Ahhhh, on my books this was the last forest session for 2007. I’m a wee bit sad, however with how fast darkness came, well I guess it’s just as well.

The forest is still awash in gorgeous gorgeous colors (courtesy of our late frost this year). However, there are enough leaves on the ground of Cassie & Sean’s kids to have an absolute B*L*A*S*T. I want to thank them for coming out from Mokena for a Forest Session (despite the fact that I thought it was a whole other session altogether…left the studio in major freak out mode to get to the forest in time for sweet light). They and their beautiful children were real troopers and I completely enjoyed meeting them. I suspect I could sit & chat with “chatty” Cassie all evening long.

So thank you to them and to my wonderful client Whitney who referred me to them. I so enjoyed meeting you all and think you will be so so happy with the images from your session. What I have seen so far, just spectacular. You all will be so so happy.

Time to scroll, people! Sneak peeks follow!! 🙂


Forest Boy

Baby Bear

Finally (almost dark…)


Thanks for dropping in!

xoxo, Mare


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  • Elizabeth Pellette - November 11, 2007 - 12:22 pm

    I love these this is what I kind of want to try to accomplish for our holiday cards this year… now of course getting all my kids and husband to cooperate to let me do the shoot is a completly different story… ( did you get my message I cant get your on Flickr anymore for some reason.. I can read the comments you leave for me but cant leave you any ????)



Website is updated…

Flash Marmalade Site

Go. Enjoy.  Let me know what you think!

Oh, on another side note, last night was the last night for the Nightmare Before Christmas 3D (btw, it’s one of my all time favorite movies) and we all went out to see it (the first fun thing I’ve done since August.  I kid you not.)  It was a wonderful rendition of a true classic.  Disney really knows its’ stuff regaring 3D.  If you can find the movie near you I urge you to go see it.

Ok, off to parent teacher conferences.  Always fun to hear how the kids are doing in school away from our watchful parental eyes!

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  • Elizabeth - November 9, 2007 - 7:37 pm

    We love that movie too but did not get to see it in 3D yet.. Oh.. and the Flash Site.. Rocks..

  • Mare - November 9, 2007 - 11:38 pm

    Thanks E! I think the site turned out pretty ok (lots of hard work while I sat up at the laptop during this horrid bout of ill).

    You must, if you can, see it in 3D. Awesome.

We are winding down to the final days before the Holiday deadline for sessions, November 11.

One session remains for November and nothing for December.  We will start accepting bookings for 2008 in the next week or two…so get your calendars out in anticipation for indoor winter images, hopefully some snow images (let’s hope Mother Nature cooperates) and yes….SPRING!!

I apologize to those clients who have been left hanging and awaiting responses…I have been extremely under the weather this past week.  I felt good for 3 of the past 8 days (and I probably overdid it on those days).  I owe a couple of you emails and a couple phone calls.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.  This couldn’t have happened at a better time….not.

So what is a post without a few images to go with it?  Enjoy….

boy @ secret spot

quick little storyboard

leaves, leaves, leaves


car lover

so soft

fall colors


thanks for stopping by!

xoxo, Mare


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  • Elizabeth - November 9, 2007 - 7:34 pm

    Love these

…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..