Posts with tag: "senior portrait"

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


Thursday, April 03, 2014
By Tina L. Scott
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It’s not easy to miss Haley Arndt … her smile is genuine, her eyes lively, and her spirit just a bit playful and mischievous!  So if you’ve encountered Haley at Merrill High School where she is currently a junior and will graduate with the Class of 2015 … or at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church where she reads on Sundays, attends confirmation class, and loves to participate in summer camps … or at Dairy Queen where she works part time during the summer dishing up Blizzards and Moo Lattes and Royal Treats, or at Les & Jim’s Lincoln Lanes where she works during the winter … chances are she’s made a lasting impression.  Once you’ve met Haley and spent time with her, you can’t help but love her.  She’s one of those people that just seem to radiate that special … something.  Difficult to define, but joyful and kind and highly contagious!

If you haven’t already met Haley, let me introduce you to her.  She is one of my Senior Models for the Class of 2015 and has quickly become a friend.  I’m so glad she decided to become one of this year’s models!! 

Haley is absolutely ecstatic about becoming a high school senior and all that it entails.  “What I am most looking forward to my senior year is making memories before I go off to college … to last a lifetime,” she says.  “My friends and I will all be going our separate ways after high school, so I just want to have fun and do as many things with them as I can the last year we have together.”

I asked Haley to describe something she is passionate about and she replied, “Just living life and living it to the fullest!  I try to have fun with life and take a few risks.  Being silly and goofy is one of the best things to do with friends.  Yeah, my friends and I might look dumb when we are goofing off, but we have fun and we are making memories!”

Some of those memories have revolved around Haley’s time as a senior model.  “My favorite thing about being a model is that I had the chance to make new friends with the four wonderful ladies I met,” she says.  “I also LOVE getting my picture taken, and it’s always fun to see how the pictures turn out, even if I am doing something goofy in the picture and I look terrible.  Ha ha!” 

[I insert my disclaimer here:  Haley has never looked terrible in any of her pictures!]

Other memories revolve around all of the things Haley is involved in at school … the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Her favorite classes in school are art and English.  Her worst?  Chemistry.  “I HATE chemistry,” she says emphatically.  Haley is also involved in the fall play, forensics, Link Crew, Octagon Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Art Club, and Accelerated Art.  Like all of my senior models, she is one busy young lady.

Even at work, Haley is making great memories to last a lifetime.  At the bowling alley she gets to work with her friends.  “We have a blast!” she says.  And while working at Dairy Queen in the summer?  “I love it because—duh!  I get to work with ice cream,” Haley says.  Can’t get much better than that!

Besides serving up frozen treats to all of us DQ lovers this summer, Haley is excited for all the other joys of summer that are just around the corner.  (Yes, despite the piles of white stuff that still surround us to make us doubt it, warm weather, sunshine, and mosquitos will soon be here!)  “I love camping and hiking!” Haley says.  And she hopes to spend some time doing that soon.  “The fresh air and beautiful scenery we see when hiking up in Michigan is spectacular.  Plus being outdoors makes you feel great and it is a great way for my family to bond.”

“I also love hanging out with my friends.  Whether it’s just talking, watching movies, or shopping, we have fun no matter what!" Haley says.  

"I also love shopping!" she adds.  "I love trying on different outfits and just looking through the shops to see what they have.” 

The latter is helping her to get geared up for her “real” senior portrait session coming up fast in June!  I asked Haley how she would rate her anticipation for her senior session on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being in a coma and 10 being over the moon.  Her answer?  “I am at an 11 for my senior pictures!” Haley says.  “I cannot wait! Like I said before, I LOVE taking pictures and getting my picture taken. I am so pumped!”

You know what?  I am, too!  I absolutely cannot wait for school to get out and for us to hit some new hot spots I have in mind for this year’s seniors and create some awesome images Haley and the other Class of 2015 seniors are going to LOVE! 

Come on summer!  We're waiting for you!


Friday, February 14, 2014
By Tina L. Scott
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Valentine's Day is all about love ... So I thought it was the perfect occasion to celebrate some of the images I love ... the best of the best from 2013.  (And also the opportunity to turn over a new leaf and get current on my blog!  I intended for the "best of 2013" images to be shared right after the New Year, but life had other ideas.  Now I'm recommitting to regular blog updates!)

It was a lot harder than I thought to select the top images from 2013!  I wanted to share one outstanding favorite image from each of my specialty areas:  Weddings, Newborns, High School Seniors, and Pets ... but I found it pretty much impossible to pick just one in each category.  I actually considered it quite an accomplishment to narrow it down to my top 17... 



This first favorite is absolutely appropriate for Valentine's Day because it's all about love!  The love and excitement of a wedding!  I picked this image because it really captured the fun and personalities of the bride and groom and the entire bridal party!  What a fun wedding to photograph!  Even the expressions on "the littles" as I call them (the miniature bride and groom) are priceless as they tried to figure out what was going on when I said, "Guys, dip your partner!"

Okay, I have to admit it ... several contenders for favorite images of 2013 were from this particular wedding.  This bridal party was just so much FUN!  And the bride and groom were so in love!  What's not to love about this image, right?

Taking a few minutes for a tender moment in the middle of a busy wedding day ... and capturing it for a lifetime.  To me personally, that makes for the most incredible images!  That's one of the reasons I love to photograph weddings ... I want to make sure couples have those meaningful, powerful images to remember their day and the depth of their love, even when they are experiencing the difficulties life will bring them down the road ... because those images will help them get through the tough times.

I think both of the last two wedding images, while very different from each other, are reflective of the relationships of the respective brides and grooms in these images.  The smiles on Jessica and Tyler's faces as they look into each other's eyes speak volumes.  And though there is no eye contact in the image directly above, there is a volume of emotion flowing between Sierra and Floyd in this image that really gives credence to the phrase, "A picture is worth a thousand words."


First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes ... BABIES!  I absolutely adore photographing newborns!  There's almost nothing else I'd rather do.  My clients can't have new babies fast enough to keep up with my need for a new baby "fix"!  I had a really, really hard time narrowing down my favorite newborn images.  And since I recently photographed several new babies within the last few weeks, I was sorely tempted to sneak in some images of those little newborns ... BUT I had to stick to my "best of 2013" theme.  (I'm betting some of those recent newborn images will find their way into the "best of 2014" this time next year, though!) (Every time I photograph a new baby, I end up with new favorites!)

This image of Chelsea, taken when she was just four days old, is the absolute definition of the word innocence.  This image reminds me of an angel sleeping on a cloud.  I almost expect to see tiny cherub wings peaking out from behind!  

This little guy's image melted my heart because it looks like he has his hands folded in prayer.  Need I say more?

Who could resist?  I absolutely had to include this image of Hunter as one of my favorites of 2013.  Obviously inspired by Christmas (which is, after all, inspired by the birth of a baby!), this image was taken when Hunter was just six days old.  

This image of Hunter and his daddy were taken when Hunter was only three days old.  It positively melts my heart ... in part because I watched his daddy grow up from the little blonde-haired boy who would knock on my front door to see if my son, David, could come out to play .. to become the awesome young man he is today ... and in part because there is just something that goes beyond words when you see a father hold his newborn son in his arms.  (Also, I'm a sucker for those long eyelashes!)  


It's a natural progression to go from newborn babies to puppies!  

If those eyes don't tug at your heartstrings, you're a pretty tough nut to crack.  Puppy eyes are just about as priceless to me as newborn baby toes.  They just make me smile and say "Awww" every single time.  Little Axle was just weeks old when we did this photo shoot.  Needless to say, he's grown tremendously since this image was taken, but his "Mama" will always have priceless puppy images to treasure the fleeting moments of puppyhood.

They definitely don't stay puppies for long!  No, this is not the same dog. This is Cinder, a shelter rescue dog who now has a forever home with a wonderful family here in Merrill ... and a heroine who saved that family from a fire when she sniffed out hot ashes the family thought were cold.  She saved Greg and Jeni Hinz from tragedy and quickly went from being a foster dog in their home to being christened "Cinder" and becoming a permanent and irreplaceable member of their family.

This favorite image of Cinder was taken during a photo shoot to create a portrait for entry into the 2014 Lincoln County Humane Society calendar contest, a charity event I have supported for the last two years. 

High School Seniors

Seniors are awesome!  I love spending my summer days and evenings photographing seniors.  They have so many interests and ideas, they're almost always up for any crazy ideas I can come up with and frequently come up with their own, and they're so much fun!

Holli is a beautiful young woman who is absolutely full of life in every way!  Her senior photo shoot was an adventure with lots of unique locations and so many great images, it was hard to pick just one favorite!  This image is stunning and takes full advantage of the golden moments just before sunset.  To capture this image, I am photographing Holli from my vantage point in a rowboat in the middle of the river, so I think I love this image every bit as much for the memory of the adventure we had together to create it as the gorgeous image that was the end result!

Dylan's senior photo shoot was another adventure-filled session.  My assistant will well remember scaling pasture gates, finessing sometimes temperamental horses, and boony-crashing through brush and weeds almost taller than we were as we ventured through pastures and wooded areas to capture some awesome images in very out-of-the-way locations.  This particular image was captured at the end of our session at a much less adventurous location where we were able to take full advantage of his Grandpa's very cool car as an incredible prop!  I love the angle, the car, and the memories that will forever be a part of this image.  (And I'm pretty sure we wouldn't have been allowed to take this car into any of the aforementioned boony-crashing locations!)

Daniel's senior photo shoot gave us the perfect opportunity to explore a gorgeous old barn and get some great shots that captured the character of the location and the style and personality of the young man at the same time.  This was one of several locations we utilized for his senior portrait session and probably my personal favorite spot.  I absolutely love old barns.  So this location was right up my alley.  And truthfully, I love all the "kids" in Daniel's family ... a term I use very loosely in this case since I photographed most of their senior portraits, Daniel is the youngest, and none of them are kids anymore.  

Ashley's smile just radiates from this portrait!  Like the other favorite senior portraits from this year, I absolutely enjoyed every minute of our adventure to capture images in locations that spoke to Ashley's personality and expressed who she is at this point in her life.  From cornfields to the courthouse, area parks to flower-filled ditches, utilizing fields and fences and in-studio backgrounds and whatever else called out to our creativity, Ashley and her mom and I had a ton of fun exploring and creating incredible portraits that showcase who Ashley is right now and the beautiful young woman she is becoming.  

The eyes absolutely have it in this portrait of Brooke.  Every time I see it, a single word comes to mind:  Stunning!  I could say lots of wonderful things about working with Brooke and her senior photo shoot, but honestly, I think this one just speaks for itself.

Giving Back ...

I couldn't create a "best of 2013" blog post without also sharing some of my favorite images from my work with two of my other favorite charities, the Gold Hope Project and Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep ...

This image was taken as part of a two-part portrait session for the Gold Hope Project, an organization comprised of volunteer photographers who photograph children battling childhood cancer at no charge to their families.  Three-year-old Luke was diagnosed with cancer in May 2013 and is an absolute inspiration to me.  He loves Thomas the Tank Engine, so we made his session all about Thomas and trains ... including in-studio images with a Thomas the Tank engine ride-on toy, playing with a Thomas train set, reading Thomas stories with his Mom and Dad and brothers ... images on location at a replica train depot ... and images on location at a favorite train-themed restaurant in Door County.  His beaming face in this image is a testament to Luke's determination to fight this cancer and the true beauty of his spirit!

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

Anyone who has been following my photography for more than a short while knows I am a passionate volunteer photographer for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (NILMDTS), an organization that provides the gift of remembrance photography to families suffering the loss of a baby.  I've completed more than 40 sessions since I began volunteering as a photographer for NILMDTS in 2008.  The images I create are a free gift to the families I meet during this very sad time ... but sometimes a parent wants to share the images of their child with the rest of the world and I am blessed to be invited to share them with others, as well.  This was one such image, and I am very grateful to this little angel's mother and family for allowing me to share it here, as well.  

This image of little Carter is just powerful.  Carter's time with his family was far too short, but he will never be forgotten.  He will always be a part of their lives and their family and in their hearts.  This is what the images I create for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep mean for the families.  They are a powerful testimony to the fact that their child was here, for however brief a time, and that this child mattered as only a precious human life can, despite the fact that it was far too short and their dreams for this child were abruptly shattered.  These images will live on forever.

A Year of My Life

We are yet in the early weeks of 2014.  Another year has come and gone.  In review, these images in large part represent a year in my life ... showcasing many of the things that matter most to me ... highlighting some of the people who have touched me deeply ... blessing me with a chance to make a difference ... demonstrating that images really can do something deep and meaningful and powerful:  they can capture a moment and freeze it in time, making it possible to relive that moment over and over again, and they are proof that it really is possible to capture love in an image and share that feeling with the world. These images portray some of the love I saw in my world this year.







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!