Joe and Hope and Family

We met Joe and Hope about seven or eight years ago when they lived in our old neighborhood (we have both since moved) and five years ago I was asked to photograph Hope’s mom and dad in celebration of their 50th anniversary (see that here). What a joy to be around their sweet love and and caring of one another. Sadly, Hope’s dad has since passed away, but this past weekend Hope and Joe had a flux of family come from all directions so I got to photograph them again — and again it was a joy to be around this fun family. Aunt Martha (Hope’s dad’s sister) came from Texas, Joe’s parents Harry and Edie, and sister Tami, came from Albion, and Hope’s brother, Wim came from Seattle. Then there were Hope and Joe’s children — Aidan now 19 and home from the Navy for a short break, Megan, 15 and in 10th grade, and Megan (Joe just tells people they liked the name), 17 and a senior. When we lived in the neighborhood, the youngest Megan would come down often to visit and sit and pet our dog, Sammy, who was often laying in the front yard. Megan was always smiling, always curious, and always sweet. What fun to see her so grown up with that same smile and laugh. While time was short (they all had dinner reservations) I could tell these were good and hard working people and it was fun to be around them. Much thanks to Joe and Hope (first picture below) for the call. It was great seeing you all again.

Below is Edie and Harry, Joe’s parents, married over 50 years. A beautiful thing.

Below is Wim and Hope with their mom, Sue.

This is Hope’s Aunt Martha and Tami, Joe’s sister. Martha called herself the “monkey” because she often stood behind me making people smile. Loved that.Keep smiling you guys. It looks great on you! Thanks for the memories. 🙂 Mary

Tracey - September 21, 2017 - 7:20 AM

Mary such a good looking family. Looks like you had a lot of fun that day for sure.

Fairly Candid - September 21, 2017 - 9:11 AM

Yes all true. Thanks Tracey 🙂

Baby Warren

Meet beautiful baby Warren born to Marla and RC after an intense 4 day labor and three weeks overdue! I was so impressed with Marla’s story – what a tough momma. He was named after his dad’s grandfather, has Marla’s maiden name as his middle name, and at three weeks old, was such a calm sweet little guy with the most beautiful light pink skin. He never fussed, and hardly slept not wanting to miss all the loving that was being poured out on him from his adoring parents who could hardly take their eyes off him. I asked Marla what it was like having a 3-week old to which she paused a second then said “eventful!” 🙂 His grandma, Mary Kuehn, is one of my best friends and it was such a joy to get to meet him and see why she was puffed up with pride and awe — babies have such a beautiful way of doing that. I went to their home for the session and appreciated the ease to which RC and Marla let me take over their space and move their furniture around in search of some great light. You guys were great and of course I loved getting to hold a little one again. Congratulations to all! 🙂 Love, Mary

Gloria - September 11, 2017 - 11:17 AM

OMG Mary! What a fantastic job of capturing such a beautiful little baby boy! Everyone should be very proud of this little one! I can certainly see why. Love the pics! Congrats to all!!

Fairly Candid - September 14, 2017 - 9:12 AM

Thank you Gloria, it’s exciting to see our friends grandbabies isn’t it. Another one of yours will be photographed in February. Woo hoo!

Overall Family

You watch out for these two girls in about 15-20 years because they are going to be our future leaders, no doubt in my mind, and whatever they do they’ll be fabulous at it. Addi, now 5, and little sis Sylvia, 13 months, are go getters, on the go, going somewhere — leaving me behind — you get the idea. Addi has been a little girl that I have looked forward to photographing every year for the last four years. She is a pistol, funny, fun, full of jokes that makes her laugh and me laugh, and just so cute. I am paraphrasing, but Addi started Kindergarten this year and when Kari talked about taking her to school her first day, she was like “I got this mom, you go do your thing“. And little Sylvia couldn’t have been any cuter but didn’t have much patience for pictures because she wanted to get down and crawl and explore. She is taking some steps on her own, but crawling gets her to where she wants to be sooo much faster. 🙂 Thank you again Kari for the call and getting to photograph the whole family this year. It was great meeting you LJ and you four make a wonderful family. Mary

Tracey - September 12, 2017 - 8:33 AM

Mary, those girls are just precious. Lovely family. The areas that you took the pictures were great. I love the ones where the girls are setting on rocks or jumping off the log. They are just so cute. Thank you family for letting Mary share the pictures of your wonderful family. Enjoy every minute before you know it the boys will be knocking at your door.

Fairly Candid - September 14, 2017 - 9:14 AM

What a cute comment Tracey. I loved every word of it.
Take care my friend, Mary


We went for the shows — not the Eclipse — but for the Starlight Theater shows “Beauty and the Beast” and “Guys and Dolls”. We booked months ahead, reserving three camp spots for Friday and Saturday nights … then it hit us that we were going to be in Crouch which was considered almost on the line of totality for the eclipse. Naturally everything was booked by then as Crouch was expecting an extra 10,000 people (which never happened) so we bit the bullet and spent an extra $95 per trailer for Sunday night, having to move our trailers a few hundred yards to a plowed field within the same campground. And that was a deal they informed us — it would have been $150 for other trailers — but all-in-all it was worth the money and we would do it all over again. We met up with the friendliest lady — Carol Williams (and husband Tom) — who was from North Carolina who was chasing her brother Hiram Clawson who was chasing the eclipse from Santa Clara, CA. He was traveling with a group of 15 GMC motorhomes also from CA, and had been to many eclipses in his past recording all the information. They say once you’ve seen one, you want to see it again, so look out Texas because on April 8, 2024 your big state is going to be hit hard! Carol was a wealth of stories and knowledge and we met up with her several times over the weekend. Our little group of 6 got invited to watch the eclipse with their group which was so much fun. Hiram had a model set up the day before to show what was going to happen, had tips and tricks to watch for, and had his computer set up to know the exact time of each phase, temperature drop, black out time, etc. I have loved hearing the stories of others who got to see the magic and would even love to hear some of your stories in the comment section below if you are up to it. It really was a once in a lifetime experience. It was short and sweet but oh so neat. God is a master planner is all I have to say. This is Mary saying “over and out” … or should I say “blackout”. Oh I just crack myself up sometimes. 🙂

Above is our groups camping circle and below is part of the GMC Motorhome group traveling with Begone Adventures.

Below is eclipse chaser, Hiram Clawson from Santa Barbara, and his sister, Carol Williams, from North Carolina.

Below is Tom and Carol Williams.

Hiram told us to watch for fuzzy shadows and eclipses through the trees and any places where light passes through. He also suggested we view the eclipses through the round holes of a colander so we ran to our trailers to get two. It was pretty entertaining people watching on my part. 🙂 

See the eclipse shapes between the fingers and the wavy shadows?

Below is Suzanne Statler, Chief Adventure Officer of Begone Adventures.

PS: And if you’ve never been to the Starlight Theater, you must plan on going next summer. They are truly great performances with such a young and talented cast. This was the cast of Guys and Dolls. We didn’t have our cell phones the first night for Beauty and the Beast, and regretted it. The costumes were amazing.



Bobbi Dodd - August 29, 2017 - 10:12 AM

Awesome pictures, Mary! What a wonderful experience for you.

I got to see 30 seconds of totality after hiking north of Bogus and I was awe inspired by that. I would definitely drive the distance to get longer in totality, if I got another chance.

I love the pictures with the colander – what a great idea!

Thanks for sharing!

Fairly Candid - August 30, 2017 - 7:12 AM

Hey Bobbi! So fun hearing from you! I’m glad to hear you are still hiking and I agree that some was better than none for the experience. There were some in Boise who seemed disappointed and waited for what they were seeing in the news but of course that didn’t happen. The coolest part was seeing the diamond ring at the very end of the blackout. Thank you for checking in. It gave me a nice memory of you that made me smile. Take care.

Cole at Two

Aw, sweet little Cole. He turned two in May so I got right on it to photograph his milestones. Errrch. Not. It finally occurred to me the other day that we’d never done it, so here we are. He’s only gotten cuter these past few months, talks more, rides his scooter faster (thus the scuffed up knee), and smiles bigger. His biggest fan is still his playful momma. Who do you think he’s looking at in almost every picture with that adoring look? Yep, his momma. Don’t get me wrong, he loves his daddy, Mo-Mo (Simone), and Ninny (Sydney) too, but he looooves his momma. One of my favorite things about Cole is his excitement. If you ask him which cup he wants to drink out of, his eyes look back and forth, back and forth, while saying “I-I-I-I-I (about a dozen more I’s) before he finally gives his answer … “I want the boo one” … which is in fact, might actually be blue. He’s so smart. 🙂 When he counts he says “8-9-10” never starting at 1-2-3, and he says “uh huh” to almost everything … until recently when he said “eeww” at something we had for dinner. He is now potty training and doing really well in his big boy pants and Megan’s most favorite words these days are “do you have to go potty?” Oh the memories. He really is a sharp little cookie, but then what gramma doesn’t say that about her last, but never least g-babe. Love XXO

Luckiest of them all - August 9, 2017 - 6:56 AM

Oh he’s just a doll. You captured his sweet personality perfectly and described him to a T. Thanks for always making sure he can’t use “I’m the THIRD child” card…at least with grammas camera. Love you!

Gloria - August 9, 2017 - 8:10 AM

Oh so sweet! Love the smile, love the eyes, particularly love the pic with his hands in his pockets. That expression says it all. Sweet boy! Congrats Mom and Dad. Happy 2 yrs plus Cole! Great job on the pics Grandma!

Cody - August 9, 2017 - 8:34 AM

Beautiful beautiful little boy! He reminds me of our Casey when he was that age…so blonde with bright blue eyes! You did a great job Mary! He is so adorable 🙂

Rob - August 9, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Thank you for capturing my replacement in such an amazing way! I keep telling Megan that if I die at least she now has Cole to take care of her. When I use to say that with the girls she’d say “stop that”. Now she just says “you’re right!”. ;o) You do great work Mary!

Fairly Candid - August 9, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Thank you Gloria and Cody for the sweet comments on this little guy. Cody, I could see where you would think of Casey with the blonde hair and blue eyes. And Robby, you say it like it is. Ha! So do you Megan. You are both raising a sweet loving and fun loving boy.

vickie - August 10, 2017 - 9:06 AM

I can not believe how he has changed. Wow Great job Mary. My favorite ones are the ones with his beautiful momma. Can’t help but smile while looking at that adorable face.

Linda J. - August 10, 2017 - 1:26 PM

He sure is a cutie with tons of personality! You can almost read his thoughts in his expressions.

Fairly Candid - August 10, 2017 - 11:00 PM

Thank you Vickie and Linda. He is a fun one for sure … but then all my g-babes are. Lucky gramma over here.

LoraLee and Lee - August 14, 2017 - 8:53 PM

Oh Mary, these are such wonderful pictures of this darling, angelic little guy!!! My favorite picture is the one with hands in his pockets!! You are the Queen of photogaphy. Love you Dear Ones

Fairly Candid - August 30, 2017 - 7:15 AM

Lora Lee, I missed this earlier and it’s so nice hearing from you! Wish you were closer to see each other more than every year or two. I’ll write an email soon. Love you.

The Mouser’s

It was such a nice surprise to get a text asking about availability to photograph Mike’s brother’s family. Heck ya, I’m available! This week has both a birthday for Vickie and a 31st wedding anniversary for her and Mark. Jacob, their oldest, and his cutie-patootie wife, Katie, just recenty celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary, and Josh, their youngest, has been dating his beautiful girlfriend, Kinli, about a year now so celebrations all around! We tossed around a few ideas for locations, and the Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead (where I have a membership to photograph) made the cut. It was quite a hike from their homes, but they were such good sports and we had the whole place to ourselves on a gorgeous but very hot July evening. Thanks for the fun and laughs everyone – it was really great spending time with all of you. 🙂  Love, Mary

Thanks for the fun everyone!

vickie - August 7, 2017 - 9:57 PM

Thank you Mary. We had a great time. We appreciate you. It is obvious that you love photography. It shows in your work. You got some great shots. Love those kids.

Fairly Candid - August 7, 2017 - 11:04 PM

Thank you Vickie, that was all so very nice of you to say. You have a great family with much to be thankful for.

Megan - August 8, 2017 - 7:48 AM

What a bunch of gorgeous faces. You all look wonderful! Nice work Mom.

Kathy G - August 8, 2017 - 10:47 PM

Wow, that is one photogenic family! As usual, it made me happy just to look at the smiling faces in these compelling pictures.

Rob - August 9, 2017 - 1:25 PM

That’s a good looking family! I can’t believe those kids are grown. My favorite is the last one with them holding hands and laughing. Nice job!

Lila and Luke

Lila just turned 6 and will be going to first grade and her brother, Luke, is now 4 and in pre-school again this fall. I love photographing these two each year — usually one at a time — but  this year time got away from mom so I was thrilled to get to photograph them together. Lila is shy and barely speaks a word when we are together but loves our time as much as I do. She is always willing and ready to sit for my camera and my camera loves her. Luke is even shyer and did tire of my camera — but I brought some toys and props along to keep him going. It was totally my fault because I seriously went way over our time with such a beautiful spot and having so much fun! It’s summertime … who cares about bedtime (besides mom and dad that is)?  🙂 Crystal, thanks for always being so easy-going and letting me have fun with your kids. They are sure sweet ones. Mary

And last but not least was little Lila Mermaid. I brought a prop along that my sister Julie actually made for newborns, but as it turns out, it’s perfect for 6 year olds too. 🙂

Becky - August 3, 2017 - 7:28 AM

Great pics! Almost makes me wish I had little ones again just so you could take their pictures.

Tracey - August 3, 2017 - 8:27 AM

Oh Mary what Darling Children. They photograph so well.
I bet you had a great time.

Gloria - August 3, 2017 - 2:48 PM

Great pictures Mary! Sweet kids!

Fairly Candid - August 3, 2017 - 8:59 PM

Thanks everyone – sweet comments and much appreciated. Mary

More Twins!

This is the second year I’ve had the fun of photographing this little family. They are a little internet shy but were kind enough to allow me to share a few images of their precious twins who turned the BIG TWO-OH! the day before our session. Little Bryce wasn’t feeling well so was pretty subdued, but her brother Calvin had her energy and his to boot! For the most part the two were off in different directions and didn’t want to hug, hold hands, sit together … everything I wanted of course. At the end of the session, I told momma that I wanted to try one more time to get a nice picture of them sitting together. To that she replied “I try for that every. single. day. 🙂

Crystal Potter - July 27, 2017 - 9:36 PM

These are adorable! Way to go, Greens! I’m stoked I got to see these on here. 🙂

Arya and Mila

Got a little treat for you all today — a double treat actually. 🙂 Meet two very loved and long awaited for little girls who have blessed the lives of Cody and Maira and their families. Cody’s folks, our friends and first time grandparents, had Mike and I and all our friends praying often for these two blessings. There were some difficulties but God is good and just look at them now. (Be honest now … you just want to reach out and pinch those little cheeks don’t you?) Arya is around 7 pounds now and Mila around 8 — and had they been born on their due date, they would be a week old in these pictures. Thank you for the joy of getting to be around these two — on July 4th no less — and making some lasting memories for everyone. They don’t stay little long!

Kathy - July 15, 2017 - 8:19 AM

Oh my gosh. Arya and Mila are so precious and beautiful. Love the pics!!

Linda J. - July 15, 2017 - 9:23 AM

So precious and so loved.

Diane - July 15, 2017 - 9:37 AM

Oh Mary I just love all the pictures. Mila and Arya are so precious and such beautiful babies. I am so happy with the families pictures too. Cody and Maira have waiting awhile for that picture. You did a great job thank you so much.

Brenda - July 15, 2017 - 12:27 PM

Those photos of the twin baby girls are so precious! And the family photos are so awesome too. Many, many prayers have been said for these babies and the entire family and it is so wonderful to see the beautiful photos!

Chavez - July 15, 2017 - 2:31 PM

love you guys they are so precious

Cody - July 17, 2017 - 8:13 AM

Mary, these are beautiful pictures! Those babies are so beautiful, like little angels 🙂

Fairly Candid - July 23, 2017 - 9:05 PM

Thank you Cody and everyone else who commented. The babies are absolutely precious and it was my honor to attempt to photograph the little wiggle worms. 😉

Nic and Stephanie

It was a joy to get to photograph Nic, both friend and doctor, and his beautiful bride of 8 years, Stephanie. Mike went along to help me with the reflector since it was a windy day, and must have told me several times what a great looking couple they were. I think you’ll agree that their love shines in these pictures and they love the outdoors and staying active. Stephanie is a tennis player and Nic a hunter/sportsman. After our session they went to some graduation celebrations for Jesse, Nic’s son, who you can see here. Thank you both for the fun and it was so great getting to know you better, Stephanie. Hugs to you both, Mary

Vince - June 17, 2017 - 12:14 AM

What a happy couple. Glad to see you back!