Soundtrack: well honestly I am really in the mood for Nine Inch Nails but thought better of it as it’s not totally family friendly and might send out the wrong message.  😀  So, I opted for the more family friendly Raconteurs.


Monday morning I drove to the way north part of the city, think Rogers Park/Loyola area for a session in a neighborhood that I haven’t seen in well, years.  It was a fantastic chance to get back to shooting on location and using the challenges presented to me.  I had a blast doing a quick mini scout of locations and to use what resources I had.  It’s great to stretch out the old skills every once in awhile.

Most importantly I had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful family of 4.  2 little sisters, Natalie & Phoebe and their lovely parents.  Thank you for allowing me to capture these moments for you and entrusting me with your memories as well as for the awesome hospitality.  It is with great pleasure that I premiere a few sneak peeks for you:



mom & n

umbrella reality


Not bad for being challenged.  Thanks for stopping in…namaste.

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  • chantelle bliss - August 12, 2008 - 12:55 am

    love the second one!!! gorgeous dress too…..your taste in music sounds similar to mine lol

  • Terrilyn - August 12, 2008 - 4:22 am

    Beautiful Mare! Just stunning! I think I’m in love with that last shot on the water, the clouds and soft blue sky, the connection and inquisitive little girl looking out on the water, so peaceful – perfection!

  • DSR - August 12, 2008 - 5:52 am

    What a great example of finding good light. They are all wonderful, but I like the first one especially! Wonderful (as always!) DSR

  • Colleen and Phiwan - August 12, 2008 - 7:03 am

    Just beautiful! We love the preview — and such a quick turn around time to see them! They are true works of art. Can’t wait to see more.

    Who knew what you were seeing through the lense? Thanks so much!

  • Nina Pomeroy - August 12, 2008 - 8:16 am

    Love that last wide angle shot!

  • Holli - August 12, 2008 - 10:03 am

    Wow that beach shot is absolutely stunning. Love these. What beautiful girls.

  • SherriW - August 12, 2008 - 10:29 am

    WOW, that first image is so beautiful!

  • Paula - August 12, 2008 - 12:47 pm

    rock on! fabulous and NO COINCIDENCES ever. 😈 😈

  • Jen Lane - August 12, 2008 - 7:43 pm

    Nope. You aren’t rusty, lol. AWESOME, beautiful work! That last one is just a lovely art piece! Gorgeous kids, gorgeous photographs!

    I always liked that song but had no idea who it was by! Thanks for the share!

  • Jana kunz - August 12, 2008 - 8:29 pm

    These are great! It looks like it was a fun session. 🙂

  • Rachelle - August 12, 2008 - 9:51 pm

    The last picture makes me want to pack my bags and fly across the United States! It is so calming and peaceful.

  • PamN - August 13, 2008 - 6:16 am

    Gorgeous locations – gorgeous children – gorgeous images!

  • Cindy - August 14, 2008 - 9:44 am

    Absolutely stunning!!!

  • Simon McConico - August 19, 2008 - 7:05 pm

    Ha Ha… I kinda forgot that you have a blog and a site 🙂 Love it and love Mr. Jack White when he is without the Missus. These are great photos. Love the lil girls face when she is with her mom. Classic.

Yesterday we got a (rare) opportunity to hang out as a family in the city. We went to Lincoln Park Zoo for the bulk of the morning after the WGN Kid’s Fair (a few highlights for the BLD family below). There we spent some time with the polar bears:




and at the conservatory:




but before we did any of that we did Baby Loves Disco for a few minutes on stage at the WGN Kid’s Fair::







and before all of this happened, the sun rose (at a ridiculously early hour) over the City of Chicago, one of the greatest cities ever (I may be a bit biased since I’ve lived in the area my whole life but no matter, it truly is…) Somehow images don’t do moments like this justice:

Chicago Skyline from the Edens

(and actually traffic was not that bad on the Eden’s)

finally, my friend Terrilyn had this on her blog and I’ve seen (and never shared) before…get your tissues, it’s a bit heartwrenching:


Thanks for stopping in. Namaste.

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  • Jennifer N - August 9, 2008 - 1:19 pm

    Looks like such a fun day! I love the polar bear pics. 🙂

  • Heather Cheatham - August 9, 2008 - 6:29 pm

    The polar bear pics took my breath away. Amazing! The Baby Loves Disco day looked like lots of fun!

  • Amanda K - August 10, 2008 - 1:14 am

    Gorgeous Mare! Love those first two… amazing shots.

  • Jen Lane - August 10, 2008 - 1:27 am

    Ok that baby loves disco stuff looks like fun! Chaos, but fun! lol

    And can I just say that the second image, the close up of the polar bear. . . WOW! OMGOsh that is one COOL photograph! I seriously love that! Should totally be on the zoo’s brochures!

  • Jana Kunz - August 10, 2008 - 8:52 am

    These are great! I love the polar bear images. So do you take your SLR with you do the zoo? I am such a whimp and always leave it behind for my P&S – which never does what I want it to. 🙁

  • elizabeth - August 10, 2008 - 1:04 pm

    Ohh Mare..the photos with the girls and the polar bear.. Uhhhh just brilliant.. I love them and the orchids that first one looks alive.. like in a fairies dream you are seriously just amazing.. glad you all had fun.

  • diana - August 10, 2008 - 4:30 pm

    those are just too cool

  • corey civetta - August 11, 2008 - 9:15 am

    looks like you all had a lot of fun! love the polar bear shots!

  • TaraMc - August 11, 2008 - 7:39 pm

    Looks like you all had fun yesterday. I am another one in awe of that second polar bear image. Very cool capture.

  • Jennifer Mott - August 11, 2008 - 8:02 pm

    OH man, I was at the Lincoln Park zoo on the same day as one of my favorite photographers! Wonderful shots! Wish I had known about the BLD, it looks like so much fun!

  • Marianne - August 11, 2008 - 11:44 pm

    carol, is it river road…on the way to the pna camp…that road. there’s that one waterfall that you have to be walking to appreciate. we walked ALOT on the way to the old (i hope this is right) countryside shopping center and to the that little variety store that used to be right by the river (long gone but not forgotten). man they made us walk alot back then. 😀

  • Cheryl Weaver - August 13, 2008 - 6:45 am

    I LOVE those bear pics. I quickly stopped by yesterday and didn’t leave a comment…but I couldn’t get them out of my head all day yesterday. ha ha! Just magical! I wanted to make sure I didn’t let today go by w/out taking the time to tell you how much I love them! 🙂

Really quick, soundtrack time…I thought of this song on my morning run today.  What cued me to think of it was the darnedest thing!  A daddy long leg spider was running across the gravel path as I made my was down the towpath in the forest preserve.  It reminded me of those long lost, lazy summer days of fun of my childhood when I was at summer camp in Yorkville, Illinois.  The camp was/is located near a gorgeous forest (and a pretty cool waterfall down the road) and I specifically remember the place being infested with (not really overrun with) daddy long legs.  I used to get freaked by them but as I passed by the one this morning I almost stopped to pick it up…however I let it be and continued on my way…the intro is a little long in the tooth however this song is fantabulous, IMO


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A big thank you to the B family who came out to join me for a Marmalade Urban Session.  It was a beautiful evening and the light was perfect.  The kids, B, K & K were so fun…my daughters fell in love with them.  I kept hearing how adorable little K was throughout the evening after our session…they really loved (as did I) meeting them and hanging out for a bit.




goofy fun!


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Finally, tomorrow Baby Loves Disco is going to participate at the WGN Back to School Kid’s Fair in the city tomorrow, tune in from 6 a.m. to  9 a.m. (BLD should be featured about the 7-8:00 hour) to catch BLD in fullswing!! 

Thanks for stopping in.  Namaste!!

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  • Rebecca - August 7, 2008 - 10:07 pm

    Those first two especially are just heart-stoppingly FABULOUS.

  • Christy B. - August 8, 2008 - 12:58 am

    Thank You for the perfect photo session w/ my kids. They honestly had so much fun, & loved you & your girls!! Just what I’ve been searching for. Can’t wait to see the rest! Your work is beautiful. Love, Chris.

  • Jennifer N - August 8, 2008 - 2:09 pm

    Love the BW of the girl with the flowers. Just beautiful!

  • Carol - August 9, 2008 - 6:37 pm

    A waterfall in Yorkille? Where?????????????

  • Jen Lane - August 10, 2008 - 1:36 am

    Geez girl, I swear we are musical twins!! Nobody rocks it like The Killers. Best all around band of this decade I think. Love those boys. Aaaahhhh. Wish they’d get their tushies back in the US so I could go swoon over, err, I mean see them live.

    And AWESOME urban session!! Oh how I love a good urban session! Looks like a fun family too! What a joy!

Before I get going let’s turn on a soundtrack. My good friend & brother Paula (aka Crushaholic) set up this YouTube on her blog. And since we are always "borrowing" from one another I thought it only fair to borrow this almost Modest Mouseish virtually unknown in the States band that she is currently crushing on. I totally agree with her assessment that Coparck is completely crushworthy! Before hitting play, note there is some gratuitous nudity in the middle….close your eyes if that bugs you… LOL

Ok, now that we have the music taken care of…

Yesterday was a busy day in Marmaland. First off the D family came out for part II of their session. Part I was cut short and we opted to finish up yesterday morning. The light was fabulous and the urban studio portion of our session had beautiful morning light. A big thanks to Mike & Keri for making the drive out to Wilmington from the North Side of Chicago not once but twice to allow me the pleasure of hanging out and capturing their beautiful young family. And a big thank you to the W family who sent the love my way.

from part i


mom & baby

from part ii



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Part II of yesterday was a session with two of the funnest cutest well dressed little people I’ve had come into my studio in a long long time. These characters were amazing and so was their very awesome mom, Suzanne. She had them dressed to the 9’s, I am still astounded at the number of wardrobe changes they allowed us to get in!!

Meet A & B who drove out to the Wilmington Studio for Northwest Indiana to have a session with Marmalade. We did a mix up of urban, finally ending with a twist in the field where good ole Lady got a chance to hang out with the kids…a big thank you Suzanne for allowing me to capture your little spitfires!!


knock knock, who




flowery girl

Thank you for stopping in and seeing what is up. Apologies for the lack of updates for awhile…it’s been a busy few weeks on this end.




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  • Paula - August 4, 2008 - 7:55 am

    haha! it is good good stuff! I just linked ya back! 🙂

  • corey civetta - August 4, 2008 - 10:03 am

    Beautiful work – I LOVE them all! Their outfits are so great, too!

  • Heather Cheatham - August 4, 2008 - 11:26 am

    I love the richness and depth in your images – definitely your signature. A&B were definitely dressed adorably for their session and the little one from the W family is so naturally adorable. You bring out the best.

  • PamN - August 4, 2008 - 11:37 am

    These kids are all gorgeous, and your style is just perfect for their look! How lucky are their parents to have art like this of their children!

  • Suzanne - August 4, 2008 - 12:00 pm

    THANK YOU so much for such a fun session! I can’t wait to see the rest! It will definately be a difficult decision! Thanks again!

  • Suzanne - August 4, 2008 - 12:03 pm

    THANK YOU for such a fun session. I can’t wait to see the rest. It will definately be a difficult decision! Thanks Again! 😀

  • Holli - August 4, 2008 - 2:35 pm

    These are adorable. LOVE the one of the two in front of the doorway.

  • Jana Kunz - August 4, 2008 - 4:36 pm

    I love that song! The pics are not too bad either, LOL. :o) Beautiful job as always.

  • Terrilyn - August 5, 2008 - 10:05 am

    Oh Mare, these are just STUNNING!! Such peaceful colors and beautiful compositions. Lovely work girl!

  • Jennifer - August 6, 2008 - 8:01 am

    these are absolutely beautiful, great stuff!

  • Marie - August 6, 2008 - 5:42 pm

    love the processing on these…fun session

  • Grandma Kathy - August 11, 2008 - 9:38 am

    🙂 Absolutely capture of A & B from the D family. Of course biased as these are grandchildren. Can’t wait to place my order and see other shots. A beautiful job done from location, to position, to care in working with these kids. Thanks a lot for the unique capture of the grandkids.

  • Kristina Provinsal - August 19, 2008 - 1:09 pm

    Very very nice!
    Mom did great with the clothes and you rocked the session with great captures of personality, light, and composition! WTG!

Strength: how do you define it?


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?

strength & faith


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…



• • • • •

So my mind needs some cheer.  Please bear with me as I try to bring some colour and happiness into my life.


Country girl vs. City girl…


chicken girl


city girl


Thanks for stopping in…Namaste

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  • Heather Cheatham - July 28, 2008 - 11:26 am

    These are so moving and special. I just love the first one. Their beautifully aged hands are amazing.
    Your country girl/city girl shots are great – look at that awesome wall! She did perfect, and so did you. Love them all.

  • Caitlin Domanico - July 28, 2008 - 12:29 pm

    What an amazing tribute…

  • Amy - July 28, 2008 - 12:59 pm

    BEAUTIFUL photos Marm…I esp love that last one of your father 🙂

  • TonyaMarie - July 28, 2008 - 1:27 pm

    Those are some powerful images of your father. Wow.
    And I have to say I love the country girl and her chickens.

  • ChelleL - July 28, 2008 - 2:45 pm

    The first photo is just stunning, very powerful. Beautiful photos.

  • Jeni Bernatz - July 28, 2008 - 3:55 pm

    wow, those are such powerful images of your dad, I really love that first image and the thoughts you shared as well.

  • kristina - July 28, 2008 - 5:39 pm

    Wow, gorgeous images and heart-wrenching post. Beautifully written AND photographed.

  • Jennifer N - July 28, 2008 - 8:15 pm

    Beautiful, emotional shots. I love them all.

    The country girl vs. citry girl are awesome too.

  • Cindy - July 29, 2008 - 12:45 am

    The series of your dad is especially moving and emotionally provoking. Wonderful work!

  • PamN - July 30, 2008 - 6:08 am

    You will treasure these forever!

  • Tobi - July 30, 2008 - 7:23 am

    These are so powerful Mare!! Wow…beautiful work as always!

  • Jessica - July 30, 2008 - 12:12 pm

    what a beautiful post. My grandma is 84 years old and her strength amazes me everyday. Beautiful work!

  • Jen Lane - July 30, 2008 - 6:27 pm

    omgosh Mare, those images of your dad are amazingly touching. Wow. Really moving and so tender.
    And of course, city girl vs country girl is too darn cute. ha. I don’t know which I like better, I’ll just pick both as winners. hee hee. Beautiful work as always.

  • Lori L - July 31, 2008 - 8:23 am

    Oh Mare, the first set got me right in the gut. What a treasure.

    Also love the second set — color on that last one is surreal.

  • Ms Laurie - July 31, 2008 - 10:31 am

    😆 Hey gorgeous! The art is amazing and I thought a lot about what you said about your Dad as my Dad is older too. Beautiful pics!VIVE BEAUTE

  • Desiree - July 31, 2008 - 2:53 pm

    WOW mare! These are just stunning. That first one is just sooo emotional!

  • Danna Bowes - July 31, 2008 - 3:06 pm

    oh Marianne…really there are no words to describe the ABSOLUTE talent you have. These images move me in a way I can’t even describe! thank you for sharing your talent with all of us 🙂

  • teri mason - August 2, 2008 - 10:45 am

    These are very moving. I know what you mean about parents aging. I need to do something like this. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Paula - August 4, 2008 - 7:56 am

    wow. stunning. utterly speechless, my bro

  • Susan Braswell - August 5, 2008 - 6:55 pm

    that hands shot is so moving.

  • Nichol Krupp - August 5, 2008 - 11:58 pm


    These are all stunning as always. You brought me to tears with the ones of your parents. The hands say SO SO MUCH! Oh how you will always cherish those photos. Amazing!!!