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January has been so refreshing! I caught up on my blog (y’all. 9 months out of date. NINE!!) I cleaned out my family photos to free up some much needed hard drive space. For my last sessions in November I got down to 9gigs! That’s 9 free gigs on my entire computer. GASP. I’m still looking for a more permanent solution for storage because…
I’m booking for spring!! The calendar is open for February, March, and early April.
If you are PCSing this summer, BOOK NOW! Weekends go fast and so will your brain. Just do it.
There’s new pricing for 2018, but the all-inclusive Premium Session is still only $300 – fully edited gallery, digital downloads in color and black & white, over 50 images.
The ever popular Half-Priced Minis are coming back for spring! I announce dates and location via the email list first. Click over to the right >>> and subscribe.
Alison Bell is a lifestyle photographer currently living in Okinawa, Japan specializing in families. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for booking. She lives with her best friend and Marine, and their four lively boys.
We just got our own family photos back recently. I can’t decide which frame to print for any of my four boys. Each one shows a different part of his personality. My solution was to create a collage in Photoshop, even though it was sooo time consuming.
But then I found collage prints! Have you seen them?? They’re a bit hidden…
From your image gallery his Select Images > Hover over BUY > Select Product > Scroll down to Home Decor > Scroll down to Collages
Your selected images will appear in the collages!
Select your favorite size and dimensions. Click Edit or Personalize to adjust crops, switch photos, zoom, etc. Save your changes and add to cart!
A 8×8″ collage starts at just $5.98 from your gallery!
The worst part is getting carried away with which frames to choose… ENJOY!
We all do it.
You get behind the camera and instinctively blurt out, “Say cheeeeeeese!”
But that’s not what I’m after. And not what you want either. I want genuine personality in your images – photographs with heart and soul.
“Cheese” creates double chins and stiff necks. No, thank you!
Allow the photog (me!) to hang out with your little ones. You can step back for a minute, watch from a short distance. I’ve got tricks up my sleeve to get them interacting. Or you can chat or tell jokes from behind the camera. My personal favorite is potty talk. What kid doesn’t laugh at ‘fart’ or ‘poop’?!
Have FUN! Don’t be afraid to make faces, throw someone on your shoulders or upside down. Enjoy your family and it will come through in the photographs.
Most importantly, genuine interaction and authentic relationship shines when you are not looking at the camera. So don’t get stuck on “say cheese” or “look at the camera!”
For more tips and ideas on getting ready for your session check out this article.
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Earn free digital downloads from your session, past or present by doing any or all of the following:
- Write a review of Alison Bell, Photographer on Facebook. Direct link here.
- Share a preview or behind the scenes photos on Instagram tagging me (@alisonbellphotog) and my hashtag (#alisonbellphotog)
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- Find my car anywhere on island. Take a photo of my decal and share it on Instagram (@alisonbellphotog) or Facebook (@alisonbellphotographer) tagging me and my hashtag (#alisonbellphoto). Bonus points for a selfie in the commissary!!
Do anyone of those three items and earn a free digital download for EACH one! Maximum three digital downloads given. Tagging my page or account is required.
To receive your digital downloads simply email me a screen shot of your shares/review and I’ll shoot you a coupon code for your gallery.Alison Bell is a lifestyle photographer currently living in Okinawa, Japan specializing in families. Contact her at email@example.com for booking. She lives with her best friend and Marine, and their four lively boys.
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
Next in the series will be make up and hair!! Stay Tuned.