Tina Marie Saland poses in the lobby of her new photography studio at 118 Jackson St. in Brooklyn. Saland operated a studio out of her home for a number of years before deciding to open the Brooklyn location. She specializes in seniors, weddings and boudoir. She also offers family, engagement, newborn and maternity photography sessions as well as headshots.
A love of capturing moments that last a lifetime has led a Brooklyn woman to open a photography studio in Brooklyn.
Tina Marie Photography opened its doors in July at 118 Jackson St., right next door to the Classic Deli.
Owner Tina Saland specializes in seniors, weddings and boudoir. She also offers family, engagement, newborn and maternity photography sessions as well as headshots.
“The main shooting section of the studio is more than 800 square feet with many backdrops and even some custom designed ones,” noted Saland. “We also have a complete boudoir suite that features custom designed furniture pieces and many different shooting areas.”
Saland said she has always had an interest in photography, but didn’t pursue it until she bought her first “good” camera in 2012.
“I could not figure out why the pictures looked the same as they did on my point and shoot,” she said.
Curious to learn more, Saland took a crash course in photography education, saying her family can attest that it lasted hundreds, maybe thousands of hours.
“I learned everything I could and the more I learned the more it sparked a fire within me to learn even more,” said Saland.
Saland set up a photography studio in her home and offered services there for several years before outgrowing the space. That is when she and husband, Cory, decided to pursue a more central location with easy access for customers.
“Brooklyn has always been home, since I grew up there, so it just made sense to look there,” she said. “We had been looking for just the right space to rent for a while when we decided to take a look at this building for sale. A few weeks later, we were the proud owners.”
Saland welcomed her first client in July in the new studio, saying it’s wonderful to have a dedicated space for clients to view their sessions.
An open house at the new studio was held on Saturday, Aug. 21, which included a ribbon cutting led by members of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.
“We had a great turnout for the grand opening and appreciate all who came to check out the new studio and support Tina Marie Photography,” Saland said.
Saland said Cory has been a big help to her throughout the process of renovating the space and setting up the new studio. He’s also a good photographer in his own right, serving as a second shooter at weddings, a lighting assistant, helping package orders and providing support and a sounding board.
“I love that we can spend time working together building this dream,” she said of her and Cory.
Saland said she is so excited to have the new business based in Brooklyn and have a space where she can give clients the most incredible experience possible. The full-service studio offers digital options and printed products for the home that clients can enjoy for generations to come.
“Photography challenges me every single day to be better than the day before,” Saland said. “I am constantly learning and improving my skills.”
“I truly do have the best job in the world,” added Saland. “I get to work with amazing clients and make them feel beautiful through photography. There is no better feeling than that.
I am also thankful for all the support we have received since purchasing the studio from residents, clients and the other businesses in Brooklyn!”
Hours are by appointment depending on when Saland is out on shooting sessions. The business phone number is 319-239-3182. For more information, check out the studio website at www.tina-mariephotography.com. The business can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tinamariephotographystudio.
Tina Marie Saland, middle, owner of Tina Marie Photography in Brooklyn, prepares to cut the welcome ribbon as family members and Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce representatives look on during an open house at the studio on Saturday, Aug. 21. The photo studio is located at 118 Jackson St. in Brooklyn.