Now, I am the least political person I know (much to the dismay of my husband who loves a good heated political debate) but this boils my blood.  Governor Blagojevich, in his budget cuts is streamlining an already too lean Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)…I haven’t even explored that yet though because of the two state park closures that are extremely close to me and affect all of us in the Chicago Southland and beyond.  While Governor Blagojevich was enjoying the DNC in Denver his office put out notice that over 24 State sites, including 11 State Parks and 13 Areas of Historical Interest are to experience closure as of November 1, 2008.

The beautiful Gebhard Woods in Morris, Illinois (just west of the most adorable historic downtown area in our region) is one of the state parks local to us.  It’s beautiful and well worth a visit (it’s located just west of Morris’ beautiful downtown district). In my own backyard the significant to our community Channahon State Parkway (also known as I&M State Canal Park Trailhead) is also slotted for closure.

In response the community of Channahon is organizing a rally this

Monday, September 1 at 9 a.m. at the Channahon State Park


map of chan state park


Please join us in voicing your opinion on the loss of our community treasure.

Other sites scheduled for closure are:

— Dana-Thomas House, Springfield
— Lincoln log cabin near Charleston:  yes, Illinoians, you read that right.
— David Davis mansion, Bloomington
— Fort de Chartres, Randolph County
— Vandalia statehouse: our original statehouse before Lincoln lobbied to have the state capitol moved to Springfield

— State center at Bishop Hill, Henry County
— Carl Sandburg birthplace, Galesburg
— Cahokia courthouse
— Bryant Cottage, Bement
— Jubilee College, near Peoria
— Apple River Fort, Elizabeth
— Fort Kaskaskia, Randolph County
— Pierre Menard home, Randolph County

— Castle Rock State Park, Oregon
— Lowden State Park, Oregon
— Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park, Sheffield (it’s a gorgeous parkway in a beautiful out of the way part of Illinois, there’s an amazing bed & breakfast that way if you are so inclined)
— Illini State Park, Marseilles
— Channahon Parkway State Park, Channahon***
— Gebhard Woods State Park, Morris***
— Hidden Springs State Forrest, Strasburg
— Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood
— Moraine View State Park, Leroy
— Weldon Springs State Park, Clinton
— Wolf Creek State Park, Windsor

Southern Illinois’ The News-Gazette made a beautifully valid point in this quote:

Although the world will be watching Illinois in February 2009, when Lincoln’s adopted state celebrates the Kentucky-born 16th president’s 200th birthday, several sites associated with Lincoln will close, including the Lincoln Log Cabin, his parents’ last home, near Charleston, and the Vandalia statehouse, where Lincoln served in the state Legislature before Springfield became the state capital.

"It’s going to be devastating to local communities that depend on these sites for tourist revenue," preservation agency spokesman David Blanchette said.

State Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville, called the move "ridiculous."

"I think it’s a shame and disgrace to do this as we go into the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birthday," he said.

Though he said the governor "has a very legitimate concern in that the budget was not balanced," he "slashes with a dull ax."

"When we go back to veto session in November, we’ll try to find places where we can restore money," Black said.

What sort of legacy is Blagojevich leaving?  Not much different than George Ryan, IMO.

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Soundtrack: CAKE

Need I say more?  I love ’em!



• • • • •


I cannot believe how chilly it is today.   Totally unlike yesterday’s session weather!   Andria (the mom) brought cute jeans & sweaters for the girls (& hats, let us not forget hats!!).  These poor, beautiful girls were so awesome to put up with us in the 86º heat + humidity while I did their portraits.  A big thank you to Robert & Andria for bringing A & P out last evening from Naperville for a Marmalade Session : Urban Style.  The girls are so beautiful and such a pleasure to work with.  I think you’ll be very happy with how it all turned out!

Scroll now for sneak peeks!!


Flowery Feeling

Over Her Shoulder



Thanks for stopping in.  Namaste.

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  • diana - August 28, 2008 - 3:57 pm

    love that feel of these.. esp the last one!

  • Jana kunz - August 28, 2008 - 7:17 pm

    Love these! georgous.

  • Kristina - August 28, 2008 - 9:20 pm

    Ooooooh! Love Marmalade urban style! These are fabulous.

  • DSR - August 28, 2008 - 9:36 pm

    Beautiful, as always! The last one rocks!

  • Holli - August 28, 2008 - 11:02 pm

    Love these!!! Your color is so gorgeous.

  • Season Moore - August 29, 2008 - 10:09 pm

    Awww Cake – I finally agreed to be “exclusive” with my now hubby way back in 96 at a Cake concert. I somehow ended up on stage – ah good times. Beautiful as usual!

  • corey civetta - August 30, 2008 - 7:39 am

    Beautiful work – I love them all!

  • Stephanie T - August 30, 2008 - 7:24 pm

    These are especially beautiful. I really love your style and these fit it perfectly!

  • kristin - August 31, 2008 - 7:02 pm


  • Merav - September 2, 2008 - 8:08 pm

    Simply breathtaking – each and every one. I have never seen color like you do color!

  • Jen Lane - September 2, 2008 - 8:32 pm

    GORGEOUS! Oh she is tooooo cute. That first image just blows my mind. *I* would hang that in my home as an art piece! I can’t imagine how delighted her parents must be!

    And, as usual, another song I adore. Love me some Cake.

    (And I had NO idea about the park stuff. Makes my stomach turn. THANK YOU for posting it Mare. Now myself and every one I know can write letters. This, and the DCSF thing, are NOT acceptable. Grrr)

  • Danna Bowes - September 5, 2008 - 2:38 pm

    love love LOVE these!!!!

Soundtrack: I’ve had it in my head for days now.  I’ve never loved The Stones (unlike my friend Lisa who loved them from moment one!) but I’ve really grown to appreciate them in the past few years.  It’s a rule of life that is sometimes hard to swallow.  "You can’t always get what you want…"


I realize I’m a few days behind in sneak peeking.  My apologies as I don’t normally like to neglect my blog.  🙂

Late last week I had the pleasure of meeting these three pretty dynamic personalities.  Their mom had me come out to their home to photograph them, it was a pleasure getting to know them through my camera lens and I think that the mom will be very pleased at what we got in our short time together.  I love that these kids opened right up to me.  I love that their mom set out to get images of her 7 & 10 year old beautiful little girls and to capture her son’s beyond fun personality, thank you so much C for allowing me into your lives for what has turned out to be a great session:


pretty girl

Totally a bit of faux attitude.  She was so supersweet.  I love this age!


another pretty girl

Look at that beautiful smile!


fun guy!

Doesn’t he have the most awesome hair?  It so rocked my world that day!!


Thank you for stopping in, have a great Sunday. 


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  • Danna Bowes - August 24, 2008 - 10:38 am

    so so sweet… the ‘tude in the first one and the sweetness of the 2nd one……..that 3rd one is pretty darn cute too 🙂

  • Daveen - August 24, 2008 - 2:37 pm

    These children are absolutely darling! Their personality shines through your images!

  • Lisa Kelly - August 24, 2008 - 5:44 pm

    He sure does have amazing hair. Those girls are beautiful and mum will be so glad she took the time to get such an artist to capture her children.

  • Holli - August 24, 2008 - 10:20 pm

    LOVE all of these!

  • Heather Gibb - August 25, 2008 - 8:15 am

    Great job Mare!!! I love boys w/curls and he is a doll. I think you got some beautiful shots that really showcase these children!!

  • PamN - August 25, 2008 - 8:01 pm

    Sigh…such art!

  • Dawn - August 25, 2008 - 8:48 pm

    Beautiful as always. His hair DOES rock.

  • Rebecca - August 26, 2008 - 10:39 am

    Oh yeah, AWESOME hair! Love all the personality in these.

  • Merav - August 26, 2008 - 10:03 pm

    Love, love, love that their personalities all come shining through in each of these beautiful portraits.

  • Anna-Karin - August 27, 2008 - 2:16 pm

    Love that toothless smile. Such a capture of a changing child.
    Beautiful captures of these three children. I am sure their parents will be thrilled with these.

Soundtrack: The Kooks.  Seriously could the lead be any more adorable? 


Totally sound a bit like Squeeze, don’t you think?




I can hardly believe that school has started!!  Tuesday was the girls first day back (and incidentally enough on day 3, today, I was already late getting them to school…LOL.  Long story.  I feel like an idiot and DH got a talking to about waking people up at 11:30 p.m. who have been sleeping for awhile.  Going back to bed at 4:30 a.m. is not conducive to waking up at 6:30 to get children ready for school.  I so need to go back to my lazy college days where I didn’t have to be anywhere until noon!).

Before going back to school we went to the fair:

yes it

I’m not sure how I feel about this monkey on a leash thing but that’s neither here nor there…and yes, he’s drinking out of a mug.  I wonder if it was a shot glass filled with gin.


Some experimental stuff:

ferris wheel

Looks a bit platinotype I think…

the original one (well after i got to it, wish the teenager silhouetted heads weren’t there but oh well):

originaly ferris wheel


and then the finale of it all…back to school.  SOME of us were excited:



i fear it’s going to be a long year ahead of us!!

🙂  Tomorrow, sneak peek and more Marmaramblings.


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  • Anna-Karin - August 21, 2008 - 11:20 pm

    What fun captures you got.
    Your girls are adorable and looks so excited to be going to school!
    The youngest one look a lot like her beautiful momma!

  • diana - August 22, 2008 - 6:04 am

    love the fair shots.

  • Heather - August 22, 2008 - 8:10 pm

    Seriously cool ferris wheel shots!! Your girls are so cute!

  • Jen Lane - August 23, 2008 - 1:50 pm

    I have just loved your “soundtracks”. So fun.

    And I love those girlies of yours!!
    Your experimental photo is FAB girl. LOVE it! (And the original is not too shabby either, lol!)

Soundrack…my husband bought me this 2 disc album the other day by Adele….this is one of my favorites from the album (there are many)…her voice is so beautiful.



So, getting down to business.  It is sneak peek time…

G is a little girl who I’ve watched grow over the past three years.  I adore her sweet smile, her beautiful personality and am getting a sense of who she is becoming.  The hardest part (and also the funnest part) is watching littler ones grow up in front of me from year to year.  I find it bittersweet to see this coming of age (for lack of a better term) growth in my subjects. 

Regardless of my own feelings of the ridiculously fast nature of the passage of time I found G to be extremely giggly and fun to be around.  What a treasure she is!!  A big thank you to Victoria and G for coming out for a mixed session.  We did some indoor stuff in studio and ran out to the Garden for the rest of our time together.  Dare I say G had a blast exploring at the garden?  Yes, I do dare say so…




and for giggles 🙂 one from our very first session together, 2006:


Thanks for checking in…Namaste.

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  • Danna Bowes - August 16, 2008 - 12:15 am

    these are wonderful, I just adore your work, I can tell a Marm portrait a mile away, you are a true original!!

  • Jana kunz - August 16, 2008 - 6:30 am

    OMG, these are so cute! What a doll. 🙂

  • Lisa Slotsve - August 16, 2008 - 8:06 am

    You’ve done it again, another perfect childrens session. These are beautiful!

  • Heather - August 16, 2008 - 10:01 am

    Sighh.. I’m in love with these images..but I’m in love with all of your work!! What a cute little girl..and does go by entirely to fast!

  • Becca - August 16, 2008 - 2:20 pm

    These are just gorgeous! Beautiful little girl and location!

  • Stephanie Johnson - August 16, 2008 - 3:47 pm

    Love these, wonderful work!!!

  • Kimberly Hill - August 16, 2008 - 5:45 pm

    She just gets prettier and prettier. Smart mama to keep bringing her back because obviously she’s a Marmalade princess!

  • Susan Braswell - August 16, 2008 - 6:59 pm

    those girls are beautiful and blessed with such beautiful hair and smiles. Good genes 🙂 well done Marianne.

  • Daveen - August 16, 2008 - 9:21 pm

    Lovely images of such a sweet looking little girl! Love the shot with mom so much!

  • June - August 16, 2008 - 9:32 pm

    So gorgeous as usual! Fabulous work!

  • Angela Crutcher - August 17, 2008 - 12:14 pm

    She is a total doll! I adore the shot of her with her mom.

  • SherriW - August 17, 2008 - 1:09 pm

    Those are beautiful works of art for the family!

  • chantelle bliss - August 17, 2008 - 4:13 pm

    what a stunning little girl!! these images are wonderful Mare, love the mommy/daughter one!

  • Jennifer N - August 17, 2008 - 5:09 pm

    These are absolutely gorgeous! Such a beautiful subject too 🙂

  • Holli - August 18, 2008 - 1:44 am

    What a beautiful little girl!

  • Daniela - August 18, 2008 - 7:53 am

    gorgeous images….as always!

  • Jennifer - August 18, 2008 - 8:59 pm

    what a beautiful mom daughter pair here, beautiful work!

  • PamN - August 19, 2008 - 1:05 pm

    You just never cease to amaze me – everything you post is a true work of art!

  • corey civetta - August 20, 2008 - 6:15 am

    I LOVE Adele! What a great present from your hubby!

    Love the images of G, too – she is absolutely adorable!

  • Kris Leigh - August 21, 2008 - 6:38 am

    What an absolutely stunning little girl! Gorgeous images! 🙂

  • Merav - August 21, 2008 - 6:44 pm

    What a beautiful young girl – you did a wonderful job capturing her joy and sense of self. The portraits are so lovely and so very Marm!

  • Marianne - August 21, 2008 - 8:19 pm

    wow guys. thank you so much for the kind kind words. I have the bestest clients and G&V are no exception to that rule. Thanks!! :mrgreen:

  • Eirn - August 22, 2008 - 2:22 pm

    Beautify photography!