Monthly Archives: April 2012

Grandmother Kathy

We met on a windy Spring day this week at the park … one of the best ladies you’ll ever meet — Kathy Bettger and her daughter Molly and two grandsons, 3-1/2 year-old Graham who is allowed to say “I’m almost four” soon, and Caleb who turns a BIG ONE this month. Molly is in […]

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NeckBeard - April 5, 2012 - 8:14 AM

Wonderful Mary. Thank you for doing this.

Lori - April 5, 2012 - 8:15 AM

Mary, those are gorgeous! All four of them look incredible! Great work!

NeckBeard - April 5, 2012 - 8:17 AM

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Liz - April 5, 2012 - 8:19 AM

These are amazing!

straitcrzy - April 5, 2012 - 8:42 AM

You’re pictures are amazing. You really know how to capture the people. It looks so natural.

Kathy Bettger - April 5, 2012 - 7:31 PM

Thanks, Mary. This all means a lot to me. Great work. You somehow capture the moment. I was there, but didn’t think any of this was going to be worth looking at. You know when to snap and where to place us.

alli - April 5, 2012 - 9:13 PM

Wow! These pictures are priceless! So, so beautiful! I just love them. Molly, your boys are so photogenic! Miss you guys!

Cindy - April 5, 2012 - 10:45 PM

You are such a talented photographer, Mary! Your pictures capture such spirit, life and energy! I always enjoy scrolling through them! And thank you for thinking of me: yes, I’ve been absent from my blog for awhile. I’m helping plan my daughter’s June wedding so I’m busy, busy, busy! But I’m still fitting lots of shooting in: just did a newborn and I’m second shooting a wedding in May. Plus this beautiful spring weather is enticing me to get back to nature photography: my first love! For now, I’m posting my pics on Facebook; I hope to get back to more blogging after my daughter’s wedding! - April 6, 2012 - 8:16 AM

To all of you who have commented … thank you for your kind words on the post of Kathy Bettger with the boys. Bloggers love comments and I am appreciative and encouraged by each one! Mary

Jenny Royer - April 6, 2012 - 6:08 PM

I *love* these pictures! Great job, Mary!!!

Kay Lynn - April 17, 2012 - 8:37 PM

Me too…..I meant to comment earlier and got sidetracked! You brought out the best in Graham and Kathy, and I see Caleb in a new way. You made them all light up.

The Rank Family » - April 6, 2013 - 2:03 PM

[…] time for Easter. I got the awesome opportunity to photograph Molly, her mom Kathy, and the kidsΒ last April, but Pat wasn’t able to be here, so this time it’s the whole happy family! […]

I Heart Faces Photo Challenge-Happiness

They’re shaking it up over at I Heart Faces … doing challenges a little differently these days. This month’s challenge theme is “happiness” and this photo makes my heart sing on so many levels. What is happiness anyway? If I was guessing what she might say, it would go something like thisΒ … It’s being 11 […]

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Megan - April 4, 2012 - 12:50 PM

She’s so damn cute!!! Love the picture and can’t WAIT to see the others….

You need to make a quick adjustment tho…I’m 11 days away and NOT running 4-6 miles/week any longer. πŸ™ That came to a sudden and sad stop last week when I ran 6 last Friday and struggled to make it 12 minutes on Monday. I’m now an unhappy elliptical/stair master user. Which means I am REALLY missing out on my Baby Story episodes. πŸ˜‰

Oh, and I thought the write-up was spot on. πŸ˜‰ I am a happy girl…with way too many reasons.

Your Man - April 4, 2012 - 4:20 PM

What 2 beautiful girls. Can’t wait 2 c what’s next. I mean 3. The picture taker is in the background! That makes 3.

lmayfield3 - April 4, 2012 - 8:47 PM

Cute photo! Amazing capture!

Cindy - April 4, 2012 - 10:23 PM

This photo radiates happiness! It makes ME feel happy!!! Great capture, Mary!

Leslie - April 5, 2012 - 7:40 AM

Beautiful capture! I can just feel the happiness from this shot!

Aubrey - April 6, 2012 - 5:24 PM

You know, I think Megan has taken to this mom thing better than any of my other friends. (especially as a first time mom) Must be her great upbringing πŸ˜‰

Amanda Blue (Eyes That Is)

Meet Amanda, a senior at Frank Church School who is ready to take on the world after graduation — and my first girl senior to photograph! I had so much fun with Amanda and her mom as we drove around looking for places of interest to photograph at. Amanda likes the river and I like […]

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Paula Z - April 4, 2012 - 6:08 AM

These are fantastic! Amanda will be so pleased. Thank you so much, Mary! You have such a gift. πŸ˜€

Megan - April 4, 2012 - 6:40 AM

Here’s my blog love:

There aren’t too many people who can pull off a closed and opened smile and have them be equally amazing. The messy hair up in the first two is my favorite- that look that so many people strive for…messy but controlled and you probably just whipped it up without thinking twice. The red lips are rockin, and I’m a bit jealous that I will never be able to wear that color.

My favorite three shots are the 2nd and the 4th ones- I love the hand placement and the casualness of them. I also love the one that is just a close up that seems to be turned sepia with the lips left red (?) – don’t know, but the color wash is cool and so is the angle.

Paula - April 4, 2012 - 7:53 AM

I like all of the shots! Especially the full smiles and the sepia. Wow!!!

stephen zahniser - April 4, 2012 - 8:01 AM

I believe you,Mary, captured the girl we all have known these many, but few, years.My favorite is the picture of Amanda by the quotation, which I believe is how Amanda challenges us, not only the words, but her facial expression. I also like her on the fence post, and the one that is almost a black and white. Truly amazing photos of a truly amazing girl with a truly amazing future.
steve - April 4, 2012 - 8:37 AM

What great comments from both of you that Amanda will love as well. I appreciate the opportunity you gave me to spend time with her. I hope she has as much fun as I did. Mary

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Cathie Alonzo - April 4, 2012 - 8:42 AM

My favorite: The first one that has the tree branches in the background. However, they are all just stunning! - April 4, 2012 - 11:18 AM

My favorite too — from the camera to the computer.

Matthew Grisham - April 4, 2012 - 2:29 PM

OH MY GOD, my baby is so beautiful <3 I love all of these:) - April 4, 2012 - 2:34 PM

What a good boyfriend you are Matt … you couldn’t have said anything more perfect for a girlfriend to hear! πŸ™‚

Louis McCabe - April 6, 2012 - 10:22 AM

Amanda, how beautiful you are, especially with the tree in the background. But, of course, you were beautiful yars ago when I visited you at your home in Sherdian. Congratulations on your graduation. Best of everything in your next endeavors. Uncle Lou McCabe - April 6, 2012 - 7:12 PM

What nice comments! I am making sure Amanda will see them. Thank you.

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Kathy - April 9, 2012 - 9:21 PM

Dang girl your inner beauty is shining right through in all of these shots. My very favorite is the close upof your face leaning on the fence. Gorgeous doesn’t even begin to describe these. i love you and miss you so much. Thanks for sharing these pictures.

Amanda - April 10, 2012 - 9:00 PM

Thank you guys so much πŸ™‚ Reading all these comments made me so happy. Mary did such a great job πŸ˜€ - April 10, 2012 - 9:33 PM

Amanda, it’s obvious you have lots of friends and family who love you as there were such nice comments about you! It was wonderful to meet you and I wish you nothing but great joys after graduation and beyond. Btw, your boyfriend’s comment was my favorite. πŸ™‚ Mary

[…] lost her mad-crazy-reflector-skills that she demonstrated when we shot Emma’s older sister, Amanda, last year.Emma has a camera-shy boyfriend that you’ll see only once, and she loves to draw, […]