🙂 I feel like I live here, on my blog, these days!!  It’s a good thing, right?

I had a lovely session at a lovely location I don’t get much opportunity to play at very often this morning.  I met Candace & her adorable little guy C for a session at the park today.  We had snacktime, and wardrobe changes and lots of talk about the new soon-to-be-person entering their lives (their little brother or sister, coming VERY VERY SOON!!  There seems to be a epidemic of soon to be delivered babies round these parts if you judge it by the last few clients I’ve photographed.)  C has an amazing smile and gorgeous brown eyes and a sweet sweet disposition (poor guy suffered through our session and he hadn’t even napped.  I was so impressed with his tolerance of our shenanigans!)

So a big big thank you to Candace & C for allowing me to enter into their lives before C gets to share the spotlight with the new love of their lives…(as said by Melissa regarding her little guy in the comments the other day–look at the air hanging child below…)  Isn’t he just the most adorable guy?

Look Ma!  No golf pants! ;)


Now to get caught up on everything that is on the ole to do list…til we meet again (tomorrow methinks!)




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I was so happy to see how beautifully K & B are growing up. B has an infectious smile that warmed my heart last October and again today. K is a true sweetie pie, there is no other way to describe her, she’s an absolute joy . Because they are twins the bond they share is amazing. Thanks to their mom, MB for bringing them out (all fashionable like!!) to the studio for a limited edition session. I enjoy working with these characters so much, it’s amazing to watch their progression from toddler babies to preschool toddlers…the one year makes a HUGE difference!!

So from this morning…

Blonde Blue Eyed & Adorable


Blue Eyed in B&W



Now for a taste of something else, from this evening. My dear dear friend Lisa and her family…

Isn’t my godson a handsome devil?  And K Girl is growing up to be just a real beauty (hey K, I love your hair like this)!! I remember her when she was K&B’s age and she would come over to our house and play with our cats and watch Little Bear.  Boy the time goes all too fast for me.


The Kids and the P’s ;)

K Girl


Handsome Devil D Boy

Til next time…my estimate is that it’ll be tomorrow sometime 🙂

Thanks for dropping by!

xoxo, Mare


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  • Elizabeth - September 12, 2007 - 3:27 pm

    These are gorgeous all of them..

I had the privilege of meeting up with Mark & Deborrah and their gorgeous, fun, happy children M & E tonite for a forest session. Having Deborrah choose that location chosen made me realize how long it’s been since I did a session there. Can you believe May-ish or so? I know I can’t!

The weather, for a few hours there, looked like it wasn’t going to cooperate but it did…good ole Mother Nature pulled through for us to get a full session in (now if she could cooperate on the mosquito control front). If you recall, a few weeks ago I said September is a splendid time for a forest session, truly the beauty is JUST beginning to unveil itself in all its’ September splendor. There are green greens and white tiny flowers and fat headed yellow blooms all throughout the forest. Coupled with my favorite kind of light for a Marmalade Forest session, I think we made magic today. A big thank you to the wonderful L Family and their beautiful kids for coming out for a fun session!!

A Moment of Contemplation

Forest-y Family

Tree Trunk Sibs

Yay!  Another Marmalade TuTu Girl!


Thanks for paying me a visit. ‘Til next time…

xoxo, Mare

p.s. Can you believe Deborrah MADE this tutu? It looks JUST like Sophia’s from awhile back…I am really really impressed!!


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  • Elizabeth - September 11, 2007 - 5:45 am

    Hi.. I love these shots.. I do have a question though.. when you are shooting in these forest type situations do you find that you get a green cast on skin tones? I do in my own work and have trouble correcting I do know how to color correct in PS but find that I get either a greenish or yellowish cast that is a bit troublesome to correct. any suggestions?

…for the week. 🙂 Get ready for a posting bonanza!

So, tonight’s session was *A BLAST*. I mean, this little guy (and his mom & dad of course) was a good time. I have never seen a kid get so high in the air (scroll down to see what I’m talking about) and FLY. Literally, if he had wings, you’d know what E was going to go for. And sweet, this little doll was a sweetheart. I loved that I got kisses & hugs…it made my week!

So E, Mark & Melissa. Thanks to you for making the trek down for a Marmalade Urban/Downtown Session…I hope you all had 1/2 the fun I had this evening.  I promise there are so many great great images, I am so excited to have been able to create these memories for you.

OK, so what’re you waiting for?  SCROLL DOWN and see your sneak peeks!



Family - NOT in the air :)


’til we meet again, which by my estimates will be, oh…sometime this time tomorrow! LOL



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  • melissa reddy - September 11, 2007 - 5:38 am

    Can I tell you without you thinking that I am crazy that Sunday night I had the most restless sleep (due to this humungous buddha belly) but during the little bit of shut eye that I did get, I dreamt about our photo session? And it gets more bizaar…at 3:45 am, yes, 3:45 IN THE MORNING, when I couldn’t get back to sleep I decided to check your blog to see if our sneak peek had been posted. When I saw our pictures there I definitely couldn’t go back to sleep!
    Oh yes, and when I went back to bed I had to wake Mark to let him know the pictures were up…he must have been excited too because the only thing that gets him up in the middle of the night is the bathroom! His response was, “wow…” I guess he was pretty speechless too.
    I wanted to comment yesterday…not to sound dramatic (although I am all drama!) but the words just wouldn’t come. I know it was only three pictures but Marianne…you captured my beautiful little boys spirit. I mean truly. Whan I look at that second picture of him hanging on the bar, for anyone who knows my little boy, it is all there. ALL BOY…sweet, playful, silly, strong (willed), adventursome and fearless…all boy. Who ever said a picture says a thousand words had YOU in mind.
    I must have pulled the site up at least 15 times yesterday (and I don’t even have internet at my desk at work…I had to walk to the break room!!!) I called everyone I knew who appreciates great photography, like I do. Mark was like a peacock with his feathers spread as well…showing everyone at work.
    All this to say…I am so, so happy we made the trek out there. These pictures were a great way to document our family “in transition” but also before Egya has to give up the spotlight…or at least make a little room under the sun for his baby brother. It was his time to shine and I absolutely can not wait to see the rest of the images…the next two weeks will be painful. (But you will have a lot of hits on your website in the meantime 😛 ) You have a gift…thank you for sharing it with our family! I’m already thinking about the other great milestones in our future I would like you to be a part of…


Ugh!  My email contact form on the sites is acting wonky. I had contacted my web designers two weeks ago and WE THOUGHT the issue was fixed.

It wasn’t.  🙂

So to that end, if you are a client or have an inquiry in to the system, I may NOT have received it.  I apologize profusely, this has been an eternal struggle (er, it feels like it) for a few months now.  Give me a buzz at 815.603.8450 and we’ll get it all taken care of.

Have I mentioned I have been frustrated?

xoxo, Mare

p.s. On a lighter note, LOTS of activity on the blog this upcoming week, I promise you’ll have tons to sneak peek!

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