I make no secret of it, I have THE best clients in the universe. Case in point, today’s session with Tera, Joe Joe, O & introducing 5 day old K.

So, why am I waxing poetic about my clients? Well, because K couldn’t have been more than a couple days old when I rec’d a phone call from Joe Joe saying, “Um, yeah, we have news for you!” to tell me sweet K has made her presence known. And boy is she beautiful, serence, perfect in every way! I had a lovely time with the P Family today and just wanted to share some sneak peeks…you may recall their urban session of several months ago and if you do you remember how drop dead gorgeous this family is. I will attest to that being the truth for them inside and out.

So, wait no longer, sneak peeks below. Thanks to them for allowing me into their lives during these early days of K’s little life. Welcome to the world sweet darling, I wish you a life filled with laughter, happiness, sweetness, love and sunny days.  Thanks to Tera and Joe Joe who had me out to their lovely home in Montgomery this morning for a newborn session with little K.


4 Days

Big Brother Cowboy

Mommy Comfort

Loving Arms


Thanks for stopping in, til next time!

xoxo, Mare


p.s. Tera, that WAS my friend Stephanie on your block. Small world!!


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  • Mel - October 4, 2007 - 5:18 pm

    Wow. These are amazing. I found your site from Deb P., she said she used your services a few months back. I think your work is really great. I sent an email to you, please respond soon. I can’t wait to have my kids photographed by you.

  • Elizabeth - October 5, 2007 - 10:25 am

    Beauty incarnate..

I love spending virtual money on the internet! I live vicariously through all my clients that tell me they were on the blog and were inspired to go to sites that were mentioned on the blog. Well well well, I hit a motherload tonite. In some downtime (yes, I do realize it’s 1 a.m.) between putting orders in and answering emails I thought to go virtual shopping. Well, my dear blog readers, I cannot wait to show the treasure trove I found at child of eve and at pettiskirt place. Fun fun fun!

First, look at this posh diaper bag. Seriously. I was so obsessed 7+ years ago when I was on the quest to find a diaper bag that wasn’t so…well…diaper baggish. My friends thought I was nuts. Well guess what old friends, I knew that a trend was on its’ way, designer diaper bags are here to stay and darn it, I totally should’ve been designing them all along (not that I have a lick of design sense, but I do know hand bags and luxury bag items so…well…how hard could it be, right?). Regardless of trends, look at these posh posh diaper bags. These are extreme, faux fur, rhinestones, bling bling bling…and you know what? They appeal to me. For some reason I’m loving the black on with the white ribboned polka dotted bow (below):

coveted posh diaper bag

I mean, c’mon, how could you not love the old lady sort of vintage sensibility there? It looks roomy and it has pink and black on it! What’s not to love?

So while we’re there, let’s look at clothes (because I could spend all day waxing on about accessories!)…I am a huge fan of textures, layers and dressing up! I especially love pink and brown together, it’s sort of a sickness I suppose. Look at the halabaloo line. I always wondered why the cute clothes stop at size 6, seriously…it’s hoochie mama clothing after 6x, so unfair. Especially when I think my 7 year old (who is so tall is fitting into 8/10 these days) would look gorgeous in:


Pink & brown, yes, pink & brown. Love it. Might I say, once again, it’s so unfair that a tall 7 year old is destined for the 7-14 section of Bratz inspired garbage clothing. At least the trend is more sort of loose, hippy chick Joss Stone before she became a glamazon vs. midriff baring Britney circa 2004. Thankfully.

If cashflow were not an object I could see going crazy with jottum’s inspired line. I mean, how close can you get to Vivienne W. without actually going all out crazy being her? These feel so pure and beautiful and Victorian to me. I also love the colors in the upper half of the jottum link, however the white and rhinestone lower half of the page has me salivating. Where is my lottery money?


Ok, enough torture, check out the Halloween Tutus going on at Pettiskirt Palace. I cannot be alone in my love for the camo tutu:

I know the boys are being neglected this blog post, I promise I’ll hunt something up as cool as the pirate boots that were dug up several weeks ago in the Chasing Fireflies post.

“I am quite sleepy,”

Take care-

xoxo, Mare


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…and all sorts of other girly things! This evening’s session was my session with beautiful G and her mom, Victoria. This is the second time I’ve photographed G and her mom (it was girls only day today!) and I was amazed at how much she’s grown in the past year, we last did our session in July of ’06 at their home in Joliet. As I told another client just yesterday, the children I am fortunate enough to photograph are literally frozen in time for me. When a year goes by and I get to see them a year later it’s like…WHOA! You’ve grown! For some reason it is always surprising (what can I say I’m a slow learner!).

Regardless, this evenings’ session made me so happy…we got to play with girl things (like flowers and lip gloss) and hang out at cool locations (love the old mansion site!) and just be. A big thank you to Victoria for coming out and bringing wonderful outfits to play dress up in and for running out to the store just to get another big fat red lollipop (fabulous idea, btw!!).

So, what’re you waiting for? This blog entry has images to scroll down & look at!

Lollipops and Sweetness

Mommy Kisses

Gate Peeking

Thanks for dropping by!

xoxo, Mare


p.s. I would like to apologize to a couple of clients who I promised packages to be shipped earlier this week. I’ve been feeling a tad under the weather coupled with the busy season just exploding in front of me (eight inquiries today alone!! if you’re waiting to hear back from me, I promise PROMISE you’ll get a call back tomorrow and if I owe you an email, I promise it’s coming!). I feel very popular this week, thanks so much for your interest in my photography services.

(and E, if you’re reading this, the anti juju icecream works! LOL)


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  • E - October 3, 2007 - 7:29 am

    Was there ever any doubt?! YAY!

Tonight’s session was with one of the sweetest babies ever with the nicest parents! Miss M came to the studio to play and explore (and to taste! boy did she ever!!) and hang out with ole Marmalade. Dare I say we had a good time? Yes I dare say that!

I enjoyed meeting Miss M, her parents Denise and Jeff and hanging out with them for a few hours while exploring some of these early months of Miss M’s life. I love this age but yeah, with this age a full 5 years behind me (I can’t believe it!) I forget how busy the 6 month old set can be!! Tasting, exploring, bending, twisting, trying to find their way. It’s an amazingly fun age and Miss M was incredibly patient with us in between exploratory moments…she was especially patient with me and my black box of a camera!!  Nonetheless, 6 months is a fantastic time for baby’s portraits, still little enough to cuddle but fun enough to really react to what’s going on around them.  Definitely a great time to capture in portraits…this stage passes all too quickly in my opinion (once they get mobile, that’s it!  They’re off and running.)

Thanks again to her family for coming out.  Well? What’s stopping you from the big scroll down to see the sneaks?


Boa Baby



Keeping it short & sweet because, gosh, I’m really tired tonight. I feel like I’ve been burning the candle at both ends this past week and a half and it’s finally catching up to me! Tomorrow is yet another busy day!

(quick update: October has some weekend availability remaining as there was a quick switcheroo done this past week. If you’re interested in booking a weekend session, give a call to book! :))

Thanks for stopping in!

xoxo, Mare

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  • Denise - October 1, 2007 - 7:22 am

    More, more!! I can’t wait to see more! The images are just beautiful. I loved that you captured Miss M as herself 🙂

    Thanks for a wonderful time!


  • Elizabeth - October 1, 2007 - 6:28 pm

    These are gorgeous.. I love em.. what a cutie

Seriously. Perfection in so many ways. This afternoon’s session was wonderful. I had a blast getting to know The A Family…their session today was just pure, sweet and fun. Thanks to my new friends S, J, R & M (who, btw, stole my heart) and their parents. Thanks for welcoming me into your lives this afternoon and allow me to capture your world together, living in beautifully historic and charming Geneva.

Also a big thank you to Dannell and Co. ;)  You know why.

So, wait you waiting for (love the Vivienne Westwood costumes there with the surreal colors, ;))? Sneak peeks below!!


Sibling, um, Fun


Taking A Rest


Thanks for stopping in!

xoxo, Mare


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  • Lori - September 29, 2007 - 10:47 pm

    wow. WOW. first, i found your site several months ago and each time I come to your site I am just completely blown away with your style, your take on life. your style is something that is so unique, fun and frivolous but yet sassy and simply stunning. thank you for sharing your gift, love your points of view take on your sessions.