To celebrate my becoming another year older I am going to give away a $30 gift card to iTunes!! Music courtesy of Marmalade. All you have to do is answer a few trivia questions and email to

The winner will receive a virtual gift certificate to iTunes. I’ll be doing this in trivia form, very appropriately 80’s themed TV trivia.

If there is a tie I will then draw a name out of a hat! So please, enter, enjoy. Have fun reliving the 80’s in TV pop culture.

…and Happy Birthday Me!

1. What was Reverend Jims’ real last name on TAXI (all these years I thought it was something else)?

2. What was the name of Arnold’s fish on Different Strokes?

3. Who actually shot J.R. Ewing?

4. What actor played Mork from Ork’s son?

5. Can you name the 5 original MTV VJ’s?

6. On Three’s Company, what city did the trio live in?

xoxo, Mare

p.s. because I cannot leave without posting an image…from a session back a few years ago, some of you may remember this image from 2 years ago:

S & L Hugs



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  • Elizabeth Pellette - November 21, 2007 - 3:32 pm

    WHen is your birthday???? I am not going to even bother to guess at those answers cause 1. I really dont know the answers and 2. I dont have an ipod anyway.. (yep you read that right ) Have a great birthday and Oh. Happy Thanksgiving too

  • Mare - November 21, 2007 - 11:29 pm

    today actually. thank you. happy t-giving day to you too! (and anyone else!)

  • Stacy Berry - November 25, 2007 - 6:53 pm

    Hi i was wanting to know what kind of actions you use on your pictures or if you use any at all. I am a true admirer of your work. Thank you for your time!

    Stacy Berry

  • Joyce Smith - November 25, 2007 - 9:35 pm

    A very belated happy birthday to you!! 🙂

today is a day of crazy busy-ness and I have been tempted to do some procrastination here on the blog. here are some unseen by the readers of the blog highlights of recent sessions! thanks for stopping in…

pretty on the wall

old angled willow tree

cool boys on the door

family on the sofa

thoughts of sugarplums dancing in her head…

handsome profile

aren’t they adorable?

hands down favorite of mine

two dudes

family by the tracks

sweet sweet baby boy

lend a leaf to me, will ya?

dancing with daddy

dogs *are* funny


barefoot baby (and proud of it)

pretty pretty



Be on the look out because tomorrow is the big 3-7 for you-know-who. Remember…I’m going to give a gift away for MY birthday to some lucky reader!

xoxo, Mare

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…last session for 2007! Yes, I am excited because it truly ended on a high note.

I want to thank Maryfran and Michael for having me out to Winnetka today to photograph their three gorgeous kids. And I’m not kidding you…gorgeous kids is not an understatement. To boot their family was beyond gracious, sweet and fun. I adored meeting them (finally) and a big thank you to KC’s mom for the referral. So to M, J and N…thank you for being such great sports and hanging out with me while I played the role of photographer… I had a blast getting to know all of you.

Scroll down for sneak peeks.

a pool balancing act :)


good looking

(insert beautiful title here)

Thanks for stopping in.

In the coming weeks: featured images from sessions, Client Q&A (finally) with Francesca, the Holiday 2007 Year End slideshow will premiere and much more. Plus, my birthday is this week, stay tuned for something cool to commemorate my being a year older (and hopefully a tad wiser!)

xoxo, Mare

p.s. TOLD YOU ALL I love November light. It might be right up there with September & May in my book.


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  • Annette - November 19, 2007 - 1:43 pm

    Simply beautiful!!!

  • waynette - November 25, 2007 - 8:26 pm

    looks like this was a great session and great location to boot too! Good for you and your client!

…on a crisp autumn day

This morning I photographed K & J’s family once again, little M is getting to be SO big, I honestly cannot believe it is the same guy!! I have said it before and here I am repeating myself, the children I photograph are perpetually frozen in time for me until our next session. Sometimes I wish life was like that, the ability to pause time where it is and just enjoy the moments–sort of a TiVo for life (on a sidenote, man I love TiVo). Well, anyway, I guess there is such a thing, it’s called photographs!! Ha, I am the master time pauser, the TiVo Master (except you know, like with a camera). I love that job.

Anyway…we had a session filled with exploring, revisiting favorite spots and seeing some new scenery. I fell in love with some of the old brick structures in their Lakeview neighborhood (and may I put a plea out for more parking? LOL. Saturdays are the worst day for parking in the neighborhoods of Chicago). It was a true pleasure seeing K, J and M again…I love photographing their family. They are always so kind and most of all photogenic!!

…sneak peeks below:

Little Crawler



Fall Family (don’t you love the matching camel?)

Thanks for stopping in & visiting.

xoxo, Mare

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  • renee - December 3, 2007 - 10:26 am

    how do you get such great colors indoors. what kind of lens, settings and camera do you use. thanks. pics are great as usual.

Once again on Jessica Claire’s blog.  You might remember a few months back I had posted another extravagant & gorgeous birthday party idea that she had posted on her blog (once again…((SIGH)) for wonderful southern Cali weather and for children who are fortunate enough to have their birthdays in the warmer months!).  Tara, you will especially enjoy the link for this birthday party.  This is absolutely amazing.  The rainbow balloon entryway is enough to have me all excited!  Nevermind how exquisite everything else was!

Quick note on the progression of everything behind the scenes: I have about 7 orders that are getting put together this week to get sent out/called for pick up.  I also will be posting galleries for proofing towards the end of the week for you late October sessions.  Once again, my apologies, having been pretty much sick for >1 week put me a tad behind (at the worst possible time of course) and although I really didn’t rest (always got something to do with the business) I wasn’t up to my usual energy level.  Getting caught up.  Card mock ups and other such goodies are being done today for a number of clients.

Thanks to everyone who sent well wishes during my bout of illness.  I received several get well cards from clients who read the blog this past week!!  So sweet and thank you for thinking of me Melissa & Lisa!  You really made this ole sickie feel loved & appreciated.

Ok, back to work (and yes, the 5:29 a.m. timestamp is correct, I’ve been up since 3:30 a.m. working).

xoxo, Mare

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  • Elizabeth - November 16, 2007 - 8:05 am

    I hope you are sleeping.. jeez girl… I did see the photos on Jessica Claire’s site.. wow.. I cant even imagine a birthday party like that..