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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!

 

Alison Bell, Photographer

Alison Bell, Photographer

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!

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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.

Alison Bell, Photographer AVOIDTHECHEESE

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. 

 

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.
Aug 02, 2016

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Your voice is my biggest advocate! I want to say THANK YOU for sharing!

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)
  • Share your gallery on Facebook for your friends and family to see. In the top right corner of your gallery, select share.
  • 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 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

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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.

Giveway Alison bell photographer Okinawa

I am so excited! I have reached 500 likes on Facebook and I want to celebrate (and say THANK YOU!) by giving away a FREE photo session!

HOW TO ENTER

Submit entries below, come back daily for more entries to win!

 

WHEN ARE WINNERS ANNOUNCED AND HOW?

Contest ends May 27 at 12:00a. Winner will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to claim the prize or will forfeit.  A second winner will be contacted after 48 hours.

 

WHAT DO I WIN?

A FREE Standard photo session including 5 digital images with printing rights at a location of your choice on Okinawa. No airfare to Oki included!)

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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.