The frontpage of my site is down.  


I have major server issues as of late.  It’s a long drawn out story I won’t bore y’all with but suffice it to say the site is getting "moved" although to you blog readers it shouldn’t affect anything.


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Needless to say, it couldn’t have happened at a worse time.  🙁  Anyway….


NAMASTE, right?

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  • Paula - June 18, 2008 - 5:43 am

    seriously??? i am soo sorry….

  • elizabeth - June 18, 2008 - 6:38 am

    Freakin computers… sigh.. sorry to hear

It seems very appropriate that the session that ties in to my Mother’s Day post last month is highlighted today, on Father’s Day.    🙂

I travelled to Barlett yesterday to do a session with the fabulous (FABULOUS!) P Family and their almost brand new baby boy.  A big congrats to them and also a huge thank you from me because I am truly lucky to have made it into this warm, caring family’s life by way of being their photographer for a couple sessions (and hopefully many more).  Their baby, A, is an amazingly sweet soul who put up with me and the big black box covering my face for 3/4 of the time together.  A is truly a lucky guy, growing up with terrific parents like N&N.

So Happy Father’s Day to you all.  And the gift of a sneak peek of brand new life….welcome to the world, A.  We are glad you are here….I wish for you that you find beauty, hope and have luck with everything you do.

Chicago Father


Baby Photographer



Thanks for stopping in….I have one last tidbit.

As I was driving home yesterday this came on the radio and I thought to myself…oh yeah!!  Dug this up on YouTube and thought to myself, I wonder what the years did to Ian Asbury…last I heard he was doing some front man work for The Doors….hmmmm….something to go ahead and research.


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  • Chantelle - June 15, 2008 - 6:29 pm

    oh my what a beautiful baby, that hair….the second colour one is so perfect 🙂 and LOVE the you tube! The Cult are one of my fav bands, Ian Astbury, the years I would say were not so good to him, way too much excess I think lol

  • Cindy - June 15, 2008 - 8:38 pm

    Oh what a gorgeous baby! The second shot is absolute perfection. The colors are so soft and he just looks so peaceful. Wonderful work!

  • nina pomeroy - June 16, 2008 - 6:52 am

    That second color shot is just beautiful. The lighting is spectacular. It needs to be big!

  • Daniela - June 16, 2008 - 7:05 am

    Mare – that second image is just soooo gorgeous….wow!

  • - June 16, 2008 - 8:50 am

    Love that second one….perfection~~

  • Samara Hutcheson - June 16, 2008 - 1:27 pm

    What a beautiful family! I am just in love with the second image!

  • Caitlin Domanico - June 16, 2008 - 3:36 pm

    Aw this session is gorgeous.

  • Tobi - June 16, 2008 - 6:36 pm

    Wow, these are stunning, I can’t stop looking at that second one, the colours are beautiful and it is screaming “great big canvas above the fireplace!!!”

  • The P Family - June 16, 2008 - 11:26 pm

    Hi Mare! Words cannot express our feelings, emotions, etc from our session! These pics turned out so beautiful, so classic, capturing our important moments! We cannot wait for our next session and so glad that we opened our moments for you to capture! Thank you so much for bringing this passion and working with us during the session! See you soon!

  • Anna-Karin - June 17, 2008 - 12:03 am

    I love love love that second image. So beautiful! The sleepy baby on a beautiful bed and all the gorgeous colors around. This is the perfect choice for a wall portrait!

  • corey civetta - June 17, 2008 - 4:37 am

    Beautiful, beautiful work, Mare! I love the one on the bed!

  • Jen Lane - June 20, 2008 - 9:51 pm

    OK, when I saw the second image (over on your new site!) I GASPED out loud. I swear I did. The dog sat up and gave me a very annoyed look for disturbing her sleep.
    Mare, that is one of the MOST beautiful, rich, gorgeous newborn images I have ever seen. I mean that. The color is amazing. The luxury of all that fabric is amazing. The utter BEAUTY of that baby is amazing.
    Very well done!

  • Kelli - June 25, 2008 - 8:53 am

    these are breathtaking…

  • kathy wolfe - June 30, 2008 - 4:46 pm

    that 2nd image is amazing. wow.

just drop off the key lee, and get yourself free….


WHY? might you be asking am I singing old Simon and Garfunkel.  Hmmmm…only the S family all the way from Missouri knows!

Yes bloggers, you read that right.   Missouri.  😀

Thank you to Erin, Scott & their gorgeous three kids who made the trek of all treks out to the studio Thursday evening for a Marmalade Waterfall Session.  The images are fabulous and they were so very sweet to me (even if chocolate melted and a/c decided to take a hike).  I hope they enjoy their time in Illinois however short it may be.

Here’s their sneak peek!  Enjoy.




american girl :)


photographer for boys of all ages


baby and mom moments


thanks for stopping in….Namaste.

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  • kathy wolfe - June 13, 2008 - 7:20 pm

    so so beautiful. I just love the uniqueness in your work – bw, color – urban, country – doesnt matter – i can tell its a Marmalade no matter where it is.. thats what i love about your work… its just always sooo lovely.

  • Erin - June 13, 2008 - 11:11 pm

    Here we all are gathered at the hotel reading your blog and getting a sneak peek at our session.
    We had a wonderful time…Thank-you!!
    You were so sweet and treated my children with such respect.
    What a beautiful talent you have we are blessed you shared with us.

  • christie provost - June 14, 2008 - 12:47 pm

    love that song too! lol

    i love how happy and naturally beautiful they are, nothing posed or phony about them. 🙂

  • kristine k. - June 16, 2008 - 6:10 pm

    what a beautiful family. that one of the dad and the boys is amazing. your work is incredible!!

  • janet - June 16, 2008 - 8:05 pm

    Marianne-You have outdone yourself. This family will cherish these forever. I only wish I could go back in time and bottle up moments like this.

  • Marianne - June 16, 2008 - 8:07 pm

    Thank you everyone. 🙂 It was an honor to photograph this family.

  • Danna Bowes - June 18, 2008 - 8:06 am

    wow Marianne, these are just stunning, what a beautiful family and your images of course are as AWESOME as usual 🙂

Out where we live there are still a ton of open fields.  However the issue with fields such as the one I used for my mini quickie session with my girls (out in minooka) is that if it is untilled land (in june!) chances are some development is going to be headed this way (sigh).  There are all these mini areas of wild flowers all over land tracts in the area so I took the girls out this evening to take advantage of the shoulder high beautiful yellow blooms that made some fields explode in yellow delights.    Also, it isn’t often where I have two willing parties to the photographic purpose.  Not often at all.  🙂

Thanks for stopping by.  No children were tortured in the making of the following images.  🙂


chicago area children

I love the bit of motion in her swooshing skirt.  Adds to the moment that I captured here.



this little light of mine...

The light on her face just makes me happy






Thanks for stopping by!! 


Edited to include a song I heard today on XRT and it took me back.  Far Gone & Out…love love JAMC.  Love.



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  • chantelle bliss - June 12, 2008 - 1:59 am

    these are all amazing, but that second one………wow, that is an award winner 🙂

  • PamN - June 12, 2008 - 5:13 am

    Oh, I wanna see what these look like on your walls!

  • Brandy - June 12, 2008 - 10:58 am

    Absolutely gorgeous as usual!

  • Kimberly Hill - June 12, 2008 - 11:20 am

    Total Marm-ness! I can tell your images the second I see them. Love the rich color in Marmaland!

  • Amy Lynden - June 12, 2008 - 11:28 am

    Hi Marianne,
    Love the pictures – wish I was back in Illinois to enjoy the beautiful fields… but gotta add, love Jesus and Mary Chain… we have similar taste in music :). It was great meeting you at wppi!

  • traci - June 12, 2008 - 7:23 pm

    your pictures take my breath away. beautiful.

  • Anna-Karin - June 12, 2008 - 8:33 pm

    Your girls are so beautiful and so is your photography!
    Great captures. Print them big mama!

  • Pammy - June 13, 2008 - 9:01 am

    These are dreamy–what a great present they gave their mommmy.

  • Pammy - June 13, 2008 - 9:01 am

    I guess I can’t spell. Ha

  • Nina Pomeroy - June 13, 2008 - 6:35 pm

    OMG – that second shot needs to be big big big big!!!

  • agnes klimek - June 16, 2008 - 4:45 pm

    Hi Mare!
    It’s the Klimeks from Crystal Lake.
    HuUUUHHH (deep breaths!)
    Your girls in the field of yellow flowers
    are just STUNNING!!! I don’t even want to blink!
    Simply amazing…….

It never hit me that yesterday was 06-07-08 until I was processing some images from my nephew’s pre-wedding photo session at my studio.  I love plays on numbers, last year all the rage was to have a wedding on 07-07-07 (probably in Vegas, right?).  I wonder if 06-07-08 was in any demand for the die hard wedding photogs?

Incidentally i have received about six phone calls, two emails and a couple of shout outs on the internet about the status of my studio (it’s located in Wilmington which was one of the areas hit by tornadoes in the Chicago Southland yesterday).  all is good as far as i can tell.  from what i understand tornadoes went through the south part of town (my studio is more north in the historic downtown area).  thankfully no one was hurt from what i’ve read.  i’ll only know for sure once i get down there in the next few days.  All is good on this front (thankfully) and thanks to all of you who have been worried and trying to get in touch with me to find out if we’re ok.

• • • • • •

Yesterday was a BUSY busy day in Marmaland.  First, I photographed my nephew’s fiance in the a.m. at her parents home and then did pre wedding bridals & bridal party images at my studio.  I love LOVE the concept of getting wedding images taken pre wedding and eschewing the antiquated notion of the bride & groom not seeing each other pre wedding.  Somehow I suspect that many couples who have not made good on their marriage vows did follow the don’t see your bride before the wedding notion so right there is the debunking of that old thought.

Secondly, what better time to get images taken then when you are freshly made up, get to relish in that pre wedding time with your beloved and get to spend some time more relaxed and less rush rush then in between ceremony & reception?  Other than doing these sort of images post ceremony several days/weeks later I cannot think of a more wonderful way to capture a bride & groom then pre wedding.  It helps eat of that pre jitters time and occupy your minds with something else and personally it’s more relaxed photographically speaking.  I noticed that I had more "play" time to be creative and the bride and groom just opened up to the camera.  So although I do weddings fairly sparingly (usually intentionally so) I so enjoyed the prewedding photography shoot so much I thought I’d give a shout out for it so that if some bride or groom stumbles upon this PSA they will know that it truly is a good trend in photography.  I even have pix to prove it!!


Chicago South Suburban Photographer


Chicagoland Bride


South Suburban Wedding


Chicago South Weddings


A huge huge thank you to Jacqueline’s, a beautiful, beautiful shoppe next door to my studio (the owners also own a bed & breakfast in Wilmington called Chester Manor which I recommend for anyone making a weekend of it).  Jacqueline’s is a Parisian inspired boutique that carries just beautiful items for Francophiles and non Francophiles alike.  Every time I walk into her shop I sigh because it’s just THAT lovely.  A definite must stop for any of you coming out to the studio or making an antiques excursion out…


Finally,  yesterday was recital at the Rialto Square Theatre for my little darlings (who can’t seem to make up their mind about dance.  Are they done?  Are they not?  They don’t seem to know.  Last week they were DONE DONE DONE and this week, it’s a whole new ballgame.  Gotta love indecisive girls).  I got some great shots in Rialto of my youngest in her adorable costume that I’ll share here.  A big thank you to Pam’s Academy of Dance who puts on this spectacular show, year after year, fairly flawlessly.  I cannot begin to fathom the extent of what it takes to put on a number like this!


Joliet Photographer


Rialto Square Theatre


Thanks for stopping in.  🙂


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  • Paula - June 8, 2008 - 2:19 pm

    wow… first, off, congrats making it thru a very long day. The wedding shots are gorgeous. Very lucky bride and groom to have you in the family!!!! The recital outfit is GORGEOUS! And, tornadoes??? YIKES. Keep us up to date!

  • Pammy - June 8, 2008 - 4:28 pm

    Glad you are okay.

  • Susan Braswell - June 8, 2008 - 4:35 pm

    I wanted to especially comment on the wedding images. Okay I am about to scream – MARE, WOW YOU WERE DESTINED TO DO WEDDINGS. The post processing, angles, crops everything is perfect to a T. I hope you book more…

  • Danna Bowes - June 8, 2008 - 5:21 pm

    so glad you are ok…..

    these images are absolutely stunning!! The one of her looking in the mirror is so beautiful. And the last one of the little girl is adorable.

  • Terrilyn - June 8, 2008 - 6:49 pm

    Oh Mare, these are just BREATHTAKING. Wow.

  • Mellissa DeMille - June 9, 2008 - 9:22 am

    First off, so glad to hear that both you and your studio are okay! And second, you rocked this day. I agree with Susan, you really should consider doing more wedding photography and those dance recital images are just dreamy.

  • Samara Hutcheson - June 9, 2008 - 11:54 am

    Amazing wedding images Mare, just amazing. Seriously makes me want to get married again and hire you!! Well keep the same guy but just do it all over again 😉 And your girls, well gosh are they cute or what!

  • stacey woods - June 9, 2008 - 3:53 pm

    wow wow wow, i have to agree with susan here. these wedding images are FLAWLESS, and the couple looks so extremely relaxed. i think you are so right about the prewedding idea!! and yes, please book more so i can see them, lol!

    and those last two shots of your littlest girl are divine. divine! especially the color one… oh my goodness what fantastic light coming through that door!!!

    ahh, always a treat to visit the marmablog…. 😉

  • Bunny - June 9, 2008 - 9:14 pm

    As the mother of the bride I first want to thank you for making everything go as great as it did for the pictures you were awesome. And the pictures you have posted are great love them and I can not wait to get to see the rest.Abd the girls pictures are awesome to. Again thanks for your support and handling everything like you did.

  • PamN - June 10, 2008 - 5:17 am

    I was wowed by the wedding shots, and wowed again by the shots of your daughter! You are amazing!

  • elizabeth - June 10, 2008 - 8:22 am

    Glad you are ok with all that severe weather and can I just say HOLY COW on the images.. wow girl.. these are stunning

  • Tara McGlinchey - June 10, 2008 - 2:51 pm

    Wow! Your wedding work is fantastic. Add me to the list of those who want to remarry and hire you. 🙂

  • Royann - June 10, 2008 - 7:23 pm

    I wanted to publicly thank Marianne again for the wonderful photos of Brian’s wedding she was terrific and the photos are to. Also thanks for the one of me and Brian everyone has loved it, especially since I didn’t take one of myself. Now I can’t wait for the rest, the little sample just wasn’t enough. I know they’ll love them to when they get back from Jamicia. thanks again

  • Jen Lane - June 10, 2008 - 11:23 pm

    OK, first, SO glad to hear all is well with the studio! Phew!!!

    Second-WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!!!!!!!! You seriously ROCK wedding stuff! Girl, these are too beautiful, too cool, too incredible for words. Sheesh! Could your nephew and his bride to be, be any more beautiful?! Really Mare, these are just stunning! VERY well done!

    And finally, omg could she be any sweeter?! I know by the time the recital is over the kids are just wiped out, but give them a week and they are ready to do it all over again, lol.

  • Marianne - June 11, 2008 - 6:45 am

    thanks everyone. wow….i feel overwhelmed with the wedding love! ha. 😉

  • kathy wolfe - June 11, 2008 - 5:25 pm

    first i want to say that i’m glad you are ok…

    next i need to say that your work blows me away and i cant believe you arent into the wedding business….these are freaking stunning… stunning!!

  • becca - June 14, 2008 - 5:41 pm

    love that shot at the door in her dance costume!! Just gorgeousss!!!

  • Francesca - June 25, 2008 - 11:53 am

    Your girls are as cute as ever and your pictures keep getting more amazing and inspired. happy 4th!

  • KATIE MOORE - July 7, 2008 - 2:41 pm