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        I thought back in August I’d be able to pull off sessions the first half of December and possibly even a round of Half Priced Minis.

        No. Way.

        It was so cold. Even the November Minis were super cold! Just call me a newbie, because I am.

        Baby man just turned one last month and didn’t mind the low temps one bit. They don’t look like its low 40s, but I was behind the camera with a hat, gloves and a lumberjack jacket (as my neighbor calls it, she has one too!).

        This was my very first session at Leesylvania State Park. Ironic because it’s the very first location I scoped out. Its got something to offer year round, with lots of variety in a very small area, including river banks and a dock.

        The best part: Its not an hour drive for me!

        After a long Thanksgiving break with no sessions, I’ve all but forgotten about maintain Instagram and my blog. I am just ready for rest.

        We’ve had back to back sports seasons with our boys for the first time, and our homeschool is in a constant state of adjusting fire. Oh, and we got a dog. The fall has been one of those “nothing has changed, but everything has changed” kind of seasons. We do all or normal things, just all completely differently in a different part of the world. #nobigdeal

        Every PCS I forget how long the adjustment period lasts. I’m pretty sure it took 6 months to a year in Okinawa, a solid six months in Alabama. This month marks six months in Northern Virginia, so maybe we’re in the home stretch.

        So here’s to rest! I’m expecting the Virginia winter to be slow to non existent for photos, aside from at least one round of mini sessions in the snow!! Jump on the Waitlist for that! Naturally, it’ll be very last minute.

        Family and baby photo session at Leesylvania State Park in Northern Virginia by Alison Bell, Photographer. Alisonbellphotographer.com
        Family and baby photo session at Leesylvania State Park in Northern Virginia by Alison Bell, Photographer. Alisonbellphotographer.com
        Family and baby photo session at Leesylvania State Park in Northern Virginia by Alison Bell, Photographer. Alisonbellphotographer.com
        Family and baby photo session at Leesylvania State Park in Northern Virginia by Alison Bell, Photographer. Alisonbellphotographer.com
        Family and baby photo session at Leesylvania State Park in Northern Virginia by Alison Bell, Photographer. Alisonbellphotographer.com
        Family and baby photo session at Leesylvania State Park in Northern Virginia 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!