A few years ago I did my first family photo session ever at Murasaki Mura with this family! Fast forward to this year and we’re in the same Classical Conversations community at Koza Baptist. Who knew?

Mom told me in August she wanted to shoot at the Gala. You know, the red torii. She was the first person I thought of when I learned it had been destroyed in Typhoon Trami. Sad not to have it, but we made the best of it!

 

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Alison Bell is a lifestyle photographer currently living in Okinawa, Japan specializing in families. Contact her at abellphotographer@gmail.com for booking. She lives with her best friend and Marine, and their four lively boys.

Beach and castle ruins have been my jam. There are other places, but I haven’t pursued them because, hello, four boys and homeschooling! But a lovely repeat client of mine requested Bios on the Hill and we LOVE Bios! I even have an annual pass. It was a fun change to shooting in open sun. And the swings!

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Alison Bell is a lifestyle photographer currently living in Okinawa, Japan specializing in families. Contact her at abellphotographer@gmail.com for booking. She lives with her best friend and Marine, and their four lively boys.

It is divine providence that we made this happen! Mom reached out well in advance of their unexpected PCS for their final Oki photo session. But as things go, they were going to be leaving sooner than expected! Mom & Dad sat in front of us at church when I had my calendar open and “just happened” to notice an open date. It worked! The weather was lovely! And the tide was high – higher than I’d ever seen it. It was almost problematic with a large family! We also got in a few Simple Senior photos of their eldest.

True story: I sat everyone up on dry sand (I checked!), just past the tide. All 8 were just settled when stepped back and jokingly said “Hey, Will, watch out for a rogue wave!” You can see what happened next:

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Alison Bell is a lifestyle photographer currently living in Okinawa, Japan specializing in families. Contact her at abellphotographer@gmail.com for booking. She lives with her best friend and Marine, and their four lively boys.

What dad LOVES photos? I’m not sure I’ve ever met a dad that was thrilled. Happy to comply, yes, but not looking forward to it. Dad was no exception here. It makes the gorgeous shots of him all the sweeter!

These guys were a joy! Probably the largest age range I’ve worked with in some time. But I’ll always take a feisty little one over prim and proper olders any day. Photographing was the easy part. Choosing the best shots was the hardest!
Large family of 8 on the beach at sunset in Yomitan, Okinawa Japan by Alison Bell PhotographerLarge family of 8 on the beach at sunset in Yomitan, Okinawa Japan by Alison Bell Photographer

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Alison Bell is a lifestyle photographer currently living in Okinawa, Japan specializing in families. Contact her at abellphotographer@gmail.com for booking. She lives with her best friend and Marine, and their four lively boys.

Family of boys had me completely in my element! Checking for boogers, potty talk and Fortnite. Its late October and Mom was up for getting in the water! I’m hanging on to that as long as possible.

The weather all day was gloomy overcast. We had changed locations and at the last moment the sun was out and we stuck with Mermaid’s Grotto. It was risky but paid off entirely!

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Alison Bell is a lifestyle photographer currently living in Okinawa, Japan specializing in families. Contact her at abellphotographer@gmail.com for booking. She lives with her best friend and Marine, and their four lively boys.