(wow that sounds dirty and I don’t mean it to! LOL)

My copy is here! I ripped open the bag from Wiley Publishing almost the minute that I got it. It’s my first OFFICIAL published work (with hopes sent out to the universe for many more in the future)! I’m so giddy with excitement. A big thank you to the Bay Area’s Ginny Felch, who recruited me to be a part of this awesome work and to her co-author and pal of mine, Allison Tyler Jones, who has had her life changed by contributors Jeff & Julia Woods as much as my life has been changed by their brand of inspiration and art. I am honored to be present in this amazing group of photographers, some of whom I have met and known Stacey Wasmuth and Lisa Russo as well as other photographers whose work appears in this amazing text: Kim Heffington, Melanie Sikma, Laura Cottrill. I should mention that the Photo Workshop concept is a brainchild by the famous and wonderful Robert Farber.

Photographing Children: Photo Workshop

Needless to say I am without words (a first) and now I must go be excited and look through this amazing text.

Thanks for stopping in!

xoxo, Mare



p.s. On a much more solemn and serious note. I cannot turn my head without making a plea for these majestic and much needed animals. Today I rec’d notice from the Defenders of Wildlife that the Bush/Cheney Administration is stripping the vital federal protection for wolves in the Greater Yellowstone and Northern Rockies area. This area and these animals hold a truly special place in my heart and under the existing management plans all but 300 wolves could be eliminated which would be a huge tragedy. Please, if you are lucky enough to be able to make a donation for whatever you can afford, please consider donating to help save our wolves. This often misunderstood creature has become a vital part to re-establishing the food chain balance in the area of its’ reintroduction.

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  • Connie Groah - February 21, 2008 - 3:12 pm

    Congratulations Mare! That is truly wonderful and hopefully the first of many publications! Can you tell us a bit more about what this book is about? I’d love to hear!

  • Lisa - February 21, 2008 - 6:53 pm

    Dang! I want a copy!!! Booo Hiss! LOL 😉

  • Elizabeth - February 22, 2008 - 11:11 am

    Oh my gosh.. congratulations on the mag..how awwwsommmeee for you.. wheeee

  • caitlin domanico photography - February 22, 2008 - 3:43 pm


  • Marianne - February 23, 2008 - 12:00 pm

    thanks, it’s actually a book due out soon, like it might even be out already! LOL

  • Sinead - February 23, 2008 - 10:59 pm

    Congratulations! I’m so impressed with how far you’ve come since the old days on DWF. Your work is gorgeous. I’m going over to amazon.com right now to see if the book is available.

  • waynette - February 26, 2008 - 2:19 pm

    awesome Mare! You do have a great style. I can’t wait to see one.

  • Paige - February 26, 2008 - 8:30 pm

    I can’t pick one up at my local bookstore, Mare. Your work is so inspiring.

  • Julia - February 26, 2008 - 8:36 pm

    This is AMAZING!!! What an honor (so well-deserved, too) — HUGE congrats!!

  • Jen Lane - February 26, 2008 - 10:28 pm

    Oh how wonderful! Congratulations Mare!! I can’t wait to see the book irl!

  • Pam Biasotti - February 26, 2008 - 10:34 pm

    THAT IS SO AWESOME. Well deserved kudos for your talent and artistic vision.


  • Steph - March 5, 2008 - 7:06 am

    Congrats Mare! What a great accomplishment on top of what you have achieved already! I’ll be searching for that book today 🙂

  • Paula - March 6, 2008 - 3:19 pm

    I can’t believe I didn’t comment on this the first time I read this – but this is so freakin’ awesome, Mare! I am soooo proud of you!!!!!

  • Marianne - March 11, 2008 - 3:52 pm

    Oh thank you all so much. I’ve gotten a ton of emails and kind words sent my way re: this. Thanks for all the happy/well wishes.

  • Jessica - March 13, 2008 - 7:28 am

    I just ordered my copy! Congrats of the publish and can’t wait to see what’s inside! YAY!

This afternoon I had the pleasure of photographing the all too adorable (~swoon~ those eyes~) S. She is a beauty (and her parents aren’t too bad themselves!). And she kept me on my toes the.whole.time. It was a real pleasure to photograph her at 15 months of age. I love that her mom brought tons of clothes for us to play ‘dress-S-up’ in. Whoever said that doing sessions inside involves LESS running around then outside, well, they definitely did not have a 15 month old runner walker on their hands. 😀 So here it is, the sneak peek that is so anticipated that you can hardly help yourself. 🙂 Isn’t she a beauty?

Back Up Against the Wall


Blue Eyes

Thanks to S’s mom & dad for coming out from the Mokena area to play at the studio.

Check back for details on Ltd Sessions coming up! And oh…don’t forget, client Q&As are coming up (as soon as said Q&As are done by this blogger that has been chillaxing a bit too much on the Q&A front)

xoxo, Mare


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  • caitlin domanico photography - February 21, 2008 - 11:42 am

    what a sweetie!!!

  • Teya - April 4, 2008 - 5:24 pm

    Fabulous! You have a way of making every subject shine with soul – their own and yours together!

Today I travelled to Wrigleyville to Metro to photograph this month’s (SOLD OUT! Woo!) Baby Loves Disco event. It was a blast. This was my first time with Baby Loves Disco and for my blog readers with little ones, YOU MUST do this. Fun music from OUR generation, bartenders and play stuff galore for the kids. It was fun (and weird to be in Metro during daylight hours!) I had an amazing time and I’d like to thank Tiffanie Sperling, the Baby Loves Disco Chicago hostess for encouraging me to play with the Baby Loves team. Tiffanie also owns Big Belly and On A Roll Stroller Fitness so please check her site out!

Back to the Baby Loves Disco details…I will have all images up by the 20th in a private gallery for those that are interested. You can email me at marianne@marmaladephotography.com to get signed up for details. Once the gallery is released I will send out info to those who sign up for it. 🙂

Thanks to all the adorable kids who attended and allowed me to photograph them.

Here’s a couple of sneak peeks for what is coming up in the gallery:

Stage Diving, Well Sorta…

The Monkey Boys

Ooooh, almost forgot!  If you’d like to view the overall vision of 2007 by Marmalade Photoraphy in our year end slideshow, you can view it by clicking HERE  It will be coming down later this week  and will be unavailable after that time.


xoxo, Mare


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  • Elizabeth - February 18, 2008 - 8:36 pm

    Baby Loves Disco?? never heard of it.. sounds like a riot.

  • Abee Zeigler - February 22, 2008 - 10:26 am

    just looking for the baby loves disco pictures #11


  • Mary - April 13, 2008 - 9:28 pm

    Cool pics!

  • Mary - April 13, 2008 - 9:33 pm

    just sending a shout out to mare, baby loves disco, tiffany, & metro! Had a blast @BLD today!! Can’t wait to the pics!! Thank you!!!

I had the bestest time yesterday! DJ and his parents welcomed me into their home and let me photograph the early days of almost ONE. Today, you see is DJ’s first birthday. And those crazy kids that are also known as DJ’s parents are expecting #2 in July. DJ, enjoy being an only child, brother…because soon enough your world is gonna change! LOL.

A big thanks to D & K for allowing me to photograph DJ and their family. I had a blast getting to know you and the family and I think you will be VERY happy with the images we captured yesterday. Here’s a quick couple of sneak peeks to tide you over…

Lift Me Up

Pee A Boo!

On a side note…on my way to Orland Park yesterday for my session with DJ and his family, listening to Nine FM (“we play anything”) I heard Aerosmith’s “Back in the Saddle Again”. How appropriate, I think. 🙂 I so love Aerosmith, truly, madly, deeply. It was a great start to a fantastic day!

Thanks for stopping in!


xoxo, Mare

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  • Linda Jacobson - February 18, 2008 - 12:57 pm

    I can not wait for the rest. You seemed to have captured some great moments.

    All my best,
    (Karen’s sister, Las Vegas)

The flurry of activity surrounding the second week in February always never fails to astound me. First the 11th. My husband and I just celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary. Fifteen years, I can hardly imagine it, cannot count them without sheer surprise that it’s been 15! On the 11th (Monday) I came downstairs in the morning to get the kids ready for school to find a bouquet of my favorite flowers with a wonderfully penned card addressed to yours truly. I have the most romantic husband in the world. This I know is true.

Then the following day, the 12th. Also known as Honest Abe’s bday, also happens to be my dad’s bday. He celebrated #86! I am so fortunate to have such a great dad, a dad who is slowing down with the passage of time. In this past year he’s been diagnosed with a debilitating neurological disorder but he is still mostly himself, I cherish every moment I still have him here. I feel blessed and know that I am lucky to have had such a wonderful relationship with my parents, pretty much ongoing. I’m doubly blessed to have parents that love and support me and my crazy undertakings. I am triply blessed to have those same parents be able to share the joy that is my beautiful little girls…the mere presence of my parents being able to witness their granddaughters’ growth has been an eyeopener for me. It has opened my eyes to what my parents have known all along…children grow up much too quickly. I see that knowledge in my father’s aged eyes. I see what he has seen all along…babies don’t stay babies and little girls become women much too quickly.

The reprieve of emotion comes on the 13th only to follow with Valentine’s Day on the 14th. By this point, I’m pooped. Celebrated out. Frankly, having to lug myself to both my children’s celebratory class time for Valentine’s Day party-dom is almost too much for me. But today I trudged through it and saw, as my father sees, my little girls growing up. My oldest claims she doesn’t like any boys in her class but I saw the look she and her best friend K gave one another, as if they were in on some conspiracy together when adorable “R” passed them in the hallway. My younger child, who’s heart belongs to only “J” smiles every time you mention his name….he does that show off-y boy thing boys do when they like a little girl when he’s around her so at least her crush is reciprocated. She truly is lucky in love, I suspect, because the class goof also has a crush on her-it’s so apparent just by the manner that he goes out of his way to stand next to her or find a way to talk to her. Ahhhh, young love.

Grade school crushes are a rite of passage. The mere mention of this discussion, however, sends my husband straight to shutting off his ears, doesn’t want-to-hear-it-land, “LA LA LA LA!” 🙂 Nonetheless it is true, it is happening. Soon enough Valentine’s Day will turn away from exchanging sweet Valentine cards in class to being given a roses (or other flowers) by their respective high school sweethearts and then later to receive heart shaped (sorta) cut outs from their own children MUCH MUCH further down the line. I wonder if I will look at my grandchildren much the same way my father looks at my children? With the knowledge that the passage of time goes much too quickly and that those little ones only stay little for mere seconds.  I’m tearing up just thinking about.

So there’s my Hallmark thought for today.  Happy Valentine’s (belated or otherwise) Day to you & yours.

xoxo, Mare

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