Happy Birthday Fairly Candid!

Happy 7th Birthday Fairly Candid! I remember so clearly when I started this little photo blog 7 years ago in October because it was the month my oldest g-babe, MJ, was born. He turned 7 recently and there are now four other g-babes under him. I really don’t know what I was thinking starting a business in my mid 50’s, nor did I have a clue of what I was doing. Our daughter, Megan, was living in Hawaii at the time and she started a cute little blog called the Gerichs Ohana that kept us all informed of her and Robby’s life in paradise. It planted the seed and for month’s prior to take-off I took new photos of friends and family while I read and researched and Googled blog formats. I started off with a free website, then I eventually bought a .com, purchased a new website format after that, then spent what seemed like another few months getting it set up and looking like it does … which is old and tired and looking like it does. The passionate photographer inside me wants it updated and formatted completely different, but the realist in me knows I don’t have the time or the patience to spend another couple of months making it something different. Maybe I’ll have time after the fall photo season to spend the time learning, or after Christmas shopping, or after New’s Years and Syd’s 7th birthday to get it done, or when my 2016 photo album is finished … or, etc. etc. etc. Don’t anyone hold their breath because I’m certainly not going to. 🙁

On my Welcome page I have a little blip that says: “This blog, and the opportunity to photograph others, has stretched me and blessed me in ways too numerous to mention. Photography is my passion and I praise God I can share it with others.” That is still the truest statement I could say seven years later. I’ve learned more about people and business and photo skills than I knew was possible and I’m still learning. It hasn’t always been easy and I’ve had my share of anxiety about it, but I’m just a one-woman show who appreciates those who refer me to their friends and family. Hundreds of clients later, 474 blog posts, and a whole lot of humble pie along the way, I’m still in it, at least for this moment in time.

Thank you to my clients and family who support my passion, my readership, and the visitors along the way. I appreciate you all! Please leave a comment once in a while as I love hearing from you. And because this is a photo blog I’ll leave you with just a few pictures of the most important little people in my life. Love you all, Mary


MJ was fascinated with the Capitol Building this summer so we went to explore it. He said he wanted to ring the bell but I told him it didn’t work — and I honestly thought it didn’t and we left. But guess what? We learned it did, took another trip over Labor Day and you can tell by Sydney’s hands covering her ears that it does work! (What you don’t see are two helpful and skinny high school boys in the background (that I partially edited out) helping them push it so that it would ring.)



My King and Queen of art and crafts, MJ and Sydney, now first graders.



This is when you know two four-year olds (Jayden and Simone who is 3-weeks younger) have grown up with a camera in their face. We were at the zoo and I told them to go get in the hut so I could take their picture. This is how they went up and posed. Cracked me up.




And last up is little Cole who is 17 months and a little more shy with his smiles for me than he is for his mom. He comes over every other week so Megan can help in Sydney’s class and he just loves our playroom. His interest of late has been trucks and cars where normally it’s balls of any shape and size. Like his sister Simone, he is pretty good at entertaining himself and I just love observing his play.


vickie - November 1, 2016 - 7:24 PM

WOW!!! I can not believe how fast those grandkids are growing up and that you have had this blog for 7 years. The years have flown by. As always your work is exceptional.

Lori - November 2, 2016 - 9:03 AM

Congrats, Mary! We love you and your amazing work! Thank you for always doing such an incredible job!

Fairly Candid - November 2, 2016 - 5:15 PM

Thanks Vickie, it’s always a nice surprise when you check in. Thanks to you also Lori. It’s been such a pleasure to photograph your family all these years. 🙂 Mary

Mary - November 2, 2016 - 6:35 PM

You should be so proud of yourself! Keep up the great work and every day we learn something new. And boy those grandbabies couldn’t get any cuter.

Fairly Candid - November 2, 2016 - 8:32 PM

Mary, thanks for being such a support all these years. High School friendships really last – just look at us. 🙂

Megan - November 2, 2016 - 9:01 PM

Woohoo! I’m excited to see what your next seven years brings. You bless us all!

Vince - November 5, 2016 - 12:44 AM

Congratulations on seven years of gorgeous images!

The Davis Family

Another beautiful night and another great family session with the Davis’. Lynnette is an attorney at Hawley Troxell and is one of those really nice down-to-earth people that is just easy to be around. While I had never met her husband, Matt, I was impressed with his easy going ways as well. After I fired Lynnette from holding the reflector (she was on hair duty), Matt took over and did a superb job so thank you Matt. Kate, is really the star of this show and the session was mostly for her. She is a 5th grader and has lots going in her favor. She is friendly, well spoken, cute as all get out, an athlete preferring soccer and basketball, a lover of writing followed closely by her love of science, social studies, and history. She was just a delight to be around in every way. The first time I photographed Kate was a few summers ago when her cousins were in town and she had some pretty fun braces at the time. Look at her beautiful teeth now. 🙂


Tracey - December 1, 2016 - 9:47 AM

Mary, Kate looks older than 5th grade. Are you sure that is the grade she is in? Dad is really going to have to beat those boys off. What a nice looking family.

Spraker Family

Here’s four beautiful strong women that photographed beautifully at the Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead. Laurie’s three daughters seemed happy to be there and it didn’t take me long to see Laurie’s nurturing come through. There was a definite bond that was sweet to observe. Paige, who attends Gonzaga was in town to celebrate her 22nd birthday; Halle is 19 and attends BSU; and Sophie is 12 and in the 7th grade. Laurie’s 3-year old pup, Sammy, joined us for a few pictures as well before Grandma returned him back to the comforts of his home. A big shout out to Todd and Susan for the referral (Todd is Laurie’s brother) so thank you guys. Word of mouth referrals are always the most treasured kind. So nice meeting you and your fun girls Laurie. 🙂 Mary


The Busackers

Welcome back to the Busacker’s! I look forward to this family every year with their two teenage daughters (and one almost a teen) who love having their pictures taken as much as I like taking them. Heck, even Carston is on board these last few years. The cool thing? I get to take Maren’s senior pictures next year and I’m pretty pumped about that. The biggest change in the kids this year was with cute little Rimini who’s hair has gotten so long and who’s lost a few teeth along the way. Oh, and she’s five and a big Kindergartener this year and not quite as shy as in past years. The others Maren, 16 and in 11th grade; Lydia 15 and in 10th; and Sydney 12 and in 7th are just as pretty as ever, if not prettier, and so doting on Rimini. Carston now 11 and in 5th grade is Mr. Handsome and so easy-going with so many girls in the family. He isn’t shaken much even when a big sis calls him a hot-hot-hottie. Thank you Siri and Bret, what a beautiful family you have inside and out! Mary


And that’s a wrap kids!


Severns/Wielenga Families

The Severns and Wielenga family are back for another fun fall session. Thank you guys! I appreciate you! They never disappoint with their clothing choices either — something I can really empathize with all you clients out there because it’s probably the hardest part of booking a session — trying to figure out what to wear! Last year’s session turned up with terrible weather so we took to the indoors, but this fall’s photo season has been little short of perfect so far including this night at the Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead. You’ll notice a new little one this year – Daniel born March 21st and he’s certainly captured everyone’s heart. Well, there’s lots of pictures to get through so let’s get on with it. Here’s the lineup below: Connor 11 and a 6th grader; Nicole and Jud (Barb’s son and Lori’s brother); Rylan 10 and a 4th grader; Landon 9 and a 4th grader; Barb; Lori; Daniel 6 months; Craig; Ella 6 and in Kindergarten. 🙂



We ended our session with a few pictures of just Daniel, dressed in his train sweater. Trains are what Daniel’s room is decorated with and trains is what his grandpa’s career was in. Daniel is a Trisomy 21 baby, and when Lori and Craig learned about it, their friends and family came together and made a train banner that was in Daniel’s room during his hospital stay. He is much loved and well prayed over and God is blessing this family in so many ways with this little man. I told Craig at church today that I’ve never seen him so relaxed at a photo session before. He was just so doting to Daniel (and Ella) and Craig was in his element doing so. Makes me happy to know this family and see God at work. I loved the letters on the fruit crate — KISM. Makes me read it as “Kiss Him”. I’m sure he gets lots of them. Love to all, Mary


Lori - October 17, 2016 - 11:35 AM

Mary, these are stunning! We LOVE them so much! Thank you for sharing your talent, patience, and love with us! You are so gifted and an incredible lady! We are so thankful to know you and have you in our lives.

Fairly Candid - October 17, 2016 - 12:33 PM

Thank you Lori, you are always so generous with your words. Mary

Megan - October 17, 2016 - 2:50 PM

New rule. I’m not going to look at the Severns / Wielenga family photos until after I get mine done because all I want to do is copy all of the wardrobe and Ellas incredible hair! You guys all look stunning. Nice work as always, Mom!

Fairly Candid - October 17, 2016 - 5:22 PM

I agree about Ella’s hair. She came up to me and said “Miss Mary, I really didn’t get one side cut short – it’s just pulled around to the other side.” She’s so dang cute that girl and her photo day hair is always the BEST.

[…] be doing falling snow pictures — which I would love actually. Now a big shout out to the Severns family for their color ideas. Megan just loved what they did and so copied it — the best compliment […]

The Szentanai Family

First off, a big shout out to the Swails family for referring the Szentanai family last year. We tried to make it happen last fall but the weather and work schedules thwarted it last minute. It worked out well because in September Ioana and Christian celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary so congrats you two! Their son, Aidan, who turns 8 in December and is in 2nd grade said Gus (Swails) has been his best friend even before they were born. 🙂 I heard he was pretty good on his scooter so asked Ioana to bring it along, and he gave me a little taste of his boyhood skills — so cute in every way, this kid. It’s always a treat for me to meet new folks — especially such nice ones like these guys — and we couldn’t have had a more beautiful Boise day. Thank you for the opportunity! Mary


Christopher [2017 Senior]

Meet Chris, a Lacrosse playing senior at Skyview High who wants to be a commercial pilot! Now that’s not something you hear every day. While on our session he teased his mom, Jami, that she might want to give him a plane for his graduation gift but her laugh pretty much gave it away that that wasn’t happening. 🙂 There may be no plane in his future but I could tell she was supportive in every other way. It’s always fun to hear what each senior looks forward to doing once this small thing called High School is behind them. As for Chris’s sister, Charly, she was home from college where she is studying Deaf Education. (I was fortunate to get to take her senior photos in 2013 and you can see them here.) With Charly home and with Jami having a birthday soon, the kids gifted their mom to a little family photo session at the end of Chris’. What a fun evening I had and my best to you Chris on your senior year. Enjoy your moment! Mary

Charly Carbray - October 8, 2016 - 9:27 AM

Mary, these are absolutely amazing!! Christopher looks so handsome, and I love our family shots as well! It is truley great working with you, and the end product always turns out phenomenal. THANK YOU!!! 🙂

Fairly Candid - October 8, 2016 - 12:54 PM

Thank you Charly and it was so fun seeing you again and having you there to get Chris laughing! There are more images on the DVD so be sure you see those next time you are home. Best of everything in your schooling. 🙂 Mary

Jesse [2017 Senior]

It’s always an honor for me to get to photograph someone I’ve been acquainted with for a long time – in this case Jesse, a handsome young man who attends Bishop Kelly who is as nice as his smile is big. His family has been intertwined with ours over the years through First Baptist, hunting, doctoring, friends, etc., and Jesse, youngest of three, is now a senior and looking to possibly attend college in Oklahoma where his sister now goes to school as well. For now, however, you can find him on the football field on Friday nights giving the crowd cause for cheer as BK rises to the occasion and gets the job done. As will Jesse when he moves beyond high school to adventures yet unknown. 🙂 Enjoy your year Jesse! It was so great getting to see you again. Mary


Nic and Stephanie » FairlyCandid.com - June 8, 2017 - 1:04 PM

[…] our session they went to some graduation celebrations for Jesse, Nic’s son, who you can see here. Thank you both for the fun and it was so great getting to know you better, Stephanie. Hugs to you […]

Rachel [2017 Senior]

It’s senior photo season and I’ve had three in a row and love it! Meet Rachel, a senior at Renaissance High who is not only pretty, but smart and athletic too. She plays girls fast and slow pitch for both a summer and spring league so we made a trip to Willow Lane where she spends much of her summer in play. She loves English and History, doesn’t prefer politics, and is planning on attending U of I to study criminology and sociology. She is also considering a career in the legal field. Phew, makes me tired just thinking of all that studying! It was so great meeting you Rachel and I wish you all the best in your future adventures. Enjoy your senior year! Mary


The Niendorf Family

It was four years ago I last photographed this family so it was both a joy and a shock to see how the girls, Ella now 11 and in 6th grade, and Adele at 8 and in 3rd grade, had grown and gotten so tall! (You can see their first session here.) I have to say also that we started this session at 9:00 am and everyone was there with smiles on and ready to go – no small feat with three ladies in the family doing hair and some make-up. Nice work everyone! This family is fun, and kudos to John who picked right up on those posing skills. Oh, and John is responsible for the beautiful wall in the first few images because his demolition company tore down the building that left this behind. Woo hoo! 🙂 It was simply a fun morning with great weather conditions and a beautiful family. Now enjoy some of the images we created together. Mary