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This site is the original FAQ site dedicated to the art of custom photography and was created in 2006-2007. What inspired me to create this site was the dozens of  discussions with some of my fellow photographers regarding the perception of what custom photography is within our segment of the professional portrait photography industry.  Even in 2006 I recognized there was an urgent need to educate clients and photographers on the benefits and costs of professional custom photography.  This FAQ site was created in response to this need and to highlight what it is that custom portrait photographers actually do and to highlight the invaluable service they offer to their discerning clientele.

Paula Swift Photographer

The other photographers featured here on care about the profession of photography and strive for excellence in the industry.  You can view their work via the CONTRIBUTORS section of this site if you're interested.  Thank you to the talented photographers featured in the contributors section - with their help this site stays up and running for everyone's benefit.

My name is Marianne Drenthe, I am a professional photographer working in the Chicago area.  I have worked as a professional child and family photographer since 2005.  I have a vibrant and busy photography business: Marmalade Photography  and provide a custom full service photography experience to Chicagoland families and children. 

Marianne DrentheI am an award winning children's photographer, have written numerous articles and have conducted product reviews for Professional Photographer Magazine.  My work and business has been featured by WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) in the 2011 Las Vegas tradeshow magazine for the genre of children and families.  Later that year in August my work appeared on the cover of Rangefinder Magazine.  My art and business was featured in May 2012 by Professional Photographer Magazine.  I have mentored dozens of photographers and have run workshops since late 2007.  I have also authored a very popular Pricing Guide to help photographers price themselves appropriately to sustain a long term business model.  In fall of 2012 I was part of the PPA (Professional Photographer's of America) education site online and presented a webinar on Interacting with Children and in the winter of 2012 I also was part of the 24 Hour Photoshop online webinar with a tutorial on Photoshop tips & tricks for the pro photographer.

You can view my online portfolio at and see my photographer resource site at

Thank you for stopping in!  I hope this site is as valuable a resource to you as it has been to hundreds (if not thousands) that have come to it since early 2007.


"Second to my children's college educations, portrait art is the most important investment to me.  I cannot stop or turn back time - this is my way of enjoying the present and who they are today."

Susan K. -Chicago, IL

"I love this site, it's so helpful for my clients, I send everyone I know here to do research!"

Katie S. -Chatanooga, TN

This is the original FAQ site and photographer resource site for a true discussion on custom photography.  This site was created in 2007 for photographers and their clients.

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