Yearly Archives: 2014

Our Home

We moved in August, got our first snow in November, and are now all cozy and warm inside. As a believer in Jesus, I know that Christmas is when we celebrate His birth. He was born in humble means — not a new house like we are so grateful to have — but a barn like setting with smelly […]

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Megan - December 19, 2014 - 3:12 PM

I love how Simone is looking at MJ and Jayden is looking at Sydney.

Kathy - December 20, 2014 - 7:32 AM

What a wonderful way to share His story,

Tracey - December 22, 2014 - 8:11 AM

Merry Christmas to you and yours! Love your pictures! I know you will get many many wonderful years in that beautiful home.
Love to you and yours.

Aubrey - December 26, 2014 - 9:59 AM

Merry Christmas, Mary! I have spent the morning looking through all the new posts on here. Your home is stunning! I am amazed at how you gather all your family for photos so regularly and how beautiful the results are. This parenting thing just doesn’t compare to the grandparent gig 😉

Laura - January 28, 2015 - 11:25 PM

Hi. I just had a quick second to catch up on your blog. You house is beautiful. I hope you are quite settled.
Your pictures are amazing as always! Good to see all the kids (the big ones too).

Fairly Candid - January 29, 2015 - 6:47 AM

So wonderful hearing from you Laura and I am honored you took the time with your busy life in China. I love keeping up on your family through Megan and wish all the best. Love, Mary

The Men in My Family

In catching up on some family edits of the past few months, I came across a commonality of Grampa, son, and grandsons when concentrating on something of importance. Can you guess what it is? 🙂 Love you Mouser men!! XXO

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Tracey - December 18, 2014 - 7:53 AM

Mary it really makes me wonder how much help the tongue is in those situations. Lots of Laughs. Isn’t it funny how that goes from generation to generation. Guess it like the story of the Mom cutting down the size of her roast. Love the pics. To cute!

Linda - December 18, 2014 - 9:23 AM

Such handsome men–even with their tongues hanging out!

Megan - December 18, 2014 - 3:59 PM

I love it!!!!!

Kathryn Webb - December 20, 2014 - 2:33 PM

Active tongues, those Mouser men!!! How about the girls? Tongues in or out most of the time?

Family Fun

We got together with Mike’s brother and family for a pre-Christmas party and started off with bowling at Big Al’s before heading back to our place for pizza and dessert. The kids in particular had a (bowling) ball as did the girls. 🙂 I just had to share a few snapshots of family fun. Ho […]

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kathy - December 17, 2014 - 6:38 AM

looks like a fun time was had by all! Fun pics

Tracey - December 17, 2014 - 8:03 AM

Oh Mary, looks like so much fun! Your son needs to shave the beard but other than that the pictures are great! LOL! Funny how this time of year brings out the beards. Anyway the children are precious as always. Your daughter is looking like she is ready to pop. Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Love you all. Thank you for sharing the pictures. Nice looking family Mike!

Linda - December 17, 2014 - 9:55 AM

Oh what fun it is to sing a bowling song tonight!!! Looks like a fun family get together. I never thought of going bowling but that is an idea I might steal. Great pics.

Diane & Jim - January 7, 2015 - 6:29 PM

Now that is one good looking family…..

Favorite Photo of the Week

Jayden, now a squeak over 2-½ years, expresses full boy joy at Danik Open Gym. Can you feel it? 🙂

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Danielle - December 9, 2014 - 9:03 PM

I love that you always have your camera on you to capture fun moments like this one! “All boy joy” pretty much sums up this child of mine 🙂

Kathy - December 10, 2014 - 5:32 AM

Ahh, to be able to feel that free and adventurous again! Wonderful pic!

Tracey - December 10, 2014 - 7:53 AM

Looks like a happy time in Jayden’s life. Glad you were able
to capture it. He is so cute.

Bobbi - December 10, 2014 - 9:43 AM

Awesome picture, Mary. Thanks always for sharing 🙂

megan - December 10, 2014 - 9:41 PM

So perfect in so many ways!!!

Kathy G - December 11, 2014 - 3:13 PM

Yes, I can.

Webb/Rank/Bettger Families

I broke my own rule of not photographing after Thanksgiving this year, but how could I not shoot this family whom I’ve known practically all my adult life? I’ve watched Molly and Andy grow up at First Baptist Church and now Molly and Pat have two adorable boys (Graham age 6 and Caleb age 3-½ whom […]

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Molly - December 2, 2014 - 7:06 AM

Mary, thank you so much! I love how you captured all of us, Harlon especially. And I’m so thankful for the pictures of the boys with Harlon – thanks for doing those poses.



Linda J. - December 2, 2014 - 9:49 AM

Such a wonderful family. The photos are a treasure. Glad you broke your rule!

Mary Price Ness - December 2, 2014 - 10:50 AM

The pictures of the webbrankbettger family are gorgeous.. I love the way you captured everyone.. You do such amazing photography.
Mary Price Ness (Lauren’s Aunt)

Fairly Candid - December 2, 2014 - 11:17 AM

Rules are definitely meant to be broken in times like this and I’m so glad I did. Great families all and each so fun.

LoraLee Carter - December 2, 2014 - 10:31 PM

Oh Mary, you made my day. What a joy to open your site and see the precious, beloved Nelson/Webb family we have loved for so many years. We haven’t seen the kids and their kids for such a long time. What a beautiful family!!!! Beautiful pictures as always Mary. God Bless You for the joy you bring to so many people with your wonderful work.
Love, LoraLee and Lee

Deanna - December 3, 2014 - 9:07 AM

Mary, your work is beautiful as always! Where is the “Believe” monument located?

Fairly Candid - December 3, 2014 - 2:45 PM

Thanks Deanna, that was taken at the Ann Frank Memorial close to where we shot all the images.

Debby Peterson - December 3, 2014 - 4:46 PM

thank you so much for having these wonderful captures open for all of us to enjoy!

A Mouser Family Christmas Card

Two weeks ago I was photographing in 50 degree weather and one week later 9″ of powdery white snow! This session is of my son’s family and they are brave and tough through and through. The day before the session, I called Danielle and asked if she wanted to postpone her photo session a week because it was only supposed […]

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Cassi - November 22, 2014 - 7:19 PM

Beautiful pictures of a BEAUTIFUL family!

Danielle - November 22, 2014 - 8:13 PM

3 things…
1) I am amazed that you actually got decent expressions out of my out of control 2 1/2 year old.
2) They turned out even better than I could have ever imagined…especially with how cold it was!
3) Good news…Matt hasn’t been questioned by the police yet! 😉
Thank you Thank you Thank you!! We are blessed to have such an amazing photographer in the family 🙂

LoraLee Carter - November 23, 2014 - 7:54 AM

What a DARLING family!! Such great pictures of everyone! The boys have grown so much since we have seen them. Cuter than ever! Then of course, Mom and Dad are no slouches!!! Absolutely beautiful couple, they look like models!
Your work is fantastic, Mary.
Sounds like Matt almost got hauled in for questioning!!! Boy he fit the description all the way around didn’t he? Sure are some crazy people out there!!
Can’t wait to see which Christmas card we get from the kids!

Katie - November 23, 2014 - 8:21 AM

Seems like the snow was the perfect prop! Another great shoot, Mary! I’m anxious to see which ones they choose for their card, as they are ALL so great!

Becky Hamilton - November 23, 2014 - 8:53 AM

Wonderful pictures of a beautiful family!

Linda J. - December 1, 2014 - 3:41 PM

They really are wonderful pictures, even the one you say is blurry–what a beautiful family.

The Mouser’s » - November 27, 2016 - 4:19 PM

[…] Matt, Danielle, MJ (now 7), and Jayden (4½) who braved the snow and cold the second year in a row (see last year’s) to capture some winter wonderland Christmas card pictures. Bowie is their lab who got to come for […]

The Swails Family Boys

Oh boy. Oh boy. Oh boy. These three had me running! Amanda saw our session as a way to get some new updated images of Gus 5-½, and twins Peter (in orange) and Henry (obviously in green)  — who are 3 years old today so Happy Birthday boys! — but they saw it as a […]

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Megan - November 22, 2014 - 2:34 PM

Seeing this post makes me even more giddy that there’s a boy in my belly!!! The hair on those little men was amazing!!!

The Swails Family » - September 30, 2015 - 8:44 PM

[…] 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. Amanda and Nick, thank you for a wonderfully fun session […]

The Severns and Wielenga Families

Ok, I’m going to be honest here and say I am really jealous about this post. Barb Severns and her daughter Lori Wielenga were some of my very first clients when I went public with Fairly Candid four years ago. They have had me shoot their family six different times in those four years!!! My […]

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Kathy G - November 21, 2014 - 1:28 PM

Oh. My. Gosh. That combination of photogenic subjects and photographic skill is just killer! It makes me happy to look at them!

Lori - December 28, 2014 - 3:45 PM

Mary, you are the very best, and we LOVE them! xoxo

The Ellis Family

They’re back and cuter than ever! Jason, Christine, Quincy, Cooper, and Carter were on my blog the end of July and now they’re back to create their Christmas cards. The boys have changed so much even since July. And “Carter Bear” just turned ONE! What?! How does that happen? Since their last post Jason and his business partner […]

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Megan - November 19, 2014 - 7:31 AM

A gorgeous family inside and out. I’ve got those cute Ellis men pegged for my daughters. Every pic is adorable, but I love the one of the three boys and the one where they are posed with her suggestion. Well done!

Christine - November 19, 2014 - 2:47 PM

Mary- They look great! The colors are just beautiful! I love the individual ones of the boys. You are right, I’m going to have a hard time picking which ones to use for our cards. Thank you for making our family sparkle!!

Fairly Candid - November 19, 2014 - 3:56 PM

You don’t need any help sparkling. Love you guys!

LoraLee Carter - November 20, 2014 - 11:52 AM

Oh my gosh, what a beautiful family!!!! Didn’t Jason play basketball for BSU? Those boys are the cutest guys ever!!!
And Mom and Dad are such a gorgeous couple!!! Your pictures
are outstanding as always Mary!
Love to everyone,

The Busacker Family

I was so happy to get to photograph the Busacker’s again. They are such a nice family with such fun and polite kiddos — all of which like to have their picture taken so it makes my job so easy! Even Carston was on board this year. He is 9 and in 3rd grade and […]

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Siri - November 17, 2014 - 4:30 PM

Thank you Mary!!! Everyone always ends up loving it and I’m soooo glad I had you take the kids pictures instead of buying school ones. So much better!

The Busacker Family » - November 24, 2015 - 10:02 PM

[…] Lydia, 14 and in 9th grade, and Sydney, a sixth grader at 11 have grown more beautiful than last year if that’s possible. Carston is a handsome 4th grader and is 10 and little Rimini, now 4 […]