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        Navy Change of Command Ceremony at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach

        I get so excited for emails looking for ceremony coverage, especially for change of command! So often our service member isn’t interested in the pomp and spotlight that comes with a hired photographer.

        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 service member doesn’t want it!

        As a USMC spouse, the tradition and formality of military ceremonies never ceases to rise up a deep sense of patriotism and pride.

        I photograph all kinds of military events from simple promotions to homecomings and retirements – its a passion project of mine! If you’d like to know more about what is involved, check out the details here and shoot me an email!.

        Navy COC

        This was actually my first Navy ceremony, and my first shoot in a hangar. It was 10x better than a yellow gym with blue tarps. Talk about a photographic nightmare! That really happened in Okinawa.

        The flags, the aircraft, and the white walls & ceiling made a fabulous back drop in every direction with light reflecting everywhere.

        The outbound commanding officer’s family flew in from several different states from both sides of the family with nieces and nephews in tow.

        After the ceremony we get all the family shots, not too unlike a wedding!

        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?

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        Navy change of command ceremony at oceana naval air station inside hangar by alison bell photographer virginia beach
        Navy change of command ceremony at oceana naval air station inside hangar by alison bell photographer virginia beach
        Navy change of command ceremony at oceana naval air station inside hangar by alison bell photographer virginia beach
        Navy change of command ceremony at oceana naval air station inside hangar by alison bell photographer virginia beach
        Navy change of command ceremony at oceana naval air station inside hangar by alison bell photographer virginia beach
        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!