Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Swails Family

Gus, Henry and Peter are back in their signature plaid shirts and untamed manes — seriously, can they get any cuter?! This family is so fun and Nick and Amanda are always on board for anything. Just try and tell me you wouldn’t want to be an almost 4 year old or 6-½ year old […]

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Sara Swails - October 1, 2015 - 2:54 PM

Well Mary, you’ve done it again! Super fantastic photos of my daughter & her family. . I look forward to seeing these every year! Thank you so much for your creativity!
Sara Swails (Amanda’s mom)

Vince - October 1, 2015 - 4:03 PM

Mary, I’m always amazed at how spontaneous you can make a picture look. This appears to be one happy family. (Amanda looks a little like Britney Spears around the eyes and mouth.)

Rose Sheehy - October 1, 2015 - 7:07 PM

Amanda sure looks like you Sara! I can see the Beckord genes! Loved the pictures.

Fairly Candid - October 2, 2015 - 8:39 AM

Thank you Sara. And Vince, I don’t think there are any appearances of a happy family … I’d say they are one! Thanks Rose and Grandpa Mike for leaving a nice comment for Amanda (and me).

Grandpa Mike - October 2, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Great pictures. Such handsome boys!

Breta Bishop - October 2, 2015 - 8:42 PM

Amanda, Great pics. Completely you, no stuffy outfits indoors in front of a white screen or next to a fake tree. Boys are getting big. I would tell you my favorites, but there are too many!! Hope all is well.

Fairly Candid - October 3, 2015 - 10:47 AM

Thanks for the sweet comment Breta. Mary

The Johnston’s Et Al

We know almost everything about each other, Linda and I, and that’s a good thing. 😉 We love each other’s kids, we share grand-kid stories, we Bible Study together, camp together, Cannon Beach together, play games together, yurt together, and share meals together. When it comes to good friends, I am blessed to have several and she is […]

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Megan - September 29, 2015 - 7:05 AM

First off, I’m so impressed with how well everyone is coordinated! It’s hard enough for me to figure that out for my small family, and you guys rocked it! Fun for me to see all the familiar faces I hear about but haven’t seen in years. And Leah, your hair, eyes and gigantic smile all make you one stunning woman.

Congrats on a successful shoot, mom. And congrats on finding irreplaceable, lifelong friends.

Jenness Johnston - September 29, 2015 - 7:07 AM

Mary I love the pictures! I spewed them to Lily and Cooper and Paige this morning and we are all in agreement, we LOVE them! ♡

Vince - September 29, 2015 - 7:12 AM

Mary, these are gorgeous! Everyone looks radiant, especially Leah’s megawatt smile. I wish I were able to copy some of these for my desktop slideshow, especially Linda and Guy. I guess I’ll just have to revisit every day!

D'Angelo Waltermire - September 29, 2015 - 7:41 AM

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful family.

Kathie Bassick - September 29, 2015 - 7:51 AM

Amazing! Great job and you are so talented and patient with everyone. Love all the pictures.

Fairly Candid - September 29, 2015 - 8:38 AM

Aw Megan, you said it with the last line. Love, Mom

Fairly Candid - September 29, 2015 - 8:39 AM

Well if Lily, Cooper, AND Paige are all in agreement, then I would call it a successful session. Thanks Jenness!

Fairly Candid - September 29, 2015 - 8:39 AM

Vince, so you want pictures of Linda and Guy for your desktop? Oh, I’ve got some pictures I could share all right … and they would be even better than this session if you get my drift.

Fairly Candid - September 29, 2015 - 8:40 AM

D’on, how nice to have you here!

Fairly Candid - September 29, 2015 - 8:40 AM

That was so nice Kathie — talented and patient? I’m not sure I would ever use those two words for myself!

Linda - September 29, 2015 - 9:37 AM

Wow, Mary–just, wow. Not sure how you managed to take all the Johnston squinters, wigglers and half-blinkers and turn it into beautiful pictures in the bright, harsh sunlight. The things you do with a camera are amazing. I love them! Of course they are 16 of MY favorite subjects in those photos–but I am not prejudiced. The one of the cousins (all my beautiful grandchildren) holding hands in black and white is going on my wall. That one is one of my favorites too. Thanks for tackling our big, noisy family on such short notice and in a place that doesn’t provide the best lighting. (Oh, and I don’t recall all of the photos you might have of me, but I’m pretty sure most of them have me making some kind of crazy face, blinking or doing something kooky for a game–maybe we shouldn’t share those (with Vince).) And, by the way, Kathie is right, you are talented and patient with everyone.

Fairly Candid - September 29, 2015 - 9:55 AM

So glad you like them Linda. You may think I am good with a camera, but the Liquid Distort tool in PS has become my new best friend. It let’s me open up squinting eyes that may have been present that day!

Kathy Webb - September 29, 2015 - 12:15 PM

Lovely camera work on a sweet, sweet family. A special time.

Linda - September 29, 2015 - 12:31 PM

Well, whatever you do, I’m impressed. I didn’t know if you’d even get one good one of me–thanks for fixing my eyes. You might have fixed my hair and shaved a few pounds off my middle and chin too! Good job. It is a surprise to see a photo of me in it that I like.

Fairly Candid - September 29, 2015 - 12:41 PM

Hi Kathy, thanks for another nice comment about a nice family … just like yours!

Diane - September 29, 2015 - 3:36 PM

Wow the family pictures are amazing. Love that Johnston clan. Great job Mary!!!?

Fairly Candid - September 29, 2015 - 4:20 PM

Hey Diane, thank you, and I love those little hearts at the end of your comment. How do you do that?!

Kathy G - September 29, 2015 - 9:43 PM

I always try to see which picture in the group that I like the best, but in this case it was too hard. Well, maybe the one of Leah and Justin 😉

Fairly Candid - September 30, 2015 - 2:14 PM

That’s a fun way to look at pictures Kathy. I always like to hear which ones are the favorites.

Oh Summer, How I Hate to See You Go!

Today is the first day of Fall. Boo hoo. But I did have fun playing this summer. I enjoyed our new house that is now officially one year old (and I still LOVE it!), swam at the community pool a lot with Mike and g-babes and neighbors, went camping only three times but fun times, went to […]

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Meg - September 23, 2015 - 9:20 AM

Reading your blog is like reading a good book that you just don’t want to end. My favorites are always the write ups on the g-babes because it’s fun to read your take on each of them. Loved all the pictures I haven’t seen, even the pouty faces!

Love you!

Fairly Candid - September 23, 2015 - 9:29 AM

Well they are fun to do and write but I sure have trouble these days keeping up! For every picture here there are 10 more! Love you, Mom

Linda - September 23, 2015 - 10:32 AM

Oh, my the cuteness never ends! I bet your kids and grandchildren feel lucky to have such wonderful photos to commemorate your times together. I sure hope mine have good memories burned into their brains, because I don’t have the photographic proof of them all! Good Gramma!

Fairly Candid - September 23, 2015 - 11:01 AM

You have awesome cute grandkids too. We are pretty dang blessed, aren’t we Linda! Oh, and guess what? I have a few pictures to send you that I took of your grandkids at Edna Creek.

Rob - September 23, 2015 - 4:53 PM

Mary, thank you for doing such a phenomenal job capturing all these moments! I love how we have a giant treasure chest of photos because of what you’ve done. You rock!

Simone - September 23, 2015 - 5:19 PM

I like the photos! Grandma, Sydney’s not feeling good.

Sydney - September 23, 2015 - 5:20 PM

I like the photos! I am sick grandma. Mom is getting me mints.

Fairly Candid - September 23, 2015 - 9:03 PM

Robby, Simone and Sydney, how sweet were those comments! I’m so sorry you are sick again Sydney! Gramma will pray for you to get better quick!

Vince - September 24, 2015 - 12:08 AM

What a lovely way to wrap up summer, both in prose and pictures, and how blessed you and Mike are to have such a wonderful — and photogenic — family. By the way . . . love the trunks, Mikey.

Kathy - September 24, 2015 - 8:14 AM

Perfect ending to what sounds like a great Summer for you! Loved the pics and the stories behind them. Love to read the insight behind each grand babe.

Fairly Candid - September 24, 2015 - 9:18 AM

Photos R US!

Fairly Candid - September 24, 2015 - 9:19 AM

Thank you Kathy, and hopefully your summer next year will be a much more fun one than this year after Bob’s surgery. You’ll be running to keep up with him. 🙂

mary - September 24, 2015 - 5:56 PM

As all ways a fantastic job. These memories will never be forgot.

Woo! Hoo! Baby on Board!

The news is out! The Wielenga’s are having another baby! Baby Boy or Girl is due March 2016 so congratulations to parents, Craig and Lori, and soon-to-be Big Sis Ella! This has been a long time coming for this family and I couldn’t be more excited for them. They have prayed a long time for […]

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Vince - September 20, 2015 - 10:46 AM

I know how much you love taking baby pictures, but aren’t you supposed to wait at least nine months first? (The chalkboard is a cute idea. Very nice pics.)

Fairly Candid - September 21, 2015 - 3:37 PM

Vince, seriously, how do you come up with this stuff? Lori came up with the entire concept – I just picked the location. We make a good team. 🙂

The Condel Family

What I love most about photographing people is getting to see them again and again. As for Harper, she was 9 months old when I photographed her in my house (one of those pics is on my website slide show) and now here she is at 16 months with a completely different adorable look and […]

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The Condel Family » - November 10, 2016 - 10:30 PM

[…] now 2-½, is so cute with her blonde hair and big blue eyes, and has changed so much since her last year’s photos. They said she woke up wanting mommy so she did lots of snuggling to stay warm and still gave us […]

The Dress Family

This is June and Mike Dress … some nice people that I was introduced to because of my daughter-in-law who cuts June’s hair (cute isn’t it?) And this is their family! Daughter Nicole and hubby Cody Karly who is 9 who had a fun spark about her always Sister Krystal (aka Toodles) is a sweet 6 […]

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Danielle - September 14, 2015 - 8:14 AM

These turned out so great, and I’m so excited for June to be able to hang all of these on her wall! Also…how special are you guys to have Selena Gomez join the photo shoot! 😉

Vince - September 14, 2015 - 8:30 AM

What a good-looking family. I especially like the two shots of the kids splashing in the water — good idea!

Fairly Candid - September 14, 2015 - 10:18 AM

Thank you Danielle and Vince – water and kids always make a fun combination, right?

Gloria Wickham - September 17, 2015 - 11:53 AM

What a great looking family! June…It’s good to see your family all looking and doing so well! Mary does wonderful work as I’m sure you’ve discovered. Mary and I are good friends from way back to Junior High School days. It is nice to see good friends crossing paths with other good friends. You will find us and our family as regulars on the Fairly Candid website. We love Mary! Congrats on such a beautiful family! Mary…loved the photos! You captured them all beautifully. The water shots were so fun!

Fairly Candid - September 18, 2015 - 8:17 AM

So are you saying you know June too Gloria? Small world if so. Thank you for the nice words and I’m sure June appreciates them as well.

Chubby Cheek Cole – 3 Months

What a sweet new baby we have in this family but boy oh boy has he grown quick! He is most definitely going to be tall like his sisters and his dad! At 3 months Cole was already over 17 pounds and a Michelin Man in training with all those tire rolls. Charmin squishiness. 🙂 […]

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Megan - September 7, 2015 - 9:10 PM

Oh my. He’s mine! How fun to love this post and love the little man in it! I love that squishy little boy! Thanks for getting the sweetest three month pictures!

Vince - September 8, 2015 - 8:03 PM

Cole dresses better at three months than I do at 62. Adorable, though!

Kathy G - September 8, 2015 - 10:17 PM

I think he looks like his sister in the picture with the cap where he’s on a blue and white blanket.

Fairly Candid - September 9, 2015 - 8:14 AM

He wasn’t dressed in most of those pictures so what are you saying about yourself Vince? Ha!

Fairly Candid - September 9, 2015 - 8:15 AM

He does look more like Simone than Sydney for sure, but he does have Sydney’s blue eyes. Lucky kid.

Gloria - September 11, 2015 - 2:08 PM

What a sweet handsome little boy! I can’t believe how much he has grown. He looks a lot like his sisters and such a happy go lucky little guy. Love the blue eyes!!

Grayson [Newborn]

Meet Grayson, a little itty-bitty of a sweet baby, born August 6 and photographed at 16 days old. He was born in the late afternoon and weighed 5.11 and was 20″ long. He decided to come about 3 weeks early, spent a few days in the hospital, but is a perfectly healthy little man. I […]

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Fran - September 1, 2015 - 9:15 PM

Mary…LOVE! LOVE! LOVE them! Thank you so much for capturing our little Grayson. Your patience for every pose is incredible and you do such an amazing job.


Fairly Candid - September 1, 2015 - 9:32 PM

Fran thank you, how nice. It’s wonderful knowing Grayson will be so loved, just like every baby deserves. You have such a wonderful experience ahead of you with him. It was great having you come along with the new parents. They were so pleasant to be around. Mary

Vince - September 2, 2015 - 10:51 AM

These photos are stunning, Mary. But gee, wasn’t there any caffeine around?

Gloria - September 2, 2015 - 12:11 PM

Grayson is Adorable! I love the little hats on him! Daddy and son pic is one of my favorites. Jessica…you are so pretty and such a proud mommy with good reason! It’s evident that grandma loves being a grandma! It’s a great pic of you both. Congrats to a very proud family! Great job Mary! You do such wonderful work!

Fairly Candid - September 2, 2015 - 2:28 PM

Only the parents, grandparents and I know what a struggle it can be sometimes to get a shot, but even when I look back I only see the beautiful little baby in front of me, not anything we did on that day or how long it might have taken, or how hard it was to get the baby to see things my way. I agree with Gloria above with all her nice compliments to the family. Congrats! And Vince, you are so you. 🙂 Mary

Aubrey - September 5, 2015 - 9:10 AM

Oh Mary! You have mastered the newborn photo shoot. These are precious.

Fairly Candid - September 7, 2015 - 4:39 PM

Thank you Aubrey, and nice to hear from you, but I will NEVER master it.

Marilyn - September 14, 2015 - 2:47 PM

So darned cute – love it, love it, love it. Thanks for sharing with the family. Auntie M

Fairly Candid - September 14, 2015 - 8:14 PM

Auntie M, thanks for commenting and my guess is Grayson already looks much different than his newborn pics. Am I right? Mary