Goodbye Kansas City

February 16, 2014

The truck is loaded and the house is empty. The dogs are strapped in my back seat, and Pete’s car is stuffed to the brim. Today is the beginning of our new adventure!

Up until this moment, it was easy to dream of the positive points (warmer weather, a new start, no snow, a great career opportunity, exploration and change), and ignore the challenging points (saying goodbye, packing up the studio, and leaving family & friends behind).

It’s helpful to know that we’ll be back in just a handful of months, but it’s still hard to say goodbye to all of you! You have brought love, happiness, generosity, support and friendship into our lives, and you have helped to create the people we are today!

Thank you and see you soon!

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

Holiday Blessings to You!

December 26, 2013

Although we are excited for our new adventure to Phoenix, we will miss our home, the beautiful fall colors and, most of all, each of you! We will forever cherish and hold dear all the memories that we have created here on The Ranch. Thank you for helping to make our lives full of love and laughter!

Brandi, Pete, Joey, Pebbles and Bruiser

Contract Pending

December 23, 2013

The latest and greatest update on the big move to Phoenix is that we have a contract on our house. Of course, we’re still working through all the steps, so fingers are crossed that everything goes as planned, but it’s the first step in the right direction!

Assuming all goes as planned, we will be packing up and hitting the road in mid February. We are currently looking for a place to rent in Phoenix, so hopefully we can get that all lined up after the new year. Which will be another step in the right direction.

There are so many moving parts, and detail after detail to get lined up…if my head doesn’t explode before this is all over, it will be a miracle!

A big thank you to each of you for your constant support and encouragement! I will continue to keep you posted as we make progress and check off our to do list!

Stay Classy!

October 30, 2013

Bruiser, Pebbles and Joey are saying no to zombies and vampires. Instead, they are bringing style and class back into Halloween! Hope your Halloween is full of pizzazz!

Change is Coming

September 10, 2013

It is with mixed emotions, and yet with excitement, that I write this note. For the last thirteen years, my husband Pete has been my number one fan and my constant source of support and encouragement as I pursued my photography passion into a successful portrait photography business. Now, it’s my turn to do the same for him.

Since Pete went back to the corporate world a couple of years ago, his career has been progressing in an upwardly fashion. It is now his turn to pursue his dreams and to see how high he can fly. With some recent changes at his company, he has the opportunity to reach for the stars.

With this new opportunity comes a move. We will be leaving Kansas City for the sunny skies of Phoenix, Arizona.

We are in the very beginning stages, and as you might imagine, there is a lot up in the air right now. Our house is currently on the market and it’s out of our hands as to what the timeline will be regarding a sale. (Speaking of which, if you know of anyone looking, please send them our way!)

My plan is to jump into my busy fall schedule, create and deliver lots of cards and gifts in time for the holidays and wrap things up at the end of the year.
As far as what comes next in Phoenix…I’m not sure. At this point, my current plan for next year is to make two trips back to Kansas City, probably in the May and September time frames. I’ll rent, borrow or find a studio space to use, and for a couple of weeks, take as many sessions as I can squeeze in.

So, we’re not flying away, we’re just spreading our wings and exploring a new and exciting frontier! I look forward to sharing our adventures with you all! Stay tuned on the blog, facebook and instagram for the latest news.


The Investment of Custom Photography

February 28, 2013

Over the years, there have been many articles and blog posts written about the value of professional photography. Some of them go into the nitty gritty of trying to explain how a professional photographer adds up their time and expenses to determine their pricing. Some try to tug at the heart strings discussing what happens when your personal hard drive quits working and all those digital photos you have taken are gone. Most of the time, the articles and blog posts come across as negative to me.

I came across this article the other day, and it struck a different cord with me. Most of the statements made in this article ring true, and I feel like they are my thoughts just written down by someone else.

The Investment of Custom Photography

There are many professional photographers available, including ones who have worked hard to perfect their craft. Each has a different style and a different approach. If professional photography is something you are interested in investing in (which I, of course, highly recommend!), take the time to do your research. Decide what style you like, spend time looking at different photographer’s work, understand their pricing and what your commitment will be. Then, make the decision to have beautiful custom photography created for you and your family…something you will treasure for years to come!

“Never have we heard from a client, ‘I wish I didn’t professionally photograph my family.’ ”

Happy Heart Day!

February 14, 2013

Pebbles, Joey and Bruiser are sending lots of puppy kisses your way today! Make sure you pucker up for cold noses and wet tongues! Hope your day is full of lots of hugs, kisses and love!

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!

Princess Pebbles Strikes Again

December 26, 2012

The attention and popularity is starting to go to her head, but we wanted to share the third edition of the Princess Pebbles Holiday Newsletter with all of our online friends! Hope your holidays are full of love and laughter!

Happy Holidays to all…two legged and four legged!! It’s me, Princess Pebbles, with my annual end of year letter to all of my fans! I know you’ve all been on pins and needles waiting to hear from me.

The first thing I must fill you in on is the one thing that is most important to me. My parent’s obsession with continually adding new smelly, living, breathing creatures to our home. This year, they brought home a new feline! Seriously, one wasn’t enough? Don’t they realize how hard I have to work to keep these spies away from our home? I don’t know if you remember, but a couple of years ago, a kitty cat named Shadow started living in our barn. She would hang out around the house and stick her face up against the windows to drive me crazy. Now, there’s a second kitty and her name is Treat. She lives outside with Shadow, but she spends most of her time on my front porch. Every time I go outside I have to run her off, but she comes back the minute I go inside. She really likes to pester me by sitting on the porch railing. I can see her from every angle, but yet my parents won’t let me get to her! I’m sure you’ll meet her if you come out to the house; she does her best to run out and greet any and all cars that pull up. I know she’s trying to out do me in the welcoming department! The worst part of it is that she and Shadow are becoming buddies. I know they are conspiring, looking for the best ways to drive me crazy!



At the beginning of the year, Daddy started spending his days in other parts of the house, usually rooms with closed doors. My understanding is that he joined the Corporate America workforce again as a Business Consultant for MarketSphere. He spends his day talking into this odd thing that hangs off of his ear. He talks to people named Kodak, Crocs, Wrigley and CVS…weird names if you ask me, but no one usually asks my opinion! Since my brothers and I tend to bark, play and make noise during the day when we’re hanging out with Mommy in her office space, Daddy had to find a new space to work. He was out of town for a handful of weeks this year, but most of his time has been spent at home. Which means we get to go get the mail together and take lunch breaks together. It’s great to have him close by, even if he’s not in the same room!

This year, Mommy’s goal was to spend less time sitting at the computer and more time playing, lounging and spoiling ME! She did a really good job of this until the end of the summer, when the holiday season started. Over the summer, we would sit outside after dinner, enjoying the summer smells, warm breezes and nature sounds. (Thankfully this was before Treat joined our family. I’m sure next summer it’s going to take all my energy to keep her from invading my summer relaxation!) The holiday season has kept Mommy very busy with outdoor sessions and holiday card creations, so I haven’t been getting my evening spoiling. I’ll be happy when the last holiday card has been delivered!

Right before the holiday season started, Mommy and Daddy left town. Our Aunt Karen came to stay with us. We love when Aunt Karen comes and stays: she spoils us rotten! Lots and lots of loving, toy playing, barking and sleeping…is there anything better!

Mommy and Daddy headed across the pond to spend a week on a big boat. Since I didn’t get to accompany them, I just have to repeat what I overheard them telling everyone. They flew into Rome and spent a day touring the city, after which they boarded a cruise ship. A couple of days were spent resting and relaxing on the ship, with stops in Sicily, Athens, Turkey and Crete. I know they really enjoyed themselves, but were also happy to come home to our adorable, smiley faces!

If you haven’t spent time perusing Mommy’s blog, you must check it out! You can see lots of photos of ME (and my brothers), photos of Mommy & Daddy’s trip, and of course lots of photos of all of Mommy’s adorable clients…big and small, two legged and four legged!

I’m looking forward to lots of relaxing, eating, and playing time over Mommy’s holiday break. I wish you the same…be sure to spoil all of your favorite people and pets this year. Take a break and enjoy the moment!

Love, Pebbles (and Brandi, Pete, Joey & Bruiser)

Holiday Greetings!

December 24, 2012

Yep, we made the Naughty List again this year, but it was totally worth it!

Hope your holidays are full of nice (and naughty)!
Happy Holidays! Joey, Pebbles, Bruiser, Brandi & Pete

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