Beautiful family photos in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs
Marianne Drenthe started Marmalade Photography over a dozen years ago with a singular purpose: to provide families with beautiful memories of their children and families that bring to mind moments past. We want our clients to look back on the times of their children’s childhoods or teen years with great fondness and an appreciation for the art that we co-created. We wanted to create beautiful family photos in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs and we wanted to do it with the purpose of creating artistic moments that withstand the test of time.
Marmalade Photography is a full service suburban Chicago based photography studio. MP’s goal is to create lasting memories for our clients that are both instantly classic and that highlight their families quirks, smiles and most importantly the beauty of their relationship with one another.
We believe that great photography will awe you as much (or more) ten years from now. When you lovingly gaze at the beautiful canvas on your wall, the well crafted and designed album on your coffee table or large portrait in your entry way you should love your images even more than on the day we created them together, we believe the investment of time and energy should pay off as the years go by and your toddler is now a teen or your high school senior is now a bride.
Your littles don’t stay little very long…this is the one constant in life…if you hesitate too long the toothy grins and free spirited nature of school age children become braces laden, melancholy early teens then in the blink of an eye that 3rd grader is a senior in high school with all-too-perfect teeth and a whole life of his or her own, ready to embark on their own independent life. Capture them forever, beautifully and lovingly, in fine quality portrait art created by Marmalade Photography. It is truly one of the few investments you will make in your family that will grow in personal value!
Location based photography services in the southwest suburbs of Chicago
We lovingly refer to them as “Marmalade Locations“. Our locations are filled with natural beauty, an ever changing landscape of tall grasses, flowers, trees and colors. As expected these location setting looks are season dependent.
These hand picked locations have quickly become favorites of many of our client families. All locations are located with an hours’ drive of the heart of Chicago’s Loop. Sessions at these locations are available 7 days a week.
On location photography in Chicago and beyond
On location photography in Chicago and the suburbs means just that: Marmalade Photography comes to you.
The pros of MP coming to your home or other location are many. Do you have a shy child that doesn’t quite warm up quickly? Is your family very busy with very little time to schedule in a photo session at a different location? Would you love to showcase your family home in your family photos? Do you have a newborn baby that you prefer to be photographed at home, with family and in their nursery? Do you have a summer home that your family spends a lot of their time at and would love to feature it in a family photography session? (We often travel to our client’s second homes for on location family photography sessions, please specify in your inquiry if this is an option you’d love to explore). If any of these or the myriad of other situations applies to you then an on location photo session is likely the perfect choice for your Chicago family photography or Chicago baby photos ession.
Please note this option has limited availability for the 2019 season.
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“Another wonderful experience with an amazing photographer. My husband Ethan and I are so excited to see what kind of photos Marianne creates for us after we have our sessions. Our time with her always goes so fast, he even has fun, and we’ve been so happy with all the work she has created for us over the years. She’s been taking our family’s photos since I was 8 months pregnant with our oldest, now we have 3 kids so she’s been with us since the beginning. Marianne’s eye for details, I’mblown away by some little discovery I never noticed before. Her way of telling our “story” (her word) is really not like any photographer around here, that we’ve seen or experienced. I’ve been told by my best girl friends that the work Marianne has done for us is beautiful, amazing, stunning, and all those other things. Our family life is documented so gorgeously, I’m so glad I have these images. A few years ago I started having Marianne make albums from our previous sessions, I now have kind of a yearbook thing going with albums from all our sessions and they’re so beautiful!!!!!! Like really really beautiful, it’s been my favorite thing I’ve ever purchased for me, I know my kids will not always be “mine” and it’s nice to have these memories captured so nicely. The yearbook project has been a big project because we had to go back so many years butthe photos we had taken over the years are super special. I also wanted to have them printed so the kids can look back on their childhood and see the magic Marianne has captured for our family and they can look back at their childhood with it looking beautiful.” — Denise P., Lakeview, Chicago, IL