Extended family photo session in Sandbridge Beach, VA
If you’re headed to Sandbridge Beach with family, photos should be on your list of things to do! You’ve already done the hard work of deciding dates!
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 families – a 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!
When to book your beach photographer
As soon as you book your rental! Dates fill quickly and a responsible photographer will reserve a date for weather back ups. That generally means just two or three families per photographer each week.
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?
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!
Things to do in Sandbridge Beach, VA
Sandbridge Beach is the top location for family vacation rentals in Virginia Beach. Its removed from the bustle of the Oceanfront but close enough for excitement. Sandbridge is popular with surfers and families with small children for the wide sand and slow pace. Little Island Park features a pier with fishing, playgrounds and rentals during the warm season.
If you’re traveling to Virginia Beach, I’ve got resources for you!
- Best Ice Cream
- Best restaurants with kids – more than crayons and a kids menu!
- Best beaches with toddlers
- Things to do on a rainy day
Indoor kid activities in Virginia Beach – I was appalled at the top Google result for this! The top 3 things were OUTSIDE – kayaking and high ropes course. My list is better!
Get it all in your inbox –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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