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        Cherry Blossom Mini Sessions are coming in Virginia!

        Spring is coming and so are the Cherry Blossoms! Which also means we’re starting to venture back outside for family photos.

        Mini sessions are 15-20 minute sessions

        More time does not equal more value because more time never made anyone cry less, or have more fun! Weather your kids are grown and cooperative, or super young and uncooperative, its perfect for simple updated family photos, cake smash, maternity, high school seniors, milestones, or Christmas card shots!

        Yes! 15 minutes is enough!

        More time is not more value. My mission is to leave you asking, “That’s it?!”

        Fast. Fun. Done.

        Dad is going to be pleased and you’re going to be shocked I got so many happy faces so quickly!

        They happen at pre-determined dates and locations.

        Get on the Waitlist now to get them in your inbox as soon as they’re released! Be sure to drag it to your primary inbox so you don’t miss it!

        Mini sessions happen roughly once a quarter, sometimes more often in the busy seasons.

        What to Wear for Spring Mini Sessions

        What to wear for family photos is the number one question I get as a family photographer. I tried for years to ignore it, but it can make a big difference! Thankfully the cherry blossoms can be quite forgiving. 

        Its tempting to jump into a spring dress but don’t forget its still chilly! Your session will most likely not be during the hottest part of the day. While Mom and Dad can fake being warm, the kids will not. To avoid tears and chattering teeth, dress the kids in layers – leggings, real shoes (not flip flops), a coordinating jacket or sweater, and layered button ups or pull overs for the boys

        Cherry Blossom Outfit Ideas

        Light and bright is the best way to go with a little added contrast. Light pink, white, even a baby blue are beautiful compliments to the pink blossoms. I suggest staying away from greens if your location is surrounded by grass. Add in something dark like a navy blazer for Dad or denim for the boys. Round out the the palette with neutrals like oatmeal and white and you’re all set! 

        But what about patterns? Big, bold patterns are usually a no-go for photos. But small, micro checks or stripes are welcome, especially if it’s layered under a pull over sweater or jacket. 

        Mom: white, pink, neutral dress, layer with sweater/cardigan/jacket

        Dad – khakis, light grey chinos, button up, pull over or blazer, Sperry’s

        Girls: Leggings, a dress and sweater or cardigan

        Boys: Pants, pull over sweater and/or button up, real shoes like boots or Sperry’s

        Check out my Pinterest board for visuals.

        Custom Styling

        Want even more? Jump on the Waitlist now to get immediate access to Style & Select, a custom styling tool specifically for family photography. If Stitch Fix & Pinterest had a baby, this would be it!

        What Not To Wear for Spring Family Photos

        What not wear: pencil skirts and pleated slacks. Overly dressy clothing can look out of place in family photos (unless formality is the goal.) Outdoor locations like the the park and beach are typically too relaxed for business casual attire. 

        Keep in mind every rule can be broken. When in doubt, reach out directly to me! alison@alisonbellphotographer.com.

        Always dress to feel comfortable and confident. Shoot for a better version of your every day self. Check out past mini sessions to see what others did:

        Cherry Blossom photo outfit ideas
        DC cherry blossom mini photo sessions in quantico virginia

        Still want more inspiration? Follow me on Pinterest with a whole board dedicated to this very thing! Pinterest.com/alisonbellphotog

        Alison is the chaos-commanding family photographer in Virginia Beach, VA thriving in the loud & messy offering in home lifestyle, outdoor, and extended family sessions.

        Owner & Photographer of Alison Bell, Photographer, she is also the circus ring leader of four boys, half-homeschooling USMC family.

        Alison offers full-contact family photo sessions with wardrobe styling, sessions that feel like a party and custom print shopping. Even Dad has a good time!

        She's on a mission to get your images in your hand, rather than gathering digital dust! Get an album and print dozens of shots in one place!

        If you can't remember last time your family did photos, its time to chat asap!

        Clients rave about how easy and enjoyable their session is and how their kids wanting to do it again!

        Alison Bell, Photographer serves VA Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cape Charles, and Hampton in Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

        Find her on Insta @alisonbellphotog!

        Hi! I’m Alison!

        I find joy in chaos. The louder, the better!

        I’m a chaos-commanding family photographer thriving in the loud & messy.

        I love freezing time, photographing families in their own element at home, or on the beach!

        I’m  the ring leader of four boy circus, half-homeschooling USMC family, currently in Virginia Beach, VA!

        Follow the antics on IG @alisonbellphotog!