  There was a passcode handed out with the information you were given at the BLD event, please use that passcode for accessing the slideshow gallery. 



Chicago Professional Photographer

Rain Outside of The Metro : Chicago Children

Baby Loves Disco


If you were there but somehow weren’t able to get the details for the passcode and want see the images please email me by clicking here:  Marmalade .  I’ll send you the code.


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A colleague of mine, Pam posted this the other day on her blog.  I think it’s a beautiful reminder of what memory making is all about.  Brought to you by the good people at Kodak.


Clients will often write me notes of thank you for capturing moments/expressions/mannerisms that they may not have captured and also to say thank you for reminding them about the beauty of just being.  The beauty of a photograph is that it says to the subject: YOU MATTER, WE LOVE YOU.  After the subject is long gone it is a testimony to their life and proof that they were here and they made a difference in the world.  This clip says it all for me, ever so much more eloquently and with more feeling than I ever could.


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  • Kelly - March 3, 2009 - 8:38 pm

    Love this video.

  • Dulce - March 4, 2009 - 10:23 pm

    I am such a dork, this actually made me teary eyed! thanks for sharing… 🙂

  • Kirsty - March 9, 2009 - 10:29 am

    I like that video! Thanks for sharing it!

Last week I came back from five fun filled days of learning in Las Vegas only to be laid up with the flu and then nasty sinus infection.  I won’t bore you with the details of it all (especially the sickie parts) but it felt good being amongst my peers, learning new techniques, hearing how other photographers run their businesses, learning how they shoot, what their inspirations are.  It made me realize that truly I am ensconced in a profession that I not only have a vested interest in (to help feed my family!) but in one that I am proud to be a part of.

I have this constant realizaiton that photography has brought something remarkable into my life.  I feel fortunate that this is truly where I am meant to be.  I heard a fabulous quote about people feeling lost and it struck me as true:  sometimes the purpose of feeling lost is just that, to be lost.  Sometimes we need to be lost to know when we really truly find ourselves.  As many of you know, photography took me from a dark, deep place and brought me to where I am and need to be.  I was lost and by happy circumstances found myself.

My friend Paula blogged several weeks ago how much she loves trips.  I love that she documents EVERYTHING.  I wish I had that sort of need to express – I find myself searching for that part of myself every year around this time.  I try to take time off in the winter to regroup and sort of find myself again and this year it took longer to get to (client commitments and business related images vs. shooting for pleasure).  This year I vowed would be the year where I’d regroup and find myself (AGAIN).  I haven’t done it yet.  It takes remarkable will to shoot from the hip like I did in my early days.  It’s less about the spontaneity, I find myself SEEKING now.  Paula never lost that drive for shooting for herself (forget everyone else!) and it shows.  Let me just say that I am so proud of her recent achievements (look on her blog) and am so proud of her!

However, my point in mentioning Paula (and her wicked cool talent) is this, several weeks ago she posted about how she can’t wait to leave (hmmm, escapism?  LOL) and posted an image that reminded me of the VERY roots of my love of photography.  So on my way back from Vegas I grabbed my camera.  The image I took was on my way home.  Obviously we have differing world views 😀 :

Flying Home

A simple image from a P&S camera that I stashed in my carry on to capture on the sly before the ok for electronic devices announcement happened (literally 2 seconds after I snapped this shot of the Grand Canyon). 

Paula’s image on her blog of leaving and the world below, my image of the Grand Canyon — they reminded me of an old old image my brother Matt took long ago from an airplane.  He was traveling back to Europe to meet with his fiancee who lived there.  He had invested in a Canon AE-1 (my first love) and loved documenting life. Upon his returned I remember staring at a shot he took from way up high where all you could see were clouds and the wing of the plane and I remember being fascinated by that image.  I was no more than 7 years old at the time and utterly perplexed with the process.  "How did the picture get from your camera to this sheet of paper?"  "How did it come to you ultimately?"  To me, it made no sense (until later of course).  The sky pictures from a birds’ eye view (airplane view) and the double exposures he played with back then were pure MYSTERY me. 

The travel / birds’ eye view images: when I saw Paula’s blog it all came back to me.  THIS is where my love is.  This is where my passion began.  Oh so long ago when my brain couldn’t work around the concept of photography – the fascination has stuck.  Obviously I know where pictures come from now but it is a reminder to all of us to pay attention.  What we say or do, how we act – you never know when it’ll make a difference.

You just never know.

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  • Heather Rivlin - February 28, 2009 - 9:17 pm

    Seat 12A?

    My view from the plane was horrible…had a great big wing in my way at seat 22A…..grrr

    I too have had the blahs…and really needed that vegas trip to recharge, although at the same time, it left me feeling a little down too….hopefully that passes, and in the interim, I will simply pine for the lovely java machine you’ve recommended and think of the brighter days ahead 😉

  • Kimberly Hill - March 1, 2009 - 7:40 am

    There are a lot of Marmalade clients who are very happy Matt took that particular shot.

  • allie - March 1, 2009 - 9:25 am

    love the blog layout! beautiful!

  • - March 2, 2009 - 7:28 pm

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know I linked to your professional child photographer site on my website/blog. thanks so much for putting that together and sharing it with us! it’s an incredible amount of good information!! all the best to you and your business!! jayne