Elliana Grace [Newborn]

For those of you who know me, you know I stopped shooting newborns at my home years ago, but some how I got talked into doing it again when my girlfriend Gloria’s daughter-in-law, Sara, asked me if I would please photograph their newborn (since I also photographed their first born Addi). I really love this family and I couldn’t say no, so here are the results of this beautiful baby girl that I got to snuggle on for a few hours. Big sister Addilea Mae (newborn pics here) was born on Valentine’s Day three years ago and photographed at 8 days old. She was so good at our session and is going to be such a good big sister. Elli was 9 days old and she looks just like big sis I think. Elli isn’t a deep sleeper Sara says, so you won’t find any tummy pics because she woke up each time, but what a sweet beautiful baby she was with the most beautiful skin and full baby lips. What pretty girls these two make! Congratulations to Blake and Sara, Addi, and Gramma Gloria and Grampa Michael. Your families are growing in the most beautiful ways! I love you all! Mary

Happy 3rd birthday on Valentine’s Day Addi!

Sara - February 16, 2018 - 8:57 AM

Omg Mary! You did it again! These are fantastic! Thank you so very much for agreeing to shoot our now complete family. I couldn’t have asked for better pictures. Addi is such a proud big sister and I’m so thankful we got to include her and capture this innocence! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Linda - February 16, 2018 - 9:05 AM

Tell me again why you don’t do newborn shoots any longer, Mary, please? You do such a wonderful job. Gloria, what beautiful little granddaughters you have. I love Addi’s beautiful red hair courtesy of Grandma Gloria!

Fairly Candid - February 16, 2018 - 9:16 AM

Thank you Sara and I’m so glad we got some precious shots. Your girls were so good at the session. I know Elli will have the same rich life that Addi does. U2 are such good parents. Now enjoy the new family dynamics! And thank you Linda. I agree that Gloria gifted her beautiful hair color to the girls. Older cousin Lily also has beautiful strawberry blonde hair.

Gloria - February 16, 2018 - 9:21 AM

OMG Mary! These pictures are wonderful! I’m viewing them with Addi (we had a sleepover) and she’s so excited. She said, “that’s me and my sister,” with the biggest grin on her face. I can’t thank you enough Mary! Your talent is always so incredible! You capture the most precious moments ever! Thank you for making this very special exception for me with our newborn granddaughter. I love you!!!!

Fairly Candid - February 16, 2018 - 9:31 AM

I’m so glad you love them Gloria, but how could you not with such precious girls. I’m glad I could do it for all of you. I’ll see you soon!

Megan Gerichs - February 17, 2018 - 8:23 PM

Oh man. The one of her on top of the brown wicker basket with the white blankets about killed me. There’s no way I’m going to show these to Rob, we’ll end up with another child. Beautifully done mom!

The Gerichs

Here’s a little photo session to finish up before Christmas – of Megan and Robby and their kiddos, three of our five pretty awesome g-babes. Oh, and we have a new grand-dog this year too – Finley – shown here at 10 weeks. She’s a mini-Aussie and quite the cutie. Sydney, almost 8 and in 2nd grade, has been talking dog language for many many months now. She lived and breathed wanting a dog and her folks finally held her off by telling her that when she became a third grader they would get a dog. Well, they were thinking about it before Finley was born but they kept it quite the surprise up until they brought her home. Suffice it to say Sydney was in shock heaven. Simone talked cats, but she is quite smitten with Finley as well, and Cole? … well Cole just went off and played with his cars and trucks during the reveal. Now though, a few weeks after these pictures were taken, he and Finley have become wrestling buddies and get along pretty good. Simone is now 5 and in Kindergarten and is still our sweet and sassy one. She keeps us on our toes but has so many wonderful qualities about her. She is still the most imaginative of all the kids, plays independently for hours, and loves a good challenge when it comes to learning — reading, math and writing stories are some of her favorites. Sydney is still our social one, asking 21 questions every time she is around someone for more than an hour. She is particularly interested in what big things cost as if she understood what big things cost. 🙂  Life isn’t always fair according to Sydney but I’m sure you remember that time in your life. Life and schoolyard friendships can just be hard sometimes. Then there’s Cole, now 2½ and and similar to Simone in many ways. He also loves playing independently but has blinders on to any other toy but his Lightning McQueen trucks and cars right now. He can be impossible to put a coat on and can be a bit sassy too (“yeave me alone” as he gives you stink eye) (but hey he’s two), but mostly he’s this happy little boy you see here who is the apple of his mom and dad’s eye. Robby is an Edward Jones Financial Advisor in Eagle and is passionate about what he does, but first and foremost he’s a fun-loving daddy as he’s a big kid himself. Megan is PTO President this year so that says how much free time she has of late – zero to none – but she has loved the challenge and has risen to every occasion, having a great support team beside her.

It was particularly cold this day so the girls were often off bundled in blankets, so Cole got my camera’s attention. And at his age, that’s ok. This time passes too quickly and before you know it, he’ll be in school too. He and I have Tuesday mornings together when we go to Bible Study Fellowship. We have some pretty sweet times and I love that we are learning about Jesus together. If you don’t know Jesus personally, call me up and I’ll introduce you. 😉 Merry Christmas everyone! Hugs, Mary/Mom/Gramma

There was actually a baby deer laying down off to the right a bit as well, but for whatever reason I only took this shot. Silly me.

Tracey - December 15, 2017 - 8:14 AM

Mary lovely family. I bet you can’t get enough of those Grands.
5 is a good number of Grandchildren. The girls are so cute. The boys are precious (but don’t tell them that) ha. They seem to be growing up so fast. Of course your daughter and son-in-law look so happy. I like the deer picture. You should enter it in the fair and say find the 2nd deer. If you wouldn’t of said something I probably would of missed the fawn.
Thank you for sharing and I hope you ALL HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Fairly Candid - December 15, 2017 - 12:41 PM

Thank you Tracey. They are growing up aren’t they? And yes, 5 is a good number although I always thought Cole should have a little cousin sibling as well, but Matt and Danielle didn’t see it my way. 😉 Have a wonderful Christmas as well and if I get my act together I’ll drop by the office and say hello. Take care, Mary

Megan Gerichs - December 15, 2017 - 10:12 PM

Gosh I love my people. Thank you for capturing such great pictures of them, and rushing to do so before your trip so I could get mine out and the weather would be nice. Boy am I glad we didn’t wait! Even the dog smiles for you!

Vince - December 16, 2017 - 2:21 PM

That might just be the happiest little boy on the planet. Nice job, Mary.

vickie - December 16, 2017 - 6:06 PM

Great pictures!!!!! You really captured some priceless moments.

The Cavanagh’s

The Cavanagh’s — Brian, Suzy, Henry, and Scott — are new to my blog so welcome! Henry is 11 and in the 5th grade and Scott is 8½ and in 3rd. Suzy said it’s been a few years since they had pictures taken so thank you for giving me the opportunity to capture some for you. We made our way around Hidden Springs and the last several are my favorites as the boys came up with the idea of the LOVE picture and their parents were immediately on board. I loved that. I learned a few jokes along the way, but you know I won’t remember them. I’m pathetic when it comes to telling jokes but that won’t stop me from trying. Thanks for the fun Cavanaugh Family. This is my last client session of my season so thank you Suzy for being patient with my crazy schedule this fall! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 🙂 Mary

I hope this last picture wasn’t a moment of glee that the session was over! 😉

Mouser Jr Family

It’s been awhile since you’ve seen my kids and grandkids because I’ve been busy, but this should do the trick for now. And for those of you who haven’t seen my son in a while, yes, that’s him under that curly beard. 🙂 The kids recently moved to the neighborhood next to ours so as my friend Marsha said the other day … “not so close that they can’t see your house from their’s but close enough to know where your tools are!” 🙂 MJ (or Matthew as he goes by in school, and Bubba at home), is now a big second grader and learning math in a way I can’t figure out, and doing well at reading. He is particular many days about how his hair looks and how wearing his coat doesn’t look cool – stuff that makes me know he’s growing up faster than I think. When I go to school I can see him and that blonde hair a mile away against a sea of dark haired children from all over the world. I love that he and Jayden are introduced to all the different cultures and sees everyone on an equal level. Jayden is now in Kindergarten and has surprised me how well he sits and pays attention. He is our clown and I was sure he’d be the class one, but nope he is a good listener and loves school. He has had the opportunity to go with his mom to volunteer for two years now so he knows the ropes. He’s still a lover and has bountiful inner joy. Matt is still working for a large electrical company and running a job site as a lead journeyman. He has really moved up the chain over the past several years and we couldn’t be more happy for him. Danielle is still doing hair and volunteering in the boys classrooms several days a week and is loving redecorating their new home. And last but not least is my granddog Bowie who is now nine. The kids got her just after returning from their honeymoon. You will recognize these pictures are once again from Hidden Springs, a popular site with my clients this year, but it has so much beauty and variety. Enjoy. Mary

… and then somebody farted.

Danielle - November 18, 2017 - 8:00 AM

LOVE! Thanks for working so hard to get these done. Can’t wait to start my canvas wall!! Favorite picture by far is the one of MJ laughing. Makes my mama heart melt. You’re AWESOME!

Megan Gerichs - November 18, 2017 - 11:14 AM

These are darling! I love the one of the boys snickering to each other backwards on the bridge.

Cody Myers - November 20, 2017 - 8:11 AM

Mary, what a beautiful family! Your grandsons are adorable! I love that the oldest looks like his mom and the youngest like his dad. You captured their cute personalities. You have a talent Mary and a beautiful family. 🙂

Tracey - November 20, 2017 - 8:13 AM

Mary my goodness how those boys have grown. They are getting to be in the handsome stage aren’t they? The pictures are great! Love the laughing ones. Son might need to think the beard idea through. Maybe just needs to be shorter. Oh and the dog is so cute. Really adds to the pictures. Those boys are very photogenic. Great job!

Fairly Candid - November 21, 2017 - 11:04 AM

Thanks Cody and Tracey for catching up with half of my family. The other kids just got a new puppy so they wanted to wait to do their session. Nice hearing from you both!

Matt - January 4, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Mom, sorry so late but I love the pictures here and on our wall. Love seeing the boys smile through the camera. Love ya.

Fairly Candid - January 24, 2018 - 3:19 PM

It’s never too late for nice words like that. 🙂

Busacker Family

Maren was on the blog a few posts ago with her senior pics and now she’s back with the whole family. And what a fun family it is! I truly love being surrounded by all these kids and Siri and Bret. I first met Bret at a law firm we both worked for at the time and Siri and I would run into each other occasionally at Rimini and my g-babes pre-school. They have really endeared themselves to me these last five years and there’s always lots of silliness and poorly told jokes at our sessions (mostly on my part – Carston does much better than I). Everyone is just loving and accepting of each other and while the three oldest girls (Maren 17 and a senior; Lydia 16 and a Junior, and Sydney 13 and in 8th grade) have always loved having their pictures taken, Rimini (in First Grade at 6) and Carston (in 6th grade at 12) would hardly speak those first years. Now Carston is Mr. Cool and a pill at times trying to get him to show his teeth (she said lovingly) and Rimini so much more sociable and whom the whole family adores. It was a triathlon of emails trying to get a session date that would work with everyone’s activity schedule, but Siri and I persisted and it came to be! 🙂 Enjoy, Mary

Siri - November 17, 2017 - 11:35 AM

We love them again!!! You’re amazing! And the Jedi yoga pose is going to Bret’s office, he just doesn’t know it yet.

Fairly Candid - November 17, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Wonderful! And I won’t tell – promise. 🙂

The S Family

Again I am grateful for such a wonderfully nice and fun family to photograph for the third time. Drew and Jenny are both doctors and so humble and down-to-earth. They had me back to their house in the foothills (where they see some pretty amazing sunsets) not only for pictures but had invited Mike and I to join them and Drew’s parents – Kay and Garry –  for dinner after the session. Talk about being spoiled! The dinner was fabulous and the conversation interesting and for dessert sweet Sydney – who is now 4-½ – had made pumpkin spice cookies with her mom and I have since made them myself … so thank you Sydney! Sydney looks exactly like her pretty momma and Sierra at 18 months takes more after her dad with her dark curly hair. She has the biggest eyes and both girls are just dolls. Sierra was a bit shy at first, but you’ll see her transition and those cute smiles come out. Thank you for a great evening everyone! Blessings, Mary

Severns-Wielenga Families

Welcome back to some familiar smiley faces. 🙂 Barb Severns, her son Jud, wife Nicole, their sons Connor (12), Rylan (10), and Landon (almost 10); and daughter Lori, husband Craig, daughter Ella (7), and son Daniel (20 months). Even while singing “rain rain go away, come again another day”, it started raining about 20 minutes into our session so we had to take cover under an awning. We would sneak in and out depending on the rain at the moment, but for the most part we were grateful for the cover (there’s always a silver lining). Trying to reschedule with everyone’s busy schedule isn’t easy so thank you all for being such troopers in less than perfect conditions. I appreciate you all! Love, Mary



Barbara Severns - November 7, 2017 - 9:10 AM


This is our 7th year doing doing this and you still are able to catch each of our personalities … as the numbers keep growing! I am go grateful we started this process! We appreciate you so very much and so very blessed to have you a part of our family. We love you dearly!

Lori - November 7, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Thanks again, Mary, for gorgeous family pictures! We love you!

Megan - November 8, 2017 - 10:24 PM

These are all gorgeous, but that last one? Oh my goodness!

Kathy Grover - November 9, 2017 - 10:31 PM

Seeing these pictures made my day.

Fairly Candid - November 11, 2017 - 10:03 PM

You guys are all so nice. Thank you all! Mary

Reed Family

This is my second year photographing the Reeds — Greg, Sarah, Ellie, and little Oliver (turning 5 and 2 respectively in December). After recently moving one month before this session, I got to photograph at their beautiful home in the foothills on a cold but beautiful Saturday morning. Oliver wasn’t really into having his picture taken — but then all almost-two-year olds can be hit and miss that way. The reality of these days will soon fade, but pictures remain as a memory of how it really was. And cute is how it really was. Oliver’s just downright cute as is his loving Big Sis. Ellie is joyful, social, and also just downright adorable. At one point Oliver climbed off the back of the couch to get away from a group shot then was curious why we didn’t care, then a little game of cat-and-mouse pursued. Sweet stuff (and check out his eyelashes). Thank you Sarah and Greg for another fun year with your family, and thank you Ellie for sharing Bunny with Oliver at a time he needed it most. 🙂 Mary


Heidi - December 1, 2017 - 6:26 PM

You’re better together and i love to see it always. So with all my heart,i wish you a beautiful, warm, and peaceful life of the holiday season be yours the whole year through. Happy Birthday to my beautiful grand children. All the pictures are very nice and beautiful the little family together,looks so good.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. love MOM

Fairly Candid - December 1, 2017 - 6:49 PM

What a beautiful comment Heidi. I will be sure Sara sees it. Mary

Maren Busacker

This photo session was a long time coming because it was years ago that I made Siri promise me I could take Maven’s senior photos! She’s the oldest of 5 kids and from that first year, the three older girls loved having their photos taken and I loved taking them. The day was finally here … and it started sprinkling on our way to the session. Maren, her mom Siri, littlest sibling Remini, and I just took cover under umbrellas and trees and awnings the best we could but it became apparent the rain was winning out and we had to reschedule. Maren attends Eagle High School, wants to be a kindergarten teacher, and has plans to attend University of Idaho next fall. She loves kids and family and works hard at school (but blames her teachers for not getting any sleep — the plight of a teenager, right). She’s such a sweet and fun girl and I have become so fond of her and her family (who you will see in about three posts from here). Until then, thanks for the double day fun. 🙂

I  asked Maren if there were any particular poses she wanted taken and she said in leaves (above) and on a log. Why on a log I asked? She said she told one of her teachers that she was having senior pictures done and he (she?) said to have one taken on a log because all seniors have one taken on a log. OK? We couldn’t find a log but this great sprawling tree provided the next best thing. 🙂

Tracey - November 2, 2017 - 8:34 AM

What a special young lady. She is so Photogenic. Non Smiling pictures are as pretty as the smiling. I hope she has a great Senior year and a Great life.

Becky - November 2, 2017 - 11:14 AM

Great pictures. You use the best locations.

Fairly Candid - November 3, 2017 - 4:37 PM

Thanks so much Tracey and Becky. It always a challenge to never repeat a location for a client over the years – good thing there are so many nice choices in this great town. 🙂 Mary

Beau Neuroth

Here’s Beau, handsome, quiet, and a bit shy with a Zac Efron smile (says me) and a serious James Dean look (says his mom). His mom, Patti, is one of the people who help keep me in shape so I can still keep up with these young people! She’s an instructor at Gold’s Gym teaching aerobic and pump classes that I attend. As for Beau, he wants to attend CSI and has a desire to be an entrepreneur – the second senior so far to say that. Impressive. Beau is involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, attends Rocky Mountain High School, and works at The Village Cinemas (where my grandson and I got to see him just the other day when we went to see the Lego Ninja Ninjago movie.) It was great meeting you Beau (and you too Brad). Enjoy your senior year! 🙂 Mary

Tracey - October 30, 2017 - 8:23 AM

Mary these are wonderful. The only problem is I think it takes more effort to not smile. He is quite handsome and looks relaxed when he smiles. He doesn’t look like a serious person. Love the areas you chose to take the shots. Great scenery and great person to work with. Parents take great pictures also.