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This week’s Project 26 theme is minimal. It goes hand in hand with something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately and trying to use more of in my photography – space.  I generally like to get up close in my portrait work. Wide apertures, sharp details and shallow, shallow depth of field. But lately I’ve been stepping back, placing or creating the scene more. Large backgrounds are my favorite things to look at in old photographs – what did a baby swing look like in the 80′s? Check out that old toy we STILL have, or whoa, what were we thinking with the brown carpet? Even better, comparing multiple generations learning to walk around the same coffee table.

So when I cut out all that ‘noise’ or ‘visual clutter’ I cut out something I’m going to want to see in 10, 15 or 30 years from now. And hopefully it’ll be something my boys will want to see one day too.

We’re living a transient lifestyle in the Marine Corps.  We don’t intend to come back to Birmingham,  and we’ll go through several more states (or countries?) before we’re finished. We won’t get to drive by our old house, or see what the boys’ first school looked like, or watch our church grow out of a public school.

Documenting weird things like going to the grocery store and his first classroom is, well, weird.  But then I think about it and I’m willing to be the creepy mamarazzi even when its embarrassing  (saying “I’m a photographer” usually helps but it makes me feel pretentious).

And you know what? Most of the photos of my kids aren’t even ‘good.’

Continue the circle with Linsey Stuckey in Houston, Texas.

 

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This could also be considered busy, but for my style it’s minimal, and spacious! Check out my most favorite minimal shot from this same beach posted earlier this week.

See the other interpretations of ‘minimal’ with Linsey Stuckey in Houston, Texas.

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’ve missed a few of these! Mostly just because I just lost track of what day it was. I tried to make an attempt at the previous theme, Black, but it rained and rained the last night I was free to do it. But then this awesome Super Moon came along so I took a shot at that.  It took two hours to wait for the clouds to clear. The tots and I walked out every 15 minutes to find bigger clouds over the moon, and a starry night trailing the sun.  After 2 1/2 hours I finally got something! But it was anything but super…  The kicker is that my friend just a couple miles away said it was brilliant from her house!

As always, make sure you complete the circle of other photographers from around the globe starting with Sara Kelly in Swarthmore, PA.

So here is my take on Black:

Project 26 | Alison Bell, Photographer

 

The current theme is A Different Vantage, experimenting with perspectives.

 

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We watched these two lizards duke it out over territory issues for quite some time! Billowing red sacs, changing colors, dueling circle, the whole bit. Project26 | Alison Bell, Photographer Birmingham Alabama

I gave the boys a lesson in somersaults this weekend! Which turned into a crash pad jumping session:

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An Liam enjoyed his first wrestling lesson! Gotta start somewhere, right?

Check out  Sara Kelly in Swarthmore, PA.

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 week’s theme is laughter.  I took it from two different angles – one of laughter and the other of a scene that made me laugh. The baby swing has been set up in this very spot for weeks before Liam’s arrival, just so the boys could get used it before he came. But it seems it took his arrival for them to figure out how it works. Needless to say, when the boys are awake, baby is not safe in the swing – even with close supervision.

In the other image, I’ve not gotten so many shots of my eldest smiling as have I have in the last week. He LOVES babies. So much so that he is asking me to have another baby every single day. He wants two babies, not just one. Sorry, kid, no can do!

I am still working on getting the stains out from a scene unfolding two weeks ago.

Continue the circle of laughter with Sara Kelly in Swarthmore, PA.

Helena, Alabama, Project 26, Family photography, family portraits, custom photography

Helena, Alabama, Project 26, Family photography, family portraits, custom 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.

Another installment of Project 26! I have to admit I didn’t take these shots knowing this was the next theme. But with 16 month old and a digital camera, I frequently can’t help but catch a scene unfolding whether its running around the house, using utensils for the first time or just being silly. This little scene in particular left me speechless.  I’ve been a mom to boys for 3 years now and their gravitational pull to dirt still impresses me. My eldest did the same thing at this age.  I have photos of him just tossing it into the air like it was gold. I found the best thing to do is to just let them do it.

Check out the other scenes we’ve captured – starting with Pamela Joye, Salem, MA.

 

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 week’s Project 26 seriously snuck up on me.  We had a super busy weekend followed by family in town. Today was our first day back to normal and it was a bit of a head on collision at times! Thankfully we had nothing in particular that needed to get done or errands to run because I’m out of steam when it comes to taking the boys out solo.  I’m so glad I didn’t attempt a weekly project!

I’ve never intentionally played with silhouettes before now so this was pretty experimental.  I attempted a few different things half of which didn’t work out like I expected but that’s ok! I’m pretty pleased with what I did get! I think I say it every week but this is exactly why I like this project so much – I’m trying new things, teaching myself new tricks, new perspectives, and stretching creativity.  For a long time I thought creativity was just a gift, which it is for many, but it also has to be honed.  I’m not the inherently creative type, so honing is a must for me!

Please make sure you check out the other incredible women in the circle, starting with Pamela Joye.

By the way, if you’re keeping up with it, we’re down to just over 2 weeks until our scheduled induction…

 

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I love the texture of the petals in these black and whites.  I have to say, that was a happy surprise!

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Maybe its just me, but my first thought was that silhouettes have to be black and white, but  I know that’s not true.  This technically isn’t a silhouette but the vibrancy of this azalea just demanded some color!

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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.