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        This fam was a joy to work with. JOY. They relaxed and forgot I was there, just how I like it. Kids are always good at cutting the awkward, but these two were particularly good! Did you see my video on Instagram of the little one shaking is bum?? Go see!

        This location at the Gala is a favorite for everyone but we were surprised (and I’m sure the other togs were too!) when we were kicked out! The lady was quite nice giving us a heads up that they were closing, but we thought we could just walk around the gate so we brushed it off.

        NOPE. There’s no walk around for it. She stood waiting, staring at us and the other folks mid-session.

        Also, the Torii itself is roped off, so there was no getting close to it. Thankfully we were a short drive to another beach. UPDATE: The Torii was demolished fall 2018 during a typhoon.

        I hope this isn’t my last session there.

        In true boy fashion the drift wood and bamboo turned into bows and arrows. And several times one ended upside down and that’s how I like it!

        I’m not much for posing. Sure, we got the “boring grandma” shot. (I do want you have something timeless!) but mostly this is all about curating joy and connection.

        And mom’s hair in the sun – o-m-g. I love me some gingers!

        Family beach and torii photo session at the Gala in Okinawa, Japan by Alison Bell Photographer
        Family beach and torii photo session at the Gala in Okinawa, Japan by Alison Bell Photographer
        Family beach and torii photo session at the Gala in Okinawa, Japan by Alison Bell Photographer

        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!