Hi Friends!

I have long wanted to expand upon the Q&A feature that I sometimes do with clients, many of my clients comment on what a cool idea it was to incorporate into the blog–personally I just love the "15 minutes of fame" thing (as an aside I have had a lot of Andy Warholisms in my life as of late which is oddly amusing to me at this point in my life).

So to feature my first IN THEIR WORDS segment….Whitney!  Whitney, for some of my regular blog readers, is a fantastic mom to two beautiful girls (aka Mare’s muses) and every time I see her/talk to her it’s like hanging out with an old friend.   She’s one of my many clients that "get" me (I swear I really am lucky in that respect), she took time out of her weekend this past April and helped me out by bringing her adorable girls to the studio for the benefit of my workshop attendees and came out later in the month to do images for Mother’s Day with the whole family!!  She recently emailed me in great anticipation for delivery: "I can’t wait until my house is Marmalized!"  For just only that little phrase–I simply adore her.

Recently she agreed to be my first In Their Words client.  The purpose: showcase the client’s 4 fave images from their session and have them tell the blog readers in a Reader’s Digest sort of manner WHAT they feel about these favorite images.  Because it’s client’s choice you may (may not) have seen these images at blog preview time. 

(drumroll please) IN THEIR WORDS time with Whitney:


Channahon Photographer


"Such joy in that face and those tippy toes!  My baby girl getting bigger – So full of life.  This is Lyla – Period!"


Suburban Chicago Professional Photographer


"This is true art!  Madeleine looks so small and magical.  I love the expression on her face and the little glimpse of Lambie behind my back. "

(as an aside, Lambie is a regular in our sessions together, sort of like a guest star)


Family Photographer

"I love this shot of my baby being led by her Daddy.  I imagine that one day this piece will be hanging in her home.  Chris looks so strong and gentle at the same time.  Perfection!"



Professional Photographer

"I love this family shot.  Even though Mad is turned away, you can catch a little bit of her cheek and you know she is laughing.  Ring Around the Rosey – Ring Around My Heart."



A huge thank you to Whitney and her beautiful family and a huge thank you to all of you for stopping in, emailing and commenting on the blog.  The beauty and love that I am lucky enough to witness and experience makes this job my life’s purpose feel worthy of the wonderful families that have touched my life over the past few years.  I cannot wait to hear what my other IN THEIR WORDS clients will have to say about their images…I am only thankful that my vision and the inspiration that I gather from being in the presence of these families’ love and light brings them joy in the final end pieces that grace their walls (and their hearts) forever.


(as an aside, i’ve put a little mix tape together for you all)


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  • Samara Hutcheson - June 3, 2008 - 5:28 am

    Amazing work as always! Loved getting to see Mom’s thoughts too!

  • Daveen - June 3, 2008 - 8:05 am

    So fun to read and what a beautiful glimpse into this family’s lives.

  • Paula - June 3, 2008 - 3:06 pm

    Gorgeous – so wonderful to read your reactions, Whitney. Of course the focus is normally on the children but you look stunning in your beautiful red dress. Gorgeous work, Mare.

  • Paula - June 3, 2008 - 3:11 pm

    OH, and the mix tape is WAY COOL!!!!

  • Jen Lane - June 3, 2008 - 7:37 pm

    What a BEAUTIFUL idea, and beautiful showcase!

  • Dawn - June 3, 2008 - 7:58 pm

    I love your work Mare. Just gorgeous.

  • allie - June 3, 2008 - 9:46 pm

    Beautiful Mare. Just gorgeous images. Scrumptious.

  • CarmenM@carmenmiller - June 4, 2008 - 10:12 am

    I love your mix tape! I’m a huge pixies fan and I had a little flashback listening to that song.
    Beautiful pictures too. I love your work!

  • lisa mak - June 4, 2008 - 6:07 pm

    what a wonderful idea! i love reading your client’s reactions…and then looking deeper into the picture. brilliant!

  • jen wilson - June 4, 2008 - 7:46 pm

    What a great idea – and I love the word *marmalized*! Those photos are all gorgeous and it is great to hear what *mommmy* thought…

    jen 🙂

  • MaryAnn T - June 4, 2008 - 11:56 pm

    Mare, you’re an inspiration!

  • corey civetta - June 5, 2008 - 4:28 am

    Beautiful work! I love them all … and that mixed tape is really cool!

  • Kelli - June 5, 2008 - 7:11 am

    Lovely, I can see why mom is in love with these images.

  • Stacy W. - June 5, 2008 - 7:44 am

    Mare, these are beautiful as usual! And the heartfelt commentary by mom makes them even more special. What a great peek into what your work means to this family!

  • June - June 5, 2008 - 7:31 pm

    Amazing images! And what special words from mom. You DO create art, Marm!

  • stacey woods - June 6, 2008 - 5:36 am

    oh mare, what a difference you are making in your clients’ lives by sharing your art, and incredible talent, with them. i loved hearing mom’s personal connection to each one of these pieces. wonderful, fantastic idea.

  • Julie - June 7, 2008 - 8:50 am

    What a beautiful series of photographs! I love them all!

  • Jody - October 22, 2008 - 1:10 pm

    Hello Mare =)
    I just found your website here while surfing for ideas on how to photograph my two darling baby grandaughters. I am just Dumbstruck with your talent and gorgeous work!
    I can only hope in time as I learn to make art with my canon, to capture at least One perfect photo.
    You are added to my blog roll so I can read often! Thanks for the help you give us newbies =)

….with Miss B and Miss M (oops, I need to omit the Miss in there, B told me there is no "Miss" there).

I had the pleasure of working with K family this evening.  It was gorgeous out, warm enough for a great session outdoors with summer dresses on.  After a very weird spring where it never felt like it was going to warm up this evening was a nice break into the warm weather.  And the clothes that Galina brought for the session for the girls just tickled me.  Sundresses and fun capris (with rhinestones on the camouflage…I fell in love).  The girls were adorable, Miss B and her sister Miss M were curly haired cuties and I think the camera really loved ’em.

Thanks to their mom & dad for driving out from Lincolnshire for a Marmalade Location session (we did 3 mini locations, those girls were good to us letting us shuffle from place to place).  Enjoy the little sneak peek of your cuties!!


Chicago and Suburban Child Photographer



Suburban Chicago Professional Photographer


I love the look on her face.  You totally had to be there to get why.  LOL

Southwest Suburban Child Photographer

Thanks for stopping in.  Have a good one!



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  • Caitlin Domanico Pho - June 2, 2008 - 4:57 am

    What cute girls…I love the setting.

  • PamN - June 2, 2008 - 6:16 am

    Oh those outfits are perfect for those cuties, love ’em! The green outdoor setting really shows these girls off – gorgeous artwork!

  • elizabeth - June 2, 2008 - 6:33 am

    These are wonderful Mare..

  • Kendell Silveira - June 2, 2008 - 8:36 am

    Love the expressions. Such beautiful work!!! Those girls are darling!

  • Christie Provost - June 2, 2008 - 11:24 am

    marmalade, you are one of my absolute favorite photographers! these are just so lovely. you don’t need any gimmicks to make your images work, they just DO! beautiful emotion!


  • chantelle bliss - June 2, 2008 - 4:31 pm

    I really love these, especially the first one!

  • Jen Lane - June 3, 2008 - 7:40 pm

    oooohhhh my! LOVE these. What gorgeous girlies! These are all lovely but omgosh I am so drawn to #2! Just mesmerizing!

I had the pleasure of photographing the very beautiful K family yesterday evening.  They drove all the way from up north (like Lake County north 🙂 ) to hang out and have a session with me.  It is always humbling to know that people are willing to drive distances to come hang out with me and get images out in the vast mostly untouched nature that is my outdoor studio.  A big thanks to Agnes & Jeff for allowing me to capture their beautiful kids, O&K at this beautiful time in their lives.

So…a sneak peek for them (& eyecandy no doubt!).  Look below for something fun as well. 


Chicago Professional Photographer


Chicago Family Photographer



Chicago and Suburban Baby Photographer


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Now for something different.  Chloe is the wonderful new addition to the antique store across the way from me, Antiques On Water Street (definitely worth a stop if you are in the Wilmington/Rt. 66 neighborhood!).  Isn’t she beautiful?


Chicago Area Pet Photographer


There is more but I haven’t gotten done playing with them.  I just love little Chloe. 

Thanks for stopping in.  Namaste.


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  • PamN - June 1, 2008 - 5:42 pm

    What a beautiful family! The one of Daddy holding his little girl is beyond precious. The colors are just luscious in all of them!

  • Cindy - June 1, 2008 - 8:54 pm

    It doesn’t surprise me one bit that people are willing to go to the distance for a session with you. Beautiful work! The shot with daddy and little girl just made me sigh. So absolutely sweet!

  • corey civetta - June 2, 2008 - 9:39 am

    What a beautiful family! I love the shot of Chloe, too!

  • Tara McGlinchey - June 3, 2008 - 6:31 am

    I love this image! It’s perfect. 🙂

  • LadyJane - June 5, 2008 - 7:07 am

    A truly amazing photographer….these are not just photographs…they are true expressions of art! In these photographs I see magic, emotion and an amazing love for what you do! Oh…and Chloe…ADORABLE…I can hardly wait to see more of her! Minnie Pearl…watch out…you have nothing on Chloe..her vintage hat with the Antiques on Water Street tag says it all!

  • Anna-Karin - June 27, 2008 - 11:41 pm

    I gasped when I saw the one of dad with his baby girl. Beautiful!

    The little dog photograph is awesome, love it and so lively!

Several months ago when Polaroid announced that it would be pulling out of the instant film market that it created (a sad day for niche hobbyists everywhere) I started searching through the many boxes that are stored in our basement for my old One Step camera.  My goal is to snap pics of everyday life with the old skool instant gratification that encompassed the entire decade of the 70’s (in my mind anyway?) !  What is more synonymous with the 70’s than the many old polaroids people have.  The muted tones of the now defunct (and fabled) SX-70 film contain more memories all over the world than I could possibly imagine.

So, with Polaroid pulling out of the instant film market (no more shaking it like a Polaroid pic-turrre!) it’s time to stock up.  Several weeks ago I ran across my L.A. photographer friend, Angela Calderon’s blog and she was buying 600 Film up like it was going out of style (um, wait a sec…)  😉  I have a ton stockpiled in various internet shopping carts but worry that I’m participating in a mass hysteria feeding frenzy for a product that altho is much beloved doesn’t necessarily produce portrait quality images (not on the level of what I’m used to with my equipment that costs as much as thousands of old One Step cameras).

It may not be high art but nonetheless some memories are left better muted and slightly out of focus.  One of my most cherished of images (and quality wise it sort of sucks) that Polaroid has captured for my own family is of my newborn Lauren.  When I was in the hospital in 2001 after she was born and suffered unforeseen circumstances I was unable to see/hold her in the first few days of her life, the RNs in the nursery snapped a Polaroid pic for me that was taped to the bedrail on my bed in ICU:

polaroid of lauren, one day old


Without this picture there for the several days I spent away from her (completely away from her) I may have not recovered from my own circumstances as well.  I remember gazing at her sweet face and willing myself to get out of bed and just get better.  So although I never had thought about it much before, Polaroid had a hand in keeping me on the path to stick around and be a mom for my two girls….however small the hand was, Polaroid images have been part of my life and probably will continue (until my stockpiles of film run out).

I finally FINALLY dug out my old One Step camera last night.  I was on the phone with a good friend from h.s. who I had lost touch with in the past 10 years or so and I shouted into the phone YEHHAW!!  Poor woman on the other line may have thought I lost it, getting giddy over a camera so readily found on eBay for pennies on the dollar but I was excited!  TIme to break out the stockpiles and get a little retro artsy with my found object.   Now if I could only find the ole Holga I’d be in business….

In the spirit of Polaroid, I present this next little YouTube clip.  THIS is amazing, a must watch for my Polaroi-holics out there (and even those of you who may not be):




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  • Anna Mayer - May 25, 2008 - 3:42 pm

    That Polaroid is very, very cool. I can really ‘get’ the beauty of it. Thank you for sharing.

  • Danna Bowes - May 26, 2008 - 8:40 am

    Ohhh Marianne I love polaroids too!! lol when I found out they were not making them anymore I immediately ordered up 20 boxes of film just in case. I LOVE that shot it brings back memories to you which is what it is all about 🙂

  • Paula - May 26, 2008 - 1:35 pm


  • elizabeth - May 27, 2008 - 10:30 am

    how sad that polaroid is pulling that .. great image.. and great story to go along with it..

  • PamN - May 28, 2008 - 5:42 am

    What a cool video! Thanks for sharing!

Can be SO SO very fun.  Especially when everyone involved is totally  into it.

Meet (once again) E&S, two of the cutest babies this side of Chicago.  I am telling you, E is a huge flirt and S just knows she is IT.  So stinking adorable, I could’ve taken them home for my own (luckily I didn’t otherwise I’d be writing this from the Will County jailhouse!)

A big huge thanks to Lisa & Ed who brought the kidlets out to the studio for urban studio stuff and then willing to haul my new blue velvet chair to the new location to do some fun sky stuff.  I have enjoyed working with you guys so much over the course of the last two baby plan sessions, you guys are so very awesome.  Up for anything.  Ed, I now hereby decree you Chair King.  LOL.


So anyway…here we go:



Chicago Baby Photographer


and finally, my nod to the great Dave Hill (whose work has inspired me for years now and finally I am understanding some of the methods…)


Chicago and Suburban Family Photographer


I am so happy with this session.  Can you hear how giddy I am?

• • • • •


 Now for something different:




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  • Season Moore - May 19, 2008 - 11:10 am

    Oh that family shot is gorgeous!

  • Marie - May 19, 2008 - 5:12 pm

    love that last shot…

  • Lisa S. - May 19, 2008 - 9:27 pm

    Well, I really don’t know what to write. These shots are amazing. Ed and I are so very excited to see the rest! Great job there, Marianne. What a great job.

  • Pammy - May 19, 2008 - 9:59 pm

    Oh my gosh I am giddy for you too! These are just ooozing with color and beauty.

  • Susan Braswell - May 19, 2008 - 10:32 pm

    The color is just so 3D Mare and these are amazing. I love your work, it’s like a peek in the life without too posed. 🙂

  • Ritz Rivera - May 20, 2008 - 9:11 am

    Gorgeous family shot…your images just have that “Mare” signature to them…beautiful!

  • Tobi - May 20, 2008 - 12:04 pm

    Umm Wow!! These are all stunning…But that last one is just perfection…

  • PamN - May 20, 2008 - 4:00 pm

    You deserve to be giddy over these – they are jaw-droppingly beautiful!

  • Kristina - May 20, 2008 - 8:21 pm

    Very cool work! It’s always a treat to see what your creative mind has come up with. So inspiring. These are beautiful and I LOVE the family image! Great work.

  • CarmenM - May 20, 2008 - 10:08 pm

    I gasped when I saw the last one of the family. That is stunning!

  • elizabeth - May 21, 2008 - 9:32 am

    What a great session looks like you had an awesome time.

  • Mary Beth - May 22, 2008 - 5:57 am

    I’m trying to think of words to explain how much I love these! The location, lighting and your special artistic talents all come together to create such incredible works of art. The family image? – jaw dropping!

  • Daniela - May 22, 2008 - 7:25 am

    These are so dreamy Mare….love them! The family shot is TDF!

  • Kelli - May 22, 2008 - 8:37 am

    Oh, wow. These are drop dead gorgeous.

  • Sherial - May 23, 2008 - 9:29 am

    Love them all but the family image is just gorgeous.

  • Anna Mayer - May 25, 2008 - 3:43 pm

    What a fantastic location!! Way too cool!

  • Elin - May 25, 2008 - 6:21 pm

    LOVE the first one! The light, the colors….beautiful!

  • Mellissa DeMille - May 26, 2008 - 3:04 pm

    OMG! These are so rich and wonderful. #3 will win any contest you enter it in. Great work!

  • Nina Pomeroy - May 27, 2008 - 8:35 am

    Love that last family shot – the sky, the contrast, everything about it is perfect!

  • June - May 27, 2008 - 11:10 am

    Gorgeous! These are true works of art!

  • Jen Lane - May 27, 2008 - 10:51 pm

    Such a beautiful session with a beautiful family! And your youtube shares always crack me up.

  • Heather Gibb - May 28, 2008 - 9:09 am

    Wow the family info is breathtaking!!!!! Your work is amazing!!

  • kathy wolfe - May 29, 2008 - 3:10 pm

    wow, Mare. I adore your work.

  • Stacy W. - May 29, 2008 - 9:21 pm

    Wow – I absolutely adore the second one! And the family image is perfect as well!