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 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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Client Q&As coming up in the next week.

Details on STUDIO (yes gang, you read that right) Limited Edition Sessions coming in March coming up in the next few days.

Studio Black

Me? I’m just trying to get back to happy after being REALLY sick for the past week. 🙂 I owe some people email & phone calls, hold tight, I’m on it tomorrow. If you are waiting on a print order/reorder things are going in this week and will be shipped in the next week or so.

On location and studio session regular session bookings still available for February and March, call 815.603.8450

Workshop details HERE for my fellow photogs outside of the Chicagoland area. There are still several seats available. Hurry! The deadline for the early registration fee is coming up at the end of this month.

Short, sweet, fun! Getting back to happy.

xoxo, Mare

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  • Elizabeth - February 13, 2008 - 3:11 pm

    Beautiful image..glad you are feeling better.

  • Angela - February 13, 2008 - 11:52 pm

    Aww beautiful image.