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Christus Statue by Macy Robison

Angels sang to wond’ring shepherds, “Fear not, Christ is born this day.” Marvel not that in a stable, Heaven blessed His bed of hay.

Angels brought the joyful tidings, “Fear not, Christ is risen this day.” Heav’n came down to tend His body, Why I grieved I cannot say.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Rise, O Light of Bethlehem. Calvary’s dark night is over, Christ the Lord is come again.

Angels sent us with a message, “Fear not, go to Galilee.” Who could know we’d meet our Master? Who could know His face we’d see?

Alleluia! Alleluia! Rise, O Light of Bethlehem. Calvary’s dark night is over, Christ the Lord is come again.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Rise, O Light of Bethlehem. Calvary’s dark night is over, Christ the Lord is come again.

from Savior of the World, Act II

Back To School Mini Sessions - 2014

It's that time of year again! School picture time. But we've figured out how to make those school photos a little more awesome: schoolminisessions_long

 

Want to see how much fun we had last year? Click here: 2013 Back To School Mini Sessions

Sessions are very limited (and several have already been booked!). I won't be adding additional sessions beyond October 10, so once they're gone, they're gone. Click the button below to sign up for a time. Sessions start on Monday!

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Travel Photo Shoot - Colson Family

It happens every time. Every time I land at at Logan International Airport and get on the turnpike heading West. There's a corner I come around and see Boston's skyline, and I just feel like I'm back in a place that feels like home. And it isn't just the location that makes me feel at home. It's the people.

I drove directly from the airport to Hopkinton State Park to photograph this family. And this is a family that makes me feel like I'm home.

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Clicking My Way to The Positive

300? An average of 300 negative thoughts a day? Nervously waiting my turn on stage, that statistic immediately shifted my brain away from my own anxiety to focus on what the current speaker - my friend, songwriter Hilary Weeks - was saying to the women at Time Out for Women in Nashville.

On hearing that we think an average of 300 negative thoughts per day, Hilary decided she'd track her own negative thoughts and see if that was true. She bought a handheld clicker as a tracking device, and set out to see if the statistic was true. Though the number varied, what she did find after tracking her negative thoughts for a week was that she was depressed. Gloomy. And nothing in her life circumstances had changed. The only thing that changed was the mental energy she was giving her negative thoughts. Just by tracking them. So, she decided to change the experiment. Instead of clicking for negative thoughts, she'd click for positive thoughts to see if that would make a difference. And it did. A huge difference. Her outlook was more positive than it had ever been, and at the end of the week, she was setting out to accomplish goals she wouldn't have thought of setting a week before. Clicking changed her life.  (Click here to hear Hilary tell her clicking story.)

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I've heard Hilary's story several times. I love it. I've heard other people talk to Hilary about how clicking has changed their life. I've had women ask me to tell Hilary for them that clicking has changed their life. But I hadn't had the chance to try clicking for myself.

Though I'm a generally happy person, I haven't felt completely on my game lately. I've been more easily discouraged and down, which isn't really like me.

Then what should appear in my mailbox? Exactly what my poor little downtrodden spirit needed.

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I'm starting my own clicker experiment today. As Thanksgiving nears, I want to be in a more grateful, positive mindset. So, I'm going to be clicking all my positive thoughts and all the things I'm grateful for. I'll report back at the end of the month and let you know how it goes.

I'll also be recording my clicks every day at Hilary's website, www.billionclicks.org. Just think - if one positive thought has so much power, how much power would a billion clicks have? You can record your clicks with other positive thinkers as we work toward the goal of one billion clicks and inspire and help each other along the way.

Join me, won't you? Use the coupon code: MACY345 at www.billionclicks.org to order the Clicker Kit ($11.95 + shipping). For each Clicker Kit ordered with this code, you will receive an additional free clicker, wristband and sticker ($4.99 reg) to share with a friend and spread the power of positive thinking. Your coupon code is good until Nov 30th, 2013. These clicker kits would be a great way to measure gratitude during this Thanksgiving season, they make fantastic stocking stuffers, and they'd be an awesome tool for kicking off the New Year with your resolutions! (Hilary says she can run further and farther on the treadmill by clicking positive thoughts while she runs. I'll specifically test this for you and report back at the end of the month. *grin*)

Don't wait! Get clicking by clicking here!

More Than Just Test Shots

G-Man is a super helpful model. He loves seeing himself in finished pictures, and tries to think of things to do in front of the camera that will make me laugh. He was helping me practice a set up in my studio the other day, and as I was editing the photos later, I just stopped to marvel at this little six year old of mine. He's developing a hilarious sense of humor. He loves family. He loves his friends. He always has a little joyful twinkle in his eye. He's learning how to work hard at things he cares about. He's becoming his own person. It's terrifying and wonderful and humbling all at once. 2013-10-09_0003

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Time is just going by way too quickly.

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Little L has recently decided that she loves to have her photo taken. She sees me in the studio with my camera, and climbs up on the platform and says, "Take picture?" "Cheese!" "Candy!" After so much time trying to trick her into getting her photo taken, I always take at least one photo of her. Even if the light isn't plugged in, or her hair isn't combed, or she has food on her face. After so many months of hardly any interaction with her, I treasure these little interactions. And hearing her sing. And hearing her talk to her brother or run from upstairs when she hears her dad come home from work.

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The best thing of all is seeing these two together. They have little games they play and conversations throughout the day. L misses G-Man so much when he is at school and is so excited to go pick him up at the end of the school day. They annoy each other and fight, but they love each other and stick together. It's a marvelous thing to witness.

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And so these test shots give me an opportunity to freeze a little moment in their lives. Photographs are such a blessing.

Back To School Mini Sessions • 2013

UPDATE - Due to demand, Back To School Mini Sessions have been extended through Monday, September 30.  Scroll down to sign up! It's that time of year again. Fake smiles. Fake fall backdrops. You know what I'm talking about. School photos.

This year, choose better for your kids. Upgrade those school photos at Macy Robison Photography!

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Starting this Saturday, September 21 through Saturday, September 28, I'm offering Back To School Mini Sessions. For $35 per child, you'll have a 15 minute photo session and your choice of three full-resolution digital files.  You'll also receive a signed release that will allow you to print and share the photos for personal use. And if you just can't narrow your favorite shots down to three, you'll have the option to purchase additional files from your password-protected online gallery.

Look how happy G-Man is about his back-to-school photos!

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Fun, school-themed backdrops!

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I'll also have a white seamless background to allow your child's personality to shine through!

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Great photos make kids and moms jump for joy!

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Senior Photo Shoot - Madi

Austin TX Senior Photography Now that the lovely Madi is actually a senior, I thought we should post her senior photos! We took these during the same session as her older sister, and I love how Madi's photos turned out as well! Austin TX Senior Photography

It's always amazing to me to see how two people from the same family in the same location can produce such different photos because of their different personalities. It was one of my favorite things about this shoot!

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Love the water behind her. And I'm grateful she was willing to go out on a rickety dock in heels to get this shot!

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Madi is just a light and filled with joy every time I have the chance to see her.  She's a natural leader, and I wasn't surprised when I found out that she was named the captain of the Silver Stars at Bowie. It's quite an honor, and she's perfect for the job.

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Do you, or a senior you know need their photos taken? I'd love to hear from you!

macy@macyrobison.com

Family - First Day of School

We've had a wonderful summer, as you may have guessed by my relative absence around here. In an effort to be more deliberate about the time I spend with my kids and taking care of chores around the house, my computer time took a huge dive over the summer. Which was good, but I'm glad that I'll be around these parts a bit more frequently. Today was the big day.  Our first grader started school. And the best part about all of it is he has the same teacher as last year! She was asked to move up to first grade, so we (and 95% of the class) chose to loop up with her. They're in a new classroom and have a few new students, but instead of being nervous about school starting, he's just been thrilled.

 

 

We were organized enough to walk to school this morning, and I got started on a project I worked on with his class last year - personal yearbooks. (more on that here)  I did them last year with G-Man's class, and they were a lot of fun. I was able to spend time in his classroom and work with the kids, and at the end of the year, we had a photographic and written record of their progress over the course of the year.  Because I knew the teacher and most of the kids, I thought we might as well get started on the yearbook project today!  I was able to buy this awesome background from the amazingly talented ladies at Caravan Shoppe, and used it to take photos of all the kids today.  Here is G-Man's:

 

 

Here's to a great year!

Photo Shoot - O. Family

  I've known this family for a couple years now. Their son went to preschool with G-Man, and they go to the same elementary school. I've loved getting to know them over the past few years, and I was thrilled when they scheduled this family photo shoot in April. This was another new location for me. I've taken photos at Auditorium Shores and the Long Center, which are very close by, but never been down to this hill at Butler Park. And I absolutely LOVE the view of the Austin skyline behind them!

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These two are such a delightful pair.

 

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So are these two!  *grin*

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Thank you so much, O. Family!

What is your why?

I just finished reading an advance copy of an amazing book - The Power of Starting Something Stupid by Richie Norton. I'll have more to say about it next week when the book launches, but I wanted to share this thought:

Richie talks about how we don't start things or try things because we are afraid. He profiles different individuals in the book who feel that fear and go accomplish their dreams anyway. His advice when you are afraid of trying something or doing something is to examine why.

"What is your personal why? Defining the reasons you're working toward your high aspirations is the first and greatest way to work toward overcoming debilitating fears. You may be able to squeak by for a short time on will alone, but when the going gets tough...and fear begins to rear its ugly head, you're in for a rude awakening if you don't have an equally powerful why to which you're solidly connected."

- Richie Norton, The Power of Starting Something Stupid p. 125-126

I've been thinking about this a lot lately. I have so many ideas and things I want to try, and there are times when I'm afraid to go for something I really care about. I'm planning to do some journaling in the next few days and figure out some whys. *grin*

How about you? How do you overcome fears when embarking on a new adventure?

And if you're looking for a great read, I really can't recommend this more. I anticipated the book would be more business focused, but it's all about how to live a life that you love. It's fantastic. Richie and his wife Natalie are the real deal. (And I can't wait for Richie to come speak at Time Out for Women in Austin this fall!)

You can pre-order The Power of Starting Something Stupid by clicking the image below.

Valentine's Day - How We Celebrated

I'm a huge Valentine's Day fan. Since I was little, my dad has always made it a special day by giving us a huge sugar cookie (sometimes the size of a pizza box) with our name in frosting. He still sends them every year. It's such a fun tradition, and I love getting a cookie every year, but I really appreciate that Valentine's Day has always been a fun day of love in our family. I also love taking pictures of my kids and making valentines. Here's what we ended up with this year. L had a card with candy. I like the way the card turned out.

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For G-Man's valentine, we packaged these cute pencils, notepad, and stamp I found at Target with his card.

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I made valentines for my friends too. My friend Natalie had a Galentine's Day Brunch the night before Valentines Day, and I made a little valentine for all the ladies there with this cute printable from Caravan Shoppe and some delicious chocolate.

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My favorite valentine this year was the one I made for Diggity. We agreed this year that we would make a valentine for each other this year. I followed this tutorial and made him a scratch off card with prizes (foot rub, garbage duty, etc.) underneath each heart.

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I was excited that it turned out! Diggity made this fantastic video for me.

Hope you had a fabulous Valentine's day!

Photo Shoot - Giles Family

I love this family and I love this photo shoot. This was a new location for me, and I'm so glad the family chose this park for our shoot. It is beautiful, and it was so fun to capture their family together as we explored the park.

Look at these gorgeous smiles!

I felt like I was back in New England with this last setup! The water is so beautiful, and I was loving the color of the leaves in the background!

Thank you, Giles family! We MISS YOU!!! xoxo