Earlier this week I had the great pleasure of meeting little S and her lovely parents Jeff & Laini.  I want to thank them for coming out to the studio the other evening for a session with me.  This little girl is so beautiful and was amazing considering that she hardly had a nap before our time together.  Here are a few sneak peeks … isn’t she a beauty?



curious girl

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Really quick I want to lay out a huge congratulations to Chicago’s own President elect Barack Obama.  It’s heartwarming to see that his win seems to have already brought some bright optimism to our Nation…I hope that the next four years bring the Nation even more together.  On this note I also want to congratulate my colleague Ruthi David who followed her heart and photographed a great deal of the pre-election Obama campaign.  I know she has to feel an amazing sense of contribution to a defining moment in history.  Kudos to her for following her heart when she took this undertaking.   I love it when people achieve their dreams by following their heart.  Ruthi: you must be on top of the world right about now!!

Thanks for stopping in…


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  • Paula - November 6, 2008 - 2:33 pm

    Gorgeous work, as usual, Mare. Holy Moly on that girls amazing eyes!! Love your simplistic first shot. The popping colors on the third shot are stunning.

  • Melissa M - November 6, 2008 - 3:54 pm

    Fabulous!! What a beautiful little girl!!

  • Jennifer Parke - November 6, 2008 - 7:06 pm

    Looks like you had a great session….is that a giraffe hat? That is too cute!

  • Lanedra Hubbard - November 6, 2008 - 7:28 pm

    I can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures. These three photos are beautiful!!!

  • diana - November 7, 2008 - 7:15 am

    these are stunning

  • Jana kunz - November 7, 2008 - 8:59 am

    These are beautiful! I LOVE her hat – so cute!!

  • Lisa Kelly - November 7, 2008 - 2:09 pm

    These images are just stunning. Her eyes just draw me in and I love how you have really captured her beauty so perfectly in each image. Beautiful work.

  • Terrilyn - November 8, 2008 - 9:36 pm

    Oh Mare just yummy!! Perfect color, beautiful showcase!! Your work is always so refreshing.

  • Anna-Karin - November 8, 2008 - 10:14 pm

    Beautiful little girl with gorgeous eyes!

  • elizabeth - November 9, 2008 - 2:52 pm

    These are all great Marianne.. always love to see your work.

I hope everyone has gotten out to vote.  In this era of jaded views it’s more important than ever to take part in the voting process.  Hopefully changes will happen in the coming few years that will set a solid foundation for our children’s future…this has been my biggest concern.  I won’t go on about political stuff because frankly to me it’s much less exciting than kid’s portraits but nonetheless voicing our desires via the vote is the most responsible thing.  You can’t complain if you don’t vote my dad used to say.

I found this amazing chill music on open source audio.  I think it’s the whole album.  It’s called My Feel India Chill (sort of meshing with my yoga – Indian mood as of late).  It’s half hour in length but I totally love the first and second songs.  Worth keeping my blog on to listen to.  🙂


So TARA, I KNOW YOU’RE WAITING!!  I won’t bore you all with details however let’s just say this is the best group of five kids ever.  I am so fortunate to be their family photographer and have cherished watching them grow up this past three years (and four sessions!)  Here are a few sneak peeks from the Country Girl portion of my Sunday this past weekend:





growing up too fast (and too handsome)

I can’t wait to totally dive into this session…it makes me happy.  E girl was much more into getting photographed than in years past and looked surreal among the tall grasses in her silk blouse & skirt.  I was in love with the gorgeousness!!


(sigh.  I’ve always said I love November light.  Now you can see why!)

Thanks Tara & Alan for allowing me to watch (via the camera) your beautiful family grow…

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  • cheryl johnson - November 5, 2008 - 12:52 pm

    gorgeous images & magical light – inspirational work 🙂

  • corey civetta - November 6, 2008 - 8:28 am

    What a beautiful bunch of kids! You captured them so well, too. I love the light in the last one!!

  • diana - November 6, 2008 - 9:50 am

    that first and last ones are just too amazing for words!

  • alpana - November 6, 2008 - 10:17 pm

    These are so wonderful! Beautiful light too. Love your work!

I heard this song on my way into the city yesterday morning…I remembered how much I loved this song when it came out (& still do):


Sunday was very much a CITY GIRL/COUNTRY GIRL kind of day for me.  My first of two sessions was in Wicker Park.  It was an AMAZING day in terms of weather and in terms of the company I was with.  Lucky lucky me!  I got to meet E and her gorgeous parents Thad and Deb.  A huge thanks to them for welcoming me into their lives for a few hours for an on location session.  Without further adieu…on with the sneak peeks:


all smiles

sometimes you take what you can get...

Thanks for stopping in…more sneak peeks tomorrow!!

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  • Anna-Karin - November 3, 2008 - 11:54 pm

    What a great location for this session. I love the soft feel of this sweet little girl in an urban setting.
    Mare at work, creating beautiful portraits as always!

I’m a couple days behind and apologize for my tardiness.  🙂

This past weekend I had the great pleasure of meeting a wonderfully gracious family who allowed me into their reunion weekend for just a couple of hours to photograph this amazing weekend in their lives.  Here’s a few more candid sneak peeks that have made me grin from ear to ear:

pumpkin sweaters

Had to show one with the sweaters!!  🙂

upside down






quiet for a second

As for the events of the past week…Thanks to all my readers, those who took time to comment & congratulate and those who emailed me.  I was overwhelmed with the happiness people have shown me for the good stuff.  I truly believe that happiness begets more happiness and I wish many successes and much happiness to all my readers.  I’m overwhelmed with all sorts of oozy good stuff, call me Mrs. Brightside.  😀


 I know I know, it’s like the 100th time The Killers have appeared in my life’s soundtrack.  What can I say?  It’s my blog!  😀

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  • PamN - October 30, 2008 - 7:08 am

    I just LOVE the images with the grandparents – so special! I wish more people would do that!

  • diana - October 30, 2008 - 7:25 am

    love those sweaters!

  • Connie - October 30, 2008 - 11:13 am

    These are just lovely, Mare! Congratulations on being featured in the Daily Candy- that is awesome!

  • Terrilyn - October 30, 2008 - 8:40 pm

    Mare, it is always a treat to view your sessions. You manage to capture the essence of the children and their family with such beauty. Always an inspiration.

  • Lisa Kelly - October 31, 2008 - 4:02 pm

    These images are just so wonderful, they ooze love and family and I guess that is what a reunion is all about. And by the way, my 6 year old’s in love with The Killers, so keep on sharing.

  • kristina - October 31, 2008 - 9:24 pm

    You did a lovely job with the family images. They look so happy and close–I can see the relationships there. Lovely!

  • Jennifer Parke - November 1, 2008 - 6:27 am

    I love the shot of the little person holding hands with the adults! Please keep sharing!

I am told Marmalade Photography is going to be featured in Chicago’s Daily Candy!!! tomorrow (Monday).  ……I know!  What a H U G E  honor.  Even more unbelievable… I was told by a little birdie that um, I’m like the first photographer to be featured.  That just blows me away and I feel incredibly humbled.  Thank you to Kelly and Megan from Daily Candy and please, Monday a.m., go check it out!  To be up to date on the latest, hippest, newest goings on in Chicagoland you should subscribe to Daily Candy.   There’s other metro areas if you are outside of Chicagoland (is there such a place…ok, yeah, in this cold there definitely is!  LOL )

Since I’m taking a few moments to toot my horn…photographers everywhere would agree that one of the of the best sources for photographers who desire to be inspired is DESIGN AGLOW.  DA infuses the reader with inspiration and creativity and I am completely humbled/honored/proud to be part of the most recent issue of Design Aglow, Issue No. 6 The Style Issue (available now).  (does this mean i have style?)  😀  The article is written by the talented Andrea Joki and discusses thoughts on shooting and surroundings, philosophy and my own inspiration, it also features a few of my favorite images.  If you have never gotten a copy of Design Aglow this issue is sure to blow you away.  Why you may ask?  Because this issue features some of the most talented photographers in the world and I am truly humbled to be amongst these well known and beloved photography style icons.  Anyway, run don’t walk to get this issue.  I promise you the tips and the stories in this issue are amongst the best available to us photographers in the industry.

And lastly and image and a bit of soundtrack, because I love this song so much and it’s theme is anti-my mood today I decided let’s include it, a bit contradictory, are we Mare?  Why yes I am!  As an aside I have always found Shirley Manson intriguing…and filled with style 😉  SHE would be fascinating in front of the camera, wouldn’t she?


So even tho I’m personally in love with the rain, but my mood isn’t, I thought let’s pull my fave rain image out.  They look happy don’t they?


happy when it rains


A couple of sneak peeks in the next few days as well as the rest of Fall 2008.  Amazingly enough there is like…1 session left for 2008!  Run run run to your phone to book it.  2008 is dwindling down fast!


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  • PamN - October 26, 2008 - 7:31 am

    Congratulations on your success! You deserve it! Love the umbrella image, btw.

  • Sheila - October 26, 2008 - 9:40 am

    Very well deserved! You rock!

  • sylvia - October 26, 2008 - 1:29 pm

    CONGRATS ❗ I’m so excited for you!!

  • ginny adkins - October 26, 2008 - 4:33 pm

    Many congrats!! 🙂

  • diana - October 26, 2008 - 7:11 pm

    love that shot

  • Kimberly Hill - October 26, 2008 - 9:06 pm

    I can’t wait to see the DAILY CANDY piece! You shouldn’t sound so surprised about the DA bit and the Daily Candy nod, Mare. You, and Marmalade, rock the Casbah!

  • Marianne - October 27, 2008 - 6:14 am

    :mrgreen: thanks! i am super excited about all this good stuff and very thankful that my work resonates with the viewer. i appreciate the kind words and thoughts sent my way! thank you thank you thank you!!

  • Julie - October 27, 2008 - 11:30 am

    I LOVE that umbrella image! Gorgeous! I just finished reading your DA article and I really enjoyed it! Congrats!

  • Pammy - October 27, 2008 - 10:59 pm

    That is so awesome…so many great things happening for you at once!!! I can’t wait to check out DA and what an honor to be the first featured photographer in Daily Candy! Well deserved kudos to you!!!

  • Whitney - October 28, 2008 - 6:45 pm

    Love Daily Candy! Love you! So excited for you!!!! Congrats! 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛

  • Marianne - October 30, 2008 - 5:48 am

    Thank you everyone. I’m way over the moon still.