…of the blogging kind!

🙂 Thanks to all of you who have sent me congratulatory wishes on the inclusion in the book mentioned in the blog post prior to this one. I guarantee you my images only comprise a fraction of what is within that text and yet I’m rather okay with that. I am still floating on cloud 9 about it.

(warning GEEK talk ahead):

Over the course of the past several weeks I have undertaken a rather large project, I’m giving my Mac Book Pro a split personality. I upgraded the OS to Leopard and installed Parallels on it in the hopes of getting Windows to work on it (it does). The point of all this is to install a program to work on it that is devoted to the studio owner. I kid you not when I quote the following amount of time: it has taken approximately 20 hours for me to get to this point of playing around with it, getting everything installed appropriately and now…and NOW…my (bleeping) printer won’t communicate with the computer via the wireless network. This is how I spent a number of days recently in my sick bed (did I mention I was down with bronchitis/laryngitis for several days). I have to say it feels like a challenge at this point, there HAS to be a way to make this work.

I find that with stuff like this (and coding blogs like I have done recently) is a muddling through process for me. It’s so obvious I really don’t KNOW what I’m doing but that I have just enough knowledge to make me dangerous. My nephew, Andrew who happens to be my computer go to guy, will 125% attest to this laugh at me when/if he reads this. It’s true. I muddle through. Sort of the blind leading the blind, except well, I see. 😀

That’s my newest and greatest news. Now that I’m feeling a bit better I am sitting upright and editing (couple sessions will have galleries released this week) and doing some picture ordering for clients and sending out orders. My apologies to anyone who I may have infected in my daily life (aka my family).

So what good is a post about sickness and computers without a picture? The following image was created several months ago for a photographers website site…the project required a photo of my workspace. Not much has changed (well I did clean it up but once again it’s a mess, and the Treo altho is still with me, I have added an iPhone to the fold as well).

The cluttered mind of Marmalade


Thanks for stopping in

xoxo, Mare

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(wow that sounds dirty and I don’t mean it to! LOL)

My copy is here! I ripped open the bag from Wiley Publishing almost the minute that I got it. It’s my first OFFICIAL published work (with hopes sent out to the universe for many more in the future)! I’m so giddy with excitement. A big thank you to the Bay Area’s Ginny Felch, who recruited me to be a part of this awesome work and to her co-author and pal of mine, Allison Tyler Jones, who has had her life changed by contributors Jeff & Julia Woods as much as my life has been changed by their brand of inspiration and art. I am honored to be present in this amazing group of photographers, some of whom I have met and known Stacey Wasmuth and Lisa Russo as well as other photographers whose work appears in this amazing text: Kim Heffington, Melanie Sikma, Laura Cottrill. I should mention that the Photo Workshop concept is a brainchild by the famous and wonderful Robert Farber.

Photographing Children: Photo Workshop

Needless to say I am without words (a first) and now I must go be excited and look through this amazing text.

Thanks for stopping in!

xoxo, Mare



p.s. On a much more solemn and serious note. I cannot turn my head without making a plea for these majestic and much needed animals. Today I rec’d notice from the Defenders of Wildlife that the Bush/Cheney Administration is stripping the vital federal protection for wolves in the Greater Yellowstone and Northern Rockies area. This area and these animals hold a truly special place in my heart and under the existing management plans all but 300 wolves could be eliminated which would be a huge tragedy. Please, if you are lucky enough to be able to make a donation for whatever you can afford, please consider donating to help save our wolves. This often misunderstood creature has become a vital part to re-establishing the food chain balance in the area of its’ reintroduction.

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  • Connie Groah - February 21, 2008 - 3:12 pm

    Congratulations Mare! That is truly wonderful and hopefully the first of many publications! Can you tell us a bit more about what this book is about? I’d love to hear!

  • Lisa - February 21, 2008 - 6:53 pm

    Dang! I want a copy!!! Booo Hiss! LOL 😉

  • Elizabeth - February 22, 2008 - 11:11 am

    Oh my gosh.. congratulations on the mag..how awwwsommmeee for you.. wheeee

  • caitlin domanico photography - February 22, 2008 - 3:43 pm


  • Marianne - February 23, 2008 - 12:00 pm

    thanks, it’s actually a book due out soon, like it might even be out already! LOL

  • Sinead - February 23, 2008 - 10:59 pm

    Congratulations! I’m so impressed with how far you’ve come since the old days on DWF. Your work is gorgeous. I’m going over to amazon.com right now to see if the book is available.

  • waynette - February 26, 2008 - 2:19 pm

    awesome Mare! You do have a great style. I can’t wait to see one.

  • Paige - February 26, 2008 - 8:30 pm

    I can’t pick one up at my local bookstore, Mare. Your work is so inspiring.

  • Julia - February 26, 2008 - 8:36 pm

    This is AMAZING!!! What an honor (so well-deserved, too) — HUGE congrats!!

  • Jen Lane - February 26, 2008 - 10:28 pm

    Oh how wonderful! Congratulations Mare!! I can’t wait to see the book irl!

  • Pam Biasotti - February 26, 2008 - 10:34 pm

    THAT IS SO AWESOME. Well deserved kudos for your talent and artistic vision.


  • Steph - March 5, 2008 - 7:06 am

    Congrats Mare! What a great accomplishment on top of what you have achieved already! I’ll be searching for that book today 🙂

  • Paula - March 6, 2008 - 3:19 pm

    I can’t believe I didn’t comment on this the first time I read this – but this is so freakin’ awesome, Mare! I am soooo proud of you!!!!!

  • Marianne - March 11, 2008 - 3:52 pm

    Oh thank you all so much. I’ve gotten a ton of emails and kind words sent my way re: this. Thanks for all the happy/well wishes.

  • Jessica - March 13, 2008 - 7:28 am

    I just ordered my copy! Congrats of the publish and can’t wait to see what’s inside! YAY!

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 marianne@marmaladephotography.com 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)