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.

If I could call the forest anything this early autumn it would be that. I wasn’t kidding several posts ago about the way the forest is just laid out in white flowered splendor. I adore this time of year, late September is, in my opinion, the most fascinating time for shooting sessions. The light and the environment just are amazing.

Speaking of amazing, I had a session tonight with a family that was quite beautiful and amazing. It was a blast getting to know J, D, J, their mom Lisa and of course nanny G. I loved meeting all of you and had a blast tonite exploring the forest during the best time of the year for flowers….I *know* that J #1 & D were on the look out for yellow flowers (and I’m sure there were some) but what they were greeted with was acres upon acres of dainty white flowers, it felt like cloud land–on the ground of course–little puffs of white buds everywhere. Simply beautiful.  And thank you for coming out for a Forest Session with Marmalade from Naperville.
A big thanks to them for coming out this evening and for allowing me to photograph most of the family. I am so excited to present some amazing images from nothing short of an awesome session. Enjoy!

Flowerland Fairy Princess


Happy Guy

Evening Dock Walk

Ok, seriously off to bed now…I want to sleep so badly :). G’nite all…til next time.

xoxo, Mare

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  • Elizabeth - September 29, 2007 - 8:19 am

    These are beautiful, I love the last one with the lake.. just amazing work girl

The parents of my session today will totally understand today’s blog title ;). For the rest of you out there, it was fortuitous that I left home in such a rush that, half way up the Stevenson I realized I left without THE lens I shoot indoors with.  Grrrr….so I was forced to go to Mecca Calumet Photo in the city to get the lens I had been coveting for quite awhile now, sort of needing the excuse that I could, um, (for lack of better terminology) perform today.  I heard angels singing on high as I walked into the Chicago store, much much poorer as I exited Mecca the store I felt, somehow, at peace.  My photog friends out there that are reading will understand this as well: got the Jill E. medium black leather bag as well.  Sweet!!

Ahhhh, shopping therapy.

Regardless mistake, stress, therapy, happiness…I have fallen in love. Not with just this new lens, nope, but with R, my newest pal. He was SO funny, so filled with laughter and joie de vivre that it was truly infectious and I drove home from the North Side with a big ole grin on my face the whole drive. A big thank you to his gorgeous parents for welcoming me into their home and into their lives to get a glimpse of what life is like with this adorable 6 month old.

Ok, enough gabbing, here’s some sneak peeks. ENJOY!

At the Park

Swinging Cowboy!

Chainlinked Glory

Thanks for checking in and I’d love for you to drop a comment or two (I feel so alone!)

xoxo, Mare

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  • Elizabeth - September 28, 2007 - 5:43 pm

    Ok Spill it what lens did you get?? These images are fantastic as usual.. R.. is a doll

  • Marianne - September 29, 2007 - 7:09 pm


    Hi! 🙂 I got the 50/1.2L which rocks my world. I’m still in getting to know you honeymoon mode w/it but I think we’ll be good together. 🙂

  • diario extra - January 20, 2011 - 9:10 am

    I am not a person who is easily delighted but I have to say your work blew me away. So much ideas and relevant detaisl that you put into it made me see your point of view. Thanks for communicating your reasonable inputs.

Quick update: there are only a couple of sessions still available for October, if you are interested please contact 815.603.8450 asap to reserve the available sessions. I have made my availability more accessible during this month and I have only these few dates left for booking. If you are interested in spectacular autumn colors as the backdrop of your session, I suggest a forest Marmalade Location session. This is where the bulk of sessions took place last fall, due to the simple fact…forest = leaves changing. In the fall, the colors there are amazing! Just last night I took a bike ride through the forest and the awesome white flowers are totally in bloom (usually they aren’t flowering until October)!! (you can see what the forest looked like this September by scrolling down and seeing several images from a session that is in proofing right now if you’d like). There are still dates available in November, the cut off for Holiday Cards and Gifts is November 11.

You may access the updated newsletter for Fall 2007 here. I have some news in there regarding introductory in studio (no outdoor stuff!) offerings for a limited number of sessions. These sessions will allow for one outfit change and about an hour’s time. Very exciting stuff. I promise though, these will not be your typical studio photographs!! The plan is vintage, funky, somewhat modern, not typical but always fun! Great for newborns, not quite running toddlers, preschoolers and older kids. Also on the horizon are senior sessions (high school seniors…NOT the geriatric type!) and teen sessions. I am very VERY excited about these new dimensions to the Marma-offerings!

Marmalade’s Girl #1

So I promised, so I will deliver. Thanks to Debbie and her family for coming out for a forest session several weeks ago. They just are starting the process for image previews….Debbie emailed me this morning, loving her images. Debbie, I hope you don’t mind if I share a snippet of your email here:

All I can say is that Mark and I were speechless when we saw the pictures. Beautiful image after beautiful image. Thank you!

Thank you for making my day! Here’s a couple of the images from their forest session, again a thanks to them for driving out from Lake County (IL) for our session together:

Looking Back

Flower Siblings




Thanks for stopping in!

Next Client Q&A will be in the next week or so with Lora (mom of the three adorable triplets partly featured on the slideshow locations area). We’ll be Q&Aing her on her topic of specialty: speech therapy. Her focus is on autism and speech apraxia. As a bonus, Lora was kind enough to snap photos of her gallery of Marmalade images from this spring (I rec’d the images yesterday…THANK YOU, they look gorgeous and I cannot wait to show them off to everyone!)

Til we meet again!

xoxo, Mare


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  • Elizabeth - September 27, 2007 - 10:26 am

    There is just something enchanting about your little girls in TUTU’s in the forest shots that always draw me in and keep me there transfixed by the light the color the comp.. Lovin’ all of these images but the 2nd and last are my fav’s

Today is a day of downtime for me but some corrections are in order for those who may have received the wrong newsletter sent in email on Friday the 21st. Before I proceed, once again there are some session times/dates available still to guarantee Holiday delivery and to capture your children and families in the spectacular color abounding world of October!! Give me a call to set a session up or to answer any q’s you may have! 815.603.8450

First, corrections. One of my emails contained what was supposed to be the newest newsletter for Fall 2007; I inadvertently sent some of my newsletter recipients the fall’s/winter’s edition for 2006. You may find the newest copy of my newsletter for Fall 2007 here. My apologies for the mix up, I’ve sort of been distracted with a bunch of things this past week. 🙂 Once again the links are not working appropriately in the pdf form of the newsletter…I need to find a fix for that. Most of the items there are easy enough to find, if you would like the list of links, pop me off an email or phone call and I’ll be happy to send the links that were should have been in the newsletter.

Second, shopping!! I love shopping (but y’all already know that). The focus is…my fave of all holidays…HALLOWEEN! I have a few sites to check out for the upcoming Halloween Holiday!!

Halloween Costume Express My oldest child LOVES looking at catalogs and when the catalog arrived in the mail from Costume Express she was in heaven!! Check out the adorable pink poodle costume or red riding hood costume for girls. For boys (once again with the pirates), their pirate costumes can’t be beat (check out the skull candy pail)! Also, I am especially loving the race car driver costume for little guys (my pal Lucas would LOVE this!!) Be sure to enjoy this time in their lives when they don’t care about WHAT character they want to be (my oldest insists on wanting to be Sharpay from HSM2. Bleh.)

For creepy home decor, you really cannot go wrong with The Fright Catalog. They have a nice selection of gargoyles (that I love) and headstones and haunted characters (if you like medieval knights in armor you may appreciate this.

Also, after having made a trip there with the kids several days ago, I rediscovered that my local KMart has fantastic fantastic creepy decor (and some cutesy stuff that may appeal to the younger set). I love this skeleton in a cage (Michael’s also has some really great skeletons in a cage as well). KMart also has this really cool hanging (not motion detecting, sounding) hanging ghost skeleton made with cheesecloth. Yeah, one could argue that you could make it yourself and it might be just a bit less expensive to do so but for $29.99 do you even want to take the trouble to do so? Also, I’ve been looking for a way to incorporate raven’s into my decor this year and at $7.99 (must be in brick & mortar store only, can’t find a link) I can play total Martha Stewart (her decorating team for Halloween seem to love that pesky black bird!). I do believe KMart needs a cosmetic overhaul to compete with Target however it is by far the best discount store for decor for holidays. I never seem to NOT find something I love there around this time of year (and for the winter holidays as well).

For party ideas…I absolutely adore Birthday Party Ideas dot com. It takes some searching, without a doubt, but it is a wonderful resource for all sorts of party ideas from “on the cheap” to all out budget. This site has been a valuable resource for me over the years.

Thanks for stopping in and, oh, I can’t leave without leaving an image from a recent session. Since the theme is Halloween I had to dig to a recent session highlighting a subject dressed for the occasion. Who better than to showcase my pal M who was all geared up for the holiday an almost full 2 months early!! This is also an appetizer for Darla who is having to wait a few more days for her gallery to go live. 🙂 I hope this helps pass the time, Darla!!

Fighting Fires & Looking Adorable

Til next time!

xoxo, Mare

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  • Elizabeth - September 23, 2007 - 7:57 am

    OK.. can I just say I LOVE your newsletter.. thats so cool.. I didnt know you had one.. what a great idea.

  • Darla - September 27, 2007 - 8:21 pm

    Thanks for the appetizer Mare! I just love my little fireman. Oddly enough, he wants to be a doctor for Halloween. Could have bet on the boots and red hat and lost. Btw, just saw the slideshow and I am in love! You are amazing!!!!!