Featured Vendor: Tanisha Campbell of Shades, Colors & Coils

I met Tanisha recently when she inquired about some product photography. When she came in, I immediately liked her. Not only was she young, smart, super sweet and driven, but she impressed me with what she was doing with her business.

She’s only been in business for 11 months, but her website looks professional and she was seeking out professional photographers to make sure her products looked right for her website. She was def. on the right track!

Tanisha is only 25, and not only is this her first business venture, but she’s also an active member of the military. I had to know more!

Where can people buy your products at?

Online (www.shadescolorscoils.com). Etsy is coming soon!

How did you get your start?

It actually all started on a cruise ship. I was on a cruise with my best friend and I wasn’t have the “perfect” hair day on the cruise due to the products that I was using on my hair. So the gears started turning and I decided to start thinking about the hair products I needed and then I started thinking of names for the products. Once the cruise was over and I got back to Jacksonville I went to a health store called “Grass Roots” and I began to purchase ingredients to mix to start making shampoo! And that’s how it all began.

My brand Shades, Colors, & Coils, LLC was built off diversity and individuality. I don’t want my brand to be “JUST” portrayed as a hair care line. I want everyone to recognize that this brand is based off confidence, diversity, and individuality from all walks of life! Whether you have a lot of hair or a little bit of hair or whether you’re a man or woman this brand is here for you! 

How did you come up with the name of your business?

I wanted a name that would help reflect people’s diversity and individuality. I wanted a name that everyone could be apart of. My cousin Kymeshia also played a big part with helping with the name and tying everything together. Shades- (Means to be comfortable with the color of your skin no matter how light you are or how dark you are! Be comfortable and confident in your skin! Colors- (No matter what color, race religion, or gender you are you will always be represented within this brand) Coils- (Everyone has unique hair and sometimes straight hair is always seen as the norm but no matter how curly, coily, or straight your hair is these products will benefit you!)

What product of yours can you not live without?

Hydrating Conditioning Cream (Deep Conditioner)

How do you come up with the scents?

I always loved tropical and fruity scents. So I always aim for scents with peach & mango in them (My favorite fruits) and I like soft scents like vanilla. I like these types of scents because they are not over bearing.

Do you think you’ll have a storefront soon?

Not sure about soon but that is definitely my goal in the future!

Where do you see your business in 5 or 10 years?

I see my business thriving based off the individuality and diversity my business has to offer! My brand is for all walks of life no mater what color, race, religion, or gender you are! My plan is to have my products in stores for all people to be able to purchase! I also plan on having a storefront that allows you to make your own hair products that cater to your individual needs!

(I can’t remember what happened to get her laughing, but I loved the images!)

Now, some fun questions:

What is your favorite thing to do around Jacksonville?

The beach Duhhh (:

When your family comes to town, what is something you guys always have to do while they are in town?

Spend quality family time together! Game night, cook out, shopping, and making a trip to a theme park!

What’s your favorite movie?

Menace II Society

What’s your favorite song?

Bob Marley – Is this love

What’s your favorite food?

Brown rice! Peaches and Mangos!

Favorite dessert?

Molten lava chocolate cake

Favorite restaurant?

Burger Fi (I love the veggie burgers)

Favorite place to hang out in Jacksonville?

(Downtown Jacksonville) I love the scenery, food places, and the different scenery!

What’s your current obsession?

I love to travel and see the world! I’m obsessed with seeing the world and meeting people I have never met before to learn different cultures and customs!



Southern Studios comes in for Headshots

I recently had the opportunity to photograph another set of photographers who needed updated headshots.

Brittany and Whitney own Southern Studios. They have a very light and airy style of photography. They use natural light. For this reason I wanted to photograph them on all white as well as in a more natural environment.

How long have you been in business?

    We have officially been in business since January 1, 2017! Hooray for celebrating our first year recently.

Where are you located?

    We are located in small town USA aka Keystone Heights & Starke, FL


How did you two come together?

    Funny story actually! Brittany contacted Whitney about photographing her son’s birth story several years ago and at the time, Whitney was only photographing them for family or close friends. Fast forward to Brittany buying a camera & contacting Whitney about showing her how to use it. We quickly realized that our personalities were seamless & we both worked extremely well together. A solid friendship was made and YES! Whitney photographed Brittany’s second child’s birth story. . unny how God works things out! 

Do  you guys have pretty similar styles? Or do you each have different things you like to photograph?

    Brittany loves weddings & birth stories. Whitney loves weddings and Senior sessions the most. Our styles are extremely similar which helps us work together so well. Light, classic & airy is what we both love and adore.

How did you come up with the name of your business?

    We knew we didn’t want to use our names and also wanted something unique. Brittany thought of ‘Southern Studios’ and we both fell in love with it.

Anything really funny ever happen while you were shooting?

    We are always laughing really! Typically at each other or with our hilarious clients. We love to have a good time.

How did you both end up shooting Canon? Why do you prefer them?

    Whitney was taught to shoot Canon & has always loved it. Never shot Nikon before but don’t really see us switching anytime soon! We love it.

What is a piece of advice you can give to newbies?

    Find what you LOVE & make it the best you know how. Never stop working and continuing to make your craft the absolute best! They say “your first 10,000 photographs are your worst..” which is so true. You can look back at your work 5 years down the road, or even 5 months & should be able to see some positive changes. 

What’s your current obsession?

    We are currently OBSESSING over us traveling to Nashville in March! We get to attend Julie Paisley’s photography workshop there for two days and couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

    Healthy & thriving! We love photography and what it has done in our lives. We are excited to see where SS will go! 

What happened to my old blog?

Last year, I hired someone off Etsy to redo my website. She hired people to do work for her and they were spammers and took down my site. When I finally got it back up, 4 years of blogs were gone, some from 2017.

Heart broken I completely went a different direction with my website.

I switched from WordPress to GoodGallery and debated even doing a blog again.

The problem with photographer blogs is, they are usually the same thing, over and over again. Go read them, “oh this is the best family ever” or “I loved working with this couple, they were so sweet.” It gets to the point where it becomes fake. And that’s not me. I love my clients. I love having fun and shooting them, but I was tired of writing the same thing over and over again.

So I thought about not doing a blog anymore. But in this world of SEO, you’re told you need one to make Google happy. So I debated.

And then, when I was in bed, supposed to be sleeping, my brain was going through business things, like it always does (during the day my brain usually goes “ching chong–oh facebook”, anyone else know what I’m talking about?). And all these ideas came to me. And one of them was to completely delete what blog I had left and start over. But don’t just feature client after client.

This time around, I want my posts to be more meaningful. I love my local community and I want to feature people, places and things I like.

So I will be interviewing and featuring small business owners, and other people I find interesting and I hope you will too. I also want to feature products and things I feel are helpful.

What does this have to do with photography or me?

Well, I’ll be showcasing business headshots and photography I take of everything I feature.

I hope you love the new blog style and the new website. And I hope you learn something cool about the businesses around you, right here in Jacksonville!

Thank you to Jackie over at American Vixen Boudoir for my new headshot.