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?

Just a quick entry for the models from this past weekend’s workshop. You can see some sneak peeks of my version of your model debuts on my workshop blog See The Light Photography Workshop. Another note of thanks for coming out and being so patient with the photographers and the process. I enjoyed meeting each & every one of you.

Short & sweet as I am having a day with my kids, mostly of relaxation. LONG overdue!! 🙂

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  • Elizabeth - April 8, 2008 - 11:07 am

    Hey Marianne.. looks like your workshop was awesome.. enjoy your day with the girls.

  • Paula - April 8, 2008 - 11:10 am


    AND, the workshop was amazing. Life changing. Transforming. Truly have been smiling my first REAL SMILE for the first time in a very very very long time. Content. Happy. Inspired. Truly enlightened. Can’t say enough about how amazing it was.

  • Angela - April 8, 2008 - 10:02 pm

    When you are untired I’m looking forward to seeing a ton more form your workshop! I heard it was fabulous!

  • Jen Lane - April 8, 2008 - 10:04 pm

    OMG Mare, for real! How did we NOT talk about The Cure this weekend?!!!! They are one of my all time FAVORITES ever ever. I am actually going to be back in your neighborhood in mid May for their concert. My sister and I almost pee’d our pants when we got the tickets, roflmao!! I can’t WAIT. You totally ought to come!!!!!

    Ok, now to calm down a bit, lol. The workshop ROCKED.You did good Mare, you really did. I want to make a post about it so EVERYONE will know that they NEED this, lol. But I don’t want to be accused of pimping, lmao.

  • Marianne - April 8, 2008 - 10:28 pm

    You guys are so kind. I loved LOVED getting to know each of you. Jen, Paula, meeting you two was LONG overdue (and L too!) It was so much fun, I want to do it again!! 😀 (like RELIVE the weekend…ha, not sure about doing it again just yet)

I’ve come across a couple internet pranks today, some have been pretty good (like the co. that wished me a Happy April Fools Day immediately after stating that they had been bought out by Google for $6 million!) ….thought I’d blog about April Fools because, well, I stink at pranks altho I do enjoy laughing at other people being duped.

The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest,  Vacation destination San Serriffe, news that planetary alignment decreases earth’s gravitational pull…these supberb pranks and more can be found here @ Museum of Hoaxes dot com.

Check out GMail, you can pre-date your emails so they look like they arrive on time!  (thanks to my bish, Angela Calderon who alerted me to this one…you have to read it, it’s pretty funny)

And finally…if you are a bit of origins enthusiast, you’ll enjoy this about.com link about the origins of April Fools Day.

Happy Day by the way…eh, I got nothing (However

The Russian Trio

I did think about posting that my 5×7 and 8×10 prices were going to drop to $5/each but only if you scheduled your session today…ha.  Unfortunately I fear the joke would’ve been ultimately played on me as I’d have to do the clean up work on that one!  :D)

xoxo, Mare

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  • Reb - April 5, 2008 - 6:21 am

    I love April Fool’s day … and we pulled a couple minor pranks on the kids, which was fun. Also, wanted to add that the image you included with the post is gorgeous … how I’d love one like that of my own three kids!

  • Niki Krupp - April 6, 2008 - 10:56 am

    Mare~ This is so cute. I love all of your definitions of yourself. I only got to hang out with you for a few days and I see several of these traits in you. You were just a breath of fresh air that is for sure. I cannot wait to reconnect with you. Love your work, love your style, and adore you. I am sure you have many a satisfied client in your neck of the woods. Take care!

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  • Danna - April 6, 2008 - 11:23 am

    haha thanks for the links 🙂 good call on NOT playing YOUR joke….

  • Lisa Kelly - April 6, 2008 - 4:17 pm

    LOL, yeah I definitely think the joke would’ve backfired if you had’ve posted that the 5×7’s were $5. But it would’ve been a little funny, for about a minute.

    Your blog is beautiful by the way, such amazing art you create

  • Heather Mosher - April 7, 2008 - 12:54 pm

    Mare!!! That image with the umbrella is STUNNING!!!

  • Brandy - April 7, 2008 - 8:28 pm

    Great links, thanks for sharing Mare!

  • Laura Siebert - April 8, 2008 - 9:52 pm

    That’s it!!!! That THE image that made me fall in love with your work. I’m so happy you blogged it (:

  • Tara - April 14, 2008 - 7:24 pm

    This is still my favorite image from you. Love it.

I was so looking forward to hanging out with my kids for 10 days. You know, no school, no early a.m. wake ups. None of the usual garbage. But WHOA. WHOOOA. I tell you I was truly unprepared for the assault of pent up indoors craziness unleashed upon my home in the past (let’s count them) 6 days. Gosh, I tell you, I feel like I am this.close. to losing it. LOL. Maybe not but in the span of 3 hours last night my girls managed to do more damage than I could ever imagine (let’s leave it to your imagination when I say that the dog got loose and was found consuming roadkill on the side of the road yesterday evening….the beauty of living in the exurbs, my friends).

So to combat the crazy life that my children have ever so thoughtfully thrust upon me I decided I’d drive them crazy RIGHT back. Yup. Today was picture day.


If it really were that funny I’d be laughing too…



Ahhh the color red…







Mocha (means nothing except this color reminds me of mocha)




It goes without saying that picture day is particularly painful for at least one of my girls (sometimes both). Today was M’s turn. Nothing I could do could get that shot I was searching for. L was perfection–tilting her head just so, laughing, smiling. M…well devil is in the details. She didn’t like not supermodel posing for me (I love age 8, I love age 8 ) and huffed at me. So when I focused on L, she’d get in the camera too and make faces.


It was NOT AT ALL painful for me. Nope. Not a bit. (sigh)



Well at least I got some purty pictures. I mean the fruits of my hour and a half labor with them traipsing to various spots…um, I got about 10 total usable images. I suppose I shouldn’t complain. Too much.
So there you have it. I think I can offiicially photograph ANYONE at this point. Oh and ultimately, even though I plotted against them to drive them crazy, I fear they won this round. 😀


xoxo, Mare

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  • Paula - March 27, 2008 - 7:39 am

    Well, L may have been the cooperative one, but that bnw of M??? HOW AWESOME is that spot????? LOVE IT! Her attitude makes me smile!

  • Mare - March 27, 2008 - 10:29 pm

    Yeah. You know….the attitude is serious. LOL I love it tho, she’s totally spunky.

  • Caitlin Domanico Photography - March 28, 2008 - 7:09 pm

    Awww great job!

  • Elizabeth - March 31, 2008 - 10:04 am

    These are wonderful love the B&W by the window.. fantastic

  • Kimberly Hill - April 4, 2008 - 9:37 am

    Oh ouch… family photo shoot time. They’re adorable, Mare. The last one’s my fave. Look out senior portraits!

  • Lisa Dillon - April 4, 2008 - 7:05 pm

    Love that last one!! She looks like a miniature high school senior! 🙂

  • jen - April 5, 2008 - 6:21 pm

    well you would never know it was difficult because these are all amazing!

  • Meggan - April 5, 2008 - 9:06 pm

    Your girls are gorgeous! 🙂 The photography ain’t too shabby either. LOL

  • Angela - April 6, 2008 - 12:33 am

    Loving the attitude!

  • PattiS - April 6, 2008 - 2:06 pm

    Love these! Love the attitude too. 🙂

  • Anna Mayer - April 7, 2008 - 2:32 pm

    Beautiful images! Your girls are really lovely, stinky attitude and all.

    I can so relate to the “oh my goodnesss you people are messy” feeling. There are simply too many people living in my house and school vacations can kill a girl.

    Are they back in school today? My kids just got out. . .

  • Julie - April 8, 2008 - 9:36 am

    Love these…but I especially love the two in BW – gorgeous, wonderful tones and mood in these.

  • Rochelle - April 9, 2008 - 11:17 am

    LOVE the B&W’s

  • Danna - April 12, 2008 - 9:24 am

    these are all fantastic!! Love your kid shots!!

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It will entail: -several hours in/out of our Wilmington studio with a number of photographers shooting -a signed blanket model release allowing usage of images on photography websites across the U.S. -clothing choices to be ok’d by me prior to the workshop date of April 5 (Saturday) -several outfit selections to be brought to the studio the day of What you will gain: I will take a number of images to demonstrate to attendees my shooting technique. As a courtesy "thank you" for your time and effort to help me out I will print a "proof" fully enhanced & bordered 5×7 of each image that I process (approximately 4-6 each model) and will ask my attendees to do the same and give you their copies on cd form. For those who model I will also give a $50 off Marmalade Urban Studio/Marmalade Location session fee good until 2/1/09.


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  • Denise - March 25, 2008 - 12:45 pm

    Aw… thanks for putting up a shot of my little angel. Pleasant surprise when I was doing my blog reading. 🙂

    I wish I could say she’d model for you – but being a few months shy of 3 and still quite ACTIVE – I think she’d drive you all crazy. Looking forward to seeing you on the 12th! 🙂

  • Elizabeth - March 26, 2008 - 11:40 am

    wish I could help you out … I unfortunately live a bit too far away… sigh..

  • Marianne - March 26, 2008 - 10:59 pm

    Well move over here then! LOL

    Denise, can’t wait to see you all again!!

  • Steph - March 29, 2008 - 6:31 am

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