Monthly Archives: September 2013

A Friend and Family Affair

It’s no secret that I have been blessed with many wonderful long-time friends so far in my life, Mary being one of them. We met in high school and have remained good friends ever since. She is the owner of Salon and Co. (hair and nails) in Star and has been my hairdresser for the […]

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stacy wall - September 29, 2013 - 3:49 PM

Mary,
I think you did a stellar job! I think they are the best pictures ever taken of my mom. My baby, Madeline, looks like a model. My fav is the close up of my mom and Luke. You definitely have a talent. Thanks for making picture taking bearable and dare I say, “fun”! You will be hearing from us next year at this time for Madeline’s senior pictures.

Fairly Candid - September 29, 2013 - 4:16 PM

Thank you for that awesome comment Stacy. Your girls are both so gorgeous and comfortable in their skin — if I could only have been that way at their age. Great job of parenting Stacy. I can’t tell you how much I loved your hair too. So flattering. And as for Madeline, I can’t wait to photograph her. I love one-on-ones with seniors so much. Thanks again, Mary

Tracey - September 30, 2013 - 8:03 AM

What a beautiful family your friend has. The young girls are beautiful the young man will be one the girls love to chase and
will want to catch. Your friend Mary is very beautiful. Very nice pictures Mary!

Addi – She’s One and on the Go!

Who doesn’t love a ONEderful one-year old?! Little Addi kept me moving, that’s for sure. Since she’s already been walking for a few months, every stool, basket, and blanket wasn’t good enough for her … she wanted to be up and moving … and climbing and unclimbing, and then moving again.  🙂 I think you’ll […]

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Tracey - September 26, 2013 - 7:58 AM

WOW! I just want to say WOW! You have such a fun part time job with taking pictures. Those eyes are something else. You can tell she is definitely not a sitter but a mover. Love the tongue picture! Great job! I think my favorite is where Addi is standing by the green fence and the last picture is pretty cute!
They are all great Mary!

Fairly Candid - September 26, 2013 - 9:28 AM

Tracy, thank you! I always love hearing people’s favorites. I think my two favorites were the fourth one down with her arms out, and on the pink chair that she wouldn’t let anyone help her get on. Thus, the clapping.

Kari Overall - September 26, 2013 - 10:45 AM

Thank you so much! I love them! You were so great to work with!

Fairly Candid - September 26, 2013 - 11:45 AM

Thank you Kari, and you as well. 🙂

Lori - September 26, 2013 - 8:47 PM

Mary, you did a FANTASTIC job capturing Addi’s sweetness. We just LOVE her to pieces, and I can’t explain how well you did showing what a sweet, beautiful girl she is! Great work!

[…] is quick and fast on her feet! I first photographed Addi when she was one and if you look back here, you will see she was quick then too! She had me on my toes and trying every trick I had. She was […]

The Swails [Mini-Session]

Let the fall photo season begin! Woo hoo, I’m excited. First off is a mini-session of a “FFF” — Fun Family of Five. I first met mom, Amanda, last year when I got the honor of photographing her twin boys, Peter (in the more colorful plaid) and Henry, in my house when they were turning […]

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Maripat M, Huntsville, AL - October 8, 2013 - 10:23 AM

The pictures perfectly capture your beautiful, happy family! Even though it’s expected, it always amazing me how quickly children grow up. Thank you for sharing. Gorgeous photography. Love you! Dave & Maripat

The Swails Family » FairlyCandid.com - September 30, 2015 - 8:41 PM

[…] a few pictures of the room before I cleaned it up but nope. You can see their one year pics here, their almost two year pics, and almost three year pics should you want to see more cuteness. Thank you for a wonderfully fun […]

This Home’s For Sale!

So how many blog posts do you ever see to sell a house? None for me, so I figured, why not since I took the pictures for the MLS listing anyway (does that mean I get to put commercial photographer on my resume now? Ha!). But even if you aren’t looking to buy, I thought […]

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Megan - September 19, 2013 - 10:48 PM

I love your bedspread and your backyard looks awesome!!!

Gloria - September 20, 2013 - 11:38 AM

What a beautiful home! In this case, the pictures do it justice very well! It’s easy to walk into your home and feel all the warmth. You guys take such care in making it a home anyone would be proud to own. Be prepared as you will have people fall in love with it and you will have to turn it over to another caring family. We wish you guys the best!!

Fairly Candid - September 20, 2013 - 11:48 AM

Thanks Gloria, you’re so good at encouragement!

LoraLee Carter - September 20, 2013 - 1:42 PM

“You’re crazy to sell that house!” Lee just said to tell you! It is absolutely beautiful! Now you can add Interior Decorator to your long list of talents. Are you thinking of a condo or town house? We wish you the best whatever you decide Honey, you two have done a beautiful job of everything you do, so more power to you!!!!- With much love.

Being Grateful » FairlyCandid.com - November 28, 2013 - 1:08 AM

[…] And probably the most exciting thing I am grateful for this past week … an offer on our home of 20 years! An older-than-us couple looked at the house on a Tuesday afternoon and we had a cash offer that […]

“Defining Summer” [July and August]

Ahh Summertime, you were so good to me. You provided some great moments — time for family, friends, camping, swimming pools, rivers, parades, playgrounds, hot weather, summer rain … and a messy house, weedy flower beds, and dirty cars! One thing about chores … they always seem to wait for you! G-Babes, they grow up […]

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Megan - September 17, 2013 - 2:02 PM

Love love love LOVE!! I’m going to have to redo this post 6 times just because I LOVE IT! My favorite was your fun descriptions of each kid, and all the words you chose to go with different pictures. So much fun and well put together. I’m not even going to think of a favorite- they were all so fun to look at and ‘relive’ the summer! Thanks so much for taking all of these!!!

Tracey - September 18, 2013 - 8:42 AM

Oh these pictures are GREAT! They really make you want to know the story behind them. The children are growing up so fast. I’m glad to see you all are enjoying every minute. Love to your family and God Bless you all!

Fairly Candid - September 18, 2013 - 8:54 AM

Thank you Tracy, and don’t worry, I can share a few stories at work and I agree, they are growing so fast. I look at pictures of just months ago, and say “what the heck! Stop growing!”

Gloria - September 18, 2013 - 9:10 AM

Spectacular
Creative
Hilarious
Loved the pictures, the adventures, and the special captures! Great job Mary!

Linda - September 18, 2013 - 9:30 AM

Oh my goodness!! Such sweet and funny pictures. I have to say it is a really good thing that Megan has such perfectly groomed eyebrows or that funny photo would revealed every out of place hair. . .unless, you were a good Mommy/photographer and removed them for her. Love them Mary, as usual.

Fairly Candid - September 18, 2013 - 9:34 AM

Aw, thank you Gloria!

Fairly Candid - September 18, 2013 - 9:36 AM

Oh that’s too funny Linda. Nope, they’re hers (although I did darken them for “dramatic effect” … you know how I love PS!)

Aubrey - September 18, 2013 - 12:41 PM

So much happiness in all these captures. Especially enjoyed seeing so many of you and the hubs 😀 What a fun season this summer was for you and yours!

Bobbi - September 18, 2013 - 12:46 PM

Awesome, Mary. Thanks so much for sharing and reminding me of the joys and great memories of summer. This posting can’t help but bring a smile 🙂

Fairly Candid - September 18, 2013 - 1:02 PM

Oh, thank you Bobbi, that comment touches me. You smile, I smile. 🙂

LoraLee Carter - September 18, 2013 - 2:31 PM

Mary, you are just unbelievable!!! Not only are you a wonderful photographer, but your talent for writing is as good or better!
What a great idea to combine favorite pictures over time and have a condensed collage with such entertaining commentaries!!!
I am “blown away” by your talents and so proud of you!!
What a treasure you are creating for your family. We love you sweet girl. Keep the pictures comin’, we LOVE seeing them!

Fairly Candid - September 18, 2013 - 9:51 PM

If I knew how to find my high school English teacher, I would sent him your note. I think I got a C-. Boy I’ll bet he’d be sorry now!

vickie - September 20, 2013 - 10:08 AM

Well Done! Mike and Mary you have done a wonderful job of raising your own kids and now they are in turn doing a wonderful job of raising theirs. What a beautiful family. Mary you did a great job of capturing love in a picture. Bless you all.

Diane D - September 23, 2013 - 7:03 PM

I loved looking at all your shots …. Mary you have that eye to see all the fun pictures.

Subscriber’s Special!

As a thank you, those of you who subscribe to my blog get this first opportunity for upcoming “Mini-Sessions.”  (But non-subscribers, keep reading!)  Fall photos make great Christmas gifts and Christmas cards, and Mini-Sessions save you both time and money! Starting September 21, I will be offering three Mini-Sessions* (approximately 30 minutes) for families of […]

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