Equals my first stop motion video.  I had a hard time getting it to upload for the net usable format so excuse any issues I may have had.  A couple ways to view @ higher quality.  YouTube version is better viewed at high quality (click here and then click view below the image on "watch in higher quality").   Alternately if you wish the Quick Time version can be seen by clicking here,   it’s a L A R G E download but it’s better by far than You Tube.

I’d be embarassed to admit how many hours I played to get this all right:




What would I not do without You Tube?  You can bet my blog would be a lot quieter!  🙂



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This morning about 500 people showed up to the Channahon State Park rally.  Mayor Joe Cook brought tears to my eyes with his statements of what this park meant to him growing up.  I wish I would’ve brought my camera because the signs some of the kids made broke my heart.  One that stood out for me: "Mr. Governor, don’t take my fishing spot!"  🙁


Please allow me to beg my faithful blog readers, especially those of you in Illinoise.  Give the following peeps a call to show your support of the anti-state park closings:


Illinois Dept of Natural Resources, Chris McCleod  217-558-1540

Illinois Governor’s Office of Citizen Action  217-782-0244

Governor Rod Blagojevich (no prank phone calls please) 217-782-0244


You can also email from the Illinois State Governor’s site at http://www.illinois.gov/gov/contactthegovernor.cfm

In the next few days the Village of Channahon is going to have a nice long list of letters to customize for printing and sending out to the various state representatives.  WE CAN CHANGE THE COURSE OF ACTION, for not only Channahon State Park but all the other State Parks and Historic Sites.  Keep in mind LINCOLN’S CABIN is going to go away too. What a travesty.  I believe our children should be able to tie in history and with actual locations that our preserved.  This is our legacy.  If we don’t stand up for this, who will?

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  • SherriW - September 1, 2008 - 1:56 pm

    That movie was perfect and much needed for me to view this morning. Thank you for sharing with us all.

  • Angela - September 1, 2008 - 2:03 pm

    Mare this is so awesome!

  • Denise - September 1, 2008 - 2:50 pm

    Maybe we should start looking at some salaries in Springfield and all the work on the roads, etc. So scary that this is how they cut money! 😥 Please email me if you get more information – I am not sure if I will have time to pop out again this week, but this makes me quite angry. Every child should be able to see Lincoln’s home – it is a lovely thing to witness history in that way.

  • Pammy - September 1, 2008 - 5:32 pm

    I loved it!

  • DSR - September 1, 2008 - 5:58 pm

    I can definitely relate! It reminded me of making small flip-books in the darkroom– long before computers, digital, or YouTube. Huge amount of work for a few seconds of Wow! But SO fun!

  • Jen - September 1, 2008 - 7:01 pm

    That video was so wonderful…what a treasure!! I must do that with my boys. TFS!!

  • Lauri - September 2, 2008 - 7:06 am

    I love this!! Such a nostalgic feel to it…like an old time home movie. And the look at the end…was a Mare look. 🙂 Sending virtual rootbeers…

  • Paula - September 2, 2008 - 7:27 am

    that. was. cool.

    I must learn how to do that.

  • Daveen - September 2, 2008 - 8:18 am

    How neat is that! What great memories for you and it’s just soooo fun! Also, good for you for really getting involved in the saving of your state’s parks! It’s people like you who can and do make a huge difference. Hoping for the sake of everyone around there that the government listens!

  • Wendi Chitwood - September 2, 2008 - 9:10 am

    SO CUTE! I really enjoyed that:)

  • diana - September 2, 2008 - 9:48 am


  • Dawnraeroberts@hotma - September 2, 2008 - 9:49 am

    Amazing. So very cool, wonderful job.

  • Holli - September 2, 2008 - 7:03 pm

    I LOVE it!!!!!

  • Jen Lane - September 2, 2008 - 8:23 pm

    You are brilliant. lol.
    This is AWESOME.

  • corey civetta - September 3, 2008 - 10:11 am

    Love, love, LOVE the video! It’s definitely worth all the hours you put into it – awesome!

  • Jennifer N - September 3, 2008 - 8:09 pm

    OMG the video is so amazing….so creative. I’d love to try something like that.

  • marla carter - September 4, 2008 - 7:15 am

    MARE!!! That video is so awesome!

  • Connie - September 9, 2008 - 8:08 am

    I forgot to comment when I looked at this the first time. I believe perhaps I was in awe! So how can I convince you to come to Annapolis and do this for my boys? I promise they will be very animated and fun for you!

  • Julia - September 18, 2008 - 4:36 pm

    Totally like watching 16mm home movies! Love it!

  • […] **And a HUGE special thanks to John Michael Cooper from Alt F and Marmalade Photography for the inspiration. Posted in […]

Now, I am the least political person I know (much to the dismay of my husband who loves a good heated political debate) but this boils my blood.  Governor Blagojevich, in his budget cuts is streamlining an already too lean Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)…I haven’t even explored that yet though because of the two state park closures that are extremely close to me and affect all of us in the Chicago Southland and beyond.  While Governor Blagojevich was enjoying the DNC in Denver his office put out notice that over 24 State sites, including 11 State Parks and 13 Areas of Historical Interest are to experience closure as of November 1, 2008.

The beautiful Gebhard Woods in Morris, Illinois (just west of the most adorable historic downtown area in our region) is one of the state parks local to us.  It’s beautiful and well worth a visit (it’s located just west of Morris’ beautiful downtown district). In my own backyard the significant to our community Channahon State Parkway (also known as I&M State Canal Park Trailhead) is also slotted for closure.

In response the community of Channahon is organizing a rally this

Monday, September 1 at 9 a.m. at the Channahon State Park


map of chan state park


Please join us in voicing your opinion on the loss of our community treasure.

Other sites scheduled for closure are:

— Dana-Thomas House, Springfield
— Lincoln log cabin near Charleston:  yes, Illinoians, you read that right.
— David Davis mansion, Bloomington
— Fort de Chartres, Randolph County
— Vandalia statehouse: our original statehouse before Lincoln lobbied to have the state capitol moved to Springfield

— State center at Bishop Hill, Henry County
— Carl Sandburg birthplace, Galesburg
— Cahokia courthouse
— Bryant Cottage, Bement
— Jubilee College, near Peoria
— Apple River Fort, Elizabeth
— Fort Kaskaskia, Randolph County
— Pierre Menard home, Randolph County

— Castle Rock State Park, Oregon
— Lowden State Park, Oregon
— Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park, Sheffield (it’s a gorgeous parkway in a beautiful out of the way part of Illinois, there’s an amazing bed & breakfast that way if you are so inclined)
— Illini State Park, Marseilles
— Channahon Parkway State Park, Channahon***
— Gebhard Woods State Park, Morris***
— Hidden Springs State Forrest, Strasburg
— Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood
— Moraine View State Park, Leroy
— Weldon Springs State Park, Clinton
— Wolf Creek State Park, Windsor

Southern Illinois’ The News-Gazette made a beautifully valid point in this quote:

Although the world will be watching Illinois in February 2009, when Lincoln’s adopted state celebrates the Kentucky-born 16th president’s 200th birthday, several sites associated with Lincoln will close, including the Lincoln Log Cabin, his parents’ last home, near Charleston, and the Vandalia statehouse, where Lincoln served in the state Legislature before Springfield became the state capital.

"It’s going to be devastating to local communities that depend on these sites for tourist revenue," preservation agency spokesman David Blanchette said.

State Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville, called the move "ridiculous."

"I think it’s a shame and disgrace to do this as we go into the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birthday," he said.

Though he said the governor "has a very legitimate concern in that the budget was not balanced," he "slashes with a dull ax."

"When we go back to veto session in November, we’ll try to find places where we can restore money," Black said.

What sort of legacy is Blagojevich leaving?  Not much different than George Ryan, IMO.

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Soundtrack: CAKE

Need I say more?  I love ’em!



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I cannot believe how chilly it is today.   Totally unlike yesterday’s session weather!   Andria (the mom) brought cute jeans & sweaters for the girls (& hats, let us not forget hats!!).  These poor, beautiful girls were so awesome to put up with us in the 86º heat + humidity while I did their portraits.  A big thank you to Robert & Andria for bringing A & P out last evening from Naperville for a Marmalade Session : Urban Style.  The girls are so beautiful and such a pleasure to work with.  I think you’ll be very happy with how it all turned out!

Scroll now for sneak peeks!!


Flowery Feeling

Over Her Shoulder



Thanks for stopping in.  Namaste.

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  • diana - August 28, 2008 - 3:57 pm

    love that feel of these.. esp the last one!

  • Jana kunz - August 28, 2008 - 7:17 pm

    Love these! georgous.

  • Kristina - August 28, 2008 - 9:20 pm

    Ooooooh! Love Marmalade urban style! These are fabulous.

  • DSR - August 28, 2008 - 9:36 pm

    Beautiful, as always! The last one rocks!

  • Holli - August 28, 2008 - 11:02 pm

    Love these!!! Your color is so gorgeous.

  • Season Moore - August 29, 2008 - 10:09 pm

    Awww Cake – I finally agreed to be “exclusive” with my now hubby way back in 96 at a Cake concert. I somehow ended up on stage – ah good times. Beautiful as usual!

  • corey civetta - August 30, 2008 - 7:39 am

    Beautiful work – I love them all!

  • Stephanie T - August 30, 2008 - 7:24 pm

    These are especially beautiful. I really love your style and these fit it perfectly!

  • kristin - August 31, 2008 - 7:02 pm


  • Merav - September 2, 2008 - 8:08 pm

    Simply breathtaking – each and every one. I have never seen color like you do color!

  • Jen Lane - September 2, 2008 - 8:32 pm

    GORGEOUS! Oh she is tooooo cute. That first image just blows my mind. *I* would hang that in my home as an art piece! I can’t imagine how delighted her parents must be!

    And, as usual, another song I adore. Love me some Cake.

    (And I had NO idea about the park stuff. Makes my stomach turn. THANK YOU for posting it Mare. Now myself and every one I know can write letters. This, and the DCSF thing, are NOT acceptable. Grrr)

  • Danna Bowes - September 5, 2008 - 2:38 pm

    love love LOVE these!!!!

Soundtrack: I’ve had it in my head for days now.  I’ve never loved The Stones (unlike my friend Lisa who loved them from moment one!) but I’ve really grown to appreciate them in the past few years.  It’s a rule of life that is sometimes hard to swallow.  "You can’t always get what you want…"


I realize I’m a few days behind in sneak peeking.  My apologies as I don’t normally like to neglect my blog.  🙂

Late last week I had the pleasure of meeting these three pretty dynamic personalities.  Their mom had me come out to their home to photograph them, it was a pleasure getting to know them through my camera lens and I think that the mom will be very pleased at what we got in our short time together.  I love that these kids opened right up to me.  I love that their mom set out to get images of her 7 & 10 year old beautiful little girls and to capture her son’s beyond fun personality, thank you so much C for allowing me into your lives for what has turned out to be a great session:


pretty girl

Totally a bit of faux attitude.  She was so supersweet.  I love this age!


another pretty girl

Look at that beautiful smile!


fun guy!

Doesn’t he have the most awesome hair?  It so rocked my world that day!!


Thank you for stopping in, have a great Sunday. 


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  • Danna Bowes - August 24, 2008 - 10:38 am

    so so sweet…..love the ‘tude in the first one and the sweetness of the 2nd one……..that 3rd one is pretty darn cute too 🙂

  • Daveen - August 24, 2008 - 2:37 pm

    These children are absolutely darling! Their personality shines through your images!

  • Lisa Kelly - August 24, 2008 - 5:44 pm

    He sure does have amazing hair. Those girls are beautiful and mum will be so glad she took the time to get such an artist to capture her children.

  • Holli - August 24, 2008 - 10:20 pm

    LOVE all of these!

  • Heather Gibb - August 25, 2008 - 8:15 am

    Great job Mare!!! I love boys w/curls and he is a doll. I think you got some beautiful shots that really showcase these children!!

  • PamN - August 25, 2008 - 8:01 pm

    Sigh…such art!

  • Dawn - August 25, 2008 - 8:48 pm

    Beautiful as always. His hair DOES rock.

  • Rebecca - August 26, 2008 - 10:39 am

    Oh yeah, AWESOME hair! Love all the personality in these.

  • Merav - August 26, 2008 - 10:03 pm

    Love, love, love that their personalities all come shining through in each of these beautiful portraits.

  • Anna-Karin - August 27, 2008 - 2:16 pm

    Love that toothless smile. Such a capture of a changing child.
    Beautiful captures of these three children. I am sure their parents will be thrilled with these.

Soundtrack: The Kooks.  Seriously could the lead be any more adorable? 


Totally sound a bit like Squeeze, don’t you think?




I can hardly believe that school has started!!  Tuesday was the girls first day back (and incidentally enough on day 3, today, I was already late getting them to school…LOL.  Long story.  I feel like an idiot and DH got a talking to about waking people up at 11:30 p.m. who have been sleeping for awhile.  Going back to bed at 4:30 a.m. is not conducive to waking up at 6:30 to get children ready for school.  I so need to go back to my lazy college days where I didn’t have to be anywhere until noon!).

Before going back to school we went to the fair:

yes it

I’m not sure how I feel about this monkey on a leash thing but that’s neither here nor there…and yes, he’s drinking out of a mug.  I wonder if it was a shot glass filled with gin.


Some experimental stuff:

ferris wheel

Looks a bit platinotype I think…

the original one (well after i got to it, wish the teenager silhouetted heads weren’t there but oh well):

originaly ferris wheel


and then the finale of it all…back to school.  SOME of us were excited:



i fear it’s going to be a long year ahead of us!!

🙂  Tomorrow, sneak peek and more Marmaramblings.


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  • Anna-Karin - August 21, 2008 - 11:20 pm

    What fun captures you got.
    Your girls are adorable and looks so excited to be going to school!
    The youngest one look a lot like her beautiful momma!

  • diana - August 22, 2008 - 6:04 am

    love the fair shots.

  • Heather - August 22, 2008 - 8:10 pm

    Seriously cool ferris wheel shots!! Your girls are so cute!

  • Jen Lane - August 23, 2008 - 1:50 pm

    I have just loved your “soundtracks”. So fun.

    And I love those girlies of yours!!
    Your experimental photo is FAB girl. LOVE it! (And the original is not too shabby either, lol!)