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! πŸ™‚ 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.

Dakota Hunt-Split Session

Dakota is a senior at Mountain View High School and while he hasn’t quite decided what career path he’s going to take just yet, he is very interested in the software part of computers and the video game industry. I did a split session with his big sis, Sierra, a few years back so that’s what we’ll do here as well. In the Spring you’ll find him doing some downtown urban shots. I loved his cool clothes and shoes and he was just pleasant to be around so stay tuned for this handsome young man towards the end of his high school year. Nice hanging out with you again Danette and I’ll see you in the Spring (it’s just too bad we have to go through a long winter to get there). πŸ™‚ Mary

Vince - October 13, 2017 - 9:40 PM

Mary, do you have a preference between black & white and color? All of your work is excellent, of course, but these black and white portraits are just marvelous.

Fairly Candid - October 14, 2017 - 11:50 AM

Yes and yes, I prefer black/white AND color. πŸ™‚ Some images lend themselves better to b/w especially if there is a lot of contrast in the image such as bright lights and dark shadows or dark and light clothing, etc. I really love the timelessness of b/w. Thanks Vince. I appreciate you looking in.

Tracey - October 16, 2017 - 8:31 AM

My goodness what a handsome young Tall man. He looks so sure of himself. I hope he goes far and is happy in the choice he makes. Can’t wait to see more in the Spring.

Becca Mehl

Yay! It’s senior season. Becca started the fall off right with her energy, beauty, cute fashion sense, and athleticism. And she’s smart too wanting to go into the medical field to one day become a nurse. I got the fun of photographing her sister Rachael last fall and their mom says the two couldn’t be more different but they love and support one another. One of the big differences they have is that Rachel played girl’s fast pitch softball (Becca kept the score books), while Becca likes the stage for dancing. She does all kinds of dance but tap is one of her favorites and you’ll see some of her moves in this session. Congratulations on your senior year and beyond. I know you’ll add much to the world. πŸ™‚ Mary

Vince - October 3, 2017 - 10:40 PM

Great shots. That’s my favorite spot for your sessions, definitely the prettiest.

John - October 4, 2017 - 8:21 AM

Love the gravity defying over the head kick!

Fairly Candid - October 9, 2017 - 4:02 PM

I know, right? Crazy impressive. Mary

The Sukeena Family

Welcome to Vicki and Curt, their boys Zach (visiting home from Ft. Collins, CO) and Joshua, his wife Abbey, and their sweet little one, Savanna, now 18 months. It was a joy to spend some time with them on a beautiful ‘official’ fall evening. Vicki is the sister to Robby’s sister-in-law, Terri, so I first met them years ago at a Gerichs’ family wedding. Zach headed back to Colorado the day after our shoot, and Joshua a few days later to Virginia where he will begin officer’s training for the Navy. Abbey and Savanna will join him in Maryland in a few months so there will be many trips in Vicki and Curt’s future to see their kids and Savanna. Vicki told me later … “Savanna hasΒ truly changed my life. I knew grand babies would be fun but she exceeds my expectations!” I completely understand and I can attest Curt feels the same. πŸ™‚ Uncle Zach was pretty smitten with Savanna too and it was just a sweet time with this family. My best to everyone and so great to see you all again. Enjoy, Mary

Megan Gerichs - October 2, 2017 - 2:55 PM

What??? Where did that red head go? What on earth is Curt going to say now when he talks about his red head? It looks awesome on you of course, I was just surprised to see it dark! Good for you, Vicki- you can pull anything off.

What a sweet bunch of pictures of a sweet family. It’s been too long- time for a Gerichs/Sukeena get together.

Don & Maureen Fuller - October 7, 2017 - 9:22 PM

Love the pictures So glad you were able to get everyone together. Love Great Grandpa and Grandma.

Vicki Sukeena - October 8, 2017 - 8:13 PM

Thank you for doing our family pictures Mary! We love them and had so much fun working with you.

Fairly Candid - October 9, 2017 - 4:02 PM

Thanks so much Vicki for the comment. Right back at you on the fun!

Swails-Miller Family

Welcome back to my blog Nick and Amanda! This is my fifth year photographing the twins, Henry in blue and Peter in orange. I got to photograph their first birthday at my house with a white backdrop and red frosted cupcakes to celebrate the occasion. We still laugh that it looked like a murder scene! Now here they are in kindergarten and turning six in November. Time flies. Gus — so sweet this boy with his big brown eyes and curly locks — is 8 and in the 3rd grade and still the best big brother ever. I always enjoy my time with this family where boys get to be boys and Amanda and Nick join in on the silliness. Enjoy.

The night was chilly and the boys were cold so I thought a little run might warm them up. I sent Gus and the twins to the end of this lane and told them to run towards me. Gus’s response was “ok, but I run so fast your camera won’t be able to keep up with me.” You were so right Gus. πŸ˜‰

Below was Gus’s pose idea and his location. Give credit where credit is due. πŸ™‚

And the sun has set and the air is chilly. Nothing like a good snuggle to wrap up the day. You guys (and gal) are awesome!

Vince - September 27, 2017 - 3:00 PM

These are wonderful. The boys look just like their parents, especially the mom.

Fairly Candid - September 27, 2017 - 3:33 PM

Thanks Vince, glad to have you back on the blog!

Tracey - September 28, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Mary I love this family. They are so photogenic. I really like where you took the pictures. They fit right in. I really liked the picture of the 3 boys where you had one in front the oldest in the middle and one on his shoulders. You are such a great photographer and come up with great ideas for pictures. So glad they came back for a photo session. I remember the red icing pictures. Ha.

Fairly Candid - September 29, 2017 - 3:50 PM

Thank you Tracey. I agree – they are all photogenic. Makes my job pretty easy.

Megan - September 30, 2017 - 9:02 PM

Oh just look at that boy heaven. LOVE all the brother pictures you got. That Gus has the most stunning eyes…modeling in his future and it’s no surprise because mom is an Angelina Jolie doppelganger!!!

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. πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

Martha A Bonner - September 23, 2017 - 9:56 AM

Thanks for the great pics!

Aunt Martha from Dallas

Fairly Candid - September 26, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Thank you for helping me Martha. It was sure fun meeting you!

Vince - September 27, 2017 - 3:03 PM

These are all great, but I especially like the five of them approaching you hand in hand. What a good idea.

Fairly Candid - September 27, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Hey Vince, thanks for your comment. They laughed when I made them do it — but then that’s the point, right?

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!” πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚ 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!

Vince - September 27, 2017 - 3:05 PM

You sure have a magic touch with newborns, Mary!

Fairly Candid - September 27, 2017 - 3:35 PM

It’s the rocking and shushing … all newborns are like putty in my hands. Wink.

Megan Gerichs - September 30, 2017 - 9:06 PM

Stop! Stop! Stop!!! You’re killing me with this GORGEOUS blue eyed perfect little boy. And there’s nothing like the photo of new parents swooning over their bundle- pure joy that shines through.

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 —Β 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.Β 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. πŸ™‚Β 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

Megan Gerichs - September 30, 2017 - 9:08 PM

Welp, you did it again. Made it completely impossible for that mom to choose just one or two to put on her wall. No, she’s going to be like me and have a narcissistic wall of her family because they are stunning and those babies on those suitcases should never be taken off a wall. Nice work, Ma. You’re a master at this.

Eclipse

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚Β 

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 actuallyΒ be blue. He’s so smart. πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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.

Megan - September 30, 2017 - 9:10 PM

A tired mama with a headache should not look at her baby boy at bedtime while listening to slow Sam Smith music. That has blubbering Kleenex mess written all over it.