Posts with tag: "wedding"

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


Wednesday, July 26, 2017
By Tina L. Scott
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Second Shooting

In the wedding photography industry, "second shooter" is a term that refers to having a second photographer at a wedding. It's a great way to capture two viewpoints of the day's events as they unfold, have a photographer in two places at the same time when things are happening simultaneously in different locations, and to incorporate a wider range of artistic styles in the images the couple will have to remember their wedding day in photographs.

Most of the time, if you see images with my watermark on them, I was the primary photographer, and I generally have my own assistant along doing the second shooting/assisting. But every now and then I get the chance to be the second shooter for another photographer and her wedding clients, and I jump at the chance! I love the opportunity to gain a fresh perspective, to photograph in different venues, and to work with a colleague ... who often (if not already) quickly becomes a friend. And in an industry that pits many photographers against each other as competitors, and in a profession that is usually quite solitary, the friendship of photographer colleagues is a wonderful thing! 

When I am the second shooter, I often get to work with the groom and groomsmen capturing images of them getting ready or just hanging out prior to the wedding and blowing off a little nervous energy while the primary photographer photographs the bride and bridesmaids getting dressed and ready for the ceremony. For the processional, I get to be in back and witness those last moments between a bride and her father before they walk up the aisle and he gives her to her groom to become a married woman. During the ceremony, I get to shoot different angles ... the peripherals, if you will ... wide shots from the balcony of the church or candids of guests watching the ceremony or a second viewpoint during the exchange of vows and rings. 

Afterward, for group images of the family with the bride and groom, I get to assist ... helping to set up group shots and move people around for a pleasing composition, adjusting the bride's train, and looking for the little details we want to tweak to get the best images possible, while the primary photographer actually takes those photographs. Occasionally, the primary shooter asks me to take the actual photographs while she sets things up exactly the way she wants them. Of course, I help carry equipment and set up lights and watch the time to keep us on schedule. I love being in the role of helper and sometimes actually feel like I'm not sure what to do with my hands if I don't actually have a camera in them myself. But it's a great chance to view wedding photography from another perspective. And I love the feeling of being part of a team. And one of the best parts:  I often learn new things that make me a better photographer or more effective at my own weddings! I also enjoy sharing my ideas for shots, since during this hectic time, I have a little less stress and more of an opportunity to look around and imagine new possibilities. Collaboration is a wonderful thing. As photographers, those of us who embrace collaboration over competition find ourselves in a wonderful place as artists and expand our own vision tenfold. 

Once we get to photographing the wedding party and the bride and groom by themselves, second shooting is a great chance to capture unique angles or photographs that wouldn't be possible without a second camera. It's a really rushed and busy time trying to get a ton of great images in a short timeframe, but these photos are usually some of the most beautiful shots of the day and often the ones that get hung on the wall in the couple's home. I love being able to get a fresh perspective during this time! Ideas abound, two photographers often collaborate on ideas, and with two cameras firing, we get a great selection of images for the couple -- images the couple will cherish forever! And did I mention it's just plain fun?

At every step of the wedding day, as second shooter I get to step outside the pressure of being primary to see the day in a fresh, new way. I see and photograph little details for the couple's wedding album. I look for expressions on other faces (besides the bride and groom) and see the magic of the moment reflected there, and sometimes I get to photograph those expressions. I watch another photographer's creative process unfold. It's a great opportunity!

All of the images you see in this post are images I photographed as a second shooter at two weddings last summer (I am finally catching up on blog posts!) ... the wedding of Josh & Jodi Selig with Kristyn Skinner of Spotlight Studios in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, and the wedding of Thomas & Andrea Franke with Laura Schmitt Hiller of Laura Schmitt Photography. Both of these beautiful women have awesome husbands who are normally their second photographers at weddings, but for one reason or another, they had to be somewhere else on these particular dates, and I was blessed with the opportunity to stand in for them and photograph with these two very talented photographers. Thank you for the opportunity, ladies! 

I was particularly "over the moon" thrilled to be able to photograph a wedding couple at the County Fair along with Kristyn ... and to find out that they shut down the Ferris wheel for 20 minutes to allow the wedding party to ride and be photographed exclusively on their wedding day. Now how incredibly awesome is that!??! And that opportunity added some very cool images to my portfolio! Thank you, Kristyn!

And to Laura ... thank you for allowing me to shoot with you again, this time at the beautiful St. Mary's church in Marathon. What a majestic and gorgeous church! My own aunt and uncle were married at St. Mary's many years ago, and I have been a guest at other family weddings there, but this is the first time I had the opportunity to photograph a wedding there. What a great experience! Thank you, Laura!

Basking in the glow of weddings and collaboration,


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 ...


Monday, August 25, 2014
By Tina L. Scott
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I was so excited to learn I would be photographing a country wedding at a riding arena!  Horses were quite obviously going to play an integral part in the theme for this couple.  But I was even more excited to find that the groomsmen would all be riding to the venue on horseback, the bridesmaids would be arriving in a horsedrawn wagon driven by the moms of the bride and the groom, and the bride and her father would be making their entrance in a horse drawn doctor-style carriage.  

Everything came together beautifully, and it was so much fun to see this group "horsing around" as they got ready to watch the bride and groom get officially hitched at this outdoor wedding under the beautiful August sun!  The weather was perfect, working together with Chris Kepner of Kepner Photography again was a true pleasure, and this was such a fun wedding!


I could tell you all about the great photo opps presented in this awesome country location and the gorgeous horses at our disposal, but I think I'll let the images speak for themselves.

Loving these country style weddings!


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.