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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.

As you know we’re moving to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri this summer! And sooner than that, we’re expecting baby boy quattro by the end of April. So maybe you’ve already guessed – I am no longer booking sessions for the remaining time in Alabama.

THANK YOU for trusting me with your memories!!

…And here’s a preview of the Spring Super Minis with the BUNNY! Can I just say this bunny was 1. super awesome, and 2. a total hit. I might do this again next year.  Even our toughest critics were delighted with her as long as she was in the bucket! And, we attracted a large bird of prey.

Please share your photos with friends and family, but please do not crop out the logo.

 

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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.

UPDATE APRIL 8: SUPER MINIS RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 19 DUE TO WEATHER.

 

It’s here! The Spring Super minis are set for March 29 at Birmingham Botanical Gardens! I am so excited to have such a pretty location! Check out what will be in bloom in March. Daffodils, tulips, forsythia, native azaleas, dogwoods, and more! These will be bright and colorful. Super Minis happen only twice a year and include 20 minute session, gallery of 10-20 images, and 3 digital downloads with printing rights. This is perfect for updating a family photo, baby portraits, a few maternity shots, head shots, seniors or just about anything else like Mommy & me, Daddy & me, and four generations pics. Also a great birthday present for your wifey :) .

Contact me now to reserve a spot. They are limited.

Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Spring Super Mini Session | Alison Bell Birmingham Family & Child Photography

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.

I recently teamed up with Helena’s MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) to raise money for their organization by raffling off a FREE session! We had a booth at December’s First Friday in Old Town to sell tickets and promote the group. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who bought a ticket and made the fundraiser successful. That includes our husbands that kept kids while we froze outside! Between the photo session and the autographed football, it was definitely a success!

At the very last minute I pulled together a Christmas Photo Booth. This was my first time doing a photo booth. Pitch black darkness is not the ideal lighting scenario but  it went very well! Thanks to pinterest we had lots of props to make make our photos extra merry! My personal favorites were the elf hats and ‘fa lalalala.’  Make sure you check out the awesome mom that played Rudolph for her Santa!

:: The gallery will be emailed out directly to those who participated in the photo booth.  From the gallery you will be able to download your photo large enough for a 5×7 print or smaller.  If you do not receive that email, first check your spam then contact me.

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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.