St Marys, GA - Fernandina Beach, FLAward Winning Baby, Child, & Family PhotographerKimberly Tank Art & Photography

Award Winning Maternity, Baby, Child & Family Photographer

Saint Marys, GA - Fernandina Beach FL

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Baby's First Year Milestone Session | Fernandina Beach FL Baby Photography

For this little one's 9 month milestone session, we braved the beach. Which means sand, lots of sand, was everywhere! Haha! Miss K tried eating it of course and it didn't take long for her to be pretty much covered in it. We did an outfit change, which also was covered in sand immediately. Then we ditched the clothes and headed for the water and she was in her element. Not surprisingly, that's when the smiles came out! I made sure to get big brother and mom in a few too. Here are a few of my favorites. 

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Hmmm... sand doesn't taste so good... Fernandina Beach Baby PhotographerBaby Milestones - 9 MonthsCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Hmmm.... wet sand is slightly better I think... Fernandina Beach Baby PhotographerBaby Milestones - 9 MonthsCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography Fernandina Beach Baby PhotographerBaby Milestones - 9 MonthsCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography Fernandina Beach Baby PhotographerBaby Milestones - 9 MonthsCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography Fernandina Beach Baby PhotographerBaby Milestones - 9 MonthsCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Having a chat with big brother. Fernandina Beach Baby PhotographerBaby Milestones - 9 MonthsCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Ah, much better... Fernandina Beach Baby PhotographerBaby Milestones - 9 MonthsCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Love the giggles and expression here! These two are going to get into all kinds of trouble together! Fernandina Beach Baby PhotographerBaby Milestones - 9 MonthsCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Watching the water move around her, so peaceful. Fernandina Beach Baby PhotographerBaby Milestones - 9 MonthsCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Miss K and her beautiful momma... Fernandina Beach Baby PhotographerBaby Milestones - 9 MonthsCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Beach hair, don't care! Fernandina Beach Baby PhotographerBaby Milestones - 9 MonthsCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

I can't believe it's almost time to capture Miss K's 1 year milestone session. This year has gone by so quickly! I'm so honored to have captured this first year for the N family. 

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Kim

Owner/Artist-Photographer

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

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Underwater Child Photography | Award Winning Child Photographer | Kingsland - St Marys GA

I have been photographing this sweet child since she was a baby and it's hard to believe she's eight! We always do something fun for her birthday photos and incorporate her birthday party/trip theme that she's chosen. This year, she wanted to go to SeaWorld. When Mom told me this and said she wasn't sure what we could do with that, I suggested we do an underwater session, which of course was perfect! Mom found a pool we could use and I was able to capture some fun images of Miss C swimming, jumping, and splashing in the water, her own "sea world". While this is likely my last pool session of the year, I'm looking forward to more next summer! Plus there's always the beach. I know my son will splash in the waves any time of the year!

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I can't wait to see what we come up with next year for Miss C! 

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Kim 

Owner/Photographer-Artist

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Want some fun photos of your children and family? Contact me for information on scheduling a session!


Amelia Island Beach Vacation Photography | Family Photographer Fernandina Beach, FL

A visit to Amelia Island is the perfect time to get updated family photos. Ms. P thought so too so she surprised her son and his family with a fun family session on the beach while they came to visit this summer. I even convinced her to get in some of the photos too. I love including grandparents in photos! 

The girls had a blast exploring and playing at the beach and I loved capturing all the fun they all had together as a family. These fun moments will be treasured by them for years to come and they have beautiful artwork to hang in their home. It was quite windy at the beach that day, but that didn't stop anyone from having a blast, as you can see from some of my favorites below.

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Because of the wind we had at the beach that day, I scheduled to meet them again while they were still in town to try a few away from the beach where hair wouldn't be flying everywhere, just to be sure they had something they really loved to hang on their walls. Of course that day it decided to rain! It didn't stop us though, this awesome family just rolled with it and we ended up dancing in the rain for a few more family shots. They ended up loving the beach photos despite the windy hair, but had to get a rainy day print as well because it was so fun! These three were my favorite.   Amelia Island Rainy Day PhotographyCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

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Here are a few words from Mom on their experience: "Kim is wonderful! She was so patient with our young girls and captured the most beautiful images of them just being themselves. Kim is easy to work with and really takes the time to compose her images. The final results went well beyond our expectations. Our beach shoot was particularly windy (hair everywhere!) so she offered to come back a few days later to take more photos off the beach so we got the perfect family shot. Isn't that amazing?! We cannot say enough positive things about our experience with Kim, and we highly recommend her to photographyour special moments too!"

 

Thank you V Family for allowing me to capture your memories!

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Kim

Owner/Photographer-Artist

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Coming to visit Amelia Island and want to capture your vacation memories? Contact me today for more information on scheduling a family session!


Lifestyle Family Photography | St Marys Family & Child Photographer

This summer, I took a trip up North with my family to visit family and friends in our hometowns. Our trip took us to the Cleveland, OH area and Chicago, IL area, with a stop in Nashville, TN on the way home. While in Cleveland, I was honored to photograph a good friend of mine (and college roommate) with her two beautiful little girls. I love celebrating motherhood and capturing images of moms and their children, and getting to do this for my beautiful, sweet friend made it even more special. The Cleveland area has an abundance of beautiful outdoor spaces throughout the Cleveland Metroparks and we settled on this spot along the Rocky River. We explored the riverbank, walked a few trails, and stopped to check out the flowers blooming. With little ones, it's usually best to keep them moving! Here are a few favorites from the session...

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Thank you Ms. L for allowing me to capture you and your sweet girls together.

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Kim

Owner/Photographer-Artist

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Looking to capture your family as they are right now? Do you want to capture the connections you have with your loved ones? Contact me today for more information on scheduling a family session!


Tips for Fun First Day of School Photos | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Photographer

Tips for Fun First Day of School PhotosCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

It's back to school time! I'm not sure where summer went but this fall weather we're having is making me long for all things fall. Whether you live in Georgia and are starting school this week, or another state that's not starting quite yet, this post should help you if you want to take great first day of school pictures of your kiddo(s). You don't need a fancy camera either, in fact, all but one of the photos in this post were taken with my iPhone. If you're using your phone like I did this year, I highly recommend a camera app that allows you to have a little more control over your photo taking like Filmborn (my new favorite camera app, available for iPhone users). 

And now for my five top tips for taking fun photos of your kids to document the first day of school!

 

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1 - Consider taking them the night before the first day. Mornings can be hard enough trying to get everyone ready to go and out the door on time and then add in taking a photo of everyone and you've just upped your amount of morning chaos. Depending on school start times and how well you've prepped your kids or getting up at that time, you may have a child who just isn't ready to have a camera/phone in their face earlier than they're used to being up and out the door. Even if you have an early riser or you've prepped by waking up early the previous two weeks, your child still may be too excited or nervous about the first day to cooperate very well for a photo. And bonus, if you're house faces east, your front door probably has better lighting in the afternoon/evening than first thing in the morning. So get them in their first day of school outfit the night before, practice however they are going to wear their hair, and get that photo without adding too much more to your morning routine. 

Of course, if you're homeschooling, you have more leeway as far as when to take your photos or even what you consider the first day of your school year. 

 

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2 - Sign Options. When the first day of school photos first became a trend, it seemed it was good enough to just write out or print out a piece of paper that said "First Day of # Grade" on it. Now, you can buy templates and have them printed for your child to hold on their first day to show various interests in addition to what grade they're starting (you can find free ones too by googling). A good old chalk board, like the one I used, or a white board (currently available in the dollar section at Target) are perfectly acceptable in my book. No need to go all out if that's not your thing. 

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3 - Light/Location. Consider the light when choosing your location. Outside will typically give you the best lighting, assuming you're not having to do them before the sun comes up (another reason to do them the night before!). The most common location I've seen is usually in front of the front door or in the front yard. Don't feel like you need to use either of those locations if the light happens to be better in your backyard. 

 

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4 - Forget the "smile" and "say cheese". If you want a genuine smile, don't use those words! (In fact, those words are pretty much banned at my sessions, haha!) Try asking them what they are most excited about for school or get them talking about something they enjoy. You can also tell them silly jokes or act like a goofball, whatever you know will make them giggle! If you're child isn't a big smiler, be content with just having them look at you and don't worry so much about them smiling. 

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5 - Let them have fun! There's nothing that kills a mood more than getting yelled at for not smiling for the camera. Let them be silly and have fun. This is another bonus for doing the photos the night before as you won't be rushed to hurry up and get the photo. Keep snapping those photos while they're being silly and you're bound to end up with a good one. 

Happy Picture Taking and Happy Back to School!

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Kim

Owner/Photographer-Artist

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

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Family Portrait Session | St Marys GA Family Photographer

I met this sweet family through the homeschool co-op we joined last year. They've had more than their fair share of challenges and you'd almost never know when first meeting them. Mom has been battling cancer and the youngest was recently diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. They've never had family portraits done and I was honored to remedy that for them! It turned out to be a celebratory session as Mom is now in remission! I pray that this is a permanent remission and these photographs will remind them all of the love and strength that brought them through this difficult time in life. 

I couldn't pick a favorite from this session as I loved so many of the photos. I loved capturing each individual as well as the connections and love they share with each other. Sometimes it takes older kids a little longer to get comfortable in front of the camera, so I started with individuals to help them loosen up. My son has recently become obsessed with knock-knock jokes and since they were fresh in my mind, I used the silliness of the corny jokes to help break the ice.  After individuals portraits, we got a photo of Mom and Dad before getting the whole crew together. Then I made sure each kid had a photo with mom before we headed to the playground for some fun, playful captures. Even older kids can have fun on a playground! 

 

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Kim

Owner/Photographer-Artist

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Looking to capture your family as they are right now? Do you want to capture the connections you have with your loved ones? Contact me today for more information on scheduling a family session!


Why I love Lifestyle Photography and what is it anyway? | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Photographer

The term “lifestyle photography” is widely understood by photographers, but if you’re not a photographer, you may not know what that means and why it matters. I happen to love this style of photography so I wanted to take some time to explain what it is to me and why I love it.

Three of the more common styles of photography you may have heard of are posed/traditional, lifestyle, and documentary/photojournalistic. To me, lifestyle is sort of like a halfway point between documentary and posed as I combine elements of both. We have lots of fun playing and interacting but I give direction when needed and use my knowledge of posing for those coveted looking at the camera shots and to make sure you look your best in your photos. Understanding what style you like when you’re searching for a photographer will help ensure you get the images you are envisioning from your session.

 

Here are a few reasons I love lifestyle photography sessions:

 

1 – Perfect for young families. Most of my clients have young children and young children tend to not be still for very long. Giving them the freedom to play and capturing their joy makes for much less stressful sessions. We still get a couple with everyone looking at the camera, but they don’t need to sit still for the whole session.

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2 – Capturing the moments and relationships. What I love most about my job is capturing the sweet moments shared by family members and their relationships with each other. These are the kinds of images that bring us back to those moments in time and help us remember the love we shared. The ones you look at and can’t help but smile as you remember how much fun you had together.

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3 - Posed to look un-posed. When I do use posing, my goal is for everyone to look natural while looking their best.

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4 – Flattering angles and making you look good. Getting the right angle of view is super important to how you’ll look in a photo. Whatever is closest to the camera will look larger so I’m always keeping this in mind when determining which angle to shoot from and how to pose you for natural posed images. I use my knowledge of posing to tweak your posture and position to make sure the camera is taking off 10 pounds not adding it.

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5 – Direction. If you aren’t normally in front of a camera or feel weird or awkward in front of a camera, having someone give you direction, whether in a posed setting or play setting, can help you to feel less awkward and help in getting naturally beautiful photographs that you’ll love and want to display.

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For me, it’s not just about capturing a photograph with people in it, it’s about truly capturing the people in the photograph. I want to capture the essence of each person I photograph and the relationships between family members. These are your memories, what do you want to remember about this time in your/your child’s life? 

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Kim

Owner/Photographer-Artist

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Looking to capture your family as they are right now? Do you want to capture the connections you have with your loved ones? Contact me today for more information on scheduling a session!

Kimberly Tank is an award winning professional photographer and artist in Saint Marys, Georgia, servicing Camden County in Southeast Georgia (including Kingsland & Woodbine) and Northeast Florida (including Yulee, Callahan, Fernandina Beach, & Jacksonville). Using natural light and custom on location sessions, Kimberly Tank specializes in the family and child photography; providing an exceptional customer experience and helping you turn your family memories into works of art.

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