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        Army promotion corona style!

        I love military ceremonies. I love the formalities the military brings to a casual world. I love the Birthday Ball, pinnings/promotions, re-enlistments, retirements and graduations!

        “Are you available later today to do some photos?”

        “Let me check my schedule… um yes I’m completely free!”

        < Insert giddy dance!!! >

        Most people don’t care to higher a photog for such a simple event. I totally get it, we didn’t do it either.

        I regret it!!! We had a skilled hobbiest help us, but he wasn’t able to do what I would have… or tell me to take off the awful rain jacket that looked awful with my dress! C’est la vie.

        Normally there’s a crowd. Friends, family, Marines, (Soldiers this case!), followed by a party funded by the new pay raise!

        This time, there was:

        • Immediate family
        • Promoting Officer
        • 1 Friend/neighbor
        • 1 Photographer (me!)
        • No party

        But how cool is technology that they live streamed it to friends and family everywhere!?

        Promotions are a BIG deal. I LOVE that my job gets me invited to a bunch of them. Even better when we’re friends.

        This 20 minute ceremony has a final gallery of about 60 images. Sounds ridiculous, but I promise you they’re going to have a hard time deciding their top 3 images that come with the package. Just check out these 20ish of MY favorites:

        Army promotion ceremony photos at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Viriginia by Alison Bell, Photographer. alisonbellphotographer.com
        Army promotion ceremony photos at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Viriginia by Alison Bell, Photographer. alisonbellphotographer.com
        Army promotion ceremony photos at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Viriginia by Alison Bell, Photographer. alisonbellphotographer.com
        Army promotion ceremony photos at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Viriginia by Alison Bell, Photographer. alisonbellphotographer.com
        Army promotion ceremony photos at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Viriginia by Alison Bell, Photographer. alisonbellphotographer.com
        Army promotion ceremony photos at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Viriginia by Alison Bell, Photographer. alisonbellphotographer.com
        Army promotion ceremony photos at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Viriginia by Alison Bell, Photographer. alisonbellphotographer.com
        I (Alison) am the circus ring leader of four boys. We're a half-homeschooling USMC family, currently in Virginia. I love loud, messy, families, especially those with littles. I like dancing, loud music, and people! I'm passionate about education and the beach. Born and raised in Charleston, SC I'm a cornbread purist. Skillet only! Find me on Insta @alisonbellphotog!