Chicago Photographer for family, children, baby, newborns, baby
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We produce high quality image art for all of our clients. If you're interested in working with us we are available for sessions on location throughout Chicagoland. We also offer Marmalade Location sessions in our home area in the SW Suburbs of Chicago.
We are often booked several weeks in advance especially during our peak seasons (spring, summer and fall). Session fees start at $195 for weekday sessions @ our Marmalade Locations or $295 for weekday sessions on location in Metro Chicagoland. Weekend sessions are available for an add'l $60.
Prints are a separate purchase and start at $45. Collection pricing starts at $795. Please call us: 815.603.8450 with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!
Since 2005 I have been in the business of creating tangible memories but the truth is that I have been a photographer "forever". I was about 6 when I first held my brother Matt's (heavy) Canon AE-1's viewfinder up to my face, I the heft of the camera heavy in my hands & the strap scratching the back of my neck. I remember seeing the world through that viewfinder rectangle for the very first time.
For a number of years I worked as an RN in the critical care setting and at some point I had a realization that while I loved the connection nursing allowed me to have with others, I wanted more to contribute beauty and love to their existence. Some of my favorite patient families would bring photos in for their loved ones - visual reminders that the patient lying in bed is a human being, struggling at the moment but in reality this person is a loving parent, a doting grandparent, a wonderful wife or husband, someone's best friend. Those photos personalized my experience with my patients. It is because of these experiences that I continue to grasp to UNDERSTAND the meaning of this life. My belief is that the meaning lies in the connection between us all, relationships, after all, are the only thing we leave on this earth with any real meaning.
In 2005 when I finally took the leap and started Marmalade Photography it was based upon a single vision: fun, beautiful and quality photos for Chicago area families and children that speak to who they are as a character in the plot of their lives and who they are in the connectedness of this life.
My ten years photographing people of varying ages is of benefit to you: I offer a full service photography experience and have the expertise to create art you will love for your home. I love to help clients design wall galleries, provide custom created beautiful albums and art pieces. I have even been commissioned to create images as large as 10 feet in length. High touch, high quality, there is no other way to do it.
While I do live, breathe & eat photography obviously I am not just Marmalade Photography. I am also a wife…a mom to Maddie & Lauren who inspire me every day in so many ways…I am a historian and a friend…a gardener (who can't keep indoor plants but I have a green thumb if it grows outside)…funny…fun loving…serious…in fact you & I may have a lot in common…I would love to get to know you through that rectangle & tell your families' story for you.
Is it in your abiity to get up and walk around unassisted?
Is it purely in your personal faith, strength of beliefs, strength that the unknown is a place of peace & comfort?
Is it strength in the bonds you feel for the young children who share your blood?
My father is the strongest man I know, even now as age is slowly weeping his physical strength away. It is bittersweet to go visit him and my mom these days. I cannot help but leave their home with the knowledge that the sands of time will be running out sooner vs. later…
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So my mind needs some cheer. Please bear with me as I try to bring some colour and happiness into my life.
I want to send out a big thank you to the parents who allowed the attendees of the second See The Light Workshop to photograph their cuties in/around the studio Saturday/yesterday afternoon. These kids were troopers, I’m not kidding. It felt 1000ºF in the shade yesterday (ok, so I slightly exaggerate but it was nasty hot and humid after all the rain we had in the morning and early afternoon). Honestly these kids rocked it. Thanks to DJ & Miss K (who I think has an innate ability to "show" for the camera, never seen anyone light up like she did in front of the lens) who primped, modeled, acted ‘natural’ and seemed to have fun with the entire process…
Here’s part of a sneak peek for their parents and for the attendees (if they are surviving this a.m.’s wake up calls and checking in before heading out the door for part II). More later…
Thanks for stopping in, ’til next time.
Oh, I found this little thing by wordie on another photographer’s/design blog. Thought it was pretty cool:
It’d look pretty cool printed up and customized in a children’s room, wouldn’t it? I think I’ll be doing one for my oldest in her room colors with words she chooses about herself on some nice metallic paper…
First, let’s go ahead and soundtrack this entry. Ahhhh, English Beat today. This song reminds me 100% of Gross Pointe Blank (and geez, it’s been 11 years since that movie? oh gosh…where is time going…), I could’ve imbeded the You Tube clip of John Cusack’s character having that bloody fight in his highschool by his old locker but we’re family friendly here. Instead you get a bit of 1980’sish video glamour:
Now that we have established a theme song for today’s entry let’s get onto the business of sneak peeks…
Jessica and her son K came out from Mokena for a Marmalade Location session a couple of weeks back and we ended up with a reschedule due to torrential downpours. Buckets of water falling from the sky didn’t stop K though, nope, he had a grande time living it up in the world of wet….
Luckily the remainder of our session from earlier this week gave us much nicer weather to shoot in. So what if it was a bit muggy, the forest was amazing with color. We explored a bit, played with sticks and some of us even pretended to be a cat fish…
…my fave images of all time typically include a mom and child. Perhaps because I know (personal experience) that sometimes we, as moms, are often the last to be photographed…especially with our kids. This is why I think the occasional family session is a GREAT thing, include mom in some pictures. It’s only fair.
Photographing another photographer (and more importantly the children of said photographer). Sounds like an easy feat, doesn’t it? In theory the children of photographers are used to having their pictures taken. Used to seeing their mom or dad’s face transformed into a black box with a circular piece of glass. Right? Easy peasy…Ha. As I will prove to you right here.
Well, as many photogs reading this will attest, photographing your own child is an exercise in frustration. So, armed with my knowledge of this I approached yesterday’s session with a sense of challenge. You know what tho? I hadn’t needed to worry because I had these boys under my spell (even tho, after three frames the youngest turned to me and asked: "are we done yet?" LOL. Not even close, little grasshopper). We had fun, we played and we got some really amazing images.
Regardless of the level of ease for which it was to photograph I enjoyed working with Wisconsin’s Nanette Gerrits, her wonderful (and funny) husband and her two gorgeous boys. A big thank you to her for venturing out up to the Chicago area for an Urban Decay session. I loved meeting you guys, I had a blast (and more importantly I hope you guys did too) and I think you are going to be VERY happy with the images from your session. There is nothing like the spark of creativity I get when met with a new place and a family that *gets* the process. So thank you on that level. And also, thank you for entrusting me with your confidence in obtaining something truly special and remarkable for your family. It means the world to me that you allowed me to capture this time in your lives.
So, enough blabbering. Go. Enjoy the sneak peeks…
Thanks for stopping in.
Ooooh, P.S. as I almost forgot. Thanks to my wonderful husband who drove out to help us out with the sofa. Thanks D! Love you much.
Those of my regular blog readers may remember my chaotic last few weeks with the website and all the good times (eyeroll) that I’ve been having. At one point even my blog was down completely (gasp in horror!). Needless to say a lot of things have taken the backburner while I got my site up & running again. Well…the flash web site is now *ALMOST* totally finished.
By almost I mean that I want to add a featured session onto the galleries and add a few more images to the galleries (but that’s a project for later i think). The bestest news is my new intro song! The song that I have just added to the site is by a group called Soma Sonic. I have to say this song is amazing. It haunted me for weeks until I heard back from them that it was indeed a go. As some of my photography friends know, finding the RIGHT song is a true ordeal. After countless hours of searching this song just feels right. So a big thank you to Soma Sonic, if you like the song you can find them on iTunes and Amazon.com. If you love lounge beats, go ahead and give them some love and check ’em out. They are deserving of a few million in album sales.
Speaking of tunage….DJ Bald Eagle (of BLD fame) was spinning The Rapture at Taste last Sunday and it reminded me how much I love them. So much so that when my husband bought me Echoes back in 2003-4 I drove EVERYONE nuts with it. I specifically recall holding the cordless phone up to the speakers of our Mac G4 tower so that my friend Julio (who was travelling for work assignments) could hear how awesome that album was (I know. What a dork I am).
I did some digging of some of my old The Rapture faves so that instead of holding the phone up to my speakers you can just click on the PLAY arrow and listen and watch via YouTube imbedding technology. I assure you that if you like(d) Johnny Rotten(Lydon, whatever he goes by these days)/PIL or Britt underground I think you’ll dig Echoes. If you dug Big Audio Dynamite (and who didn’t) this song will make you git up and dance (altho they say ‘people don dance no more..) from their more current Pieces of People We Love album:
Finally, a big thank you to Jessica and her little boy that drove out from Mokena for their session-only to get torrentially downpoured upon, like buckets of water falling from the sky rained upon…as well as a big thank you to weather.com’s hour by hour forecast that did not accurately give us the hours of rainfall/showers/torrential downpours yesterday. Jessica, I will see you later this week…
I don’t quite have many sneak peeks up but these were fun, just messing around images yet but I thought these were pretty appropriate to the situation at hand:
Thank you for stopping in.
Namaste (that’s for you Agnes, go ahead, click it!) 🙂