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..

Oh how I adored tonights’ session. I’m telling you, this week is just getting better and better (and to boot, tomorrow is my most favorite of days!)…

My session this evening was with Amanda and Chad and their happy, sweet, beautiful children I & W. I know Amanda from a former life (a good year behind me as of this month….I do sometimes miss the craziness of that former life but cannot imagine going back to it) and I feel honored that Amanda and Chad trust me with their memories of their lovely family. They came out for an urban session this evening where we got, if I dare say so, some fantastic images! The light was truly perfect for our session (I haven’t waxed poetically about October light in awhile). The clothes were adorable. The children were beyond sweet…I’m being all flowery here, I must stop. They were just lovely. Perfect. Cute. Sweet. All flowery things, I’ll shush now. 🙂

Enjoy these sneak peeks. I had a HARD time going through the gallery in the once over. I keep wanting to stop and editeditedit…however there is other work to be done before editing starts up again.

Thanks to Amanda and Chad for taking the drive from Naperville for our session and to you for stopping in to visit the blog.


family minus one

Daddy’s Sweet Girl

xoxo, Mare


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  • Elizabeth - November 1, 2007 - 4:48 pm

    Oh.. these are lovely. that one with the little girl being carried by her daddy.. wow.. and Hope you had a great halloween.. its so much our favorite holiday that my husband and I got married on Halloween

Only the most adorable new family, like, ever!! 🙂 Seriously, when the three of them walked into the studio today I knew we’d have a great time and get wonderful images. A big thank you to Katie & Josh who fought construction traffic from the North Side of Chicago to come out to the studio for a Marmalade Urban/Studio session today. It was wonderful meeting you and of course, the newest addition to your family, little R.

Oh Josh, thank you so much for being the baby whisperer-slash-assistant for our shoot this evening. LOL

So here we go, sneak peek it below:

by the river

so sweet adorable


Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo, Mare

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…well, they aren’t so old but they are favorites. This is my 3rd time with this crew, 11 y/o and under (the kids anyway), 5 of ’em + their gorgeous parents Tara & Alan.

I love working with this family, they bring a fun energy that large families typically bring, a sort of controlled chaos that is palpable and allows our time together to unfold dynamically. Tara always has a fun mix of clothes every time (they coordinate without being nauseatingly matchy match, I so *love* that) and she comes up with some great ideas (I don’t just claim I love client input, I relish it. I think that clients taking some ideas and asking me to implement them with my vision is a wonderful challenge and look forward to Tara’s ideas each session). The kids are really well behaved and I enjoy them wholeheartedly, this time was no exception.

This time around we changed up a bit and we did a Marmalade Urban/Studio session (and we actually did break out the studio gear! Looky that!) instead of meeting them in Plainfield. I had a blast seeing you all, it is a true honor to be able to document the young lives of your beautiful children for you.

So, no need to read on further, there’s some sneak peeks!!

First Image Snapped:  Fortuitous



Aw yeah, real cutie

under my umbrella, ellaella, eheheh, under my umbrella, ellaella, eheh (sorry couldn’t stop myself)


Thanks for stopping in. Til next time…

xoxo, Mare

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  • Elizabeth - October 29, 2007 - 12:41 pm

    What a great wall and the umbrella shots are awesome

  • Marianne - October 29, 2007 - 12:54 pm

    thank you elizabeth. i really had fun with those yesterday.

First things first….I want to thank Raylene & Jason for the wonderful gift of chocolate that I received today. It was beyond thoughtful and wonderful and I so enjoyed working with you and your four boys and although it was unnecessary, the truffles are a wonderful thank you gift that I truly truly will enjoy and more importantly appreciate.

In the past I have been rewarded (spoiled, blessed with) with wonderful and kind clients, thoughtful, many times understanding my view of the world through the lens and understanding that what we are doing together during our photo session is documenting the present moment, (which is not always the idealized way that we personally view our children, this sometimes differs from what is captured). Because over the past few years I have frequently encountered clients that understand this, I guess I am beyond spoiled. So, to be fair, I want to take this opportunity to thank all my wonderful clients who have “got it” in the past. Thank you thank you thank you. There are days, like today, where I am out for more hours than I care to think about and the world at large acts against me (traffic was way ugly on the way home), I reflect upon the wonderful times with clients, the sessions and the post session follow ups, the wonderfully penned letters of thanks, the thoughtful gifts and I truly am thankful that I can be part of your lives. So thank you to my wonderful clients from the past, from today and for the future.

Now for some sneak peeks. SINCE I am on the topic of past clients, let’s talk about the 2nd session of the day….a big thank you to Amy & Brian for inviting me to peek into their lives today for a second time and to record their son, A in his 2nd year of life. I so enjoy working with this family and as usual, had a wonderful time peeking into their family. Thank you, once again, for allowing me into your lives.  We made a tour of the parks and dog parks of the North Side of Chicago today.  Great fun!

Down Below

Green Door

Isn’t he growing up to be a handsome boy? He has the most captivating smile.


My first session today was park fun. A & J’s mom and I ran worked at getting these images but I assure you, Karen, you will be beyond pleased. The images are stunning and I am oh so happy to report that I think you will be pleasantly surprised!! (not often but on occasion the parents walk away from a session wondering: WHAT did we get, did we get anything? and I assure you today was not a day for worry about this). Thanks to Karen, A & J for allowing me to capture life as a big sister/little brother and playtime at the parks in Glencoe. Please enjoy your sneak peeks:


Royal Princess




A big thank you for stopping by.

xoxo, Mare



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  • Elizabeth - October 28, 2007 - 10:13 am

    These Sneek Peeks are wonderful I love the last shot and the girl with the beautiful tiara.. well done