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        Large family session with cousins and grandparents in South Carolina!

        We got all the kids, grandkids and grandparents together for this big ol’ extended family session. I didn’t realize until after that Kelly is moving to I-d-a-h-o, like, now. Whhhhat? That’s so far away!

        I get pretty nervous photographing friends… but these guys are special. Bec was in my wedding and one of two special people that convinced me to date my husband. #keepingthemforever #shoutouttoash

        They also have a boy fam! I have four boys, and baby boy 3 is coming THIS month!! (That reminds me I have some hand-me-downs to pass on…)

        I grew up just outside of Charleston, SC, frequenting Summerville, annnnnnd have a history buff for a mother. But I had never been to Colonial Dorchester State Park aka Old Fort Dorchester.

        Mrs. Lisa suggested it and I’m so glad she did! There’s old architecture, canons, palmettos, Spanish moss, the Ashley River and live oaks.

        Side note: Why do we specify ‘live’ oaks now, as if the description of its status is its name? I know we revere oaks in the Lowcountry but… Whose spouting about dead ones??

        The park also has a closing time at 5p. We may or may not have been ushered out with multiple closing warnings, so we did not make it to the water. oops.

        Every Extended Family Session includes break out family shots, cousins, adult kids, spouses, grandparents, and of course the whole fam. Our only limit is time and light. We work together to create a prioritized list of shots and work our way through the whole thing. I’ve never had an extended session not get all the shots in 45-60 minutes!

        Extended family session with adult children, grandkids, and grandparents at Colonial Dorchester State Park in Charleston, South Carolina by Alison Bell, Photographer
        Extended family session with adult children, grandkids, and grandparents at Colonial Dorchester State Park in Charleston, South Carolina by Alison Bell, Photographer
        Extended family session with adult children, grandkids, and grandparents at Colonial Dorchester State Park in Charleston, South Carolina by Alison Bell, Photographer
        Extended family session with adult children, grandkids, and grandparents at Colonial Dorchester State Park in Charleston, South Carolina by Alison Bell, Photographer
        Extended family session with adult children, grandkids, and grandparents at Colonial Dorchester State Park in Charleston, South Carolina by Alison Bell, Photographer
        Extended family session with adult children, grandkids, and grandparents at Colonial Dorchester State Park in Charleston, South Carolina by Alison Bell, Photographer
        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!