…when you have 4 kids. Having a great sense of humor, to me, is the highest compliment anyone can pay anyone. Tonight’s client, Colleen, had it in spades! Presession we had this fantastic conversation (the least of which involved naked 16 month olds bathing!) and instaneously *knew* that we would have a great session. Sometimes those first instincts prove right! So thanks to the S Family. Thank you for inviting me into your great home (built in the 1800’s, you KNOW I was in love, in adorable Geneva!) and for allowing me to capture the life of your four beautiful, fun, well mannered (and perhaps sugar high!) children. I am honored to have been able to spend this evening with you all, exploring your relationships via the camera (even in the bitter blustery cold winds of November). BTW, those kids deserve kudos for bearing with me in the cold. They were complete troopers. So sweet! Welcome to your sneak peeks:

Family 4


Hiding Out

Beauty II

Busy Boy


Thank you for stopping by. Til next time!

xoxo, Mare


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  • Elizabeth - November 6, 2007 - 9:42 am

    These are lovely… looks like a great family and a joy to work with the kids are beautiful

  • Elizabeth Pellette - November 7, 2007 - 8:43 am

    hey Mare just a quick update .. I cant seem to get to your photos on Flickr at all. when I click on your name it comes up blank..

Seriously supercute. That is the only word to describe my session from this morning. I loved getting to know my newest friend S and her brother A, a big thanks to their lovely parents Brian and Lisa. Thanks so much for having me out this morning to capture your beautiful young family. Your children are adorable and I think you will LOVE the images from your session. I also love a good tea/coffee party now and then and S is the Mistress of Tea Parties! LOL

So please, feel free to scroll down and take a sneak peek…

Hat Boy

Beautiful Eyes

On the Rocks

I also need to take this opportunity to thank the traffic gods today. My drive time to the far north burbs (Deerfield) was under one hour. ONE HOUR folks. That’s a miracle! Gotta love Sunday morning interstate drives.

Thanks for stopping in.

xoxo, Mare

p.s. I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween. I have been blog negligent this past few days, had been under the weather for a few days, I have a couple Halloween photos to share later of my little Renaissance Princess and Pink Punk Pirate (yes, my 7 y/o went around telling everyone that’s what she was…pink.punk.pirate. How fast they grow!)

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  • Elizabeth - November 6, 2007 - 9:43 am

    awwww.. these are spectacular.. Supercute indeed..

Oh how I adored tonights’ session. I’m telling you, this week is just getting better and better (and to boot, tomorrow is my most favorite of days!)…

My session this evening was with Amanda and Chad and their happy, sweet, beautiful children I & W. I know Amanda from a former life (a good year behind me as of this month….I do sometimes miss the craziness of that former life but cannot imagine going back to it) and I feel honored that Amanda and Chad trust me with their memories of their lovely family. They came out for an urban session this evening where we got, if I dare say so, some fantastic images! The light was truly perfect for our session (I haven’t waxed poetically about October light in awhile). The clothes were adorable. The children were beyond sweet…I’m being all flowery here, I must stop. They were just lovely. Perfect. Cute. Sweet. All flowery things, I’ll shush now. 🙂

Enjoy these sneak peeks. I had a HARD time going through the gallery in the once over. I keep wanting to stop and editeditedit…however there is other work to be done before editing starts up again.

Thanks to Amanda and Chad for taking the drive from Naperville for our session and to you for stopping in to visit the blog.


family minus one

Daddy’s Sweet Girl

xoxo, Mare


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  • Elizabeth - November 1, 2007 - 4:48 pm

    Oh.. these are lovely. that one with the little girl being carried by her daddy.. wow.. and Hope you had a great halloween.. its so much our favorite holiday that my husband and I got married on Halloween

Only the most adorable new family, like, ever!! 🙂 Seriously, when the three of them walked into the studio today I knew we’d have a great time and get wonderful images. A big thank you to Katie & Josh who fought construction traffic from the North Side of Chicago to come out to the studio for a Marmalade Urban/Studio session today. It was wonderful meeting you and of course, the newest addition to your family, little R.

Oh Josh, thank you so much for being the baby whisperer-slash-assistant for our shoot this evening. LOL

So here we go, sneak peek it below:

by the river

so sweet adorable


Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo, Mare

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…well, they aren’t so old but they are favorites. This is my 3rd time with this crew, 11 y/o and under (the kids anyway), 5 of ’em + their gorgeous parents Tara & Alan.

I love working with this family, they bring a fun energy that large families typically bring, a sort of controlled chaos that is palpable and allows our time together to unfold dynamically. Tara always has a fun mix of clothes every time (they coordinate without being nauseatingly matchy match, I so *love* that) and she comes up with some great ideas (I don’t just claim I love client input, I relish it. I think that clients taking some ideas and asking me to implement them with my vision is a wonderful challenge and look forward to Tara’s ideas each session). The kids are really well behaved and I enjoy them wholeheartedly, this time was no exception.

This time around we changed up a bit and we did a Marmalade Urban/Studio session (and we actually did break out the studio gear! Looky that!) instead of meeting them in Plainfield. I had a blast seeing you all, it is a true honor to be able to document the young lives of your beautiful children for you.

So, no need to read on further, there’s some sneak peeks!!

First Image Snapped:  Fortuitous



Aw yeah, real cutie

under my umbrella, ellaella, eheheh, under my umbrella, ellaella, eheh (sorry couldn’t stop myself)


Thanks for stopping in. Til next time…

xoxo, Mare

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  • Elizabeth - October 29, 2007 - 12:41 pm

    What a great wall and the umbrella shots are awesome

  • Marianne - October 29, 2007 - 12:54 pm

    thank you elizabeth. i really had fun with those yesterday.