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        Mom reached out about homecoming photos in March with an estimated date of “sometime in June.” I know how these things roll and we stayed in touch as their return date was rolled THREE times until September! I started to dread emails from mom with news, for her sake!

        These pilots deployed with an aircraft carrier on Dec 1 and returned home Sept 5. It was a very long deployment that was only suppose to be 7 months.

        The homecoming itself was a big party with music, food & decorations. Multiple squadrons were flying in from the same ship all morning long and this was the last of the bunch.

        First all the jets flew over before splitting off and landing. In true military fashion, all the excitement was met with “hurry up and wait” as every air craft was inspected before taxing to their hangar.

        Each jet parked and waited for the last one. Canopies were lifted at the same time and they walked in formation before a free for all of kids and chaos ensued! It was glorious!

        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.

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        Navy aviation fly in homecoming at the hangar naval air sation oceana in virginia beach, va
        Navy aviation fly in homecoming at the hangar naval air sation oceana in virginia beach, va
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        Navy aviation fly in homecoming at the hangar naval air sation oceana in virginia beach, va
        Navy aviation fly in homecoming at the hangar naval air sation oceana in virginia beach, va
        Navy aviation fly in homecoming at the hangar naval air sation oceana in virginia beach, va
        Navy aviation fly in homecoming at the hangar naval air sation oceana in virginia beach, va
        Navy aviation fly in homecoming at the hangar naval air sation 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.

        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!