Posts with tag: "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


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!

Saturday, February 07, 2015
By Tina L. Scott
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Josiah Patrick Hoerter, age 2 (he would have been 3 in a few months on May 21), passed away this morning at 8:04 a.m.  (The photo above shows Josiah with his family.  Top row L to R:  Micah, Patrick, and Destiny. Lower row L to R:  Jasmine, Isaiah, and Josiah)  His family celebrated that he is now in the loving arms of Jesus where he will never know another moment's pain. They rejoice for his gain. They cry for their loss. I cry with them ... for their heartbreak.

Josiah's life wasn't an easy one. Born with a condition called MECP2 Duplication Syndrome, his family knew he had a shorter than average life expectancy, but only recently did they learn how very short his life would be. To try to explain to you in words what this family has gone through ... the highs and the lows, the ups and the downs ... is impossible. I will let them share their story with you in their own words ... through the blog posts Josiah's mother has written and shared with the world.  I will include the links below.  

What I will tell you is this:  Josiah and his family have been a remarkable testimony to faith. A remarkable witness for Jesus Christ. A living and breathing example of how we should live our lives. Through all they have endured, they have called upon their faith. God got them through it. Along the way He provided doctors, nurses, aides, friends, family, church members, and even strangers to help them walk the path He set out before them.  

There have been tears to be sure. No one can be strong all the time. The Bible says even Jesus wept.  

But there have been many smiles and much laughter all along the way. There has been joy, not the least of which was from the knowledge that their dear Josiah would get to meet and live with Jesus forever. Even when they knew with certainty he would die within just days, they chose to celebrate Josiah's life.

I will not try to recount Josiah's story here. I could not do it justice.  Rather, I will share with you images I created of this family, in their home, this past Tuesday evening ... images of Josiah with his mom, Destiny, and his dad, Patrick ... with his siblings, Jasmine (almost 5 years old), Isaiah (age 3 1/2), and Micah (an adorable little 1 1/2-year-old who loves to ham it up for the camera). They are images of a family spending an evening at home together as a family, with friends and members of their church coming and going to help them during this difficult time ... images of one of their last evenings together with Josiah. I will let those images speak to you and to your heart.

And I will share one other thing that touched my heart deeply. I will tell you what this family did on Wednesday evening, just shortly after Josiah's IVs and other tubes were disconnected. They held Josiah, surrounded by family and friends, and sang to him ... with a birthday cake covered in candles ... his very favorite song, "Jesus Loves Me" ... and they celebrated his life with him. This video was shared on Facebook. I am not ashamed to tell you I bawled like a baby watching it, and I still cannot watch it without crying.

Through it all, Josiah's parents will tell you God is good. All the time. All the time, God is good. They know their precious Josiah ... JoJo to many who loved him ... touched many lives in ways that many people do not do in 90 or 100 years of life. They know their son was a precious gift from God entrusted to them for just a short time, and they were blessed and honored to receive this gift and to share it with the rest of the world.

Please join me in praying for the Hoerter family for peace and healing. Please join me in celebrating the life of Josiah Patrick Hoerter. Our world will be a sadder place for having lost his joyous smile. But our loss is heaven's gain.

Love & Blessings! Tonight, hold your children extra tight. Tell them how much you love them. Cherish them every single moment.


Click on these links to read the story of the Hoerter family's journey with Josiah in his mother's own words: ... January 22, 2015 blog ... January 29, 2015 blog ... January 30, 2015 blog

And if you can, please help the family with a small donation they will use for funeral and other expenses:   



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.


Thursday, February 20, 2014
By Tina L. Scott
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I want to share a story with you.  It is about a boxer whose name is Spirit ... a dog I photographed last May 23, 2013. Sadly, Spirit passed away on June 3, 2013, just 11 days later.  This wasn't one of those end-of-life sessions I often do for families who know a pet's death is imminent.  In fact, Spirit's death came as a shock to the family.  When Tracy Lambrecht and her son, Dakota Monti, brought Spirit in for portraits, it was with excitement and joy and a bunch of props from Chips restaurant where both Tracy and Dakota work ... including French fries!  They brought hats and t-shirts and the notorious Chips food wrappers and "Follow Me to Chips" bumper stickers, and we had a lot of fun dressing Spirit up to look like a Chips employee. The portrait we were creating was for entry into the Lincoln County Humane Society's 2014 "Occu-PAW-tions" Calendar Contest.  

Spirit enjoyed all the attention she got, and if memory serves, she may have even gotten a couple of French fries as a reward for good behavior.  We loved the images we created, and Tracy and Dakota were excited to see the image that would be entered into the calendar contest. 

But on June 3, Tracy, her husband Rob, and Dakota got devestating news.  They were at the veterinarian's office with Spirit. She had previously been in for two different visits, and the vet thought Spirit had a bladder infection.  However, antibiotics had helped somewhat but had not resolved the problem.  Now Spirit was visibly uncomfortable and in pain.  This time xrays revealed stones in Spirit's bladder ... stones they thought could be removed with surgery.  "So we went ahead with the surgery," Tracy recalls.  "But when they got in there, there were a lot more stones than originally thought.  They removed the stones, but the damage was too much and then they found a stone stuck in the urethra that could not be removed."  They were told her quality of life would never be the same, and the Lambrechts made the very difficult decision to put Spirit down.

Tracy recalls how heartbreaking it was to make that decision.  "We said goodbye to her when we dropped her off for surgery," she says, "But it was the kind of goodbye you say when you think you will see them again."  They never dreamed it would be a forever goodbye.  "We never saw her alive again.  That is why that photo means so much to us," Tracy says.  "She was a great dog, and we loved her so much ..."

The family is so glad they had Spirit's portraits taken professionally and have images that captured her personality.  "Now I get to see her whenever I want, even while I'm at work," Tracy says.  

Tracy is referring to the portrait of Spirit that is on display at Chips.  Spirit's image was one of 12 selected for inclusion in the 2014 calendar by popular $1 votes in the fundraising event.  Spirit's image is the featured pet image in the calendar for the month of July 2014.

Of course, the Lambrechts also have Spirit's image on display in their home, and it means everything to them.  

I asked Tracy what she thinks of when she sees Spirit's portrait.  "I miss her," she says.  "I wish I could pet her and kiss her head."

Sometimes it is the little things that mean the most.  "I remember the crazy things she used to do.  How she used to chase reflections and how she used to sit funny off to one side," Tracy recalls.  "I loved her very much, and when I look at the photo, I feel lucky to have had her in my life."

I guess for me personally, this is why photos and professional portraits are so very important to me.  Life is so short.  For pets and for people.  When we lose someone we love, a portrait certainly can't replace them.  But it can help us heal just a little bit to be able to remember them forever with a precious image that is more than just a picture ... it is a memory. Those good memories are the only balm that can help to soothe the hurt of our loss.

Wishing you love & memories to last more than a lifetime.