First off, soundtrack.  I think that all the swimmers in all the lanes are expressing this sentiment.  Congrats to the U.S. Men’s Swim Team for an astounding performance in the 800 m swim and a huge proud congratulations to the best Olympian of all time, Mr. Michael Phelps.  Wowza.

Anyway, I told you all I was in the mood for Nine Inch Nails and I think it’s like a craving and I just need to do it and move on.  It’s not true NIN but bonus for David Bowie’s involvement.  Always dug this tune…and I bet this song could be a great anthem for all those other swimmers yesterday, eh? 



Now for sneak peeks…

Yesterday afternoon I had the pleasure of photographing the B family who travelled from the Naperville area for a Marmalade Urban session.  I had a blast photographing charming little Olivia and fell in love with sweet Jaimeson’s quiet disposition.  A huge thank you to their mom & dad who brought them out for a session in the quaint old town that I like to call my studio’s home.


patch of light



pretty by the gate


Thank you for stopping in to check on what’s new in Marmaland.  




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  • Terrilyn - August 13, 2008 - 10:37 am

    Beautiful Mare! This will sound silly but I just love your blues. I’m not generally a big blue fan, I’m more of a purple kinda girl but your the blues in your images just seem so put me in a peaceful mood.

  • Marianne - August 13, 2008 - 1:37 pm

    aw thanks T. you know something, 😀 … I sure do have an awful lot of blue in the images these days, eh? marmalade’s blue period.

  • Melissa M - August 13, 2008 - 8:30 pm

    Just lovely, my dear!

  • Lori Wood Habiger - August 13, 2008 - 10:01 pm

    Beautiful work here. I love how your portraits are generally on the dark side – dark colors, vignettes, dramatic compositions and processing; yet the mood of the portraits is still happy, loving, adventurous, etc. Love your style!

  • diana simpson - August 14, 2008 - 7:59 am

    i just love your work. and that dress in the last one… i just love it!

  • Cindy - August 14, 2008 - 9:43 am

    Look at the gorgeous light in that first one!! I love the interaction you caught in #3, and as usual such a gorgeous setting. mmmm!!

  • Jeni Bernatz - August 14, 2008 - 11:06 am

    I just love these, the feel, setting, the color…everything (as always!)

  • Jen Lane - August 14, 2008 - 8:35 pm

    Aaah, again with the songs I LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ok, that’s out of my

    Mare, these are so beautiful! What a gorgeous family. They must be thrilled with these!

  • Lisa Kelly - August 14, 2008 - 9:03 pm

    Stunning, each and everyone of them. So much connection and love in them all. Beautiful work

  • Jana kunz - August 15, 2008 - 5:23 pm

    These are stunning! I love that last one.

  • Lisa Dillon - August 19, 2008 - 6:10 pm

    These are awesome! I especially love that first one–just feels like such a secret moment captured. 🙂

Soundtrack: well honestly I am really in the mood for Nine Inch Nails but thought better of it as it’s not totally family friendly and might send out the wrong message.  😀  So, I opted for the more family friendly Raconteurs.


Monday morning I drove to the way north part of the city, think Rogers Park/Loyola area for a session in a neighborhood that I haven’t seen in well, years.  It was a fantastic chance to get back to shooting on location and using the challenges presented to me.  I had a blast doing a quick mini scout of locations and to use what resources I had.  It’s great to stretch out the old skills every once in awhile.

Most importantly I had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful family of 4.  2 little sisters, Natalie & Phoebe and their lovely parents.  Thank you for allowing me to capture these moments for you and entrusting me with your memories as well as for the awesome hospitality.  It is with great pleasure that I premiere a few sneak peeks for you:



mom & n

umbrella reality


Not bad for being challenged.  Thanks for stopping in…namaste.

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  • chantelle bliss - August 12, 2008 - 12:55 am

    love the second one!!! gorgeous dress too…..your taste in music sounds similar to mine lol

  • Terrilyn - August 12, 2008 - 4:22 am

    Beautiful Mare! Just stunning! I think I’m in love with that last shot on the water, the clouds and soft blue sky, the connection and inquisitive little girl looking out on the water, so peaceful – perfection!

  • DSR - August 12, 2008 - 5:52 am

    What a great example of finding good light. They are all wonderful, but I like the first one especially! Wonderful (as always!) DSR

  • Colleen and Phiwan - August 12, 2008 - 7:03 am

    Just beautiful! We love the preview — and such a quick turn around time to see them! They are true works of art. Can’t wait to see more.

    Who knew what you were seeing through the lense? Thanks so much!

  • Nina Pomeroy - August 12, 2008 - 8:16 am

    Love that last wide angle shot!

  • Holli - August 12, 2008 - 10:03 am

    Wow that beach shot is absolutely stunning. Love these. What beautiful girls.

  • SherriW - August 12, 2008 - 10:29 am

    WOW, that first image is so beautiful!

  • Paula - August 12, 2008 - 12:47 pm

    rock on! fabulous and NO COINCIDENCES ever. 😈 😈

  • Jen Lane - August 12, 2008 - 7:43 pm

    Nope. You aren’t rusty, lol. AWESOME, beautiful work! That last one is just a lovely art piece! Gorgeous kids, gorgeous photographs!

    I always liked that song but had no idea who it was by! Thanks for the share!

  • Jana kunz - August 12, 2008 - 8:29 pm

    These are great! It looks like it was a fun session. 🙂

  • Rachelle - August 12, 2008 - 9:51 pm

    The last picture makes me want to pack my bags and fly across the United States! It is so calming and peaceful.

  • PamN - August 13, 2008 - 6:16 am

    Gorgeous locations – gorgeous children – gorgeous images!

  • Cindy - August 14, 2008 - 9:44 am

    Absolutely stunning!!!

  • Simon McConico - August 19, 2008 - 7:05 pm

    Ha Ha… I kinda forgot that you have a blog and a site 🙂 Love it and love Mr. Jack White when he is without the Missus. These are great photos. Love the lil girls face when she is with her mom. Classic.

Yesterday we got a (rare) opportunity to hang out as a family in the city. We went to Lincoln Park Zoo for the bulk of the morning after the WGN Kid’s Fair (a few highlights for the BLD family below). There we spent some time with the polar bears:




and at the conservatory:




but before we did any of that we did Baby Loves Disco for a few minutes on stage at the WGN Kid’s Fair::







and before all of this happened, the sun rose (at a ridiculously early hour) over the City of Chicago, one of the greatest cities ever (I may be a bit biased since I’ve lived in the area my whole life but no matter, it truly is…) Somehow images don’t do moments like this justice:

Chicago Skyline from the Edens

(and actually traffic was not that bad on the Eden’s)

finally, my friend Terrilyn had this on her blog and I’ve seen (and never shared) before…get your tissues, it’s a bit heartwrenching:


Thanks for stopping in. Namaste.

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  • Jennifer N - August 9, 2008 - 1:19 pm

    Looks like such a fun day! I love the polar bear pics. 🙂

  • Heather Cheatham - August 9, 2008 - 6:29 pm

    The polar bear pics took my breath away. Amazing! The Baby Loves Disco day looked like lots of fun!

  • Amanda K - August 10, 2008 - 1:14 am

    Gorgeous Mare! Love those first two… amazing shots.

  • Jen Lane - August 10, 2008 - 1:27 am

    Ok that baby loves disco stuff looks like fun! Chaos, but fun! lol

    And can I just say that the second image, the close up of the polar bear. . . WOW! OMGOsh that is one COOL photograph! I seriously love that! Should totally be on the zoo’s brochures!

  • Jana Kunz - August 10, 2008 - 8:52 am

    These are great! I love the polar bear images. So do you take your SLR with you do the zoo? I am such a whimp and always leave it behind for my P&S – which never does what I want it to. 🙁

  • elizabeth - August 10, 2008 - 1:04 pm

    Ohh Mare..the photos with the girls and the polar bear.. Uhhhh just brilliant.. I love them and the orchids that first one looks alive.. like in a fairies dream you are seriously just amazing.. glad you all had fun.

  • diana - August 10, 2008 - 4:30 pm

    those are just too cool

  • corey civetta - August 11, 2008 - 9:15 am

    looks like you all had a lot of fun! love the polar bear shots!

  • TaraMc - August 11, 2008 - 7:39 pm

    Looks like you all had fun yesterday. I am another one in awe of that second polar bear image. Very cool capture.

  • Jennifer Mott - August 11, 2008 - 8:02 pm

    OH man, I was at the Lincoln Park zoo on the same day as one of my favorite photographers! Wonderful shots! Wish I had known about the BLD, it looks like so much fun!

  • Marianne - August 11, 2008 - 11:44 pm

    carol, is it river road…on the way to the pna camp…that road. there’s that one waterfall that you have to be walking to appreciate. we walked ALOT on the way to the old (i hope this is right) countryside shopping center and to the that little variety store that used to be right by the river (long gone but not forgotten). man they made us walk alot back then. 😀

  • Cheryl Weaver - August 13, 2008 - 6:45 am

    I LOVE those bear pics. I quickly stopped by yesterday and didn’t leave a comment…but I couldn’t get them out of my head all day yesterday. ha ha! Just magical! I wanted to make sure I didn’t let today go by w/out taking the time to tell you how much I love them! 🙂

Really quick, soundtrack time…I thought of this song on my morning run today.  What cued me to think of it was the darnedest thing!  A daddy long leg spider was running across the gravel path as I made my was down the towpath in the forest preserve.  It reminded me of those long lost, lazy summer days of fun of my childhood when I was at summer camp in Yorkville, Illinois.  The camp was/is located near a gorgeous forest (and a pretty cool waterfall down the road) and I specifically remember the place being infested with (not really overrun with) daddy long legs.  I used to get freaked by them but as I passed by the one this morning I almost stopped to pick it up…however I let it be and continued on my way…the intro is a little long in the tooth however this song is fantabulous, IMO


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A big thank you to the B family who came out to join me for a Marmalade Urban Session.  It was a beautiful evening and the light was perfect.  The kids, B, K & K were so fun…my daughters fell in love with them.  I kept hearing how adorable little K was throughout the evening after our session…they really loved (as did I) meeting them and hanging out for a bit.




goofy fun!


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Finally, tomorrow Baby Loves Disco is going to participate at the WGN Back to School Kid’s Fair in the city tomorrow, tune in from 6 a.m. to  9 a.m. (BLD should be featured about the 7-8:00 hour) to catch BLD in fullswing!! 

Thanks for stopping in.  Namaste!!

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  • Rebecca - August 7, 2008 - 10:07 pm

    Those first two especially are just heart-stoppingly FABULOUS.

  • Christy B. - August 8, 2008 - 12:58 am

    Thank You for the perfect photo session w/ my kids. They honestly had so much fun, & loved you & your girls!! Just what I’ve been searching for. Can’t wait to see the rest! Your work is beautiful. Love, Chris.

  • Jennifer N - August 8, 2008 - 2:09 pm

    Love the BW of the girl with the flowers. Just beautiful!

  • Carol - August 9, 2008 - 6:37 pm

    A waterfall in Yorkille? Where?????????????

  • Jen Lane - August 10, 2008 - 1:36 am

    Geez girl, I swear we are musical twins!! Nobody rocks it like The Killers. Best all around band of this decade I think. Love those boys. Aaaahhhh. Wish they’d get their tushies back in the US so I could go swoon over, err, I mean see them live.

    And AWESOME urban session!! Oh how I love a good urban session! Looks like a fun family too! What a joy!

Before I get going let’s turn on a soundtrack. My good friend & brother Paula (aka Crushaholic) set up this YouTube on her blog. And since we are always "borrowing" from one another I thought it only fair to borrow this almost Modest Mouseish virtually unknown in the States band that she is currently crushing on. I totally agree with her assessment that Coparck is completely crushworthy! Before hitting play, note there is some gratuitous nudity in the middle….close your eyes if that bugs you… LOL

Ok, now that we have the music taken care of…

Yesterday was a busy day in Marmaland. First off the D family came out for part II of their session. Part I was cut short and we opted to finish up yesterday morning. The light was fabulous and the urban studio portion of our session had beautiful morning light. A big thanks to Mike & Keri for making the drive out to Wilmington from the North Side of Chicago not once but twice to allow me the pleasure of hanging out and capturing their beautiful young family. And a big thank you to the W family who sent the love my way.

from part i


mom & baby

from part ii



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Part II of yesterday was a session with two of the funnest cutest well dressed little people I’ve had come into my studio in a long long time. These characters were amazing and so was their very awesome mom, Suzanne. She had them dressed to the 9’s, I am still astounded at the number of wardrobe changes they allowed us to get in!!

Meet A & B who drove out to the Wilmington Studio for Northwest Indiana to have a session with Marmalade. We did a mix up of urban, finally ending with a twist in the field where good ole Lady got a chance to hang out with the kids…a big thank you Suzanne for allowing me to capture your little spitfires!!


knock knock, who




flowery girl

Thank you for stopping in and seeing what is up. Apologies for the lack of updates for awhile…it’s been a busy few weeks on this end.




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  • Paula - August 4, 2008 - 7:55 am

    haha! it is good good stuff! I just linked ya back! 🙂

  • corey civetta - August 4, 2008 - 10:03 am

    Beautiful work – I LOVE them all! Their outfits are so great, too!

  • Heather Cheatham - August 4, 2008 - 11:26 am

    I love the richness and depth in your images – definitely your signature. A&B were definitely dressed adorably for their session and the little one from the W family is so naturally adorable. You bring out the best.

  • PamN - August 4, 2008 - 11:37 am

    These kids are all gorgeous, and your style is just perfect for their look! How lucky are their parents to have art like this of their children!

  • Suzanne - August 4, 2008 - 12:00 pm

    THANK YOU so much for such a fun session! I can’t wait to see the rest! It will definately be a difficult decision! Thanks again!

  • Suzanne - August 4, 2008 - 12:03 pm

    THANK YOU for such a fun session. I can’t wait to see the rest. It will definately be a difficult decision! Thanks Again! 😀

  • Holli - August 4, 2008 - 2:35 pm

    These are adorable. LOVE the one of the two in front of the doorway.

  • Jana Kunz - August 4, 2008 - 4:36 pm

    I love that song! The pics are not too bad either, LOL. :o) Beautiful job as always.

  • Terrilyn - August 5, 2008 - 10:05 am

    Oh Mare, these are just STUNNING!! Such peaceful colors and beautiful compositions. Lovely work girl!

  • Jennifer - August 6, 2008 - 8:01 am

    these are absolutely beautiful, great stuff!

  • Marie - August 6, 2008 - 5:42 pm

    love the processing on these…fun session

  • Grandma Kathy - August 11, 2008 - 9:38 am

    🙂 Absolutely capture of A & B from the D family. Of course biased as these are grandchildren. Can’t wait to place my order and see other shots. A beautiful job done from location, to position, to care in working with these kids. Thanks a lot for the unique capture of the grandkids.

  • Kristina Provinsal - August 19, 2008 - 1:09 pm

    Very very nice!
    Mom did great with the clothes and you rocked the session with great captures of personality, light, and composition! WTG!