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!


…because I could NOT wait until later to take a look at this session!!

Sarah brought the most adorable little girl today, her daughter R and what else did she bring? a wonderful raspberry pink Kaiya Eve tutu! I was in love I tell you. Nevermind that R had the most awesome clothes, she also has a really cool mom. Sarah, thank you so much for bringing out R today for a nice afternoon amongst the white flowers and fall colors (what we have of them anyway). I had a fun time getting to know you and R and I promise there are going to be plenty of tutu shots to make you happy!!  Thanks to Sarah and R for making the drive from Hickory Hills.

So what are you reading this for? Scroll down for your sneak!

Tutu Sweetness


More Girly Girlness!


Thanks for stopping in and checking in!

xoxo, Mare


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  • Elizabeth - October 11, 2007 - 5:27 am

    OH my .. I Love the way that pink tutu really pops in the shot.. what a sweetie

(editing to add this funny clip from SNL)

Federline’s Top Three (too funny)

This was an early wake up a.m., I had started editing the backlog of sessions I seem to be encountering at the present time and thought to myself, SHOP? Oh yes! Shop!! So I started entering random searches….an online friend of mine has recently opened a studio in North Carolina and she showed off parts of it to this large group of friends, her kids room was way adorable and I got inspired to shop for the playroom in my studio because let’s face it, as much as I love vintage, I do love modern just the same (my home office is a nice mix of modern where as my studio seems to lean towards vintage funky so…I straddle both worlds these days) and in my vision for the studio I had always wanted vintage + modern.

This a.m. I started on a quest to find the perfect mix of modern for the playroom in studio. Granted, I need pieces that I could use in photography situations so this gets complicated. In my quest I found a ton of cool shopping resources for my blog readers, some home related, some to accessorize your little darling with…all of which I want to share with you.

Modern Seed: AWESOME site. Go and check out the Eames® Hang It All® a cool take on the utilitarian nature of coat/hat hooks. So fresh & funky!

And umbrellas (now recall please that I’m a bit pirate obsessed this year…) check out this find by Paul Frankâ„¢! Adorable…a must have for pirates everywhere!! I love the polka dots as well. The boots made me smile when I saw them, I could totally see a kid decked out in this get up for a splashy sort of rain session. Oh, and could you imagine these with a girly frou frou sort of tutu?



This one isn’t for the bargain hunters in us (altho, The C Family dug a similar find up and redid the chair themselves!), the Eames Chairâ„¢ is a modern classic. I was lucky enough to photograph the C kids “lounging” in their neighborhood, doing some chillaxing while sitting in this icon of post modern design:



Lounging in the Eamesâ„¢

Lastly for Modern Seed, check out their sales! I love the quirky clothing on clearance. Small Paulâ„¢ (seriously, who doesn’t love Paul Frank? I have an obsession with the freaky monkey, got some kick butt fuzzy slippers in Andersonville awhile back…) has an amazing selection for the under 4T set as does Paulina Quintana (love that polo dress, wish I had little ones left to outfit!)


Design Public is another cool little modern find!


These little poofs made by zid zid kid are simple and fun. What kid wouldn’t appreciate seating of their very own?


I’ve noticed a recent design trend with some of my clientele and love the latest rage of modern crib designs. This crib sheet set would be perfection for the modern nursery, love the subdued yet brightly hued colors and the simple design. This one screams I AM A GIRL AND I AM PROUD (who doesn’t love pink? Also check out the pink painted brick behind the set.)

For even more Dwell Baby, I think this burp cloth/bib set would make a stylish baby shower gift. Cowboys, cowgirls, brocade, dots, how could you even decide on one style for the gift. I’d have to get them all, they are fetching.

More room design, ROMP has amazing things. Look at the wallpaper trees (the birdhouse is a great touch):


And it’s never too early to start shopping for the holidays. Look @ the wooden rainbow imported from Germany. What a great imaginative toy.

And from Poland, the lacing mouse/cheese toy. What a great way to improve dexterity.

A really interesting wooden music box (Germany).

The Japanese Pinhole Camera (I had one similar to this when I was a kid), this one uses 35 mm film (thank goodness it’s still readily available!). Great for learning the basic science of photography, pinhole cameras are amazing for creating moody works of photographic art. Neat toy (for adults as much as for children).

Ok, now this one isn’t necessarily kid related but in my search I found this really great sofa, I mean, it’s totally modern and probably not suitable for most of us but you’d be hard pressed to not be impressed by its’ frivolous design.

Plushpod does have some neat kids’ designs as well as really ‘spensive nice modern sofas. I like this doughnut inspired chalkboard table

I also dig the capsule kid chair Hey mom! Look, storage within!

Well I think that’s about it, back to the editing world of Marmalade Photography. Thanks for stopping in and shopping cyberly with us!

xoxo, Mare

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