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:


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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

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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.

I can’t help but think of this movie when I do maternity sessions:


That movie always made me (mostly) smile…

This weekend I had the pleasure of photographing C and her husband S for an amazing session at their home.  I cannot believe she is still so wonderfully bendy at this point in her pregnancy!!  Makes me wish I took up yoga long before having kids!!

yoga mom to be


Beautiful p


A big congrats to the beautiful parents to be….and much luck to C in her last trimester…I remember those long last days all too well!!  🙂

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  • Kendell Silveira - November 13, 2008 - 9:44 am

    the yoga image is perfection! Beautiful work!

  • PamN - November 13, 2008 - 12:41 pm

    She is amazing – so fit and beautiful and glowing! Wonderful portraits!

  • Denise - November 13, 2008 - 5:35 pm

    I love that movie!! 😛 What a beautiful pregnant woman – those shots are lovely.

  • marie - November 14, 2008 - 9:18 am

    I can’t believe how flexiable she is…amzaing

  • Kimberly Hill - November 14, 2008 - 10:26 am

    The yoga image has to be one of my favorite maternity poses EVER! Such a gorgeous mom-to-be too.

Hi all, trying to get caught up from the weekend…this time of year I feel like keeping my sanity is a full time gig!!  🙂

This past weekend I had the pleasure of photographing little N and his beautiful mom and dad.  I had a blast getting to know this little guy…super sweet baby boy.  Thanks to his mom T & R for coming out from the Wicker Park area to have a Marmalade Urban Studio session…we didn’t get so much urban as I think little N wasn’t having any of our outdoor shenanigans however we got some really great images despite the harsh cold…

playing around


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  • Lori - November 10, 2008 - 4:41 pm

    Love the environment in these! What a cutie!

  • Hadley - November 10, 2008 - 8:57 pm

    Mare, that boy is gorgeous. Love those shots, especially that second one. Precious!

  • Jana Kunz - November 11, 2008 - 9:11 am

    He is SO cute!! I love the one in the car.

  • PamN - November 12, 2008 - 9:09 am

    Exquisite lighting as always – so timeless! Hope they keep that car for HIS little boy someday!

  • Ritz Rivera - November 12, 2008 - 10:00 am

    I have always loved your color and BW processing, always beautifully done. These are just wonderful, adore the one with car.

  • Teresa Buescher - November 18, 2008 - 8:09 pm

    😀 Not sure how I missed these – I was traveling and just thought I would take a peek at your blog today. Thanks so much for everything. Can’t wait to see the rest. 🙂

  • Cynthia McIntyre - June 1, 2010 - 8:52 am

    Love your style. You capture the emotion of the moment with such clarity and simplicity! Keep up the great work.

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!!

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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.