I am so behind on several things so a cute, short & sweet post about the first part of  yesterday’s stint at the studio.  Thanks to Monika and her beautiful beautiful girl, M, for coming out from Chicago’s Northside for a quick urban studio session.  Really quick little sneak peeks:

Chicago Child Photographer Marmalade Photography

Chicago Child Photographer Marmalade Photography


Does she not have THE MOST AMAZING eyes?  Beautiful girl.  Thanks M!

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  • PamN - November 26, 2008 - 4:08 pm

    Her eyes are incredible! Great captures – mom must be thrilled!

  • June - November 26, 2008 - 6:57 pm

    Fantastic! She is truly a stunning girl.

  • Jana Kunz - December 1, 2008 - 11:36 pm

    He is adorable! Love those blue eyes.

I worry that once one of these shots will be seen a certain mom of an 18 month old child is going to hunt me down….LOL

Anyway, could this session be any more fun?  I don’t think so.  A huge thanks to Denise for introducing Jen to the Marmalade ways.  And a doubly huge thanks to Jen and her beautiful sisters in law for travelling out to the studio the other evening (and braving rush hour traffic no less!) to get out to me for an almost entirely in studio session.  I promise you guys, you are going to be so very happy….

On with the sneak peeks…

Naperville Sisters

um, yeah, i didn


black and white baby boy


sweet baby girl


Thanks for stopping in!!  🙂

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  • Sheila - November 21, 2008 - 12:21 am


  • Denise - November 21, 2008 - 7:39 am

    Wow….. love the couch image! 🙂

  • marie - November 21, 2008 - 9:01 am

    love that first shot lady…dreamy

  • Jana Kunz - November 21, 2008 - 1:14 pm

    These are beautiful!

  • Heather - November 21, 2008 - 2:08 pm

    Gorgeous images and children!!!!

  • PamN - November 21, 2008 - 3:37 pm

    Love their outfits, and love their expressions!

  • Jenny - November 22, 2008 - 12:19 pm

    Beautiful job Mare! The photos make it look effortless…ha ha..

  • Lisa Kelly - November 24, 2008 - 2:14 pm

    OMGoodness!!!! These are just gorgeous. The image of them all on the couch is sheer perfection. Mum will just cry I’m sure when she sees it. Love these.

  • Jana Kunz - November 25, 2008 - 1:31 pm

    Wow, these are amazing! What a perfect sibling shot. 🙂

  • Michael Duff - October 19, 2009 - 3:16 pm

    Are you using a ring flash in these? Fantastic eyes and color!

I had the pleasure of meeting the K Family this past weekend.  They were super fun and it was a real pleasure working with them.  Once again I realize what a lucky girl I am with such a fantastic group of clients and I am thankful for it.

I won’t bore you with Marmabanter as I am much more behind than I should be (I feel like a hamster on a wheel right now).  On with the sneak peeks:

baby boy

This little guy was such a trooper…letting us take the set of images this shot belongs to without any negative fanfare.  Loved this little guy!


The boys, having fun

These guys were great fun together.  Love it when the dad gets in on the fun.



Doesn’t he have the most beautiful eyes?  I could’ve put him in my pocket and taken him home.

Thanks for stopping in….crazy busy season continues (and starts winding down…)

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I had the pleasure of working with the B Family this past weekend.  They were incredibly great sports, it was BRRRRRRRRR out and the kids just put up with us time & time again.  I have a bit of a secret on how to handle the cold (ok, so it’s not that secret.  It’s called letting the kids borrow my coat and let them use it in tandem.  Also take the kids inside frequently for quick recovery breaks.  And finally get their parents to load them up with lots of hot chocolate pre session!).

Thanks to them for coming out from Lockport the other day.  This session seriously rocked my world.  I can’t wait to show off the sneak peeks…ok…well now!

Family of 4

Princess Girl

and finally, really we WERE out in the cold alot and this proves it:


Thanks for stopping in…

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  • PamN - November 18, 2008 - 1:12 pm

    The images don’t look like anyone is in the least uncomfortable…they look adorable! What a great idea to bundle the kids together in a coat. That first one is my favorite – talk about an image saying a thousand words! Look at their expressions!

  • Terrilyn - November 18, 2008 - 7:56 pm

    Ha ha ha!! Hey, I believe it! I’ve been known to brave some fierce Florida winters for a cup of hot cocoa – but it has to have those mini marshmallows in it! LOL Ok, you’re laughing at me now aren’t ya? 😉

    Seriously though Mare, these are truly beautiful!! Mom has a wonderful sense of style, I love the clothing she picked for the children. A perfect match to your unique style.

  • diana - November 18, 2008 - 8:32 pm

    these are amazing!

  • chantelle - November 18, 2008 - 9:49 pm

    stunning work as always Mare! gorgeous colours

I have a bit of catch up from the weekend to get to…jumping right in to the sneak peek fun!

This is the 3rd year I’ve worked with the D Family.  The first year, the boys seemed so little…fun little balls of spitfire.  Last year they were still fun guys but seemed mellowed out and they were even MORE fun to work with.  And this year, same thing except they seem like big boys now and much less little guys.  It’s really cool, as an outside observer, watching their bond as brothers strengthen through the past few years.  Thanks to TIna for having me out last week and allowing me to document their lives as they progress from little guys to big guys and thanks to these busy guys for taking some time out to hang out with me. 


super fun



growing up

Thanks for stopping in.  More sneak peeks in the next few days!! 🙂

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I just got word that a little article including my input on Holiday card images and tips has been published in Cafe Mom.  Click here for the link.  Good stuff, great tips for non professional Holiday images. 

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  • Dennis - November 17, 2008 - 1:59 pm

    Wonderful session Marianne! Looks like you guys have a good time…

  • PamN - November 17, 2008 - 9:05 pm

    How cute are they! LOVE the one with Mom…their ripped jeans match their young look!

  • Lisa Kelly - November 18, 2008 - 12:57 am

    That first image is so fun, seriously that is the best sibling image, them just having fun. Mum is drop dead gorgeous and I just love every single image here.

  • Heather Rivlin - November 18, 2008 - 2:13 pm

    Mare, I just love the tones in that first one, and their interaction is superb – fantastic capture. They are a great looking bunch of kids, and mom must be super happy.