Posts with tag: "central Wisconsin"

Life is about the stories we tell. Every story is another page in the book of our lives.

I am a story teller. And I want to tell the story of your love ... and your wedding ... this beautiful chapter in your life ... through professional images on your wedding day.

There are no do-overs on your wedding day. That's why quality counts. And professionalism. And experience. Photography experience. And story telling experience. 

Let me tell the story of your love ... contact me to photograph your wedding.

But first, let me share with you some stories here. In words and in the images I captured. I hope they warm your heart.

                                                                                                - Tina


Wednesday, July 26, 2017
By Tina L. Scott
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Second Shooting

In the wedding photography industry, "second shooter" is a term that refers to having a second photographer at a wedding. It's a great way to capture two viewpoints of the day's events as they unfold, have a photographer in two places at the same time when things are happening simultaneously in different locations, and to incorporate a wider range of artistic styles in the images the couple will have to remember their wedding day in photographs.

Most of the time, if you see images with my watermark on them, I was the primary photographer, and I generally have my own assistant along doing the second shooting/assisting. But every now and then I get the chance to be the second shooter for another photographer and her wedding clients, and I jump at the chance! I love the opportunity to gain a fresh perspective, to photograph in different venues, and to work with a colleague ... who often (if not already) quickly becomes a friend. And in an industry that pits many photographers against each other as competitors, and in a profession that is usually quite solitary, the friendship of photographer colleagues is a wonderful thing! 

When I am the second shooter, I often get to work with the groom and groomsmen capturing images of them getting ready or just hanging out prior to the wedding and blowing off a little nervous energy while the primary photographer photographs the bride and bridesmaids getting dressed and ready for the ceremony. For the processional, I get to be in back and witness those last moments between a bride and her father before they walk up the aisle and he gives her to her groom to become a married woman. During the ceremony, I get to shoot different angles ... the peripherals, if you will ... wide shots from the balcony of the church or candids of guests watching the ceremony or a second viewpoint during the exchange of vows and rings. 

Afterward, for group images of the family with the bride and groom, I get to assist ... helping to set up group shots and move people around for a pleasing composition, adjusting the bride's train, and looking for the little details we want to tweak to get the best images possible, while the primary photographer actually takes those photographs. Occasionally, the primary shooter asks me to take the actual photographs while she sets things up exactly the way she wants them. Of course, I help carry equipment and set up lights and watch the time to keep us on schedule. I love being in the role of helper and sometimes actually feel like I'm not sure what to do with my hands if I don't actually have a camera in them myself. But it's a great chance to view wedding photography from another perspective. And I love the feeling of being part of a team. And one of the best parts:  I often learn new things that make me a better photographer or more effective at my own weddings! I also enjoy sharing my ideas for shots, since during this hectic time, I have a little less stress and more of an opportunity to look around and imagine new possibilities. Collaboration is a wonderful thing. As photographers, those of us who embrace collaboration over competition find ourselves in a wonderful place as artists and expand our own vision tenfold. 

Once we get to photographing the wedding party and the bride and groom by themselves, second shooting is a great chance to capture unique angles or photographs that wouldn't be possible without a second camera. It's a really rushed and busy time trying to get a ton of great images in a short timeframe, but these photos are usually some of the most beautiful shots of the day and often the ones that get hung on the wall in the couple's home. I love being able to get a fresh perspective during this time! Ideas abound, two photographers often collaborate on ideas, and with two cameras firing, we get a great selection of images for the couple -- images the couple will cherish forever! And did I mention it's just plain fun?

At every step of the wedding day, as second shooter I get to step outside the pressure of being primary to see the day in a fresh, new way. I see and photograph little details for the couple's wedding album. I look for expressions on other faces (besides the bride and groom) and see the magic of the moment reflected there, and sometimes I get to photograph those expressions. I watch another photographer's creative process unfold. It's a great opportunity!

All of the images you see in this post are images I photographed as a second shooter at two weddings last summer (I am finally catching up on blog posts!) ... the wedding of Josh & Jodi Selig with Kristyn Skinner of Spotlight Studios in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, and the wedding of Thomas & Andrea Franke with Laura Schmitt Hiller of Laura Schmitt Photography. Both of these beautiful women have awesome husbands who are normally their second photographers at weddings, but for one reason or another, they had to be somewhere else on these particular dates, and I was blessed with the opportunity to stand in for them and photograph with these two very talented photographers. Thank you for the opportunity, ladies! 

I was particularly "over the moon" thrilled to be able to photograph a wedding couple at the County Fair along with Kristyn ... and to find out that they shut down the Ferris wheel for 20 minutes to allow the wedding party to ride and be photographed exclusively on their wedding day. Now how incredibly awesome is that!??! And that opportunity added some very cool images to my portfolio! Thank you, Kristyn!

And to Laura ... thank you for allowing me to shoot with you again, this time at the beautiful St. Mary's church in Marathon. What a majestic and gorgeous church! My own aunt and uncle were married at St. Mary's many years ago, and I have been a guest at other family weddings there, but this is the first time I had the opportunity to photograph a wedding there. What a great experience! Thank you, Laura!

Basking in the glow of weddings and collaboration,


Thursday, September 01, 2016
By PhotographybyTina
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A Blessed Winter Wedding

Summer months are the most popular months for weddings, but there really is something special about a winter wedding.  This past winter I was blessed and honored to photograph the wedding of an amazing young couple ... Allisen (Montana) and Kyle Franck.  Winter in Wisconsin had a late start, and we had to actually seek out picturesque places with snow on the ground, but the couple knew of the perfect spot ... not far from the church where they were getting married and along the river where the ice was forming and snow had collected on the banks.  Between the path leading to the river and the images by the river itself, it was an amazing photo opp for their romantic wedding images!  

But the most amazing part of photographing this couple's wedding, for me, was their obvious and sincere love for each other ... and for Christ.  While being married in a church with a beautiful wedding dress that suggested a "traditional" church wedding, this couple stepped out of the box right from the very beginning.  They opted not to have attendants ... i.e., bridesmaids and groomsmen ... for their wedding, and instead, to focus their ceremony on the bond they would share with Christ as they become one with Him in marriage.  


During their worship service, which was every bit that as well as a wedding ceremony, the couple freely sang along with the worship songs, eyes lifted heavenward, along with the entire assembly. 

The minister spoke of Christ's love, this love that they should emulate in their marriage. And he read letters written by the couple's parents to them on this blessed occasion. It truly was a beautiful thing to behold. There were tears in many eyes, mine included.


Everything was held at Highland Community Church at the Weston Campus. No dance was planned, but with Christian music in the background, apparently many of the female family members and friends of the bride had a little something up their sleeves. The bride helps lead a Christian dance exercise class, and at the end of the dinner, one of the songs from the class suddenly began to play and the volume to rise. It was a good thing I had my camera in my hands, because I turned to see the bride sashaying up the aisle between the tables toward a group of women from her class gathered in an open space, already dancing to the song just as she had taught them in class. It was a wonderful uplifting sight to behold, and the music and spirit was positively contagious! Some of the images captured during that single dance are among my favorites from that day!


From the first look in front of a Christmas tree to the unusual menu items lovingly prepared by family and church members ... all healthy, guilt-free, and delicious I might add ... to the gorgeous decor, a combination of wedding and Christmas beautifully combined ... to the Christian music in the background, this wedding will always stand out to me. Whether this couple knows it or not, they raised the bar by deviating from "traditional" twenty-first century wedding customs and creating a ceremony and celebration that was entirely about family, faith, and the beginning of a married life together that truly puts both of those things first.


The wedding wrapped up early in the evening with a bubble blowing sendoff and the couple driving away in the car their friends had decorated. Shorter, perhaps, than many weddings I have photographed. But infinitely memorable.


I hope all of you enjoy peeking at some of the pages from this couple's beautiful wedding album, including an image of them holding the album in their hands and seeing it for the first time. All of these images really help tell the story of their love on their beautiful and blessed winter wedding day.

Blessings to you both, Mr. and Mrs. Kyle and Allisen Franck! 


Tuesday, October 27, 2015
By Tina L. Scott
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As I pondered what words to use to describe Emily & Andrew's wedding, one single word kept recurring: Romantic.  Their wedding was, without a doubt, romantic in every sense of the word.  From the blush colored bridesmaid dresses to the beautiful blush on the bride's glowing face.  

From the heart cut from Emily's late grandfather's shirt stitched onto her wedding dress . . . to the dreamy fountain in the garden outside the church.  From the love evident on the father of the bride's face as he saw his daughter in her wedding gown for the first time to the tears in both their eyes.  From the moment before the ceremony when Emily & Andrew held hands and shared a few loving words before the big moment, separately only by a door so they wouldn't see each other before she walked down the aisle, . . . all the way up to their first dance and beyond, romance was in the air!

Every moment seemed magical.  It truly was a photographer's dream-come-true!  If I had possessed pockets full of pixie dust, this wedding would have seemed the appropriate place to sprinkle it.

But enough words!  Let's look at some of the gorgeous images that tell the story far better than my narrative.  A picture really is worth a thousand words!



Special thanks to Laura Schmidt Hiller for asking me to second shoot this wedding with her.  It was wonderful working with Laura, and what a perfect day this was!

Wishing you all romance & pixie dust ...