This past weekend (before MORE rain fell on Mother’s Day) I had the pleasure of hanging out & photographing the adorable R Family.  The session took place at The Forest Location (the first forest session of 2008!) and it was truly more awesome because this family lives in Channahon (heck, we’re almost neighbors!) and spend a decent amount of time there…so it was a little more special than usual. 

So…I think Brittney, the mom, gets me, she got the kids and the husband to do THIS!!!!

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I love this picture so much.  I can’t even begin to talk about it…

We also had some fun climbing fallen trees:

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and even did a few things for girls only!


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A big thanks to them for travelling all the way from Channahon (LOL) to meet up with me in the forest.



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  • Jennifer - May 12, 2008 - 10:52 am

    Wow, that first image is just beautiful! What a great location…

  • Daniela - May 12, 2008 - 10:58 am

    Sooooo beautiful. Sooooo dreamy.

  • PamN - May 12, 2008 - 1:33 pm

    They are so beautiful! The first one is just a fantastic piece of art for their home.

  • R. Kneschke - May 13, 2008 - 3:53 am

    The first picture is really an extraordinary picture! How about the light? Did you use available light only or some sort of flash?

  • Kelli - May 13, 2008 - 5:16 am

    Color is amazing. I love the family shot…it is perfect.

  • Marianne - May 13, 2008 - 6:19 am

    Thanks guys.

    Available light R.. Plus I would’ve been too far from the subjects to use flash effectively. It was on a cropped sensor dSLR w/the 50mm so the effective focal length was in the 80’ish zone…the distance from the dock was significant and flash would’ve not been effective to illuminate the subjects.

  • Kimberly Hill - May 13, 2008 - 1:11 pm

    That first image? AMAZING!! You + that forest + this family = perfection.

  • Annette Velez - May 14, 2008 - 1:56 pm

    I love your work…especially the pictures at the forest. I must ask, where is this beautiful forest?

  • kathy wolfe - May 14, 2008 - 2:01 pm

    um..wow. no words.

  • June - May 14, 2008 - 7:05 pm

    STUNNING! What more can I say? That first one left me speechless:)

  • Susan Braswell - May 19, 2008 - 10:34 pm

    That 1st one O-M-G

    I will be so sad if these clients get this smaller than a 20×24 and that is probably not the best size for this. I see a 20×30 easily or 30×40 right over their bed.

Does it get better than this?  I rec’d a call from the VERY thoughtful dad who purchased the two session Marmalade Baby Plan for his wife.  Congrats to them (the baby is really little still) and kudos to him.   He gets the thoughtful dad of the year prize!!   My own husband was sitting next to me in the car and I sort of gave him the glance. you know what I mean girls…THE glance.  Like DUDE!  Why didn’t you think of doing something like this for me?  I love pictures!  LOL

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Anyway, thought I’d share the most favorite thing I’ve had happen this week and to share a couple of my own fave people and their own relationship type shots.  One of them is a few posts below (Lisa getting flowers from her youngest) so I won’t bore you any further…


Chicago Mom and Baby Photography




Naperville Mom and Son Photography


Milwaukee Mom and Child Photograph


Chicago Mother and Baby Girl Photographer


oh my gosh, I have a million of these, I have to stop in a minute…


Chicago Northern Suburbs On Location Photographer


Chicagoland Southwest Suburban Photographer


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Chicago Photographer Marmalade Photography



Clarendon Hills Photographer

I’ve gotten carried away, I easily have another 20 or so to add….so finally and most recently

South Suburban Children


Joliet Photographer


Happy Mother’s Day (Eve & Day Day!)




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Anytime a call comes in I start waxing poetic about the occasional rain date.  Well yesterday I got a shipment of totally adorable boots and umbrellas from TARGET of all places and there was a cupcake pair for my little L Girl.  She immediately wanted to put them on and use the umbrella that came in yesterday and knowing this was a moment I couldn’t pass up I took her outside in the rain (thank goodness for weather proofing on the new camera cuz it did get pretty wet).  So kids, altho I am not a fan of selective color, this feels  more vintage.  And I love the mood.  The little play house way out in the background just suits the misty mood of this shot…so I thought I’d share a rainy day moment with you all.



So, gearing up for another rainy afternoon today. 

Photographers: workshop registration still is ongoing.  Last date for early registration $100 discount is at the end of this month.  🙂  Little reminder for you more spendthrifty types!


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  • Caitlin Domanico Pho - May 8, 2008 - 2:34 pm

    This photo is gorgeous!!!

  • Chantelle - May 8, 2008 - 5:14 pm

    wow! what a stunning image, I love the moodiness of it

  • MaryAnn T - May 8, 2008 - 6:10 pm

    Mare, that is an ooohh wow image!! Perfection! I love how her webkin matches her dress, hehe!

  • Whitney - May 8, 2008 - 8:25 pm

    LOVE it! Wish it was Maddie!

  • elizabeth - May 9, 2008 - 6:54 am

    love that song..and video..and the rainy day photo is perfect.

  • Paula Swift - May 9, 2008 - 7:47 am

    Wow ….just gorgeous!

  • Heather Gibb - May 9, 2008 - 9:15 am

    Wow—totally beautiful and amazing!!! How are you going to display that? Canvas, metallic? It is just perfect!!!!

  • Kelli - May 9, 2008 - 3:33 pm

    oh, my goodness…these image rocks. I LOVE it.

  • Laura Geraci - May 9, 2008 - 7:43 pm

    How amazing is that picture!!

  • Jen Lane - May 9, 2008 - 8:19 pm

    love that image. sigh. just darling

    and I how I loved Blind Melon. I was so sad when Shannon Hoon (sure I misspelled his last name) died. Ugh. Such a fun video though!

  • Anna Mayer - May 9, 2008 - 10:22 pm

    Now THAT is a lovely image. Beautiful.

  • Kimberly Hill - May 10, 2008 - 6:41 am

    You make even selective color look good!

  • nina pomeroy - May 10, 2008 - 7:56 am

    WOW – What a fantastic shot with the umbrella and boots!!!! Love the selective tinting and reflection..wonderful work!


I had the pleasure of photographing Lisa and her gorgeous family last fall.  Her three children are a photographer’s dream!  Sweet, polite and really good in front of the camera….it was a joy to capture them discovering and having fun in the forest.

Lisa is quite dynamic, a busy mom of three juggling several things all at once!  I know it’s not atypical for us women to do so many things all at one time but Lisa Z. has it down in spades!   Welcome to the Marmalade Photography 15 minutes of fame (ha, I crack myself up) Q&A.


Naperville Family Photographer

My name:  Lisa Zarkin

My business:  PlanSmart Financial Services (Certified Financial Planner) for 16 years; owner of four Cookie Cutters Salons for the past four years.  One in Geneva and three others in the Naperville area.  And Zoo On Yoo Hair and Body Care for Kidz for 1 year.  Mom to 3 kids.  

I live: in Naperville, IL

A little factoid about me that not many people know about:  I’m taking Tae Kwan Do and am currently a Brown Belt.

One of my fave foods:  cheese pizza

One of my fave brands of kids clothes:  Gymboree for Girls (check out the link I found for girls stuff, it’s soooo stinking adorable!)   & Tommy Hilfiger for Boys

Where I like to shop for grown up clothesWhite House Black Market

When I indulge, I indulge in:  cheese pizza  (I think I’m noticing a trend!  🙂 )

My favorite image from my session with Marmalade Photography is….







Thank you Lisa and thanks to my readers for stopping in!

Namaste, Mare

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  • Guy Teerlinck - May 7, 2008 - 9:54 am

    Great work !!! your pictures are really great.
    Sunny greetings from Spain
    Guy and Gaelle

  • PamN - May 7, 2008 - 10:43 am

    They are all fabulous, but that first one of the toddler giving flowers to Mom is just killer!

  • Meggan - May 7, 2008 - 11:13 am

    These are gorgeous Mare! Love them!

  • Season Moore - May 7, 2008 - 3:11 pm

    Oh these are stunning!

  • Tobi - May 7, 2008 - 6:57 pm

    Umm Wow…what a beautiful session!! they are all amazing.

  • Susan Braswell - May 7, 2008 - 7:07 pm

    What a beautiful family and I love hearing about lil facts on photographers clients 🙂

  • Carrie Steffe - May 8, 2008 - 6:42 am

    What a great read! And that mom is just GORGEOUS! Beautiful children too!

  • Ritz Rivera - May 8, 2008 - 10:04 am

    B e a u t i f u l ! That first one is perfect in every way…Mare, your work is so whimsical and just wonderful to look at.

…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:





Thanks for stopping in!  Namaste.




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  • PamN - May 6, 2008 - 5:42 am

    What wonderful memories you are creating for your kids!

  • Kimberly Hill - May 6, 2008 - 10:32 am

    That really is pretty light, Mare. The girls are getting so big – good for you on taking extra time to spend with them!