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.
Soundtrack backstory: a few years ago when this song first came out it was about this time of the year when I became seriously obsessed (as well as my children who would sing "do you do you do you wanna…" from the backseat). I think that it’s only appropriate that this song is the song for today:
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SAVE OUR STATE PARK (and all the others). Please link here and follow the directions, send some mail to our good Governor and the State of Illinois to make your voice heard. It is reprehensible (and the more I think about the more I am outraged) that any of our State Parks are being taken away from the good people of our state.
There was a walk from Channahon State Park to Stratten State Park in Morris on Sunday. We did a small part of the walk (I couldn’t imagine the girls making the 17 mile walk that day) and went to the rally. Excuse the snapshotty nature of these, really quick photo grabs:
All readers that reside in Illinois: please please I beg you to give the Governors’ Office a call or drop them a letter. PLEASE sign the petition at petition.org. On behalf of over 30,000 people in the state that have already signed I thank you in advance.
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More Sunday fun! We spent some time at Dollinger’s Family Farm in Minooka. I promise you if you go here for pumpkins and fun you will not regret the drive out to Minooka. Dollinger’s is an amazing amazing place. Best of all admission is free!! There is also hayrides, corn maze (we did both, good times), face painting, haunted barn (which is housed in the historic I&M canal mule barn) and lots more. Check it out if you can. The kids love this place–honestly it’s a hard place to not love…
A few images:
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I’m so behind with the tagging blog. So here goes! To the wonderful Corey, thanks for the tag! 🙂 You must know I have that guilt trip thing that makes me HAVE to do these sort of things! 😉
The rules are:
1. Post the rules on your blog.
2. Write 7 random things about yourself.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post.
4. Pass on the tag.
Seven random facts about me:
My oldest sibling is 22 years my senior. That makes him, ooooh, close to retirement age in a few years!
My youngest sibling is 17 years my senior, that’s my youngest. I think it’s safe to say I’m an oops! Hopefully a good oops! 🙂
I grew up speaking Polish before English. In fact, English being my second language as I started speaking English only after starting kindergarten.
One of my oldest and dearest friends was in kindergarten with me and remembers me as "that Spanish girl" because of course, everyone who spoke a different language speaks Spanish! 😉
My passion for Canon and photography began about the same time when my youngest brother (who was 20 something at the time) bought his first Canon film SLR, an AE-1 body. I still remember him allowing me to hold it and look through the viewfinder.
I love a good Bloody Mary and am fortunate to have my studio near one of the best places in the world (IMO) for one, Hayden’s Place.
I had a very bad Bloody Mary episode in my early 20’s where I spilled one on a girl from high school in a very unfortunate mishap in which her beautiful black dress was ruined (I sort of lost my balance, go figure). I still feel bad. So if you catch me on a rare occasion where I have a drink in hand you may want to keep your distance. 😛 And Kendra, if you’re reading this…call me on my business line, I will totally make it up to you!!
Ok, finally. Done! THanks for stopping by and please please please do NOT forget to stop by and sign the online petition and / or send some snail mail love to our governor about State Park and Historic Site closures. TIme is running out to save the heritage, history and amazing recreational areas of our states!
Admittedly it has been a fantastic month for me (to get even better and better)… I am so lucky really, lots of previous clients, lots of favorites to shoot. Tuesday’s session…Miss AnnaB. Oh Miss AnnaB was/is such a treat to shoot/talk about/hang out with/play dress up with…such a true joy. I cannot believe she is TWO years old, such a wonderfully happy two!
However and I know I said it in my previous post but seriously WHERE is time flying? I remember her when…(if you’ve been to the studio you totally know this image 🙂 )
(i love messy kids! i had to show it!)
So yesterday when Beth brought her out to the studio I was excited to see how much more adorable she has gotten in the past year since I saw her last. I didn’t think it was possible but I really do think she got even cuter!!
Isn’t she absolutely beautiful?
Thanks to Beth for coming out from Highland Park to hang out with little ole me for a bit to get some beautiful imagery of your gorgeous girl…I know it’s a really busy week for you and appreciate your taking the time to come out and hang and get pictures… Send your mom my love. I hope she has a great visit with her gorgeous gal! 🙂
I was thrilled several months ago when I got the call for this session!! Backstory: a couple of years ago I had the fortune of meeting B and his parents, Gretchen & Brian in Lincoln Park for an on location session. At the time B was not even a year old, happy and sweet and adorable! Fast forward (seriously it feels that way for me) and I cannot believe how two years passes so quickly and babies become little boys in (what seems like) the blink of an eye.
Thanks to B’s p’s 🙂 , Gretchen & Brian for making their way out to mosquito country the studio for a Marmalade Location : Waterfall Session. I loved seeing how big our guy has gotten…I love his big personality, his obsession with ants and his sweet smile. Thank you for allowing me to capture B at age 2+ and your relationship with him.
Happy, Happy Birthday….I can’t help but sing this version of the old favorite at every birthday party I go to (well at least in my head…)
I had the pleasure of finally meeting JP’s family this past weekend while photographing his first birthday party at Brookfield Zoo. Last year I was unable to photograph his beautiful (cake sneaky) sister’s birthday party and was overjoyed to be contacted to shoot this celebration for them this year. A big Happy Birthday to the handsome b-day boy…I hope you are feeling better little guy…and a big thank you to his gracious and lovely family for allowing me to capture these fun, sweet moments for them in celebration of JP’s first year of life….
Even though he wasn’t feeling 100% there is no denying that this guy is one gorgeous boy!
There was fun & games…
There was great food…
Of course there was cake…
and icing thievery! 😀
And fun was had by all…
Happy Birthday JP!!
Thanks for stopping in…tomorrow there’s another sneak peek from the weekend to be had!