My Grandparents

January 15, 2013

Last April, I was visiting my grandparents, and despite the fact that it was the last thing they wanted to do that day, I made them search their closet for coordinating outfits and then drug them outside for a few photographs.

Yes, it took me over eight months to find the time to work on their images, but that’s okay, because I had the images on the computer, backed up, saved and waiting for me!

Now looking at them, it takes me right back to that day. My grandpa being difficult (or should we say silly!), and my grandma (who’s voice I can hear perfectly in my head) telling him to “Stop that!”

Over sixty years of marriage, and they still make each other laugh, still give each other a hard time, still look out for one another, and still love each other!

It doesn’t need to come anytime soon or even quickly, but I look forward to experiencing sixty years of marriage and still smiling and laughing at each other, just like my adorable grandparents!

Only One Today

January 10, 2013

I’m a firm believer in not putting off for tomorrow what you can and should do today, especially when it comes to photography!

I cringe every time I hear the lines: “I need to lose five more pounds,” or “I don’t really like my hair,” or “It’s so hard to find something to wear,” because I know that those five more pounds, they’re never going to happen, finding the perfect outfit is as likely as finding bigfoot and the hair, sheesh, it looks different every day!

There is no such thing as perfection…this is coming from someone who at times can be obsessive compulsive and anal and a perfectionist in my own world! But there is a moment in time, a memory to be made and something here today that may not be here tomorrow.

Recently, a client of mine, a young, mid-forty year old, beautiful lady with a wonderful spirit passed away. One day she was with us and the next day her spiritual body had moved on.

I am so thankful that Leslie and her family never put off for tomorrow having their family portrait done. Almost every year since 2004, Leslie and her family would come see me. No, things weren’t always perfect. Sometimes family members were in difficult health, sometimes money was tight, sometimes finding the free time to drive the hour to get to me was challenging, but they did it, and because they did, they will forever have family portraits of a time when laughter was frequent, sisters were together, babies were born and memories were made!

A couple of days ago, Leslie’s sister posted this message on my facebook wall:

“As I tried desperately to sleep last night, it dawned on me that I need to be thankful for Ms. Brandi Majerle for her amazing professionalism and talent in photography.

Brandi was always able to capture my sister’s pure beauty, spirit and kindness. It is portrayed so vividly through the expressions in Leslie’s eyes and smile. When I look at my sister’s photos that have been taken by Brandi I feel her warmth that was nurtured by my parents and generously shared by her, to all she knew.

Thank you Brandi….. For the gift of love and memories you have provided to the McLendon family throughout the years. We are forever indebted to you.”

Days later and I still can’t read the words without getting teary-eyed and speechless. They mean the world to me…I was blessed to know Leslie, to see the love she and her family had for each other, and to capture it in a way that will live forever!

Leslie, you will always be in my heart!

Trains & Race Cars

January 9, 2013

Are three year old Robert’s current obsessions! Pretty much any question you ask, you can be guaranteed to receive an answer including a race car or a train…and frequently the noises that it makes are included!

What did you get for your birthday? “A race car! Vroom, vroom!”

What did you ask Santa for? “A freight train. Chug, chug, choo, choo!”

What’s under the Christmas tree? “A train. It goes round and round in a circle. The top of the cars are black and the windows are yellow.”

It’s fun to watch Robert’s eyes light up as he describes the Christmas train or the race car that he got for his birthday. I can only imagine the excitement he would have displayed if a train had gone by during his session. Of course, the one time I actually wish a train would come chugging by, during the hour of his session, not one peep of a chug-a-chug!

Chubby Cheeks!

January 8, 2013

At birth, Wesley weighed in at almost 8.5 pounds. Given that he only measured in at 19.5 inches, his good healthy weight made for some excellent chubby cheeks, arms and thighs!

I’m sure the chubbiness is just going to keep coming. Wesley is a great eater…chugging down bottles right and left!

Now, he just needs to learn how to sleep through all the commotion that comes along with having an older brother! Wesley was very sensitive during his session, quick to startle and very opinionated about the location of his hands. If his hands were not near his face, he was not going to cooperate…no ifs, ands or buts!

Little Buddy

January 4, 2013

That’s one of my most common nicknames for Bruiser. I call him Buddy or my Little Buddy. I even think that sometimes he responds to the name Buddy more than he responds to the name Bruiser. The funny thing is that both names describe him perfectly!

I would have never guessed that the little two pound, skinny, thin haired puppy we brought home would turn in to a nine pound ball of fur, but that’s exactly what happened. He uses that nine pound body like a wrecking ball, pouncing on his older siblings, encouraging them to play with him. He is relentless…constantly egging them on, trying to irritate them, with nonstop pestering until they chase him or wrestle with him. He’s definitely a Bruiser!

On the other hand, if you call him, he’s quick to come, and most of the time he doesn’t need to be called because he’s already hanging out nearby. If you want a hug or kiss he’s happy to oblige…and he is always quick to give a good tail wag, just to brighten up your day!

He’s quite the comedian, always with a look of mischief or a question on his face. He definitely has the “Who me?” look down!

My Little Buddy turns two years old today, and I can barely remember what life was like before he entered our family, but I know it definitely wasn’t as entertaining!