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

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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.
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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

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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 …

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

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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

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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!

April-May-June with my G-Babes

Yes, I realize it’s not Spring any longer, but I have a busy life and things take time you know. I am feeling fabulously free for having these done (and another five for each of these) and naturally I just have to share them! And just because you’ve mostly seen Cole on my blog as some of his 12 months came and went, don’t think for a hot second that my camera hasn’t been pointed at the others as well. It’s been a busy spring in the Mouser/Gerichs households. My goodness we had two turn four in April, soccer, swim lessons, parent vacations, dance recitals, t-ball, school programs, two kindergarten graduations, and Cole turning one. There’s never a dull moment. 🙂

Jayden, is now our 4 year old middle grandson. He turned four the first week of April and he wears fourhood well. He’s a big copy cat of everything his older brother MJ does, says, wants to do, wants to go, wear, eat, speak, sleep. The only way he’s different that I’ve really noticed is that Jayden prefers baths and MJ prefers showers and Jayden likes to eat all day long while MJ eats mostly three squares … at least at my house. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream? Well, particularly Jayden while doing the happy dance. Apples? Yes please. Quiet? Nope. Shy? A little with others. Lovable and huggable? All the time. Jayden can be in the bathroom going #2 and he’ll yell out to me “Gramma, I love you and you’re my best friend!” (Then I go wipe his butt. TMI?) For his birthday one-on-one with Grampa and I we took him to the zoo, to eat Mexican food, then randomly to the Capitol building which was a huge hit that made his brother jealous in a big way so we went back there a month later to take MJ. The boys loved it. Here’s Jaydie-Bug, Buggie, Jay, Handsome.
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I had to take Jayden’s picture by this post outside the Capitol building because we had a 16×20 senior picture of his dad at this very same spot. I was just being sentimental. I’m sure his dad had this very same “I’m cute and I know it” look on his face at the time. Right Matt?

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Matt and Danielle went to Cancun, Mexico for an 8-day trip mid-April and we got to watch the boys. One day our adventure was to the river behind Veteran’s Park that was swollen at the time. We did find one little safe place to get in the water and a climbing tree that was perfect for the boys to climb without assistance.

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Taking the boys to the YMCA for swim lessons two times that week was on the agenda.

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An unplanned photo session makes for the best times with new four year olds. Jayden and I took a scooter ride with camera in hand. Below is what we came up with. He would stop and say “this is a good place Gramma” then would pose. I just want to eat you up Jayden. His shirt is a hand me down from MJ. I remember when I first bought it … MJ wore it out of the store and to bed that night and the next day and the next night I think. It reminds me of when Matt was going into high school and he was freaked out thinking the older boys would haze him so he wanted to look older so grew an Abe Lincoln blonde beard. True story. The boys left him alone and he shaved it later that year. Smart son I have. This boy is a little clone of his daddy if there ever was one.

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This is Sydney’s end of the year music program for Kindergarten (AM and PM classes). Can you find Sunshine Sydney? She’s in the upper left hand corner on the top row — the place they reserve for the tallest kid in the class. 🙂

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And this little guy wasn’t paying attention to the program but having a great time with daddy instead. Just melt me now.

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Simone was in pre-school that morning so missed Syd’s program, but it was actually her 4th birthday (late April) and she had cupcakes to pass out so wouldn’t have wanted to miss that … but we all did a little surprise arrival on her and took her out of class early. This is me catching her surprise through the glass window. That smile lights up a room.

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The girls had a Fairy Garden Birthday Party to attend and so they came over and Meg and I dressed them up and I painted their faces from images I found on Google. Simone was over the moon with hers and Syd’s opinion? “It’s ok“. That girl is my honest one and if you ask her a question you’d better be prepared for her honest answer. 🙂

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May had the boys playing t-ball for the first time and they got to be together on the same team. Grampa and I worked with them all week while the folks were in Mexico and I got to take them to their first game. It was pretty dang cute watching total chaos explode on the field. This is the following week’s practice and the boys were starting to get it after practicing all week. While the other boys were running around, Jayden and MJ patiently waited their turn to get some Coach time.

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Proud true moment … at one point the Coach grounded the ball to Jayden who picked it up and made a great throw to the Coach. When Coach complimented him on his throw, MJ was the one who yelled out “My grampa taught him that! My grampa taught him that!”

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And while the boys are practicing t-ball, Sydney is playing her second year on an all girl soccer team that she loves, loves, loves. It was fun to see her being more aggressive this year and getting the concept of the game more. Her long legs were made for this sport. She played basketball in the winter and well, it wasn’t quite her game. She kept covering her head whenever anybody threw the basketball. My guess is she’d had her share of balls land on her head!

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And sometimes while big sister plays, little sister gets ansi and daddy has to toss her around a bit … literally. 🙂

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Go Sydney go … and now it’s game time for the boys! Jayden makes a big hit and runs to first …

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… and Grampa has to hold him back on second. Let me go Grampa, I can make it.

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Then it’s “Slugger’s” turn up to bat. He swings, he connects, he runs! Run MJ run! He passes first, he passes second, he jumps past third where his mom is coaching him, he’s home and he scores! It’s a grand slam!!! And the crowd goes wild. (It’s no matter that the last batter always gets a grand slam.) 🙂

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Simone turned four at the end of April, three weeks after Jayden. The following pictures were taken at her birthday party, but this little guy stole the show. He was two weeks from turning one.

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For Simone’s birthday one-on-one with Grampa and I she wanted to go to Ceramica as her sister did on her birthday. She picked out this cute little unicorn to paint and took the process very seriously. She then helped me paint my butterfly. All the details on each of the four wings are Simone’s additions. They turned out so bright and colorful once they were fired.

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Simone is a beautiful little girl, with big brown eyes and sweet lips. She is so girly looking and so sweet and agreeable and easy to get along with … most of the time. But she’s a wild card this one … always keeping things lively. For every picture that she sits and gives a sweet smile, there are four more with her making her faces or posing in crazy ways. I just take the picture because that’s who she is and one day when she has a child like herself I can show her pictures and say “see, you were that way.” A ha ha ha. Simone is hard to describe. She is always keeping me guessing … playing and using her imagination like none other is her forte. One day I took her home and brought the doll house and princesses into my office so I could work on edits. While she played I was trying to write down the things she was saying: Did she hurt you? Ya. Don’t do that to my princess. If you do that one more time I will kill you. I’m not kidding you. What are you doing here Anna? I want to marry you. Please Elsa don’t leave me here. Don’t leave me. Ahh! Elsa! Just go! Elsa needs to stay in her cage. I don’t want to play with Elsa. How many times do I have to tell you? You lied. That was my last hug and my last kiss. From that point on I put my pencil down. Probably best. After Ceramica she wanted chicken nuggets. Well, this child has probably never been to a fast food restaurant for chicken nuggets so we had a heck of a time figuring out where to take her. Mike and I called Sockeye Grill and landed there for a big plate of beer-battered chicken strips that were soooo good. Simone dug in and never said a word and just ate and ate and ate. Finally I asked if I could try one and she said yes and Mike and I shared it. Later, I asked if I could share another one with Grampa and she said yes. I offered him a bite, he said no, so I ate it all by myself. When she had one left and was finally full, she looked at Grampa and asked if he would like it. She then looked me square in the eye and said “This is for Grampa and not you because when you asked for one and said you were going to share it with Grampa you didn’t and ate it all yourself. You lied.” Well, she had me on that one! She is a funny duck, this girl, and I love the uniqueness that she is. She’s a lover and a fighter all in one. She always gives me a hug when she arrives and whispers her wishes into my ear. She said she was practicing her scooter riding skills so she could keep up with the rest of us. Love that. Love you Simone. XXO

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She told Grampa no when he asked for a bite of her ice cream sandwich but when I reminded her who paid for the ice cream she reneged and said he could have a tiny bite. Gotta love this girl. 🙂

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In May Sydney had her dance recital at the Nampa Civic Center. I’d tell you where she was taught, but I forget. 🙁 Like Megan in her dance classes many years ago, Sydney rises above (in height)! Megan says Sydney loves the costumes and make-up but not so much the practices. She may not be going next year. Time will tell. Still, she was pretty dang cute. Simone started off the semester in dance but then went back to gymnastics. Do I have any recent pictures of gymnastics to show you? Nope. Hey, there’s only one gramma and five g-babes to keep up with!

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May brought Cole’s first birthday — hard to believe it’s already here. He started walking a short time beforehand so he was going full guns at his party. His cousin, Gavin, was born exactly one week before him, so just like in our side of the family with cousins 10 weeks and 3 weeks apart, the Gerichs side has close cousins as well which I’m so happy about. Anyhoo, Cole wasn’t all that excited that Gavin was riding one of his new cars. It’s so hard to share. 🙂

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And he’s already reading at age one. So smart this g-babe! 😉

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I watched Cole every other Tuesday when Megan helped in Syd’s kindergarten class. This particular day after playing trucks we went outside where he found the rocks and entertained himself there a good 20 minutes.

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MJ and Sydney, our 6 year olds, are now officially First Graders. I really don’t like the sound of that but it’s happening any way. They have grown up so much this past year and say smarter things, ask harder questions, and respond more responsibly — their moms and dads are doing an awesome job of raising nice little citizens who behave and are polite. Sydney looks so much different to me than when she started Kindergarten and like MJ just grows taller and stronger and more sweet each day. MJ has lost several teeth and Sydney not a one until a dentist visit late June pulled four bottom teeth that weren’t allowing the others to come in. I got the joy of working in their classrooms once or twice so got to see them interact with the other kids and the other kids with them. They are kind kids and non-disruptive and have made good friendships. They loved learning and loved their teachers and the feeling was mutual. MJ’s graduation just made us laugh. The kid couldn’t have been more nervous to walk up in front of everyone to get his diploma. After that he was all smiles. Here’s some pictures of our little think tanks on their special graduation days.
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Sydney had a graduation program and ceremony as well — although a bit different than MJ’s. The teacher had them come through the line and ask each student what they wanted to be when they grew up. There were so many different answers and some pauses after the question as they thought about it. Not Sydney, she knew instantly. “Sydney, what do you want to be when you grow up?” A mommy was her simple answer, but if you’ll read her journal below she adds a line to her answer. Oh this girl cracks me up with her honesty!

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This is my rarely photographed (with a smile) momma who hates the camera. She turns 89 this August, lives alone, and still drives. She had a bad case of pneumonia this Spring and was hospitalized a week giving us all a scare, but she’s a feisty young thing and is doing much better. 🙂

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If you didn’t catch Cole’s ONE YEAR photo session you can see it here. He is a momma’s boy right now, but Sydney is a close second when she isn’t around. He’ll take her any day over me. When he’s crying and upset and doesn’t want me, she just pops her hip out, steadies him on it and whispers little love messages while patting his shoulder. He loves her to pieces and vice versa. She wants to be a mommy when she grows up but does she realize she’ll have to clean up stuff like this?! XXO.

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May had us in tears when as a family we had to take Sammy to the vet to say goodbye after 14 years. She had seriously lived 4-5 lives this dog, refusing each time to die. She definitely had a zest for life. In spite of the fact that she looks pretty good in this picture she was quite ill. I won’t go into detail except to say it was very hard on each of us. Matt went to pick Sammy out by himself when he was starting his senior year of high school. She lived with us for 12 years and the last two years with Matt and Danielle after we sold our house, moved into an apartment, and then went through the home building process. They informed us she would not be coming back to our house after that. We can’t thank them enough for all the love they gave this old girl. She was loved by all. We filled a bucket with tears this day but are so grateful for the time we had with her. Jayden to this day asks Jesus to give her a hug and a kiss for him. I’m sure Jesus is happy to comply.

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Ever kiss a chicken? They don’t particularly like it.

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My g-babes have always loved Danik Gym and so does my camera. The kids are so adventurous there. Jayden is a maniac with no fear and jumped off the 12 foot wall into the foam pit over and over and over. MJ did it a few times, but never Syd or Simone. Syd wanted to though … so so so badly! Poor girl, she climbed up the platform then down the platform, then up the platform, then down the platform … she just couldn’t get her guts up to do it. Megan even did it trying to encourage her. She about peed her pants … and me too from laughing.

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Father’s Day ends our Spring as summer began a few days after. The Mouser’s all went golfing while the Gerichs traveled for Robby’s Regional meetings for Edward Jones so we had them over a few days later. I have bragging rights on the wonderful dad’s in our family. Matt and Robby are such involved active dads with their kiddos and we couldn’t be more proud of both of them. And thank you Grampa for being the ultimate dad. Love you all! XXO

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dad - July 10, 2016 - 7:29 AM

Wow, babe you really captured it all. Loved all the pics and stories and all the memories. But none of this could have happened without you. {none of it} You’re the greatest behind the camera or in front of it. Love ya. Me

Fairly Candid - July 10, 2016 - 8:40 AM

You’re the best Babe … you said exactly what I told you to. Haha! Love you much. Me

Megan - July 10, 2016 - 9:09 AM

How fun to sit down and read this this morning! I love your writing, and so many fun pictures that I hadn’t seen! Too many favorites to pick, but the four-year-old photoshoot with Simone was a sweet surprise.

Thank you for always documenting our lives! You are SO loved, Mom!

Linda S. Johnston - July 11, 2016 - 5:27 PM

Great memories and there you are with all that wonderful photographic proof. Terrific photos, Mary.

matt - July 11, 2016 - 6:03 PM

Mom, not only did I read every single word, but cried also. Two things I don’t do well. Thank you and love you mom.

Fairly Candid - July 11, 2016 - 9:07 PM

Thank you Linda, it means a lot that you suffered through such a long post!!! What a friend. 🙂

Fairly Candid - July 11, 2016 - 9:09 PM

Matt, your words and Megan’s meant the world to me. I love your kids and I love how my kids love their kids. I’m a lucky mom and gramma in every way.

Vickie - July 12, 2016 - 9:37 AM

Wow!! Great Job! You have a beautiful family. The kids are changing so fast. How blessed are you to have them and them to have you.:)

Vince - July 13, 2016 - 12:24 AM

Wow — Mary’s camera on steroids! By the end, I felt like one of the family. Terrific job.

Liz - July 14, 2016 - 9:10 PM

Love all this!

Fairly Candid - July 14, 2016 - 9:14 PM

Vickie, Vince, Liz – Thank you for taking the time to read this long post! That means a lot to me that you did. Mary

Aubrey - August 15, 2016 - 8:17 PM

I’m all caught up! I love the way you document. And then! I got to Matt’s comment and teared up. <3 Y'all are just the best 🙂

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

Aubrey, I know, his comment had the same effect on me. Thank you lady for always checking in. You are the best!

The Rauenhorst Family

Micky works in the same department with the mom’s of Matthew and Dylan — both 2016 seniors that I got to photograph recently — so needless to say I was thrilled when she called to say she wanted some images of their family taken. (A big shout out thank you to Linda, Jen, and Melissa!) Micky even suggested this location so while it took me some investigative work to find out how and when I could use the space — and ultimately had to join the Dry Creek Historical Society — it was so worth it and I get to use it for a year! The red barn used in Matthew’s images and the gray building with the red door used in Dylan’s images have both since been torn down, so I did tell Micky she just jinxed this place by having me come here. 🙂 What a nice family this was and I had a great time with each of them — Micky, hubby Casey, Mariah 25, Eli 12, and quiet little Bella, almost 5. I hope you enjoy your images and that not as many years pass by before you have some taken again. 🙂 Mary

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Vince - July 4, 2016 - 8:48 PM

Barns, fences — apart from nature itself, I think wood makes the best background. You use it really well here.

Fairly Candid - July 6, 2016 - 7:28 AM

I so agree Vince. Barn wood is my favorite for sure. They tore my last barn down without even telling me! I could have made a backdrop out of it. What were they thinking?

Father’s Day Family

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Big sisters Gail and Ella came to Boise from LA and the Seattle area to visit little brother Greg over the past week. I’d like to introduce you to the whole gang –13 in all. Gail has been married to Ivan for 36 years and Ella has been married to Dan for 46 years. They have Ryan who brought his girlfriend Adele and they’ve dated about two years. Greg is married to Marsha 41 years and they have two girls, Emily and Lisa. Lisa is married to Wes and they have two daughters, Paige and Hazel. There’s a lot of married years between these folks and I think you’ll see the love is still alive for all of them. 🙂 I’ve know Greg and Marsha since our high school days so it was a privilege to have them ask me to photograph their family. It was a lively outing with lots of laughs. I’m sure there were lots of shared memories of “the good ol’ days” and who was mom’s favorite. I wonder which one might have been the trouble maker, but looking at this next picture of Gail, Greg, and Ella, it could have been any one of them or all of them! Thanks for the fun everyone and for helping me with everything — being my bodyguard, reflector holder, equipment fetcher, wagon puller, gatherer, etc. etc. etc. You guys were great! Mary

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Above: Dan, Ella, Greg, Marsha, Gail, Ivan and below are cousins Emily, Ryan, and Lisa.

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Poor Hazel. It’s hard being on a photo shoot for so long and she got a little tired of it.

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But after a little break she was her sweet self again.

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What am I supposed to do with this baby?

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Vince - June 25, 2016 - 1:27 PM

That is such a good site for pictures.

Addi is Four

You want a good laugh? Go on a photo shoot with a four-year old. Addi is all personality and she doesn’t stop moving and doesn’t stop talking. From the moment she hit the pavement she was a joy box. Miss Mary, you can’t call me three any more cause now I’m FOUR! Oh look, water … I should have brought my swim suit because I could swim (no matter that it was 8:30 AM on a chilly morning at a tiny neighborhood fountain with dirty water and mossy rocks). Miss Mary, do you like my shoes? My favorite color is pink but my mom said I have to wear this. Did you bring any toys? Can I go to your house and see your grandkids? (Mind you I see Addi once a year but we’re fast friends again each session.) 🙂

This girl is so cute, so funny, and quite spirited as you will see. I get to photograph her every year near her birthday and I look forward to seeing the changes. They had exciting news for me this year … a new baby sister is on the way in 6 weeks! Addi is quite excited except she let me know she would not change the baby’s diaper because that was yukky. Mom, Kari, is a school teacher so we know what she’ll be doing this summer! Congratulations to all the family and happy birthday Addi. I’m already looking forward to next year. 🙂

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Kari - June 20, 2016 - 7:03 AM

Thank you Mary! We love them! Great to see you again and fabulous work as always!

Fairly Candid - June 20, 2016 - 4:18 PM

Thank you Kari. I find myself looking at these over and over. This little girl of yours just cracks me up. So sweet and funny. Congratulations on the new baby and let me know when she arrives. Mary

Megan - June 21, 2016 - 11:33 PM

Oh, she’s a doll! How on earth is that sweet mama supposed to choose which one to put on her wall?!?

Vince - June 25, 2016 - 1:26 PM

These are very nice.

[…] 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 […]

From Baby to Boy – Cole at 1 Year

Cole was born May 17, 2015 and now he is one … I can hardly believe it. He weighed 8.11 lbs then and weighs 24 lbs now and he’s 31.5″ tall which is at 96% — so like his dad and sisters before him, he’ll going to be tall! He has 8 teeth (and since these pictures a week ago is getting two molars) and he started walking a few weeks before his birthday so there’s no stopping him now! This little g-babe of mine is my 5th and my last (so all the kids tell me) and is a happy little guy as you will see. He’s all boy. His stay-at-home mommy is the love of his life … she makes him shine like no other even when he’s not feeling good like on this day. She “gets him” and he turns into a belly full of giggles and a face of squinted eyes with a big smile. He loves balls in every shape and form and he loves to wrestle his family members and is enjoying the water sprinkler or pool now that it’s turned hot. When he’s at my house he’s generally under foot in the kitchen or anywhere else but anyone who has a one year old knows you just want to freeze them at this age because of all the new things they are learning each day. He’s too cute in every way. Hugs and kisses Cole, love Gramma. 🙂 (Kudos to Megan for the beautiful banners she made for Cole’s party that you’ll see in this post.)

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This next picture is to show you that sometimes he doesn’t smile … when he’s thinking about something.

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Cole Issac, you sit down!

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This little neighborhood kitty loved Cole … and he liked the kitty too until he got too close.

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My little Huck Finn.

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My daughter’s family doesn’t let the kids have sugar until they are older so in following tradition with Simone, he had a Watermelon Smash instead of a Cake Smash. It was too cold to have it at his birthday party, so Megan saved the experience for this day and he wasn’t all that into it … unlike his sister before him.

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The photo shoot is over … time to drive back home before Mommy “gets me” because she’ll make me take a nap.

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Megan - June 8, 2016 - 11:26 PM

You’re so sweet, Mom. You always write the nicest, most complimentary things about your little people, and not so little people. Thank you for that.

And oh, this boy of mine already one…sniff sniff. I love how you captured his “I’m gonna getcha” face! I LOVE the one of him looking down with the fabric banner and the one where he’s got a pouty lip eating watermelon.

You work wonders with that lens, lady! Thank you and I love you!

Linda Johnston - June 9, 2016 - 10:02 AM

What cute pictures, Mary, they really seem to catch his sweet little personality. He is adorable!

Vince - June 9, 2016 - 3:30 PM

That is one happy little camper. (You threw the ducks in just for me, admit it.)

Fairly Candid - June 9, 2016 - 4:42 PM

I totally admit throwing the cardboard ducks in for you Vince, duh.

Mary - June 9, 2016 - 7:09 PM

Once again you knocked out of the ball park. He is so adorable. But so is Simone about to eat that watermelon .
Aren’t grand babies the best thing ever!?

Cody - June 13, 2016 - 1:45 PM

How beautiful Mary!!!

Fairly Candid - June 13, 2016 - 9:21 PM

It’s always fun to get to photograph the grandkids like a client session even though I love candids of them. Thank you Mary K and Cody for the nice comments. I love sharing my g-babes with everyone. 🙂 Mary

Aubrey Archuleta - June 21, 2016 - 10:06 AM

What a doll. The perfect age to bottle up all that sweetness and curiosity. Of course he want to “surf” on that wagon. BOYS! Love it.

Fairly Candid - June 24, 2016 - 1:59 PM

Hi Aubrey, thanks for leaving your comment. It’s always the best hearing from you girl! Mary

[…] you didn’t catch Cole’s ONE YEAR photo session you can see it here. He is a momma’s boy right now, but Sydney is a close second when she isn’t around. […]

Rob - August 3, 2016 - 11:40 AM

Great job Mary! I finally got around to looking… only a couple months late. :o) Thank you for capturing all those wonderful moments!

Daniel Judson

I have shared this many times before — both on my blog and in person — that one of my favorite things about photography is getting to know more about the person on the other end of my camera. Many families have become very dear to me through this process. This family … Craig, Lori, their 5-1/2 year old daughter, Ella, and now Danielle … is one such family. It’s hard to know where to begin with this blog post, or where to end, because there is so much middle. I’ll try and keep it short however, and say that after Ella another baby was definitely in their family planning. There were years of ups and downs until they became pregnant with Daniel and they were elated. There would be more ups and downs when they they would learn he would be born to have Trisomy 21 also called Down’s Syndrome. When Lori shared this with me my heart sank for her and Daniel. No one wants to see hardship come to any child — or their parents for that matter — but within a few minutes my heart was lifted because if anyone could provide this baby with all the love and nurturing he would need, it was Lori and Craig. I called her up and told her so and my heart was 100% invested in that belief. It still is. Months of doctor visits turned into delivering Daniel naturally at full term with a team of medical experts at her bedside. I had the privilege of photographing Daniel shortly after delivery and then in the NICU to document some of his early hours of life. He was poked and prodded and had tubes and a stomach surgery within days. Another procedure to remove a blockage in his left kidney will come soon. These are heart-breaking experiences to go through as a parent, and even in writing this my heart is full of what trials and blessings are yet to come with this little boy — as with any child — but there is no doubt in my mind that God has equipped Craig, Lori, and big sister Ella in every way to nurture and love this little guy like no other. I suspect he is going to be the light in every room as God shines through him. He will be brought up to know and love the Lord God that created him — so beautifully I might add. God makes no mistakes. He has already overcome so many odds in his little life and my bet is he’s going to get real good at doing that. 🙂

Daniel was born March 21 (World Down Syndrome Day) at 5:56 AM. He weighed 7.11 lbs and was 21″ long. For those of you who are saying right now “but you don’t photograph newborns any more” you would be right. I don’t, but I could never say no to Lori on this one as we have talked about this for years and I wanted so badly to photograph him! I was quite rusty however and he didn’t sleep much at my house so you won’t see as much variety as usual. Ella came along for Daniel’s “newborn” pictures even though they were taken the day before he turned 2 months old. She reminds me of my Sydney, always wearing pretty dresses as a daily preference. So sweet this girl and smile ready. Mike got to hang with her awhile, as did my grandsons, and she just fit right in. As for Daniel, he had to stay in NICU for several weeks then has been mostly quarantined to his home since  — “boxed” I think is what Lori called it — protecting him from all those nasty bugs out there until he’s a bit stronger (although he’s doing fantastically), so pictures had to be put off. Even so, he was still in the 9 pound range here so he still looks like a newborn … huggable and snuggable. And Daniel is going to be the face of the White House Black Market fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network in June. The VP of Marketing from WHBM Corporate, Donna Noche, will be on The Today Show mid June to introduce the campaign. Pretty cool stuff.  🙂 Love, Mary

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Linda Johnston - June 6, 2016 - 9:13 AM

Oh, Lori and Craig, he is beautiful. I can’t wait to meet this precious little boy. I can envision that this child will bring untold joy to all who meet him.

Lori - June 6, 2016 - 10:21 AM

Mary, these are completely stunning! We love them, and we love you so much! Your work is absolute perfection!! Linda, thank you so much for your sweet words! We love you too!

Vince - June 6, 2016 - 12:30 PM

❤️❤️❤️ these!

Barbara Severns - June 6, 2016 - 7:34 PM

Mary, Again, you captured my grandchildren beautifully! How I appreciate you, your love for my family, your expert skills in bringing the beauty and capturing everyone at the exact moment when they are themselves! I love these pictures, thank you once again! You have provided more memories for me than I can ever count. Love you tons …

Kari - June 6, 2016 - 8:12 PM

Love these and love this family!

Fairly Candid - June 6, 2016 - 8:14 PM

Thank you everyone for the kind loving comments to each other. They lifted me for sure and little Daniel will be the ultimate benefactor. 🙂 Mary

Liz Grissom - June 6, 2016 - 8:34 PM

He is so beautiful! Congratulations Craig, Lori, & Ella!

Megan - June 6, 2016 - 9:04 PM

Oh my, you hit the cuteness jackpot. He is sweet as all get out. Ella looks like she is already an amazing big sis. Congratulations!

Kathy Martin - June 10, 2016 - 12:06 PM

This blog was just forwarded to me by a church friend and I’m so grateful as these pictures are fantastic! Of course the photographer had some pretty amazing subjects to work with. I feel blessed to live across the street from this family and it is apparent to me that God has been paving the way for this special and precious little boy for a long time. I can’t imagine a more perfect big sister than Ella, better parents than Lori and Craig, or a more involved grandmother than Barb. Daniel will always be one loved little guy!!!

Fairly Candid - June 15, 2016 - 11:49 AM

Kathy, I couldn’t agree with your comment more. There is no luck involved when it comes to matters such as this. God always has a thought out plan. I’m so glad you stumbled across my website and thank you for sharing. Mary

Aubrey Archuleta - June 21, 2016 - 10:06 AM

What a joy! He is beautiful! Congratulations Lori!

Dylan [Senior 2016]

There’s something extra special about getting to photograph high school seniors and Dylan was no exception. It’s fun to hear their plans for the future and some of the places and experiences that helped shape their life. For Dylan he grew up near the river and attended Adams Elementary so that’s one of the places we visited. I had a great time with him and his mom, Jen, as they were so easy going and fun to talk with. Jen said Dylan is naturally a happy young man (contrary to some of the more serious images you’ll see) and he had the best hair that handled the intense wind at the end of our session. 🙂 He loves math and science so I’ll bet he’ll do something challenging in his future … but first there’s adventure to be had. Dylan would like to travel and see some of the world and my guess? … he’ll do it. Congratulations on your upcoming Boise High graduation Dylan and my best to you for all your future plans. It was my pleasure meeting you and your mom. 🙂 Mary

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The girl in the background startled me when I walked by and noticed her watching us. It was kind of eerie actually … until I realized she was cardboard and then I started laughing. I just had to have Dylan’s picture taken with her even though he didn’t find it as funny as I did. 🙂

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Vince - May 27, 2016 - 10:40 AM

I never would have guessed the deer was cardboard, too!

Fairly Candid - May 27, 2016 - 10:46 AM

Oh yea, I take cardboard set ups to all my sessions Vince. (You crack me up!)

[…] works in the same department with the mom’s of Matthew and Dylan — both 2016 seniors that I got to photograph recently — so needless to say I was […]