Category Archives: Children

Jayden’s ONEderful Birthday!

Happy first birthday Jayden! What can I say about this g-babe of mine … that he can flash a smile that just 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 see 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 😉 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 here and Gracie’s Cake Smash here), but Megan came up with the idea for a “Watermelon […]

Happy First Birthday Rhett!

Oh, this was a fun ONE … getting to see ONE of the newborns I shot turning ONE! 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. Rhett had a slight cold as well as having had his shots the morning of 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!

Bombarded with Cuteness

“You’re about to be bombarded with cuteness!” I think that’s what my daughter said when I told her I was photographing her friend Christine’s kids and their cousins … she was right! Cute, cute, cute, and cute. There was Quincy, age 10, his brother Cooper, 2, and cousins Aiden, 4, and Skip, 2, looking so smart […]

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Megan - March 29, 2013 - 9:54 PM

Oh my handsomness!!! I love the outfits!!! I love the faces!

My favorites: Quincy’s first and last. Those eyes are gorgeous! Coopers squish face with those big sweet lips. My favorite of all four boys was the first unintentional goofy one…that needs to make it into a frame.

I can’t believe how much Aiden is a mini Billy and Skip looks like Grampa Joe to me.

Now, if we could just get a little lady in that picture…. 😉


Lily is the granddaughter of my good friend Gloria, a Jr/Sr high school friend that I reconnected with five years ago. We have a great time when we get the chance to get together, which is often with another good friend of ours from high school — and another Mary — who cuts my hair. […]

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Dawn Wickham - February 18, 2013 - 10:21 AM

OMIGOSH! I havent seen all of those!!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for showing the world how beautiful my baby can be! (when she’s not grouchy from teething…) ^_^


When MJ and Syd were 8 and 6 months old, I had professional photos taken at O2Photography by Jennifer Oates. The first photo below, believe it or not, is still my computer screen saver, not to mention a $200 11×14 on my wall in the living room. I can’t tell you how much I love […]

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your Man - January 6, 2013 - 9:11 AM

Wow, they are cute. all 4 of them. They all shine. Great job. Might need a few of them for my wall at work. lol

Kathy - January 6, 2013 - 10:31 AM


Megan - January 6, 2013 - 12:52 PM

What is there NOT to love about this post? Each face holds a special part of my heart! I just can’t get over what cute little souls they all are with their unique personalities and differences making it all the more fun.

Thanks so much for the pics, Mom- what a treat for us!!!

Megan - January 6, 2013 - 12:52 PM

Yeah, we totally need to work on a “brag wall” for Grampa!

Matt - January 6, 2013 - 4:26 PM

Great pictures mom. Love all of them and just told Dani I want a picture for the house. Love ya

Shayna - January 6, 2013 - 6:42 PM


Cassi - January 12, 2013 - 8:28 AM

Amazing pictures, Mary! Matt, Danielle, Megan, and Robbie…You guys have some BEAUTIFUL children. I can’t believe how big they are all getting. Time goes way to fast!

Christine - January 24, 2013 - 6:28 PM

Soo cute! I love the narration you gave the babes too! Syd and MJ do look older! Great pics as always!

Fairly Candid - January 24, 2013 - 8:07 PM

Hey Christine! So nice to hear from you! Thank you for your nice comments, and I agree, the big kids are getting BIG!

Christy Davenport - January 28, 2013 - 4:44 PM

I love the top photo… seriously my all time favorite! I’m jealous you got such a great pose out of them!!! What sweethearts!!!

Henry and Peter Turned ONE!

This is my last portrait session of the year (until after Christmas) shot the end of November, so let’s double up, shall we?! Meet Henry and Peter, or was it Peter and Henry? Which one’s the oldest again by 9 minutes? I photographed these identical twins the end of November after they had recently turned one on […]

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Aubrey - December 10, 2012 - 10:27 AM

Great moments you captured, I actually LOL-ed at these!

Sara Swails - December 11, 2012 - 3:07 PM

Hi–I’m Peter & Henry’s maternal grandmother and I wanted to say how I loved your photos of the boys. I watch them over and over, I notice something different every time, and smile. They are so cute just like their 4 year old brother, Gus. Thank you! Sara

Fairly Candid - December 12, 2012 - 7:52 AM

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment Sara! I appreciate that so much and I’m so glad you loved them. I have to admit I have looked at them over and over as well — even after finishing the edits. They are just such darn adorable boys. They must be the entertainment at every family function. Have a wonderful Christmas. Mary

[…] (in the more colorful plaid) and Henry, in my house when they were turning one (see their post here and that’s them in the header) and at the end of November they will be two. They look just […]

The Swails Family » - September 30, 2015 - 8:38 PM

[…] only wish I had 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, almost three year pics here two year pics here should you want to […]

Swails-Miller Family » - September 27, 2017 - 9:04 AM

[…] my fifth year photographing the twins, Henry in blue and Peter in orange. I got to photograph their first birthday at my house with a white backdrop and red frosted cupcakes to celebrate the occasion. We still […]

Simone at 7 Months

Another month has passed us by and Simone just turned 7 months this week. She’s 21 pounds of cuter, chunkier, and squishier. She’s 28-1/2 inches of more to love. She’s not crawling yet, and doesn’t appear to be in any hurry, but she has 6 teeth that are pretty darn cute. She loves to sit […]

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Your Man - December 1, 2012 - 8:05 AM

What a cutie. Reminds me of her mom at that age. Can you read her mind? It says I love you gramma.

Megan - December 1, 2012 - 1:36 PM

Seriously, how can I be the Mom of such ADORABLE kids?!?!

Aubrey - December 1, 2012 - 3:45 PM

Love the soft grays with that baby skin. She is so beautiful, great capture of this age.

Disneyland? Oh my, that is going to be FUN.

Diane D. - December 3, 2012 - 6:28 PM

Beautiful baby girl. And I love her name.

Jayden at 8 Months » - December 16, 2012 - 12:30 AM

[…] Jayden, you’re getting so big at 8 months! I don’t want you to get older yet! He and Simone are three weeks apart but he’s off and running crawling leaving the girl in his dust! He even […]

Happy Halloween from My Punkin Patch!

Jayden, at nearly 7 months and 20+ pounds, is sporting the latest fall fashion this Halloween — a 45 lb. pumpkin that tastes as good as it looks. Simone, who just recently turned 6 months and is also 20+ pounds, is sporting the perfect fall accessory with her 44 lb. pumpkin — a beautiful handmade […]

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Tracey - October 31, 2012 - 7:50 AM

OH MY GOSH Mary! That is to cute. I can’t believe how much they are already changing. Look at how tall MJ and Sidney are! Jayden and Simone are changing so much too! Just want to give them all great big bear hugs! You are so lucky! You have lovely grandchildren. Kudos to the Parents for doing such a great job!

laura - October 31, 2012 - 9:57 AM

Sooo sweet and cute. I love the pumpkins and all their facial expressions. You really know how to capture the moments.

Linda - October 31, 2012 - 10:47 AM

Their expressions are absolutely precious. Love these.

Gloria - October 31, 2012 - 11:23 AM

Mary… adorable are those kids! I love the photos! Great job!! They are just too cute! Great idea for cutting out the leg holes too! Made me laugh!

Lynn Nicholson - October 31, 2012 - 12:10 PM

Too sweet! Grandchildren are the best! Love Lynn

your Man - October 31, 2012 - 6:32 PM

Wow, what cute kids we have. Nice job

Mary - November 3, 2012 - 7:08 PM

Way to cute…

Aubrey - November 5, 2012 - 8:59 AM

Hooray! These are instant happiness! Love me a chunky, smiley, almost bald baby 🙂

[…] added a few new punkin pics to this post, but if you want to see the whole lot, you can view them here. As a side note to the last family pics, MJ had fallen asleep in the car (big week) and […]

Fairly Candid - November 15, 2012 - 3:05 PM

Thanks everybody! I could look at these punkin’s all day! Joy rising!

Grace’s ONEderful Cake Smash!

Sixteen pounds of itty bitty … meet Gracie who will be having a ONEderful First Birthday this month! Since I photographed her at 7 months of age, she has noticeably grown two things … more hair and one tooth. That’s one tooth to date! 🙂 She’s still an itty bitty but so fun to photograph with her beautiful blue […]

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Tracey Irons - October 8, 2012 - 8:05 AM

What was that costume? I am still laughing. Oh my Goodness the cake pictures are just as funny as the costume. It looks like you had a wonderful time but you are right she sure didn’t care about smiling and showing off that new tooth. She is a cutie pie though. Makes you want to give her a big hug!

[…] Cake Smash” (as in Jayden’s sugar-free cake here and Gracie’s Cake Smash here), but Megan came up with the idea for a “Watermelon Smash” as an alternative for Simone […]

Adi turns Two

Having never met one another, Adi’s mom, Amy, met me at my car with a cautious tale … “sorry, but Adi woke up kind of grumpy this morning.” I was expecting some whining out of her about not wanting to get out of the car, or wanting to hide on mom’s shirt tales once she […]

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Aubrey Archuleta - September 23, 2012 - 3:44 PM

Love me a two year old! She has great style and a mama with some gorgeous long locks. What a fun shoot with great results.