Posts with tag: "Christmas"

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

 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
By Tina L. Scott
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Two stories speak to me from these images ... the magical storybook narrative I could write from them ... of a little girl in a log cabin discovering Santa arriving with presents, then playing and dancing with him, before she tires and he tucks her into bed before disappearing back up the chimney.

... And the story of a little girl getting her portraits taken with Santa ... she on his lap ... the traditional thing.  And then, when it was done, that little girl asking Santa if he would play trains with her.  And so he did.  He got down on all fours and played trains.  And then she said, "Santa, wanna dance with me?" and he said, "Sure!" ... she told me to turn on the music and turn it up LOUD, and then she showed Santa her best dance moves and told him to do what she did.  And he did.  And they had so much fun.

    

Then that little girl got playful with Santa and told him, "I'm gonna get you, Santa!" as she came up behind him laughing. Joyously that Santa picked her up and that little girl snatched the hat from the top of his head ... And she laughed and laughed and then put it back on his head in a somewhat haphazard fashion.  Silliness.  Playfulness.  Fun.  Magic.

And then the little girl was tired, and she wanted to lay down on that little chaise in the studio.  And she was cold, so she wanted a blanket.  And Santa got her one, and tucked her in ... on the chaise, and in that special place he holds for her in his heart.  

And memories were made ... for Lily and for Santa ... and forever.  And I was so blessed to be the photographer who kept on shooting and captured some of that magic in these images.  

Love & Blessings to you all this Christmas!

Tina

P.S.  As I am writing this, I just looked up to see the snow beginning to fall here.  Perhaps there is hope for a white Christmas here after all.  That snow lasted only minutes, but we shall see ... With Christmas magic, anything is possible!


 
Sunday, December 13, 2015
By Tina L. Scott
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Here in Wisconsin, it's looking like we may actually not have a white Christmas this year.  I can't remember the last time that happened.  Today it was 45 degrees out, Fahrenheit, and we have green grass.  As quickly as I can tire of long, cold winters, it just doesn't quite feel like Christmas is less than two weeks away without fluffy white snowflakes in the air and a blanket of white covering everything in sight.  

But one thing that does make it feel like Christmas here at the studio is our annual "Professional Portraits with Santa" event.  That was really the Christmas kick-off for me!  Three elves arrived a couple of weeks ago to help me decorate the tree in anticipation of Santa's arrival, and then they came early last Sunday to make sure the hot cocoa and cookies were ready for Santa and the kids.  Then Santa arrived!  Oh, what a joy!  Santa here at the studio became an annual tradition for us six years ago.  It was a way of making Christmas "real" now that my own children were grown and since, at the time, we didn't yet have grandchildren.  Watching the magic that happens when children anticipate and see Santa in person quickly became one of the greatest joys ever ... and a Family tradition for our family and the families of the children who come here to see Santa!  

Now, with six years gone by, it is an incredible blessing to see how many of the children return to my studio year after year to be photographed with my Santa, and Santa and I can see how they've grown and changed, how their little personalities have developed, how one year they are scared of him and the next year they are absolutely entranced with him or totally fearless and go right up to crawl on his lap and give him hugs!  The letters they write him, the pictures they draw, and listening to their Christmas wishes are an integral part of our holiday.  Watching them enjoy cocoa, Christmas cookies, and the elves is a delight. 

We always have some adorable babies who snuggle right into Santa's arms and could stay there all afternoon, perfectly at home.  Santa enjoys snuggling them just as much as they love being tucked into the crook of his soft red suit.  The very next year, those same babies have sometimes developed stranger anxiety and he is met with tears.  Santa hates seeing those little tears, so we go to great lengths to calm children and bring elves or parents into the portraits to hold the child so they aren't distressed, or bring in little chairs or props or whatever it takes.  I'm also known to go completely over the top making goofy faces and noises to get those adorable smiles.  It's worth every ounce of extra effort we put in to create those picture-perfect moments their parents will cherish for so many years to come!

I wish I could have included all of the images from last Sunday's Santa event!  While I can't fit them all in, I hope these adorable images will help ignite the true Christmas spirit in your heart this season ... whether it is a white Christmas outside or not!

Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed & very Merry Christmas!

Love Tina


 
Monday, December 22, 2014
By Tina L. Scott
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As the holidays quickly approach, I am like most women and moms ... burning the candle at both ends to get everything done to make it a picture perfect Christmas for my family.  As a photographer and business owner, I am also focusing on the "picture perfect" part of things for my clients ... ensuring they get their images in time for Christmas gift giving.  

Sooner or later (probably sooner), I will be forced to modify my original vision of what this Christmas will look like ... easing up on the decorating I thought I had to do, eliminating a few things from the menu I probably went overboard on anyway, and letting go of that perfectionist part of me that is totally unrealistic and accepting a more reality-based vision of what I can do and still maintain my sanity.

I want to wish each of you the strength to let go of that image of perfection, too.  It isn't realistic, and it isn't healthy.  So we've got to support each other on this ... on helping to realign our expectations of others and the day and ourselves and all the things we think we must do that we really don't.

And honestly, all that stuff isn't even what the holiday is really about.  The reason for the season has nothing to do with all of the pretty wrappings and gifts and decorations and food and festivities.  It is all about a little baby born in a manger.  

And for me, it's about family.  Spending time with them, treasuring each moment with them, and making memories to last a lifetime and beyond.

You know, that's what I tell people about their portraiture, too.  Lots of women won't come in for a professional family portrait because they want to lose weight.  They want to get their hair colored.  They want to do something.  So they delay, and they miss out.  Because that's what happens when we demand unrealistic perfection from ourselves and focus on all the wrong things.  We miss out.  On life.  And love.  And memories.  

Don't miss out on creating a memorable experience for your kids with a family portrait even if you haven't lost that 10 pounds or gotten your hair done.  Your kids won't care.  They love you just the way you are!  

And don't miss out on the magic and love of this Christmas by focusing on the perfection and consumerism and craziness ... Stop! the Craziness! ... live in the moment ... give up on micro-managing the details ...

... and have a Very Blessed and Merry Christmas surrounded by LOVE!  Because that's what it's all about.

And, if you are a Christian, as I am ... enjoy the miracle of a little baby who came to us in a manger ... the reason for the season ... Celebrate Him!  Because He is truly Love.  In its purest and most beautiful form.  And He ... and His love ... are there for each and every one of us to embrace.  He is Christ the Lord.  This Christmas, let's focus on that!

God Bless Us, Every One!

Tina

   


 
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