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 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’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!

As promised, I have a few BLD highlights here on the blog…since this was a special event I took a different course in displaying the images and am including them here on the site.

FIrst though, a big thank you to the City of Chicago’s Office of Mayoral Special Events that invited the BLD gang to come out and share the rhythm with Taste.   We had a rainy late afternoon/evening but the attendees STILL had a blast (as witnessed by the dancing that went on in the midst of major downpour). 

A big thank you to Tiffanie Spearling, once again, and everyone who made BLD Taste possible…I hope you ENJOY a Taste of Taste. 😉


I had planned on getting some vacation pix posted up but I haven’t gotten around to downloading my images off my cards even (it’s been an excruciatingly busy week in Marmaland especially for someone who is supposed to be "on vacation" this week…) , so I hope there will be some stuff to share next time!!

In Marmaland, DH has gotten around to finally putting up my fantabulous shelving in my laundry room.  I feel all Martha Stewartish (sorta) again and am trying to fight the urge to reorganize everything.  I’m a do it all or nothing kind of gal and it’s been a long time coming getting this house organized.  There always seems to be *something*.  LOL  So maybe if I get motivated I’ll snap some pix and show off my uberorganized laundry room.  Is it sick to have a laundry room make one happy?  😀

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I had the pleasure of photographing Lisa’s baby girl the day I left for vacation.  A little backstory on this session–Lisa brought accessories galore.  I am telling you we had jewelery, shoes (OH MY GOSH THE SHOES!), vintage accessories, hats…man this mom was *prepared*.

A big thanks to them for travelling out from within Chicago out to my studio.   I hope it was everything you were hoping for and MORE.  I truly enjoyed meeting you guys and think you will be truly delighted with the images we captured during our session…

So on with the sneak peeks!


Marmalade Photography Photographs Babies


Chicago Child Photography for Adults and Babies


Lots of Arms and Feet in these Images, eh?


• • • • •

 The next part of the blog suits this video a friend of mine linked to me on Facebook…incredible!


Let’s talk Baby Loves Disco…  Sunday was on & off rainy but we still  managed to get a whole lot of fun in….if you were an attendee this past Sunday at Grant Park @ the BLD does Taste of Chicago event please email me at (take out the periods) and in a few days I’ll be ready to premier the slideshow and you can purchase images at that time if you’d like.

Here’s just a taste of the Taste.  🙂  Doing it photojournalistic style, shooting it like it happened.  Don’t they say pictures are worth 1,000 words?


Taste of Chicago

Happy Feet!


DJ Bald Eagle Jammed it UP!


Ms. Mia the MC threw a righteous party!


These boots are made for dancing!

Hoola Hoops!

Photographer for Children of ALL Ages.

…hopefully more to come in the coming days. 🙂 

Thanks for stopping in.  Namaste.

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  • Leah Profancik - July 1, 2008 - 9:33 am

    I love that little girls outfit-the pettiskirt and top are tooo cute! I love the photos of the festival too. Great work as usual!

  • chantelle bliss - July 1, 2008 - 3:55 pm

    love these, the second one especially, she is just darling!

  • June - July 2, 2008 - 11:39 am

    She is darling! Wonderful captures–I adore the feel of these.

  • Terrilyn - July 2, 2008 - 6:05 pm

    Oh gosh, she is darling!! I totally love all the extras mom brought to the session, they were worth the effort! Great work Mare!

  • Desiree - July 5, 2008 - 9:23 pm

    These are sooo great! I love love love that last one!

  • Nina Pomeroy - July 7, 2008 - 6:29 am

    What a cute that little girl is in the petticoat! Images to cherish for sure.

Really quick because is on the Taste of Chicago adventure today and I have to hightail it over to Grant Park to do some images for the always fun, never boring Baby Loves Disco set…

Before I leaving for vacation I had quite the busy end of week.  In the midst of it I had the pleasure of photographing this family of FIVE kids.  Five!  It was a blast getting to know them and their gorgeous mom (I still can’t believe she’s the mom of FIVE!) and I felt lucky to be part of their lives for the evening.   I travelled up to their home on the north side to hang out for a couple of hours with them.


Chicago Child Family Photographer


Mom and Daughter Photographs

Having Fun With the Boys Family Photorapher


Thank you for stopping in.  Namaste.


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  • elizabeth - June 29, 2008 - 12:00 pm

    These are awesome.. really great stuff here, gorgeous family hope you had fun at the Taste of Chicago

  • Shellie - June 29, 2008 - 2:02 pm

    I love all the connections that you captured!

  • chantelle - June 29, 2008 - 6:12 pm

    wow, 5 kids! that must have been a busy session lol i really really love these, the last one especially is so fun!

  • PamN - June 30, 2008 - 4:52 am

    You have such a gift for transforming images of everyday moments into ART! These are wonderful.

  • Danna Bowes - June 30, 2008 - 10:52 pm

    these are fabulous, really really fabulous. I LOVE the connection between mom and daughter, that will be a bautiful keepsake for years to come.