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

couple, mom and dad on the beach in okinawa japan at sunset by alison bell photographer

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

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!

Family of four with small boys on the beach at Mermaid's Grotto in Okinawa, Japan by Alison Bell, Photographer Family of four on the beach in Okinawa Japan, Alison Bell, Photographer Family of four with small boys on the beach at Mermaid's Grotto in Okinawa, Japan by Alison Bell, Photographer Family of four with small boys on the beach at Mermaid's Grotto in Okinawa, Japan by Alison Bell, Photographer

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.

Senior photos don’t have to be crazy or expensive! We got these guys together for one hour on their home field and got some great stuff. And guys aren’t interested in a whole ordeal anyway. Big thanks to the football mama that organized 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.
Oct 20, 2018

I didn’t realize two typhoons would throw me for a loop like has.  The blow back has been delayed return on galleries, late emails and zero blogging! And we didn’t even lose power. But the kids were home for 6 days straight and I lost two weeks of focused work time. A massive THANK YOU to everyone who’s been oh so patient!

This family session was well before Trami. It was still hot out and I didn’t think twice about getting wet like I am now. We also got to do some senior shots for the eldest in the clan. Super simple, easy, and affordable!

Family of 5 photo session at Mermaid's Grotto Beach in Okinawa, Japan. Family of 5 photo session and senior portraits at Mermaid's Grotto Beach in Okinawa, Japan.
Family of 5 photo session at Mermaid's Grotto Beach in Okinawa, Japan.

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.