Category Archives: Itty Bitties


6 Days of Perfection: They call her Piper Jane

Be prepared to say “ahhh” … it’s inevitable with this little 8.2 lb. six-day old! My sister-in-law gifted this portrait session to her daughter-in-law’s sister and husband. They recently celebrated their one year anniversary and now celebrate the birth of their first baby so double congratulations Molly and Jordan! It was such a joy watching […]

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Cindy - November 29, 2011 - 10:59 PM

These are just priceless, Mary! I love each and every one of them, especially the one of Piper with that adorable little smile and the one where her parents are looking down adoringly at her. And the one on the scale is so sweet! Love the pink cap with the rosebud ties…… really inspire me! I know several expectant moms; hope I can do some newborn pics of their little cherubs when they arrive (and, like you, wish I had an in-home studio!). - November 29, 2011 - 11:08 PM

Thank you Cindy! Its always great to get an encouraging word from a fellow photographer! It’s always harder than I think it should be. Babies can be intimidating!

Molly - November 30, 2011 - 11:02 AM

Oh my goodness – you did such a great job! Thank you so much, Mary! They are so beautiful – each made me smile more than the last 🙂

vickie - November 30, 2011 - 5:26 PM

o my goodness Mary the pics are adorable. Molly & Jordan probably love them now but will love them even more as their little one grows so quickly. You did a wonderful job as usual. Do not even think about not sharing your talent. You’re the best. 🙂 Vickie

DA - November 30, 2011 - 8:33 PM

Oh, Mary, these are so very precious! You have captured Miss Piper beautifully and I love the pics of Molly, Jordan and Piper, too! Thank you so very much for capturing this special time in Piper’s life. These pictures will be treasured for years to come. I hope you will be available to take pics of each of my grandbabies! 🙂 Thank you so very much! DA - November 30, 2011 - 8:55 PM

Thanks to both of you (DA and Vickie) for your sweet comments. She was the easiest so far in that she slept the best over the other babies as we moved her around. I think that she was only 6 days old was the key rather than waiting until they are two weeks. She was a doll and really gave me the bug to have two more of my own! I’ll really improve then and will be ready for Katie’s and Jacob’s baby! (Big smile inserted here.)

Megan - November 30, 2011 - 11:03 PM

OH MY HELL. And to think you were worried they wouldn’t come out. I love you, but you gotta stop that you know. Time and time again you produce amazing pics. I loved the two that were your favorite also and if they were my kid- they’d be up in a 30×40. I better start saving…I have plans on buying one after you take our pics. Awesome job, again. Keep up the great work and STOP DOUBTING!!!

Aubrey - December 1, 2011 - 3:53 PM

Love that red headed Mama, she is a STUNNER! No wonder that baby girl is so perfect!

Maci Ray Ann [Newborn]

Meet Maci and her mom Amy. Maci was two weeks old when we shot these, and to be quite honest I offered to take them for free to give me more experience with newborns. I have been studying some different poses and needed to try them out and on most photo shoots, I usually feel […]

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Cindy - October 30, 2011 - 3:18 PM

These are so beautiful, Mary! You could feel the love just looking at them. What a sweet little angel. Love that hat!

Linda Johnston - October 30, 2011 - 6:48 PM

Oh my goodness, such a beautiful sweet baby!! Congratulations to Amy, Suzie and Ryan. Such precious pictures Mary, what a treasure.

Aubrey - October 30, 2011 - 6:51 PM

Congrats to Amy, nothing like a baby to flip our world upside down in the most wonderful way! Newborn pics are the ones I wish I could do over, so good on ya, Mary, for seizing the moment.

Susie Tilton - November 1, 2011 - 7:08 PM

A beautiful experience! Much more personal than “studio” pics! Thank you Mary for this gift, I enjoyed the visiting with you and it made me realize how I miss my FBC family! Watching my daughter adore her precious new daughter through the morning was priceless. This was far more than a photo session. . . it was so amazing to take time out of the morning to celebrate and focus completely on God’s gift to Amy. . . sweet little Maci! Thank You! - November 1, 2011 - 7:29 PM

That’s sweet Susie. What a good grandma you are going to be and so dedicated to helping raise a new generation! Seeing you has reminded me of how much we miss seeing you at FBC too. I came back after two years … maybe you should too! 😉 I think your love bucket is going to run over with this little one. Enjoy!

Baby Kennedy [Newborn]

Be still my beating-for-baby Gramma heart. Kennedy was 18-days old when she came to be photographed and she was so sweet. Seriously, how am I supposed to wait until April for my next two grandbabies when I see sweetness like this! Thank you to my sister-in-law, Vickie, for gifting this photo session to Abbey and her […]

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Lacey - October 10, 2011 - 10:42 AM

Oh so sweet! I went to high school with Tyson and had been wondering if they had there baby yet! Thanks for posting Mary! She’s beautiful!!! - October 10, 2011 - 10:45 AM

I love how small this world is and how everyone knows everyone. Yes, she is definitely a beautiful baby! Thanks for commenting Lacey!

Megan - October 10, 2011 - 12:32 PM

Oh my sweet, sweet, sweetness…she is ADORABLE! You’re on to something with this baby-picture-taking you’ve been doing…they’re turning out incredible. I’m insanely jealous of the bows.

Robin Biddinger - October 10, 2011 - 6:22 PM

These pictures are beautiful! They show my grand-daughter in all her splender. I can now see Abbey’s smiling eyes in Kennedy. Thank you for the pictures and thank you Tyson and Abbey for giving me such a unique gift! - October 10, 2011 - 7:33 PM

Robin, how sweet of you to comment and join my blog. I am thrilled! Your granddaughter is quite the beauty and I’m sure you’ll agree there is nothing quite as special as being a grandparent. Enjoy.

Abbey - October 10, 2011 - 7:41 PM

Mary, these pictures are such a precious gift. Thank you for such beautiful work! I was blessed by our morning together and will treasure these pictures for years to come. I’ll definitely be recommending you to friends and family.

-Abbey - October 10, 2011 - 7:44 PM

Oh, thank you Abbey. Seriously, everyone is telling me what a beautiful baby you have and hopefully you won’t mind me stealing your snappy bow idea. 🙂

Sharon Larracoechea - October 11, 2011 - 11:33 AM

I am so proud of beautiful Kennedy and her parents. I love them with all my heart and am looking so forward to being in their lives. These are beautiful photos-excellent work and noteworthy!
Aunt Sharon (Grandma Robin’s Sissy) - October 11, 2011 - 1:58 PM

Hi Sharon, nice to meet you … by e-mail that is. 🙂 Thanks for your comment — really sweet of you to respond and it sounds like Abbey and Tyson have a pretty wonderful support group surrounding them! And as you know, it takes a village to raise a child.

Rick - November 17, 2013 - 8:10 AM

I would love to contact Robin Biddinger I thought I had found her but there two robin.s the same age, I got the wrong one, If you can have her contact me or send me the information to contact her ,it would be greatly apprichciated

Rick - December 11, 2013 - 10:52 AM

Still looking for Robin Biddinger please have her contact me

Rick - August 3, 2017 - 2:40 PM

The Beautiful wonderful woman holding this baby is so special I only wish I had had enough sense to be the man she needed when I had the chance.A few years later I grew up and tr I ed to convince you give me another chance, you said no brakeine my heart.I know I desered it, but I was so serious I had realized what I had and lost.I have never gotten over it.How I could gave been so stupid not to hive you all the love you needed but I was young and so immature.
God I realized how much I loved you but it was to late you had moved on.Problet a hundred women later and know woman has touched my heart like you did.I’m old now and still love you.I’m sorry I grew up late.but know one man loved you a life time.God Bless you Robin… you are the one…you touched my soul…You are special.. Your Mom, Dad, And Sister loved me as I did them you all touched me in such a special way. God how I would love one more chance…I LOVE YOU

Baby Marlies [Newborn]

Tiny. That’s what Marlies was. Tiny. None of my own babies or grandbabies were that small and while many of you have had smaller babies, this little sweetie looked pretty darn little to me. She weighed 6.9 pounds at birth so nothing out of the ordinary, but the mind forgets that babies are really that […]

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Julia James Laible - August 27, 2011 - 11:21 PM

Love the big yawn!!!

Megan - August 28, 2011 - 9:41 AM

Oh my, she’s gorgeous!!! What a sweet little girl…I love the bows! - August 28, 2011 - 12:26 PM

Pretty baby for sure! I made up the bows just as they were arriving by tearing apart a necklace I have, finding some seam binding, lace, and elastic in my old sewing kit, sewing them all together, then pulling out my trusty hot glue gun to attach the flowers. I need to buy some flowers though because I am going to reassemble my necklace cause it was new! 🙂

Kathy Grover - August 28, 2011 - 4:47 PM

I don’t know how to thank you enough for producing the beautiful pictures of Marlies and precious Roman and Jenny. My heart is filled with gladness. - August 28, 2011 - 7:48 PM

You just did thank me enough — your heart glad makes my heart glad.

Kay Lynn - August 29, 2011 - 9:07 PM

Jenny and Roman said you’d taken photos .. I had to see if they were up yet! I love them. The one with the big yawn is my fave. 🙂 - August 29, 2011 - 10:00 PM

Thank you Kay Lynn for writing. You know I had all these stations and stuff planned, but Marlies had her own plan. Babies are like that and that’s the beauty and adventure in it. She’s pretty dang cute!

Lori - August 30, 2011 - 11:56 AM

I love them! Great work Mary!!

Kathy Jones - August 31, 2011 - 9:02 PM

Wow! What beautiful pictures of a beautiful new family! You captured some great moments that I am sure will be treasured for a lifetime.

Kathy Bettger - September 6, 2011 - 2:53 PM

Beautiful people, beautiful baby, beautiful photos. Good work by all.

lsj4157 - September 6, 2011 - 8:38 PM

Beautiful baby, happy family, all captured with Mary’s extraordinary eye for capturing the spirit of the moment and the heart of her subjects, who just happen to be some of my favorite young people. Blessings to Jenny, Roman and Marlies–and the whole Royer/Grover families. Thanks for sharing Mary.

Sheila Webb Clark - September 12, 2011 - 9:30 AM

Just perfect! What a sweet little baby. Great job on the newborn photos! - September 12, 2011 - 9:41 AM

Today is a good day. Smile. Mary

Thank you Sheila! Didn’t get one picture that I had in mind to get, but that’s how babies are and how can you go wrong with ANY baby picture, right? So guess what?! I am going to be a new grandma again — twice. Both my daughter-in-law and daughter are expecting three days apart in April. I’ll get lots of practice then!

[…] tough-as-nails hubs. We were so excited. Let’s face it, after photographing newborn Mae and Marlies, I was pretty darn ready for a baby again. Not only that but I was pretty overjoyed at the […]

[…] who gifted 20 month old Marlies her beautiful dress (you can see Marlies’ newborn images here), we scheduled when Erik was five weeks old – still itty bitty, and such a handsome little […]

Toby [Newborn] » - June 29, 2015 - 12:07 PM

[…] he comes armored to withstand all the love a big sister and brother can give.I got to photograph Marlies 3-1/2 years ago, and little big brother Erik 2-1/4 years ago and now Toby, so three’s a charm. You’ve […]

“Mae” I have one please! [Newborn]

Meet Mae, the daughter of my nephew, Kirk, and his sweet wife, Amy — shown here at just two-weeks old. Having never photographed a newborn before (officially as portraits), I asked if I could have the honor so they packed her up with brother Charlie and came to my house. My daughter came over to […]

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Linda - July 15, 2011 - 9:59 PM

Who knew these were your first newborn professional portraits!! Sooo precious and soooo good. (Though I’m pretty sure that some of your photos of your own grandbabies would qualify.) However, as the proud grandmother of 6, I would lose my title if I didn’t think mine were just as cute!! It is what we grandmothers do.I think I’m going to send your link to James and Cassi to see if we can’t start on #7–Mae, I have one more?

Linda Johnston - July 15, 2011 - 10:01 PM

Just so there is no confusion–the above reply was from Linda Johnston. I know you know that Mary, but readers of your blog might not know the difference between the Lindas! - July 15, 2011 - 10:09 PM

No, I can attest that I never took these types of pictures with my grandbabies — dang it! Yes you Mae have another one … I’ll bet James and Cassie are working on #7 already! (Blush) And I concur, you do have beautiful, cute, funny, and smart grandbabies too! What a great time of life.

Megan - July 18, 2011 - 5:56 AM

Congratulations on successfully completing your first infant photo shoot! While I simply adore them all, I love the b/w with her in the little hat and the one of her head in focus and her body out of focus. You did a marvelous job- Kirk and Amy are so lucky to have these- good luck picking!!!

amy - July 19, 2011 - 3:06 PM

Mary, thank you so much for the amazing pictures! When I sent the one of the two kids to my mom, she cried. You have been so generous to our family and I want you to know how much we appreciate it! Of course, you are welcome any time to come over for a baby hold. 🙂 love them!

[…] with the tough-as-nails hubs. We were so excited. Let’s face it, after photographing newborn Mae and Marlies, I was pretty darn ready for a baby again. Not only that but I was pretty overjoyed at […]

Pre-Easter « Fairly Candid - March 31, 2012 - 12:06 PM

[…] off, I just have to share Baby Mae — Kirk and Amy’s youngest. I got to take her newborn pictures and now she is 9 months and crawling. Ahhhh! She is so cute with her big round eyes and […]

Baby Ellie [Older Newborn]

Laura is a friend from work with whom I share several similarities. One of those similarities is that we each have an older daughter and younger son … very close in ages. Her first grandchild (a boy) is one month older than my first grandchild (a boy). Her second grandchild is a girl and mine […]

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Shayna - May 2, 2011 - 1:52 PM

Beautiful! - May 2, 2011 - 4:46 PM

Thank you Shayna!

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Aubrey Archuleta - May 3, 2011 - 1:23 PM

Love these, she is so sweet & tiny & love the naked shots. You are so great at capturing little moments we would otherwise lose sight of.

Laura Higgs - May 3, 2011 - 4:46 PM

precious!!! I think you did a fantastic job. I love the 2nd picture most. You can see the expression of love on Laura’s face and the light is perfect. - May 3, 2011 - 10:00 PM

Thank you Laura (a different Laura folks)! I loved the ones with Laura too – they were definitely my favorite and if I ever do this again, I will definitely know how to do some shots better or different … I hope. It was hard! - May 3, 2011 - 10:02 PM

I appreciate you and your comments, Aubrey!

Made in the USA « Fairly Candid - July 7, 2011 - 11:32 AM

[…] of seeing little Ellie more often. Speaking of Ellie, she has filled out since I first met her for photographs a few months back, and while I didn’t get a picture of one, that girl has the sweetest smile! […]