Category Archives: Families

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. ūüôā

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. ūüôā

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 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-¬Ĺ 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! ūüėČ
Thank you Thank you Thank you!! We are blessed to have such an amazing photographer in the family ūüôā

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 (4¬Ĺ) 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-¬Ĺ, 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 […]

The Seifrit Family [2015 Senior/Family Combo]

I am going to start this post off in a most unusual way and say that I believe in God in case you didn’t know that about me. It’s a small world (after all) and God allows His mysterious ways to bring us joy in … well … mysterious ways! Take for example this note […]

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Christina Seifrit - November 13, 2014 - 2:48 PM

Dear Mary,
These are WONDERFUL!!!! Thank you for everything! We have not had any families pictures taken since 2006, when Hannah was about 4 years old. So, we have NONE with little Melody. So, having family portraits taken were long overdue, and you made it so incredibly easy, fun, and extra special! We just cannot thank you enough for what you have done!

The Seifrit Family

Christina Seifrit - November 13, 2014 - 2:56 PM

…And thank you for Michael’s Senior Portraits! I could not be happier about how they turned out! He looks so grown up, but I still cant stop thinking about him as an itty bitty toddler. Thank you, again. Oh, and Sam has already requested that you do HIS Senior Portraits. ūüôā

Fairly Candid - November 16, 2014 - 6:48 PM

Well, what a way to bless my day! Thank you for you sweet comment and for the one about Michael as well. For those of you reading this, I asked Christina, Eric, and Michael to all yell “Senior” in the shot with just the three of them. Christina started to cry. Oh no! But it was just all that love and memories that sits right there at the top of our mind with our first senior. I just love love. Don’t you! (PS and tell that handsome Sam that I would love to shoot his senior pictures! I won’t even think of retirement till he is done. Wink)

Amy and Maci

Meet sweet¬†Amy and her daughter Maci. I first¬†met Maci three years ago when I shot her newborn session and now she is this feisty, fun, theatrical, adorable little blonde bundle of sweetness and spitfire. The two of them were on the eve of moving¬†out of state to further Amy’s education, so Grandma Susie — a […]

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Becky Hamilton - November 14, 2014 - 8:57 PM

I think these may be your best. Beautiful pictures of beautiful people.

Fairly Candid - November 16, 2014 - 6:51 PM

Thank you Becky (who is my cousin for all you readers out there). I agree that they were beautiful pictures of a beautiful family.

Kathryn Webb - November 18, 2014 - 10:43 AM

Great photos, Mary! You really captured the energy & enthusiasm of that little girl. Mom & Grandma also.