Monthly Archives: July 2011

Andy and Lauren's Wedding

One of the reasons we went to Seattle was to attend the wedding of Andy and Lauren. We’ve known Andy longer than we’ve known our kids and have known his folks and grandparents even longer. Andy spent three summers working for Mike, Mark, and Grampa at Mouser Machine Shop and we just think so much […]

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Cathie Alonzo - July 31, 2011 - 8:22 PM

What a lucky and lovely couple to have such a perfect day for an outside wedding. Enjoyed the photos very much.
Cathie - July 31, 2011 - 9:39 PM

Cathie, thanks for your sweet comments and I hope the B & G see it because they are just what you say. Thanks again for the wonderful time spent with you in Yelm — a beautiful place for sure. Love ya, Mary

Kathy Bettger - August 1, 2011 - 6:46 AM

Oh, Mary! What a special thing for you to do. I have read the whole thing and poured over the photos 3 times now. Lauren’s use of many varied colors make the photos really pop. We now have your narrative as a permanent record. I am so glad you and Mike were a part of this day. - August 1, 2011 - 7:40 AM

Thanks Kathy, I loved doing this post in every way. I agree with you in that Laura’s color choices — and that beautiful sunshine — worked together so well!

Kay Lynn Brown - August 1, 2011 - 6:24 PM

Mary…WOW! These photos captured all of the sweetness and magic of that day. I love the picture of my brother, too! 🙂 Thank you for sharing! I enjoyed seeing you and Mike! - August 1, 2011 - 7:49 PM

Thank you Kay Lynn! Got some pics of the rest of the family too but couldn’t put everything on there. I appreciated you viewing and for your comments. Mary

Kathy Grover - August 1, 2011 - 9:10 PM

My vote for favorite picture is the one with the bride and groom and moms framed by the colorful fabric flowers. The flowers were connected and the people were connected. It made me feel connected even though I wasn’t there.

straitcrzy - August 1, 2011 - 10:05 PM

I am Lauren’s Aunt Mary. Thank you so much for sharing these pictures. I am going to put them on facebook so everyone can enjoy them. You did a great job. They had the most beautiful wedding. - August 2, 2011 - 5:32 AM

Thank you Mary, I wish I could put a face to the name … might have met you but there were lots of wonderful people at that wedding! - August 2, 2011 - 7:12 AM

Mine too! Oh wait, I already said that in the post. 🙂

Barbara Cast - August 2, 2011 - 9:44 AM

Thank you so much for sharing…wonderful pictures…

Janet Spies - August 2, 2011 - 1:07 PM

You can see Mary’s face in the 10th black and white photo above. And to her left, you will see Lauren’s Aunt Carol. They are toasting the bride and groom.

Beautiful pictures, beautiful people and beautiful day!! I enjoyed your post immensely. - August 2, 2011 - 1:22 PM

And thank you Barbara for taking the time to tell me. Fabulous wedding you had there! - August 2, 2011 - 1:24 PM

Janet, thank you for pointing Mary and Carol out. I felt badly that I slighted Lauren’s family in this post since I knew the Bettger side so well. Thanks for taking the time to read my post and more importantly for commenting. Us bloggers love that you know. (Wink.) Mary

justleesha - August 3, 2011 - 6:41 PM

I love all these! Soooo pretty! What a wonderful theme and setting for a wedding! Makes the church and rented hall I had for my wedding look pretty darn shabby! 🙂

So, I was looking through your posts today and noticed a BSU hat on your grandson and it got me wondering…. do you live in Idaho?? - August 3, 2011 - 6:49 PM

Yes, we live in Boise. And you? I think I read one time … was it Utah? If you want to see BSU pics and see how crazy fans can be, go to:

NeckBeard - August 5, 2011 - 1:12 PM

These are incredible. Thank you so much for posting these photos and your wonderful narrative. It was so great to have you and Mike there. I love you guys so much. Lauren wants us to print this out and put it in our wedding journal. I said, only after one important correction, I worked at Mouser Machine for 3 summers. Not just one. 🙂

Andy - August 5, 2011 - 3:39 PM

Hi Andy, thank you for commenting from your “tanned” state no doubt after returning from Jamaica. I’m sure you had a fabulous time. I will get that correction made immediately to give you credit for working at the Shop three years … most people didn’t stick it out so long with the hard labor Gramps expected! Mike didn’t catch the mistake either — young mind vs old mind — you’ll win every time! Love, Mary

Jeri Dunne - August 12, 2011 - 9:22 AM

Mary, you have such a a gift and it’s so fun to read your blog and see your beautiful photography.
This had to have been such a fun trip and what a unique, lovely wedding!
Thanks for sharing! - August 12, 2011 - 2:10 PM

I appreciate your comment Jeri. I love that you stopped by and welcome your visit any time!

Sunshine in Seattle

We got the heck out of Dodge this past weekend — 4 full days in the Seattle area and if you can believe it, all four days were sunny (occasional clouds beautiful). This after it was just documented that Seattle has had only 78 minutes of summer until that point. What! And people still live there?! […]

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Aubrey Archuleta - July 30, 2011 - 5:08 PM

Sorry we missed you. We have had beautiful weather & after all those beautiful photos… you can see why we are living here- it’s gorgeous!

Amanda Pfeifer - July 30, 2011 - 8:53 PM

Beautiful shots!

Cathie Alonzo - July 30, 2011 - 9:58 PM

Cousin Mary, you are an artist with a camera. I love all the Clearwood photos so much. The little tree house is magical. And I especially love the photo of you and me! Thanks for posting such lovely pictures. I enjoyed you and Mike so much. Come again! Love Cathie - July 31, 2011 - 7:41 AM

Cathie, Amanda, Aubrey – thank you all for your comments. Yelm definitely is the place to be for sheer beauty cause the sweetest heart I know lives there! A pretty great heart now lives in Seattle too! I hope the sunshine keeps up for you both, and Amanda, good to hear from you on the blog world again. Mary

Laura Higgs - July 31, 2011 - 11:54 PM

wow. Im just catching up with your blog and you continue to amaze me. I hope your business is increasing as you are a true professional. I can’t help but be green when I see the wonderful pictures you take! Keep it up. - August 1, 2011 - 4:55 AM

Laura, thank you! I’ve missed seeing you on the blog world but just learned you’ve been on vacation. Can’t wait to see your new posts as well!. Mary

Jason and Christine

Christine has spent many a night at our house since she and Megan were best friends all through high school. She went to BSU where she met Jason, and they in turn re-introduced Megan to Robby (after one chance meeting that didn’t go so well) — and it’s been love ever since for both couples! […]

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Megan - July 27, 2011 - 8:50 PM

I ♥ the Ellis Family!!! What a gorgeous set of people with ridiculous smiles and hearts bigger than life! Love the tile in the first few pics and the Converse is genius…

Aubrey Archuleta - July 27, 2011 - 9:24 PM

LOVE LOVE LOVE these! That Quincy is a child model gold mine, hat a handsome young man. Great to see Christine face on here, nice work Mary!

I Heart Faces Photo Challenge | Water Water is the theme this week at I Heart Faces and while water is the background element only, I chose this photo for the subject, my grandson, who was being submerged with kisses from his parents.

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Heather - July 26, 2011 - 10:05 AM

This is such a cute photo. It makes me smile.

Aubrey P - July 26, 2011 - 10:13 AM

This is darling! Love the squished cheeks!

Dana - July 26, 2011 - 11:04 AM

hahah this one made me chuckle

Linda Johnston - July 26, 2011 - 11:10 AM

Those are some seriously cute, kissable chubby cheeks. It is almost like he is saying “Nooooooooo.”

Elizabethcoasahm - July 26, 2011 - 11:45 AM

OMGosh thats adorable!!

Megan - July 26, 2011 - 1:03 PM

OUCH!!!! 🙂

audi - July 26, 2011 - 2:05 PM

too precious, love it!

Your Man - July 26, 2011 - 6:51 PM

U always seem 2 capture the moment.Love Me - July 29, 2011 - 8:23 AM

Thanks for all your sweet comments everyone. I so enjoyed checking out all your entries as well! Mary

“Mae” I have one please! [Newborn]

Meet Mae, the daughter of my nephew, Kirk, and his sweet wife, Amy — shown here at just two-weeks old. Having never photographed a newborn before (officially as portraits), I asked if I could have the honor so they packed her up with brother Charlie and came to my house. My daughter came over to […]

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Linda - July 15, 2011 - 9:59 PM

Who knew these were your first newborn professional portraits!! Sooo precious and soooo good. (Though I’m pretty sure that some of your photos of your own grandbabies would qualify.) However, as the proud grandmother of 6, I would lose my title if I didn’t think mine were just as cute!! It is what we grandmothers do.I think I’m going to send your link to James and Cassi to see if we can’t start on #7–Mae, I have one more?

Linda Johnston - July 15, 2011 - 10:01 PM

Just so there is no confusion–the above reply was from Linda Johnston. I know you know that Mary, but readers of your blog might not know the difference between the Lindas! - July 15, 2011 - 10:09 PM

No, I can attest that I never took these types of pictures with my grandbabies — dang it! Yes you Mae have another one … I’ll bet James and Cassie are working on #7 already! (Blush) And I concur, you do have beautiful, cute, funny, and smart grandbabies too! What a great time of life.

Megan - July 18, 2011 - 5:56 AM

Congratulations on successfully completing your first infant photo shoot! While I simply adore them all, I love the b/w with her in the little hat and the one of her head in focus and her body out of focus. You did a marvelous job- Kirk and Amy are so lucky to have these- good luck picking!!!

amy - July 19, 2011 - 3:06 PM

Mary, thank you so much for the amazing pictures! When I sent the one of the two kids to my mom, she cried. You have been so generous to our family and I want you to know how much we appreciate it! Of course, you are welcome any time to come over for a baby hold. 🙂 love them!

[…] with the tough-as-nails hubs. We were so excited. Let’s face it, after photographing newborn Mae and Marlies, I was pretty darn ready for a baby again. Not only that but I was pretty overjoyed at […]

Pre-Easter « Fairly Candid - March 31, 2012 - 12:06 PM

[…] off, I just have to share Baby Mae — Kirk and Amy’s youngest. I got to take her newborn pictures and now she is 9 months and crawling. Ahhhh! She is so cute with her big round eyes and […]

Family Portraits | Cottonwood

The thing I love about going to Cottonwood is the hospitality and how we are always made to feel at home and have access to anything we need (like a box of 175 individually wrapped York Patties that were extremely less in numbers by the time I left). The second thing I love is all the photos on […]

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Made in the USA

On July 4th I got the privilege of photographing Laura and Dave’s family. Laura and I work together and share a common interest in God, have kids close in age, and each have a grandson and a granddaughter so you can imagine how we often share the joys of grandparenting! Her daughter, son-in-law and grandson […]

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shayna - July 9, 2011 - 4:58 PM

Mary, I love your subject matter in this one! Laura is such a beautiful person and it’s wonderful to see her entire family. What a happy, good looking bunch. Great job on the pictures and capturing this families warmth. - July 10, 2011 - 8:57 AM

Thank you Shayna! I’ll make sure she sees your nice comment.

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I Heart Faces Photo Challenge | Red White & Blue

I set up a photo session with my grandbabies in the mountains during our camping trip this weekend. I bought red, white, and blue t-shirts and little flags, took an old chair, and set them on the hillside with the beautiful evening light. (You can see them here since we are allowed to have more than […]

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Megan - July 5, 2011 - 5:07 PM

Oh tear my heart out. She is the cutest smile I know too. ♥

Aubrey Archuleta - July 8, 2011 - 9:32 AM

I love that girl! You capture her so well. Love the coloring on this photo, another stunner, Mary.

Happy 4th!

Happy Independence Day to all Americans out there! We were camping so I bought little shirts and flags for our grandbabies, now 18 months and 20 months, to celebrate on Sunday night. The sparklers got the kabash since I was thinking more of a photo shoot than forest fires and hefty fines, but luckily my […]

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[…] took an old chair, and set them on the hillside with the beautiful evening light. (You can see them here since we are allowed to have more than one photo this week.) Some were better than others (but […]

Your Man - July 5, 2011 - 7:51 PM

What sweet pics,hun. You have 2 cute babies. Great job!!!