Posts with tag: "Merrill 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


Monday, April 04, 2016
By Tina L. Scott
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Planning to Propose to the Love of Your Life? Document that Once-in-a-Lifetime Moment in Professional Images!

It’s all the rage these days … images and video of wedding proposals are all over the Internet, especially social media. Did you know that Photography by Tina offers proposal photography services? It’s true! I will come to your proposal and photograph the whole event for you! And don’t worry … I’ll be discreet (what do you think those expensive long lenses are for?!) … In fact, your sweetheart will never even know I’m there until after she says yes and you tell her I’m there. (You may not know this, but photographers are also trained in the art of being spies. LOL)

If you’re stuck for creative ideas about how or where you can propose to make this once-in-a-lifetime magical moment absolutely perfect for the love of your life, I can even help you plan the perfect proposal!

You might not think proposal photography is important, but girls want secret proposal photography almost as much as they want the ring. (Well, maybe not quite that much, but a lot.) This is one of the most important moments of your soon-to-be-wife’s life, and all of her friends and family are going to be ask how it happened. What better way to share that moment with them than with amazing, professional photos? I’m telling you, your soon-to-be-wife will be bragging about you for years to come!

You can purchase this service a la carte, or we can add it on to your engagement or wedding package. For pricing and booking information or to learn more, email me at or call me at 715.212.0767.

Wishing you love & laughter ... and that the answer is "Yes!!" ...


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, August 11, 2014
By Tina L. Scott
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This image was a surprise for me. It was a moment. It wasn't the image I originally started OUT to capture. I saw this little guy sitting in the window frame of the old barn and grabbed my camera. He was just hanging out and it was so cute. But he saw me raise my camera in his direction and ducked out of site, hiding around that post. I really wanted the image I saw when I grabbed my camera ... originally.

But now I absolutely love THIS image. I love the surprise element. I love the engagement with him. I love that it is totally unexpected. I love that it captures him being a bashful little boy ... which his mom says matches his personality perfectly. I love the documentary nature of it which I am really starting to explore and embrace ... versus it being a posed portrait.

I just love everything about it.

Embrace the unexpected.  It is real life.  


P.S.  I am considering offering a few "day in the life" sessions for select clients, taking a documentary approach to photographing on location in your home.  If you are interested in one of these sessions, please contact me to get on the short list.  715.212.0767 What can you expect from one of these sessions?  MOMENTS captured forever ... everyday, unposed, priceless images of your child just being a kid.  And I guarantee you will love them!

Wednesday, July 02, 2014
By Tina L. Scott
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A sneak peek from yesterday's session with Lulu ...

It's not always easy to wrangle a 109-pound dog ... even when she is as lovable as Lulu ... but it IS important to do so to get some portraits of furry family members ... especially when they are as special to you as Lulu is to her family.  

You see, Lulu is a bit of a hero, having saved the life of one of her little "people" when he was just a toddler and fell into the family's swimming pool by alerting her big people to the situation.  

And now her family has had to face a terminal diagnosis for Lulu ... they know her time with them is limited, and while they have enjoyed many loving years with her, they will miss her beyond words.  So these portraits will be especially important in the months and years to come when they remember her and tell the story of their beloved furry hero.  They are important.  They are meaningful.  Because Lulu is part of their family.  And they don't ever want to forget her or the gift of life she helped to give them. ... It was my honor to photograph Lulu for her family!  I hope you like her images, White family!

Love & Hugs!


Wednesday, June 18, 2014
By Tina L. Scott
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I firmly believe life is all about the details ... in the everyday things of our day-to-day lives ... like the smell of your favorite kind of coffee brewing first thing in the morning to get your day started right, and the delicious taste of that first hot sip ... or the way your grandbaby looks sleeping in your arms with the soft pink glow of peaceful slumber in her cheeks that just melts your heart ... And also in the big moments of your life ... like your wedding day ... where all the little details add up to make your day one-of-a-kind and all about the two of you and your love.

That's one of the reasons I love to photograph weddings.  I love capturing the intimacy of the people and their feelings for each other at a time when their love is truly the most important thing in their world.  And I love photographing moments they can never recreate but can now relive over and over again ... forever ... every time they look at those images of their day.  I love capturing the big moments of their day and every little detail, too ... like the detail in the flowers ... that may have wilted by the following day but will be forever preserved in the images in their album because I got that great shot ... or the way the bride's ring sparkles in the sun ... or the twinkle in the bride's father's eye when he tears up just a little during the father/daughter dance ... or the bubbles in the glasses of champagne when the groom toasts his bride.  You see, I firmly believe every one of those tiny little details are important ... because taken individually, they are poignant moments and beautiful testimony to all of the love and preparation that led up to this moment in time.  But taken in their entirety, they are the sum of the day ... the mood ... the emotion ... the love ... the memories ... the joy.  It all counts.  It is the stuff of life!  

Yes, life is all about the details ...

That's why I photograph things like the wedding invitations ... and do them in such a way that those images become art.

And I notice the little things.  Like Johnny Cash stamps on the return envelopes for Blaine and Amanda's wedding dinner RSVPs.  Now, can it get any more country than that?  Seriously? That is classic right there. Details. Priceless, priceless details.

In just 10 days, I will be there to help Blaine and Amanda celebrate their love for each other and capture the moments of their wedding.  I can't wait.

Yesterday I posted on facebook:  "Amanda Marks + Real Tree = True Love for Blaine Perman" ... 

Real Tree ... camo ... hunting ... love ... all interconnected in life ... yes, i's all about the details.

I love the details.