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.
Last week I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing the W family. Extremely sweet, extremely fun…we spent the morning hanging out at the gardens and the zoo. Thanks to them for being so patient this past few days before I could get the sneak peeks up. 🙂
and finally, I am so behind…but anyway. Baby Loves Disco from the 16th, not bad for the nonexistent light at the Metro. LOL
my L with the awesome girls from Sweet & Sassy:
and i don’t think this next one is reflecting the fun she was having not a few moments before!
A huge thank you to Tiffanie Sperling, our host and owner of Big Belly Fitness and the BLD team once again.
Well well well, I’m about a week behind in posting news and updates. Welcome to the busy season! 🙂
Before we get going, I’m totally into The Feeling. Sewn.
First of all, yes, there are still several slots available for September 30th and my Limited Edition Sessions at the studio. Please click to see details HERE .
Secondly…I just returned (late late last night) from several days with some photography friends at one of my favorite vacation destinations. The Seaside/Watercolor area near Destin is just so amazing. As a family we’ve vacationed in the area several times and to go by myself (and an almost dozen of my friends), during a tourist lull was just fantastic (September is still gorgeous in terms of weather but slow season due to summer’s end). The only thing I would’ve changed is to be able to hang out on the beach a bit more…
maybe have shopped a bit more…
maybe hung out a bit more and checked out the scenery…
However I loved every minute of getting to just BE and not worry about the HUGE LONG TO DO LIST that sits atop my desk. Welcome back to reality. 🙂
On that note, tomorrow I’ll be sharing some sneak peeks and Baby Loves Disco highlights from the weekend of the 14th. Thanks for stopping in…
First the soundtrack: Pumpkin Soup. Seems fitting as a title for an early autumn session. Ok, officially NOT quite autumn but we’re getting there. For what it’s worth, I have a bit of a girl crush on Kate Nash. She’s so freaking adorable! Plus you all are fully aware of my current Brit Music Obsession (yes, it deserves capitalization!)
I had the great pleasure of photographing the most adorable kids this evening. And to boot…the white flowers have arrived.
The white flowers in question are mythical to me. There’s something about September sessions that have me positively giddy. It’s the light (it has this subtle change that is yummy) and it’s the flowers that spring up everywhere in the forest and in the fields out in many of my Marmalade Locations. It’s also something about the greater use of layers and textures in clothes, jeans and sweaters but still warm enough to bring along some summer clothes for sessions just in case it stays warm.
A big thank you to Carrie for driving out from Wilmette for a Marmalade Location session this evening, braving that traffic for me…seriously I am humbled that people love my locations and appreciate my work to travel to me. Carrie, I loved meeting you and your gorgeous kids! I am certain your images will have you smiling and happy. Also thanks to Becca 🙂 .
Soundtrack: Flashback to 2000. This song is a favorite of mine. I remember when my M was just a little baby and this video was playing on MTV (you know, back when MTV still played videos). We danced around the living room, her still small enough to be cuddled and me, a brand new mom enjoying baby hood to its’ fullest. Yesterday we bought that little baby her very own school desk for her room. She looked so grown up behind the desk in her rolling chair and said to me: "Mommy, I’m just like you! I have my own office." Ah, seriously, TIME, time it passes all too fast.
Overall the sentiment of the song is perfect for today’s entry, the sound quality stinks but finding the official video for this one was difficult:
Sneak Peeks…from a wedding I had done this past weekend. A huge congratulations to the beautiful bride, Michelle and her fetching groom Chris. The wedding was fabulous and everything went without a hitch (I swear no pun intended…but did you notice that when people say no pun intended they invariably have a pretty bad pun going on there?).
Newfound love…Winterkids. The lead is adorable, isn’t he? In that 80’s Britt revival sort of way. Good looks aside, I love their music, most definitely!
Skinny jeans. LOL. I never thoughts, not in a million years, these would be back with a vengeance. For guys no less!
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Ahhhh, memory lane. It is a beautiful thing isn’t it? I walked down it at my session yesterday with the ever lovely J and her bro M and their parents Craig & Becca. I met Becca a few years ago when I did a session at her home on the Northside of Chicago, I think J was just about 18 months or so (and M was a soon to be realized dream). Last year little M came into the scene and J’s life has never been the same I suspect. Little brothers have a way of doing that!
I might mention that when client call to book they often mention specifically the images in my portfolio of J and M. The rocking chair is a perennial fave shot when a potential client speaks of my portfolio as it the HAT picture (scroll down after the sneak peeks to see)…
It’s a greatl thing to follow these beautiful kids grow up year to year. Anyway, enough blabber, woman! Get to the sneak peeks!
and at this age you take the love when you can get it (and get the camera up to your face in time to snap that moment that is all too fleeting…)
…here’s the blasts from the past. 🙂
circa 2006; she was already playing school there, eh?
Thanks to Becca & Craig for making the trip out to see me yesterday. The images look fabulous, you will love them. Much love to J & M who never fail to make me smile and giggle when they’re around.