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        This little family session was a last minute idea with my neighbor. “Hey I want to try this place that’s pretty close. What are you doing… in three days (with your family of 6)?!” nbd.

        Can I brag on them? In THREE days they’re Gap model ready. Impressive, mama!

        I’m 100% on the prowl for *free* session locations like Widewater State Park! I have been surprised at the number of permit (read: dollar signs) required to utilize National Parks. I expected private gardens and such to have fees… but the NPS? Surprise!

        Have you been to Widewater? Its close to Quantico and just opened November 2018. The bathrooms still smell like fresh pine! And they were pristine. Best of all, they have water access to both the Potomac River and Aquia… creek? inlet? Anyone know it’s name? (Just looked this up – its a creek!)

        Where have you done your family photos with a FREE location?

        Family photo session at Widewater State Park in Northern Virginia by Alison Bell, Photographer
        Family photo session at Widewater State Park in Northern Virginia by Alison Bell, Photographer
        Family photo session at Widewater State Park in Northern Virginia by Alison Bell, Photographer
        Family photo session at Widewater State Park in Northern Virginia by Alison Bell, Photographer
        Family photo session at Widewater State Park in Northern Virginia by Alison Bell, Photographer
        I (Alison) am the circus ring leader of four boys. We're a half-homeschooling USMC family, currently in Virginia. I love loud, messy, families, especially those with littles. I like dancing, loud music, and people! I'm passionate about education and the beach. Born and raised in Charleston, SC I'm a cornbread purist. Skillet only! Find me on Insta @alisonbellphotog!