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Aug 02, 2016

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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.

This smart mama contacted me from the States. She would be visiting while her husband was on Okinawa for a UDP. My first thought was “What if the weather is bad?!” We can only reschedule so many times during 7-10 days! I was nervous for our session but it was beautiful!

If you’re visiting Okinawa, contact me for your family photos!

 See my favorite from this session here. 

Okinawa, family, maternity, child, toddler photographer, photography webster

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.

melina d Faces | Make Up | Alison bell PHotographer

 

I have been photographing families for 6 years. But I am brand spanking new to the idea having makeup done for a photo session!

Fact: I don’t wear much make up. My foundation is a tinted moisturizer  with SPF- one step, baby! I do where eyeliner daily.

This is where Melina D in.  The benefits started hours before – no anxiety about doing my makeup!

“How am I going to do it?” Melina’s got it.

What am I going to use?” Melina’s got it.

“Am I going to look flushed out?” Melina’s got it.

“Do I still have that lip gloss?” Melina’s got it.

No stress.

Before I go any further, you must know it did. not. sweat. off.  Not at all! Oki heat in June and four lovely boys under 6 to wrangle. Note the photos below.

What impressed me the most about Melina is that she mixes her make up right there.  She doesn’t have a drawer of endless shades, like Clinique, to match your skin tone. That girl just looks at you, does some magic, and bam. Its not just foundation she mixes, but lips too!

She took her time, was so laid back (great balance for my high strung self), and made sure I was confident with the final product.

Here’s one of the last photos of the session. You can see my bangs sticking to my forehead. Now email Melina!

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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.

Hair | prepping for photos | Alison Bell Photographer

 

 

Hair.

Humidity.

Wind.

Whhhhhat to do.

Step 1. Get a fresh hair cut within a couple weeks of your session. Even if its a bang trim. Mentally it will give you confidence that will shine through in your images. Even more, it will relieve some stress on photo day!

Step 2. Talk to your stylist. Tell her what you’re doing and ask questions. Get advice. Buy some product if you don’t already have it. For me, my girl Alana Downey  (fully worth the drive down to Kinser! She was able to do my cut DRY, and was so easy to chat with! Like I’d known her forever) gave me advice on how to use a skinny serum I already had. And you know what? It worked!

Step 3. Have a back up for the wind. Rescheduling might be an option, but wind is ever present and the least of our weather concerns here on island. Have a hairband, a cute hat, bobby pins, or throw it up in a pony.

Step 4. Have fun! For real, save perfection for Hollywood. This is real life. ;)

See, even my bangs didn’t cooperate.  They daily do this “gap-toothed” look with a giant space down the middle. C’est la vie!

First photo of the sessionAlison Bell photographer

Last photo of the sessionAlison 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.

What to Wear | Alison Bell Photographer Okinawa

 

What to wear?! It’s probably the third most important question after you nail down date and location.  I tend to downplay the importance because I’m just not a clothes person. But after years of photographing families, I can tell you it make the difference between a ‘nice’ photo and a stunning photo.

 

Dress for your location. If you’re going to be outside (and most of us are) don’t wear business attire, not even business casual.  Slacks are out of place. So are loafers. That brings me to…

 

Shoes matter. You could be looking good and your sneakers/running shoes/crocs/$3 flip flops ruin it. No shoes is a great option for beaches and kids.

 

Don’t match. The days of all wearing the same color, and especially white shirts and denim, are over. Please let it die.

 

Have a vision. It doesn’t matter if your vision comes from Pinterest, a catalog, or you think it up on your own. If you don’t have any inspiration, check out Pantone’s Fashion report.  If you have a color in mind but need help on compliments, check out Design Seeds.  You can search palettes by a single color.

 

Start with your hardest person first. For me, its my husband. He’s already been photographed in half of his wardrobe! Next, the kiddies. But I have a secret. Shop somewhere like Old Navy or The Children’s Place that has a mix & match line.  Usually you can find some great complementary shirts and pants that work all in the same place.  But mix in what you already have – O has a shirt, L has shorts, R needs a whole outfit, J needs pants.

 

Accessorize! Sunglasses, long necklace, big floppy hat, fedora, scarf, bracelets, the options are endless.  You don’t need to wear them the entire shoot, but having something to do with your hands makes for much more natural shots and interaction. Check out the dollar store (Daiso) for some great options on all of it.

 

At the end of the day, aim for a better version of your every day selves.  Not too nice, but nicer than usual. Comfortable! Something you’d wear again and again.

Here’s how we turned out

preview

Next in the series will be make up and hair!! Stay Tuned.

 

 

 

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.