Monthly Archives: December 2012

Day 13: Tis the Season

32 Day Photo Challenge: Day 13: Tis the season. What’s the first thing you think of when you think of this theme? Go ahead, say it out loud … is it shopping? Baking? Doing for others? Going into debt? (I hope not!) Buying things for yourself at discount? Listening to Christmas carols? Giving to the […]

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Megan - December 12, 2012 - 11:54 PM

And this is the number one reason why I need to be carrying cash around at Christmas time!!!

Becky - December 13, 2012 - 10:36 AM

It’s good karma to put a little something in the bucket everytime you pass by. Merry Christmas!

Day 12: Sweet

32 Day Photo Challenge. Day 12: Sweet. Nothing I could bake or buy could be sweeter than life’s little moments and here’s one of mine. Sydney Reece Gerichs at the age of 2 years, 11 months, and 10 days. She came home with us Sunday night after the Progressive Dinner and went home Monday night […]

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Megan - December 12, 2012 - 8:44 AM

My favorite day of the challenge thus far. 😉

Love the sweet description of your time together- and I’m certain if she could write she’d say similar things. Lots of love going on there.

Linda J. - December 12, 2012 - 9:20 AM

That child is so full of life, her antics, her smile and her love of gum make me smile, smile, smile! Mary, you are such a good grandma.

Your Man - December 12, 2012 - 4:34 PM

She is sure a sweetie. Also a sneak. Had a great time. Love her 2 pieces.

Day 11: On the Shelf

32 Day Photo Challenge. Day 10: On the Shelf. I don’t even know what to say about today’s challenge except that I found it the hardest of all so far. I might even have gone so far as to say “why did I sign up for this stupid challenge anyway?” It was a momentary lapse […]

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Kathy - December 11, 2012 - 6:33 AM

Cute idea – and you did great. I suspect that your “trashed” photos were most likely ones us amateurs would love.

Gloria - December 11, 2012 - 8:40 AM

This picture is adorable. I love all your pictures in this challenge! We (yes that means you too!) can be our own worse critics. Love you Mary and your pictures! They really are great! Great idea Mike!

Megan - December 11, 2012 - 3:14 PM

When I saw this picture I was wondering how you got the “Merry Christmas” sign so small!

Nice TEAM work. Remember, there is no “I” in team. Wink-wink.

Day 10: Stripes

32 Day Photo Challenge. Day 10: Stripes. We had a wonderful Progressive Dinner last night with 14 of us at two friends houses. One for appetizers, salads, and the main entree of Cioppino which was delicious, followed by a rousing game of Tabu. The second house was for dessert and just happened to be Santa’s […]

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Day 8: Shopping

32 Day Photo Challenge. Day 8: Shopping (4 photos) I have been working on a session of the cutest one-year old twins boys I shot the end of November, so allowed myself only one hour to run to the Mall to shoot this challenge with nothing but my 50mm lens using natural light. I found […]

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Dan - December 8, 2012 - 9:22 AM

The hat store is called capz

Fairly Candid - December 8, 2012 - 9:35 AM

Thank you Dan! I made the correction and I ppreciate you coming to my blog to check it out!

Lori - December 8, 2012 - 1:52 PM

I LOVE the one of the Marines! I love that you thought outside of the box on that one. When I think of holiday shopping, I think of your first thoughts…but you did such a nice twist on this one! And it’s a great picture. 🙂

Aubrey Archuleta - December 10, 2012 - 10:26 AM

LOVE the picture of the hats. We are all huge NFL junkies, I should order a print for one of the boys rooms. Nice work, Mary, you managed to make the mall look like a good time 😉

Day 7: The View From Here

32 Day Photo Challenge. Day 7: The View From Here. I went back and reread the rules to this challenge. Rule #1 states: “Enter one photo or many photos that follow the theme or inspiring word for that day.” Here all this time I thought it had to be one new picture each day, which I […]

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Kathy - December 7, 2012 - 6:51 AM

Beautiful – challenges me to go back and look at the ones I took. I am soooo bad at taking pictures and then not viewing them! I love Riggins too – for so many reasons. This past year was fun.

Fairly Candid - December 7, 2012 - 9:09 AM

I’ll bet you got some stunning ones and it was so fun shooting with you. I wish we did that more often. I picked one quick for this challenge but can’t wait to go back and look over the others more closely. I will probably have a full post on Riggins after Christmas. Such a great place … such great friends to share it with. 🙂

Gloria - December 7, 2012 - 9:26 AM

Mary, I love this photo! It captures the location perfectly and subjects (road, water, mountains, trees..), with light, contrast and detail. Beautiful!

Linda J. - December 7, 2012 - 9:27 AM

I recognize that scene!! It is a beauty to be sure.

Your Man - December 7, 2012 - 3:59 PM

So when are we going to move there?

Mary - December 8, 2012 - 4:25 PM

I should paint this one…Love it

Day 6: Burst of Red

32 Day Photo Challenge. Day 6: Burst of red. I’m a literal thinker and I seriously stopped at the store last night after Bible Study and dinner to buy red balloons and confetti. Then I got home and watched my recorded favorite show SURVIVOR (where I was sad to see _____ go by the way). […]

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Becky - December 6, 2012 - 9:26 AM

Your imagination never ceases to amaze me. Beautiful picture.

Linda J. - December 6, 2012 - 1:06 PM

I love it! But I do have to ask. . .what was the safety pin attached to the backscratcher all about?

Linda J. - December 6, 2012 - 1:10 PM

Ok, I reread your post. I get it now. However, I think maybe I’d like to see this stunt of yours to get a picture. Maybe you could recreate it for us on Sunday!

Megan - December 6, 2012 - 1:32 PM

Perhaps you can keep trying to get that shot- I bet it was amazing…love the creative ideas you have…this challenge bit seems like a cinch for you!!!

Fairly Candid - December 6, 2012 - 1:42 PM

Linda and Megan … I just might try it again some day but without the confetti for starters. Oh my, what was I thinking?! I don’t think the Kathy’s would want to clean it up either. It went out into the hall and up the stairs! Sydney and MJ would have thought it looked like a party. 🙂

Kathy - December 7, 2012 - 6:49 AM

I love that idea – can’t imagine what your room looked like after! And didn’t the popping of the balloons wake up Mike – or does he sleep through it all! And yes – we just love glitter at our house – me and my girls would dance in the confetti for weeks!

Henry and Peter Turned ONE!

This is my last portrait session of the year (until after Christmas) shot the end of November, so let’s double up, shall we?! Meet Henry and Peter, or was it Peter and Henry? Which one’s the oldest again by 9 minutes? I photographed these identical twins the end of November after they had recently turned one on […]

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Aubrey - December 10, 2012 - 10:27 AM

Great moments you captured, I actually LOL-ed at these!

Sara Swails - December 11, 2012 - 3:07 PM

Hi–I’m Peter & Henry’s maternal grandmother and I wanted to say how I loved your photos of the boys. I watch them over and over, I notice something different every time, and smile. They are so cute just like their 4 year old brother, Gus. Thank you! Sara

Fairly Candid - December 12, 2012 - 7:52 AM

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment Sara! I appreciate that so much and I’m so glad you loved them. I have to admit I have looked at them over and over as well — even after finishing the edits. They are just such darn adorable boys. They must be the entertainment at every family function. Have a wonderful Christmas. Mary

[…] (in the more colorful plaid) and Henry, in my house when they were turning one (see their post here and that’s them in the header) and at the end of November they will be two. They look just […]

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