Rachel [2017 Senior]

It’s senior photo season and I’ve had three in a row and love it! Meet Rachel, a senior at Renaissance High who is not only pretty, but smart and athletic too. She plays girls fast and slow pitch for both a summer and spring league so we made a trip to Willow Lane where she spends much of her summer in play. She loves English and History, doesn’t prefer politics, and is planning on attending U of I to study criminology and sociology. She is also considering a career in the legal field. Phew, makes me tired just thinking of all that studying! It was so great meeting you Rachel and I wish you all the best in your future adventures. Enjoy your senior year! Mary


The Niendorf Family

It was four years ago I last photographed this family so it was both a joy and a shock to see how the girls, Ella now 11 and in 6th grade, and Adele at 8 and in 3rd grade, had grown and gotten so tall! (You can see their first session here.) I have to say also that we started this session at 9:00 am and everyone was there with smiles on and ready to go – no small feat with three ladies in the family doing hair and some make-up. Nice work everyone! This family is fun, and kudos to John who picked right up on those posing skills. Oh, and John is responsible for the beautiful wall in the first few images because his demolition company tore down the building that left this behind. Woo hoo! 🙂 It was simply a fun morning with great weather conditions and a beautiful family. Now enjoy some of the images we created together. Mary

Logan Dean [Newborn Lifestyle]

_mg_2811_webThere’s a new guy in town and his name is Sweet Logan Dean (I added the first word because he is). He was born September 1st and was 12 days old when I shot these images at his home with his beautiful momma Tori, who is the Family/Communications Administrator at First Baptist where we both attend. Logan’s big sister, Kenley, is now 2 (see her newborn session here) and was full of “pink” energy but pretty gentle with her new brother. Mammaw (it’s a southern thing) came from CA to help out so we lucked out and got her in on the action too and Logan couldn’t have been a better baby, never crying once during our session and just so precious. I loved hearing about his dad Mark’s love of Marvel super heroes and my bet is Logan will a caped wonder flying through the house in no time. Time passes quickly you know! Congratulations to everyone on this beautiful baby! 🙂 Mary


Linda Johnston - September 23, 2016 - 10:34 AM

Such a sweet family–baby Logan and Kenley are precious. Their parents are pretty terrific too. Delightful pictures, Mary!

Megan - September 25, 2016 - 10:04 PM

Oh, the one of big sis kissing him is perfect.

Vince - October 1, 2016 - 3:04 PM

I agree with Megan — that picture jumped right out at me. Love Logan’s hair!

The Schafer’s

I’ve known Melissa as a co-worker for many years at Hawley Troxell and we later learned that she and my daughter knew each other through church camp “back in the day” — it’s a small world after all. Just a month before I retired in August, she became my boss! But bossy she was not and I am so happy for her new opportunities at the firm knowing how good she’ll be at them. Her husband, Dave, operates several Christian radio stations in Boise and in McCall and has generously shared his dimples with their daughter, Emilee, who is 8-1/2 and in 3rd grade. 🙂 For many Halloweens now I have photographed the families that bring their kids in to Trick-or-Treat the firm and have seen Emilee in all kinds of cute costumes over the years, but this is the first time to really get to know the real cutie behind that smile. I could have stolen her away and photographed her all day long. Kids are quite mature in 3rd grade — who knew?! Thank you for the fun on a beautiful but brisk September day. Keep smiling, Mary


And these last two are just for Melissa who doesn’t do silly (so she says). It looks pretty cute on her don’t you think? You could always take lessons from Emilee who has silly down pat.


Thanks for the fun Melissa. You have a great family. Love, Mary

Sheila Clark - September 28, 2016 - 4:12 PM

These are just adorable Melissa! Can’t believe how big Emmy is getting! Great job at capturing their personalities Mary 🙂
We need to get ours done soon!

The Swails Family

I look forward to photographing this fun family every year and like my last post it’s our fifth year together and they also have twin boys that always wear their signature plaid shirts. The Swails boys have taken it a step further, however, and have always sported their curly unruly locks of boyhood which I love. 🙂 Gus, now 7, is in 2nd grade and loves to read (two chapter books a day he says) and is so much more talkative than ever. He even suggested some great poses like … “How about we all climb a tree?” or “How about we crawl uphill like we are having to use the grass to pull us up?” or “How about we all jump in the water in our clothes?” (I love this boy’s think tank and we actually made two out of three happen.) Boys will be boys and once again I laugh at their energy and their parents, Nick and Amanda, when they say “Welcome to our life. Every. Single. Day.” All in tease of course as they love these boys. 🙂 Henry (in blue) and Peter (touches of orange) will turn 5 in November. Here’s to another wonderfully fun family with such handsome men, and Amanda, you rock motherhood like nobody’s business. Smiles to you all, Mary 🙂



After I had this posted, Amanda sent this picture of me capturing the last picture. I have the nicest clients! 🙂


Todd, Susan, James and Greg

In reading back to my first session with Susan, Todd, and the boys (October 2012 found here), I wrote “I am fortunate to have two jobs that I love. One as a part time receptionist at a prestigious downtown law firm and the other Fairly Candid. Sometimes the two intertwine as I photograph people I work with — or work for.” The wording still holds true today … almost. As of August 24, 2016 I am retired from Hawley Troxell but the 17-½ years I spent there will be forever fond memories. My co-workers, bosses, and the attorneys were some of the most upstanding people I’ll ever know. One person in particular who I have always admired is Susan, Hawley Troxell’s Executive Director. This is our fourth session together and she is always so down to earth at our sessions and with her boys, James and Greg, now 6th graders. They can be spit in a fry pan and they make me laugh every time I’m with them with their competitive teasing ways, their boundless energy, and their inseparable brotherly love for each other and their mom. I have appreciated getting to know Todd over the years as well … what a kind and gentle man he is. The four of you are simply the best. 🙂 PS: I missed seeing Grandma Jean this year but got to meet Abby, the family two-year old Griffon pup.

At the beginning of our session, cousin Rylan was here for a few pictures before dad came to pick him up from spending the night. Rylan is almost 7 and Todd’s handsome tough grandson. I love how these boys always wear their signature plaid shirts. James is on the left and Greg on the right.


That’s a wrap! Hope to see you next year! Mary

2016 Fair Entry Winner

Three images were entered into this year’s Western Idaho Fair under the Professional Division and this was awarded a first place blue ribbon. It was entered under Animals: Winged Animals – Not Birds of Prey. Luckily for me, a client allowed me some time to capture it while out on a family session. I have the nicest clients. 🙂


Kathy - September 4, 2016 - 10:36 AM


Vince - September 6, 2016 - 4:47 PM

When I saw this at the fair, I didn’t even need to see the ribbon to know it was a winner. You should post the other two as well.

Sylvia Jan [Lifestyle Newborn]

I gave up photographing newborns a long while ago, but I have always been interested in the idea of “lifestyle” newborn photography which basically means going to the client’s house and photographing the newborn in their environment without having to pose them or have them asleep etc. Kari was nice enough to let me experiment on her newborn Sylvia Jan born three weeks early on July 6 at 6:02 PM weighing 6.4 lbs and measuring 19″ long. She’s shown here at two weeks. It was one of those deals where you go for a check-up 3-weeks before your due date and the doctor says “Guess what? You’re having a (non-negotiable) baby today.” Surprise! Well, little Sylvia is just a healthy little beauty and her big sister, Addi — a new four-year-old that I recently photographed (you can see her here) — couldn’t be more proud of her “Sylv.” She met me at the door in her P’J’s and her big smile and was ready to hold her for the first picture (and second, third, and tenth). I will be honest in that I laughed at Addi most of the hour I was there. She is just so excited about this baby and wants to hold her constantly and be in her crib, and let’s just say “Sylv” is probably going to grow up to be very tough. 🙂 Kari is just the most patient momma too and I respect her so much. She is a high school history teacher and we had a little conversation about the state of politics today. Young and old agree it’s going to be an interesting election year to say the least. But enough about politics, it’s all about this cute little baby today, and while the jury is out if I will continue to do this type of photography or not, it sure was fun hanging out with these three wonderful ladies. Thank you Kari, and congrats to you, Addi, and your hubby for this beautiful new addition to your family. Love, Mary




Barbara Severns - July 26, 2016 - 5:33 PM

These are beautiful Mary!! Great work, again! Congratulations Kari!

Megan - July 26, 2016 - 8:58 PM

That is SO much less stress for you and the new mom! How sweet are these?

Fairly Candid - July 26, 2016 - 9:13 PM

Thank you Barb and Megan … your words are kind, and I agree it is less stress, but I have so much to learn if I keep doing this!

Lila at Five

Lila’s back! You can see her here at three, here at four, and now she’s five and all dressed up in her new party dress. 🙂 This was my second photo shoot at the Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead at Dry Creek and it couldn’t have been more perfect for Lila and her new dress on a beautiful overcast day. I was in heaven shooting this charismatic little girl. She is just the sweetest thing, smiles and giggles constantly and rarely says a word – although I’m quite sure that’s not the case at home. The rooster was excited to see us and did most of the talking — crowing up a storm at 5:30 PM — but with no neighbors to bother, it was fine. This is a learning farm so there are dozens of chickens, turkeys, goats, and ducks out there. Now onward to this vivacious little Lila (and pretty momma Crystal) and all her sweet faces guaranteed to make you smile.

I try to get a nature shot every photo session, and thought the rooster would have to suffice, but as luck would have it as we were leaving, this dragonfly was just waiting for me. Thank you dragonfly, and thank you Crystal for yet another fun hour with you and one of your kids. You guys always make me smile. 🙂 Mary


Megan - July 19, 2016 - 11:45 PM

Oh my, she was a handful of adorable. I love the ones of her running in front of the door and the little close mouthed smirk of her looking over her shoulder. Good luck choosing, Crystal!

Crystal - July 20, 2016 - 8:41 AM

This is what happens when you pair a natural talent who instinctively knows how to capture personalities with a energetic little girl who happily participates. 🙂 Mary and Lila work very well together! I’m so pleased, as always!

Fairly Candid - July 20, 2016 - 8:06 PM

Thank you Crystal and I’m glad you liked them. We sure had fun! Great kids you have – both of them. I always look forward to my time with them. 😊

Judy Shackelford - August 5, 2016 - 2:02 PM

Lila is just adorable and I didn’t even have to see her mom’s name or her picture to know exactly who she belongs to! Her momma and my daughter went to school together. Crystal, Lila is so sweet and precious! Mary, you take such great photos! I always enjoy stopping by every couple of weeks to see what’s new!! Love your photos!

Fairly Candid - August 16, 2016 - 9:13 AM

Judy, how nice was that comment! Very cool the connection people have in life. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to stop in and I agree that Lila is just adorable in every way. 🙂 Mary

Birds of a Feather

I promise this post to be short and sweet — nothing like the maniac last one. Each June we camp at Sugar Loaf in Cascade and I love it because of all the birds you’ll find there. On our last day there I took my normal walk, but this time with camera in hand. Birds of a feather …



On this next one, look really really close to find baby Sandhill Crane leading the way.


That’s all folks … from Sugar Loaf and me to you. (Told you it would be short and sweet.) We had to look at this horrible view each day from our camp site. Don’t you feel sorry for us. 🙂 Love, Mary


Linda Johnston - July 15, 2016 - 9:12 AM

Those birds were absolutely spectacular! I just may have to get a print of the one preparing for landing, and of the one holding the feather and. . .I might need them all! It is very handy to have a great friend who takes such stunning pictures. Another perk of having Mary as a besty!

Fairly Candid - July 15, 2016 - 9:19 AM

I can definitely make that happen for you Linda. 🙂

Vince - July 16, 2016 - 7:31 AM

These are stunning. You absolutely should do and post more nature photography.

Megan - July 17, 2016 - 10:35 PM

Gorgeous! LOVED the first picture. And how crazy that they all had stuff in their mouths! Busy little birds!