Posts with tag: "family portraits"

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


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!



Friday, August 29, 2014
By Tina L. Scott
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Every now and again, if we keep our minds and hearts open to it and our eyes open to see it, God gives us a miracle.


Cordelia Mae is a miracle baby ... one doctors predicted wouldn't live beyond birth. But yesterday she turned two weeks old and is home with her family surrounded by love and adored by everyone who meets her.



It was my honor to be invited into the home of this family this week, to photograph part of one day in the life of this very thankful and very happy family ... a family blessed by the miracle they and so many who loved them prayed for.  


Yes, you will see toys on the floor. You will see a basket of unfolded laundry. You will see odd things lying about. I told them not to move a thing. Their home is lived in and loved in. I wanted this session to be real. Real life.  





Because when you are celebrating a miracle, every day and every minute counts, and life is too short to worry about having a perfect house! I photographed this family the way life really is and told them not to change a thing because I was coming. I told them to do what they always do, and in many cases to pretend I wasn't even there. 

This was a documentary "day in the life" opportunity ... a chance to capture the little moments in the joy of everyday life ... a life Abby and William have built together over the last 10 years ... a life filled with the laughter and giggles of 5-year-old Auden and 3-year-old Oliver ... and now a life filled with the joy and challenges of their miracle, Cordelia, coming home with them.  


This was all about capturing images of life the way it really is for this very special family and celebrating every blessed minute of it ... without apology to anyone ... because, after all, this--Family, Love, Miracles, and Celebrating them and being Thankful for them--is what life is really all about!


I hope they find as much joy in looking at these images ... and the rest of the images they will receive from our time together ... as I did creating them. For me, this was a magical morning filled with reminders of the miracles all around us every day ... and it was such a wonder to be a part of their lives even for a short time!




P.S.  Yes, we did take a few more "posed" images for their family album, as well.  But not your typical forced "perfect" pictures ... a more relaxed, fun approach to real life.