Category Archives: Families

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. šŸ™‚

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-Ā½, 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 andĀ 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 funĀ 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! šŸ˜‰

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! Juneā€¦Itā€™s good to see your family all looking and doing so well! Mary does wonderful work as Iā€™m sure youā€™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! Maryā€¦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.

The Priebe Family

You’ll recognize Matt and Andrea and their kids from several other posts on my blog, but now here’s the rest of the Priebe family who were here on vacation from Minnesota. Luckily they came before the really hot weather hit! The day we took these images it was at least under 100. Ron and Bev […]

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Vince - July 3, 2015 - 8:57 AM

Hey, Mary, that’s the first locale of yours I recognize! (I hope the Priebes didn’t run over you on that bridge.)

Megan - July 3, 2015 - 1:07 PM

That big of a group had to of had it’s challenges, but if it did you’d never know it looking at the pictures. I love the group one on the bridge and the kids on the log. Well done mama!!

Fairly Candid - July 5, 2015 - 3:32 PM

Thank you Vince and Megan! It was a fun session.

Andrea - July 5, 2015 - 10:04 PM

Mary – Thank you for these beautiful pictures. You are so fun to work with & even with SO MANY OF US your creativity & patience was endless! What a gift to have the cousins together & photos to reminisce over. šŸ™‚

Fairly Candid - July 5, 2015 - 11:18 PM

Thank you Andrea, that was the nicest compliment. I’m glad you liked them and you guys were so easy to work with.

Tracey - July 8, 2015 - 8:10 AM

Mary what a lovely family.
Thank you for sharing the pictures.

Fairly Candid - July 10, 2015 - 8:54 AM

Hi Tracey, thank you for sharing your comment! I appreciate you. šŸ™‚

Gavin Joseph [Newborn]

Congratulations to Dan, Leah, and Big Sister Hannah on the birth of Gavin Joseph who was born on Mother’s Day! Leah was due May 5 and found out the last month of her pregnancy that Gavin was breach. All attempts to turn the little rascal failed, so once labor began, she was given a C-section […]

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Megan - May 31, 2015 - 3:58 PM

Oh, those lips and cheeks and rolls oh my. I need to get his cuddly body in these auntie arms. Love love love the third and fifth ones down and some great ones of mom and dad and Gavin together. I can’t wait to see the ruckus Cole and him create!!

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 watchedĀ 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-Ā½ 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!Ā This session is of my son’s family and they areĀ brave and tough through and through. The day beforeĀ the session,Ā I called Danielle and asked if she wanted to postpone her photo session a weekĀ 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! šŸ˜‰
Thank you Thank you Thank you!! We are blessed to have such an amazing photographer in the family šŸ™‚

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 (4Ā½) who braved the snow and cold the second year in a row (see last year’s) to captureĀ 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-Ā½, and twins Peter (in orange) and Henry (obviously in green) Ā — 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,Ā their almost two year pics, and almost three year picsĀ 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”Ā justĀ turnedĀ 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,