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! 

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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. 



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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

Ahhhh, I can maybe breathe a sigh of relief.  While our local state parks received the necessary funding to keep them open–others (and they are busy parks!) fell to the ax of closure, closing their gates in December of this past year.

However with the impeachment of good ole Blago we now have a governor who seems to care about the people a bit more.  Governor Pat Quinn has been quoted as stating that re-opening our state parks is a paramount concern:

The Pantagraph

So for now I can breathe a sigh of relief. 

I’ve been busy hunkering down and dreaming up new concepts for 2009. In the coming weeks I hope to have a new website for the SEE THE LIGHT Workshop for my photography friends with new dates released for 2009.   I’m looking at a workshop for late April and early June.   Other stuff too!  2009 will be a fabulous year.  I hope it finds you, my blog friends, feeling healthy, enjoying life and making loads of memories.


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  • PamN - February 1, 2009 - 2:28 pm

    Can’t wait to see everything you’ve got going for the new year…I’m sure it will be FUN!

  • Pammy - February 1, 2009 - 4:48 pm

    Yea! So glad you have more workshops lined up this year.

  • Denise - February 1, 2009 - 8:12 pm

    I heard Quinn mention parks in his 1st news conference and was pleased as well!!! 🙂 Happy February.