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!


bday boy 1


There was fun & games…


bouncy house 1

crazy sunglass guys

bouncy house 2


Face painting…

Face Paint


Snake Boy

There was great food…

bday boy 2


Of course there was cake…

and icing thievery!  😀

icing thievery

icing thievery2

And fun was had by all…

Beautiful Sister

table 2

Mom & Baby

Happy Birthday JP!!

JL & Mom


Thanks for stopping in…tomorrow there’s another sneak peek from the weekend to be had!

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  • Jana kunz - September 29, 2008 - 5:32 pm

    What a fun looking party. Your photos look great!!

  • Stefanie W. - September 29, 2008 - 6:43 pm

    how lucky to have these wonderful photographs to document JP’s birthday. looks like a fun time!

  • Lisa Slotsve - September 29, 2008 - 9:27 pm

    Oh what a lucky family, to have Mare capture this special day. Beautiful work, as usual!

  • elizabeth - September 30, 2008 - 7:12 am

    ALTERED IMAGES.. I loved them.. thanks for the reminder.. Beautiful Photos too.

  • TaraMc - September 30, 2008 - 6:28 pm

    Oh my goodness, that song takes me waaaaaay back. LOL

    Great job on the party images. Looks like a fun shindig.

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing the W family.  Extremely sweet, extremely fun…we spent the morning hanging out at the gardens and the zoo.  Thanks to them for being so patient this past few days before I could get the sneak peeks up.  🙂 



funny guy




and finally, I am so behind…but anyway.  Baby Loves Disco from the 16th, not bad for the nonexistent light at the Metro.  LOL


my L with the awesome girls from Sweet & Sassy:




and i don’t think this next one is reflecting the fun she was having not a few moments before!



A huge thank you to Tiffanie Sperling, our host and owner of Big Belly Fitness and the BLD team once again. 

Thanks for stopping in…

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  • Bonnie - September 23, 2008 - 8:43 pm

    Wow, these pictures are fabulous! Thanks for sharing the sneak peaks. We had so much fun during the shoot. Can’t wait to see the rest.

  • chantelle - September 23, 2008 - 9:01 pm

    awww love the first sibling image, so gorgeous!

  • Jana kunz - September 23, 2008 - 9:19 pm

    That first image is sooo adorable!!

  • PamN - September 24, 2008 - 6:03 am

    The first one just melts my heart!

  • diana - September 24, 2008 - 1:26 pm

    love that first one…

  • Terrilyn - September 24, 2008 - 8:53 pm

    Oh Mare that family session is just melting my heart!! Seriously. Those kids are adorable but that first shot, oh now I would have to have that as a huge canvas over my mantel. What a perfect sibling moment captured forever. When are you coming to Florida?? I ::::need:::: you!!

  • Jen - September 24, 2008 - 10:03 pm

    Oh how darling are those! LOVE the kissy shot and the one right below it.Beautiful kids, beautiful photographs!

  • Anna-Karin - September 26, 2008 - 8:41 pm

    The first one is so sweet. Love how she has her eyes closed when big brother is giving her a little kiss. So sweet and innocent.

  • Holli - September 29, 2008 - 12:16 am

    Oh my goodness – love the sibling shot. It’s so sweet. Your color is so lovely.

  • Julie - September 29, 2008 - 8:01 am

    Oh wow…that first one is such a sweet image! I just love it!

  • corey civetta - September 29, 2008 - 10:17 am

    Aaaawww! Love that first kissy one – too cute!

  • Kristina Provinsal - September 30, 2008 - 1:23 pm

    omgosh what sweetness, that first shot is adorable!
    Love your images!

Well well well, I’m about a week behind in posting news and updates.  Welcome to the busy season!  🙂

Before we get going, I’m totally into The Feeling.  Sewn.


First of all, yes, there are still several slots available for September 30th and my Limited Edition Sessions at the studio.  Please click to see details HERE .

Secondly…I just returned (late late last night) from several days with some photography friends at one of my favorite vacation destinations.  The Seaside/Watercolor area near Destin is just so amazing.  As a family we’ve vacationed in the area several times and to go by myself (and an almost dozen of my friends), during a tourist lull was just fantastic (September is still gorgeous in terms of weather but slow season due to summer’s end).  The only thing I would’ve changed is to be able to hang out on the beach a bit more…

beach grass


sea gull


conch shells


maybe have shopped a bit more…


freaky dolls


maybe hung out a bit more and checked out the scenery…


food stand in seaside


dogs fries chili




However I loved every minute of getting to just BE and not worry about the HUGE LONG TO DO LIST that sits atop my desk.  Welcome back to reality.  🙂

On that note, tomorrow I’ll be sharing some sneak peeks and Baby Loves Disco highlights from the weekend of the 14th.  Thanks for stopping in…

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  • Jen - September 22, 2008 - 8:08 pm

    Aaahh, how lucky you (and your friends) are! Beautiful photos Mare.

  • PamN - September 23, 2008 - 6:17 am

    Wish I could’ve gone…maybe next time. Love your photos, so colorful and just evoke the whole beach feeling!

  • diana simpson - September 23, 2008 - 11:25 am

    great trip

  • Anna-Karin - September 24, 2008 - 10:12 am

    Oh I so wish I could have gone. Looks like you had a great time and I will plan better in order to attend next year instead.
    Love your detailed shots!

First the soundtrack:  Pumpkin Soup.  Seems fitting as a title for an early autumn session.  Ok, officially NOT quite autumn but we’re getting there.  For what it’s worth, I have a bit of a girl crush on Kate Nash.  She’s so freaking adorable!  Plus you all are fully aware of my current Brit Music Obsession (yes, it deserves capitalization!)




I had the great pleasure of photographing the most adorable kids this evening.  And to boot…the white flowers have arrived.

The white flowers in question are mythical to me.  There’s something about September sessions that have me positively giddy.  It’s the light (it has this subtle change that is yummy) and it’s the flowers that spring up everywhere in the forest and in the fields out in many of my Marmalade Locations.  It’s also something about the greater use of layers and textures in clothes, jeans and sweaters but still warm enough to bring along some summer clothes for sessions just in case it stays warm. 

A big thank you to Carrie for driving out from Wilmette for a Marmalade Location session this evening, braving that traffic for me…seriously I am humbled that people love my locations and appreciate my work to travel to me.  Carrie, I loved meeting you and your gorgeous kids!  I am certain your images will have you smiling and happy.  Also thanks to Becca 🙂 .

And now the sneak peeks:

Hunting for Wabbit :)


Mom Kiss


:) & Happy Shot


Thanks for stopping in and checking out what’s happening here at Marmaland.  Keep in mind that we are still booking for our 2008 Holiday Ltd Edition Sessions!

Holiday Ltd Edition Sessions

xoxo, Mare


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  • Sylvia - September 11, 2008 - 11:14 pm

    Stunning. Beautiful color, location, and children.

  • PamN - September 12, 2008 - 6:16 am

    Those children just shine in that setting!

  • chantelle bliss - September 13, 2008 - 4:23 am

    these are so beautiful, i just adore the second one 🙂

  • Jennifer - September 13, 2008 - 8:53 am

    these are all so beautiful great work as always!

  • Carrie - September 14, 2008 - 9:24 am

    I love the pictures, they are perfect!
    You exceeded all expectations!

  • Jana kunz - September 15, 2008 - 10:04 pm

    These are so beautiful! I love your rich colors.

  • Melissa M. - September 16, 2008 - 1:57 pm

    Beautiful, Mare!! I love the sibling shot in the flowers…yummy. I don’t know
    how you do it. I wish I could bottle your processing. Love it.


  • Stefanie W. - September 16, 2008 - 8:47 pm

    your color is oh so beautiful, mare! your images have a magical feel to them **swoon**

  • Jen - September 16, 2008 - 11:21 pm

    ADORABLE! Those kids are just so darling. Love the second, what a sweet moment. I know what you mean about the yumminess of fall, so fabulous. And as always, fun soundtrack!

  • diana - September 16, 2008 - 11:52 pm

    love the colors and shots!

  • elizabeth - September 22, 2008 - 11:46 am

    these are gorgeous Mare.

  • TaraMc - September 30, 2008 - 6:31 pm

    Wow! The image of mom and daughter is absolutely stunning! Beautiful session. Love those white flowers, beautiful sibling shot.

Soundtrack: Flashback to 2000.  This song is a favorite of mine.  I remember when my M was just a little baby and this video was playing on MTV (you know, back when MTV still played videos).  We danced around the living room, her still small enough to be cuddled and me, a brand new mom enjoying baby hood to its’ fullest.  Yesterday we bought that little baby her very own school desk for her room.  She looked so grown up behind the desk in her rolling chair and said to me: "Mommy, I’m just like you!  I have my own office."  Ah, seriously, TIME, time it passes all too fast. 

Overall the sentiment of the song is perfect for today’s entry, the sound quality stinks but finding the official video for this one was difficult:


Sneak Peeks…from a wedding I had done this past weekend.  A huge congratulations to the beautiful bride, Michelle and her fetching groom Chris.  The wedding was fabulous and everything went without a hitch (I swear no pun intended…but did you notice that when people say no pun  intended they invariably have a pretty bad pun going on there?).

The day couldn’t have been more perfect. 








church 1
















cake eyes





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  • Rachelle - September 8, 2008 - 6:32 am

    Beautiful images. Congrats to the lovely couple! I bet they’ll love this wedding album as much as they loved the day 🙂

  • Heather Cheatham - September 8, 2008 - 8:48 am

    They are so beautiful, classy, and elegant. Great job capturing all the moments and details!

  • diana - September 8, 2008 - 9:54 am

    beautiful wedding!

  • Pammy - September 8, 2008 - 11:57 am

    Amazing details. Wonderful moments you captured! These look fantastic! Although this is just a sneak peak, I can visualize their story so well. Well done.

  • Terrilyn - September 8, 2008 - 8:32 pm

    Oh my WORD Mare!! Can you believe I’m sitting here planning how I can talk hubby into renewing our vows just so I can have you photograph the event? Seriously – WOW! The details, the moments. I’m not kidding, I want to fly you to Florida so I can have memories like this decorating my walls. What a treasure!

  • Jana kunz - September 8, 2008 - 10:13 pm

    These are stunning! You did an amazing job.

  • Connie - September 9, 2008 - 8:07 am

    Beautiful- each and every image. It looks like a perfect day, captured forever.

  • Heather - September 9, 2008 - 11:13 am

    Oh!! It’s always such a treat visiting your blog…these are of course nothing short of amazing and I’m totally jealous..I wish my wedding pictures where half as gorgeous!! Hmmm…maybe we need to renew some vows..haha

  • corey civetta - September 9, 2008 - 2:46 pm

    These are absolutely GORGEOUS! You totally ROCKED this wedding!! Stunning work!

  • PamN - September 9, 2008 - 4:33 pm

    The KISS!!! OMG!

  • Holli - September 10, 2008 - 1:26 am

    These are STUNNING! I love the one w/ the little girl looking at the cake.

  • Laura S - September 11, 2008 - 10:20 pm

    Wow! #5 just mesmerizes me. These have so much depth to them (both artistically and emotionally). Beautiful work.

  • Jen - September 16, 2008 - 11:23 pm

    GORGEOUS Mare!
    Love the way you do weddings! And great job with those little details that they won’t want to forget. Fabulous.

  • Shannon - September 21, 2008 - 9:04 am

    We were there and thought it was beautiful, but you captured moments that were perfect!!! Great job…

  • Tara - September 22, 2008 - 10:39 am

    Your pictures make me want to get married all over again! Truly stunning!