The B Fam!!  Gosh I love these people.  I’ve been photographing the oldest daughter since she was a wee one, I’ll have to post some back in time photos in the near future just for fun.  For now we will focus on our 2019 session.  This session was originally supposed to take place late last fall but the weather became colder than we anticipated (and rainier!!) so we postponed to create a a fun, relaxed Chicago summer family photo session together.

Fall 2018 to Summer 2019 (:

I was so excited to meet up with this family at one of my favorite locations this past weekend.  It was a perfect summer evening, especially for July.  It was one of those warm but not terribly humid mid summer evenings and there was an ever so slight breeze that seemed to pick up at just the right time.  We were including Jeff’s dad in on the photos and I love the father-son images we captured together, here’s one:


These two young ladies have captivated me through the years.  These speak of summertime happiness.  L’s dress here was the perfect choice for the mood of our session, great job Laini!

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Meanwhile S is growing up too too fast!  I swear she was only a little not-so-long ago.  Growing up to be a beautiful young lady.  Truly an honor to see both of these gorgeous beauties grow up!

Here’s an image of them together from our last two sessions.  I mention in one of the captions that while I know how much they’ve grown up it didn’t really hit me until I opened those images up and saw it.  WOW.  Beautiful babies turning into gorgeous young ladies.


Photographed in 2016, wow, until I pulled this up I didn’t realize what a difference a few years makes!


WOW! 2012. How much they

WOW! 2012. How much they’ve grown up in front of my lens!!

I think we can all agree that they got most of it from their mama…

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Loving the joy and the affection that this photo showcases.  Thank you for being such a beautiful, fun family to photograph.

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You may have come to this post because you too seek a fun, relaxed Chicago summer family photo session.  Since 2005 Marmalade Photography has been photographing families in and around the Chicago area.  We have some beautiful hand picked locations in the southwest suburbs of Chicago or we can travel to you (we even travel outside of our usual area, inquire within for details).

My name is Marianne and you can reach me at 815-603-8450 if you seek to create beautiful, custom portraiture to adorn your home and show off your gorgeous family.

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It’s time my friends, it is time.  Class of 2020 senior sessions are being booked.  I am really excited about this class, my youngest will be part of the graduating class of 2020 and while it seems like it’s been a long journey in some ways, in so many others it is not.

Before I meander into nostalgia let me showcase a recent session with a dear girl.  This beauty is the whole package.  Athletic, fun and beautiful.  I am so proud of this kid and her tenacity and strength, I know her mama is proud as well.

Thank you Holly & Chris for trusting me with your vision for these images.  I hope you enjoy this brief sneak peek.


High School Senior Photos Class of 2020 Chicago

Minooka High School Class of 2020 senior photos

If you’re looking for a photographer for your high school senior photos…look no further.  Marmalade Photography has been photographing high school seniors (and children of ALL ages) since 2005.  Our high school senior sessions for class of 2020 open now!  Summer sessions are a great way to kick off the beauty of your senior year!!  Call Marianne today 815-603-8450

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Never lose your sense of wonder, dear ones. Never lose your spirit, never lose your child like fascination with the world.

Today’s sneak peek features these adorable cuties, a brother and sister team that made my weekend.  We’ve been battling the weather here in Chicagoland this entire month, it’s remarkable how much rainfall we’ve had combined with gray cold days and then the most beautiful weather imaginable on other days.  I think the weather man has been more wrong than right this past few weeks but no matter!  After a reschedule and a break in the rainfall this past weekend we were able to get together to create these beautiful images.

Thank you Kim for coming out to one of my favorite locations and the opportunity to meet and photograph your beautiful babes.  It was a pleasure.


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photograph of a Mokena, IL girl holding a flower photo of two children by a water setting

If you are looking for a Mokena Childrens Photographer look no further!  Marmalade Photography has been providing discerning Chicago families with portrait art focused on personalities and wonder since 2005.  While there are so many photographers in the area there is truly only one Marmalade Photography.  Please check out our portfolio at or call us today at 815-603-8450 to book!


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The year? 2006.  A hot & rainy August afternoon in the suburbs of Chicago.  The setting? One of my favorite and most beloved of locations.  The subjects?  Three really awesome and fun kids with a flair for creativity and a willingness to create some unique, fun images that truly highlighted their personalities at the time and showcased their good looks.

It is no secret that the C Kids have been some of my favorite subjects over the years.  The fun image of the little girl with the boys in the background (see below) hung prominently in my studio as a 30×40 canvas for my time at my Wilmington Illinois photography studio.  Clients from all throughout Chicagoland would travel to the studio and that image greeted them at the front.  It was rare for a client to not remark about the image.


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Much the same as so many sessions since, we also created some really soulful and artful images of these kids individually.  I focused on A’s session awhile back (SEE HERE) but this post is actually about the boys, L & E.

A few weeks ago I got the call inquiring about putting together a senior session for the two of them.  These adorable little guys:
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are now all grown up and about to embark on the first part of their lives as young adults.  It was a complete pleasure to be able to revisit with these kids and to focus on getting some really great high school senior photos for the boys.  So instead of my yammering on and on about the process let’s get to it.  But first an “after” for my before family photograph from up above:

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All grown up!!  I love this redo, what a fun group of beautiful kids!

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and finally:

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Handsome guys with amazing bone structure, eh?

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Your favorite Chicago area child and family photographer is having a little contest over on the Marmalade Photography Facebook page, follow the link after the story.

The contest: share a photo and a story, like my page, share on your wall and tag us!  Easy peasy!!

The story of my photo:

The time: March 1970

The place: Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

The players: My mom, dad, four siblings, my great aunt and uncle

It is late March in 1970 and this is the day my mom and dad emigrated from Poland with little more than the clothes on their backs and with two of my siblings. They are reunited with my other brother and sister who had been living here in the States since 1963.  SEVEN YEARS APART!  My oldest brother Adam (pictured) came to the U.S. with my sister when they were 15 & 11 (respectively).  7 years have passed and both of he and the youngest of my two sisters are adults. My mom had been fighting for the past 7 years to get to America to be with her children.

The photo I am showcasing is taken mere moments and is one of my family’s most memorable family moments in our history.  This image was taken just after their reunion and arrival to the U.S. and it is of my oldest brother Adam and my mom.  The joyous looks on their faces, the way my mom is clutching her chest, she looks overwhelmed and my brother looks happy.  There is nothing not to love about this historic family moment, this is the story of my family.

What you don’t see in any of this story is me.  I’m here in this photo but not visible yet.  My mom didn’t know it yet but she was a month pregnant with me when they arrived in the U.S.  “Made in Poland, born in the U.S.A.” I’ve joked for years.  But it’s true!

I am here because of the tenacity of the woman in this photo.  This strong woman lived through the horrors of World War II only to battle with the Polish government to get passports and exit Visas out of Poland for SEVEN LONG YEARS so she could be reunited with my brother and sister.  She allowed them to come to the U.S. in hopes that they would have a richer, more colorful and prosperous life here.  It is my parent’s strength and resilience that I have always admired, the bravery to leave the country they knew for 40-50 years (my dad was 8 years older) of their lives to start a new life and be reunited with their kids.  Unbelievable courage, undeniable strength, relentless tenacity.  The ingredients for an American family tale.

REUNITED! ©unknown photographer 1970

©unknown photographer 1970

Follow this link to go to the Marmalade Photography page and follow the directions to enter the contest.


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  • noell - January 3, 2019 - 1:58 pm

    Do you have any family mini-sessions this winter?