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We produce high quality image art for all of our clients. If you're interested in working with us we are available for sessions on location throughout Chicagoland. We also offer Marmalade Location sessions in our home area in the SW Suburbs of Chicago.
We are often booked several weeks in advance especially during our peak seasons (spring, summer and fall). Session fees start at $195 for weekday sessions @ our Marmalade Locations or $295 for weekday sessions on location in Metro Chicagoland. Weekend sessions are available for an add'l $60.
Prints are a separate purchase and start at $45. Collection pricing starts at $795. Please call us: 815.603.8450 with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!
Since 2005 I have been in the business of creating tangible memories but the truth is that I have been a photographer "forever". I was about 6 when I first held my brother Matt's (heavy) Canon AE-1's viewfinder up to my face, I the heft of the camera heavy in my hands & the strap scratching the back of my neck. I remember seeing the world through that viewfinder rectangle for the very first time.
For a number of years I worked as an RN in the critical care setting and at some point I had a realization that while I loved the connection nursing allowed me to have with others, I wanted more to contribute beauty and love to their existence. Some of my favorite patient families would bring photos in for their loved ones - visual reminders that the patient lying in bed is a human being, struggling at the moment but in reality this person is a loving parent, a doting grandparent, a wonderful wife or husband, someone's best friend. Those photos personalized my experience with my patients. It is because of these experiences that I continue to grasp to UNDERSTAND the meaning of this life. My belief is that the meaning lies in the connection between us all, relationships, after all, are the only thing we leave on this earth with any real meaning.
In 2005 when I finally took the leap and started Marmalade Photography it was based upon a single vision: fun, beautiful and quality photos for Chicago area families and children that speak to who they are as a character in the plot of their lives and who they are in the connectedness of this life.
My ten years photographing people of varying ages is of benefit to you: I offer a full service photography experience and have the expertise to create art you will love for your home. I love to help clients design wall galleries, provide custom created beautiful albums and art pieces. I have even been commissioned to create images as large as 10 feet in length. High touch, high quality, there is no other way to do it.
While I do live, breathe & eat photography obviously I am not just Marmalade Photography. I am also a wife…a mom to Maddie & Lauren who inspire me every day in so many ways…I am a historian and a friend…a gardener (who can't keep indoor plants but I have a green thumb if it grows outside)…funny…fun loving…serious…in fact you & I may have a lot in common…I would love to get to know you through that rectangle & tell your families' story for you.
I had the great pleasure of meeting Jen & Adam and their beautiful kids yesterday for a Marmalade Location Fields session. I want to thank them for being superfun and willing to go with the flow….M & B were absolute dolls. The eyes on that B, oh my gosh! And the curls on Miss M, to die for!! I hope they had a blast (because I definitely did).
and finally…because the light was stunning…
Ahhhh…from the super adorable to the supercute…
I hadn’t been at my studio all week and when I got there I got a UPS delivery notice. Hmmm…I wondered. What could that be? Well well well, a huge thanks to Josh & Katie for sending me some pretzel love. Oh and what love those pretzels are!!! I think that I’ll be making a trek to Springfield to get more of these HEAVEN ON EARTH delights at Pease’s in Springfield.
Now it’s been well known that I have the MOST rockingest clients ever but this gave me a huge reminder of how lucky I am to have these people touch my life…thank you Josh & Katie for this really appreciated gift, totally unnecessary and totally LOVED.
Spreading the word…once again asking for your help in saving State Parks in Illinois. As you may remember there are 11 State parks and 13 Historic Sites that are slated for closure come November. I received this email from the Office of Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn this morning. I’ll just cut & paste the letter here. Also after signing the petition and calling the governor’s office–PLEASE, I implore you to cut & paste this letter and spread the word!!
Dear State Parks advocates:
We would like to provide this update to you on the “Save Our State Parks” campaign, launched by Lt. Governor Pat Quinn. If this is your first notification from us, we would like to thank you for signing the “Save Our State Parks” petition.
The current status is that our state parks are still in danger of being closed.
On Tuesday, Governor Blagojevich signed Senate Bill 790 into law, sweeping dedicated funds into a special budget restoration fund. Although we disagree with some of the funds that were swept and the consequences of the sweeps, this is still only half of the action needed to restore funding to DNR and keep the parks open.
The action that is needed is for the Governor to sign Senate Bill 1103, and authorize spending to keep state parks open. Without the Governor’s signature, state parks and historic sites will close at the end of November and state workers will be laid off. We ask that you continue your citizen action and send a loud and clear message to Governor Blagojevich that it is not acceptable to close 11 state parks and 13 historic sites.
What can you do next? Two things:
Please call the Governor’s Office and let him know that you want to keep these parks open! Chicago Office: 312.814.2121
Capitol Office: 217.782.6830
2. Tell your friends to sign the “SaveOurStateParks. org” petition!
We are currently at 23,000 signatures so far on the petition drive, and we would like to double that number by the end of the month. Please forward this email and ask your friends to sign the petition. This will make even a stronger statement that our parks are important to our citizens, our health and our economy.
In the most recent year, there were more than 44 million visitors to Illinois state parks and recreation areas. Wildlife watching, hunting, and fishing contribute $2.4 billion to the Illinois economy each year, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Survey.
Marc Miller, Senior Policy Advisor
Office of Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn
Room 414, Stratton Building
Springfield, Illinois 62706-4700
Direct Phone Line: 217-557-5625
Stratton Office Main Line: 217-782-3734
Fax: 217-782-9879 -or- 217-782-9728
E-mail: Marc.Miller@ illinois. gov www.StandingUpforIl linois.org (main webpage) www.CleanWaterIllin ois.org (water webpage
Soundtrack: I’ve heard this song at least a dozen times and randomly found it this a.m. while looking for something else. It’s catchy and fun…totally suiting today’s featured sneak peek
For the sneak peek, this guy looks awful familiar…
now he has a handsome partner for brother trouble!
A big huge thanks to Mark & Mia for coming out and letting me photograph these two handsome guys. It was beyond great to see you all again and thank you for making the travel out to see me while you are in town from California, I loved catching up with the little guy who graces my current business cards 🙂 and his adorable little brother who is as cute and who is just as much fun. E and A: Thanks for all the hugs and laughter the other day. Enjoy the sneak peek!
Soundtrack backstory: a few years ago when this song first came out it was about this time of the year when I became seriously obsessed (as well as my children who would sing "do you do you do you wanna…" from the backseat). I think that it’s only appropriate that this song is the song for today:
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SAVE OUR STATE PARK (and all the others). Please link here and follow the directions, send some mail to our good Governor and the State of Illinois to make your voice heard. It is reprehensible (and the more I think about the more I am outraged) that any of our State Parks are being taken away from the good people of our state.
There was a walk from Channahon State Park to Stratten State Park in Morris on Sunday. We did a small part of the walk (I couldn’t imagine the girls making the 17 mile walk that day) and went to the rally. Excuse the snapshotty nature of these, really quick photo grabs:
All readers that reside in Illinois: please please I beg you to give the Governors’ Office a call or drop them a letter. PLEASE sign the petition at petition.org. On behalf of over 30,000 people in the state that have already signed I thank you in advance.
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More Sunday fun! We spent some time at Dollinger’s Family Farm in Minooka. I promise you if you go here for pumpkins and fun you will not regret the drive out to Minooka. Dollinger’s is an amazing amazing place. Best of all admission is free!! There is also hayrides, corn maze (we did both, good times), face painting, haunted barn (which is housed in the historic I&M canal mule barn) and lots more. Check it out if you can. The kids love this place–honestly it’s a hard place to not love…
A few images:
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I’m so behind with the tagging blog. So here goes! To the wonderful Corey, thanks for the tag! 🙂 You must know I have that guilt trip thing that makes me HAVE to do these sort of things! 😉
The rules are:
1. Post the rules on your blog.
2. Write 7 random things about yourself.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post.
4. Pass on the tag.
Seven random facts about me:
My oldest sibling is 22 years my senior. That makes him, ooooh, close to retirement age in a few years!
My youngest sibling is 17 years my senior, that’s my youngest. I think it’s safe to say I’m an oops! Hopefully a good oops! 🙂
I grew up speaking Polish before English. In fact, English being my second language as I started speaking English only after starting kindergarten.
One of my oldest and dearest friends was in kindergarten with me and remembers me as "that Spanish girl" because of course, everyone who spoke a different language speaks Spanish! 😉
My passion for Canon and photography began about the same time when my youngest brother (who was 20 something at the time) bought his first Canon film SLR, an AE-1 body. I still remember him allowing me to hold it and look through the viewfinder.
I love a good Bloody Mary and am fortunate to have my studio near one of the best places in the world (IMO) for one, Hayden’s Place.
I had a very bad Bloody Mary episode in my early 20’s where I spilled one on a girl from high school in a very unfortunate mishap in which her beautiful black dress was ruined (I sort of lost my balance, go figure). I still feel bad. So if you catch me on a rare occasion where I have a drink in hand you may want to keep your distance. 😛 And Kendra, if you’re reading this…call me on my business line, I will totally make it up to you!!
Ok, finally. Done! THanks for stopping by and please please please do NOT forget to stop by and sign the online petition and / or send some snail mail love to our governor about State Park and Historic Site closures. TIme is running out to save the heritage, history and amazing recreational areas of our states!