GO BACK
        TO MENU

        Extended family session with nine kids ages 12 and under, Gram and Grandpa!

        I travelled home to South Carolina in December. Getting all nine cousins in one place was a historic event for us! We moved to Okinawa January 2016 and my nephew had no memory of having ‘boy cousins.’ It wasn’t for lack of trying!

        My mom’s one request was photos of all the grandkids together.

        At the same time.

        In the same place.

        Not too complicated right? Just took 5 years. #nbd

        How do you decide wardrobe with so many people?

        I’m glad you asked!

        1. Location first
        2. Palette from Design-seeds.com
        3. What we already had
        4. Check out the prepping Instagram videos! Click through to the end for this exact session!

        My mom especially wanted the family groups to be visually distinct. See if you can see which groups are siblings!

        We had one full day with everyone together and the sun was c-r-a-p. It was solid overcast. A lot of photogs like overcast and cloudy, but I’m not one of them. Only direct sunshine can give you strong contrast, vibrancy and gooey highlights… and now I’m drooling.

        Let’s chat editing.

        It took forever!! (as I’m writing this I still haven’t uploaded the gallery)

        Nine kids 12 and under. Not one frame had every single person smiling *and* looking, although I got pretty close singing W-I-C-K-E-D I know all the ways to be… Just me? #noshame

        Enter face swapping! In Photo shop I literally copy one from a frame I like, and paste it on a the frame I like most! Google it, its pretty straight forward.

        Check out a before and after video in IG! Click through to the end for it.

        Charleston, South Carolina is home for me, but we currently live in Virginia attached to the Marine Corps. (Their IG is gorgeous btw!) BUT I travel back as often as possible! If you’re around June 2020, I’m expecting to have some session slots and maybe Half Price Minis!! Jump on the Waitlist to get the emails!

        Extended family photography session in Hampton Park, Charleston South Carolina by Alison Bell, Photographer
        Extended family photography session in Hampton Park, Charleston South Carolina by Alison Bell, Photographer
        Extended family photography session in Hampton Park, Charleston South Carolina by Alison Bell, Photographer
        Extended family photography session in Hampton Park, Charleston South Carolina by Alison Bell, Photographer
        Extended family photography session in Hampton Park, Charleston South Carolina by Alison Bell, Photographer
        I (Alison) am the circus ring leader in our Marine Corps family of four boys. I love loud, messy, ornery and active families, especially those with littles. I like my music super loud, dancing, and drinking wine. I'm passionate about education and the beach. Born and raised in Charleston, SC I only cook cornbread in a skillet. Find me on Insta @alisonbellphotog!