And thank goodness for Chris because it was sofa king bulky, I don’t think I could’ve managed hauling it out on my own without the brawn!

Ok, now that I got to say sofa king in a good way…this session made me sofa king happy! I love my repeat clients. I got to see some of my faves this past month…Amanda, Denise, now Whitney & the girls (and guy).

We *R* Fam-i-lee….


The Wanderer


“Mary” Had a Little Lamb



I had the pleasure of photographing M & L (only mere weeks after they came to play at the workshop ). I jokingly told some friends that I’ve photographed them more than my own children in the past month! Anyway, these girls, the sisters that they are, are so beautiful and I don’t believe, not for a second, that a bad photo can be taken of them.

As usual, the girls were dressed to the 9’s. To the 9’s…I tell you. I love frilly girls barefoot amongst the wild. And wild it was, we got to play at the Tallgrass Prairie (sans tallgrasses, that’s a spring misnomer in my opinion) and the girls were in amazing outfits. All three of the girls!

So Whitney, thank you once again for being trusting in my vision coming all the way out from Channahon 🙂 to the studio to get shots taken out in our gorgeous grasslands at the prairie. I think you will be so happy once I finish up with these. Thanks to Chris for being the brawn and your mom for being the assistant du jour. And thanks to your beautiful girls, especially my new BFF 🙂 (hey! she said she was anyway…)

There’s other images of these gorgeous girls if you want to look here & here.

xoxo, Mare


p.s. Yikes, didn’t realize that I didn’t even post an image of the sofa on its’ first field trip…hmmmm…must rectify:


Love & Marriage


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  • Paula - April 21, 2008 - 9:18 am

    gorgeous………… truly some of my faves from you. 😀

  • Marianne - April 21, 2008 - 10:11 am

    Thanks P! Honestly, I have just rocking clients that make my job easy peasy. 🙂

  • elizabeth - April 21, 2008 - 10:36 am

    awww… these are great.. I espically love the second one. The way the light is filtering through her dress

  • Denise - April 21, 2008 - 1:58 pm

    Just stunning….. I want to travel with the couch too. 🙂

  • NicholeVan - April 21, 2008 - 4:58 pm

    So LOVE these, woman! I just can never get enough of your stuff!

  • Tobi - April 21, 2008 - 6:10 pm

    How cool is this!! That lighting is wonderful, and those compositions are just plain lovely!!

  • Danna - April 21, 2008 - 7:20 pm

    wow! these are stunning! sofa king amazing!! lol

  • Angela - April 21, 2008 - 8:24 pm

    Oh the black and white one is my favorite!

  • Brandy - April 22, 2008 - 12:41 pm

    Beautiful work Mare!

  • Stacy - April 22, 2008 - 2:29 pm

    hee hee, you crack me up! Love them all. Your use of light is always amazing!

  • kim - April 22, 2008 - 5:35 pm

    beautiful portraits – so ethereal looking.

  • kathy wolfe - April 22, 2008 - 9:34 pm

    gosh, that last bw one is stuuuuunning. and that couple on the couch..just beautiful.. love your work.

  • MaryAnn T - April 23, 2008 - 8:41 am

    Mare, you know how much I just love that b&w portrait!!

  • Kendell - April 23, 2008 - 8:54 am

    Gasp- that black and white image is pure perfection- it is childhood personified. What a stunning family and such beautiful images!

  • Kirsten - April 23, 2008 - 11:30 am

    Love, love, love your stuff! If you ever want to ship that sofa to San Diego, let me know! 😀

  • Mary Beth - April 24, 2008 - 2:21 pm

    These are *beautiful* and so nostalgic looking. LOL on forgetting to post one of the couch… that cracked me up.

  • Shellie Gansz - April 24, 2008 - 8:17 pm

    these are so beautiful and timeless! you really have such a creative eye!

  • Jen Lane - April 24, 2008 - 8:38 pm

    AAAAAHHHHH! Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!! Well done Mare! I bet Whitney will be THRILLED!

  • Anna Mayer - April 25, 2008 - 10:58 pm

    These are really wonderful! I love how unique and “you” your style is. One of a kind photographer. 🙂

  • Anna-Karin - April 29, 2008 - 4:58 pm

    Love that you took the sofa out on the fieldtrip. Makes for awesome photographs indeed!
    Great stuff as always!

Please follow THIS LINK to the See The Light Workshop site for details on my workshop 102!  I am so excited to presenting a second workshop to help you learn, grow, have those wonderful AHA! moments that Workshop 101 attendees had.  I promise it will be filled with solid “meaty” (as one of my attendees from 101 so eloquently stated) bits to take with.  My goal, ultimately, is to help photographers find their right path to not only $uccesses but artistic successes as well.  I want each of you to be the best you can be.  The entire premise behind the See The Light Workshop is to help the photographer who feels they are not on the right path, to help the photographer who may be just starting out, to help the photographer who is NOT seeing the proverbial light.  Ultimately it is about making your business work for you.

If you have not seen some images from 101 I’m here to share just a couple of the gorgeous models from that day:

See The Light Wkshp I


See The Light Wkshp II


See The Light Wkshp III


xoxo, Mare


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  • Mellissa - April 18, 2008 - 11:45 am

    This really sounds like a fabulous workshop. I wish I could come.

  • elizabeth - April 18, 2008 - 4:32 pm

    wish I could go.. sigh..

  • kathy wolfe - April 18, 2008 - 8:01 pm

    You ROCK Mare!!

  • Brandy - April 18, 2008 - 8:19 pm

    LOVE these! I wish you much success with the workshop!

  • Chantelle - April 20, 2008 - 6:18 am

    sounds amazing! wish I could come all the way from Aus!

  • June - April 20, 2008 - 8:35 pm

    These are some fantastic images! Love the way you see the light!

  • Mary Beth - April 24, 2008 - 2:22 pm

    Oooo – that second one is to die for! 🙂

A big thanks to G & C who travelled from ZION (yes Zion folks!) to have a Marmalade Urban Studio session done.  We ended up doing a lot of images indoors because it was SOOOOO windy yesterday.  Like gusts of wind just whipping up….I didn’t think that would make for awesome hair!  🙂

I was so excited to meet the parents to be and even more so because I think that C is one of the most adorable expecting moms to be.  I know she feels that end of pregnancy angst but honestly all I saw was glow & happiness.  These two are going to be AMAZING parents.  I just know it.

Also a big thanks to Glady (I hope I am spelling it right) who has got to be one of the cutest dogs that has ever graced the Marmalade Studio (definitely the most behaved).  I wish I would’ve brought some doggy treats for her sweet self….she makes a good poster child for having a dog.  I bet Glady is going to love her new baby sister (let’s hope!)

So for C…here you go…a little sneak peek.  Enjoy!

Pink is for Girls!

Vision in White


Thanks for stopping in…

xoxo, Mare


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  • Stacy - April 17, 2008 - 9:38 am

    Great captures, mommy to be does have a glow about her :).

  • Teya - April 17, 2008 - 10:11 am

    Love the color choices in the first one! Very different and fun. Beautiful images and beautiful subject 🙂

  • Mellissa - April 17, 2008 - 11:33 am

    All I see is glow and happiness too! What a gorgeous mom to be.

  • C :) - April 17, 2008 - 12:54 pm

    I had a blast yesterday working with you Marianne! These pictures look wonderful and I am drooling to see the rest. Thank you for being so nice to both G and Gladdy, now I won’t have to twist their arms to get them to come back out for the newborn photos. 😉


  • PamN - April 17, 2008 - 1:51 pm

    That second one is gracefully classic – what a beautiful image and piece of art! Perfect for the parents bedroom!

  • kathy wolfe - April 17, 2008 - 7:17 pm

    wow, Mare!! stunning!!!!!

  • June - April 17, 2008 - 7:53 pm

    Your blog and your work are absolutely stunning. xo 🙂

  • Angela - April 17, 2008 - 9:52 pm

    Beautiful work Mare!

  • Kimberly Hill - April 18, 2008 - 5:23 am

    Gorgeous subject and images, Mare. The second one really catches my eye – so timeless and beautiful.

  • Lisa Kelly - April 18, 2008 - 6:54 am

    Stunning work as always. She looks beautiful

  • Danna - April 18, 2008 - 11:13 am

    WOW!!! #2 is take your breath away gorgeous!!

  • Kelli - April 18, 2008 - 1:06 pm

    Beautiful work as always:)

  • elizabeth - April 18, 2008 - 4:32 pm

    Just beautiful.

  • […] pre-vacation.  First up: Baby R.   You may remember her mom, I had the pleasure of photographing during her beautiful mama for her maternity images.  Baby Girl is just two weeks old in these images.  Welcome to the world oh beautiful […]

Whew. I’m telling you, this weekend was a whirlwind, I was begging for Monday to come around. I practically had to be in two places at once on Sunday. By the time I got home Sunday night I was ready to hit the bath for a hot soak(it never did happen)! LOL. Regardless, Baby Loves Disco is always a treat for me. While I am more than certain that I am not producing images that are going to be competition worthy (shooting in a busy area by the stairs that encompasses a 5 foot x 6 foot area, tops,with people walking through and children who get distracted by all the shiny objects and lots of stuff going on with no natural light available in the very awesome but not very well lit interior of The Metro ) 😀 I know that I definitely feed off the energy there and I get to meet some really awesome kids with personalities….large personalities in teeny tiny adorable little bodies. Don’t take MY word for it, you be the judge:

The Good

The Groovin’

The Dramatic

The (less than happy @ this moment) Repeaters… :)

The Event


A big thank you to Tiffanie Spearling who is the Chicago BLD Hostess (and rockin’ holder of boas for yours truly). Go check out Big Belly Fitness, while Tiffanie isn’t busy with Baby Loves Disco stuff she is providing fitness programs for busy new moms everywhere in the Chicago and Suburban area. She’s pretty awesome. Check it out if you think that a stroller fitness regimen is for you.

• • • • • • • •

Now for the good stuff, IF you were at BLD this past weekend and it’s time for you to want to get a look @ your images & do the ordering, shoot off an email to me @ with the # given to you at the time of shooting. Galleries will go up tomorrow later afternoon and will be up for several days for ordering. Details to be sent in the email. A big thank you to everyone who made this past weekend’s Baby Loves Disco a rousing success. I had a blast meeting everyone. It’s always a fantastic (tiring) time!

xoxo, Mare




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I say appropriate because I’ve been obsessing about the 80’s, highschool, all that good stuff…. Sunday I had the privilege of meeting MG and her awesome mom Barb. MG is a junior at a local HS and came to get "Senior" photos done. For those of you who get confused when photographers throw around terms like "Senior" photos, we mean high school seniors and not necessarily the geriatric set. 😀 High school kids are always great fun to be around. I love this age (talk to me in about 7 years when we’ll be full knee deep in feminine teenagehood in my house though…). I had so much fun in highschool, it really should’ve been illegal. Not that they were the best years of my life but definitely not the angst filled nightmare some people claim their highschool years were. Meeting new people, hanging out with them and being introduced to a whole new world beyond the first 13 years of my life…pretty amazing stuff. So when it comes to photographing this age group I LOVE to find out what they love, what they do. To me….these are SOME of the best years of your life (again, SOME of the best years, not THE best years. LOL). Life is still pretty new and the experiences are fresh and fun and you’re expected to be giddy, wild, fun. What would the point be if you weren’t. Anyway….I’m going on a tangent….MG and her mom graciously came out to the studio to have MG’s Senior pix taken. Isn’t she beautiful? Thanks MG & Barb for coming out, hanging out and reminding me of how much fun being a teenager is (eyerolls & all!) Just a couple in her gorgeous dress….


Spring Green




BLD peeps, tomorrow I’ll post details on how to access the BLD gallery with a few sneak peeks on the blog.





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  • Brandy - April 15, 2008 - 10:07 am

    What a beauty! Love that black and white one!

  • Kimberly Hill - April 15, 2008 - 10:14 am

    She’s lovely! The expression in the black and white really caught my eye.

  • PamN - April 15, 2008 - 11:01 am

    Really different – and stunning! What a lovely girl!

  • June - April 15, 2008 - 12:47 pm

    Gorgeous. She’s so lucky to have a photographer who creates beautiful works of art!

  • kathy wolfe - April 15, 2008 - 2:17 pm

    your work never ceases to amaze me… and something about gorgeous girls in their prom dresses that i find so beautiful.. Love these, Mare!

  • Shellie Gansz - April 17, 2008 - 8:13 am

    Love your b/w tones.