I’ve had a run of sessions with little girls and the “M” name (if you know my oldest child’s name you know what name I’m talking about). Who knew it was the next Lisa/Julia/Christine? Ha.

This girl could’ve been named anything and it would still make her way adorable. I had a blast going to her home and photographing her and her mom & dad in and around their home in Wheaton. Thanks to Rod & Daesman who allowed me into their lives to catch a glimpse of M’s world. And thanks to L’s mom who also allowed me to capture his sweet nature as well.

So…scroll down for some sneak peek action of Miss M (and maybe some other people in her life as well). It was a fantastic time, hope you all had fun as well!

On the Classic Ottoman

Family of Three

Love this One

Thanks for stopping in!


In the coming weeks I’ll be rolling out a new client feature as well as a new client Q&A (with Francesca). That is when I can catch my breath for five minutes! LOL

xoxo, Mare


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Sneak peeks for Andrea, Rich and their two all too adorable sweet, happy go lucky kids.

Thank you for coming out from Geneva this afternoon and sharing with me a SPECTACULAR fall day in the forest.  I really loved getting to know your family, you guys are great.  I truly had a blast getting to know you through the lens. I think, no…nevermind that, I know you’ll be thrilled with the images from your session. There was not much that I didn’t love love love about our session together. So, go! Now! Scroll down for your sneak peeks! 🙂

The Door

The Path

and continuing with my fun, artsy & funky phase…M doing this to her daddy and Andrea & T looking on cracks me up…


Family Flare

Thank you for stopping in. Til next time!

xoxo, Mare

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  • Elizabeth - October 24, 2007 - 6:03 pm

    so pretty.. all of these

I had the great pleasure of photographing KC and his parents Sunday afternoon.  It was a sort of mini blast from the past/small world thing (as seems to be happening much these days).  I grew up in the same neighborhood as KC’s dad and his mom and I led sort of parallel lives with regard to people and places.  Funny how small the world really is.

Small world things set aside, we couldn’t have ordered up a more wonderful fall afternoon.  The leaves falling, the colors just starting to change (we’ll disregard the heavy gusts of wind because on an 80 degree October day, a little wind never hurt anyone!).  The waterfall was magnificent yesterday and I believe part of it was the company I kept through the afternoon.

So this is what you get when you have a good looking boy, two wonderfully doting parents and a lovable pup by the name of Dixie.


Family Shot :)

A Favorite

I had a WONDERFUL time seeing you and finally meeting you all today.  A big thanks to KC and the gang, I hope you had a blast.  I also hope you enjoyed Polk-a-Dot (and of course, wonderful Ben Franklin!! )  As I always say, a trip to Wilmington is nothing without a trip to old favorites.


Thanks for stopping in, til next time (which is going to be soon because there are tons of sessions to preview).


xoxo, Mare


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Because, as I have blogged before, they are my toughest clients to date! LOL. But today, I don’t know if it was my whatever the heck happens attitude or that I allowed them to choose the location (they chose URBAN STUDIO!! LOVE those kids) but they were cooperative. Mark it in the record books folks, the girls were on their best behavior.

A quick note to A’s parents from yesterday’s session, I am Jesus and Mary Chain obsessed now (again). Thanks Brian!! And for you folks wondering what the heck I’m listening to now (I know you all are!), I am big into Mellowdrome, the single best album I’ve bought in a year (last year my Muse album was my most favoritest with The Killers Sam’s Town a close 2nd (altho Duane got me that album so nevermind that). Anyway, I hope little A is feeling better and all is well with you guys.

Ok, on to my gorgeous cooperative children who didn’t run away cooperated when I insisted on torturing photographing them today.

Thanks for stopping in. Oh and the eleventy calls I need to return, if you’re reading this I haven’t forgotten about you! Busy season and all that good stuff, this week is all catch up!!

Tiny Little Hole in the Town

Broken Down and Run Flat

Girly RR Crossing

My New All Time Fave

Dusting off the studio lights; check out funky yellow sofa


Thanks for allowing me to bore you with my chicas!! xoxo, Mare


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  • Elizabeth - October 16, 2007 - 9:43 am

    As usual you never cease to impress me with your work..and once again you have impressed me by knowing who Jesus and Mary Chain are.. I saw them Years and Years ago now when they first started out.. once of my fav. bands.. they played the whole concert with their backs facing the audience..haha.. it was awesome.

  • Mare - October 22, 2007 - 1:01 am

    LOVE the J&MC. Love. I’m envious you got to see them.

    And thank you for the kind words, Elizabeth.

I’m frantically putting together sessions, editing and doing all the great behind the scenes stuff I can spare you all from but I thought I’d pop in for a quick update.

Availability starts for November at this time…I seem to have overbooked October somehow. LOL. It’s a good thing, I’m not complaining, it’s good to be loved. If you are interested in a November session, please call to book : 815.603.8450

Other than that, not much else to add. Oh, my wonderful husband bought me a new cd of dance music so hopefully that keeps the pace up here in Marmaland, currently listening to a remix of HelloGoodbye “All of Your Love” (the YouTube version is a bit Daft Punkish (the You Tube link is good, you have to sit through a minute of snoozeville but after that it’s kind of amazing).

Anyway, I suspect I’m completely digressing…(yeah Mare, really what else is new…)

Highlights from recent sessions…favorites and ones I can dig up on the fly. 🙂

On the Bench

Cutie Pie Full

By the Pond

Walking by the Pond


Adorable Family


A Favorite

pretty tutu

pretty tutu II

Cutie Dockside

Teddy & Me

B&W Boy

Wowza, it’s mostly about boys here today. Yikes. 🙂 Must be in the air!

Til we meet again! xoxo, Mare


p.s. A Happy Birthday to Miss Allison who is Five Years Old today! A big congrats to her and many wishes for a year filled with sweetness!

p.s.p. Another Happy Birthday wish…this time to my favorite Amellionaire!  LOL.  Happy Bday A!

Birthday Girl


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  • Elizabeth - October 13, 2007 - 6:21 pm

    These are all fantastic.. love the one with the big bear.. are these all on your property? do you live in a rural area? its gorgeous wherever it is

  • Marianne - October 14, 2007 - 9:08 pm


    Some are in the city at a public area/park, the bear shot is at the client’s home and the rest are either Marmalade Locations or my Studio (none are “MINE” per se, I wish!)

  • Marmalord - December 16, 2007 - 4:44 pm

    Up here in Marmaland?

    Watch it!