Monthly Archives: April 2013

Simone’s “Watermelon Smash”

You’ve no doubt heard of a “First Birthday Cake Smash” (as in Jayden’s sugar-free cake hereĀ and Gracie’s Cake Smash here), but Megan came up with the idea for a “Watermelon Smash” as an alternative for Simone on her first birthday. There was no smashing it however, only eating it and she LOVED it! The ground […]

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Melted Mama - April 30, 2013 - 4:46 PM

So we’re going to have a watermelon photo wall I guess, cause seriously?! This was bliss…this is bliss. I am in love more than I can handle.

The pucker lips? The big eye whites? The smiles? The four kids together and Mone trying to eat MJ’s? It’s just too much….

Fairly Candid - April 30, 2013 - 5:01 PM

I know, that last few of Simone bending over to get MJ’s is pretty funny. MJ’s expressions are a kick too, and Jayden just watching the action is so cute. I liked how Sydney caught on at the last minute and was laughing too.

Linda - May 1, 2013 - 9:17 AM

Ok, just when I think you can’t take a cuter picture you take another just as cute. Nothing like being in the right place, at the right time, with a camera in your hand to get those shots of Simone going after MJ’s watermelon. Priceless.

Fairly Candid - May 2, 2013 - 6:24 AM

It was priceless … and I have two new frames just begging for a new picture … hmmm, which two will make the cut? Definitely one of each baby at ONE.

Up Up and Away to Simone’s First Birthday!

Simone’s ONEderful Birthday was just two days away when we gathered for these shots and Jayden’s was three weeks prior. It was a warm day and so who wouldn’t want to take a hot air balloon ride? I was quite impressed with the balloons holding over 25 lb babies! Wink (Photoshop). Simone came sporting her […]

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Aubrey Archuleta - April 29, 2013 - 10:54 PM

Are you kidding me. This is the absolute cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Babies in a balloon basket!!!! I die. Cutest ever.

and polka dots! and baby chubs! and pigtails! and cowboy hats! ahhh! it’s too much šŸ™‚

Fairly Candid - April 29, 2013 - 10:57 PM

What a fun comment Aubrey. I take that as quite a compliment coming from the likes of creative YOU!

Megan - April 30, 2013 - 8:55 AM

I knew this was going to be killer, but the results knocked my expectations OUT OF THE PARK. Seriously, Mom!!! KILLER!!! Thank you so much! …wonder where those cute polka dot balloons are now? šŸ˜‰

Linda - April 30, 2013 - 9:38 AM

Oh my goodness–How darn cute are these pictures!! You managed to capture the cutest expressions on your adorable grandbabies. Loved the ones in the baskets with the baloons, in the wagon, on the tractor–okay, I loved them all. Simone’s piggy tail cuteness brought a smile to my face. But I laughed out loud (at work) when I saw Jayden’s expression when Danielle, Matt and MJ were making funny faces. I can almost read his thoughts. Terrific job, AGAIN, Mary. Love them.

Mike Mouser - April 30, 2013 - 4:41 PM

Baby, you never cease to amaze me. What a fun outing with our babies!!!

Fairly Candid - April 30, 2013 - 5:03 PM

Just think how cute it could be with all your grandkids!

Shayna - April 30, 2013 - 9:51 PM

Beautiful family and an amazing photographer! Great job as always Mary.

Fairly Candid - May 2, 2013 - 6:22 AM

Thank you Shayna, I appreciate your comment!

Sierra – Part II [2013 Senior]

I first met Sierra, a high school senior, on November 10, 2012 when we shot her first session. Wanting a change, I was asked to photograph her with much longer and much lighter colored hair (with no bangs) before she would get approximately 5″ cut off and go back to her natural darker color. So […]

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Danielle - April 25, 2013 - 10:51 PM

I love her dark hair! My favorite picture is the one of her under the tree reading her book. I had no clue she knew so many languages!

Tracey - April 26, 2013 - 7:32 AM

Sierra is so pretty with dark hair. Love the pictures! Wish she would of had the dark hair in the first go around. Lovely young woman!


The hubs and I got out of town recently to a “hot spot” (divine high 80’s leaving behind low 50’s) where we had only been once in our lives — Las Vegas. Eight years ago, for our 30th wedding anniversary, our two kids — Megan then 23 and Matt 21 — saved money for over […]

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Mike Mouser - April 22, 2013 - 5:56 PM

We shall indeed!!!!!

Megan - April 22, 2013 - 9:26 PM

Such AWESOME pictures…feel like I don’t need to visit Vegas b/c I just did and feel like I need to visit just so I can see it all in person.

Fun to hear all the details about your trip. But…you didn’t get ONE pic of you or your man!?!? What’s up with that!!!???

Kathy G - April 23, 2013 - 5:58 PM

I know just where that chocolate fountain is, because having been in Vegas for the one and only time years ago, I was visually attracted to take pictures of the same kind of stuff. I think some of the best stuff in Vegas is free to look at and that includes the architecture. Next time you go, though, you are going to have to tell me first so I can have you bring me something. And what I’m thinking of you may already have.

Jayden’s ONEderful Birthday!

Happy first birthday Jayden! What canĀ I say about this g-babe of mine … that he can flash a smile that justĀ melts my heart or make an expression that sends me laughing, that as a walker for two months now is happier than ever (if that’s even possible), is fearless around stairs (I seeĀ a tumble in […]

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Proud Mama - April 11, 2013 - 8:48 AM

Where to start…the look on Jaydens face in the first haircut picture is so adorable. Those blue eyes get me every. single. time! All of the cake pictures are my favorite, and the one of him peeking through the railing at the park is definitely frame worthy. Speaking of frame worthy…or should I say FAME worthy is that sassy/serious gem of Mj. I may have a model on my hands šŸ˜‰ Thank you for all of the beautiful pictures!!

Smitten Auntie - April 11, 2013 - 1:34 PM

I’m with the Proud Mama- that first picture killed me. His closed mouth grin is so freaking cute I can hardly handle it. Such a happy-go-lucky little fellow he is- I’m so excited to see his personality develop more!

MJ? Serious handsome, cuteness going on there. You’re going to have girls swooning. Oh my hell he’s adorable.

Love them both!!!

Aubrey - April 21, 2013 - 9:19 AM

What a hoot! I love all the adults getting in on the smash cake. And, what fun it must be to have such cuties stopping by work! Happy Birthday, Jayden!

[…] no doubt heard of a “First Birthday Cake Smash” (as in Jayden’s sugar-free cake hereĀ and Gracie’s Cake Smash here), but Megan came up with the idea for a “Watermelon […]

Happy First Birthday Rhett!

Oh, this was a funĀ ONE … getting to seeĀ ONE of the newborns I shot turning ONE!Ā Take a look back at Rhett’s newborn session and see all that dark hair … that he no longer has. It’s now blonde and so long and cute.Ā Rhett had a slight cold as well as having had his shotsĀ theĀ morning ofĀ our […]

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Megan - April 9, 2013 - 7:42 AM

Talk about BLUE eyes!! Wowza! That last picture is killer- what a sweet, soft expression. I love his long blonde locks- so fun to see him a year later after oogling over his newborn pics!

The Rank Family

Molly grew up in my church and while she and her husband, Pat, live in Vancouver, they make frequent trips back home … this time for Easter. I got the awesome opportunity to photograph Molly, her mom Kathy, and the kidsĀ last April, but Pat wasn’t able to be here, so this time it’s the whole […]

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Linda - April 7, 2013 - 12:35 PM

Such a special, beautiful family! Lovely pictures Mary. Graham reminds me so much of Molly when she was little.

Mary Ness - April 12, 2013 - 5:43 PM

These pictures are beautiful

March Gladness

March is the month of “March Madness” in basketball which Mike loves, but for me, it’s more like “March Gladness” — having four g-babes that take away all my madness. šŸ™‚ First up of some of my favorite photos taken during the month is Jayden who turns ONE on April 8th. How did that happen?! […]

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Megan - April 2, 2013 - 3:42 PM

Of course I loved this post with all my heart- my favorite little people were in front of your lens!!!

I love the title also- what a sweet tribute to the loves in your life. I can’t get enough of those happy faces.

Love how in the last picture Syd is like “Don’t look at me, I don’t know what her problem is…but I didn’t do it!”

Danielle - April 2, 2013 - 11:08 PM

I loved everything about this post except re-living the tree getting cut down! That was one stressful day. I am so glad that I have you documenting our lives, because lets face it…if it weren’t for you, our kids would have nothing to look at when they grow up! THANK YOU!!!

Tracey - April 3, 2013 - 9:01 AM

Love your Pictures Mary! I’m glad I don’t hve to pick my favorite. They have changed so much in the last year. So
much enjoyment! How lucky you and Mike are to have
such a wonderful family. I hope your grown children and their spouses know how lucky they are to have parents that love their children as much as you and Mike do!

Fairly Candid - April 3, 2013 - 9:33 AM

Tracy, you are always so kind, and I agree … these kids have all changed so much, especially the last several months. They have all become new little thinkers, walkers, crawlers, and talkers and they are so fun to watch and interact with. And yes, Mike and I feel the love and appreciation from the biggest kids — ours.