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        Change of Command Ceremony Naval Air Station Oceana

        In a last minute change, the Navy photographer was reassigned to a major aircraft carrier homecoming just 6 days before the Change of Command ceremony. I was impressed they had such lead time! Of course it was a last minute hustle to secure a private photographer, but I’m so glad they did!

        This ceremony took place outside in the bright sun on the edge of a hangar. The flight line was filled with folks prepping for the Oceana Airshow just yards away. We were even serenaded by Zac brown band while someone was testing the speakers – quite comical!

        Like most changes of command, there was a walk on of the official party, parading of colors, guest speaker, comments from the outbound commander, presenting his award and comments from the inbound commander.

        At the end of every military ceremony I like to make sure we get photos with everyone, not just family. It’s a lot like a wedding and the service member is the bride!

        Military Ceremonies Are a Passion Project

        I so believe in the power of photography and documenting our history that I offer military photography far below market value.

        For many of us, our kids won’t even have cognitive memory of their parents’ active duty days. They’ll only have the photos we take.

        I’m on a mission to get you out of the cinderblock conference room to create beautiful, inspiring images of your career. Even if your spouse doesn’t want it. They’ll be glad to have them after.

        Separate from my family and branding work, military ceremonies have a different pricing structure based on location and duration. Reach out to me via the contact form for a custom quote!

        See More Ceremony Photo Inspiration

        At the end of a career, all that will be left are the photos and uniforms. I pray you have photos! If not for yourself, for your kids.

        Navy change of command ceremony in a hangar at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, VA
        Navy change of command ceremony in a hangar at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, VA
        Navy change of command ceremony in a hangar at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, VA
        Navy change of command ceremony in a hangar at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, VA
        Navy change of command ceremony in a hangar at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, VA
        Navy change of command ceremony in a hangar at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, VA
        Navy change of command ceremony in a hangar at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, VA
        Navy change of command ceremony in a hangar at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, VA
        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.

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        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!