Personal Musings : Chicago and Suburban Children’s Photographer

Strength: how do you define it?


Is it in your abiity to get up and walk around unassisted?


Is it purely in your personal faith, strength of beliefs, strength that the unknown is a place of peace & comfort?

strength & faith


Is it strength in the bonds you feel for the young children who share your blood?



My father is the strongest man I know, even now as age is slowly weeping his physical strength away. It is bittersweet to go visit him and my mom these days. I cannot help but leave their home with the knowledge that the sands of time will be running out sooner vs. later…



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So my mind needs some cheer.  Please bear with me as I try to bring some colour and happiness into my life.


Country girl vs. City girl…


chicken girl


city girl


Thanks for stopping in…Namaste

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  • Heather Cheatham - July 28, 2008 - 11:26 am

    These are so moving and special. I just love the first one. Their beautifully aged hands are amazing.
    Your country girl/city girl shots are great – look at that awesome wall! She did perfect, and so did you. Love them all.

  • Caitlin Domanico - July 28, 2008 - 12:29 pm

    What an amazing tribute…

  • Amy - July 28, 2008 - 12:59 pm

    BEAUTIFUL photos Marm…I esp love that last one of your father 🙂

  • TonyaMarie - July 28, 2008 - 1:27 pm

    Those are some powerful images of your father. Wow.
    And I have to say I love the country girl and her chickens.

  • ChelleL - July 28, 2008 - 2:45 pm

    The first photo is just stunning, very powerful. Beautiful photos.

  • Jeni Bernatz - July 28, 2008 - 3:55 pm

    wow, those are such powerful images of your dad, I really love that first image and the thoughts you shared as well.

  • kristina - July 28, 2008 - 5:39 pm

    Wow, gorgeous images and heart-wrenching post. Beautifully written AND photographed.

  • Jennifer N - July 28, 2008 - 8:15 pm

    Beautiful, emotional shots. I love them all.

    The country girl vs. citry girl are awesome too.

  • Cindy - July 29, 2008 - 12:45 am

    The series of your dad is especially moving and emotionally provoking. Wonderful work!

  • PamN - July 30, 2008 - 6:08 am

    You will treasure these forever!

  • Tobi - July 30, 2008 - 7:23 am

    These are so powerful Mare!! Wow…beautiful work as always!

  • Jessica - July 30, 2008 - 12:12 pm

    what a beautiful post. My grandma is 84 years old and her strength amazes me everyday. Beautiful work!

  • Jen Lane - July 30, 2008 - 6:27 pm

    omgosh Mare, those images of your dad are amazingly touching. Wow. Really moving and so tender.
    And of course, city girl vs country girl is too darn cute. ha. I don’t know which I like better, I’ll just pick both as winners. hee hee. Beautiful work as always.

  • Lori L - July 31, 2008 - 8:23 am

    Oh Mare, the first set got me right in the gut. What a treasure.

    Also love the second set — color on that last one is surreal.

  • Ms Laurie - July 31, 2008 - 10:31 am

    😆 Hey gorgeous! The art is amazing and I thought a lot about what you said about your Dad as my Dad is older too. Beautiful pics!VIVE BEAUTE

  • Desiree - July 31, 2008 - 2:53 pm

    WOW mare! These are just stunning. That first one is just sooo emotional!

  • Danna Bowes - July 31, 2008 - 3:06 pm

    oh Marianne…really there are no words to describe the ABSOLUTE talent you have. These images move me in a way I can’t even describe! thank you for sharing your talent with all of us 🙂

  • teri mason - August 2, 2008 - 10:45 am

    These are very moving. I know what you mean about parents aging. I need to do something like this. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Paula - August 4, 2008 - 7:56 am

    wow. stunning. utterly speechless, my bro

  • Susan Braswell - August 5, 2008 - 6:55 pm

    that hands shot is so moving.

  • Nichol Krupp - August 5, 2008 - 11:58 pm


    These are all stunning as always. You brought me to tears with the ones of your parents. The hands say SO SO MUCH! Oh how you will always cherish those photos. Amazing!!!

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