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.

Lovely Lashes & Loose Curls

Wall Walker

K Smiles

W Boy

Happy Happy Joy Joy



I am busily editing editing for all sorts of sneak peeks. On Wednesday I’ll have instructions for Baby Love Disco peeps. 🙂 Too many to do’s this week. Eek! Today I am sneak peeking boutique sessions from Naperville this past Saturday. A big thank you to Unique Bowtique, a children’s boutique in Naperville, for allowing me to hang out for the bulk of the day to capture these great kids! I enjoyed my little foray into the world of boutique sessions, it was good fun. A big thank you to the parents who put up with my crazy ideas in the name of "art". Letting your kids hang out in cold rainy weather while some crazy lady photographer takes advantage of the awesome light is a characteristic that I so do enjoy! Thanks for coming out on that cold cold dreary day. (I still am chilled from hanging out outside for that time) So here’s a few images from the day. A big thank you to those kids who indulged me so that I could do what I love best!

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  • Denise - April 14, 2008 - 11:14 am

    Great to see you too! Look forward to seeing the shots. 🙂 Hope you can rest this week!

  • Kimberly Hill - April 14, 2008 - 1:30 pm

    awww, love the last one. That’s one happy boy!

  • jen - April 14, 2008 - 6:48 pm

    I always drool over the way your images just glow. These are wonderful, I especially love the second one. Awesome location.

  • Leah Profancik - April 14, 2008 - 9:17 pm

    They are all beautiful!

  • Brandy - April 14, 2008 - 11:00 pm

    Such stunning shots, I love that brick!

  • Mary Beth - April 15, 2008 - 5:25 am

    These are beautiful! The first one is precious – I’m always a sucker for long eyelashes!

  • Teya - April 15, 2008 - 7:54 am

    With how much you rock, I don’t imagine you have any weekends (or weeks) that aren’t busy!

  • Paula - April 15, 2008 - 9:04 am

    I just love looking at your work Marianne. Your use of light is amazing..even on a dreary day.

  • Anna Mayer - April 15, 2008 - 11:12 am

    Oh, I ADORE that first one! These are all great but that one just really speaks to me. Beautiful work.

  • Meggan - April 16, 2008 - 11:52 am

    These are beautiful Mare! You have such a beautiful distinct style! 🙂

  • naperville mom - April 16, 2008 - 6:03 pm

    you really have a following of photographers

for my walk into the 80’s flashback throwback (and still no pic of me from HS. Angela, my apologies, I swear I just haven’t gotten to it)

For today’s song…I sorta hung out with a kid in HS that was HUGE into them. He was such a weird guy at the time (I grew appreciative of his sort of sardonic sense of self later in HS, during freshman year tho, I was so sheltered I just thought him odd). The Smiths. Unfortunately I didn’t fully appreciate them until they split and Morrissey was on his own. I tell you though, this song will now forever remind me of a Nissan Maxima commercial. LOL.

Tomorrow, lots of stuff. Boutique sessions for one. Sunday, another stint @ the Metro (wow, this music seems REALLY appropriate for the Metro circa 1985 or so…) and then a HS senior session. Look kids, it comes full circle!

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  • Brandy - April 11, 2008 - 11:24 pm

    LOL – A Nisson commercial? Dude – it’s the theme song to Charmed! lololol

  • Lisa Kelly - April 12, 2008 - 6:11 am

    Love the Smiths but didn’t gain my appreciation of them until I was an adult. I would’ve been sooo cool if I had’ve liked them in high school though

  • Jen Lane - April 12, 2008 - 10:46 am

    ha, oh Mare. If you only knew how much Smiths/Morrissey is on my ipod, lol! I have loved those boys forever. Aaaaahhhh. And I’m still bitter that they let Nissan have the song. Just like I’m bitter that The Cure sold out to some printer company. Sheesh. Though I guess it becomes obvious that gen x’ers are now the ones creating commercials/marketing, lol. And they are using what they love!
    JodieO and her dh are also big Smiths fans!I love finding those sorts of things out about people.

  • Elizabeth - April 13, 2008 - 11:42 am

    I forgot all about that video.. I used to love it..infact in High School I took this picture of the girl off the video it turned out really cool.. my photo teacher at the time really liked it..wonder if I can find that print somewhere..anyway.. very nice reminder thanks

  • Paige - April 14, 2008 - 5:28 am

    Smiths fan from way back. Such memories. Listening to this song standing in a crowd at the KA house at Mercer in GA, drinking keg beer and doing jello shots… the year was 1986 or was it spring of 87 by then? Hmmm… I wonder whatever happened to all of those people.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

    They used this song on commercials at some point recently? Really??

I know, NOTHING to do with photography but since I decided to bite the bullet and make a decision (after a long drawn out additional convo of “should we…shouldn’t we?” 😀 ) on the 20th thing. Enjoy a little Joy Division.

I totally know I owe y’all a pic of me playing pom-cheer girl. Soon enough friends. Soon enough. I’ll unearth the box of memories. It’s going to be funny to see how skinny I was back then (when I was utterly convinced that my size 7 jeaned butt was way too big, JUNIORS size 7! LOL)

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  • Paula - April 10, 2008 - 7:20 pm

    So??? Are you going???? Love the new music thing… totally rocks

  • Elizabeth - April 13, 2008 - 11:36 am

    I love Joy Division.. one of my most favorite bands ever….

  • Mellissa - April 15, 2008 - 11:33 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this. It’s one of my all time fave songs ever. I had tickets to see them in NYC back in the day, but that concert got canceled for loss of the singer. I had never even seen a video of them. Very cool to watch.

    We should do some 80s reminiscing soon.


Just so much so it isn’t funny. Recently I was made aware of the White People Like blog. If you have not checked it out yet, you must. Something very appropos to my existence at this point is this post here re: highschool. Even more so because my previous blog post discussing my workshop had Just Like Heaven (by The Cure) featured (hey, what can I say, I love(d) Robert Smith…I was one of those smart but sorta wannabe Goth kids who never had the cajones to dye my hair blue because I happened to also be one of those smart sorta cheerleader-pom squad type girls so blue hair would’ve completely clashed with my uniform!)

My entire point here is the White People Like blog reminded me that I need to send my RSVP out for my 20th reunion. It’s been a horrid decision making process…do I go?  Do I not go?

One of my good friends (from hs) and I had a recent email exchange. It went sort of like this:

Her: Are we going?

Me: I dunno, are we?

Her: Hmmm…should we go?

Me: See, I dunno. You wanna?

If it seems we are crippled with the decision making process we so very much are. LOL.

But now that the due date for the RSVP is upon me I think it might be wise to make out the check to attend. My biggest hurdle at this point is how I’ll juggle the session I have scheduled for that late afternoon with going to this shindig. (sigh)

As an aside, I searched high & low to find an image of me in hs, because discussions of hs are not sufficient without horrid humorous images from the 80’s backing this blog post up. Somehow (luckily) I suspect my big box of hs memories is cloistered away amongst the many boxes hidden in my basement. Probably better that it is so, does anyone really need to see the competition pic of me circa 1986 after a performance at Six Flags Great America? Somehow I doubt it.

Off to RSVP one way or the other. :)  And to listen to The Cure once again!

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  • Brandy - April 9, 2008 - 11:49 am

    Go, you’ll have a great time!
    But I want to see that photo of you in HS . . .

  • Dawn - April 9, 2008 - 12:52 pm

    Absolutely go! You’ll have fun. And they might play The Cure!

  • Angela - April 10, 2008 - 2:26 am

    I’ll be waiting on those high school photos, I shared mine now it’s your turn!

  • Elizabeth - April 10, 2008 - 7:21 am

    the cure.. I saw them a few times locally and in Toronto.. what about Echo and the Bunneymen? or New Order… ahhhhh the good ol’ days..I was one of those goth kids..teehee

  • Mare - April 10, 2008 - 3:41 pm

    I tell you, E…..I adore New Order & Echo. Keep looking, soon enough you’ll see the 80’s flashback throwdown. Molly Ringwald, North Shore of Chicago movie feature chaos! I promise you. 🙂

    How about The Smiths? Joy Division?