Chicago Photographer for family, children, baby, newborns, baby
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We produce high quality image art for all of our clients. If you're interested in working with us we are available for sessions on location throughout Chicagoland. We also offer Marmalade Location sessions in our home area in the SW Suburbs of Chicago.
We are often booked several weeks in advance especially during our peak seasons (spring, summer and fall). Session fees start at $195 for weekday sessions @ our Marmalade Locations or $295 for weekday sessions on location in Metro Chicagoland. Weekend sessions are available for an add'l $60.
Prints are a separate purchase and start at $45. Collection pricing starts at $795. Please call us: 815.603.8450 with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!
Since 2005 I have been in the business of creating tangible memories but the truth is that I have been a photographer "forever". I was about 6 when I first held my brother Matt's (heavy) Canon AE-1's viewfinder up to my face, I the heft of the camera heavy in my hands & the strap scratching the back of my neck. I remember seeing the world through that viewfinder rectangle for the very first time.
For a number of years I worked as an RN in the critical care setting and at some point I had a realization that while I loved the connection nursing allowed me to have with others, I wanted more to contribute beauty and love to their existence. Some of my favorite patient families would bring photos in for their loved ones - visual reminders that the patient lying in bed is a human being, struggling at the moment but in reality this person is a loving parent, a doting grandparent, a wonderful wife or husband, someone's best friend. Those photos personalized my experience with my patients. It is because of these experiences that I continue to grasp to UNDERSTAND the meaning of this life. My belief is that the meaning lies in the connection between us all, relationships, after all, are the only thing we leave on this earth with any real meaning.
In 2005 when I finally took the leap and started Marmalade Photography it was based upon a single vision: fun, beautiful and quality photos for Chicago area families and children that speak to who they are as a character in the plot of their lives and who they are in the connectedness of this life.
My ten years photographing people of varying ages is of benefit to you: I offer a full service photography experience and have the expertise to create art you will love for your home. I love to help clients design wall galleries, provide custom created beautiful albums and art pieces. I have even been commissioned to create images as large as 10 feet in length. High touch, high quality, there is no other way to do it.
While I do live, breathe & eat photography obviously I am not just Marmalade Photography. I am also a wife…a mom to Maddie & Lauren who inspire me every day in so many ways…I am a historian and a friend…a gardener (who can't keep indoor plants but I have a green thumb if it grows outside)…funny…fun loving…serious…in fact you & I may have a lot in common…I would love to get to know you through that rectangle & tell your families' story for you.
…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:
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.
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
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!
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…
Yesterday I was getting rid of some old toys in the tub…it made me a little sad to think how quickly time has passed and my girls are about done with the tub toy age. Yeah sure they still play/draw with messy soap crayons but IMO, the tub toy stage passes a little too quickly. Who am I kidding MOST of it passes too quickly…
So I got inspired, haven’t done a shopping blog in awhile. So today’s theme: tub toys!