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!

One of my most beloved small movies is actually a commercial.  I have several in fact (all advertisements, however subtle they may be, produced to be viral pieces of beauty or humor filled to spread the buzz of the brand they signify)…this is my ‘beauty’ favorite.  Stay tuned til the end to see the real deal of the WHY this is.

(photographers, be ready for real eye candy)


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  • Elin - May 18, 2008 - 8:28 am

    Thats the most beautiful commersial I have ever seen! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

I am honestly most thankful that now, having been out of the world of nursing for a year and a half, I do not have to attend anymore mandatory meetings.  DH and I were discussing the infamous Dave Barry quote:

If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race
has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word
would be "meetings."

Which always amused me.   The hospital that he and I both worked LOVED the mandatory meeting / focus group concept.  There of course is nothing wrong with meetings but often they felt like nothing got accomplished.  I do NOT miss the mandatory meeting.

Which brings me to this.  Who doesn’t love mocking the caveman set:


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I promise to not be uberchatty this post…

I stumbled upon this link just now.  It moved me to tears.  In the realization that my kids are growing up way faster than I care to think about (I realized sometime ago and reminded myself yesterday that these are the truly happiest days of my life)

The Years Are Short

Since my earlier topic was partly related to finding your inner bliss via your creative vision I’ll mention that the Happiness Project is a good read (the link can be found after The Years Are Short clip).  Good place to bookmark.

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  • Kimberly Hill - May 18, 2008 - 5:48 am

    Loved it, Mare. Thanks so much for sharing! I may be sharing this with my blog readers as well… with credit. 😉