Monthly Archives: February 2012

You CAN teach an old dog new tricks!

As a photographer, there is always something new to learn and for me it was buckets worth at last Saturday’s Idaho Camera Workshop. The classes usually last one hour in length and vary from beginning photography basics like ISO, aperture, shutter speed, composition, to learning how to edit in RAW, to everything in between and beyond. […]

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Kathy Grover - February 22, 2012 - 1:18 AM

You totally NEED that arm for the reflector. We’re not talking “want” here, we’re talking NEED. As far as a soft box, I have stumbled across some pretty awesome-looking DIY tutorials for making all kinds of photography stuff like soft boxes that look like they might be fun to try. I’m also thinking about your construction of your special grandkid room at your house and it makes me think that you could construct anything you wanted to. You are an inspiration to me.

Cindy - February 22, 2012 - 8:49 AM

When God touches your heart to go meet Diane in Rwanda I think you should teach a class to the Rwandans who photograph the sponsored children. I hate the “mug” shots they send to us every year. Often the children are staring straight at the camera. Yuck. - February 22, 2012 - 10:22 AM

I DID need that arm. You’ve seen me struggle with holding it myself on a photo shoot. And I already had the light stand to hold it so that was good. As for the rest of your comment about the light box … well, I’m not so sure about that.

Sent from my iPhone - February 22, 2012 - 10:24 AM

You’re going to keep working on me aren’t you Cindy?! Perhaps one day. 🙂

Sent from my iPhone

Aubrey - February 22, 2012 - 4:45 PM

I really enjoyed seeing the progression. You should play teacher more often. 😀

Baby Lilith [Newborn]

My friend Gloria has been added to the “Grandma Club” and I was so happy to get to take photos of her first grandbaby, Lily, just 10 days old in these photos. What a sweet baby — never gave too much of a fuss but mostly dozed, woke up and checked us out, then would […]

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Megan - February 21, 2012 - 8:01 AM

Oh, what a little sweetie! I love all the hair bows and the last ones where she’s nuzzled in the cream blanket…I want one!

Congrats, Gloria!

Gloria - February 21, 2012 - 11:19 AM

Oh Mary….what can I say that these pictures don’t say already! “Lily” is adorable and these photos are absolutely priceless. It’s like time stood still at the perfect moments. I love them! Thank you for coming to our home too! A little out of the box, yet a rewarding experience we will never forget. We appreciate your time, passion and great talent for photography! I’m proud to be your friend and a member of the “Grandma Club”! ~Gloria Wickham - February 21, 2012 - 11:39 AM

Oh my! You wrote a comment on my blog! This is big stuff. Wink.

Derek - February 21, 2012 - 12:35 PM

Hey Mary,

Thanks for capturing these great moments! These are some truly amazing photographs that we are grateful to be apart of. There are really great perspectives in these (I thought the diaper shot was especially cute and creative.) I also didn’t realize how gentle Miko acted around the baby until seeing these, so perspective beyond the point of view of the photos has has definitely been gleaned from this experience. 🙂

Thanks again! - February 21, 2012 - 12:53 PM

Derek, how thoughtful your comments were and I appreciate them! You and Dawn are going to have so many wonderful experiences with Lily (and bad ones too), and I am happy that I was able to do these “moments in time” for you. In a month you will wonder how she was ever that small. Take care, Mary

Sara - February 21, 2012 - 1:32 PM

These pictures are wonderful Mary! Lily is an adorable baby but you’ve captured some expressions that are rare to see sometimes 🙂 You are a very talented photographer and I am so excited about having you photograph Blake and mine’s upcoming wedding! - February 21, 2012 - 1:41 PM

Sara, thank you so much for your sweet comments. They charge me up! I’m a bit nervous but still excited to photograph your wedding! It helps to get to know you all better. See you Saturday.

Fran Scott - February 21, 2012 - 8:25 PM

This is an amazing way to capture the moment. You have a beautiful little bundle and we are looking forward to watching Lily grow up. Hugs! Fran & Greg - February 21, 2012 - 10:05 PM

Thank you for the comment Fran. I’ll make sure Gloria and her kids see it. It’s an exciting time for them for sure (and will be even better when they get sleep.) 🙂

Little Lily at 7 Months » - September 18, 2012 - 10:05 PM

[…] is Lily’s second photo session … her first was as an itty bitty newborn back in February. Now Lily is 7 months old and sporting her first new teeth — the two bottom […]

I Heart Faces | Hugs and Kisses

It’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind, and that’s exactly what I did about a half hour before posting to this week’s I Heart Faces photo challenge. I had my post all done with a cute picture of my grandkids hugging … one that I sent out as Valentine cards to the family (minus […]

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Linda - February 19, 2012 - 11:01 PM

You couldn’t have submitted a picture more indicative of love in a hug! - February 19, 2012 - 11:03 PM

Thank you Linda. What a friend you are. I couldn’t agree more.

Roberta Johnston - February 19, 2012 - 11:05 PM

Could either one of them have a bigger smile on their faces??? This is so very precious and just melted my heart. After having spent this week with my niece and her new baby, during a tough delivery, a tough recovery, then a baby with jaundice, I realize just how special these little guys are and how it DOES take a village to raise a child! As much as they depend on us, I depend on them even more to remember just how BIG our God is! Thanks for this amazing picture Mary, loved it!

Cathie Alonzo - February 19, 2012 - 11:18 PM

Best smiles ever-Mikie is pretty darn cute too! - February 19, 2012 - 11:31 PM

Congrats on the new baby … just sorry it was a hard time coming. I know about the jaundice thing because of MJ’s delivery. Makes it hard on the parents for sure. So which one of the Village People will you be? Thanks for your comment … you always brighten my day. - February 19, 2012 - 11:32 PM

That cute older man in the picture keeps giving his grandkids whisker burns!

Carolyn Clark Photography - February 20, 2012 - 7:54 AM

If this is your second choice, I’d love to see your first! I can feel the love from here.

Tracy P. - February 20, 2012 - 12:36 PM

What a sweet, unplanned moment! Love it!

Megan - February 20, 2012 - 1:07 PM

Yes- they have kiss marks from Grampa that last the rest of the night!!!

I’m glad you chose this photo instead of the V-day one…something about spontaneity that makes it that much more precious. - February 20, 2012 - 1:23 PM

Thank you Carolyn for your comment. I stopped by your blog as well but can’t make it leave a comment (I have been having issues on my end). I see you are a new blogger so welcome and can’t wait to see more images from you in the future. You started off with a darling one! Good luck!

Matt - February 21, 2012 - 2:17 PM

I see the smile and hear the laugh every the past couple years and don’t think i will ever get tired of it, how could you. I love that boy of mine. What wonderful grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends he has. Thanks for all the pictures.

Happy Love Day

What do you get with a 10 minute window of opportunity before two squirmy two-year olds with new shirts take off for the school playground on a cold windy day after a late nap (and lovely bed head)? Angels of course. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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Sheila Webb Clark - February 14, 2012 - 8:37 AM

Precious! Just precious Mary….

Matt - February 14, 2012 - 9:18 AM

Great pics mom. Every day he wants to wear the new shirt that Grandpa bought him “yesterday”. Happy valentines to you as well. - February 14, 2012 - 9:32 AM

How cute is that comment of MJ’s! Thanks for telling me. Love you, MOM

Cathie Alonzo - February 14, 2012 - 10:00 AM

Angels for sure! So cute!!

Beth - The Botut Blog - February 14, 2012 - 9:50 PM

Oh my gosh how they have grown! Too cute.

Aubrey - February 16, 2012 - 8:54 AM

MJ & those flowers…what a charmer! & Syd has the boots with the fur! A girl after my own heart 😀

I Heart Faces | Hearts

My 2-year old granddaughter loved her new valentine shirt so much she tried to eat the (puffed) candy hearts right off of it. The shirt and candy hearts aren’t the only thing that’s sweet! Winners announced February 18, 2012.

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Latisha Hale Photography - February 12, 2012 - 10:27 PM

Beautiful! <3!

Jaymi McClusky - February 12, 2012 - 10:31 PM

that’s so cute that she tried to do that! great shot!

Megan @ My Stubborn Little Miss - February 13, 2012 - 2:55 AM

love the light!

Christine - February 13, 2012 - 3:52 AM

So cute that she was trying to eat her puffy hearts!

This Little Light of Mine Photography - February 13, 2012 - 8:26 AM

Precious! Good job!

jenn - February 13, 2012 - 9:30 AM


Life with Kaishon - February 15, 2012 - 6:36 PM

What an absolute doll! Such a sweet picture. I adore it!

Laura Higgs - March 7, 2012 - 3:05 PM

I quickly caught the last few posts of your blog. Amazing as always. I wish you were here to photo my little ones.
Im excited for the 2 new little one’s you will add to your clan soon. Best Wishes – Laura

Just Because I Think She's Cute (and it's my Blog so I can)

She was fresh out of the shower and has just had her hair blown dry, sitting in my second bathroom sink. The one we never use. But she does. To stand in to reach my necklaces that hang above it. Or to just sit in and watch while I put my make-up on when she […]

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Linda - February 6, 2012 - 9:14 PM

Love, love, love the photo of her in your glasses. So special. Of course, with such a cute specimen how could you NOT have such an adorable picture.

Megan - February 6, 2012 - 9:33 PM

Squeal!!! She is so freaking cute!!! I can totally picture her hanging out in the sink with you…no wonder she CONSTANTLY wants to get up on our bathroom counters…hmmm…too bad I don’t have an unused sink that she can do it with!!!

Thanks again for keeping her this weekend!!!

Cathie Alonzo - February 7, 2012 - 9:31 AM

Looks like you are having a lot of fun!

Aubrey - February 7, 2012 - 5:28 PM

Eeeeek! I love that photo in black & white! Timeless and seeping preciousness. LOve LOve LOve!

matt - February 9, 2012 - 10:42 AM

I love my niece, what a funny girl.

Beth - The Botut Blog - February 14, 2012 - 9:51 PM

Love, love, love this! - February 14, 2012 - 10:00 PM

Thank you Beth … one of my favorites for sure.

Spontaneous Sunday

Show and Tell A kindergarten teacher gave her class a “show and tell” assignment. Each student was instructed to bring in an object to share with the class that represented their religion. The first student got up in front of the class and said, “My name is Benjamin and I am Jewish and this is […]

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Linda - February 2, 2012 - 8:46 PM

The innocence of children is so appealing, such beauty in their expressions–even the one of my reluctant phtographee grandson, Micah. That precious girl who followed you and wanted her picture taken–so poignant; the little guy immersed in his books and little Autumn riding her horsie to the stars–all so special. Thanks for sharing Mary.

Kathy Grover - February 3, 2012 - 11:38 AM

One of those little girls is Moo Ka Paw Paw whose family I visit every Tuesday. They don’t have a lot of pictures; maybe I can get a picture made up for her. She is the kind of girl who would gladly say “cheese” if you asked her to pose, though. When the Karen first came here, I remember Lanie and Glenn saying that hugging was not part of their culture. I can tell you that you can get a free big hug from Moo Ka Paw Paw any time. Maybe even two if, unlike me, you spell her name right.

Nice job on the stained glass, too. I can only imagine how tricky that was. - February 3, 2012 - 12:38 PM

That’s sweet Kathy …. I wish I knew which one was the girl you speak of. Did I take her picture and was she is in the first group of Karen children, or in the last pre-school group? I am making copies to take to the Sunday School classrooms for teachers to send home with the children I took photos of.