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!

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.

Emily Wade

You’re going to meet a pretty impressive senior here – Emily – a senior at Ridgevue High School in Nampa. First of all, she is pretty darn resilient because the temperature on this Saturday morning was a mere 28 degrees (and probably colder in the shade). There’s one picture where I let Emily let her breath out to show you how cold it was — trust me, this girl is tough! She’s beautiful and smart, taking four AP classes and planning on a double major at NNU after graduation — one in science and the other business and would like to be an entrepreneur in business with a make-up line that incorporates science. She has a no-nonsense way about her, a classic style that will stand the years, and a sweet presence. I totally enjoyed my time with her and her mom and know she’ll contribute to her world in a very positive way. Congrats on your senior year Emily and have fun. 🙂 Mary

The Rambo Sisters, Et Al

This session was all things blessed, loving, and fun. Three sisters Kay, Didi, and Sylvia (who call themselves The Rambo Sisters because it was their maiden names), their three daughters Toni, Donna, and Antonia, and their two daughter-in-laws Bridgette and TJ, spent this past weekend together in Donna’s house, Didi’s daughter. Donna and Toni, Kay’s daughter, live locally but all the others gathered from four cities in Arizona and you can just imagine the stories, giggles, and fun they must have had. They were even out late the night before and yet eight women were ready to rise and shine, share two bathrooms, and be out the door by 9:15 – no small feat to say the least. But they did it and they all had smiles, tolerated the cold without complaint, and helped me carry stuff, run the reflector, and correct me on who was who because I was constantly calling out the wrong names. My apologies! The three sisters call themselves the Rambo Sisters (their maiden name) and they were so sweet and loving of one another and the others followed suit. I was so happy to be a small part of it. Thank you Donna and all the rest of you girls. It was so fun spending some time with you! 🙂 Mary

Tracey - October 16, 2017 - 8:37 AM

Mary, what beautiful women. They have wonderful smiles and look like they enjoyed their time together. God Bless them all and you for doing such a wonderful job with the pictures. Great memories for them.

Toni - October 20, 2017 - 12:21 PM

Mary, thank you so much for spending an early morning with us! These are beautiful!

Kay Richardson - October 20, 2017 - 1:53 PM

Mary, thank you so much for these wonderful pictures. We enjoyed our time with you. xo

Bridgette Richardson - October 21, 2017 - 4:02 PM

Your work is beautiful! I’m not a big picture Gal. Thank you for making it fun and painless. We are all blessed to have each other in our family. I think it shows.

Fairly Candid - October 21, 2017 - 9:10 PM

What nice comments from all you beautiful women. Thanks so much. I appreciate you!