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Only One Today

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!

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5 Responses to “Only One Today”

  1. Mark N on January 11th, 2013 7:21 am

    Wow, what a beautiful young lady, what a beautiful family and what a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing Brandi.

  2. Denise on January 13th, 2013 7:08 pm

    Beautiful, Beautiful, what Beautiful memories, pictures and what lives in yall heart, no matter what can’t no one take that away

  3. Marietta on January 13th, 2013 7:49 pm

    What a beautiful story….looks like I need to make an appointment to get some pictures taken!

  4. JOHNNIE BEE M on January 15th, 2013 8:31 am


  5. Wanda D on February 11th, 2013 2:49 pm

    This is such a beautiful memory that you guys have created. Not many families take the time out to do things like this. I have one picture with my girls and I when they were teenagers. I should be ashamed. We think about Leslie so often and we’re praying for you, John, Diane and Ursula, for your continued strength. We love you all.

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