I want to send out a big thank you to the parents who allowed the attendees of the second See The Light Workshop to photograph their cuties in/around the studio Saturday/yesterday afternoon. These kids were troopers, I’m not kidding. It felt 1000ºF in the shade yesterday (ok, so I slightly exaggerate but it was nasty hot and humid after all the rain we had in the morning and early afternoon). Honestly these kids rocked it. Thanks to DJ & Miss K (who I think has an innate ability to "show" for the camera, never seen anyone light up like she did in front of the lens) who primped, modeled, acted ‘natural’ and seemed to have fun with the entire process…

Here’s part of a sneak peek for their parents and for the attendees (if they are surviving this a.m.’s wake up calls and checking in before heading out the door for part II). More later…



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Thanks for stopping in, ’til next time.


Oh, I found this little thing by wordie on another photographer’s/design blog. Thought it was pretty cool:

It’d look pretty cool printed up and customized in a children’s room, wouldn’t it? I think I’ll be doing one for my oldest in her room colors with words she chooses about herself on some nice metallic paper…


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  • Kelli - July 21, 2008 - 6:18 pm

    That second one is insanely beautiful!

  • Emily - July 21, 2008 - 9:06 pm

    Wow, they came out amazing! Thank you so much for this opportunity. Kayla really enjoyed herself and made some new friends with your daughters(their adorablably sweet!) I can’t wait to see more and Kay said everyone was so nice!

  • Daveen - July 23, 2008 - 9:54 pm

    Lovely images!

  • Cindy - July 24, 2008 - 4:24 pm

    Ooooh you always have the BEST locations, and the cutest little models. That coupled with your beautiful work and it’s just masterpiece after masterpiece. I think I might be your biggest fan!

  • Heidi - July 24, 2008 - 5:24 pm

    i always love your lighting.
    that word thing is so cool! i’m off to check this out, too!

  • Janine - July 24, 2008 - 5:47 pm

    Visiting your blog is always a treat and that last one especially is wonderful! Love your post processing!

  • Terrilyn - July 24, 2008 - 7:21 pm

    Beautiful!! I wish I lived closer Mare, I’d be at one of your workshops in a heartbeat!!!

  • jen wilson - July 24, 2008 - 11:18 pm

    so great! that second photo is absolutly lovely 🙂

    jen 🙂

  • wendy b. - July 25, 2008 - 6:03 am

    Oh, just beautiful photos! Your are AMAZING!!!!! I hope you can shoot with my family for the holidays!

  • Heather - July 25, 2008 - 8:16 am

    Lurrvveeeee these to pieces!!! So so gorgeous! Word thing is really cool to! 😛

  • Jennifer S - July 25, 2008 - 12:08 pm

    These are beautiful!!

  • Sandy - July 25, 2008 - 12:35 pm

    WOW!!! Your work always amazes me. The tones are awesome. Each picture is like a work of art!!

  • Lisa - July 25, 2008 - 1:03 pm

    oooh, those pictures are just DIVINE!! I am getting workshop fever and am dying to go to more!! I’m sure it was warm, but it sounds like everyone had a blast!

  • Jennifer Nahm - July 25, 2008 - 4:06 pm

    aw… the doorway shots are great. I love the second one.

  • Paula - August 4, 2008 - 7:57 am

    gorgeous work. so wish i could go to allllll your workshops to keep the glow bright!

First, let’s go ahead and soundtrack this entry.   Ahhhh, English Beat today.  This song reminds me 100% of Gross Pointe Blank (and geez, it’s been 11 years since that movie?  oh gosh…where is time going…), I could’ve imbeded the You Tube clip of John Cusack’s character having that bloody fight in his highschool by his old locker but we’re family friendly here.  Instead you get a bit of 1980’sish video glamour:


Now that we have established a theme song for today’s entry let’s get onto the business of sneak peeks…

Jessica and her son K came out from Mokena for a Marmalade Location session a couple of weeks back and we ended up with a reschedule due to torrential downpours.  Buckets of water falling from the sky didn’t stop K though, nope, he had a grande time living it up in the world of wet….

Raindrops keep falling on my head...


Luckily the remainder of our session from earlier this week gave us much nicer weather to shoot in.  So what if it was a bit muggy, the forest was amazing with color.  We explored a bit, played with sticks and some of us even pretended to be a cat fish…

Here fishy fishy


…my fave images of all time typically include a mom and child.  Perhaps because I know (personal experience) that sometimes we, as moms, are often the last to be photographed…especially with our kids.  This is why I think the occasional family session is a GREAT thing, include mom in some pictures.  It’s only fair.

Mommy & Me


Thanks for stopping in & seeing what I’m up to.


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  • PamN - July 18, 2008 - 4:35 am

    Oh, the one of the two of them is divine!

  • Sherri - July 18, 2008 - 6:42 am

    Oh!! That image of the boy with his cheeks is priceless and either 1) so the age or 2) so him! I love that.

    Then, you were able to capture the LOVE and CONNECTION with his Mom. Now THAT is what being a great Photographer for your clients is ALL ABOUT!

  • CarmenM - July 18, 2008 - 11:18 am

    The mom shot is beautiful. I 100% agree about mom’s being last to be photographed. I have to get some done of myself and my family.

  • Frank Panaro Photography - July 18, 2008 - 1:39 pm

    Way to make the best of the situation! I think the rain photos turned out just great!

  • elizabeth - July 18, 2008 - 6:04 pm

    LOVE Grosse Point Blank.. ( ok I will admit it I love pretty much anything John Cusak is in who doesnt love a guy who loves the clash.. ) and the English Beat.. Love them too.. ahhh the good ol’ days.. sure miss them. what a great session too this little boy is adorable

  • MaryAnn T - July 18, 2008 - 9:18 pm

    Mare, as usual, I am blown away by that Mom and child portrait!

  • Heather Gibb - July 19, 2008 - 9:10 am

    Love, love, love the umbrella shot! Way to be brave and face the rain! The shot of mom and son are priceless!

  • Paula - July 19, 2008 - 3:27 pm

    dang. i have to read your blog to find out what is going on with you these days. i feel so out of touch since you left for vacation!! ((((((((((hugs!))))))))))) 😈 😈 😈

  • Danna Bowes - July 20, 2008 - 12:51 am

    ack!!! that 2nd image just kills me!! seriously I am laughing at that expression…..he is so so sweet. LOL the one with mom is so touching, and makes me tear up just a little….it really makes me really ache for my son who is away right now visiting relatives, how I wish I could hug him like that right this second, and it really makes me realize more than ever how important it is to have someone capture such moments as these.

  • Connie - July 20, 2008 - 10:22 pm

    Oh I love the mother/son moment and completely agree with you that it is so important and valuable to capture these images. Beautiful.

  • Amy - July 24, 2008 - 6:07 pm

    Oh I just love that last one with his momma…..sooooo sweet 🙂

    BTW- HUGE John Cusack fan – so that made me smile 🙂

  • Lisa - July 25, 2008 - 1:05 pm

    Wow, these are just gorgeous!! Kids won’t melt in the rain like us adults hehehe 🙂 Beautiful as usual!

  • Teri Mason - July 25, 2008 - 2:15 pm

    Love the umbrella shot!! Great color!

Photographing another photographer (and more importantly the children of said photographer). Sounds like an easy feat, doesn’t it? In theory the children of photographers are used to having their pictures taken. Used to seeing their mom or dad’s face transformed into a black box with a circular piece of glass. Right? Easy peasy…Ha. As I will prove to you right here.

Well, as many photogs reading this will attest, photographing your own child is an exercise in frustration. So, armed with my knowledge of this I approached yesterday’s session with a sense of challenge. You know what tho? I hadn’t needed to worry because I had these boys under my spell (even tho, after three frames the youngest turned to me and asked: "are we done yet?" LOL. Not even close, little grasshopper). We had fun, we played and we got some really amazing images.

Regardless of the level of ease for which it was to photograph I enjoyed working with Wisconsin’s Nanette Gerrits, her wonderful (and funny) husband and her two gorgeous boys. A big thank you to her for venturing out up to the Chicago area for an Urban Decay session. I loved meeting you guys, I had a blast (and more importantly I hope you guys did too) and I think you are going to be VERY happy with the images from your session. There is nothing like the spark of creativity I get when met with a new place and a family that *gets* the process. So thank you on that level.  And also, thank you for entrusting me with your confidence in obtaining something truly special and remarkable for your family.  It means the world to me that you allowed me to capture this time in your lives.

So, enough blabbering.  Go. Enjoy the sneak peeks…

Sofa Antics

Love Mom Style

Blue Eyed

With Dad


Thanks for stopping in.



Ooooh, P.S. as I almost forgot. Thanks to my wonderful husband who drove out to help us out with the sofa. Thanks D! Love you much.

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  • Paula - July 15, 2008 - 10:57 am

    gorgeous, Mare. 😉

  • Susan Braswell - July 15, 2008 - 11:05 am

    Beautiful family – love the location and aura.

  • Kimberly Hill - July 15, 2008 - 12:10 pm

    So lucious! More! More! My favorite is the mom snuggle.

  • PamN - July 15, 2008 - 1:54 pm

    WOW! She has to be so happy!

  • chantelle bliss - July 15, 2008 - 4:00 pm

    these are so beautiful! you rock!

  • Kudzu Fire - July 16, 2008 - 4:47 am

    nice feel to this collection of imagery

  • Angela - July 16, 2008 - 12:04 pm

    She’s going to love these!!!!

  • Pammy - July 16, 2008 - 7:14 pm

    If I was her, I would be thrilled. They look beautiful so far.

  • Sherri - July 16, 2008 - 7:58 pm

    😀 Beautiful session! I love that Mother/Son image!

  • Danna Bowes - July 17, 2008 - 1:02 pm

    ohhhhhhhh Marianne….these are so so so good!! when can you come photograph my family :-D..or maybe we need to make a trip to Chicago, never been there.

  • Michelle Miller - July 17, 2008 - 8:16 pm

    Gorgeous work! The little boy has a gorgeous smile and it’s easy to see how wonderfully you interacted with this family 🙂

  • Anna-Karin - July 18, 2008 - 12:14 am

    As a mom to boys , the one with the boy snuggled up with his mom is my favorite.You really captured them at that moment, where it shows that the boy still needs his mom’s love and reasurance. The same for the one with both boys on the sofa with their mom.

  • June - July 19, 2008 - 8:49 am

    Gorgeous, gorgeous. Works of art. Fantastic relationship captures.

  • Jana Kunz - July 24, 2008 - 8:55 pm

    I love that last shot, beautiful!

  • TaraMc - July 26, 2008 - 9:24 pm

    What beautiful images. Your work is so artful and unique. I love your style.

Those of my regular blog readers may remember my chaotic last few weeks with the website and all the good times (eyeroll) that I’ve been having. At one point even my blog was down completely (gasp in horror!). Needless to say a lot of things have taken the backburner while I got my site up & running again. Well…the flash web site is now *ALMOST* totally finished.




By almost I mean that I want to add a featured session onto the galleries and add a few more images to the galleries (but that’s a project for later i think). The bestest news is my new intro song! The song that I have just added to the site is by a group called Soma Sonic. I have to say this song is amazing. It haunted me for weeks until I heard back from them that it was indeed a go. As some of my photography friends know, finding the RIGHT song is a true ordeal. After countless hours of searching this song just feels right. So a big thank you to Soma Sonic, if you like the song you can find them on iTunes and Amazon.com. If you love lounge beats, go ahead and give them some love and check ’em out. They are deserving of a few million in album sales.

Speaking of tunage….DJ Bald Eagle (of BLD fame) was spinning The Rapture at Taste last Sunday and it reminded me how much I love them. So much so that when my husband bought me Echoes back in 2003-4 I drove EVERYONE nuts with it. I specifically recall holding the cordless phone up to the speakers of our Mac G4 tower so that my friend Julio (who was travelling for work assignments) could hear how awesome that album was (I know. What a dork I am).

I did some digging of some of my old The Rapture faves so that instead of holding the phone up to my speakers you can just click on the PLAY arrow and listen and watch via YouTube imbedding technology. I assure you that if you like(d) Johnny Rotten(Lydon, whatever he goes by these days)/PIL or Britt underground I think you’ll dig Echoes.  If you dug Big Audio Dynamite (and who didn’t) this song will make you git up and dance (altho they say ‘people don dance no more..) from their more current Pieces of People We Love album:

Finally, a big thank you to Jessica and her little boy that drove out from Mokena for their session-only to get torrentially downpoured upon, like buckets of water falling from the sky rained upon…as well as a big thank you to weather.com’s hour by hour forecast that did not accurately give us the hours of rainfall/showers/torrential downpours yesterday. Jessica, I will see you later this week…

I don’t quite have many sneak peeks up but these were fun, just messing around images yet but I thought these were pretty appropriate to the situation at hand:


Under the Umbrella


Thank you for stopping in.

Namaste (that’s for you Agnes, go ahead, click it!) 🙂

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  • corey civetta - July 9, 2008 - 6:02 am

    Congratulations on the new site, Mare! It looks awesome!

  • Kendell Silveira - July 9, 2008 - 11:58 am


    Love the work that you have done on your site- perfectly you.

    another B.A.D. fan E=MC2 playin on my MP3 player now 😉

  • allie - July 9, 2008 - 10:47 pm

    fabulous mare, congrats on all your hard work paying off beautifully!!

  • Dena - July 10, 2008 - 3:51 am

    Lovely new site!! I adore the new music and am listening to it over and over again this morning. I will be purchasing it in oh…about 30 more seconds. This is not the first time I have spent money after visiting your blog!

  • elizabeth - July 13, 2008 - 8:39 pm

    the new site looks awesome..

ha, it really should read "took a break"

First hit <play> to accompany the reading that follows if you want to sit a spell.  Aaaah….Aqualung.


So I finally, just today, had the energy and time to undertake downloading some of my compactflash cards from my camera to my computer. I ended up editing a handful of images from our family trip up to the lake house near Hayward, Wisconsin.

My husband has been going up to this area for almost as far back as he can remember. He has a great deal of memories of going up north, fishing with his dad and family and really wants the girls to have a part of that magic. We had a blast relaxing and just doing pretty much whatever, whenever. What a great week away from home.

If you’ve never been to that part of the country I urge you to check it out especially if you’re a bit of the nature-y outdoorsy type. There are very few unspoiled spaces and this area is filled with them (well if you can ignore the million dollar lake homes surrounding the hundreds of lakes in the area).

Here’s just a bit of our trip. I used a zoom lens and was loving the wider end of the zoom range almost the entire trip.


Hanging out on the lake, dockside III

Hanging out on the lake, dockside

Hanging out on the lake, dockside II

Hanging out on the lake, dockside


Bayfield to Madeline Island


Bayfield (a fave destination of mine in of itself, SO beautiful) to Madeline Island on the ferry


Sailboat on Lake Superior

Sailboats on Lake Superior


Madeline on the Island

Madeline on the Island


You Know You

I swear the kid didn’t know what this was at first…you know you’re old when things like this common thing become obsolete to your kids. 🙂


When she was 2...

Madeline’s first beach was this beach on Madeline Island. I have this amazing pic of her at age 15 months walking along this shore with my husband…a fave of mine.

BTW, the kids did NOT believe us when we told them Lake Superior is ICE COLD. BRRR…


No idea...

I have no idea where she gets it from 🙂

2 of my fave peeps

Two of my favorite peoples at Karb’s


Hayward, WI

Hayward, WI on a Sunday afterhours (normally the streets are crazy full). Isn’t this town freaking adorable?

A facade only a photographer would love...

For my photog friends: "A facade only a photographer would love…"


The Centers of My MarmaUniverse

The Centers of My MarmaUniverse


Thanks for stopping in. Namaste.


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  • Annette M Simonich - July 7, 2008 - 9:20 pm

    Oh my Mare’
    What a beautiful family!! The blue skies are simply incredible!! I hope to see these at the studio. I know you all had a great time.
    Take care,

  • allie - July 7, 2008 - 10:59 pm

    Oh mare- these are all so incredible, so lovingly happily fun, and just outstanding. gorgeous images, gorgeous family. 🙂

  • Lisa Kelly - July 8, 2008 - 4:09 am

    Mare, your family is just gorgeous, your images are just as fabulous. They definitely make me want to go visit. I think it is wonderful that your husband is so keen to share his childhood memories with his children, it really is life coming full circle. Love the photo of you and your daughter, hopefully she will grow up to be just as amazing as you.

  • Brandy - July 8, 2008 - 12:17 pm

    These are awesome photos, I feel like I’m there with you guys!
    Your eldest is totally your clone.

  • Siobhan Cowell - July 8, 2008 - 4:24 pm

    Oh my looks like it was just perfect and what you needed – beautiful family !

  • PamN - July 8, 2008 - 7:33 pm

    There is nothing like a family vacation at the lake. Nothing. Your children will remember the sights, sounds, smells of this forever!

  • Kimberly Hill - July 10, 2008 - 8:42 pm

    I’m reading along, enjoying the story and the images, and then I got to the last one and literally GASPED. Where are you going to hang it?!?

  • Lisa - July 12, 2008 - 5:08 pm

    I think your oldest needs to be nicknamed “Legs”! 😉

  • Stacy - July 13, 2008 - 11:12 am

    as usual, absolutely freakin fantastic! I hate that I live here (in WI that is) and rarely remember to see the beauty around me. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  • Sylvia Laughrin - July 15, 2008 - 8:55 pm

    Get Out! We go to Hayward every year!! Actually Minong – a half hour away from there. Love the little town and the candy store… the kids favorite place. So nice to hear someone else know where Hayward is!