Posts with tag: "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

 

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,

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!

Tina

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 ...

Tina


 
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!

 

Tina

        

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.

            

 
Friday, March 07, 2014
By Tina L. Scott
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I think there is a little part of me that believes if I live and breathe and talk about senior portraits, then this snow will MELT and spring will actually get here … that we will start SEEING robins in the yard and tulips and daffodils peeking out of receding snowbanks … and then finally we will have GREEN GRASS!  I’m sure you can relate, right? 

Oh, we Wisconsinites are tough cookies … we brave these subzero temperatures and windchills of 40 degrees below zero and all this snow.  But this year has been something ELSE!  We’ve broken winter records all over the place … becoming the coldest winter on record in more than 100 years, having the most below zero temps on record since the winter of 1916/1917, getting the most snow for a winter (December-January-February) on record with a total of 64.5 inches of snow (and it ain’t over yet!), and having an AVERAGE winter temperature of just 7.7 bone-chilling degrees (Celsius, so for you folks on the Metric method of measurement, that’s BELOW freezing.  Way below.).

So I don’t think any of you can blame me for dreaming … and I’ll bet I’m not alone in this … as visions of summer fill my senses (yes, I’m leaping straight from spring to summer because it’s bound to be a short spring this year anyway, right?).  I can almost FEEL the sun baking down on my back as I sit at my patio table outside watching Lily play on the grass … and SMELL fresh mowed grass from one neighbor mowing his yard co-mingled with the smell of something cooking on the grill for dinner … and SEE the beautiful vivid colors of grass and flowers in the yard … and HEAR the laughter of children playing in the neighborhood and the barking of our neighbor dogs as they come loping over for a pet and a sniff to see if there will be any treats from the grill for them … and TASTE the piece of buttery grilled chicken skin I just swiped from off the grill as it cooks and the glass of homemade wine in my hand.

Doesn’t it FEEL REAL to you, too?  So anyway … I’m gonna do it.  I’m going to focus on senior portraits and PLAN for warmer weather!  So stay tuned for some awesome posts introducing you to each of my senior models over the next few weeks … as we get ready to JUMP RIGHT INTO SUMMER!!!!

 

Tina


 
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