Companion: A Boy and His Dog | Award Winning Photographer | St Marys GA - Amelia Island FL

March 25, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

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?" 
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

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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Kimberly Tank is an award winning professional photographer in Rockledge, FL, servicing Brevard County on the Space Coast in Central Florida (including Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island, Viera and surrounding areas) and traveling several times a year to Amelia Island - Fernandina Beach FL. Using natural light and custom on location sessions, Kimberly Tank specializes in photographing families from babies to seniors and commercial clients, both on land and underwater; providing an exceptional customer experience and helping save you time and preserve this chapter in your life's story. Kimberly Tank is a proud member and ambassador of National Association of Professional Child Photographers and member of Professional Photographers of America.

 

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