It’s been so long since I did an inspiration for shopping entry (almost a year if I’m not mistaken) and I realized it this morning as I was lying in bed with a tad bit of insomnia.  I’m doubly inspired because I’ve been on the prowl for complementary clothing choices to the Catimini sweaters I bought for my girls (I had no idea that some of the Catimini line goes to size 12 and with a 8 year old who is in size 10 already it’s a relief that I can still find age appropriate clothing by this fantastic Euro line!  I know Beth will be very happy with me!  🙂 )

So on with the shopping!

What is "in" with this photographer (and most photographers everywhere if you happen to stumble upon this blog and are in need of inspiration)?  Lots of texture, colors!  lots of vibrant and/or dark colors, mixes of patterns.  The Euro lines…you can’t go wrong with them.  Brands like Clayeux, Catimini, Deux Par Deux, Oilily, and others I can’t even begin to list define style with texture, color, mix of patterns and always unique and a totally non cookie cutter-ish sensibility.  A lot of these brands take the guesswork out of mixing patterns so that you can totally coordinate an outfit for a child/children and play off what they’re wearing in your own clothing choices (for adults who happen to be in pictures with their children).   The more American ‘mall’ lines: GapKids, Abercrombie for Kids, Crewcuts (J. Crew for Kids), 77Kids (American Eagle for Kids), Red21Boys seem to feel more collegiate, more of what you could call definite American flavor, almost rugged.  Depending on the flavor and style you are emulating you can totally layer these clothes to come up with a unique look for a coordinated but not overly matching style. 

I’m currently on the prowl for something to go with a couple of beautiful Catimini sweaters I bought for my girls several weeks ago at Lil Surprises in Historic Frankfort.  These pieces coordinate with them but unfortunately I’m not coming across the sizes I need for my own kids.  I’ll use these pieces as my illustration for the fake family session I am now coordinating for a photo shoot with me.  🙂  Use your imagination folks!  😉

It feels like gypsy inspiration to me.   The above outfit this would go very nicely with black tights and a pair of tall black boots and a cute beret or mary jane buckled shoes coupled with with a set of tights that are made to coordinate (but not matchy match!) with it.

 For younger toddlers I love this Catimini dress, I can only imagine how cute it would be on (and it totally reminds me of Bananas who wore something similar a few years ago):

This dress would be sharp with coordinating tights made by Catimini!   Now imagine the siblings who would wear these two outfits.  They would coordinate wonderfully without matchy matching or claashing for that matter…  I encourage my clients to think of dressing up for their session as they would go about decorating a room of their home, coordinating with colors and patterns.

Let’s say we had a big brother involved…how would we dress him to keep the style flowing here?  You could pair a plain red, grey, khaki-tan, blue, etc. sweater &/or shirt and it would pair nicely to coordinate.  I love these selections from 77kids in the boys section of the website:

With a CrewCuts Long Sleeved Jersey T underneath. 


Do you see the way you can mix patterns and get away with it as long as the colors coordinate?   Also, yes I’m mixing patterns with patterns…the method to my madness is this:  many of the Euro lines, specifically in this post the Catimini line, already coordinate and mix colors and patterns for you.  What this means is the elimination of guesswork about what color goes with what.  The first outfit is rife with color and contrast…by investing in an outfit like the one illustrated you make clothing choices based upon the many colors available in that outfit for the rest of the family.  Keep in mind that none of these patterns overpower another.  For the adults: throw on a tie loosely knotted with a pattern for dad and maybe a cardigan sweater and for mom a really nice thick knit sweater with denim or chinos on the bottom and you have fantastic fall fashions for a Holiday photo shoot set in outdoor settings.  The outfit selection is half the battle and once you got that nailed down, I assure you the rest of it is good fun with Marmalade!  And lots of gorgeous gorgeous images to prove it.  🙂

Just a couple clothing lines I am a fan of.  There are hundreds of others but this’ll get you going for inspiration:

Matilda Jane


Crewcuts for Kids


Oilily USA

Deux Par Deux


Thanks for stopping in, I hope you enjoyed a peek into my insomniac brain. 🙂

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  • Lori L - October 24, 2008 - 8:17 am

    I adore that skirt!!! Great find!

  • PamN - October 24, 2008 - 11:25 am

    This is so helpful to your clients – they will love the tips and direction!

Ok, since this session this weekend I have had this song in my head.  It’s time to get it out and let all of the rest of you get the earworm:


There really is something about them that I adore. 🙂  "Excess ain’t rebellion…" ahhh, modern day poetry. 

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So now that that’s been taken care of…meet the real rockstars of our show.  A big thanks to Goran and Heather and little H (who is getting to be big H since I saw him last!) for coming out to have a Marmalade Location session done at my NEWEST locale.  It was super cool seeing you guys, and seriously the images from your session turned out fantastic!!  I think you got what you wanted/needed and even more!! 🙂  Enjoy the sneak peek.





Thanks for stopping in!



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  • PamN - October 22, 2008 - 4:55 am

    The lighting is to die for! He looks like an angel with those blonde curls, and that last one with Mom just made me gasp!

  • diana - October 22, 2008 - 7:51 am

    beautiful family! great job

  • Daveen - October 22, 2008 - 8:20 am

    Absolutely lovely! Love the soft, airy, sereneness of each of these portraits. Beautiful!

  • Stefanie W. - October 22, 2008 - 8:21 am

    GORGEOUS, marianne! your lighting is superb, and what a beautiful family!

  • Lori L - October 22, 2008 - 1:25 pm

    Such a beautiful family. Love the interaction in these, and the blue is sublime!

  • Connie - October 24, 2008 - 7:37 am

    Beautiful Mare! I love the gorgeous backlighting- it’s like the sun is shining down just for them.

  • Rachel Absher - October 25, 2008 - 11:20 am

    *Sigh* these are beautiful. Love your PP!

  • sylvia - October 26, 2008 - 1:28 pm

    gorgeous as always!!

I had the great pleasure of meeting Jen & Adam and their beautiful kids yesterday for a Marmalade Location Fields session.  I want to thank them for being superfun and willing to go with the flow….M & B were absolute dolls.  The eyes on that B, oh my gosh!  And the curls on Miss M, to die for!!  I hope they had a blast (because I definitely did).

Sneak peeks:

M and A trail walking

M & A Stump Sitting

J & B Snuggling

and finally…because the light was stunning…

M Girl


Ahhhh…from the super adorable to the supercute…

I hadn’t been at my studio all week and when I got there I got a UPS delivery notice.  Hmmm…I wondered.  What could that be?  Well well well, a huge thanks to Josh & Katie for sending me some pretzel love.  Oh and what love those pretzels are!!!  I think that I’ll be making a trek to Springfield to get more of these HEAVEN ON EARTH delights at Pease’s in Springfield.




Now it’s been well known that I have the MOST rockingest clients ever but this gave me a huge reminder of how lucky I am to have these people touch my life…thank you Josh & Katie for this really appreciated gift, totally unnecessary and totally LOVED.


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  • elizabeth - October 20, 2008 - 7:39 am

    These are all wonderful..

  • Lori L - October 20, 2008 - 7:59 am

    Love these, what a beautiful family! The outfit choice on the little boy is to die for, as is the little girl. That last image is fantastic! Lovely work!

  • SherriW - October 20, 2008 - 1:35 pm

    What an amazingly beautiful session! #2 and #3 eat my heart out!

  • Marianne - October 22, 2008 - 4:09 am

    Thanks all 🙂

  • Daveen - October 22, 2008 - 8:21 am

    So, so beautiful . . . The first one just is heart-melting!

Spreading the word…once again asking for your help in saving State Parks in Illinois.  As you may remember there are 11 State parks and 13 Historic Sites that are slated for closure come November.   I received this email from the Office of Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn this morning.  I’ll just cut & paste the letter here.  Also after signing the petition and calling the governor’s office–PLEASE, I implore you to cut & paste this letter and spread the word!!

Dear State Parks advocates:
We would like to provide this update to you on the “Save Our State Parks” campaign, launched by Lt. Governor Pat Quinn.  If this is your first notification from us, we would like to thank you for signing the “Save Our State Parks” petition.

The current status is that our state parks are still in danger of being closed.

On Tuesday, Governor Blagojevich signed Senate Bill 790 into law, sweeping dedicated funds into a special budget restoration fund.  Although we disagree with some of the funds that were swept and the consequences of the sweeps, this is still only half of the action needed to restore funding to DNR and keep the parks open.

The action that is needed is for the Governor to sign Senate Bill 1103, and authorize spending to keep state parks open.  Without the Governor’s signature, state parks and historic sites will close at the end of November and state workers will be laid off.  We ask that you continue your citizen action and send a loud and clear message to Governor Blagojevich that it is not acceptable to close 11 state parks and 13 historic sites.

What can you do next?  Two things:
Please call the Governor’s Office and let him know that you want to keep these parks open!
Chicago Office:  312.814.2121
Capitol Office:  217.782.6830

2.      Tell your friends to sign the “SaveOurStateParks. org” petition!
We are currently at 23,000 signatures so far on the petition drive, and we would like to double that number by the end of the month.  Please forward this email and ask your friends to sign the petition.  This will make even a stronger statement that our parks are important to our citizens, our health and our economy.  

Background:  Lt. Governor Pat Quinn has launched the “Save Our State Parks” online petition drive to prevent Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich from permanently closing 11 Illinois state parks and laying off 39 employees.
On August 28, Gov. Blagojevich announced the closure of 11 state parks as part of his effort to slash $ 14 mil lion from the budget of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
State parks which will be closed on November 30 include: Castle Rock State Park and Lowden State Park in Oregon; Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park in Sheffield; Illini State Park in Marseilles; Channahon Parkway State Park in Morris; Hidden Springs State Forest in Strasburg; Kickapoo State Park in Oakwood; Moraine State Park in Leroy; Weldon Springs State Park in Clinton; and Wolf Creek State Park in Windsor.

In the most recent year, there were more than 44 million visitors to Illinois state parks and recreation areas. Wildlife watching, hunting, and fishing contribute $2.4 billion to the Illinois economy each year, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Survey.

Marc Miller, Senior Policy Advisor
Office of Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn
Room 414, Stratton Building
Springfield, Illinois 62706-4700
Direct Phone Line: 217-557-5625
Stratton Office Main Line: 217-782-3734
Fax: 217-782-9879 -or- 217-782-9728
E-mail: Marc.Miller@ illinois. gov
www.StandingUpforIl (main webpage)
www.CleanWaterIllin (water webpage

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Soundtrack: I’ve heard this song at least a dozen times and randomly found it this a.m. while looking for something else.  It’s catchy and fun…totally suiting today’s featured sneak peek 


For the sneak peek, this guy looks awful familiar…

sword boy

one of my all time faves

now he has a handsome partner for brother trouble!


brother trouble!





A big huge thanks to Mark & Mia for coming out and letting me photograph these two handsome guys.  It was beyond great to see you all again and thank you for making the travel out to see me while you are in town from California, I loved catching up with the little guy who graces my current business cards 🙂 and his adorable little brother who is as cute and who is just as much fun.  E and A: Thanks for all the hugs and laughter the other day.  Enjoy the sneak peek!

Thanks for stopping in… 

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  • Melissa M - October 12, 2008 - 6:46 am

    Of course I remember him! What gorgeous boys! These are lovely, Mare.


  • mia r. - October 12, 2008 - 5:16 pm

    luuuuuuuv it!!!! oh my gosh Marianne, these are great!! A moves so fast but you have serious skillz with that camera! and i don’t have any great pictures of the boys together because i can’t pin them down long enough to get both of them smiling or even looking up. i knew if anyone could get that shot it would be you!! i look forward to seeing the rest. E has grown so much just since last year…Mark almost threw his back out trying to throw him up in the air this time! haha! i hope we have many more opportunities to see you document these important moments in our lives…

  • Ellen - October 12, 2008 - 7:19 pm

    These are adorable! The camera loves them both. Who let my baby chew on rocks? I bet it felt good against his gum! I can’t wait to see them in December.

    Love Ellen

  • diana - October 13, 2008 - 7:28 am

    what a doll!!!

  • Jennifer - October 13, 2008 - 5:15 pm

    oh my goodness what a handsome little guy and a beautiful family!

  • Jana kunz - October 13, 2008 - 9:35 pm

    I LOVE these! What a adorable children. Mom will be so happy with these – I would be!!

  • Daveen - October 15, 2008 - 10:35 am

    These little ones are absolutely precious and your images of them are fantastic! I love your rich colors!