This afternoon I had the pleasure of photographing a wonderful family who came out for a Forest Session from Orland Park. I enjoyed meeting them, the twins J&S and their parents, Dan and Stephanie, were so sweet and a pleasure to work with. I had a blast capturing for them their family life at this stage. Stephanie had remarked to me that she had wished she hadn’t waited so long to get good family images and although I see her point I applaud her for knowing that there is no better time than now. She and Dan are raising two incredible kids and I’m sure they even can’t believe how much time has passed from babyhood to this almost teens period. Yikes, it does go so fast! (If I stop and think, it’s amazing that the time moves at such a fast pace (when mine were littler I couldn’t wait until bedtimes but so many bedtimes have passed and now I almost long for that time to be again, alas, it can never be so…)) Capturing today will be more important tomorrow than you will ever know.

A big thank you to this fantastic family. I hope you all had a good time. Here’s a bit of a sneak peek of two of the most awesome 11 year olds I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and one of the whole family.


Twins Take II



Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo, Mare

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  • Elizabeth - October 9, 2007 - 8:52 am

    Yep that is the perfect light..

Hi all. I wanted to fit this Q&A in at the end of last month but things got a tad crazy and it didn’t happen as I planned. All that matters though, is that I’m here now with it, right?

Today’s Q&A is with Lora. I had the pleasure of photographing Lora’s triplets back in, oh was it May? {Wow, where’d the summer go?} Lora’s booked her session as the 2nd Marmalade Studio session, and it helped kick off my studio with a huge bang!

Three five year olds may seem daunting for the mere mortal photographer however, for me, well it was still daunting. LOL. I had nothing to fear though, her children were so fun and happy and well behaved and, for lack of another word, lovely to photograph. We played games (they loved the American Idol thumbs up game that their dad initiated), I messed around with spelling of their names (my favorite part!) and we all had fun and most importantly we created imagery that Lora absolutely adores.

Several weeks ago Lora contacted me out of the blue to offer to mail me images that show off her home gallery of Marmalade art and I thought to myself, “BRILLIANT!”. So many of my clients talk about their displays of my work as art in their homes and Lora offered a wonderful opportunity for me. I asked permission to use the images she sent and also arranged for a Q&A (she is a Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, owns Tiny Talkers, Inc., a Pediatric Speech Therapy provider). I am excited to present our Q&A together as well as images from their Marmalade session and finally (and most impressive of all) images from her home display of Marmalade work. Thanks to Lora for taking the time out to do this Q&A and thanks to you, the reader, for reading this in depth discussion regarding speech issues, which I hope many of my blog readers will find helpful.
Lora is the owner of Tiny Talkers, Inc, specialists in Pediatric Speech Therapy. She doesn’t have a website and if you are interested in contacting her, please email me and I’ll forward along the infromation for her as she’s a busybusy lady.

1. Being a licensed speech-language pathologist must be a rewarding career. You specialize in speech pathologies dealing with autism and speeh apraxia, how did you decide on this specialty?

Yes, being a speech-language pathologist is a very rewarding career. I truly enjoy working with children. I currently work with the birth to 3 population through our state’s Early Intervention Program. I would like all of the parents out there to know that if they suspect their child may have a delay in ANY areas of development (ie walking, talking,etc.), please call 1-800-323-GROW to schedule a FREE developmental evaluation. Also, please express your concern to your pediatrician.

The Early Intervention Program is a federally funded program and is generally free to all- there is a small family fee, based on income.

The reason I have decided to “specialize” in the treatment of children with Autism is a fairly easy question to answer. The incidence of children whodemonstrate signs of Autism is staggering. I see many, many children with Autism each year, and it keeps growing. I honestly could not work effectively as an SLP if I did not specialize in AUTISM!

For those of you out there who do not know the signs of Autism, here is a brief overview of what Autism is and what it looks like:

What is Autism?:

Autism (sometimes called “classical autism”) is the most common condition in a group of developmental disorders known as the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Autism is characterized by impaired social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and unusual, repetitive, or severely limited activities and interests.

Signs of Autism:

Autistic children have difficulties with social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors or narrow, obsessive interests. These behaviors can range in impact from mild to disabling.

The hallmark feature of autism is impaired social interaction. Parents are usually the first to notice symptoms of autism in their child. As early as infancy, a baby with autism may be unresponsive to people or focus intently on one item to the exclusion of others for long periods of time. A child with autism may appear to develop normally and then withdraw and become indifferent to social engagement.

Children with autism may fail to respond to their name and often avoid eye contact with other people. They have difficulty interpreting what others are thinking or feeling because they can’t understand social cues, such as tone of voice or facial expressions, and don’t watch other people’s faces for clues about appropriate behavior. They lack empathy.

Many children with autism engage in repetitive movements such as rocking and twirling, or in self-abusive behavior such as biting or head-banging. They also tend to start speaking later than other children and may refer to themselves by name instead of “I” or “me.” Children with autism don’t know how to play interactively with other children. Some speak in a sing-song voice about a narrow range of favorite topics, with little regard for the interests of the person to whom they are speaking.

Many children with autism have a reduced sensitivity to pain, but are abnormally sensitive to sound, touch, or other sensory stimulation. These unusual reactions may contribute to behavioral symptoms such as a resistance to being cuddled or hugged.

Red Flags:

No or reduced eye contact

No use of gestures such as pointing or waving bye bye

Hand flapping

Walking on tip toes

A child is not talking AND does NOT attempt to communicate by using gestures and body language.

Acts as if he/she is “deaf.”

Appears aloof

Does not play with toys the way intended (picks up a car and spins the wheels, while staring only at the wheels, instead of pushing it and saying “vroomvroom”)

Covers ears with “normal” sounds

Has limited interests or/and or is very rigid

Lines up puzzle pieces or other things.

Quick Facts:
Boys tend to outnumber girls with Autism at a ration of 4:1.
1 in 166 children have an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)

Some good websites:

2. Could you tell us a bit about your work as a speech-language pathologist?

In order to become a licensed Speech-language Pathologist, you must obtain a Masters Degree in Speech Pathology.

I complete evaluations, and provide one on one speech therapy with a variety of children. Some have a simple language delay, others have diagnoses of Autism, mental retardation, cerebal palsy, downs syndrome and other special needs children. I provide play based assessment and treatment using typical toys.
3. Do you have any resources (online or in real life) for anyone out there that may be suspecting that their child is dealing with speech-language issues? At what point/age or situation, would you recommend seeking help with speech problems?

Yes, if you suspect your child may be having problems with development, and he/she is under the age of 3, you can call 1-800-323-GROW- this will give you access to the State of Illinois’ Early Intervention System. If your child is over age 3, you can contact your local school district and they are required by law to provide your child with a free evaluation. Also, use
your pediatrician as a resource. But, if you feel like your pediatrician is not concerned about your child’s speech development, but YOU have concern, please follow your gut and contact the resources stated above.

I would suggest seeking a speech evaluation in the following situations:

•Your child is not talking or saying any words by age 16 months.
•Your child is not speaking or acting like same aged children.
•Your child is getting teased about his/her speech production.
•Your child is showing signs of “stuttering” after age 3. (children go through a normal period of speech disfluencies between age 2-3).
•Your child is difficult to understand after age 2 and 1/2.
•Anytime you feel that things are just not “right” with your child.

Marmalade: This Q&A hits closer to home for me, my youngest child is in speech therapy (has been for about a year) and it’s been a tremendous help in her verbal and receptive communication. There’s some information that would’ve been wonderful to have earlier in the game for us and I hope this proves helpful to my readers out there.

Lora: Lastly, the reason I chose Marmalade: I was providing therapy in the home of one of my clients. I had taken a look at the absolutely stunning photos taken of her children. I had honestly never seen anything like it. We have been to various studios- and that is all fine and good. However, I really liked the idea of being outdoors, and really liked how each of the children’s spirits seemed to be captured in the photos. I thought, I have to do this! These photos were truly works of art- not the same old boring thing that had been done time and time again by the cookie cutter operations out there. My client simply raved about the personality, professionalism and experience of Marmalade Photography and strongly encouraged me to call. She had had a wonderful experience and treasured her photos. Once I called and spoke with Marianne on the phone, I knew it was a great decision. She asked questions about our children, answered questions that I had about the process and gave excellent suggestions to help me get exactly what I was looking for. On the day of the photo shoot, it was amazing.
Marianne is gifted- she works flawlessly with children and knows just how to get the right shot. She spent lots of time with us and the kids did not feel like they were getting their pictures taken- they were just exploring the beautiful territory around Marmalade’s urban studio. I just loved the experience. And, most of all, my photos are just absolutely, positively gorgeous. They adorn my home and are pieces of art in my eyes.
Thanks Lora for those kind kind words and for these snaps of your home displays:

11×14s between stairs and large mirror

Stair Gallery

30×40 framed canvas on mantle


and some images from the session:










Thanks for stopping in! Til next time…

xoxo, Mare



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  • Elizabeth - October 5, 2007 - 10:26 am

    Can I just say I absolutly love the shot of the little girl in the red dress wow

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!