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        Sandbridge Family Photo Session | Virginia Beach Photographer

        Sandbridge is where all the families scattered over the eastern seaboard come together in one giant house for a week! And when you get 4 adult children, their families of 4 or more EACH, and the patriarch at 94 together – you get photos!

        Most families have 0-3 grandkids per adult child. But with this crew, the multiplication effect was STRONG!

        11 Adults and 16 grandchildren literally every age from 1-15.

        They were AMAZING. We got everyone looking for the group shot without head swapping!

        Per usual we were able to get the group, cousins/grands and adult kids plus every nuclear family photographed in less than hour.

        Fast. Fun. Done. Work smarter, not harder 😀

        Photos Should Be Fun

        I believe a photo session shouldn’t end in tears. If we can’t get in the groove withint 15 minutes, its just not going to happen. More time will not make it better.

        In our minds, we want photo sessions to be perfect: the kids wearing what we picked, acting like angels, smiling daintily into the camera and following every gentle instruction. 

        But that’s not real life. That daydream wouldn’t give us the all-out laughter like a well timed poop joke. Or the tight squeeze and look of adoration from your youngest in a bear hug. 

        I run my sessions like a party: we get the “look at me” grandma shot first, and the rest is fun and games. I curate moments and laughter through play. We to turn a blind eye to misbehavior because consequences and corrections never made anyone smile more.

        I run my sessions like a party

        We get the “look at me” grandma shot first, and the rest is fun and games. I curate moments and laughter through play. We to turn a blind eye to misbehavior because consequences and corrections never made anyone smile more.

        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!
        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.

        Sandbridge Beach family photos in Virginia Beach by Alison Bell, PHotographer. alisonbellphotographer.com
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        Sandbridge Beach family photos in Virginia Beach by Alison Bell, PHotographer. alisonbellphotographer.com
        Sandbridge Beach family photos in Virginia Beach by Alison Bell, PHotographer. alisonbellphotographer.com
        Sandbridge Beach family photos in Virginia Beach by Alison Bell, PHotographer. alisonbellphotographer.com
        Sandbridge Beach family photos in Virginia Beach by Alison Bell, PHotographer. alisonbellphotographer.com
        Sandbridge Beach family photos in Virginia Beach by Alison Bell, PHotographer. alisonbellphotographer.com
        Sandbridge Beach family photos in Virginia Beach by Alison Bell, PHotographer. alisonbellphotographer.com
        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!