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

Mister J Turns 13

February 12, 2014

I guess Joey’s big birthday present this year is a stressful week of packing, road tripping and moving into a rental home! I know it’s going to be a rough week for him, but I feel confident that once he feels the warm Arizona sun on his back, he’ll start to relax and learn to love his new home. He’s always searching the house for patches of sun to lay in. No matter how small they are, he’ll curl up and sun bathe. Once he realizes he has a fenced in back yard that is full of sun, I imagine he will be spending a lot of time outside soaking in the rays!

Joey may be 13 today, and he may spend a lot of time sleeping, but he still finds time to be ornery, feisty and playful.

He’s not much of a kisser or a hugger, but happy tail wags…he gives lots of those, and constant companionship…he’s all over it! Joey’s best trait is that he’s always by my side. He has a bed or some place comfy to lay in every room that I hang out in. If I’m in that room, he’s there with me…in his comfy spot!

He’s our scruffy, silver haired, handsome, adorable, little man!

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

Our Photography Adventure

November 1, 2013

I’m sure, as all parents can attest, getting photographs of your own kids can make you want to pull your hair out. For us professional photographers, it’s really not that different!

Yes, I can usually dig deep and find the patience and crazy antics that enables me to capture photos of my furry kiddos a few times a year, but I typically get the posed, “I’m sitting here until you give me a treat” stare. It doesn’t matter what noises I make, what my bribes are, how much I plead, getting a true, relaxed, playful look rarely happens!

So, I started to think that it would be fun to take our three fluffy kiddos to another photographer. I have been admiring Illona of scruffy dog photography’s work for quite some time. She works exclusively with animals, and her style is completely different from anything I create.

After doing lots of research, trading emails with Illona and doing our homework, Pete and I made the decision to arrange a trip to visit Illona, and her scruffy dog team, outside of the Toronto, Canada area.

Yes, at this point, I realize the majority of you are thinking I’m crazy! Two things…I love my pups and I love photography…and even more I love and will forever cherish all photographs of my pups!

We rented a car, packed up the backseat with dog beds and the tail end with dog food, toys and treats and headed on a road trip to Canada! The pups were such awesome travelers, sleeping when we were driving, doing their business when we were stopped and cuddling with us in the hotel rooms.

Our session with Illona was more than we could have ever asked for! She went above and beyond, making us feel right at home, welcoming us in to her home/studio, greeting the pups right away…even letting them try to get in a kiss or two, and of course showering them with treats! She took us all around her town, finding lots of creative places to photograph the pups…capturing images of them together and separate, and capturing exactly what I sometimes struggle to capture…personality!

We can’t wait to receive our complete order, including a large wall canvas portrait and an album filled with lots of amazing photos, but in the meantime Illona has created a blog post for us to drool over! Hope you enjoy the photos of our three fur balls as much as we do!

And, here are a few of my snapshots from our travels!

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!

Snow Day!

February 22, 2013

Our four legged little kiddos are not huge fans of the snow. Their preference is to run outside, do their business and then get their furry behinds back inside!

However, considering large snow falls have been so few and far between, this photographer Mommy could not let the snowpocalypse of 2013 go without some photos!

We bundled them up in their winter jackets and out we went. Pete had shoveled the drive and the sun had melted it to just a nice wet cement, so it took some encouragement to get them off the driveway.

We had a few king of the mountain moments…yes we placed them there, and no they did not want to stay!

In an attempt to get a car up the driveway, Pete had made some good tire ruts along the gravel drive. We started walking with three little fur balls following us. Then they kicked off the racing! It was the funniest thing Pete and I have seen in quite a while! I’ve never seen them run SO fast, and they just kept going back and forth and back and forth. Sometimes jumping across the “median” to race in the other tire lane. Sometimes racing down the median…although that made for some pretty slow going.

Some of my images are blurry, but I had to include them because it just emphasizes how fast they were actually running. And on that note, I hope you enjoy my entertainment for the day!

Joey – “King of the Mountain”

“Are you guys watching?”

“What’s Joey thinking?”

“How do I join in?”

Check out Little B’s air!

High Speed Turn

Super Puppies!

Here Comes Joey!

Full Speed Collision!

It’s a Train

Back and Forth, Back and Forth

Median Running is Slow Going

And Hard Work

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!

My Golden Boy

February 12, 2013

Yep, my Little Mister, Joey, turns twelve years old today on the twelfth of February…his golden birthday!

Although, after working on his images I think we should call it his grey birthday! You’d never guess that this little man started out with black and white spots of fur. The white quickly disappeared after a few haircuts, and was replaced by different shades of black and grey, but over the years the black has faded and now he’s just my disguised grey haired little man!

Joey is my side kick, my right hand man! He’s always close by, keeping me in line, snuggling in bed with me, making sure I remember that he sits really well and therefore deserves a treat (or two).

He doesn’t like to be left at home, and it breaks my heart every time I have to leave him. But he never holds it against me. He’s always ready to greet me with an open mouth smile, followed by a quick trip to the toy box to return carrying a favorite toy. It’s his greeting…a toy and a tail wag!

Joey’s a frequent napper, and his favorite place to nap is in my office, right at my feet. He has multiple beds to choose from, but his favorite is a small green one. He frequently hangs out of it, because he insists on stretching out, when the bed was really made for him to curl up in a ball. If he’s not in his bed, he is usually right at my feet, risking the chance that I’ll run over his tail with my chair wheels!

Thanks to Joey’s amazing ability to charm the camera and me…another birthday session is in the books!

We’ll definitely be celebrating Joey’s Golden Birthday in style tonight! I’m seeing lots of cuddling, and some extra treats in his future for sure!

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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