October was a little insane around here and the fall colors came much later in the month than usual (thanks in part to our glorious Chicago weather!).  Part of our insanity included our young dog, only 2+ years old, becoming very ill and needing hospitalization as well as critical care to nurse her back to health.  THANKFULLY she is on the mend but it was a very scary time for us and I realized, in the midst of the insanity, that I really didn’t have any recent great photos of the kids with the dogs.

Photo of two girls with their dog
I had a weekend evening free and took the kids and dogs out and not only accomplished some pretty great images but I think that I may have my holiday card photos.

Yes, a photographer who actually has her Holiday photos done BEFORE December 10th.  By George!  It’s a miracle!!  🙂  And while the dog is on the mend and is almost to her old antics at the time I didn’t know the outcome and was worried sick for our sick baby.  Thankfully and hopefully most of the October drama is behind us and we are onto bigger and better things.

Suburban Chicago photo of children with a pet
Here are a few images from our brief little session.  Thanks to my kids, truly truly “photographer’s kids” for putting up with me.  For all these years AND for doing this mini mini session with me and their BFFs.

Unfortunately I was unable to accomplish getting photos of the girls with BOTH dogs (I was already begging for a miracle of health for one of the dogs and didn’t want to push it with more miraculous requests!) but I did get images from this moment, from this time and knowing now that this too had passed I am grateful that I was able to capture these moments in time.

At the end of the day that’s all I can hope to accomplish in my usual job capturing Suburban Chicago family photos: photographing the precious moments, perfect or imperfect as they may be.  🙂


Photo of my two lovelies

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Opportunity for fall family photos in late fall 2016

YES!  There’s still time to create some exquisite fall family photos in Chicago and the suburbs this Fall 2016!

I know we’ve had a late start to the fall color but because the leaves are holding on and the weather is exquisite we have this amazing opportunity to create some great images of you, your family and your kids (and maybe get your dog(s) in on the photos as well).

Give us a call if you are seeking some beautiful images of your family for your home, your office or even for gifts and Holiday card exchanges.  Our clients always report that their Holiday card images always get compliments and are the talk of their friend groups!  😉

Our number is 815-603-8450  Our availability includes a couple of weekend time slots that we just opened up and a few weekday shoots.  Give us a call today before Fall 2016 is just a memory……and you don’t have any photos for grandma or Aunt Sally when they ask about your family around the Holiday table.

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I so very much enjoyed meeting the A Family this weekend.  We couldn’t have picked a better weekend for fall family photography.  The day was warm and the colors are still holding on.  I can’t believe the extended fall leaves season we are having!!
Thank you A Family!  It was great meeting and photographing your family.  I hope you enjoy your sneak peek.

An Oak Park Illinois family session

An Oak Park Illinois family session


Are you looking for an Oak Park family photography professional?  Someone who will come to your home or other Oak Park location or a photographer that you are willing to travel to?  Marmalade Photography serves the Oak Park area with unparalleled location photography services for children and families throughout the Chicago area.  You can reach us via our contact form or drop us an email at marmaladephotography @  gmail.com   (take out the spaces)  🙂


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An example of a photograph of young sisters in the fall

This sneak peek is for a couple of beautiful sisters and their gorgeous parents.  During this brief Geneva family photography session at the Marmalade Forest Location we took some time out for just sisters photos…some of my favorite “break out” photos.  Maybe it’s because I have two girls of my own…maybe because sisters are the best…I don’t know but I love all the cuteness when I get a group of two or more girly sisters together!!

Thank you to the M Family for coming out to visit me last weekend for a family photo session at one of my most favorite of locations!!  Here’s another snippet of your sneak peek!

An example of a fall photo of two young sisters

If you are in Geneva or surrounding area (or anywhere in Chicagoland for that matter) we have a few fall session dates available to create some beautiful wall portrait art of your nearest and dearest and you.  Sessions are fun, easy, relaxed and always beautiful.  Geneva Family Photography sessions held in the suburbs with Marmalade Photography are great for Holiday gift giving, creating gorgeous albums and for making the holiday card that will be the envy of all your friends.  Give Marmalade Photography a call today: 815-603-8450


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I’ve photographed this family several times over the years and always enjoy seeing them and catching up!!  Their young man has grown up!  Little A…not-so-little anymore.

Thanks to Beth and John for coming out last weekend for an afternoon in the forest.  We’ve captured so many great images, I’m certain you’ll be very happy with what we have created together!!  Here’s just a small taste of what our time together was like:

A photo of a young man in the fall

I love it when the parents take time to do a couples only few photos during family photo sessions

I love it when the parents take time to do a couples only few photos during family photo sessions.  This image is one of my favorites of the 2016 season  <3  Much love!!

And a quick rewind to a few years back:
Fun moment caught at our waterfall location

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