Kimberly Tank Art & Photography, LLC: Blog https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog en-us (C) Kimberly Tank Art & Photography, LLC (Kimberly Tank Art & Photography, LLC) Mon, 29 Mar 2021 23:07:00 GMT Mon, 29 Mar 2021 23:07:00 GMT https://www.kimberlytank.com/img/s/v-12/u294660276-o752411652-50.jpg Kimberly Tank Art & Photography, LLC: Blog https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog 80 120 Space Coast Underwater Photographer | Creative Underwater Senior Session https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2020/8/space-coast-underwater-photographer-creative-underwater-senior-session Underwater sessions are like magic. It's such a different world under the water that brings challenges but also inspiration. Underwater sessions stretch my skills and creativity and I love them! I haven't done many senior sessions underwater so I was super excited for the opportunity to photograph this talented senior underwater this summer. She's a lifeguard and just swims so beautifully. And since I still want to capture my client's story, whether on land or under the water, we had a lot of fun with some of her interests too! She rocked the band t-shirt vibe, general swimmer vibe, and at the end we created a little extra magic, channeling our mutual love of the world of Harry Potter. She's super creative herself and it was so much fun collaborating with her for this session! Stay tuned for her on land senior session too!

 

First up, the band t-shirt vibe...

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Award Winning Senior PhotographerUnderwater Senior Photos | Fernandina Beach, FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography
Award Winning Senior PhotographerUnderwater Senior Photos | Fernandina Beach, FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography
Next, I just captured her swimming and floating and had some fun with reflections and a different view (like looking at the images vertically instead of horizontally to give them a different feel)...
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Award Winning Senior PhotographerUnderwater Senior Photos | Fernandina Beach, FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

This next one feels symbolic of the high school senior... getting ready to cross over into the adult world.
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Award Winning Senior PhotographerUnderwater Senior Photos | Fernandina Beach, FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Award Winning Senior PhotographerUnderwater Senior Photos | Fernandina Beach, FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

And then the magic... Miss L is a big fan of Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them so she included his friend Pickett in her wizarding world images at the end of our session and I couldn't help but add in a little extra magic for one of them too! 

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Award Winning Senior PhotographerUnderwater Senior Photos | Fernandina Beach, FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Award Winning Senior PhotographerUnderwater Senior Photos | Fernandina Beach, FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Thank you Miss L for allowing me to capture some of your story underwater! 

<3

Kim

Owner/Photographer-Artist

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Are you ready to try something fun and creative? Do you want to capture this time in your life with a beautiful work of art to display? Do you have access to a pool? Contact me for information on scheduling an underwater session!

 

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(Kimberly Tank Art & Photography, LLC) Central Florida pool senior underwater https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2020/8/space-coast-underwater-photographer-creative-underwater-senior-session Wed, 26 Aug 2020 01:38:59 GMT
Behind the Magic - Creating an Award Winning Photograph | Cocoa Beach Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2020/7/behind-the-magic---creating-an-award-winning-photograph-cocoa-beach-photographer Harry Potter Quidditch Amelia Island NAPCPCreating an Award Winning Image | Child PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography
I have been a member of the National Association for Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) for about 5 1/2 years. I can still remember how excited I was to find out that my membership application had been accepted. This organization has been one of the biggest factors in helping me grow in my craft and in my business. I remember first hearing about the image competition and thinking of how much it would mean to me to gain that industry recognition for my photography. I knew I probably wasn't ready right away but I submitted images anyway and got feedback to help me grow. It became one of my goals and I eventually got better at going through my images and looking at them with different eyes. You see, an image that I love of my son or even a client or an image a family loves from their session isn't necessarily going to win an award. They may be beautiful, cherished images, but to be an award winning image, it needs to not only be well composed, exposed, etc, it needs to also stand out and grab the viewers attention; a viewer who doesn't know the subject. 

In 2017, I received my first award in a NAPCP competition, the first NAPCP Inspired Gallery and Print Competition, and it was a first place. I was shocked and so happy to have met my goal! And to make it even better, I found out on my birthday that I had won. It was an amazing feeling. The print competition consists of three themed categories to encourage creativity. The top 100 images are displayed at NAPCP headquarters and judged for the final round that determines the winners, followed by a gallery event. I also had one image make the top 100 in 2018 and two images in the top 100 in 2019. 

But I still hadn't placed or merited in the digital competition, and I really wanted something in that one as well. Plus I hadn't placed again in the print competition so I couldn't help but wonder, did I just get lucky with that image or could I do it again?

I was incredibly honored to find out earlier this year that I had received a Recognition of Merit in the child category for the 2019 NAPCP International Image Competition! This competition is designed to recognize the world's most successful child photographers in 9 categories; each image being judged by a panel of experts on impact, technical merit, composition, and creativity. And while I didn't place in the top 3, even a merit in this competition is amazing, especially in the child category which tends to be one of the toughest to place or merit. I know that all the years I've been submitting images and getting feedback to help push my skills to be better has helped so much. And I will still work towards a top placing image and continuing to elevate my art. When I push myself creatively and learn from the competitions I enter, I can see how it also makes my everyday work better for my clients. 

I thought it would be fun to show how I created this image from conception to reality as it is one of the times where I had an idea in my head and I wasn't there to just capture life as it is like I do much of the time. So if you're interested in hearing how this image came about and what went into creating the final image, keep reading!

 

Conception to Reality. In 2018, I started reading the Harry Potter series to my son. He fell in love with them, wanted to know what house he was in (he's a Ravenclaw) and then wanted to be a Hogwarts student for Halloween. I was also working on my 100 Day Project of photographing my son and his dog and wanted to do something fun for the final image. I photographed my son in his costume at a wooded park and used a photo of his dog running with some photoshop magic to create an image of my son creating a Patronus of his dog (you can see that image at the bottom of this post).

Last year, he still wanted to be a Hogwarts student but to wear his quidditch robes. I had already thought about how fun it would be to create more Harry Potter inspired images, including one of him flying on his broom, so this was a great opportunity to create another magical image for him. For this, I knew I wanted somewhere with open sky to really create the feeling of flying. Other than the beach, I couldn't think of a great place to do this until I was introduced to an out-of-the-way park on Amelia Island on the river. It's basically a small open field with a small bench right in front of the water. It. Was. Perfect. I knew I could have him jump off the bench and shoot from down low to get him with just the sky behind him and give him the look of flying on his broom. He had a snitch with "invisible string" that I imagined my husband would just toss up from the side and I would be able to just capture my vision in one image, knowing I'd have to take a whole bunch of shots to get it all together. Well, that's not how it ended up happening.

There was a tree on one side so we started with him jumping off the other side while my husband tossed the snitch. The light was to my son's back, though, so not the best. And the snitch was not ever in the right place. I did get a clear shot of the snitch that I knew I could easily cut out the snitch and apply to the final image. 


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I also noticed when reviewing the images on the back of the camera that I was really losing the beautiful clouds we had that afternoon since the sun was so bright and I really wanted to include the clouds and really help that feel of being high in the air. So I decided I would need to do the sky separately and do more in Photoshop than I had originally planned. I adjusted my settings and took a photo of the sky that captured the sky with the clouds. 


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I pulled the image into Photoshop and removed the tree branch and the bench and decided to crop off the bottom but leave the width to help portray the expansiveness of the sky. This was then the background for my final image.


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We did several runs of jumping off the bench to get the best flying action shot. It took some practice to make sure my son jumped forward but also high and with his feet up like he was actually flying on the broom (instead of with his feet straight down).  It helped if he got sort of a running start instead of jumping straight off the edge. This is the series that led to getting the shot I used for him flying on his broom.

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Harry Potter QuidditchCreating an Award Winning ImageCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography



Harry Potter QuidditchCreating an Award Winning ImageCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography
You can see the snitch in the photo above that I used is off in the tree and not really in focus. We were still hopeful I could get the shot with the snitch in it, but alas, it did not happen. It as least gave him something to reach for which I wanted for this shot. 

Ok, so I talked about getting the sky set for the background above and mentioned the image I used for the snitch that I cut out and put in the sky. Since the sky in the image fo my son was mostly blown out, it wasn't too difficult to cut him out and put him on the sky image. Mostly. If you'll notice, the broom isn't solid like in the movies... it's actually made of sticks and being that I was taking it from a bright sky and putting it on a darker sky, this part was what took me the longest. I had to get out as much of the light sky around the broom sticks as possible without loosing the actual sticks. I also lightened that area of the sky a it on the background to help it blend in better. As a final touch, I added some wings to the snitch. I love how it turned out and am thrilled that it won an award. I also love that my son loves it too and asked for it to be printed huge for his room. 

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If you've made it all the way through, thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed reading how this photo came about and was put together. 

<3

Kim

Owner/Photographer-Artist

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Want to preserve your child's or family's story with beautiful photographs? Contact me for information on scheduling a session!

 

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(Kimberly Tank Art & Photography, LLC) Amelia Island children Fernandina Beach Harry Potter https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2020/7/behind-the-magic---creating-an-award-winning-photograph-cocoa-beach-photographer Thu, 16 Jul 2020 23:13:28 GMT
Cocoa Beach Family Photographer | Sunset Beach Milestone Session https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2020/3/cocoa-beach-family-photographer-sunset-beach-milestone-session The first year of your baby's life is a special chapter in your life. The days and nights often feel long, but when we look back, it's hard to believe how fast that first year goes, and often it feels like a blur. That precious little bundle of joy grows so much in that first year and by the time their birthday comes around, life has already changed in so many more ways. When we're sleep deprived and/or busy with older siblings, it makes it even more difficult to remember all of the little things in this chapter that we will want to remember later when those babies are grown. I don't know about you, but my son is 8 now and I sometimes can't remember what happened last week let alone all of the things I want to remember about his first year. I'm so thankful to have photographs that take me back to those memories so I can remember just how silly and snuggly he was (and still is) or how he fit in my arms and how small his little fingers and toes were. Without those photographs, my memories would be much more faded than they are. And some of the ones I cherish the most, are the ones with me in them. Sure, the others will help me remember him as a baby, but I also want him to see how much I loved him too and how much fun we had together (it wasn't always him and Dad!). 

This is probably why capturing the first year chapter with my milestone membership program is so special to me. Plus I love getting to watch these sweet little ones grow! We wrapped up this little one's milestone year with a family session. I honestly feel like this is the best way to wrap up the year, showing not only how much they've grown, but the relationships they've developed with their family members. One day, Miss E will look back at these photos and see how much she was always loved and how much fun she had with her family, even when she was a baby/toddler.

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Family Sunset Beach Session | Amelia Island, FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Family Sunset Beach Session | Amelia Island, FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Family Sunset Beach Session | Amelia Island, FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Family Sunset Beach Session | Amelia Island, FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Family Sunset Beach Session | Amelia Island, FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Family Sunset Beach Session | Amelia Island, FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Family Sunset Beach Session | Amelia Island, FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Family Sunset Beach Session | Amelia Island, FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Family Sunset Beach Session | Amelia Island, FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Family Sunset Beach Session | Amelia Island, FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Family Sunset Beach Session | Amelia Island, FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Family Sunset Beach Session | Amelia Island, FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Family Sunset Beach Session | Amelia Island, FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Family Sunset Beach Session | Amelia Island, FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Family Sunset Beach Session | Amelia Island, FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Thank you H Family for trusting me to document the milestones in this chapter of your life! 

<3

Kim

Owner/Artist-Photographer

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

I only take on a limited number of Baby Plan Memberships for each calendar year to ensure the highest quality of service to all of my clients and priority booking for plan members. If you're interested in becoming a plan member, I'd love to chat with you! Contact me here

 

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(Kimberly Tank Art & Photography, LLC) beach children family Fernandina Beach milestones toddlers https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2020/3/cocoa-beach-family-photographer-sunset-beach-milestone-session Mon, 02 Mar 2020 19:45:00 GMT
Space Coast Florida Photographer | Beach Maternity Photography https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2020/2/space-coast-brevard-florida-photographer-beach-maternity-photography A maternity session is a great way to showcase the beauty and miracle of pregnancy. I love helping mommas-to-be feel beautiful in their changing bodies as they get ready to welcome a little baby into the world. Pregnancy can often feel less than glamorous (ok maybe usually for most), and having this time documented helps moms remember how beautiful they really are as well as the connection and love they share with their spouse/partner and any old siblings. 

For this beach maternity session at the pier, mom chose one of the maternity gowns I offer for moms to wear and she was joined by her husband and 2 year old son. And as is typical of two-year olds, he sort of stole the show at one point! He is such a sweet and funny little boy and I loved capturing his personality and the love they all share. His new baby sister is so loved now too!

The beach is my absolute favorite place to photograph sessions. One thing you can never estimate ahead of time is how much wind we'll have since it can be quite breezy at the beach. There was quite a bit of wind on session day but we didn't have much time left to reschedule before baby could arrive so we went with it. And despite the clouds, we were still able to capture beautiful images that this family cherishes. We captured some funny moments as well so make sure you scroll down to see what happened (and how Mr. 2 sort of stole the show!).

 

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Beach Maternity Session - Amelia Island FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Beach Maternity Session - Amelia Island FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Ok, before you keep scrolling, you should know that the last time this family was at the beach (summer), Mr. 2 was afraid to go near the water so we figured he'd probably stay away this time too.... plus the water was cold...

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Beach Maternity Session - Amelia Island FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Beach Maternity Session - Amelia Island FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Beach Maternity Session - Amelia Island FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Yep, he went in. And LOVED it. And kept going back in for more! So needless to say, he was soaked but had a blast. 

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Beach Maternity Session - Amelia Island FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Beach Maternity Session - Amelia Island FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Beach Maternity Session - Amelia Island FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Beach Maternity Session - Amelia Island FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Thank you H Family for trusting me to document these memories for you and preserve your story!

<3

Kim

Owner/Photographer-Artist

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Are you expecting? Do you want to capture this time in your life with a beautiful work of art to display to remember the beauty of pregnancy and the love surrounding you? Contact me for information on scheduling a maternity session!

 

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(Kimberly Tank Art & Photography, LLC) amelia island beach family fernandina beach maternity toddlers https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2020/2/space-coast-brevard-florida-photographer-beach-maternity-photography Wed, 19 Feb 2020 20:27:02 GMT
Storytelling Photographer - Rockledge, FL | A Few of My Favorite Things https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2020/1/storytelling-photographer--rockledge-florida-a-few-of-my-favorite-things Happy 2020! I'm super excited about this year and I know it's going to be a great one. I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite things from 2019, and some that are just general favorites that I've loved for a while. 

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Tea Nation Tea & Do Less by Kate Northrup

If you know me, you know I love my teas, especially herbal teas. A couple of years ago, I discovered a local tea company, Tea Nation, that has a variety of lovely herbal tea blends and will make you a custom blend if needed. These have become some of my favorite teas and I always have several varieties in my tea drawer! (Yes, I have an entire drawer in my pantry full of tea.) 

This past year, I read Do Less by Kate Northrup and it was just so good. I can't even remember how I heard about it but it felt like exactly the book I needed to read so I got it shortly after it was released. I told all of my friends about it because it's one of those books that you want everyone to read after you've read it. It was part of what inspired me to choose the word Simplify as my word of the year for 2020 and I will be working on continuing to implement the approach in the book, with some help from the Do Less Planner, which I also ordered and should arrive soon. I've already noticed a difference in my ability to complete tasks when I schedule them at the most optimal times. This book is for all women, not just moms, and men can learn from the method as well (you don't need to be a business own either). I highly recommend it!


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Photography Camp for Kids

I have been feeling the pull in the last year or so to do more teaching. I used to be an elementary school teacher and am now homeschooling my son. I don't want to return to the classroom as I love homeschooling, so the question became, how can I teach more, and specifically in the area of photography? I already offer classes to adults wanting to learn how to use manual mode on their cameras but I wanted to reach more people. I thought about maybe brainstorming a class I could teach to other photographers, but then I remembered that I had been wanting to teach a class/camp to kids and that maybe it was time I did it. I found a curriculum and purchased it, only to be disappointed by it. So I put my teacher hat back on and sat down to create lesson plans for a 5 day summer camp for kids about photography. One where they could use any camera or even a phone and learn some basics and have fun taking photographs. I held my first camp session over the summer and it was so much fun! The kids loved it and were all sad at the end of the week that it was over. A colleague of mine suggested that maybe I should think about selling my curriculum since there aren't many out there, and the one I had purchased wasn't all that great. I'm excited to say, that I will be releasing my Photography Camp for Kids curriculum shortly for other photographers to purchase who want to teach a camp for kids! You can pre-order it now and use code camp25 for $25 off!


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Play 4 Life Moms & Play by Stuart Brown

My word for 2019 was Play. I sought out a few resources to help me with my focus for the year, starting with a texting service created by a dear friend of mine, Christy Thomas, with Play 4 Life Moms. The texts are short, inspirational or reminder messages to be more present with your kids, play more, and remember to take care of yourself too. I have really enjoyed getting these quick little reminders and I highly recommend them for moms with kids of all ages.

I also read the book Play by Stuart Brown. I was pleasantly surprised that this book was not just about play for children but about the different types of play and the importance of play in all stages of our lives. It really went well with my focus for the year and I highly recommend this book.


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Small Business Branding Sessions & Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller

In 2018, I started offering Small Business Branding Sessions and it's something I have really enjoyed. I love helping small businesses tell their stories and capture imagery they can use on their websites, social media, and print marketing. I heard about Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller from another photographer and immediately knew I wanted to read it. I also started listening to his podcast (which is also really good!) I listened to it via Audible and then realized I probably should have bought the hard copy because it's one of those books I couldn't listen to in the car (where I do a lot of my listening) because I needed to stop and take notes all the time. I'm still working through my own Story Brand framework and I'm excited to use the information to help tell my clients' stories as well. If you are a business owner, I highly recommend this book. 

 

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Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman & Audubon Bird Caller

If you haven't noticed by now, I love books! I run a local nature group for homeschoolers and Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman was one of my favorite books that I added to our nature collection this past year. It is beautifully illustrated and has a lovely variety of info about things you might see out in nature. 

One of the little girl's in our group brought this little Audubon Bird Caller on our bird week and I initially mistook it for an actual bird. Needless to say it ended up being a great stocking stuffer for Christmas! It's easy to use for kids and small enough to fit in their pocket.

 

Favorite Things - Copyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography Amber Dreams Jewelry

This is one of my long-time favorites. I have several pieces of my own from Amber Dreams Jewelry that I love. Liz makes beautiful pieces from pure amber as well as other stones. I have a few custom pieces from her as well. The piece pictured above is for teething babies. My son wore one through teething and I could definitely tell a difference when he wasn't wearing it (took it off for sleeping). 


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Misfits Market

When my son was a toddler, we had this awesome local organic veggie co-op and I've missed it ever since it ended. My favorite grocery store closed down late 2019 (Native Sun in Jacksonville) and now I often have to go to several stores to find what I need. Then I found out about this awesome fruit/veggie delivery box subscription by Misfits Market, and to say I was excited would be an understatement. We go through a lot of veggies in my house, and eat mostly organic when possible. This box is full of "ugly" or surplus organic fruits and veggies and you get them at a discount over the grocery store. All of the food pictured above was in the Madness Box which is just $35. I have mine scheduled to come every week and it has been fantastic. Last week's box had Jerusalem artichokes, which I've never tried before, and they were actually really yummy! I love when something like this gets us to try something new that I wouldn't normally pick at the store. If this is something you would love too (and live in one of the states where they deliver), you can use my referral code to get 25% off your first box: COOKWME-BJ5VOR. You can cancel at anytime.

 

This month, I am celebrating 7 years in business and I wanted to do something fun so I'm doing 7 days of giveaways and giving away my favorite things! The official giveaway will take place on Instagram (and Facebook) mid-month so be sure you are following me there! 

Official Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. 

1-Follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook.

2-Like the posts for the days you'd like to win.

3-Comment on the post and tag a friend who might like that item as well.

4-For extra entries, tag additional friends in the post, share the posts to your Instagram stories and tag me, and/or sign up for my monthly newsletter 

5-Information collected for this contest will not be sold to third parties and will only be used by me in correlation with this giveaway. 

*All winners will be chosen on January 25, 2020 at midnight and notified by January 29th. This giveaway is not in any way connected, sponsored, or endorsed by Instagram or Facebook. Read eligibility requirements on each individual giveaway post as terms vary - most are open to US residents only (and the Misfits Market box is only available in certain states). 
 

 


 

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(Kimberly Tank Art & Photography, LLC) commercial flatlay giveaway https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2020/1/storytelling-photographer--rockledge-florida-a-few-of-my-favorite-things Fri, 03 Jan 2020 01:43:04 GMT
10 Things I Love About Fernandina Beach FL | Amelia Island Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2019/11/10-things-i-love-about-fernandina-beach-fl-amelia-island-photographer Fernandina Beach - Amelia Island Photography10 Things I Love About Fernandina Beach - Amelia Island, FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

I have lived near Fernandina Beach, FL for almost 15 years now and it's one of my favorite cities. The beauty of Amelia Island and the wonderful community are top notch. There are fabulous beaches, history, nature, and so much more. There are so many things I love about Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach. Here's a list of my top 10.
 

1) The Beach!

Ok, so this could probably be 1-10 because I LOVE the beach, but I also really love the beaches of Amelia Island. We typically go to the north end of the island or the south end of the island. In the summer, evenings are my favorite time to go to the beach. It's a little less hot and a little less crowded. We will often pack a picnic dinner or maybe grab a bite to eat on the island. I still love going in the evenings the rest of the year and catching the beautiful sunsets, but we'll go during the day too if it fits our schedule better. My son will swim/play in the water pretty much all year round. It's also the best place around to fly a kite!

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2) Sunsets

I already mentioned sunsets in #1, and I've always been a sucker for a beautiful sunset. It's one of the things that has had me carrying a camera around with me pretty much at all times since high school. The sunsets on Amelia Island are fantastic when you can catch them. You don't even have to be at the beach for them to take your breath away. This sunset photo was actually taken with my iPhone (because the best camera is the one that's with you!) on the north end of the island near downtown. I was on the island for a meeting and grabbed my camera before leaving in case I wanted to grab a photo or two and I ended up forgetting to make sure there was a memory card in it, oops! Luckily I never have this problem at a session because I have plenty of extras in my bag, I just didn't bring my bag with me this day. I was definitely kicking myself for that one!

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3) Downtown Fernandina Beach

I love to just walk around the historic downtown of Fernandina. There's such an array of shops and restaurants to peruse and it has such a lovely feel to it. Some of my favorite shops include: Color It Green, Villa Villekulla Neighborhood Toy Store, Pelindaba Lavender, Twisted Sisters, and The Book Loft. There are so many great restaurants that it's hard to pick a favorite, but 29 South and Amelia Tavern top my list. 
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Fernandina Beach - Amelia Island, FL Photography10 Things I Love About Fernandina Beach - Amelia Island, FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

 

4) Fort Clinch State Park

We love to get outside and explore and we all love history too. Historic sites are great places to step back into the past while also getting outside. Fort Clinch State Park isn't just a fort though. There are trails you can hike or bike, camping grounds, a great shaded playground for the kids, and the beach where you'll have a good chance of finding a shark tooth and lots of shells. If you're a nature enthusiast, they have guided nature walks at the Willow Pond on Saturday mornings. If you really get into the history, go to one of the re-enactments on the first weekend of the month and see how they bring history to life. 
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5) Parks/Playgrounds

Amelia Island has some really great parks for the kiddos. My son's favorite is Egan's Creek Park where there's a giant dome of climbing ropes. There's also great bird watching or fishing along the creek there too and a big field to play in. We also enjoy Pirate Playground behind the rec center. This park has something for a wide range of ages, from sand and water play, outdoor musical play, swings, climbing ropes, and more. And the best part is that it's fenced in so you don't have to worry about your littlest ones running off too far. They're been doing some updates to the other parks as well that are really great.
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6) Nature Spots

I mention already but we are big nature lovers. Being out in nature is actually really good for you too. I lead a homeschool group in nature explorations each week and I love having so many nature spots to pick from. One of my favorites aside from the beach is the Egan's Creek Greenway. It's a great quiet place to enjoy a walk and see the diversity of the salt marsh and all the plants and animals you can view there. On our last trip we saw several different species of birds, a marsh rabbit, crab, snake, turtles, and an alligator. 
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7) Farmer's Market

Who doesn't love a good farmer's market? The Fernandina Beach Market Place is a great spot to grab fresh produce, local homemade goodies, my favorite herbal teas from Tea Nation, and more. It's another great way to support local small businesses and farms!
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8) Biking Trails

My family and I love going on bike rides together and with so many biking trails, Amelia Island is a great place for biking. You can bike on the many paved biking trails or go rugged and bike on the beach or on a trail at Fort Clinch or Egan's Creek Greenway. If you love to bike, check out more info on bicycling on the island here

9) Festivals

If you don't mind big crowds, Fernandina has some really great festivals and events. The Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is probably the biggest and there are always a ton of vendors and beautiful artwork, plus pirates!  The Right Whale Festival was recently moved from Jacksonville to Amelia Island to celebrate the return of the right whales to our coastal area. For fellow book lovers, the annual Amelia Island Book Festival is something for you to check out. The Wild Amelia Nature Festival is another great one, and there are many others not on my list! I'd love to hear if you have another favorite that I didn't mention here. *Another of my favorites is listed below.

10) Christmas

There's just something magical about the way Fernandina Beach does Christmas. The lights downtown are fantastic and the annual Dickens on Centre event is one of my absolute favorites and is on our must-do list every December. They have a great kid-zone, live entertainment, vendors (food and homemade goodies), and people dressed in Dickens era costumes adding to the atmosphere. 
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Is there something you love about Fernandina Beach that I didn't include in my list? I'd love for you to share it with me in the comments below!

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Kim

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(Kimberly Tank Art & Photography, LLC) Amelia Island beach children Fernandina Beach https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2019/11/10-things-i-love-about-fernandina-beach-fl-amelia-island-photographer Mon, 25 Nov 2019 15:45:00 GMT
Magic of Childhood - Harry Potter Inspired Session | St Marys GA - Fernandina Beach FL https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2019/11/magic-of-childhood---harry-potter-inspired-session-st-marys-ga---fernandina-beach-fl This young lady has a special place in my heart. Her Momma and I went to college together and she was a big part of why I started photographing children. She recently turned 10 and loves the world of Harry Potter (as do I) and so it was only fitting that this was her birthday theme this year. I'm sure she can't wait to get her Hogwarts acceptance letter next year! 

We had a blast creating these images and channeling the magical world. From casting a spell, to studying the Monster Book of Monsters, flying on a broom, and heading into the Forbidden Forest, we brought a touch of magic to each one. 

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Thank you for allowing me to create a little magic for you this year Miss C!

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Kim

Owner/Photographer-Artist

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Want to preserve your child's or family's story with beautiful photographs? Contact me for information on scheduling a session!

 

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(Kimberly Tank Art & Photography, LLC) birthday children Harry Potter ruins St Marys woods https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2019/11/magic-of-childhood---harry-potter-inspired-session-st-marys-ga---fernandina-beach-fl Tue, 05 Nov 2019 21:32:30 GMT
Little Artist in the Park | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Child Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2019/10/little-artist-in-the-park-st-marys---fernandina-beach-child-photographer Birthdays as a kid always feel like a big milestone. If your parents kept things from when you were a kid, you may have been able to look back and see what you wanted to be when you grew up or what you really loved (or maybe were obsessed with) at some point in your childhood. It's fun to see how those things changed over the years.

I've been photographing this family's birthday milestones for 10 years now and I love how different each kiddo is and capturing the story of who they are and what they love at each age. Miss M is the youngest and for her 3rd birthday, we celebrated and captured her love of art (like her momma who is an art teacher!). We set up at the park and Miss M painted with her favorite colors, mostly yellow and orange. She was pretty serious about her artwork but we captured some smiles in there too of course! Happy 3rd Birthday Miss M!

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I'm so honored to be able to continue to capture this little one's story as she grows.

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Kim

Owner/Photographer-Artist

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Want to preserve your child's or family's story with beautiful photographs? Contact me for information on scheduling a session!

 

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Couple at Sunset on the Beach with Dogs | Amelia Island Family Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2019/9/couple-at-sunset-on-the-beach-with-dogs-amelia-island-family-photographer Helping a client tell and preserve their story through photographs is one of my favorite parts of my job. After our first phone call, I was so excited for the opportunity to capture this couple and help them preserve their story. You see, they are in the process of adoption and needed some updated photos for their adoption portfolio. These photos are their first impression for moms-to-be who are looking to give their baby up for adoption so they need to capture who they are and not just their adorable smiles (which of course we captured too!). They love hanging at the beach so of course they needed a beach session. They also have two rescue pups who needed to join in too! We grabbed some standard shots that were required for the adoption portfolio (smiling at the camera), and then had little fun and captured some more casual photos walking and hanging out on the beach. They brought a little "Love" sign that we played with too to add to the adoption portfolio and I love the "Love Makes a Family"; so perfect for an adoption story! The sunset was beautiful and I love playing with silhouettes when we have a great sunset. Be sure to scroll to the end for the silhouette! I'm incredibly honored to have been chosen to document this family's journey and I can't wait for the next call <3.

 

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Kim

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Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Do you want to capture and preserve your family's story? Contact me here for more information or to book your session! 

 

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In-Home Lifestyle New Baby Session | Central Florida Baby Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2019/8/in-home-lifestyle-new-baby-session-central-florida-baby-photographer It was an incredible honor to photograph this adorable family after they welcomed their new little man to the world. And yes, I may be a little biased since he's my nephew! Just a week after I booked my trip to visit after he would be here, he decided to come 6 weeks early and spent a week in the NICU. So instead of being around 4 weeks old when I arrived, he was 10 weeks old!

I knew I wouldn't be photographing him as the typical squishy newborn at 7-14 days old since I couldn't plan my trip at the last minute, but one of my favorite things about a relaxed, lifestyle newborn session is that we can get beautiful photos with baby at any age. What I hadn't expected with him coming early is that he would barely fit into my newborn wrap material, but we made it work! One of the things I love with photographing an older baby is being able to capture baby connecting with the parents more than you can with a brand new baby. 

This sweet boy has not one, but two amazing mommas. You can see just how much he is loved! In addition to capturing him with his mommas, I love getting those tiny details like his eyelashes, hands, and toes; we quickly forget how little they were but the photographs can bring us back to those times. It's too bad we can't capture that new baby smell! We also incorporated some special items from his grandpa who passed away a little over 7 years ago. He's watching over you Baby J!

I probably have a few too many favorites in this post but it was too hard to choose! 

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Fun Fact: I took the photo behind my sister in the next two photos!

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Kim

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Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

It's never too late to photograph the joy of welcoming a new baby into your family. Contact me here for more information on an in-home lifestyle newborn/baby session! 

 

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(Kimberly Tank Art & Photography, LLC) babies family in-home newborn https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2019/8/in-home-lifestyle-new-baby-session-central-florida-baby-photographer Sun, 25 Aug 2019 23:17:55 GMT
Baby's First Year Milestones - In-Home Newborn Session with Extended Family | St Marys GA https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2019/8/babys-first-year-milestones---in-home-newborn-session-with-extended-family-st-marys-ga I LOVE when grandparents join in photo sessions. How many of us wish we had more photos of us with our grandparents? I know I do. By the time I graduated high school, all of my grandparents had passed; one of my grandmas passed when I was just shy of 2. I have very few photos of them with me but I cherish the ones I have. I am always trying to make sure I get photos of my son with his grandparents when we can, especially with none of them living close by. One day (hopefully not any time soon), they'll be gone and their memories will be kept alive by the photographs we have of them. 

This photo session not only included Grandma and Grandpa, it included cousins too! But this isn't your typical extended family session, it's actually a newborn session to welcome Baby C into the world. But when you have everyone in town together, why not take advantage of it while you can and capture this time together. By now, I have a pretty good idea how older siblings might be around a new baby, but I wasn't sure how different it might be since these older kiddos were cousins. They were super sweet with their new baby cousin, and as expected, when you have a 2 year old involved, they'll pretty much do their own thing. And since I love to capture everyone's true personality and not just cheesy smiles at the camera, I don't mind this at all! We captured the grandparents with all three granddaughters, cousins together, and a couple outside with the big girls's family and grandparents in addition to those that I normally capture for a newborn session. 

I'm looking forward to capturing Baby C throughout her first year! She is surrounded by so much love and I'm honored to be able to capture that for her family.  

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I also installed two beautiful custom framed museum art prints at Grandma and Grandpa's house. I love to provide the full service from photo capture to having the framed print on the wall. I want to make this process as easy as I can for my families and help beautifully preserve their memories. 

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Kim

Owner/Artist-Photographer

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

I only take on a limited number of Baby Plan Memberships for each calendar year to ensure the highest quality of service to all of my clients and priority booking for plan members. If you're interested in becoming a plan member, I'd love to chat with you! Contact me here

 

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Baby's First Year Milestones - Sitting Session Milk Bath https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2019/8/babys-first-year-milestones---sitting-session-milk-bath I love when clients come up with fun ways to celebrate their baby's (or child's) milestones. For the middle year/sitting milestone for this adorable baby plan member, Mom wanted to do an outdoor milk bath. What a great idea! I gathered the supplies, including some beautiful flowers from Lavender and Grace Studio to float in the milk bath and we chose our outdoor location. We did a few outside the tub first, capturing those adorable baby rolls and attempts to crawl, as well as kisses from Mom. Sometimes babies this age are teething and are much happier being held, so I always encourage moms to be ready to be in the photos too. 

 

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Then it was time to load up the tub! I brought warm water so it wouldn't be cold and upset Baby E and added evaporated milk and the flowers... Crooked River State ParkBaby Milestone Milk Bath Photo Session | St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography Crooked River State ParkBaby Milestone Milk Bath Photo Session | St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Well, she still wasn't happy about it! She normally loves baths, but sometimes babies just have an off day and that's ok, so we made the best of it and didn't make her stay in there too long.  Crooked River State ParkBaby Milestone Milk Bath Photo Session | St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography Crooked River State ParkBaby Milestone Milk Bath Photo Session | St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Back in another adorable outfit, she was much happier.  Crooked River State ParkBaby Milestone Milk Bath Photo Session | St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography Crooked River State ParkBaby Milestone Milk Bath Photo Session | St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography I love capturing these milestones for families and documenting the growth of their little ones. They grow so fast, especially in their first year! I'm always happy to incorporate ideas for the session that families have too. It's almost time to capture this sweet baby's first year session. It really flies by fast!

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Kim

Owner/Artist-Photographer

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

I only take on a limited number of Baby Plan Memberships for each calendar year to ensure the highest quality of service to all of my clients and priority booking for plan members. If you're interested in becoming a plan member, I'd love to chat with you! Contact me here

 

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I've been wanting to travel to the flower field, near Jacksonville, for years. And this year, I finally went! I'm so glad I did. It was so beautiful and magical, especially as the sun was setting. I brought my own family with to grab some fun shots and then photographed one of my favorite families there as well. And if you know them, you know the wildflowers are a perfect backdrop for them! We captured a quick portrait and then moved to the fun stuff: running, giving big squishy hugs, and blowing the dandelion seeds! Real life isn't perfect and the moments in our children's childhoods and our connections with them are what we always want to remember and cherish, so that's what I love to capture. Be sure to scroll all the way down to check out the ones I took of my family too! wildflower field at sunsetFlower Field Family Photos | Jacksonville FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography wildflower field at sunsetFlower Field Family Photos | Jacksonville FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography wildflower field at sunsetFlower Field Family Photos | Jacksonville FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography wildflower field at sunsetFlower Field Family Photos | Jacksonville FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography wildflower field at sunsetFlower Field Family Photos | Jacksonville FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography wildflower field at sunsetFlower Field Family Photos | Jacksonville FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography wildflower field at sunsetFlower Field Family Photos | Jacksonville FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography wildflower field at sunsetFlower Field Family Photos | Jacksonville FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography wildflower field at sunsetFlower Field Family Photos | Jacksonville FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography wildflower field at sunsetFlower Field Family Photos | Jacksonville FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography wildflower field at sunsetFlower Field Family Photos | Jacksonville FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography wildflower field at sunsetFlower Field Family Photos | Jacksonville FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography
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This field only blooms like this for a short time in late spring. If you want to be the first to hear about when we go back next year, be sure to sign up for my email list!

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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!

 

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Underwater Photography | Family, Child & Maternity Photographer | St Marys GA - Amelia Island FL https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2019/4/underwater-photographer-st-marys-ga-amelia-island-fl-jacksonville-fl Last month, I attended the first Underwater Kids Workshop Retreat, and it was AWESOME.

Back in 2017, I bought my first underwater housing to try underwater photography and see if it was even something I would enjoy doing. I loved seeing other's work, but would I want to do it myself? I had a couple of friends offer for me to photograph their kiddos for practice. I discovered that underwater photography is like a whole new world with challenges galore... and I LOVED it. I played in the waves at the beach and under the water in pools. I even won first place in the NAPCP (National Association of Professional Child Photographers) Inspired Gallery Print Competition with one of the images I shot at the beach, splashing in the waves with my son. So last year, I took 2 classes at Click Away with the wonderful Elizabeth Blank on underwater photography and editing, which was super helpful and confirmed with me that this was definitely something I wanted to do. I invested in a better underwater housing from SPL Water Housings and started booking underwater and in the waves sessions.

There's always more to learn so I was super excited when Underwater Kids announced that they were having a workshop retreat AND that it was being held only 2 hours from me and that we'd be going to the springs for a day. I'm so glad I jumped at the opportunity and signed up. The women behind Underwater Kids, Jennifer Kapala, Christi Allen-Curtis, and Amy Vecchio, are all talented, lovely women and share so much of their knowledge with us. We had a full day of pool sessions with a variety of models (the real people kind not the professional kind). I was able to see how the light differed from morning to afternoon as well as experiment with a black backdrop underwater and lights at night in a black bottom pool. I learned how to better direct clients while in the pool (it's harder than you think to keep your face natural underwater for photos!).

Then we went to Ginnie Springs and spent the day there photographing more models. It was even more magical than I expected. It also brought new challenges, the biggest one being sediment kicked up from the bottom that would make the bottom murky. We had so much fun and then on top of all of the shooting, we talked marketing and editing too. I'm definitely planning to head back to explore the springs more this summer with my husband and son. And who knows, maybe offer a day of sessions there?! 

I learned a ton and came home and told my husband that now I want a pool! I've said for years how I don't want one because I don't want to have to clean it all the time, even though we have a great yard for it, but if I can photograph in it for half the year it'll be worth it! (If you're local and have put in a pool recently and have recommendations, I'd love to hear who to keep in mind! Earliest we'd get one would probably be 2021... here's hoping!) 

And now for the part you really came here for... some of my favorite images that I took during the workshop! 

 

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My word of the year this year is play and this workshop really helped me play more with things I wouldn't normally have tried on my own with my photography. I'm excited to play more underwater with clients and create fun and unique photos for them!

(You can also check out the beautiful work of my fellow attendees: Willy Wilson of Life Unstill Photography, Mary Okner of Mary Bea Photography, Renee Stengel of Renee Stengel Photography, and Samantha Baltz of Samantha Ann Photography)

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Kim

Owner/Photographer-Artist

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Looking for a fun and unique way to capture your family, kids, or pregnancy? Do you want to beat the heat of summer and have your session where the heat won't bother you?  Contact me today for more information on scheduling an underwater session!

 

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Companion: A Boy and His Dog | Award Winning Photographer | St Marys GA - Amelia Island FL https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2019/3/companion-a-boy-and-his-dog-award-winning-photographer-st-marys-ga---amelia-island-fl The second half of my 100 day project last year took longer to finish than I had planned. Typically when I set out to do a 100 day project, the goal is to do it every day for 100 consecutive days. That didn't happen with this one, though. I had gotten to a point where I didn't want to take what felt like the same picture over and over again (my son playing while his dog laid nearby). I tried getting this situation in a variety of ways obviously but I also have a bigger vision for my project that I didn't want to leave out of the process. Then Jack (the dog) started having heat issues which turned out to be his kidneys and we juggled that and managing his health so daily photos weren't happening then either. Add in that they both were sort of over my project at one point and were not super cooperative with some of the ideas I had that I wanted to capture. I'm glad it worked out the way it did because it allowed me to capture more variety as the year went on and the seasons changed. Plus, I was able to pull off a pretty great finale for the final image which we made right at Halloween (be sure to scroll all the way down for that one, especially if you're a Harry Potter fan!).  

If you missed the first half of my project and what inspired me to start it, go check out this blog post


Here are some favorites from the second half...

 

These two love to dig. We gave them a bare spot in the yard where they were allowed to dig and watching them dig together is often funny. Here it's as if Jack is thinking, "Hey, can I help with that?" 
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kids & pets photosCompanion: A Boy and His Dog | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Children & Pet PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

We ended up at the vet a lot last year between regular checkups, getting neutered, and then when Jack's health declined and we discovered his kidneys do not work properly. He's on a prescription kibble that we mix with a homemade diet and thankfully he's gotten better, though whatever the underlying kidney issue is, it's still there. Being that he was only about 18 months when this happened and no reason could be found, it's likely something he was born with. kids & pets photosCompanion: A Boy and His Dog | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Children & Pet PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

These two and their nighttime shenanigans... ok, it's not just at night but they can be super silly.  kids & pets photosCompanion: A Boy and His Dog | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Children & Pet PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

 

If Connor is outside playing without Jack, Jack will often lose his mind, barking and whining to get outside with him. I wanted to capture this somehow and since it was bright outside, I chose a silhouette of Jack while seeing Connor through the window.  kids & pets photosCompanion: A Boy and His Dog | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Children & Pet PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

And then there are the times when they are both puppies (and need to be contained, haha). kids & pets photosCompanion: A Boy and His Dog | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Children & Pet PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Rain won't usually keep these two inside, but sometimes they opt to hang out under an umbrella.  kids & pets photosCompanion: A Boy and His Dog | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Children & Pet PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography kids & pets photosCompanion: A Boy and His Dog | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Children & Pet PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Can you spot where Connor is in this photo? kids & pets photosCompanion: A Boy and His Dog | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Children & Pet PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

More rainy day play, but this time I stayed inside and capture the view through the blinds/window.  kids & pets photosCompanion: A Boy and His Dog | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Children & Pet PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

We love the wildflowers that grow along the roadways and Connor loves to pick them. Jack has no opinion on this but does love his walks! kids & pets photosCompanion: A Boy and His Dog | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Children & Pet PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Where's the ball? There it is! kids & pets photosCompanion: A Boy and His Dog | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Children & Pet PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Puppies... kids & pets photosCompanion: A Boy and His Dog | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Children & Pet PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

 

They're like littermates sometimes... kids & pets photosCompanion: A Boy and His Dog | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Children & Pet PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Occasionally, I'll have an idea of something I want to try to capture, though typically I can only get one to cooperate at a time.  kids & pets photosCompanion: A Boy and His Dog | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Children & Pet PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

And then we reached the point where they were both pretty much over my project, haha! kids & pets photosCompanion: A Boy and His Dog | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Children & Pet PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

We had company in town so these two had a campout/sleepover in my office.  kids & pets photosCompanion: A Boy and His Dog | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Children & Pet PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

 

Always by his side... even in the most mundane of things. kids & pets photosCompanion: A Boy and His Dog | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Children & Pet PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

 

What better way to celebrate summer than with an ice-cream cone for you and your dog. (We make our ice-cream out of frozen bananas and only Connor has chocolate).  kids & pets photosCompanion: A Boy and His Dog | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Children & Pet PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

 

This was one of those visions I had that I wanted to capture, which gave me some funny outtakes. I've seen this done with siblings but Connor is an only child so I wanted to capture him with Jack instead. It isn't perfect but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  kids & pets photosCompanion: A Boy and His Dog | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Children & Pet PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

We took Jack to the beach when he was a young pup and he was terrified of the ocean. We tried taking him back to see if being bigger helped his fear any... he loved running on the beach but still wanted nothing to do with the water.  kids & pets photos - Amelia IslandCompanion: A Boy and His Dog | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Children & Pet PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

kids & pets photosCompanion: A Boy and His Dog | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Children & Pet PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Double Exposure... this one was tricky as getting them somehow at the same height wasn't working and I needed the sky behind them both so I had to use different angles. kids & pets photos - double exposureCompanion: A Boy and His Dog | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Children & Pet PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

 

And for the finale.... over the summer we started reading the illustrated Harry Potter books 1 & 2 and Connor became obsessed. After reading the second in the fall, he decided he wanted to be a Ravenclaw Hogwarts student for Halloween. Jack is so much his protector and I thought it would be perfect to turn him into a patronus for Connor. I normally don't do extensive photoshop work, simply because my focus is on capturing life and people as it is, so this was fun for me to really play around and create an image like this. (If you're interested in how I created this, let me know and I'll do a separate post explaining it!)

Presenting Connor and his patronus, Jack... kids & pets photos - Harry Potter inspired photo - patronusCompanion: A Boy and His Dog | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Children & Pet PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography
Thanks for reading!

<3

Kim

Does your child (any age up to 18) have a special bond with their pet (any type of pet)? Want to participate in my kids and pets project and live within an hour of St Marys, GA? I need models for my kids & pets project. Send me an email and I'll send you more info on participating in this project. Participants will receive images in exchange for signing a commercial model release. 

 

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Family Session on the Beach at Sunset | Jacksonville Beach - Amelia Island Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2019/2/family-session-on-the-beach-at-sunset-jacksonville-beach---amelia-island-photographer outdoor lifestyle beach photography Sunset Family Beach Session | Jacksonville BeachCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

If you know me, you know that I LOVE the beach. Not only do I love to go to the beach with my family, it is my favorite place for photo sessions as well. It's not just the beauty of the beach (and the sunsets!), which of course are a big plus, but there's something more about the beach that just makes it better. The calming nature of the ocean helps everyone relax more and be themselves and the beach naturally invites everyone to just play! And when everyone is relaxed and playful, we get the best photos that capture who they are and everyone having fun together. 

This session was one of those sessions where everyone really had fun (yes, even Dad!) and I was able to capture beautiful and fun photos of this sweet family. The littlest had just turned one so we not only updated family photos, we also focused a bit on Miss A to celebrate her turning one. The sunset was perfect and complemented the colors mom choose for their outfits (which were so well put together as always!). Check out the video fusion I put together before scrolling through some of my favorite photos from the session!

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Thank you R Family for continuing to trust me with your family photos over the years. I love watching your family grow and capturing these special moments for you!

<3

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!

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10 Things I Love About St Marys GA | Camden County Photography https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2019/2/10-things-i-love-about-st-marys-ga-camden-county-photography Saint Marys Georgia - Camden County Photographer 10 Things to Love About St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

I have lived in St Marys for almost 14 years now and am happy to call it my home. From my first visit here, I knew this was a place I would want to call home. From the friendly people and slower pace of a small town to some of my favorite local spots, I love so many things about living in St Marys. Here's a list of my top 10.

 

1) Howard Gilman Waterfront Park

The waterfront park has always been at the top of my list. It's the perfect place to take an evening walk or sit on a swing facing the St Marys River and just enjoy the view. The playground is a favorite for my son and being shaded is a huge plus in the summer heat. Speaking of summer, the monthly music concerts in the park are a great way to spend a Saturday evening. We've had picnics in the park, gone to various festivals and events held at the park, taken a walk, met up with friends, played on the playground, and even attended two weddings there. This park will always hold a special place in my heart. 


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2) Crooked River State Park

There are endless ways to explore Crooked River State Park. Explore the many trails, stop in at the nature center, play a game of miniature golf, camp, bring your boat and go fishing, or check out some of their events like the sunset cruise. We've had a park pass since shortly after moving here. When I used to train search and rescue dogs, we often used areas of the park to train. Now that my dog has retired and I no longer run a local k9 search and rescue team, it's a favorite place for us to go explore and experience nature. I lead a local group of homeschoolers on nature explorations every week and Crooked River is one of our regular spots to visit. After we explore, the kids all love playing on one of the two playgrounds as well!


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3) Scarecrow Stroll

Fall is probably my favorite season and I love how St Marys celebrates with the Scarecrow Stroll. Each year, local businesses fill the median downtown with scarecrows for the month of October and on a Tuesday night mid-October, many of them, including myself, sit by their scarecrow displays while children walk up and down the street collecting goodies and seeing all the fun displays. Last year, I added a fall scene (pictured here) where anyone could stop and take a photo with some fall leaves (since we don't get much color here in southeast Georgia!). We always have a blast and my son loves to help me pass out non-food goodies after he finishes seeing all the other scarecrows himself. 

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4) Local Festivals

St Marys hosts three big festivals each year: Mardi Gras Festival, Independence Day Festival, and Rock Shrimp Festival. Our favorite is the Mardi Gras Festival and it's mostly because we love the parade! My son loves to collect Mardi Gras beads and it's fun to see the themed floats each year. (Back when I ran the k9 search and rescue team, we were in the parade every year!) It's also nice that it isn't too hot, which is one reason we often skip the Independence Day Festival, though it is a good one. (Our anniversary is also the 4th so there's another reason we do other things!)

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5) The People

It's true, people in the south tend to be warmer and friendlier. It's one of the things that drew me in when we first came to St Marys. I have met so many wonderful and interesting people here in this little town; from the time I was a teacher at one of the local elementary schools, to my work with the Osprey Living Magazine. After being in a small town for a while, you can almost guarantee you'll run into someone you know whenever you're out and about! 

 

6) St Marys Public Library

It may be small, but we love our little library in St Marys. Whatever books we need that they don't have, we can always request through the Georgia Pines Library System. We are pretty much in there weekly swapping out books for our homeschool studies and love saying hi to the lovely people who work there. We also enjoy the summer reading program events in the summertime. One can never have too many books!


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7) Nearby Organic U-Pick Farms

We have two farms nearby that are organic or use organic methods to grow u-pick crops. Merck Farms in Kingsland is our favorite place to go in the spring and pick some of the best strawberries you've ever tasted! The berries have just started ripening for this season so keep your eye out on their Facebook page for updates on days they're open! 
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Just up I-95 off Harriet's Bluff Rd is Morning Belle Farms, a certified organic blueberry farm (they have blackberries too!). We frequented them often when my son was littler but we haven't been in a couple of years because our own backyard blueberry bushes have gotten so big, we get about 10 pounds of blueberries a year from just our biggest bush alone! I do want to make it back up there for the blackberries though, it's just a smaller window and I've missed it the last couple of years. 
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8) Less Traffic

Being a smaller town also means less traffic. Every time I get stuck in traffic in Jacksonville, or even Yulee, I'm thankful that I don't have to drive in it every day (though I do travel down there quite a bit!).

 

9) Close to the Beach

When we first moved here, it only took 30 minutes to get to the beach in Fernandina. Even now that traffic is heavier (plus construction on A1A), 45 minutes is still not a bad drive to get to the beach. Though I do wish I had taken more advantage of the shorter drive year ago! We are a family that loves the beach so we are there often anyway. It's our happy place (and my favorite place to do sessions!).

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10) Easy Access to I-95/Jacksonville

Jacksonville is so spread out that it could take an hour to get from the beaches to the other side of Jacksonville. From St Marys, I can also get to most places in Jacksonville in an hour or less (beaches are an hour but most other places I frequent are 30-45 minute drives). After being here for so many years and making the drive, it doesn't bother me all that much. Though now with my son in gymnastics two days a week at TNT Gymnastics, it would be easier if we were a little bit closer. Plus we do most of our grocery shopping in Jacksonville at our favorite locally owned natural grocery store, Native Sun. We're also just about in the middle between Savannah and St Augustine, both great day trips to go explore.

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Do any of these make your list of favorite things about St Marys? Anything I didn't include that you love and want to share? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!

<3

Kim

Owner/Artist-Photographer

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography, LLC

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P.S. Ever wish you had someone to tag along with you on a family adventure to capture the fun you all have together? Contact me for more information on a family adventure session! 

 

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Small Business Spotlight: Fizikly Fit | Northeast Florida Small Business Branding Photos https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2018/12/small-business-spotlight-fizikly-fit-northeast-florida-small-business-branding-photos Small Business Commercial Photography | Lifestyle Personal Branding PhotosCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography LLC

 

I'd like to introduce you all to Coach Dawn, a strength and nutrition coach with her business, Fizikly Fit. She was so much fun to work with and I could really see how she makes fitness fun! I love that she offers meal prep in addition to her nutrition coaching. I hear so often that people think they don't have time to prep and make healthy meals and she will do it for you! If you're local to the Yulee-Fernandina Beach, FL area, check her out and see if she'd be a good fit for you. I'm going to let Dawn tell you all more about herself and her business...

 

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Tell us about your business. What services/products do you offer?

I am a strength and nutrition coach. I offer personalized training services, nutrition habit coaching, and meal prep for anyone that wants to eat and live a healthier lifestyle. 

 

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What inspired you to open your business?

I’ve seen the difference exercise and a nutrient dense diet made in my own life, and I love sharing it with others. 

 

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Who is your biggest inspiration in life/business?

Personally, I’m inspired daily by my children. I love being able to play with them, to cook with them, and to try new things with them. By setting the example of a healthy lifestyle, it shows them how to be healthier. Healthy kids turn into healthy adults.!

In business, I am inspired by great coaches such as Coach Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K) of Duke basketball fame and Coach Lou Holtz of Notre Dame. They inspired their athletes to be honorable people first and athletes second. 

 

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What is your favorite quote?

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”  A.A. Milne

 

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What do you love most about what you do?

The positive impact exercise and a nutrient dense diet can have on people’s lives. When a client tells me they hiked a mountain, or spent the whole day at Disney World with their kids, or finished a 5k, or was able to come off medication, it’s the best part of what I do.

 

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What is your biggest success with your business to date? What are you most proud of?

My biggest success with my business is the number of long term clients I have the opportunity to continue training—it’s gratifying to see the changes in people’s health and lifestyle, and it’s rewarding to continue helping them set, reach, and exceed new goals. 

 

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fitness coach - Fizikly FitSmall Business Commercial Photography | Lifestyle Personal Branding | Yulee FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography LLC

 

What can your clients expect from you when they book with you?

They can expect individualized attention, a discussion on goal setting, a training program designed just for them, expert coaching to help them move efficiently and safely, and regular follow up on their progress. They can expect to unexpectedly receive dinner to take home to their family, a recipe suggestion, regular communication on health/ wellness tips, and a fun atmosphere. 

 


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Tell us three things about you that we might not know.

I’m a huge SEC football fan—I attended the University of Missouri, so I will always root for the Tigers first! I’ve adopted the GA Bulldogs as my second favorite team:).

I love cooking, and feel a real sense of satisfaction when I get to create in the kitchen. Recipes are more like guidelines anyway.

I never say no to coffee or chocolate. 


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Name three local businesses you love and why.

L. Moore Aesthetics - Laurie is an amazing aesthetician. Her services are a treat!

Blue Heron Therapeutics - Kelly Voboril is a gifted massage therapist. She keeps me moving well without pain. 

The Beauty Bar -  Andrea Wallace is so sweet and funny, and my hair looks good thanks to her. 




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Where can people find you?

Website: www.fiziklyfit.com

Email: coach@fiziklyfit.com

Phone: (904) 612-4172

Facebook: www.facebook.com/fiziklyfitboutique

Instagram: @fiziklyfitfun



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custom stock photos - Fizikly FitSmall Business Commercial Photography | Lifestyle Personal Branding | Yulee FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography LLC
 

Do you need photos for your website and marketing to help potential clients/customers see what you're all about? Do you want custom stock photography that speaks to your brand (and save you hours of searching on a stock website)? Do you want to stand out with professional photos to use in your social media posts that actually speak to you and your brand? Contact me to learn more about my small business lifestyle branding sessions!
 

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In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Milestone Session | Kingsland-St Marys GA Newborn Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2018/12/in-home-newborn-session-babys-first-year-milestones-kingsland-ga-newborn-photographer I've been told that adding baby number three is easier than baby number two, especially if you accept the sometimes chaos of being officially outnumbered. But when your now middle child is only two-ish and a little jealous, it can be a whole new ballgame. Last year I documented a similar set of siblings welcome their baby sister, but Miss 2 was not all that interested in having a baby sister. It may take these two year old big brothers or sisters a little more time to warm up to the new baby but we can at least pull off some sweet photos celebrating baby's arrival into the family. Let's be honest, most two year olds aren't going to sit still for pictures whether there's a new baby involved or not. Being in your own home will at least help them be more comfortable during the session and they are free to take breaks and retreat to their room to play with their own toys when they need to. Plus, with a laid back lifestyle newborn session, we can capture the connections and smiles even if they aren't always facing the camera. I also love incorporating pets! This doggy was probably the most cooperative, haha! Our loyal pets are always there with us in the chaos of life and welcoming babies and it's great when we can capture them in the midst of it all. These in-home lifestyle newborn sessions are my favorite way to help capture these memories of the early days for my clients welcoming a new baby to the family. I'm thrilled to be able to document more milestones with this sweet family through our Baby's First Year Milestone Membership program too! Here were some favorites from the newborn session. Welcome to the world sweet Baby E <3.

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I love how this last one captures the silliness and activeness of the boys while baby sister just sleeps through it all. She'll be running with those boys before long! Thank you H Family for trusting me to capture these memories for you.

<3

Kim

Owner/Artist-Photographer

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

I only take on a limited number of Baby Plan Memberships for each calendar year to ensure the highest quality of service to all of my clients and priority booking for plan members. If you're interested in becoming a plan member, I'd love to chat with you! Contact me here

 

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(Kimberly Tank Art & Photography, LLC) babies Camden family in-home milestone newborn Southeast Georgia toddlers https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2018/12/in-home-newborn-session-babys-first-year-milestones-kingsland-ga-newborn-photographer Wed, 12 Dec 2018 01:19:59 GMT
Childhood Photo Session - Miss M Turns 2 | Kingsland - St Marys Child Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2018/11/childhood-photo-session---miss-m-turns-2-kingsland---st-marys-child-photographer When you're child number three, and there's a five year age gap, you may end up being the "boss" much of the time. And what better way to celebrate turning two than to show everyone your boss skills! I'm thinking this girl is totally going to run a business when she grows up. She seemed to really know her way around the office! I think the adding machine was probably her favorite. She hammed it up and really embraced her "Boss Baby" theme! 

 

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These littles grow so quickly. I'm honored to be able to capture them and their personalities each year as they grow!

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Kim

Owner/Photographer-Artist

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

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

 

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Beautiful In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Session | Fernandina Beach Newborn Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2018/11/beautiful-in-home-lifestyle-newborn-session-fernandina-beach-newborn-photographer "On the night you were born, the moon smiled with such wonder, that the stars peeked in to see you, and the night wind whispered, 'Life will never be the same again.'" ~ Nancy Tillman, On the Night You Were Born

Welcoming a new baby into the world is magical, life-changing, and challenging. The days are long, but they also pass so quickly. Before we know it, we've forgotten just how little they were as newborns. In our sleep-deprived haze as new parents, it's hard to remember these things. This is how photographs can help, to trigger those memories and take us back to those early days when they were so tiny. From those tiny little features, to how they fit in our arms, and the joy and love for this precious new addition. This is what I love about photographing newborns and their families. And in-home sessions not only make it easier on the family (let's face it, getting out of the house with a newborn is a big job!), but it also allows for a more personalized session that includes the home where you have welcomed your new baby.

This sweet baby boy was welcomed into the world over the summer and he totally rocked his session. Mom and Dad did a great job too! I love seeing their love captured in the photographs. Even their pup was enamored with this sweet baby. The light in the master bedroom was perfect and we were able to get some in the nursery too. Be sure to check out the video too! 

 

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A note from Mrs. M - "Kim was amazing for our Newborn and Maternity Photos! We are so grateful for her attention to detail, flexibility, quickness to respond, and overall being a pleasure to work with. Thank you, Kim, for a wonderful experience. We will treasure these photos forever!"

Thank you M Family for trusting me to capture these precious memories for you. 

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Kim

Owner/Artist-Photographer

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Are you expecting? Do you want to capture and preserve the love you have for your partner and newborn baby without having to leave your house? I'd love to chat with you! Contact me here for more information on booking a newborn session. 

 

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Fine Art School Portraits | Award Winning Child Photographer - St Marys & Fernandina Beach https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2018/10/fine-art-school-portraits-award-winning-child-photographer---st-marys-fernandina-beach I started offering a Back to School Picture Day as a Homeschool Picture Day. When you don't go to school, there are no school photos so parents don't have the option for an affordable professional photo of their child every year. I liked the idea of doing them outside and having something different than what you'd get at the schools. This year, I still wanted to offer something unique but also classic and timeless. I wanted these to be available for those who don't want to spend money on those school photos that they really don't like that much anyways. So I bought a black backdrop and decided this year I would offer fine art school portraits. And I LOVE them! As do my clients :). I love that even those who were super wiggly and couldn't be still for too long, we were still able to get an adorable smiling photo of them. Plus I can do sibling shots! I can't wait to do these again next year! 

 

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Thank you to all the families who trusted me with their child's "school" photo this year!

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Kim

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Newborn Family Session at Home | St Marys GA Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2018/10/newborn-family-session-at-home-st-marys-ga-photographer Vacations are a great time to capture your family in photographs. Often, I photograph extended families getting together from all over the country or families coming to play at the beach. This family was coming back "home" (where mom grew up) to visit family, celebrate the newest addition to their family, and their anniversary. Mom wanted to capture her baby girl at her grandmother's home with her grandma's pearls, so we did just that. I love incorporating something with so much meaning to the family. We even included a photograph of great-grandma in a generational photo. And it just so happens that I knew great-grandma when I was a teacher and she was an assistant superintendent. 
 

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After capturing a few inside, we headed outside and used the beautiful yard for photos of the family. 
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Thank you B Family for allowing me to capture this precious time for you!

<3

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!

 

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Around the World Themed Session | Award Winning Child Photographer - Jacksonville FL https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2018/9/around-the-world-themed-session-award-winning-child-photographer---jacksonville-fl I have had the honor of photographing this sweet young lady for her birthday every year since she turned 1. As soon as she was old enough, she would choose her birthday theme and Mom and I would collaborate to figure out how to incorporate it into her birthday photos. This year's theme was Around the World. Mom found a couple of cute dresses representative of Central America and Asia and I figured the best location for these would be the zoo and the beautiful gardens throughout that are representative of these locations. It was perfect and we had a blast! It's hard to believe how much she's growing up, and you can definitely tell with some of her more serious (and sassy!) expressions! I hope she'll continue to let me do fun birthday photos with her as she enters her pre-teens (and maybe teens?!). 

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This last one is definitely one of my favorites. I love capturing her personality as well as her smile throughout our sessions. I can't wait to see what she comes up with for next year!

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Kim

Owner/Photographer-Artist

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

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

 

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Fernandina Beach High School Senior | Amelia Island Senior Photography https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2018/9/fernandina-beach-high-school-senior-amelia-island-senior-photography When I found out this young man was a lifeguard and loves to surf, I knew we had to head to the beach for some fun for the second half of his session. I love incorporating something meaningful for all sessions, and especially for senior sessions. We need more than just good looking photos to remember what they looked like before setting off into adulthood and the real world. We need photos that represent who they are and what they love!  

We started with some urban portraits and made sure to include his love of football. Then we headed to the beach to capture him in his lifeguard role and some fun in the water with his surf board. The water was super choppy so there wasn't much to catch that day, but we still had fun with it!

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If you have a high school senior or upcoming senior and want images that tell the story of who they are right now as they are about to enter adulthood, I'd love to chat with you about how we can customize a session just for him/her!

<3

Kim

Owner/Photographer-Artist

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Looking to capture your high school senior before they head out into the world? Do you want to capture the essence of who they are? Contact me today for more information on scheduling a senior session!

 

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The Importance of Grandparents Existing in Photos https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2018/9/the-importance-of-grandparents-existing-in-photos The first Sunday in September is Grandparents Day, so I thought this would be the perfect time for a blog post reminding us of the importance of grandparents existing in photographs. It's not as common to see grandparents getting in front of the camera with their grandkids, especially for professional photo sessions. Though it's possible they may exist is photos on your phone, are we printing those to enjoy and cherish? And when, one day, they're gone, photographs are all we will have left to help us remember them. My grandparents had all passed by the time I graduated high school and I don't have many photographs with them; just a few from when I was younger. I don't live by my parents or my in-laws, so when we have them around, I try to be more conscious of taking photos of them with my son; and then print them. I've also included some of the grandparents in one of our professional photo sessions that they happened to be with us for. I know he will cherish those photographs and the memories they incite, just as his grandparents now enjoy the photographs they have with him. 

One of my favorite things about extended family sessions is capturing the grandparents with just the grandkids and a single set of grandparents are always welcome to join in a regular family session at no additional cost. I've even done a couple that specifically focused on the grandparents and the kids. Grandparents have the reputation for being extra fun (hey, they aren't the parents) and it's so fun to capture that playfulness! Whether you encourage grandparents to be in your next photo session with a professional photographer, or you just take your own candid photos, make it a priority to get them in the frame and then make sure to print the photos! 

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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!

 

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Small Business Spotlight: Coach Judy | NE Florida Small Business Branding Photography https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2018/8/small-business-spotlight-coach-judy-ne-florida-small-business-branding-photography custom business branding photos in homeCoach Judy | Small Business Branding Photography | Fernandina Beach FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

I'd like to introduce you all to Coach Judy, a health and happiness coach. She's a warm, kind, giving, helpful, positive soul and I'm grateful to have met her! If you want to change the stories you tell yourself or live a happier, healthier life, I highly recommend calling her to chat about her services (you don't have to be local either)! I'm going to let Judy tell you all more about herself and her business...

 

Tell us about your business. What services/products do you offer?
 

I help smart successful women feel better, more confident and learn how to let go of the shitshow going on in their head so she can stop critical self judgement and go after their dreams.

 

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What inspired you to open your business?
 

I became a certified health coach back in 2013 after I spent years sick with autoimmune colitis, leaky gut, chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, perfectionism, people pleasing and an eating disorder. I struggled to find answers but eventually I reclaimed my mental and physical health and decided that, if I was challenged to recover my health as a nurse and diabetes educator for over 20 years, then it was way more difficult for the average person, so I wanted to offer up what worked for me. Then, after working with clients and continuing to work on my own mind, my thoughts, emotions, stories and beliefs, and overall well-being, I knew that I wanted to also support women in all areas of their life. That disease was actually dis-ease! It was then I decided that I help women feel better about themselves, about their life, and about their own empowerment to transform their life.

Earlier this year, I also added Independent Arbonne Consultant to my resume as I am in love with how their superior and ultra clean products along with their message of “Healthy from the inside out” supports what I am already doing for my clients seeking that happy healthy worthy and wealthy
life. I love being part of an future focused, 38 year old company that simply provides the some of the best vegan
skin care and nutrition plus offers income for those who want to share the goodness with others. Why not create an extra income by talking about the stuff I already use and love?

 

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Who is your biggest inspiration in life/business?
My husband has taught me so much about unconditional love (loving me when I wasn’t so lovable),not taking myself so serious and really just enjoying just being in the moment. Although I have to throw in a little Oprah, Brene Brown, Marie Forleo, and Master Life Coach Brooke Castillo.


What is your favorite quote?  "It is what it is, but it’ll be what you make it." ~Pat Summitt

 

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What do you love most about what you do?


I love the long lasting transformations that happen for women who once they learn how to change their thoughts and manage their minds. I love that they see how the stories and beliefs they hold about themselves are not always serving them. I love that clarity, courage and confidence that comes from knowing they have control over their thoughts, emotions, their food, their choices and their life.


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What is your biggest success with your business to date? What are you most proud of?


I am really proud of my unique signature programs that help women learn how to manage their minds, reframe their stories of shame and unworthiness while seeing their true courageous and confident journey. I help them “flip their scripts” and really find the mental power to shift out of old disempowering stories but also they have tools to go after their big dreams.

 

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Do you have a memorable moment in your business that you can share with us?


Although I really love speaking to groups of women about how they can transform their life and go after their big dreams, last year I helped a woman in her 60’s who tried and failed at tolerating four different statin medications (cholesterol lowering drugs), drop her cholesterol from over 300 to under 180 (and the HDL and LDL ratios flipped into the right range) and cut triglycerides in half. Her blood pressure returned to normal, dropped 30 lbs and she is completely off her thyroid medication (under medical supervision) without any hypothyroid symptoms. She sleeps great, has lots of energy for her new grandson and feels confident in her body. I educated, I supported, I gave ideas and suggestions. I helped her manage her thoughts about food, her body, her urges, that previously would have derailed her efforts to improve her health. We took her lifestyle and made it work for her, made it so she could maintain a healthy life for years to come. She walks 6k-8k steps per day, her joint pain is greatly improved from reducing the inflammation and she is no longer at high risk for a stroke. So many times we just accept that these issues are all part of aging. That right there is the first story to shift. From that place we can take back control of our health and create the next chapter of our lives.


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What can your clients expect from you when they book with you?


My goal is to help women figure out what they want, why they want it and then I help see the only reason they don’t have it is because they have an unmanaged mind. Of course we all have circumstances and challenges, but I teach them how to get out of their own way and mind the chatter in their head and have the courage and confidence to try. It really is who we become in the process of trying to get to that goal that helps us grow.


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Tell us three things about you that we might not know. 
 

I love anything aquatic especially stand up paddle boarding. 
I love cooking (and eating) healthy and tasty food.
I love paying it forward and teaching the things I’ve learned to anyone who will listen (I really wanted to be a sports psychologist and/or teacher… now I do all that and more)

 

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Name three local businesses you love and why.


Pippi's Consignment Cottage run by Jamie Bernard (who also is the founder of a local women’s networking group Network of Women) is a testimony to my own spirit of jumping in and figuring out as you go. Her enthusiasm for people shows up in all she does, and finding ways to support other women is such a valuable trait.


Amelia Toffee owner Anita Comisky also shows how when you have that little spark of desire to create something, you follow it and watch the magic unfold. With determination, perseverance and courage she has created a brand that brings touch of Amelia Island to places far and wide.


Nicole Causey of Soulshine Reiki is another role model of courage. As a fellow wellness warrior, I love how she has embraced her passion and purpose to help others heal and begin to feel whole. I personally love my sessions with her, they are often filled with breakthroughs to a new level of well being mind body and spirit.

 

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Is there anything else you’d like to share?
 

I feel so happy and grateful for my family and the wonderful things that have happened in my life, but I now I can really appreciate all the challenges and dark night of the soul experiences that have helped me to grow, to heal and to be able to do this work so others can too.

 

Where can people find you?
Website: ww
w.judyprokopiak.com
Email: coach@judyprokopiak.com
Phone: 678-876-1284
Facebook: judyprokopiak or business page Coach Judy Prokopiak
Instagram: @what_would_coach_judy_say

 

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Do you need photos for your website and marketing to help potential clients/customers see what you're all about? Do you want custom stock photography that speaks to your brand (and save you hours of searching on a stock website)? Do you want to stand out with professional photos to use in your social media posts that actually speak to you and your brand? Contact me to learn more about my small business lifestyle branding sessions!

 

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Amelia Island Sunset Beach Maternity Photography | Award Winning Maternity Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2018/7/amelia-island-sunset-beach-maternity-photography-award-winning-maternity-photographer This couple could not get any cuter. To celebrate expecting their first baby (a boy!), they wanted a maternity session on the beach at sunset. They had done their engagement photos at the pier in Fernandina Beach so we went back there for this next milestone. You can see the love they have for each other and their excitement to welcome this baby boy into the world soon! They brought along their new puppy for a few photos too. After all, they will be growing up together! We got a little wet and had a lot of fun. The rain held out for us as it literally started drizzling when we began heading back to the parking lot and we still had beautiful sunset colors over the ocean. I took a couple video clips during the session as well so I put them together with their favorites for the video below and have included the images to scroll through as well.  

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Thank you for allowing me to capture these for you Mr. & Mrs. M! I can't wait to meet baby soon!

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Kim

Owner/Photographer-Artist

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Are you expecting? Do you want a beautiful work of art to display to remember the beauty of pregnancy? Contact me for information on scheduling a maternity session!

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Extended Family Vacation Photography | St Marys - Amelia Island Family Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2018/7/extended-family-vacation-photography-st-marys---amelia-island-family-photographer When the members of your family live all around the country (and one internationally) and you are able to get everyone in one place at the same time, there's no better time to hire a photographer to capture your togetherness! The weekend of this session was rainy but we managed to squeeze in this session between rain storms. This family was a blast, especially these four awesome kids! They laughed at my silliness and made silly faces back at me too! One of my favorite parts of an extended family session is getting a photo of grandparents with their grandkids. The kids loved tickling Grandpa!

The best way to have a successful session with a lot of people, and any session with young kids, is for everyone to be relaxed and go with the flow. The kids get breaks whenever they need them and we turn everything into a game. Be silly and have fun and let me capture your happy memories! This family did exactly that and now have great images that they'll have to remember their time together. Here are a few favorites!

 

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Extended Family Photos | Historic St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Extended Family Photos | Historic St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Extended Family Photos | Historic St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Extended Family Photos | Historic St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Extended Family Photos | Historic St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Extended Family Photos | Historic St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Extended Family Photos | Historic St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Extended Family Photos | Historic St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Extended Family Photos | Historic St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Extended Family Photos | Historic St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

A few words from them about their experience: "Kimberly did a wonderful job capturing our family craziness! She was very patient - with 4 grandchildren under the age of 10, one needs a lot of it! She made it seem effortless. The pictures show her love of her craft. Thanks, Kimberly!"

Thank you for trusting me to capture these precious memories for you all!

<3

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!

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Baby Milestone Session with Family - Baby's First Year | St Marys GA Baby Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2018/5/baby-milestone-session-with-family---babys-first-year-st-marys-ga-baby-photographer Baby B is back on the blog for his mid-year baby milestone session! He and his brother have such a close bond and it was so much fun to capture them together, whether giggling and laughing or big brother reading Baby B a book. You can see how much they love each other! And it doesn't stop there, because you could just feel the love throughout this whole session with the whole family. This is what I love to capture, these moments of connection and love that families share. Since this was also a milestone session, the focus was on Baby B while still including the rest of the family. They grow so fast in the first year and I love getting to watch them grow and help capture this time that seems to fly by in a blur. 

I loved so many of these in black and white too, so I've included a mix. From giggles with brother, to drooly smiles, to a nursing break, and flying in the air with Daddy, here are some favorites from Baby B's session!

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Baby's First Year Milestone Session with FamilyCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Baby's First Year Milestone Session with FamilyCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Baby's First Year Milestone Session with FamilyCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Baby's First Year Milestone Session with FamilyCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Baby's First Year Milestone Session with FamilyCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Baby's First Year Milestone Session with FamilyCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Baby's First Year Milestone Session with FamilyCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Baby's First Year Milestone Session with FamilyCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Baby's First Year Milestone Session with FamilyCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Baby's First Year Milestone Session with FamilyCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Baby's First Year Milestone Session with FamilyCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Baby's First Year Milestone Session with FamilyCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Baby's First Year Milestone Session with FamilyCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Baby's First Year Milestone Session with FamilyCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

 

Thank you W family for trusting me to capture these moments for you to treasure!

<3

Kim

Owner/Artist-Photographer

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

I only take on a limited number of Baby Plan Memberships for each calendar year to ensure the highest quality of service to all of my clients and priority booking for plan members. If you're interested in becoming a plan member, I'd love to chat with you! Contact me here

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Father's Day Gift Guide https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2018/5/fathers-day-gift-guide father son photo - Fernandina Beach FLFather's Day Gift GuideCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

 

Mother's Day has passed and it's time to start thinking about Father's Day. I've put together a list of ideas in case you are scratching your head this year. (Thankfully I came up with a great idea for my hubby earlier this year so all we have left is a craft/card from my son!) For these, I've tried to separate by what Dad might enjoy doing and have tried to include links for local places to go when possible. 

 

For the Dad who likes to fish...  St Marys GAFather & Son FishingCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Fishing Rods  - Last year, I bought fishing rods for my husband and my son, as well as some basic fishing supplies to get them started, and gave them to him for Father's Day so they could go fishing together. They've been doing this a good bit lately and really enjoy the time together. I loved fishing with my dad when I was a kid (though part of it was getting hot chocolate and fresh donuts on our way to the lake haha!) 

Fishing Charter - If Dad already has a great fishing rod, you could book him a fishing charter. Two local places with great ratings (though I have no personal experience with them) are Angler Outfitters & Charter Fishing (where you could also grab some new fishing goodies for Dad) and Amelia Island Charter Fishing

 

 

For the Dad who likes baseball...

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Tickets to a Baseball Game - This is what I opted for this year. My husband is a huge Chicago Cubs fan and I had the perfect opportunity to get us all tickets to see a game this summer. We like to do experiences for gifts when we can, and being able to watch a Cubs game with his family is going to be so much fun! If you can't travel for your hubby's favorite team, you could always go see The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp and Dad can still share his love of baseball with his kiddos. Some of my favorite memories with my Dad when I was a kid was going to see the Cleveland Indians games. 

 

For the Dad who likes tools/woodworking...

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Gift Card - I know, this one doesn't feel as personal. But let's face it, when it comes to tools, it's better for them to pick it out unless they've circled several options for you in a catalog or made a wish list online. (It's like if my husband tried buying me something photography related without me giving him a very specific list of options with links to the items... he's likely to get something wrong, haha!)

Class/Workshop - Sign Dad up for a class or workshop to learn a new skill. For the woodworkers, Woodcraft of Jacksonville has classes regularly that would make a great gift. (They have other locations if you aren't local to Jacksonville.)

Magazine Subscription - This is another good option for Dads who might want to learn more or get different ideas for projects. 

 

For all Dads...

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Food - Let's face it, guys love food! From a nice big breakfast to a well planned dinner with Dad's favorite foods, don't forget this one on Father's Day. 

Homemade Crafts from the Kid(s) - Handmade gifts were always a big hit with my dad. Whether you do a big craft or just a homemade card, here's a list to get you started if you don't want to spend forever on Pinterest (like I did looking for a decent list to share haha!). It's a great way to get the kids involved, especially when they're little. 

Photographs - Of course this list would not be complete (or on my blog!) without including photos! And this doesn't need to be a professional session with Dad. You could take some photos of Dad with the kids yourself and then print them out and put them in a frame. (If you want to know how to do this better, sign up for my email list for your free guide to taking better photos or check out my camera class!) If you prefer not to DIY, you could book a session for just you and the kids so you can give him a great photo to keep on his desk at work (and you'll have great photos with your kiddos too!).

 

What will you do for Dad this year? Drop me a comment and let me know!

 

<3

Kim

Owner/Photographer-Artist

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

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High School Senior Session at the Ball Field & Beach | Amelia Island Senior Photography https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2018/4/high-school-senior-session-at-the-ball-field-beach-amelia-island-senior-photography I'm super excited to be offering lifestyle senior sessions and doubly excited that I was able to capture this time for this special high school senior. Senior sessions are all about celebrating who the senior is, their passions, and their dreams as the enter into adulthood. My goal is to showcase who the senior is and capture this exciting time in their lives while giving the senior a fun experience! After talking with each senior and reading through their answers to the questionnaire, I can come up with a plan to incorporate who they are into the session. Portraits are nice, but a photo that really captures the essence of who they are will be treasured for a lifetime. 

Miss M is graduating from Camden County High School and is headed to Valdosta State so we incorporated her t-shirt into the softball portion of her session. Softball has been a big part of her life so we did a few "pretend you're playing softball" photos and just a few fun ones at the field.
 

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Amelia Island - Fernandina Beach, FLSenior Photo SessionCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Amelia Island - Fernandina Beach, FLSenior Photo SessionCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Amelia Island - Fernandina Beach, FLSenior Photo SessionCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

 

Miss M also loves having out at the beach, so we headed to the Fernandina Beach for the second portion of her session to have some more fun! She's also been learning how to play the guitar so we included that for some of these too.  Amelia Island - Fernandina Beach, FLSenior Photo SessionCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Amelia Island - Fernandina Beach, FLSenior Photo SessionCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Amelia Island - Fernandina Beach, FLSenior Photo SessionCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Amelia Island - Fernandina Beach, FLSenior Photo SessionCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Amelia Island - Fernandina Beach, FLSenior Photo SessionCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Amelia Island - Fernandina Beach, FLSenior Photo SessionCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Amelia Island - Fernandina Beach, FLSenior Photo SessionCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Amelia Island - Fernandina Beach, FLSenior Photo SessionCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Amelia Island - Fernandina Beach, FLSenior Photo SessionCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

 

Thank you for allowing me to capture you as you enter into adulthood. Wishing you all the best as you begin this next stage of your life!

<3 

Kim

Owner/Photographer-Artist

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Looking to capture your high school senior before they head out into the world? Do you want to capture the essence of who they are? Contact me today for more information on scheduling a senior session!

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Spring Clean Your Personal Photos https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2018/4/spring-clean-your-personal-photos

It's spring, though the weather doesn't always feel like it lately, and it's time for spring cleaning! I actually cleaned my windows the other day, woohoo! Next is the carpet so I can get rid of all the awful pollen we've had that's making me horribly sneezy. All. The. Time. But this blog post isn't about the spring clean we usually do around the house. This is about cleaning and organizing your photos. Yes, all those photos you have on your computer and your phone and haven't done anything with. It may feel like a monstrous task that you just really don't have time for, but when you break down the tasks and commit to just 10 minutes a day, it will get done! Everyone has just 10 minutes each day they can reallocate, like substituting 10 minutes of social media scrolling for 10 minutes working on organizing your personal photos so you can actually print and enjoy them! Here are some tips to get our started.

 

1 - Let's start with images on your phone. Go through and start deleting. Yes, delete! You don't need 5 images that are almost all exactly the same. So often, we are taking several photos of the same moment in hopes to catch one that's good and then we never delete the bad ones. So go through and delete anything that you wouldn't print in an album. It's easier to go through older images once the moment has passed and you can better choose the best ones to keep and delete all the rest. For any images you want to keep on your phone, for whatever reason, make folders to store those so you have them organized and easier to get back to view or share them.

2 - The next step is to get those photos onto your computer. Plug that baby in and transfer those images over to your computer. Put them in a temporary folder to organize later. Then delete them off your phone. 

 

3 - Now that the photos from your phone are on your computer, make sure photos from any other cameras that you use are on your computer too. 

4 - It's folder time. Decide what folder organization system you want to use and create those folders today. Personally, I have a folder for every year and then I have subfolders for each quarter and within those might be a folder for a vacation or special event. You might want a folder for each month or folders for photo type like nature/wildlife, landscapes, sunsets, etc.

 

5 -  This next step is optional but it's something I like to do to help me keep everything organized better. I go through at add the date to the front of the filename of each image. So if the filename is xyz123 and it was taken on August 3, 2017 (when you click on the image you will see the date created in the file information), I will change it to 20170803-xyz123. You might just want to do the year and month, or label it with it's category or location, it's totally up to you. This is the most tedious and time consuming step if you don't have a program that will allow you to export them with the date and filename (I use Lightroom for this sometimes). Remember, 10 minutes a day. You'll be amazed at how much you can get done in 10 minutes! 

6 - Next, move those files into the appropriate folders that you have created. This will be the easiest step if you've renamed your files.

 

7 - Go back through your images and delete any duplicates or not-so-great photos that you may have missed or that were from your camera instead of your phone.

8 - Now that you're organized, it's time to print! Everyone can enjoy them once they're printed into an album and off the computer. For a list of album companies and pros/cons, head over to this post

 

9 - Stay organized by taking time once a week to go through your photos on your phone and delete the ones you don't need to keep. then at least once a month, upload photos from your phone and/or camera to your computer and rename them and put them into folders. 

 

Hope this helps you get organized and don't forget to print!

<3

Kim

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Styled Family Session | Award Winning Family & Child Photographer | St Marys GA https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2018/3/styled-family-session-award-winning-family-child-photographer-st-marys-ga Touches of lace and flower crowns, what's not to love? This sweet family is always styled so well for their photo sessions and this session was no different. It was time to update photos of the whole family together so we went back to the last place they had them done the last time (which was 3 years ago!). The historic area was the perfect backdrop for their clothing and everyone is stylish without being too trendy (which can date a photo). The colors all go together without being matchy-matchy and having everyone in the same color. By choosing colors that go well together in a color palette, it encourages the eye to move around while looking at the photos without distracting from the subjects. The texture of the lace adds another element of interest to the photos as well. And those flower crowns, by Lavender Grace in St Marys, were the perfect finishing touch for the ladies. These will go perfectly on their walls in their home! 

 

Here are some of my favorites from the session. Whenever it's important to the family to have everyone looking at the camera, I always do what I can to make that happen. And then we have some fun too!

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The littlest one really stole the show, as you can see here!

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Styled Family Session | St Marys Family & Child PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography LLC

Styled Family Session | St Marys Family & Child PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography LLC

Styled Family Session | St Marys Family & Child PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography LLC

Styled Family Session | St Marys Family & Child PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography LLC

Styled Family Session | St Marys Family & Child PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography LLC

Styled Family Session | St Marys Family & Child PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography LLC

Styled Family Session | St Marys Family & Child PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography LLC

Styled Family Session | St Marys Family & Child PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography LLC

I try to keep my camera out until everyone is in the car. This one happened on the way back to the car and it was so sweet. Missing flowers and all <3. Styled Family Session | St Marys Family & Child PhotographerCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography LLC

 

Thank you B Family for continuing to trust me to capture these memories for your family. I have loved watching your family grow and am so glad you all are part of our lives!

 

<3

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!

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100 Days of Connor & Jack: A Boy and His Dog | Child and Pet Photographer | St Marys GA https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2018/3/100-days-of-connor-jack-a-boy-and-his-dog-child-and-pet-photographer-st-marys-ga The idea for this project has been something I've thought about for the last two years. Ever since I took these photos of my son and our German Shepherd, Zoe, before she passed. Zoe was so good with him and they were great buddies. I loved capturing their special relationship as my son grew and it became even more apparent once she was gone, how important these photos were. I wanted to do a bigger project capturing children and their special relationships with their pets. The year following our loss of Zoe, I wasn't ready. And then last year I chose to focus on moms having fun with their kids and pushed off this idea again.

Then we brought Jack home over Memorial Day weekend last year. He is my son's dog; and watching them grow together has been so much fun (and sometimes not so fun when they get on each other's nerves, haha). I knew I wanted my 100 Days project this year to focus on capturing their relationship. It's been the perfect way to start my year. This project is part of a bigger project I am working on to capture kids and their pets. I have some plans and goals for this project that I'm pretty excited about, but I'm not telling just yet! I do need more models, though, so if you live in the St Marys - Amelia Island area and your child (any age up to 18) has a special bond with their pet, I'd love to photograph them! Send me an email and I'll send you more info on participating in this project. 

Ok, back to Connor and Jack.... here are some of my favorites from the first half of the project. If you'd like to see them all, head over to my Instagram and follow along!

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young boy and his German shepherd dogCompanion: A Boy and His DogCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography LLC

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young boy and his German shepherd dogCompanion: A Boy and His DogCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography LLC

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young boy and his German shepherd dogCompanion: A Boy and His DogCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography LLC

young boy and his German shepherd dogCompanion: A Boy and His DogCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography LLC

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young boy and his German shepherd dogCompanion: A Boy and His DogCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography LLC

young boy and his German shepherd dogCompanion: A Boy and His DogCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography LLC

young boy and his German shepherd dogCompanion: A Boy and His DogCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography LLC

young boy and his German shepherd dogCompanion: A Boy and His DogCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography LLC

young boy and his German shepherd dogCompanion: A Boy and His DogCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography LLC

<3

Kim

Does your child (any age up to 18) have a special bond with their pet? Want to participate in my kids and pets project and live in the St Marys - Amelia Island area? I need more models! Send me an email and I'll send you more info on participating in this project. 

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Small Business Spotlight | Soulshine Reiki Healing - Amelia Island FL https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2018/3/small-business-spotlight-soulshine-reiki-healing---amelia-island-fl small business branding sessionSmall Business Spotlight: Soulshine Reiki Healing - Fernandina Beach FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

I met Nichole a few years ago through La Leche League but it wasn't until this last year that I've actually gotten to know her better and learned that she is a Reiki Master. I'd heard of Reiki before and it had been something I wanted to try. I finally booked a session with Nichole in late fall and honestly didn't know what to expect or what exactly a Reiki session entailed. Fall is a busy, often stressful, season and I am so glad I went to see Nichole. It was a warm and relaxing experience and I got some insight and confirmation on some things I had on my mind too. It really helped me feel calm, less stressed, and more balanced. When I went to see her for a second time, it had been a few months and I felt totally out of whack and left feeling so much better emotionally and physically too. 

 

So when I thought about who I'd like to feature for my first Small Business Spotlight for 2018, I immediately thought of Nichole. I'm so happy to share more about her with you!

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Tell us about your business. What services/products do you offer?

Soulshine Reiki Healing is all about Energy Healing! I am an Intuitive Life Coach & Reiki Master specializing in happiness. I work with awakening, heart-centered women who struggle with self-doubt and needing permission to act on her desires to help her instead learn to love herself and connect to her intuition so she can feel confident fulfilling her desires and life purpose. I use a variety of energy healing modalities such as Reiki, sound therapy, crystal therapy, archangel therapy & aromatherapy. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress relief & relaxation. Reiki and energy work is performed by light touch from the Reiki Master, at the main chakra points and various other energy centers throughout the body. It can feel warm and tingly as you release energy that is no longer serving your best interest.

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What inspired you to open your business?

I started my journey as a healer in 2015 after realizing I was DONE living a life on auto-pilot, full of people pleasing, needing permission to do what I wanted and codependency. My self-doubt and lack of self-love and knowing myself really fed into my fears of never being good enough. I didn’t trust myself; in fact, I trusted my husband and family more. Once our second son was born in 2015, I was living my dream life as a stay at home mother, and I truly felt my new circumstances would make me happy, in reality, I had NEVER felt so empty and unhappy as I did then. It was such a hard time for me, I was really unable to enjoy and be present in life, even though I felt like I should be happy. Enter major codependency: I kept looking to my husband to tell me what makes me happy and fulfilled, I was DESPERATE for him to pull me out of this funk. Day after day, he couldn’t help me and I got so fed up that I decided the only way to happiness was to finally have the courage to get to know myself and what I wanted so I could finally love myself, feel confident and find my purpose. This was huge for me, because I had felt so guilty for not being happy as a stay at home mother with my children, but I knew I had to change something because I certainly didn't like who I was.

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Who is your biggest inspiration in life/business?

Melissa Ambrosini is a huge inspiration in both my personal life and business because she was able to overcome her co-dependency and inner mean girl in order to open her dream business and is success at doing so because she trusts and loves herself. 

 

What is your favorite quote?

If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. ~Lao Tzu

 

What do you love most about what you do?

Connecting to other women through their pain and helping them to realize they have a choice and they can heal; that there is more to life than suffering, that they deserve happiness.

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What is your biggest success with your business to date? What are you most proud of?

My ribbon cutting is still a day I am very fond of. I fought long and hard to believe in myself and my ability to open my Reiki practice and when the day came I was overwhelmed with gratitude for myself and the universe. I was proud I did not give up on my deepest desires and I was also overcome by all the support my friends showed me as they kept showing up, one by one, to witness this special moment in my life. I think it will always be one of my biggest successes in my business because there were so many times I almost believed my limiting beliefs of not being good enough to open my own healing business.

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Do you have a memorable moment in your business that you can share with us?

My most favorite memories are when women are working hard to heal themselves outside of my office and are doing homework I assign them, taking care of themselves and setting proper boundaries. One in particular was recently a woman who kept telling me she had pain around her solar plexus and as we started talking we were discussing how she felt worthless to most of her loved ones. I was so heart-broken for her and could certainly relate but as soon as I explained that the solar plexus is the powerhouse of our identity; including limiting beliefs, I could begin to see her relax and let go of negative energy. We did a reiki session and she had some large releases in her solar plexus. She couldn’t believe how she felt afterwards and what a difference her pain level was.

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What can your clients expect from you when they book with you?

I do both local and distance healing and either way it is the same. We discuss the major reasons for coming in and what they’d like to see change in their life and sometimes what part of their body is physically bothering them most, so we can connect an emotional reason to it. After we come up with a plan, we do the reiki session (45-50 minutes) and afterwards I give a chakra analysis. Chakras are you major energy centers—a popular one you’d know is your heart! I like to tell my clients which ones I focused on and what the overall theme of the session was.

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Name three local businesses you love and why.

Color it Green! The women who own and operate it are some of the kindest souls I have ever met and have helped me to grow my business to where it is today. PLUS- everything they sell gives back to the ocean and conserving what we’ve got left of it!

 

Joanna Glisson Yates is a local personal trainer who concentrates on functional movement and retraining your body. You see, I am an ex dancer, retraining my body to work out in proper form PLUS let go of old injuries has been a huge goal for me! Joanna has the physical trainer background; including functional movement as well as energy knowledge. She can tell when I have a blocked chakra and gives me exercises to work it out! Shes almost like me but a personal trainer!

 

Precision Chiropractic. Dr Kevin Lin helped me when I was pregnant with Emmett in regards to comfort level. I was in a lot of pain from  a weak pelvic floor and misalignment. I have since went back and see him 2x a month now for a neck/shoulder/back injury THAT IS 10 YEARS old. The pain has been debilitating throughout 10 years and I tried everything- chiropractor, physical therapy, MRI’s, cat scans, etc I can go on. His philosophy is very different, he basically believes if your head is aligned the rest of your body will align too, so I’ve seen a dramatic decrease in my neck/shoulder and back pain in such a short amount of time! I had given up ALL hope in ever feeling better and hes showing me that not only my body is getting better but also my stress responses are getting better---less triggered. He does a complete exam, including stress response by pulse and questionnaires. Its amazing.

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Where can people find you?

Website: www.soulshinereikihealing.com

Email: nichole@soulshinereikihealing.com

Phone: 904-477-6672

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/soulshinereikihealing 

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Address: 1 North St, STE 206, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

 

 

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Date Night - Connect and Have Fun https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2018/2/date-night---connect-and-have-fun Valentine's Day is just around the corner. I've been working on a list of ideas for date nights for myself and my husband for the year, and I thought I'd share them for anyone else who needs some ideas. For those who don't know, my husband is Navy and was away for about 8 years being a geo-bachelor (that's a long story for another day), and finally got a shore duty last year, which was thankfully here so we didn't have to move! He's now been home for just over a year straight, which is the longest stretch we've been together in our entire relationship (3 years dating and 13.5 years married). It has been soooo amazing having him home and not having to go out to sea or be stationed elsewhere. We took the time we needed to adjust to our new routine as a family and we've mostly found our groove. We realize that now being parents, our date nights need to be scheduled and aren't so fly by the seat of our pants like they used to be. It's important to make sure we make that time to connect with each other and have adult conversation. We've even chosen a night a week to be our night to stay up late together no matter what time our son goes to bed so that we can have some one-on-one time together. 

 

And now for the list. Most of these are dates we have done in the past year or have on our list to do this year (and are in no particular order). A few were recommendations from friends.  If you have other ideas, I'd love to hear about them! (A couple photos included are of my husband and me, but others are just of clients. I love getting a photo of mom and dad by themselves at family sessions!)

 

Bowling

Bowling is one of those classic things I still love to do, even though I'm kind of a terrible bowler, ha! My husband has his own ball and is much better than I am. I like that we can do something fun together but still be able to have a conversation (unlike when going see a movie). It's also super budget friendly for when the budget might be a little tight. We love to go to the Rack 'N Roll Lanes on base. For those of you who are not military, there's Nassau Bowling Center in Yulee and Bowl America in Jacksonville (there are 3 locations).

*Note: I have not been to the bowling alleys in Yulee or Fernandina but wanted to mention them so you can check them out if you like. 

 

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Dinner & Walk on the Beach

Another go-to date night for us is dinner and a walk on the beach. We are big beach lovers and we even enjoyed this kind of date before having our son. Whether we go grab a bite to eat at a restaurant or bring a picnic dinner to the beach, it never gets old for us. The picnic option is another budget-friendly option if you don't want to spend a lot of money beyond the sitter. And again, this kind of date gives you lots of time to just be together and have a conversation without your kids interrupting. There may be a theme here, haha. Communication is such an important part of a healthy relationship and for us, it seems like one of the biggest challenges now that we have a child and our schedules don't allow for much time together just the two of us. 

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Dinner & Walk Downtown St Marys or Fernandina Beach

Another date night we've done and enjoyed is grabbing dinner at a favorite restaurant (or even bringing a picnic dinner to the waterfront park in St Marys) and then just walking around downtown. The waterfront park in St Marys is a great place to just hang out and enjoy each other's company. You could also visit some of the local shops and support small businesses while your there. There are several good restaurants where you can grab some dinner too. There's entertainment on the first Fridays throughout downtown and in the summer, there's a free concert in the park on the second Saturdays. 

We also really love walking around downtown Fernandina Beach. There are so many great places to eat and shop or just hang out for a bit at the coffee shop. First Friday's they have an Art Walk and the art galleries are open later. I'd love to go do that sometime soon. Our most recent date was just before New Year's and we went to Timoti's for dinner and then to Amelia Island Coffee for a warm beverage. We spent most of our evening talking about 2017, our first full year together, and reflecting on what we loved doing together and as a family and what we could do less of. We made a bucket list for 2018, a list of things we wanted to make sure we made room for and what we wanted to do both together and as a family. On another date in the fall, we may or may not have ended up in the awesome toy store downtown, Villa Villekulla Toys, and ran into another couple we know who were also on a date and without kids, in the toy store. 
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Miniature Golf

Yes, in case you haven't figure it out by now, we are pretty low-key people (ok we might be a little boring sometimes but we're ok with that, haha) and don't need a lot of excitement for our dates. The important thing for us is to have the time together, just the two of us. We actually did mini golf dates before becoming parents, and they're fun for the whole family too, but that doesn't mean they can't still be fun for just the two of us too! There's a simple course here in town at Crooked River State Park and then you could go for a hike or bike ride if you're doing an earlier date and like outdoors stuff. They also do sunset boat cruises which might be another option if you go in the evening. Then there's Island Falls Adventure Golf in Fernandina Beach, which we have also done and enjoyed. Then you can grab some pizza at Moon River Pizza or 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza. If you want to head north and spend an afternoon or evening on Jekyll Island, we've enjoyed their course there, Jekyll Island Miniature Golf, and then a host of other activities you could also do while you're there. If you're in Jacksonville, Adventure Landing is a fun place for miniature golf and has other activities as well. Date NightCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography, LLC

 

Horseback Ride on the Beach

Ok, this has been on our to-do list for probably over 10 years, so this year we are determined to finally do this! I found three options on Amelia Island: Kelly's Seahorse Ranch, Happy Trails Walking Horses, and Amelia Island Horseback Riding. There's also Golden Isles Carriage and Trail at Three Oaks Farm on Jekyll Island (they also do carriage rides, that might need to go on our to-do list too!). If you've ever done this, I'd love to know which place you went with and how your experience was!

*Update: We did this for my birthday in 2018 with Happy Trails Walking Horses and it was a blast! I highly recommend it!

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Class or Workshop

This wasn't originally on our list as we hadn't thought about it, but I think it needs to be added for sure! I recently discovered Paisley Grace Makery in Fernandina Beach through the Network of Women (a women's networking group I just joined), and after being there for a meeting, I really want to go back and do one of the workshops she offers. There are so many projects to choose from and there are couples projects too. You (or your partner) don't need to be crafty to do one of the projects, so I think I may be able to convince my husband to do one! Then I had a friend suggest taking a class through The Studios at Florida School of Holistic Health. I had never heard of them, so I headed to the website and it looks awesome! I might need to do some convincing on that one too, but I would totally love to take one (or more) of the classes they offer. We missed the Art of Making Rootbeer but if they offer it again in the future I might be able to convince him to do that one with me. 

Update: My husband and I did a date night at Paisley Grace Makery and we both had a lot of fun and love our signs! Date NightCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography, LLC

 

Escape Room

I've recently seen friends posting on social media about going to an escape room and it sounds like something my husband would LOVE to do. This would also make a good group date. You get put into a room with clues on how to "break out" and you have an hour to do so. There's one in Fernandina: Amelia Island Escape Rooms, and two in Jacksonville that I know others have gone to: Mind Bender Escape Rooms and The Great Escape Room. It sounds like it'd be a lot of fun!

Update: We've no done two escape rooms at Amelia Island Escape Rooms and plan to do the other two sometime this year. They make a great double/group date and were a blast!
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Painting

Another suggested date night option was a painting night. I love to pain but my husband, not so much, so while this isn't on our list, it might be something fun you'd like to look into. There's a studio in Kingsland: Camden Art Parties; and there's a place in Jacksonville that was recommended to me: Painting with a TwistDate NightCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography, LLC

 

If you have any other suggestions for date night ideas, I'd love to hear them! And if you've tried any of the ones listed here, I'd love to know what you thought. 

<3

Kim

Owner/Artist-Photographer

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography, LLC

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P.S. When was the last time you had photos of just the two of you? Your wedding? Let's fix that! I make a point to grab some shots of mom and dad together without the kiddos during family sessions and the best time for beach sessions (spring!) is rapidly approaching! Contact me to book your session. 
 

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Organic In-Home Newborn Session | Award Winning Newborn Photographer - Kingsland GA https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/12/organic-in-home-newborn-session-award-winning-newborn-photographer---kingsland-ga Ok, the craziest thing happened.... I remember writing this blog post (and even checked it off on my workflow chart), but it is nowhere to be found! Perhaps I imagined it and it fell through the cracks of the busy fall season, but this session needs to be shared! 

This sweet baby girl was welcomed into the world right before everyone evacuated for Hurricane Irma. I photographed her the day after we returned and she rocked her session.

Mom had this beautiful swaddle blanket and I love incorporating special items into my client's sessions. These photos are even more precious and meaningful when something personal is incorporated. 

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There's nothing like the look on new parents' faces as they look at their sweet new baby <3. Timeless In-Home Newborn Photography | Kingsland, GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography Timeless In-Home Newborn Photography | Kingsland, GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

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I love getting in close for the little details so parents can remember those tiny features as the little ones grow and change. We did a mixture of color and black and white and I love the simplicity and timelessness of these. Timeless In-Home Newborn Photography | Kingsland, GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography Timeless In-Home Newborn Photography | Kingsland, GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography Timeless In-Home Newborn Photography | Kingsland, GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

I also love a good profile. They'll never be this tiny again. Timeless In-Home Newborn Photography | Kingsland, GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Little Miss N was doing so well sleeping through her session so I asked if Mom and Dad had anything else they wanted me to capture as I always try to have clients be apart of the creative process in a session... and Dad went and brought out a Harry Potter blanket. As a huge Harry Potter fan myself, I was excited to incorporate this into their session! They had a couple scarves, a wand, and of course the full set of books, so I wrapped baby up in one of the scarves and set the other with the books and the wand behind her.  Harry Potter Newborn PhotosFun In-Home Newborn Photography | Kingsland, GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

I had to get an overhead shot as well of the blanket.  Harry Potter Newborn PhotosFun In-Home Newborn Photography | Kingsland, GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

We finished up with a few more photos by the windows with mom and baby and the new family. You can really feel the love in these photographs.  Timeless In-Home Newborn Photography | Kingsland, GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography Timeless In-Home Newborn Photography | Kingsland, GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

 

Thank you A Family for commissioning me to capture and preserve this precious milestone in your lives as you welcomed your new baby girl. 

<3

Kim

Owner/Artist-Photographer

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Are you expecting? Do you want to capture and preserve the love you have for your partner and newborn baby? I'd love to chat with you! Contact me here for more information on booking a newborn session. 

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Six Year Old Cowboy | Award Winning Child Photographer St Marys GA https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/12/six-year-old-cowboy-award-winning-child-photographer-st-marys-ga Mr. G was having a cowboy party for his 6th birthday so we took some cowboy pictures for him this year. And I just can't... he is too much, he is so stinking cute! And how is he already six? That means my son is almost six too and sometimes I really don't know where the time has gone. And those missing two front teeth really add to the state of adorableness for this cute cowboy. 

 

We started by a wooden fence and captured some typical cowboy shots and Mr G totally rocked it. We ventured away from the fence for a few too and had to get a hat tossing in as well. 

 

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I've loved watching you grow Mr. G! I'm so lucky to get to capture it too!

<3

Kim 

Owner/Photographer-Artist

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In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Session | Award Winning Newborn Photographer Jacksonville FL https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/12/in-home-lifestyle-newborn-session-award-winning-newborn-photographer-jacksonville-fl Little Miss A was recently welcomed into the world and I had the honor of capturing her beautiful newborn photos. As always, Mom did an impeccable job with wardrobe. We kept things laid back and mixed things up when needed for the little ones. When things started getting a little crazy, we just went with it! We managed to get some beautiful photos to hang on the wall and a few other fun ones too. With in-home lifestyle sessions, we can keep everyone more relaxed and comfortable in the own environment, no need to pack everyone up and head to a studio, and we get to capture that piece of real life as a new baby is welcomed home. The focus on family and relationships gives you images you'll always want to keep on your walls. Here are some of my favorites from this session. 

 

You would never know that the younger big sister was really not into sitting still for photos that morning. Well you'll see more of that later! 

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Why sit still when jumping on the bed is so much fun? This is what real life with 3 kids looks like! Beautiful In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Session - Jacksonville FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography Beautiful In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Session - Jacksonville FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Miss E totally stole the show on this one, it's kind of perfect, haha! Miss M was trying to hard to calm baby sister and Miss E was over trying to sit.
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So we tried laying down and this one is so sweet.  Beautiful In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Session - Jacksonville FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Big sister M was so great with little Miss A. 

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Littles took a break and we took some photos of just mom, dad, and baby.  Beautiful In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Session - Jacksonville FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography Beautiful In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Session - Jacksonville FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

We switched out wraps and did some with just Miss A. This is one of my favorites of Miss A by herself. She wanted her arms and I love how relied and peaceful she looks.  Beautiful In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Session - Jacksonville FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

We tried for one of Miss E with Miss A. Maybe if we airplane Miss E over to Miss A... ok maybe not! Miss A decided that wasn't a good idea but I still love this photo! Beautiful In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Session - Jacksonville FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

We did manage to get a beautiful photo of the two of them. It's one of my all time favorite sibling shots.  Beautiful In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Session - Jacksonville FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

I love capturing real life moments like this. We attempted a different family shot on the bed and this was the perfect real life moment with 3 kids. 
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Mom had this beautiful swaddle blanket we just had to use for this session (and the colors coordinated to well too!). Little Miss A decided to give us a sweet sleep smile and even giggled. It was the sweetest thing! Beautiful In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Session - Jacksonville FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Then it was time to get just mom and baby. I absolutely love these and the beautiful connection captured between mom and her third baby girl.  Beautiful In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Session - Jacksonville FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography Beautiful In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Session - Jacksonville FLCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

 

This family loves to put family artwork on their walls and this was one of the walls I designed and installed for them. (The bottom left newborn photo of Miss M was not taken by me). Capturing beautiful photos for my clients is only part of what I do. I want to make sure those photos are preserved and turned into beautiful works of art to be displayed in the home, whether it's wall art or an album. Installation is always included on ready to hang wall art pieces to make this process as easy for you as possible. 

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This family is so full of love and I love capturing these moments for them. Thank you R family for continuing to trust me with preserving your memories. 

<3

Kim

Owner/Artist-Photographer

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

I only take on a limited number of Baby Plan Memberships for each calendar year to ensure the highest quality of service to all of my clients and priority booking for plan members. If you're interested in becoming a plan member, I'd love to chat with you! Contact me here

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Shop Local Guide for 2017 | Saint Marys GA - Kingsland GA - Fernandina Beach FL https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/11/shop-local-guide-for-2017-saint-marys-ga---kingsland-ga---fernandina-beach-fl The holiday season is upon us and some of us may have already started shopping for gifts or are at least making our lists. Even though this season is so much more than gifts, I love giving gifts just the same. As a small business owner, I make it a priority to support other local small businesses throughout the year as much as I can, and especially when shopping for the holidays. When we purchase from a small business, we're helping our neighbor pay their bills and send their kids to music lessons. Even when budgets are tight, you can at least get a few things at local stores instead of buying it at a big chain or on Amazon. Plus, you can find more unique items when you shop local! So this year, I visited each of my favorite local shops and took a few photos to feature in this post (and made my Christmas wishlist while I was out too!). I have included shops in both St Marys/Kingsland and Fernandina Beach since I have clients in both places and I spend a lot of time in both places too. I hope you'll make a pledge to shop at a couple of these stores!

 

Shop Local - St Marys & Kingsland, GA

 

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Southern Saint Boutique - St Marys, GA 

My first feature for St Marys is a new shop that I've been dying to check out and I'm so glad I did! I was taking photos of things and sending them to my husband to add to my Christmas list! It took a lot to not just buy something for myself while there. They have really cute clothing and accessories. Most of their jewelry is handmade and everything is southern inspired. If you haven't been in to check out this shop yet, I highly recommend you go! They're located on Osborne St, across from J's Tavern (on the left before St Marys Elementary). Then pop in next door at Cottle & Gunn for more gift shopping.

 

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Once Upon a Bookseller - St Marys, GA

As a book lover, of course there is going to be a bookstore on my list! We have a great little bookstore in St Marys to buy that "something to read" for Christmas. There were some really fun Christmas books available too (pictured) and there are some unique local finds as well. They're located in downtown St Marys on Osborne St (right side when heading towards the water). 

 

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Market on the Square - St Marys, GA

This adorable little gift shop should definitely be on your list of places to stop and shop. There's a huge variety of gift items for just about anyone on your list. A few of the things they carry include Natural Life, Simply Southern T-Shirts, bath bombs with a surprise inside, toys, beach-y decor, private label dressings and jellies, flags, scarves and accessories. I have my eye on a couple of the scarves! And you can't forget the fudge and ice-cream, even if you're just in town for a train ride, you should stop in to grab a treat! They are located down on the waterfront on the corner of Osborne and St Marys St. 

 

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Satilla Boardsports - Kingsland, GA & Yulee, FL

Satilla Boardsports is one of my favorite places to get flip flops, they have the BEST flip flops I've ever worn and since I wear them mostly year-round, having a good, comfortable pair is vital! It's also one of the best places in town to shop for your favorite hippy, surfer/beach lover, or skateboarder. They carry clothing for men, women, and kids too. They are located in the Publix shopping center in Kingsland and the Midtown Plaza in Yulee (corner of Hwy 17 & A1A).

 

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Beyond Fabric - Kingsland, GA

I love to sew, so having a local fabric store has been wonderful! If you sew, you should definitely stop in and check out the selection. They do free demos every other Monday to help you learn how to create various projects. They are located across from Publix in Kingsland, GA. 

 

Shop Local - Fernandina Beach, FL

If you're out shopping in Fernandina, don't forget to stop by Amelia Island Coffee for a drink/snack or one of the many restaurants for something to eat. Timoti's Seafood Shack is one of my favorites!

 

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Color it Green - Fernandina Beach, FL

I discovered this lovely eco-friendly shop on Instagram and then followed them on Facebook too. I've been oodling over the beautiful things they've posted and wanting to stop in and check them out for a while. I finally made it in and there are so many beautiful things! This is a great stop for gift shopping. They carry unique gift items, locally made items like the coasters and pottery in the photo above (I bought a couple for a gift, but really want to keep them for myself!) and the amber necklaces from my favorite Amber Dreams Jewelry, recycled wine bottle candles, clothing, jewelry, and other eco-friendly items. They have items for kids and pets too! They're located on Centre St. (Photos taken in 2017 at their old location.)

 

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Villa Villekulla Toy Store - Fernandina Beach, FL

If toys are on your list of things to buy for the holidays, you really need to stop in this store. They have so many great quality toys and educational toys that you can't find in most stores. I discovered this store during the Dickens on Centre event (which I highly recommend) and I'm so glad I did! From Hape,  Green Toys, and Tegu blocks for little ones, to MagnaTiles, Playmobil, and Mindware, there's something for every age. They have some really cool science kits and a variety of classic toys and games. Harry Potter fans will want to note that they have 3 different Harry Potter games! And Crazy Aarons Thinking Putty is the perfect stocking stuffer for almost any age! They are located on S 2nd Street in downtown Fernandina Beach. 

 

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The Book Loft - Fernandina Beach, FL

Ok, so there are two bookstores on my list, but I just had to include The Book Loft for those shopping in Fernandina! It's an amazing, old-school bookstore with a wide-selection for any age. There are places to sit and get lost in a book while you're there too! They also carry some of the best puzzles, Ravensburger puzzles, and Usborne & Kane Miller books (which I recently became a consultant for because the books are awesome and I want them all, haha!). There are books by local authors and I also discovered recently that they have used books upstairs. They are located on Centre St in downtown Fernandina Beach.

 

Whether you check out a few of my favorite local stores or a few of your favorites, I wish you the best of luck with your holiday shopping! If you have a favorite that I haven't listed, I'd love to hear about it so I can check them out!

<3

Kim

Owner/Artist-Photographer

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

 

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In-Home Newborn Session | Baby's First Year Milestones | Kingsland GA Newborn Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/11/in-home-newborn-session-babys-first-year-milestones-kingsland-ga-newborn-photographer Welcoming our newest Baby Plan member to the blog! This sweet baby is a rainbow baby and we were able to use a special rainbow blanket made for him during his session. Other than that, we kept things simple and classic and since mom loves black and white, we did a lot of those too. It was a gloomy day outside but that didn't matter for this little guys in-home newborn session. Dad ended up having to go into work at the last minute so we focused on baby and made sure to get some with big brother and Mom too! Big brother was so sweet with his new baby brother, even though he avoided me for the first half of the session.  Mom and I were patient with him and didn't force him to get in front of the camera before he was ready. After he warmed up to me, we were able to get some really sweet photos of the two boys together. And I'm so glad we made sure to get Mom in a few shots too. This sweet baby is going to cherish those photographs when he's older <3. Here are a few of my favorites from the session.

 

I love getting those little details up close...

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One of mom's favorites because it is "so him" with his tongue sticking out. My goal during a session is always to capture the essence of the people in the photos, not just capture a smiling face.  In-Home Newborn PortraitsCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

I'm not big on props, but I do love a simple wrapped baby in a basket.  In-Home Newborn PortraitsCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography In-Home Newborn PortraitsCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

This was definitely one of my favorites. It doesn't get much sweeter than this! In-Home Newborn PortraitsCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

 

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Newborn babies smell so good, don't they? In-Home Newborn PortraitsCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

 

Thank you W Family for choosing me to document your newest little one's first year milestones. I'm looking forward to capturing Baby B and your family over this next year!

<3

Kim

Owner/Artist-Photographer

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

I only take on a limited number of Baby Plan Memberships for each calendar year to ensure the highest quality of service to all of my clients and priority booking for plan members. If you're interested in becoming a plan member, I'd love to chat with you! Contact me here

 

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Baby's First Year Milestones - 1 Year | Award Winning Baby Photographer | St Marys GA https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/10/babys-first-year-milestones---1-year-award-winning-baby-photographer-st-marys-ga And just like that, a year has gone by. This sweet little munchkin is already one and I feel like it wasn't long ago that I was capturing her as a newborn.

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Her birthday theme fits her perfectly, she is just as sweet as a peach and so is that smile! She had a good time trying to eat peaches and generally being adorable for her marsh-front first birthday session. She rocked her big bow and was sad when Mom took it off and asked for it back. Mom always finds the best little outfits and accessories to go with her kiddos' birthday themes. The peachy necklace with the second outfit was definitely my favorite. It's hard picking favorites to share of these adorable babies I've been photographing. I guess that's why albums have been my most popular product this year!  And albums are the perfect way to preserve those first year milestones and have a beautiful heirloom to look back through the first year as well as being able to pass it down to your little one when they're grown.  outdoor baby milestone sessionBaby's First Birthday Milestone Session | St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography outdoor baby milestone sessionBaby's First Birthday Milestone Session | St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography outdoor baby milestone sessionBaby's First Birthday Milestone Session | St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

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I love watching these littles grow and being able to capture these sweet moments in time for my clients. Thank you for allowing me to help you preserve your memories B Family!

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Kim

Owner/Artist-Photographer

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

I only take on a limited number of Baby Plan Memberships for each calendar year to ensure the highest quality of service to all of my clients and priority booking for plan members. If you're interested in becoming a plan member, I'd love to chat with you! Contact me here.

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Jacksonville Beach Maternity Photography at the Pier https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/10/jacksonville-beach-maternity-photography-at-the-pier This beautiful momma decided to leave the family at home and have a maternity session with just her (and baby of course) to celebrate the beauty and miracle of her third baby. It's easy to get caught up in feeling uncomfortable and swollen and not very glamorous when you're nearing the end of your pregnancy. Taking an evening to yourself, having your hair and makeup done (or taking time to do it yourself), and wearing a beautiful maternity gown can help you feel the beauty of your body and how amazingly beautiful it is to grow another human being. 

So we headed to the beach for a sunset session at the Jacksonville Beach Pier. Mom had a blast and rocked her session, feeling like a model. She's a beautiful person inside and out and I was honored to capture these photos for her and help her feel as gorgeous as she is. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Stay tuned for photos from the newborn session! Thank you Mrs. K for trusting me to capture your memories and help you preserve them for years to come.

<3

Kim

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Are you expecting? Do you want a beautiful work of art to display to remember the beauty of pregnancy? Contact me for information on scheduling a maternity session!

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Lifestyle Family Photos | Award Winning Family Photographer | St Marys GA - Yulee FL https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/10/lifestyle-family-photos-award-winning-family-photographer-st-marys-ga---yulee-fl This little "wild one" recently celebrated his first birthday and we incorporated his birthday theme into his first birthday pictures by doing them in the woods! Mom and Dad has a few fun props to add to this little man's birthday theme and I'm always happy to include them. He was all about the leaves and couldn't understand why he wasn't allowed to eat them. He's too cute for words and had some of the best smiles for me that evening! I loved capturing the sweet moments in between the smiles too. I've known Mom and Dad since right around the time they got married and I was honored to capture their sweet little family celebrating Mr. L turning one! 

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Those leaves are just so interesting... Crooked River State Park Family Photography - St Marys GAOne-Year Milestone Family Session in the WoodsCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Those eyes and that smile! He's too cute for words. Crooked River State Park Family Photography - St Marys GAOne-Year Milestone Family Session in the WoodsCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Checking out some more interesting leaves with his mom. Crooked River State Park Family Photography - St Marys GAOne-Year Milestone Family Session in the WoodsCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography Crooked River State Park Family Photography - St Marys GAOne-Year Milestone Family Session in the WoodsCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

This is a fun shot I love to capture for little ones who like to "fly". Crooked River State Park Family Photography - St Marys GAOne-Year Milestone Family Session in the WoodsCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

That look he's giving Daddy is just precious. Crooked River State Park Family Photography - St Marys GAOne-Year Milestone Family Session in the WoodsCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Such a great look of determination to walk here and he took his first steps not long after his birthday!
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One of my favorites... giving Mom Eskimo kisses. Crooked River State Park Family Photography - St Marys GAOne-Year Milestone Family Session in the WoodsCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography Crooked River State Park Family Photography - St Marys GAOne-Year Milestone Family Session in the WoodsCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography Crooked River State Park Family Photography - St Marys GAOne-Year Milestone Family Session in the WoodsCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Thank you H Family for allowing me to capture this time in your lives. I hope you are enjoying your coffee table book and I can't wait to see what you do with your images for the wall!

<3

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!

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Baby's First Year Milestone Session | Fernandina Beach FL Baby Photography https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/10/babys-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

I only take on a limited number of Baby Plan Memberships for each calendar year to ensure the highest quality of service to all of my clients and priority booking for plan members. If you're interested in becoming a plan member, I'd love to chat with you! Contact me here

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(Kimberly Tank Art & Photography, LLC) amelia island babies beach milestones siblings https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/10/babys-first-year-milestone-session-fernandina-beach-fl-baby-photography Sat, 14 Oct 2017 15:30:00 GMT
Underwater Child Photography | Award Winning Child Photographer | Kingsland - St Marys GA https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/10/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!

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Amelia Island Beach Vacation Photography | Family Photographer Fernandina Beach, FL https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/9/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!

<3

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!

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Lifestyle Family Photography | St Marys Family & Child Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/9/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!

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Tips for Fun First Day of School Photos | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/7/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!

<3 

Kim

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Family Portrait Session | St Marys GA Family Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/7/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!

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Why I love Lifestyle Photography and what is it anyway? | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/7/why-i-love-lifestyle-photography-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!

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(Kimberly Tank Art & Photography, LLC) babies beach children family in-home newborn northeast florida southeast georgia toddlers woods https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/7/why-i-love-lifestyle-photography-st-marys---fernandina-beach-photographer Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:11:30 GMT
Small Business Spotlight: The Zen Den | St Marys GA Commercial Photography https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/7/small-business-spotlight-the-zen-den-st-marys-ga-commercial-photography The Zen Den, LLC - St Marys GACopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography When I first heard about The Zen Den opening in downtown St Marys, I was so excited. This is exactly the kind of store we need here. As a naturally-minded momma, with naturally-minded mom friends, I knew this was going to be a great thing. I finally made it in to see the shop and it smelled so lovely and Whitney was very welcoming and friendly. I've been wanting to revive my Small Business Spotlight series and knew this would be the perfect shop to get the features going again. 

Read on to learn more about Whitney and The Zen Den. 

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Tell us about your business. What services/products do you offer?

The Zen Den, LLC is a small boutique specializing in organic, all-natural skin care products and health and wellness. I offer products ranging from facial regimens to lotion bars to beard oil. I also offer customized products based on customer needs and aroma preferences. I also carry Soul Flower organic clothing and children's books, and of course our Zen Friends that come with their own Sleepy Time spray! 

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What inspired you to open your business?

My son was my inspiration for opening my business. I was previously an environmental scientist and special education teacher. After finding out that my son is high-functioning autistic, I realized that I would need more flexibility and time to help him as he grows. I also discovered how essential oils really helped him during difficult times. People began asking me for products, and I felt a calling. So, I decided to find a space and offer my handmade products to everyone! 

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Who is your biggest inspiration in life/business?

My biggest inspiration is my son and my family in both my life and my business.

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What is your favorite quote?

Don't be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.

What do you love most about what you do?

What I am providing people with a healthy alternative to the skin care products out there loaded with chemicals and toxins. I love hearing everyone say, "It smells so good in here!" and "It is so relaxing in here!" when they come into my shop. I love that I can help others who have questions about a natural approach to health and wellness.

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What is your biggest success with your business to date? What are you most proud of?

My biggest success so far is opening!! I have also had huge success with my Rejuvenate Butter, which is a blend of essential oils and carriers that have shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic effects. Everyone who has purchased it, has raved about it.

I am most proud of my events for special needs families, as it is a way for the children to do a fun activity and for the parents to socialize and support each other.

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Do you have a memorable moment in your business that you can share with us?

My first First Friday in downtown St Marys. It was the second day that my doors were open, and I scrambled to find a musician to play out front. It all came together perfectly, and there was so much energy in here. I didn't know that many people could fit in my little store. It felt like a sign that everything will be ok, and that I made the right decision opening my shop. 

What can your clients expect from you when they order/purchase from you? 

Friendly and helpful service. I am also very honest, and want people to find the right product for their needs. even if I have to create a custom product (which I love to do!). They should also understand that every product is fresh and made with organic ingredients. My products do not contain preservatives so they must be used within two years. 

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Tell us three things about you that we might not know.

I never stop learning new things. I love swimming. I love making people smile.

Name three local businesses you love and why.

Bessie's- It is a wonderful place to grab a quick, delicious lunch and some ice cream!

Cottle and Gunn- They always have new things, and you never know what creative items you will find in there!

Submarine Museum- My husband is a submariner, and there is a lot of amazing history. My son loves looking through the periscope too!

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Where can people find you?

Website: www.the-zenden.com

Email: whitney.zenden@gmail.com

Phone: 703-789-6870 (personal phone, so during business hours only please :) )

Facebook: www.facebook.com/whitneyszenden

Instagram: @whitzen

 

Update: The Zen Den 's St Marys location has closed, but she does still fulfill orders on her website.

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The Beauty of Maternity Mini Sessions | Amelia Island Maternity Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/6/the-beauty-of-maternity-mini-sessions-amelia-island-maternity-photographer There are only a select few mini sessions that I offer, and a maternity mini session is one that can be added to a newborn session or baby plan. Maternity minis are momma only so you get the whole session to yourself. It's the perfect way to celebrate the miracle of pregnancy and get some beautiful images to remember it by. And you won't have to listen to your husband grumble about yet another photo session (or maybe he's deployed or out at sea) or worry about whether your children will be in a good mood. Even though I work to make sure you have a good time either way, for some, it's just nice to have a little time to yourself with the little one you're carrying. Maybe pamper yourself by getting your hair and makeup done before your session and take the evening to yourself. 

Here are two maternity mini sessions we did at the beach with two dresses I recently made. The first one is a mostly lace gown for a momma who feels comfortable enough to show a little but doesn't want her bare belly showing. The second is for a momma who wants to bare her belly and it's fun to see what shapes we get from the wind. 

 

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Read more on why you should consider doing a maternity photo session and check out my maternity guide too.

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Kim

Owner/Photographer-Artist

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Are you expecting? Do you want a beautiful work of art to display to remember the beauty of pregnancy? Contact me for information on scheduling a maternity session!

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(Kimberly Tank Art & Photography, LLC) Fernandina Beach Northeast Florida beach maternity https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/6/the-beauty-of-maternity-mini-sessions-amelia-island-maternity-photographer Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:30:00 GMT
In-Home & Outdoor Lifestyle Newborn Photography | Saint Marys Newborn Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/6/in-home-outdoor-lifestyle-newborn-photography-saint-marys-newborn-photographer While it's true that most newborn sessions take place in the first two weeks, that doesn't mean you can't have a newborn session with a baby over two weeks. Since my photography style is lifestyle and not very posed, newborn session can take place anytime in the first month while baby is still little. This sweet little boy was 4 weeks for his session and slept beautifully for the first part when we took his solo portraits. He was awake for the family portion of the session and I loved capturing his parents and older siblings interacting with him. To me, that's the best part of photographing an older newborn. 

We started the session with his solo newborn portraits since he was asleep when I arrived. Mom had this adorable fox hat and diaper cover for him to wear and loves outdoor portraits so we did his outside. And being in the south, it was plenty warm enough for him to be nice and cozy too!

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After taking a nursing break, we did some indoor portraits with the family in their sun room overlooking the river. These were definitely some of my favorites of the session. 


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Little man was doing so well, we had plenty of time to head outside and do more photos with the whole family outside too. 

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Thank you D Family for commissioning me to capture this special time in your lives. It was truly an honor.

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Kim

Owner/Photographer-Artist

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Expecting a little one or have a newborn and want to capture this short time while they're tiny and new? Do you want to capture the connection and relationship with your new baby? Contact me today for more information on scheduling a newborn session!

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Underwater Pool Session | St Marys GA Child Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/6/underwater-pool-session-st-marys-ga-child-photographer Over the last couple of years, I've seen some really amazing and beautiful underwater photography and knew I wanted to try it. I'm always taking photos of my son at the beach and wanted to at least be able to capture all the fun he has in the waves without worrying about my camera getting wet. So earlier this year, I purchased an underwater housing for my camera so that I could give it a try. After playing with it at the beach, I knew I needed to try it in the pool. I knew it would be a big challenge and more difficult than shooting above water, but I had no idea how truly challenging it is until I did it. It's definitely something I want to do more of though and I'm always looking to challenge myself and improve my photography skills. The editing involved was also diffferent from what I normally do...make sure to check out the before and after below! I'm looking forward to being able to invest in a better housing for my camera soon!

This session was done with some older kids and it was fun to capture their sibling interactions too.

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And now for the before and after!

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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!

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(Kimberly Tank Art & Photography, LLC) Southeast Georgia backyard before & after children pool teens underwater https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/6/underwater-pool-session-st-marys-ga-child-photographer Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:58:23 GMT
Fun Mom Project | St Marys - Fernandina Beach Motherhood Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/6/fun-mom-project-st-marys---fernandina-beach-motherhood-photographer I've followed several projects that other photographers have done that feature something special about motherhood. I loved what they captured and contemplated if there was something like that that I could do. I didn't want it to be the same thing though. Then I finally figured it out... I wanted to find a way to feature moms having fun with their kids. So often, Dads are seen as "the fun ones" and moms are more often the ones taking the pictures of Dad having fun with the kids. But Moms are fun too! And Mom needs to be present in the photographs so the kids remember she was there having fun with them too, it wasn't just Dad! My idea arose from all the fun I have with my own son and how often I would document him doing something fun or him with my husband, but rarely was I getting in the photos too. So often, I would think, man I wish there was someone here to take a picture of the fun we're having. I realized I had already been capturing these moments whenever I saw them happening during family sessions (and of course with Dads too). So this year I began the Fun Mom Project. I had originally hoped I would have an image for every day in May but I didn't start it quite early enough and had several reschedules or cancellations. So I ended up with one a week for May but this is just the beginning. I plan to continue this project and I have some ideas for what I might turn it into later when I have a bigger collection (more on that to come!).

 

For each mom featured in the project, I try to capture something fun they do with their kids and then have them write a little something to include with their photo. These aren't traditional portraits but they're something that will help these children look back and remember how much fun they had WITH their Moms.

 

This first momma I have known for 5 years. She has so much knowledge about nature and plants and I loved seeing her teaching her boys about something they could dig up from the backyard and eat. And when you're a kid, digging in the dirt with mom is pretty high on the fun list. 

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"There's a short window of time to impress upon a child's memory the smell of the soil on a warm day, the feel of the earth under bare feet, the taste of wildflowers and herbs from mom's garden. I want the sound of waves crashing on the sand, and the tug of the ocean on their ankles, to be engraved on my children's souls. The only way we can save our planet, is to cultivate a deep and sustaining love for every part of life and death on this Earth, within our children, and hope we're not too late." ~Jess, Fun Mom

 

 

When you love the beach, there's always fun to be had. These two love playing in the sand at the beach but little Miss M had always been hesitant of the waves. I captured them playing in the sand, but then she decided to give the waves a try and she ended up loving it! This photo captured her joy the first time playing in the waves with her mom. I love that I was there for it and captured this special moment for them. 

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"I absolutely love our time at the beach together. I have always loved the ocean and I am so excited to share its beauty with my daughter. Seeing her face light up when we find a really cool sea shell and hearing her infectious giggle as the waves splash up on her are memories I will always cherish and I hope she looks back on these photos some day and remembers our little adventures. " ~Liz, Fun Mom

 

 

Another Momma who's super special to me, this mom is such a great boy mom and I witness her having fun with her boys often so I knew she needed to be part of this project. We did their session in their backyard and they have a great tree swing that she got on with her youngest. I know her boys will look back at their childhood and remember how fun they had with their mom, and now they'll have some photographs to help them remember.

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"I hope my boys remember that we laughed a lot, a lot more than we fussed--that it was ok to make messes and many, many mistakes. That we'd get up, dust ourselves off and try again. That it was a lot more fun to be real than to be perfect. That they could come to me with any problem and feel heard and acceptance. That they are loved more than all the stars. Infinitely." ~ Amy, Fun Mom

 

The last one I have for now is a mom whose family is living full time in an RV. They'll soon be hitting the road and traveling the country. What an amazing and fun experience that will be for them! They also love to read, and although it's a different kind of fun than the more active fun with first think of with kids, reading together is still fun (and my son loves to read as well). So we captured them reading together.

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"One of our favorite things to do as a family is read. It inspires us to use our imaginations and we enjoying diving into the stories. We also enjoy using this time to connect to one another and making the most of this quality time. If you were to look around our house you'd see books in all sorts of nooks and crannies. Some of our favorites are "Oh the Places You'll Go," "My Monster Mama Loves Me So," any of the Llama Llama books, as well as the classics and anything from Lamplighter Ministries." ~ Tiffany, Fun Mom

 

Do you want to capture you and your kids having fun together? Contact me for more information or to book your session! 

<3

Kim

Owner/Artist-Photographer

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

 

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Best Summer Session Locations | St Marys & Amelia Island Family & Child Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/6/best-summer-session-locations-st-marys-amelia-island-family-child-photographer The hot summer days are here. And with that, the humidity and afternoon thunderstorms. Between the heat, humidity, and summer travels, it's no surprise that having family portraits done is not on most people's minds. But there are so many fun things about summer to capture, beautiful sunsets and landscapes, and lighter schedules while the kids are out of school. But where can we avoid the heat and get some beautiful family portraits, you might ask? I'm here to give you some of my favorite summer session locations to beat the heat and capture the fun of summer with your family. 

 

The Beach

This first one might be the most obvious, but the beach is a great location to have a summer session. Sunrise or sunset are the best times for both temperature and light. Even on the hottest days, we'll most likely have an ocean breeze to help it not feel so hot. Plus, we can capture your family having fun splashing in the water! Amelia Island and Big Talbot Island are my favorite beach locations. 

 

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Read more reasons to have a summer beach session here

Crooked River State Park

Probably my favorite location that isn't the beach, Crooked River State Park in St Marys is a great place to do a morning session in the summer before it gets too hot and buggy. If we get a breezy day, the evenings aren't too terrible if you bring bug spray. The light in the evening is lovely. There's plenty of shady spots to keep the sun at bay, trails to explore, and playgrounds to play. You can even do a round of mini golf! 

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Your Home

Yep, we can totally do a session at your home! If your home is well lit, we can do the whole session inside. This kind of session is a lifestyle session so there's not much posing and I'm just there to capture your family in their element (with some direction too!). For families with younger kids who aren't going to make it to sunset without turning into a pumpkin, this is a good option for earlier in the day when they're happier. I can also capture your family playing in the yard or in and around the pool if you have one! 

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Contact me for more information or to book your session! 

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Kim

Owner/Artist-Photographer

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

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Baby's First Year Milestones | Baby Photography - Saint Marys GA https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/5/babys-first-year-milestones-baby-photography---saint-marys-ga This sweet, adorable baby seriously has the best smile ever. And I may be a little biased but I can't count how many times people stopped to say how cute she is. I really can't blame them! Here are a few favorites from her sitting milestone session. 

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I love to capture the details that we normally capture for newborn sessions, those little hands and feet, the eyelashes, etc. Those small things that are so easy to forget without a photograph to help us remember. 

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This quilt was made especially for Baby M, so we incorporated both sides of it in her session.  Baby Sitting Milestone Photo SessionCopyright Kimberly Tank art & Photography

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She decided to show off for us as the end and hung on to the bench and stood long enough for me to capture it. 

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Thank you B Family for always trusting me to capture these memories for you!

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Kim

Owner/Artist-Photographer

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

I only take on a limited number of Baby Plan Memberships for each calendar year to ensure the highest quality of service to all of my clients. If you're interested in becoming a plan member, I'd love to chat with you! Contact me here.

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(Kimberly Tank Art & Photography, LLC) Camden St Marys babies milestone park https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/5/babys-first-year-milestones-baby-photography---saint-marys-ga Thu, 25 May 2017 17:45:00 GMT
Baby's First Year - 6 Month Milestone | Saint Marys GA Baby Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/5/babys-first-year---6-month-milestone-saint-marys-ga-baby-photographer This was the perfect way to start my week with this sweet, smiling baby's 6 month milestone session on a Monday morning. Her woodsy session goes with her nickname too. She was all smiles and is already on the move and crawling everywhere! 

 

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Big brother made a quick cameo and it was precious.

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And then there was this look, and it was just precious. I mean, just look at that face!

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At this age, everything is interesting and must be explored by putting it in their mouth. So when she found this leaf, that's exactly what she did! 


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Mmmmm, tasty...

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The leaf was determined not edible (read, we took it away before it started coming apart), so naturally it was time for the good stuff. We ended the session with some nursing photos. 

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Baby K started playing with momma's fingers while she nursed. I love capturing these sweet little moments. 

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The first year goes by so fast. These milestone sessions will preserve these moments and memories when it seems like so much of the year has gone by in a blur. Thank you N Family for trusting me to document these moments for you!

 

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Kim

Owner/Artist-Photographer

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

I only take on a limited number of Baby Plan Memberships for each calendar year to ensure the highest quality of service to all of my clients. If you're interested in becoming a plan member, I'd love to chat with you! Contact me here.

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Before & After | Maternity Photographer | Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach, FL https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/5/before-after-maternity-photographer-amelia-island-fernandina-beach-fl It isn't often that I use a lot of Photoshop in my images. I work to get it right in camera and then process mostly with Lightroom, but there are times when an image calls for a little more, whether it's to remove a distraction, some retouching that's better done in Photoshop, or really taking an image to another level. This image called for a little bit of everything so I thought it would be fun to do a before and after post. The before image is straight out of the camera (SOOC). I was shooting quickly to capture the movement in this momma's gown as my lovely assistant (read husband) tossed the second layer of the dress and tried to get out of the way. He's fast, but not that fast...

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When I went through the images after the session and saw the shape the dress made with the wind and my husband tossing it, I knew this image needed to be taken to the next level. It wasn't enough to develop the image and remove my husband from it, because no matter how much I played with the crop, it just wasn't right with what I had to work with in the frame. I really wished I had more beach/ocean to the right, so it was something I had to add to achieve my vision. 

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So that's my little behind the scenes for you! If you'd like more posts like these, let me know!

<3

Kim

Owner/Photographer-Artist

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Are you expecting? Do you want a beautiful work of art to display to remember the beauty of pregnancy? Contact me for information on scheduling a maternity session!

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100 Days of Black & White - Project 365 | April Favorites https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/5/100-days-of-black-white---project-365-april-favorites I've completed my 100 Days of Black and White project and am continuing to photograph my family/life every day but now there's more color! I really loved the push of shooting in black and white for 100 days and not being able to rely on color contrast to help my subject stand out and tell the story I want to share. It really made me look at the light and I had a lot of fun shooting more at night. I predict I'll be doing more black and white conversions in the future but I'm glad to be back in color! Here are a few of my favorites from April.

This was my first time playing with my underwater camera housing. We had a ton of fun in the waves and this was the same day I took my recent award winning image too!

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This is one of those time when I had a vision of something I wanted to capture. I really wanted to capture my son looking at the stars because he loves all things space right now. I knew the best place for my vision was the beach and because my son has a hard time being still long enough for a long exposure, I knew my husband would need to be with him. I really wanted him looking through his telescope at the stars but I knew he wasn't ready to be still like that just yet. We tried sitting and laying down and this one worked best. I definitely want to try this one again!

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We regularly have a pizza and movie night together as a family so it was something I wanted to make sure I captured in my project. My son likes to help, which involves helping himself to the pepperoni and "cheese" (we're dairy free). This ended up being the perfect capture of our pizza night shenanigans. 

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This year was my son's first official season to t-ball. Two years ago, he was in a smart start pre-t-ball program through the Navy base and last year we missed signups (because who is thinking about t-ball in January??). He really loves it and I think he'll likely choose baseball over gymnastics when he passes level 3 and he'd have to join the team or be done. I've captured a few of his games and since we had an evening game, I wanted to try a panning shot of him running so that everyone else on the field isn't a distraction to my subject/story, and I just love panning! 

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For Easter, my son received a space shuttle kite so naturally we had to go to the beach to fly it. It was the perfect way to spend our evening and the he had a blast flying it (it flew really well too!)

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I wonder if I will ever tire of taking pictures of my son sleeping. My guess is probably not. Tuesday are long days for us between homeschool co-op, errands, and gymnastics. He almost always falls asleep on the way home and we just plop him on the couch until dinner is ready if he doesn't wake up when we get home. 

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Back to color! This one was a favorite from my continued Project 365. I've been wanting to take a picture of my son doing a cartwheel and he finally decided to do cartwheels at the park one evening.  Copyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

 

Do you have a favorite? I'd love to know!

<3

Kim

Owner/Photographer-Artist

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Need updated photos of your children or family together? Want to capture the essence of who they are right now? Contact me for information on scheduling a family or childhood session!

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Childhood Photos at the Park | Saint Marys GA Child Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/5/childhood-photos-at-the-park-saint-marys-ga-child-photographer Meet Mr. Q. This adorable little boy just turned two and what better way to celebrate than with updated photos of him doing the things he loves. We met at the park where he started to explore and then brought out some of his favorite cars to play with too. Once he realized there was a playground, that's exactly where he needed to be! I brought out a whoopee cushion too, which meant lots of giggles! At the end, I gave him a lollipop and I'm so glad I continued to capture him doing that time because those are some of my (and Mom's!) favorites. And I always encourage mom to be in a photo or two, our children will cherish those photographs the most. It was a fun session full of throwing pine cones, climbing, playing with cars, sliding down slides, laughing at the whoopee cushion, and being an adorable two year old!

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Capturing Childhood at Age 2Copyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Capturing Childhood at Age 2Copyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Capturing Childhood at Age 2Copyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Capturing Childhood at Age 2Copyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Thank you M Family for allowing me to capture this sweet time in Mr. Q's childhood for you. 

<3

Kim 

Owner/Photographer-Artist

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Need updated photos of your children? Want to capture the essence of who they are right now? Contact me for information on scheduling a childhood session!

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(Kimberly Tank Art & Photography, LLC) Southeast Georgia St Marys birthday children photography toddlers https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/5/childhood-photos-at-the-park-saint-marys-ga-child-photographer Fri, 05 May 2017 10:00:00 GMT
Mother's Day Gift Guide https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/5/mothers-day-gift-guide Ok, dads, this post is for you! (And ladies, you can use some of these ideas for your own moms too of course.)

Mother's Day is almost here. A day to celebrate Mom and thank her for all she does. If you haven't already figured out what to get her, I've put together a few ideas for you. 

1. Hotel Room/Uninterrupted Sleep  - This was the most common response from my Facebook poll, especially from moms with young kids. Being a parent of little ones is exhausting and often times mom is up in the middle of the night or up late/early trying to catch up on all the things that need to be done and thus not getting enough sleep. Some moms specifically requested a hotel room where they could sleep alone for a night, uninterrupted. If you want to go all out and pamper her (and you're local), you could splurge for a room at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island or Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. Or at the very least, take the kids out of the house to play at a park/zoo/museum and let mom take a nap. Just make sure the house is clean and laundry is caught up so she doesn't end up using that time to catch up on those!

 

2. Clean House - Speaking of a clean house, if you don't already have someone come clean your home, you could either hire someone to come clean so Mom gets a week off from cleaning the house (if she is the one who usually does it) or you (Dad) and the kids (if old enough) can do it!

 

3. Pampering - What mom wouldn't want some sort of pampering? You could book her a massage, manicure/pedicure, facial, or gift her some fun pampering goodies.
A few options for those local to me that come highly recommended are: Ponte Vedra Inn & Club Spa, Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa (Ponte Vedra), Lemongrass Salon & Spa (Jacksonville), Donna Waldron, LMT (Fernandina Beach - gives the best massages!) or Fabulous Face Aesthetics (Kingsland).
Some of my favorite handmade pampering products can be purchased from Byrds Nest Soap in Jacksonville (you can also order from her website). I love her lip balm and bath bombs! Make sure Mom gets some uninterrupted time to soak in a bath if you go with this option!

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4. Jewelry - There's always a nice piece of jewelry from your favorite jeweler. I love to support locally owned businesses whenever I can. If you're looking for fine jewelry, look no further than Crow Jewelers based in Fernandina Beach, FL. Linda, the owner, is a super sweet person and is a gemologist. Her work is stunning and you won't regret a piece from her. If your budget isn't at the fine jewelry level, there are a couple other options that might be the perfect gift. There are two handmade jewelry companies I've discovered and love... one is Amber Dreams Jewelry and the other is Wonderment Jewelry. Amber Dreams Jewelry specializes in handmade gemstone and amber pieces and Liz, the owner, is another wonderful person I know personally. Wonderment Jewelry specializes in handcrafted silver jewelry designed with little fingers in mind (known as Mama Metal). Both have ready to go options or you can customize a piece especially for Mom. I love my custom amber necklace from Amber Dreams Jewelry (pictured above) and my custom beach inspired piece just arrived from Wonderment Jewelry and it's absolutely beautiful. 

5. Coffee/Tea- Yes, what gets many moms through motherhood! Pair Mom's favorite coffee, tea, or wine with a fun coffee mug or wine glass. If you haven't tried Bold Bean Coffee in Jacksonville, you're missing out. They have really great coffee and they roast it right in Jacksonville. For your tea drinker, Tea Nation USA teas are amazing. They are local to Jacksonville and have a wide variety of teas and can even make you a custom blend! The company is run by a husband and wife team who are pretty awesome people and really know their teas!

I often find fun mugs and glasses at TJ Maxx or Home Goods. I'm a bit of a mug collector myself so I love mugs (my recent favorite pictured above from Kennedy Space Center). If Mom enjoys reading, you could include a new book for her to read (or gift card for a book) and then schedule time to keep the kids occupied so she can relax and read it!

 

6. Handmade Art/Craft from the Kids - You really can't go wrong here as long as you put in the time (that means no last minute draw a 5 minute picture kind of thing!). Moms love handmade gifts from their littles. Bring your kids to an Open Paint at Paisley Grace Makery and paint signs for Mom. Color Me Happy Pottery in Brunswick is a great place to take your kid and have them paint a mug for mom (to go with the coffee or tea in #4!). There's also Doing Dishes Pottery Studio in Jacksonville and St Johns. 
If you're feeling adventurous, here's a link for ideas of things you can make with the kids at home: 90 Handmade Gift Ideas for Mother's Day.


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7. Photographs - Of course this list would not be complete (or on my blog!) without including photos! This also came up several times in my poll. And of all the things on this list, this is what will last the longest and mean the most. I know some dads are hesitant to do family photos (or pay for them), but I promise you, this will make Mom so happy! Even if it's just photos of Mom and the kids, because moms are often the ones behind the camera documenting the kids or the kids with Dad. Find a photographer who will make it easy on all of you and help you plan all the details and deliver a beautiful finished product that you can all cherish for many years to come. If a professional photo session isn't in the budget/priority list, make sure to take some snapshots of mom with the kids, and not just the cheesy ones but ones of them playing and having fun too. Then print them out and put them in an album or a frame, don't leave them on the computer (or your phone). You can also go through the photos already sitting on the computer and get them printed out and into an album to give to Mom. Artifact Uprising and Picaboo are two of my favorite album companies if you want to create your own album to gift for Mother's Day.

We're flying in my friend and favorite Day in the Life Photographer, Willy Wilson of Life Unstill Photography, to take photos of our family the week after Mother's Day and I'm so excited! I am always documenting my son and my husband but I'm not in front of the camera nearly enough and I want my son to remember that I was part of all the fun too! (Update: The photos were amazing and I'm so glad we did this! Best Mother's Day present ever!)

 

Now you have a few ideas you might not have thought of before! If you'd like to gift Mom with a photo session, give me a call 912.322.6714 and we can discuss details (and I'll get you a gift card to give her to open on Mother's Day!). 

<3

Kim

Owner/Photographer-Artist

Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

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Childhood Photo Sessions | St Marys GA - Fernandina Beach, FL Child Photographer https://www.kimberlytank.com/blog/2017/4/childhood-photo-sessions-st-marys-ga---fernandina-beach-fl-child-photographer Crooked River State ParkChildhood SessionCopyright Kimberly Tank Art & Photography

Childhood sessions are one of my favorite sessions to do. I love documenting children and who they are right now.

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These sessions started as themed birthday sessions that I did each year for a close friend of mine.

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Then I started my business and began doing personal projects in which I capture my own son and the little things I want to remember about his childhood.

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What was once a "birthday mini" has evolved into capturing the essence of a child and what they love. For some clients, this is still a great way to celebrate a birthday and have updated photos. Incorporating something your child loves can make the session even more fun and meaningful.

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But if your child is like mine and loves the beach, playing in water (or mud!), and has a birthday in the middle of winter, you might miss out on capturing those fun elements if you are only thinking about birthday photos.

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