xoxo, Janet

Let your smile change the world,
don't let the world change your smile!


Top 200 High School Senior Photographer Worldwide

SeniorInspire's 50 to Follow in 2019

Hello I’m Janet Van Blarcom and I’m the smiling face behind the camera. I am a high school senior portrait photographer in southern Wisconsin. In 2014, my husband, Mark, passed away after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer. Many emotional and heartbreaking days followed for me and my family. After reading several books about coping with grief, one of the suggested actions was to take up a new hobby. I decided to focus my energy on something that brought peace and joy to my heart and to my life. I picked up my camera, started capturing all the beauty around me and opened my photography business Mark the Date Photography.
My goal is to show off what makes you uniquely YOU. Each click of the shutter will showcase your beauty, grace, strength and enthusiasm for life. It will be an incredible experience. I can’t wait to meet you.
~Janet Van Blarcom

hi there, i'm so glad you came to visit me

Janet took my daughter, Grace’s, senior pictures. Janet did a fantastic job. Janet is so comfortable and relaxed doing her job that it made us feel the same way. Janet has great ideas for locations and fun poses. Highly recommend Janet.
                                                                            Peggy Hicks

the photos are so lovely

Thank you for the best photography experience we have ever had. The whole photo shoot was fun and very comfortable. We felt very involved in the process and had ample opportunity to give our creative feedback. Janet was very receptive to our request and allowed us to be very involved in the creative process. Cheyenne’s pictures turned out amazing! We look forward to working with Janet in the future.

Erica Koeppel

such a fun experience

Our family is extremely pleased with the quality of the photos and the overall very positive experience our daughter, Eliza, had with Janet. Eliza is the last of our four children to have her senior photos taken. The experience we had with Janet is the very best in terms of experience and quality. We highly recommend that if you are considering having pictures taken, for whatever occasion or event, please give Janet a call.

Otis and Tammy Woods

wonderful, beautiful

Janet did an awesome job with Sam’s senior pictures and we could not be more pleased with how they turned out! Janet was fun to work with, offered great ideas and wonderful options for places to take Sam’s pictures. We would highly recommend Janet to others!

Kim Trainor

awesome job

Janet did my daughter, Leah's, senior pictures. Janet is very professional, great to work with and she did a fantastic job on the pictures. We would highly recommend Janet to take your senior pictures!

Helen Hanna

very professional

I’ve had the opportunity to work with Janet on three occasions so far. All of my experiences have been wonderful. Janet has a very creative eye but most importantly she listens. My son’s senior picture session was probably the most evident of this. The session went very smoothly and Janet listened to what he wanted and did some of her own research on his visions. She had investigated locations and had the locations in mind to do some really unique things. The pictures turned out wonderful and she has been able to capture the genuine smile of a kid who, prior to sessions with Janet, didn’t typically smile in photos.

Barb Baumgartner

capture genuine

Janet was so organized. She picked out the most perfect locations to capture Dalton's pictures. Picture locations and poses were unique. Janet thought of everything. Janet was personable and related so well with Dalton. Every picture was amazing and really captured Dalton's personality and high school likes. The sports shots were one-of-a-kind. We received the finished photos very quick which was awesome because we were so excited to see them.

Wendy Fahey 

so excited

Janet is extremely enthusiastic and creative. She welcomed our ideas for photo concepts and went above and beyond on the time she spent with us to capture just the right pictures. Highly recommend her for senior pictures!

Pam Kelly

above and beyond

"Look no farther! You will not find a more passionate, professional and kind photographer!  Janet will do whatever it takes to capture the perfect photos for you.  She trudged through a foot of snow and freezing temperatures to capture my daughters dream photos with her beloved horse!  She is patient and fun and will make your session memorable."

Teresa McMahan

look no farther

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senior Sessions

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Email Consultation 
 One location 
One outfit
One hour shoot time
Gallery of 10-15 images 


Phone Consultation
Two locations
Two outfit changes
Two Hour shoot time
Gallery of 15-20 images



In person consult
Use of style closet
Unlimited locations
Unlimited outfit changes
Three hour shoot time
Gallery 20-30 images


Professional Hair & Make-up Required (addl' cost)

Professional Hair & Make-up Encouraged (addl' cost)

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