I had the pleasure of photographing Lisa and her gorgeous family last fall.  Her three children are a photographer’s dream!  Sweet, polite and really good in front of the camera….it was a joy to capture them discovering and having fun in the forest.

Lisa is quite dynamic, a busy mom of three juggling several things all at once!  I know it’s not atypical for us women to do so many things all at one time but Lisa Z. has it down in spades!   Welcome to the Marmalade Photography 15 minutes of fame (ha, I crack myself up) Q&A.


Naperville Family Photographer

My name:  Lisa Zarkin

My business:  PlanSmart Financial Services (Certified Financial Planner) for 16 years; owner of four Cookie Cutters Salons for the past four years.  One in Geneva and three others in the Naperville area.  And Zoo On Yoo Hair and Body Care for Kidz for 1 year.  Mom to 3 kids.  

I live: in Naperville, IL

A little factoid about me that not many people know about:  I’m taking Tae Kwan Do and am currently a Brown Belt.

One of my fave foods:  cheese pizza

One of my fave brands of kids clothes:  Gymboree for Girls (check out the link I found for girls stuff, it’s soooo stinking adorable!)   & Tommy Hilfiger for Boys

Where I like to shop for grown up clothesWhite House Black Market

When I indulge, I indulge in:  cheese pizza  (I think I’m noticing a trend!  🙂 )

My favorite image from my session with Marmalade Photography is….







Thank you Lisa and thanks to my readers for stopping in!

Namaste, Mare

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  • Guy Teerlinck - May 7, 2008 - 9:54 am

    Great work !!! your pictures are really great.
    Sunny greetings from Spain
    Guy and Gaelle

  • PamN - May 7, 2008 - 10:43 am

    They are all fabulous, but that first one of the toddler giving flowers to Mom is just killer!

  • Meggan - May 7, 2008 - 11:13 am

    These are gorgeous Mare! Love them!

  • Season Moore - May 7, 2008 - 3:11 pm

    Oh these are stunning!

  • Tobi - May 7, 2008 - 6:57 pm

    Umm Wow…what a beautiful session!! they are all amazing.

  • Susan Braswell - May 7, 2008 - 7:07 pm

    What a beautiful family and I love hearing about lil facts on photographers clients 🙂

  • Carrie Steffe - May 8, 2008 - 6:42 am

    What a great read! And that mom is just GORGEOUS! Beautiful children too!

  • Ritz Rivera - May 8, 2008 - 10:04 am

    B e a u t i f u l ! That first one is perfect in every way…Mare, your work is so whimsical and just wonderful to look at.

…River that is…but first "Always Where I Need To Be…"



Today was the quintessential spring afternoon/early evening.  My husband & I took the girls’ out to one of WIll County’s newest spots for nature preservation and fished on the DuPage River.  The area we live in is rife with nature and living near three rivers we are fortunate to find a million and one spots to go shore fishing.

This happens to be our new favorite spot.  The girls caught a couple of bass and a bluegill (all catch & release…it’s really for *my* benefit).  Anyway, staying true to my hanging out with those I love credo.


The GORGEOUS May light….I tell clients that May is one of my most favorite times to shoot and it is (incidentally there are still a couple of May Light sessions to get booked so call if you want the gorgeous light that only comes in May!).  Some show & tell from today:





Thanks for stopping in!  Namaste.




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  • PamN - May 6, 2008 - 5:42 am

    What wonderful memories you are creating for your kids!

  • Kimberly Hill - May 6, 2008 - 10:32 am

    That really is pretty light, Mare. The girls are getting so big – good for you on taking extra time to spend with them!


Well yesterday’s post was a bit more down than I’d like.  I just feel like a moment of WHY I do what I do and how important I ultimately believe my work to be should come out every once in awhile…still…I’m feeling a bit more sunny (has everything to do with the weather). 

I got a new lens for my newer camera and was playing.  I was also taking my oldie out for a spin.  So here’s a couple of recent (the past week) images of my little darlings.  Their personalities really are suited for the respective images I got of each of them. 

  Channahon Child Photographer



Have a Happy Sunday!!




p.s.: BLD images will be arriving at your home mid next week (the week of the 11th sometime).  I had a few straggler orders that came in at the end that delayed the process a bit!!


p.s.p. Don’t forget, if you are looking to book for early summer NOW is the time to do so.  CALL ME!  815.603.8450


p.s.p.s. Lots of ps action today! 🙂  Just stopping in once again to wish you a wonderful and hearts & flowers day!  Go out & make some memories with those you love.    xoxo

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  • Tracy Adams - May 4, 2008 - 10:09 am

    Mare, I think this is the first time I have seen your blog. It’s great to be able to get to see your work more frequently. I love how your photos always seem so dreamy and magical!

  • Jen Lane - May 4, 2008 - 10:34 pm

    aaaahhhh GORGEOUS!! I miss those girlies! And you and dh of course!
    These are seriously darling. And ok, the second image is killing me, I”m crazy over that one!

  • amanda - May 5, 2008 - 7:45 am

    Love these images! Tons of fun, and great perspective!!

I was at a wake the other evening for a good friend’s dear grandmother, Louise.  It was sad really.  In a way this woman had been a part of an extended circle of mine by way of my friend.  I’d seen this woman at family functions, birthdays, events during the better part of the last 20 odd years.  It was sad to see my friend’s dad so shaken by grief from the loss of his elderly mom, sad to see my friend holding it together because I know that it’s got to be difficult to see and go through grief in your immediate family and sad because…well…by looking at the many photos that friends and family brought to memorialize Lou with the progression of life seems so linear.  Photos are all that her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends have to really remember her by.

I often think about how my children will remember me someday.  How I will remember their youth.  I know that for many of us as we take our children to professional photographers to capture their likeness we think about how we are trying to hold onto the here & now.  How we cling to the stages of a child’s life because they are ours and we know that time moves quickly.  Quite frankly I myself didn’t realize how quickly the passage of time cruises until my children hit school age and all those early milestones have become a dim memory.

Incidentally enough, last year we took a trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan to have our family photographed.  I wanted to memorialize that time in our lives, planned for over a year for it.  I gave myself a year: planned on losing 15 pounds, planned on looking all glamazoned up.  It didn’t happen.  As the day came upon us, all the lost time for losing that last 12 pounds (hey!  at least I lost 3!) melted away and the realization that I do not have family photos of all of us and yes, I still hung on to much of the weight I wanted to lose, but time moves, quickly and it hit me: the realization that life is all too short to NOT do this.  Those images are not the very best photos of me.  I know this.  But I know that at the time of my death when friends and family are (hopefully) gathered around me remembering my life those photos will be there to remind everyone, my children especially, that I thought enough of our family to memorialize the present. 

As an aside, it is remarkable to me that all the photos progressing through Lou’s life, she looked most happy and joyous as a grandmother.  The smile on her face in those images with her grandchildren…those were amazing to me.  There was pure joy.  I think that therein lies a secret somewhere.  Perhaps we will never hold on to our youth and vitality but we will always have the photos there to remind us of who we once were and how happy we were.



p.s. Happy 79th birthday to my very lovely mom!  Today is her big day.  I know she doesn’t use the internet (or understand English very well entirely) but happy day to her! 

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  • Sinead - May 4, 2008 - 8:14 pm

    Very well said.
    Happy belated birthday to your mother!

I re-did the blog yesterday. Once I upgraded the backend everything went smoothly but man oh man…I was biting my fingernails about the whole process.

Anyway, I’m awful proud of it. You should still click on the images to make ’em larger (I’m having some small coding issues with something behind the scenes) but it’s pretty much done. Still Marmalicious 😀 I hope…


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  • ashley - May 1, 2008 - 10:12 am

    o m g your blog is rockin awesome!!! Love ya MUAH!

  • Paula - May 1, 2008 - 11:49 am

    it is fabulous. love love love it!!!

  • Connie - May 1, 2008 - 12:37 pm

    It looks wonderful, Mare! Now go reward yourself for a job well-done!

  • Julie - May 1, 2008 - 1:32 pm

    Looks fabulous! So glad that I stopped by. 🙂

  • kathy wolfe - May 1, 2008 - 2:01 pm

    now come fix mine!!! LOL!! I love it!!!

  • Caitlin Domanico Pho - May 1, 2008 - 6:57 pm

    Very nice!

  • Whitney - May 1, 2008 - 7:12 pm

    LOVE it!!

  • Stacey Woods - May 1, 2008 - 8:00 pm

    Ooooh it rocks!! Yeah come fix mine too, after you’re done w/ Kathy’s. lol! I have my wordpress blog but I haven’t done much with it after Theresa did her thing. I’m still a bit afraid of it, lol! 😉

    Lovin’ Marmablog and Marmaland!!

  • Meggan - May 1, 2008 - 9:04 pm

    Looks stunning mare! 🙂 Great job!

  • his4ever - May 2, 2008 - 8:50 am

    I love the colors. You have a very lovely blog. Great Job!

  • Marianne - May 2, 2008 - 9:51 am

    Thanks guys!

    Kathy, it’s not bad to do, once I got over the fact that I had to wipe out the blog entirely off the server and reinstall the blog software (ugh, scary!) it was smooth sailing. You already are on your way…I love the way yours looks (in fact it was one of the impetuses that put me over the edge to change my old one out).

  • elizabeth - May 2, 2008 - 12:04 pm

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  • PamN - May 2, 2008 - 8:04 pm

    I bow down to you! I want to switch but I can barely figure out typepad, too scared to do the wordpress!

  • Susan Braswell - May 2, 2008 - 9:06 pm

    loooooooove it – 🙂

  • Joyce - May 3, 2008 - 10:55 pm