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In Home newborn sessions are one of my faves! I love photographing baby in his home, especially when a EAS is just around the corner. He’ll never come back to this place where he was born, but he’ll have photos and see it as if he remembers.

Mom & dad were so fun and laid back. Big sis was not pleased with our scheming. Click here to see my favorite of her! 

Blessings in the states, guys!

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Alison Bell is a fun family photographer currently living in Okinawa, Japan. Soon to be Quantico, VA summer 2019. Connection and imperfection is the name of the game! Contact her at alison@alisonbellphotographer.com for availability. 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

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

 

 

 

Alison Bell is a fun family photographer currently living in Okinawa, Japan. Soon to be Quantico, VA summer 2019. Connection and imperfection is the name of the game! Contact her at alison@alisonbellphotographer.com for availability. She lives with her best friend and Marine, and their four lively boys.

Most people don’t like the idea of hiring a photographer to come to the hospital for newborn photos. Maybe its the exhaustion? Maybe its the lack of predictability? That made me more all the more excited when this mama contacted me for hospital photos! I love it. I love telling stories, and the time in the hospital is such a blur.  The babes change so fast in the first days, and the little details are forgotten.

Oh and how about this. I inverted the numbers in their room number… totally knocked on the door of a woman who I think had JUST given birth.  There were baby screams, and a nurse with a hair net answered the door… oops.

Check out my favorite here. 

 

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Alison Bell is a fun family photographer currently living in Okinawa, Japan. Soon to be Quantico, VA summer 2019. Connection and imperfection is the name of the game! Contact her at alison@alisonbellphotographer.com for availability. She lives with her best friend and Marine, and their four lively boys.

For the first time we did family newborn photos! (yes! this is our third .. crazy for a photographer, right?) A huge thanks to my friend Ashley at Lizzy Nicole Photography for doing them! Ashley also did our maternity photos at Buck Creek this past winter.  Looking back I hardly look pregnant! Knowing I carry rather largely, I was very concerned about not looking like a whale so we did them a bit (too) early.

I was going through all our photos for his birth announcements and was so sad to see how much he had grown in just six weeks. He was so small! And its gone already! In just six weeks my newborn gone. I miss it already. I was also disappointed to find I completely forgot to do the classic nudey newborn photos! I can completely understand why I forgot.. new mom, no sleep and three babies to care for.

I just love the tiny-ness of new babies and mine to stay that way for long.

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My Sweet Owen! So hard to get this disposition on him!

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Chaos.
Newborn | Alison Bell, Photographer LizzyNicole.com

Smothering in love

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Alison Bell is a fun family photographer currently living in Okinawa, Japan. Soon to be Quantico, VA summer 2019. Connection and imperfection is the name of the game! Contact her at alison@alisonbellphotographer.com for availability. She lives with her best friend and Marine, and their four lively boys.