Posts with tag: "Merrill senior photographer"

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, June 17, 2014
By Tina L. Scott
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This image is a sneak peek from Sarah's recent senior session ... captured near the end of our adventure just before we ran out of light ... Beautiful!


Senior portraits are a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  At least that's how I approach them.  Only once will this person be at this particular point in their life ... on the verge of stepping out into the world and forging their own path ... at the cusp of an adventure of their own making ... ready to fly from the nest.  For some, that will mean a job after high school.  For others, it may mean college.  For others, perhaps something exotic and exciting making the world a better place ... like joining the Peace Corps.  Or perhaps going into the service ... the Army or the Marines.  See what I mean?  So many possibilities.

And every senior is unique.  They are their own person ... their own individual combination of qualities. Their personality, along with their interests, their likes and dislikes, their passions and pet peeves ... it all combines to make them who they are.  Right now.  At this stage of their life.

So when I photograph a senior, I want their senior portrait experience to be a combination of all of those things.  It's somewhat planned ... as we start out with ideas and outfits we decided on in our portrait planning session.  It incorporates the things that senior is excited or passionate about in his or her life.  But it's also an adventure.  We go from place to place in outdoor sessions.  We explore along the way and find little out-of-the-way places ... sometimes right in the middle of a busy, thriving downtown ... but nonetheless, we grab a little slice of life and use it to create an incredible image that will document our journey together and tell something about them.  

The image might showcase an interest ... or a mood ... or a quirk of their personality.  It could be about any little thing ... or perhaps nothing at all.  It might be a moment ... or a secret joke ... or representative of something much bigger and broader. 

But when we are done, it is part of the essence of who that senior is.

Every session is different.  Every session is unique in ways that it are difficult to describe in words.  But the pictures tell the story.  And that's how it should be.

Telling the story of who you are at this point in your life ... that's what senior portraits at Photography by Tina are all about!  That's why I do what I do.  Because your story matters.  

Call me!  Let's tell your story ... and let's have an adventure while we do it!


Monday, April 28, 2014
By Tina L. Scott
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Meet Miss Mariah Zettler of Edgar, Wisconsin ... an Edgar Wildcat ... and one of my Senior Models! Mariah is a "wild child" ... fun and exciting and just bursting with energy!  I got to meet her when Melissa, one of my other senior models, introduced her to me and suggested she would make an awesome addition to our senior model team for the Class of 2015.  And she was absolutely right!  Mariah infuses an energy into our group photo shoots that is totally contagious and has everyone else laughing and smiling ... and you can very literally see it by the light in her sparkling eyes.  This girl is on fire for life!

In fact, she is soooo active I get a little exhausted just telling you all of the things she is involved in.  At St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Mariah is in youth group and youth choir, sings at mass, and teaches sixth grade catechism.  At Edgar High School, she is in the National Honor Society, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Choir, Spanish Club, and is the President of the Art Club.  She is also on the yearbook, on the prom committee, in softball, and a Big Buddy. 

When she is not at church or school, Mariah volunteers at Aspirus Wausau Hospital and works at Country Aire Restaurant washing dishes or bussing tables which she loves because of the people.  “The people I work with are like family,” Mariah says.  Whew!  See what I mean?  Exhausting!  LOL

She says her favorite classes are science, English, and the fine arts … and “My worst is history (sooo boring to me! :zzz)”

Two of Mariah’s passions are music and softball.  In addition to singing, she is able to play at least half a dozen instruments:   “I have played saxophone, clarinet, piano, trombone (for pepping), I can play trumpet a little, and also guitar,” she says.  She loves a wide variety of music, crossing over into multiple genres, but her favorite by far is “country music because there is a song for every emotion,” Mariah explains.  “My favorite artists are Hunter Hayes, Eric Paslay, Cole Swindell, Jana Kramer, and Taylor Swift.”

And about softball?  “I am passionate about softball,” Mariah says.”  I’ve been playing since I was going into third grade and started fast pitch going into seventh grade and have yet to want to stop.  I want to play softball in college and then coach once I graduate (any age level)."  Her passion drives her to continually challenge herself.  "I'm twisting my game up this year by hitting left handed more which takes discipline because I'm naturally right handed," she explains.  

Like everything else she does, Mariah has jumped into modeling for my studio wholeheartedly and with a passion.  She loves it!  And that beaming smile of hers is just contagious.  It’s hard to say which she enjoys more—the actual modeling or just being with all the other girls.  She says she loves meeting new friends, and those friendships are incredibly important to her.  Of her friends?  “I can trust them with anything!”

Mariah’s life is in a great place right now with a ton of things to look forward to.  She is excited for this summer, for the warm weather and the activities it will bring.  “I’m going on a mission trip in June and starting a CNA course in July and ending in August,” she says. 

And then there are senior pictures!  When asked to rate her excitement about that on a scale of one to ten?  “10!” was her prompt response.  “Tina will do a great job helping me plan everything, and she is wonderful at dealing with my bad sense of fashion and crazy ideas!” she added.  Mariah has already scheduled her senior portrait session for June, and we’ve been brainstorming some great ideas to fully showcase and encompass all of the different aspects of who she is at this point in her life.  You bet we’ll embrace those so-called “crazy ideas!” to get some great images … images that will extend beyond simple portraits to creating ART!

When fall rolls around, Mariah is sooo ready for being a senior.  Senior year will be all about “making memories and my challenging schedule (three college courses and one online course),” Mariah says.  Something tells me she’ll barely come up for air during senior year with all of the things she’s involved in. 

Then after senior year, it’s off to college.  “I’m deciding between UW-Oshkosh and UW-LaCrosse,” Mariah says.  She’s debating between physical therapy/kinesiology at Oshkosh or radiation therapy at LaCrosse, but definitely leaning toward a career in the medical field.  On the other hand, “I love to bake and my dream job would definitely be owning a bakery!” she says.  Hmmm.  Sometime tells me even if she follows the medical path her co-workers will be treated to cupcakes fairly frequently.  (Feel free to bring some along to your senior photo shoot, Mariah!) 

Some other interesting trivia about Mariah:  “My favorites are the three P’s—Pasta, Pizza, and Peanut Butter.  I watch One Tree Hill, Teen Mom, and replays of college softball whenever I have the chance.  My favorite color is yellow.”  Mariah says she is currently contemplating repainting her room.  And while it is currently yellow on two walls and blue on the other two, she’s now leaning toward three walls in a brighter yellow and experimenting with zebra stripes on the fourth!  “I want to do something bright and fun!” she says.

More fun facts about Mariah?  “I loooove my cheetah print footie pajamas,” she says.  “And my white leopard footie pajamas.”  And while she is on the topic of confidences?  “I used to have an imaginary friend who got blamed for EVERYTHING I did,” she confides.  And “I will dance in front of my friends and family, but I won’t dance at school if I don’t have to.”

Another favorite pastime?  “I like sitting on Pinterest and dreaming of a house designed to pin-point perfection.”  Something tells me she’s probably got a pin on her boards somewhere that features a zebra print wall! 

Mariah is such a fun and exciting girl … in really cool and unexpected ways … I just can’t wait for our senior photo shoot … and it’s less than six weeks away!  Yes, this academic year is quickly drawing to a close!  So if you are in the Class of 2015 and you haven’t yet scheduled YOUR senior pictures, CALL ME NOW!!  Let’s get you in for your free planning session and get you scheduled for this summer … trust me, we are gonna have a blast together!  There are actually some brand new things I’ll be unveiling for seniors this year … and by calling now, you’ll get in on all the details before they’re even public knowledge!  So if you want to know those secrets?  CALL ME!!  My number is 715.212.0767 to make it super easy for you.

Hope to talk to you soon, Class of 2015!