Posts with tag: "photography"

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


Saturday, March 19, 2016
By Tina L. Scott
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I know that blog posts are supposed to be key to marketing my photography. So why don't I post more often? Is it because I have nothing going on, nothing to say? More like the opposite! I'm swamped with all of the things I am doing in my life! Is it because I hate to write or am not a good writer? Nope. Not that either. In fact, I've written and edited books, magazine and newspaper articles, and entire magazines and I really love writing! So what's my real reason? Well, um ... here's a secret:  I'm a procrastinator. There.  I said it.  (Yes, I know. My husband could have told you this long ago. Let's not go there.) 

I don't procrastinate on everything. But I do procrastinate on things that I feel like I should be doing versus what I currently want to be doing. Take right now, for instance. I'm supposed to be finishing my paperwork for my accountant to get my taxes done. If not that, then I have another pile of things on my desk that I should be doing. And the kitchen floor needs mopping. And there's laundry. And ... well, you get the idea. 

So what am I doing? Well, actually, I am watching HGTV and watching them remodel all these houses into amazing and beautiful well-organized masterpieces and bemoaning the fact that my house is kind of an unorganized disaster (yes, the studio, too). And I was simultaneously going through my email inbox and getting rid of some stuff (so essential, I know!). And while doing that I came across some info from a marketer I respect who emphasized how I need to be blogging at least once a week whether I want to or not and challenged me to do that. Every week. For 52 weeks out of the year. And I'm thinking, Yes, I really should be doing that. And I wonder how long I could do that before I slip up and skip a week and then it's months before I blog again? 

But since I am actually supposed to be doing something else, to write a blog write now sounds like more fun. So here I am.

The marketing experts tell me I don't need to blog about photography sessions all of the time. That I can write other interesting things. But I never know what people want to actually read about. So what do I write about? And I like to include photos in my blog ... cause after all, I am a photographer, so isn't that the whole point? But sometimes I don't know what to photograph to go with a non-photography-related topic. So anyway ... this will be a work in progress.

But just starting this first blog without any photographs made me realize I needed some photographs to go with it. And since I kind of love photography, I stopped typing, picked up my camera, and went out to shoot a few random things in my world in search of inspiration. I photographed my chaotic desk:  Great illustration for this post, don't you think? It kind of makes my point.

Then, since the sun was shining and I just admitted to procrastinating ... I procrastinated my way out the front door with my camera in hand with the idea that I would shoot some "signs of spring" images in my own yard. Lo and behold, my go-to bunch of purple crocus must have decided not to come up this year. Nothing there. The tulips were coming up, though, and the beginning of my bleeding heart bush was beginning to emerge in the flower bed, so I got a few images of that. Snapped a few photos of my maple tree budding out. In between there I got one image of our friendly neighbor's dog running at me to come and give me some loving, right before she loved me right off balance (I was squatting down to shoot those tulips) and I fell on my butt. LOL

Then I noticed some friends of ours who live down the street zipping back and forth and around the block on their motorbikes and mopeds enjoying the gorgeous spring day, and I had my camera out at just the right time to get a great shot of one of our favorite neighbors, Steve, a/k/a "Papa Mahn" zipping by.  I decided that was the winning shot for the day and it was a wrap.

What is the moral of this blog? I don't think I really came up with one, but I did learn this. Procrastination isn't always a bad thing when it lends itself to having a moment of creative photography fun in the middle of what could have been a very boring afternoon preparing tax paperwork. And opportunities for cool images are all around us if we just open our eyes to see them. And finally, I can write a blog post even when I don't think I really have anything cool and exciting to share. So let's see if this can be the first blog post I write in a string of one each week, and let's hope I can follow through on my intent to do that for an entire year!

Happy Spring!

Now back to working on my tax paperwork, I guess. Ugh!


Wednesday, December 16, 2015
By Tina L. Scott
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Mason Carpentier was just 2 years old when, in August 2014, he began showing signs of severe bone pain. It took a series of visits to several different doctors before his parents, Joe and Stephanie Carpentier, finally got some answers. On October 9, 2014, Mason was diagnosed with stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma. Three tumors were discovered between Mason’s kidney and liver, in addition to cancer in his bone marrow.  Thus began a whirlwind of appointments and procedures that hasn’t yet let up to this day.

First Mason had a biopsy and a Hickman central line placed in his chest. Doctors harvested some of Mason’s stem cells and preserved them in anticipation of using a stem cell treatment at a later date. Six chemo treatments to try to shrink the tumors followed.  “The chemo was very successful in reducing the size of Mason's tumors and clearing his bone marrow,” says Stephanie, Mason’s Mom. “Within just a couple rounds of chemo he was back to his old self for the most part.”

On January 28, 2015, the tumors were successfully removed without damage to any vital organs.  Then it was back to Marshfield to continue with more chemotherapy.

I met Mason on March 14, 2015, about a month before his third birthday. “He is really doing amazing with all of this,” Stephanie said.  “If he wasn't bald, you wouldn't guess he was even sick.”  His mom described him as a “typical boy who loves trucks, trains, race cars, hunting, his yellow lab “Izzy,” and Jake and the Neverland Pirates.”

I tapped into those insights into Mason’s character when I planned his special “fighter” photo shoot. I started out with a ride on train as a prop. But the train wasn’t doing it for Mason that day. He didn’t want to have his picture taken, he informed me. Our family/studio calico cat, Snickers, happened to stroll in about that time. Having seen Mason’s interest in the cat when he first arrived at the studio, we decided to pull her in and use her as a prop. Petting Snickers did temporarily result in a few smiles, but it didn’t last long. Before we knew it, Mason was face down and butt up hiding his face in the carpet. When his mom tried to inquire what was wrong, he snuggled into her for a mini-meltdown. Stephanie had warned me in advance, “It is tricky to get him to smile for the camera sometimes, but I am sure you have lots of tricks.”

I do. I just figure out what will capture a child’s attention or illicit his or her interest. In this case, I decided to capitalize on one of Mason’s other interests. “How would you like to get your picture taken with a gun, like a real cowboy?” I asked him. Now that got his attention. We switched locations in the studio, added a bandana, holster, and a cap gun, and then Mason couldn’t hold back the smiles! He also had, as you can see here in his images, a delightful variety of expressions that kept me and his parents in stitches.

For the ultimate cowboy experience, I pulled in a rocking horse and encouraged, “Ride, cowboy, ride!” and “Shoot those bad guys!” It was an awesome experience seeing Mason come out of his shell for me!

And I love the images we created for his family!

Not long after our photo session, Mason returned to Milwaukee for his stem cell transplant. This involved a high dose of chemo and transplanting Mason’s own stem cells back into his body to help his own bone marrow return to normal.  While the bone marrow/stem cell transplant was considered a success, Mason developed something called Veno-occlusive disease from the high dose of chemo. “Essentially his liver function reversed and he was retaining fluid,” explains Stephanie. “We spent two weeks in the ICU, and they drained more than 10 liters of fluid from him.  Poor little guy was in rough shape, but he bounced back quickly. We spent a total of 55 days in Milwaukee.”

Mason returned home and began radiation treatments in Marshfield. He had 14 days of radiation to his abdomen, for which he had to be sedated each time to keep him still. The week afterward was filled with tests and scans, and “All of the tests came back excellent and showing that Mason was neuroblastoma free,” Stephanie says.

“The following 3 months consisted of immunotherapy. This is a mix of pills, injections, and intravenous medication to train his body to fight off cancer cells,” she explains. Mason was hospitalized 5 weeks on and off for this.

But the family’s elation was short-lived.  On October 10, 2015, Mason suffered a massive seizure and was rushed to Marshfield Children’s Hospital via flight for life.  A CT scan revealed two large metastatic brain tumors. His neuroblastoma had relapsed.  Daily radiation began immediately and a search began to find a surgeon capable of attempting to remove the two tumors. 

The Carpentiers found that surgeon in New York City, New York, and on December 7, they took up temporary residency in the Big Apple for Mason’s treatment.  Regular scans and courses of radiation treatment have been ongoing to try to shrink the tumors small enough to perform the surgery.  Mason is in good spirits and feeling well, and the entire family has been experiencing all that New York City has to offer as they await more news and the surgery.

As of approximately a week ago, Mason’s medical team has scheduled surgery for Friday, December 18, to remove both tumors and place a catheter in his head for chemo. Stephanie says the doctors are anticipating a speedy recovery and can then decide on the next course of treatment to follow.

Despite all of the ups and downs, Mason, like many young children with cancer, has taken everything in stride. He is every bit your typical three-year-old boy!  Stephanie and Joe, while coping with so much that no parent should ever have to deal with, are also remarkably resilient. In fact, the family is expecting a new arrival. Mason will get a new little brother in April 2016!

If you would like to offer any encouragement or cheer to Mason or his family, you can reach them care of the Ronald McDonald House in New York City at this address while they are staying there:

Mason Carpentier, Room #502

Ronald McDonald House New York

405 East 73rd Street

New York, NY  10021

There is also an account set up for Mason called Mason's Benefit at Merrill Federal Savings & Loan in Merrill, Wisconsin.

“We really appreciate the continued thoughts and prayers!” Stephanie Carpentier says. Friends and family can get updates on Mason’s treatment and progress on Stephanie’s Facebook page.

Thank you, Joe and Stephanie, for allowing me to create these special images of your amazing, strong, inspirational little boy! Stay strong, Mason! I’m praying for you!

Love 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!


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!

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 ...


Wednesday, September 11, 2013
By Tina L. Scott
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Did I read that right?  Class of 2015?  

Yes, you did!  Photography by Tina is already gearing up for the Class of 2015 in a BIG way.

Now that the senior portrait season for the Class of 2014 is winding down ... just a few photo shoots left, along with touch ups and portrait orders and getting images in to the high school yearbooks ... it's time to head full-speed into planning for the next senior class.

Yes, the members of the Class of 2015 are currently only juniors, but it's not too soon for me to start planning for them at the studio.  I'm scouting brand new locations for fresh images you've never seen before, ordering new lighting for totally different looks, creating more sets, and doing tons of things behind-the-scenes to be sure you have incredible senior portraits.

I'm also looking for Senior Models for the Class of 2015.  Anyone who is a currently a high school junior and on track to graduate with their class in 2015 is eligible to participate, from any area high school.  Just contact me and I'll get you more information ASAP.  And no, you absolutely do not have to be a size 2 to model for Photography by Tina.  This is about and for REAL people with REAL attitudes and an aptitude for FUN!  

What do Senior Models do?  Basically, they get a bunch of perks throughout the coming year to create buzz and promote the studio.  

This year's program is going to be packed with more fun than ever before, so if you are at ALL interested, don't wait!  The first Senior Model Exclusive Photo Shoot is already being scheduled for October 6, and that's right around the corner!  You can email me at to learn more, or catch me on Facebook and ask me for more details.  Or pick up the phone and call me!  (715.212.0767)

This year's Senior Model Program will be better than ever:

  • Senior Model Exclusive Photo Shoots in special locations
  • Freebies for Senior Models to share their images with their friends and family
  • Discounts on new portrait products
  • And a lot more!

I'm so excited!

Keep your eyes open for more posts in the coming weeks showcasing some of this year's senior portraits for the Class of 2014, as well.  I'm horrible about keeping up with blog posts during the summer when I'm going about 100 miles per hour trying to get everything done, but now that things are easing up just a bit, I'll be sharing some of this summer's senior portraits here for you to see.

Til then ... if you're thinking about that Senior Model thing and you qualify, don't wait ... contact me!