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        Virginia Beach Family Photographer

        The Value of Extended Family Photos

        Extended family photo sessions are really several family sessions in one. In addition to the large group, all the cousins, and adult children shots we also get:

        • Each nuclear family solo
        • Each couple solo
        • Each set of siblings
        • Grandparents alone

        And that’s for every nuclear family in group, which means no need for fall family sessions and your Christmas card photo is complete!

        Tips for Extended Family Photos

        Nothing is easy about extended family photos, but its always worth it and I’m here to support you every step! But the hardest part is done: Everyone will be in one place at the same time!

        Date: I always start as early in the week as possible – before anyone gets a sunburn, and several options for weather back ups.

        What to wear: Use Style & Select for a custom curated idea list (All my clients get free access!)

        • When in doubt, pinks and blues are easy and look good on everyone at the beach

        Photographer: There’s so many to choose from! Tick of these basic requirements:

        • Has experience with familiesa wedding photog will not work here bc bridal parties are not the same as a gaggle of kids.
        • Is FAST This can make or break your experience! A slow photog will make for a painful session with kids begging to be done. I’ve experienced it myself!
        • Is flexible in your travel dates. You have a short window and weather is real. Make sure there’s a back up plan if the first date doesn’t work.
        • Will come to you. Make it easy on yourself and make sure you don’t have to transport your crowd further than absolutely necessary. Less stress!

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        Alison bell family photographer

        Hi I’m Alison, your chaos coordinator.

        As the ringleader of my own 4 boy circus, I know how hard getting family photos can be.

        If I could dress your kids and literally hang your family photos on your walls, I would.

        …but I can’t, so I do just about everything else in between.

        That’s why I take the time to hold your hand from start to finish.

        Because what good are family photos if your kids never see them?

        Our active duty USMC family is currently stationed in Virginia Beach near Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Hampton in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. I call Charleston SC home and go back as often as I can! I shoot families and weddings as travel permits. Check out more of my work in Charleston here.

        Reach now out with your dates & ideas. Let’s see what we can dream up!