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.

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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 @ marianne@marmaladephotography.com 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.

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.