Pop-Up Valentine's Day Mini Session

Announcing a pop-up Valentine's Day mini-session!

Where: My Photography Studio

When: TOMORROW, February 9, 2013 - 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

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What: Your Mini-Session is $35 (plus sales tax) and includes a 20 minute photo session and two edited digital files that will be available for download from your password-protected online gallery on Monday, February 11. Additional files will be available to purchase separately. These digital files come with a print release that will allow you to print photos, and use the files in personal albums and cards.

And it's a "pop-up" mini-session because the opportunity is popping up at the last minute! *grin*

There will be two backdrop choices for the mini-sessions:

Now, you "moustache" be asking....how do we sign up for all this goodness?!

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How: Sign up for your mini-session time by clicking this link: SIGN UP

I will contact you via email with my address and additional instructions. Please e-mail me if you have any questions or concerns.

These photos make a great last-minute gift! I use my yearly Valentine's photos to decorate my house for Valentine's Day, I use them on the Valentines my kids exchange at school, and they're just fun to have.

 

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Find some red and pink clothes and come on over! Hope to see you tomorrow morning!

Photo Shoot - Severson Family

I love this family. They moved to Austin from California almost two years ago, and we are so grateful to have them as part of our lives. The oldest two kids are my kids favorite babysitters, and the mom is the talented lady who created Little L and G-Man's birthday cakes last year. The dad works with Diggity at church, and I get to work with the two youngest in my calling at church. They're just fantastic. I was so excited to spend the morning with them capturing these images.

Family Photo Shoot • South 1st Street • Austin, TX • Macy Robison Photography

Family Photo Shoot • South 1st Street • Austin, TX • Macy Robison Photography

Family Photo Shoot • South 1st Street • Austin, TX • Macy Robison Photography We did this shoot on South 1st Street in South Austin. I've shot there before (this session and this one), but never in the morning. The light was terrible at the spots where I've done photos previously, so it was a great exercise in finding the light. And because it was morning and there weren't a lot of people around, I was able to shoot in some spots I'd never tried or even noticed before. Family Photo Shoot • South 1st Street • Austin, TX • Macy Robison Photography

Family Photo Shoot • South 1st Street • Austin, TX • Macy Robison Photography

The Severson kids are fantastic. They were so easy to work with, so photogenic and so fun.

Family Photo Shoot • South 1st Street • Austin, TX • Macy Robison Photography

Family Photo Shoot • South 1st Street • Austin, TX • Macy Robison Photography

But my favorite part about photographing these kids? Capturing the relationships between the different siblings. I've photographed a lot of families, but I don't have many siblings who beg me to photograph them with each other.

Family Photo Shoot • South 1st Street • Austin, TX • Macy Robison Photography

Family Photo Shoot • South 1st Street • Austin, TX • Macy Robison Photography

Family Photo Shoot • South 1st Street • Austin, TX • Macy Robison Photography

Family Photo Shoot • South 1st Street • Austin, TX • Macy Robison PhotographyMom and dad are pretty dang awesome too.

Family Photo Shoot • South 1st Street • Austin, TX • Macy Robison PhotographyAnother favorite from this session? Watching the kids interact with mom when I did the one-on-one pictures I always do. I just had each child talk with their mom and had them tell each other something they love or admire about each other. It was magical to watch and photograph. In fact, when this next picture popped up on my screen for the first time, I actually had tears in my eyes.

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I don't know a lot of teenage boys that like their mom this much. I hope mine likes me this much someday.

Thanks, Severson family! It was a joy spending the morning with you!

Our Little Lady Turned 2!

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L turned 2 at the beginning of January, and I was finally able to take a few minutes and take some birthday pictures a couple days ago.

Yes, I realize I'm a month late. I was month late taking "official" photos when she was born (and I don't think I even blogged them) and when she turned one last year. I'm nothing if not consistent.

We love our little L. Some days, it's our love that keeps us from going completely insane. *grin*

I have been super excited to take these photos. I found the outfit at Target months ago, and had all these fun ideas. But, she was in a MOOD that morning. I did get one cute picture:

The rest of them were full-on tantrum pictures. But, because of her age and because we see that sort of thing from her quite regularly, I just kept taking pictures. (Sorry if pictures of crying children make you uncomfortable...)

Here's a little bit about our little L at age 2:

With all crying and screaming and hysterics, she's a true delight most of the time and we sure love her and are glad she's part of our family. I know this stage will pass and that I'll miss our little two year old darling.

And most of the time, she really does look like this.

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This might be my favorite picture I've taken in a long time.

I love this little family. I took their photos in my studio last year, and I've known mom for years. She's one of my favorite people in the entire world. We met when we were single and performing back in Utah, and I just can't believe we both have these adorable little families now.

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Oh, the trickery that had to go into capturing this next photo...

Two year olds are delightful. I know, because I have one too. (sigh)

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These last few photos of mom and dad are some of my favorites from the session as well. We put the kids in the mini van, started a movie and took these photos just to the side of the van because the light was so spectacular. I used some techniques from my Beloved Field Guide with them, and I love the way they turned out. I'm hoping to do some more Beloved couple and family sessions this year.

Love you guys! Don't move away from Texas, okay?

Beaming With Friend Pride

If you've known me for any amount of time, you've heard me talk about my dear friend Whitney Johnson. She's a mentor, friend, cheerleader and sounding board and I just adore her. I was thrilled to be invited to sing and speak at an event she did for Power of Moms last night, and I had a gigantic grin on my face just watching her speak about what she is so passionate about to a group of fantastic women who need to hear her message. It was a fabulous evening.

Then, after an inspiring and amazing day at Alt Summit (more on that later), I came home to watch Whitney's appearance on Studio 5 - a local mid-day talk show on KSL here in Utah. She was absolutely fantastic. Take a few minutes and watch this. I'll wait.

Studio 5 - Whitney Johnson "Dare, Dream, Do"

I love so many things she said, but the thing that is resonating with me the most right now is that children are most affected by the unfulfilled dreams of their parents. That's powerful. I've seen that happen. I've lived it with my own mom. I don't want my children to feel they have to fulfill my dreams. I'm a pretty good dreamer - I'm good at coming up with ideas - but I'm going to spend some more time thinking about the "Do" part of "Dare, Dream, Do."

Whitney is speaking at Alt Summit tomorrow, and I absolutely can't wait to watch that audience fall in love with her too.

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Get inspired and start dreaming your very own dreams and making them come true.

Hello.

I've started about 20 blog posts in the last couple weeks. I've got ideas written on scraps of paper in my inbox, on Evernote, in my shiny, new Franklin Planner. As you may have noticed, I haven't finished one.

I can't shake the feeling that I'm at a crossroads right now. Yet, even saying that out loud sounds like I'm in some dire situation, which isn't the case at all. I'm just feeling indecisive and stuck.

Even so, some cool stuff has been happening.

Our Christmas card was included in a student work feature over on the blog for Nicole's Classes. I love the classes I've taken there, and I have so much respect and admiration for the teachers, so having my card featured felt extra cool. (After I worked up the courage to email them the card and thank them for the inspiration.)

I'm heading to Utah tomorrow with L to attend this:

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My friend Whitney is a panelist, and Alt is ultra cool. I'm looking forward to being inspired by the people I'm going to meet and the things I'm going to hear, and I'm hoping to be brave enough to introduce myself to some of my favorite bloggers. *grin*

And I was so honored to be invited with Whitney to speak and sing at this event for Power of Moms. I love the directors Saren and April, and I always come away from Power of Moms events so inspired. Unfortunately, this event is sold out, but they have plenty of upcoming retreats (including one in Dallas! Awesome!) and their site is filled with wonderful essays and ideas from real moms that are a constant inspiration.

I'm not sure how many of my scraps of paper with blog ideas will make it back here, but I can promise that I'll report on all the goings on in Utah. Hope you've had a restful holiday weekend!

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

I don't know about you, but there are several songs and artists that really make the holiday season for me. Johnny Mathis' "Sleigh Ride"

Barbra Streisand's "Jingle Bells"

The Carpenters' "Merry Christmas Darling"

Harry Connick, Jr.'s "(Must Have Been Ol') Santa Claus"

But lately, the song that instantly gets me in the Christmas spirit is this one from my favorite band from the Great White North...

I listened to it today in the car several times and sang along at the top of my lungs. Let the holiday season begin!

Watching Out for the Weeds

My final post as the featured blogger at TOFW.com went live earlier today. It's about a piece of the best the best marriage (and life) advice I've received - watch out for the weeds. Watch Out for Weeds!

As I was writing the post, I realized that I've been a bit too focused on the weeds in my life right now and not as focused on the flowers and nurturing the things that are good. Ironic, since I've been writing a lot about seeking the good over at TOFW.com. As we're heading full steam ahead into the holiday season, writing this post was a good reminder of all that I have to be happy about and thankful for.

Especially this guy.

If you missed any of my other TOFW.com posts, here are the links to each article:

Hide and Seek

The Trouble With Zumba

Boiling Point

20/20 Vision

Macy's Playlist

The Trouble With Tune Cooties

A Spoonful of Sugar

What's In a Picture?

When Holidays Go Awry

And here are the rest of my TOFW blog posts (you know, just so all the links are in one place!)

 

I'm taking 2013 off from TOFW to work on a new presentation (though I'll still be performing "Children Will Listen" and my YW presentation, "Your Happily Ever After" for groups as I can fit them in), but you better believe I'll be in the audience for as many TOFW weekends as I can manage. If you still need a great idea for a Christmas present for yourself or someone else, the early bird special ends today at TOFW.com. Get over there and order some tickets!

 

And if you've never been to TOFW and have always wondered what it is all about, check out this fantastic video (featuring some of my photographs!)

Photo Shoot - Gordon Family

Mt. Bonnell, Austin Family Photographer We are so happy that the Gordons are back in Texas! We went to a proper Austin landmark to document their return to the city - Mt. Bonnell. It was a little foggy when we started out, but the fog burned off and left us with a beautiful Texas fall morning.

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These boys are delightful.

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I love this bridge we spotted on the way up to Mt. Bonnell. It was totally worth stopping for.

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Thank you, Gordons! So glad you're back!

Photo Shoot - Cottam Family

South First Street, Austin Family Photographer I got to kick off the fall photo season right with this adorable family! We found some awesome locations in downtown Austin and captured how much fun this family has together.

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These kids are so adorable with personalities to match!

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Thank you, Cottams! I sure think you are great!

TOFW Tuesday

It's been a bit more quiet around here because I've been the featured blogger over at TOFW.com for the past few weeks. And evidently, my brain can only handle writing for one blog at a time. *grin* If you haven't had a chance to check my posts out, I'd love it if you take a moment and click right here to see what I've been up to.

I also wanted to share a printable I created for the blog that was posted today.

I love this quote from Glennon Doyle Melton of momastery.com. She posted it earlier this year, and it's been on my brain ever since. If you'd like to have the PDF to print and hang somewhere at home, click on the graphic above to download.

Photo Shoot - Miss Avery

As some of you know, I've been on sabbatical from my portrait business for most of this year.  I've still been shooting, but only things that I really need to practice or want to improve. It's been nice to have that time to focus. One thing I'm exploring a bit is newborn photography. And thankfully, all my friends keep having babies so I can practice. *grin* I've had the chance in the last year to do newborn sessions with some dreamy babies, but have forgotten to share some of them here.

Miss Avery is a very special baby in our group of friends here in Austin. We love all the babies, but she's a particularly special one.

First off, she was so excited to get here to the planet, she was born in the car in the hospital parking lot. Can you believe this sweet-faced little girl did that to her mother?

She's clearly got the siblings wrapped around her little finger. Especially big sister.

And mom too, obviously.

Avery is the sweetest, happiest, most joyful and most peaceful baby I've ever encountered. I'm always thrilled when her family sits in front of me at church because I get to see these beautiful eyes and her fabulous smile.

I wanted to share this newborn session today, because little Avery was featured on a fantastic new blog you need to know about called Eponym. Eponym was created to provide a network of creative inspiration, opportunities, and resources to serve others. I've had the opportunity to be involved behind the scenes in setting this blog up and helping with other technical issues, and I'm so proud of and amazed by my friends who put this idea together and have the most amazing, giving, service-oriented hearts of anyone I think I've ever met. I would love it if you would take a moment to check out the blog and learn a little more about Avery and what Eponym is all about.

I Hear the Universe Laughing...

I'm blogging over at TOFW.com on Tuesdays for the next little while, and I've been spending a lot of time thinking about how my life right now relates to the 2012 theme, "Seek the Good." Don't get me wrong - my life is wonderful. I'm very blessed. But I also know, there are so many ways I can improve. And I've been a little bit consumed thinking of all the ways I can improve. Especially when it comes to the day-to-day things I want (and should be) doing every day.

Not long ago, I came across an awesome productivity secret from Jerry Seinfeld. Yes, that Jerry Seinfeld.

The details are in this blog post, but his advice was to come up with task or a goal you are trying to accomplish, get a big calendar, and then...

"He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day. "After a few days you'll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You'll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain."

 Don't break the chain. Seems simple, right?
My new chain is a goal I have to only drink water every day. No soda. I knew this would be difficult, but I was committed.
I made it through the entire day yesterday, and was feeling super proud of myself.
Big mistake, deciding to go ahead and feel proud of myself after one day.
You know the saying, "Make plans, and the Universe laughs"? That's kind of how I felt today. For a variety of reasons, I already broke the chain.
Normally, I would beat myself up about failing at something so quickly, but I'm trying to seek the good in myself and be a bit kinder to myself. And the great thing is, I can start the chain again tomorrow. I'll keep you posted on how the chain is going.

So, how do you establish new habits or accomplish goals? I'd love to hear more ideas from you in the comments below.

P.S. Here's another great blog post by someone else who used the Jerry Seinfeld "Don't Break the Chain" idea.

TOFW Boise - What I Learned From Brad Wilcox

One of the most amazing things about the past two years I've had the opportunity to spend as a presenter for Time Out for Women has been the chance to attend the events and listen to all the other presenters. I come home from each weekend recharged and ready to do better and be better and accomplish more. It's a real blessing. This fall season has been a busy one for me - I've had three back-to-back weekend events. As I looked at the calendar, I joked with my husband that with three TOFW events in a row, the Relief Society session of General Conference, and then General Conference the weekend after that if I don't come out the other side of this a better person, I seriously need to re-evaluate myself. *grin*

I've been so blessed this year to present several times with Brad Wilcox. I love Brad. He's just as funny and thoughtful and kind as you imagine he is, and his talks are so much fun to listen to. You're laughing one minute, and learning profound gospel truths the next. He's a master teacher.

Brad's TOFW talk this year has been about the different names of the Savior. He talks about how in Third Nephi Jesus said that His people will know His name. Brad teaches about the different names of Jesus and how when we learn what they mean, we can begin to see more clearly all that He has to offer us. It's a great talk. I've heard it several times this year, but I really needed to hear it in Boise.

You see, I've been pretty discouraged with myself lately. With my ability to accomplish the day-to-day things that add up to make us better. It's discouraging. I look around and I compare myself as we all do, and I just get so discouraged.

Brad has so many great quotes in this talk, but I have two favorite moments in the talk that really hit me in Boise.

Brad tells of a friend of his who isn't living the teachings of the church any longer because, as he says, "God loves me just the way I am." Brad answered him, saying:

God loves us just the way we are, but he also loves us enough to not leave us like this.

I love my grandchildren just the way they are, but it doesn't mean that I don't want them to learn to walk, it doesn't mean I don't want them to learn to talk, it doesn't mean I don't want them to learn to read. I love them enough to want more for them.

God loves us enough not just to want more, but to make a way for that to become a reality. As we make covenants with Christ, he literally gives us the power to be transformed.

Then, at the close of Brad's talk, he says this:

Oh, thank goodness He's not finished making me yet. I've been striving to keep that in mind over the past couple weeks.

Thank you, Brad.

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P.S. Remember to go check out this week's post at TOFW.com!

P.P.S. You should also go enter the giveaways this week on my Facebook page! New giveaways every day, and all the drawings happen on Saturday.

TOFW - Whew!!

I'm home from my whirlwind September events for Time Out for Women. I had back-to-back events in Boise, Houston, and Las Vegas. I had a wonderful time and learned so much and am so grateful to have met so many wonderful women at all three events. It's been an amazing month.

I'm going to spend this week on the blog writing about some of the awesome things that happened and that I learned over the course of this month, but I'm also going to be holding a giveaway a day on my Facebook page this week (today through Saturday), and I'd love for you to come enter! I've been collecting some awesome products from my fellow TOFW presenters (most of them autographed) and I'm going to give a bunch of them away on my Facebook page. Click here to check out today's giveaway! (An autographed copy of Emily Freeman's book, "Love Life and See Good Days" AND an autographed CD from Mercy River!)

And another fun thing! I'm also going to be the featured blogger at TOFW.com for the next couple of months. My posts go up on Tuesdays, so I'd love for you to go check them out and participate in the comments. My first blog post today is about our early games of hide-and-seek with G-Man and some thoughts about the TOFW theme for this year, "Seek the Good." Read more by clicking here or on the photo below.

Look at that cute little boy. Sure love him!

Happy Birthday!

I sure love Diggity. And I love when his birthday comes around, because we were just starting to date (eight years ago!) right around the time of his birthday. And this time of year reminds me of that time in our lives and how lucky and blessed I felt to have met him. One of the things I've always loved most about him is how much he loves family - especially his kids. And rather than spend a whole lot of words talking about that, I just want you to look how happy he is in these pictures we took when all the kids (except our son-in-law D) were able to be at the house over Labor Day at the beginning of this month.

(Diggity isn't in the next two pictures, but you need to see them so you can see how cute these kids are. *grin*)

Happy birthday, sweetheart! Sure love you!