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Spring 2018 minis went off beautifully! Everything from one year old birthday photos, maternity, family of 8 and everything in between.

Half Priced Minis happen a few times a year at a determined time and location. New dates are announced via the waitlist! Get on board in the sidebar to the right >>>

 

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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.
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Would you believe, I found someone with a pet rabbit AND they let me borrow him?! He had a leash and all! I felt truly Okinawan. One of our first experiences, first outing with friend, was to see the Cosmos of Kin where we saw our first pet rabbit, on a leash. I felt awkward and giddy all at the same time.

Can I also say I was NERVOUS! But not for the bunny. Kurashiki dam lets the grass grow beautifully long then cuts it all. You never know where or when they’ll do it. I’ve seen some gorgeous sessions done out here, but I largely avoid it because I can’t rely on that tall fluff to be there.

 

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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.
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melina d Faces | Make Up | Alison bell PHotographer

 

I have been photographing families for 6 years. But I am brand spanking new to the idea having makeup done for a photo session!

Fact: I don’t wear much make up. My foundation is a tinted moisturizer  with SPF- one step, baby! I do where eyeliner daily.

This is where Melina D in.  The benefits started hours before – no anxiety about doing my makeup!

“How am I going to do it?” Melina’s got it.

What am I going to use?” Melina’s got it.

“Am I going to look flushed out?” Melina’s got it.

“Do I still have that lip gloss?” Melina’s got it.

No stress.

Before I go any further, you must know it did. not. sweat. off.  Not at all! Oki heat in June and four lovely boys under 6 to wrangle. Note the photos below.

What impressed me the most about Melina is that she mixes her make up right there.  She doesn’t have a drawer of endless shades, like Clinique, to match your skin tone. That girl just looks at you, does some magic, and bam. Its not just foundation she mixes, but lips too!

She took her time, was so laid back (great balance for my high strung self), and made sure I was confident with the final product.

Here’s one of the last photos of the session. You can see my bangs sticking to my forehead. Now email Melina!

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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.
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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 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.
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Between the USMC and the weather, I am SO glad we got this family session in! This was a random week night, we commandeered some high school girls to watch my flock of four on the beach so I could photograph this flock of four. Getting out of the car was almost like a clown car scene! Per Okinawa standard, driving around the island takes too long so we had to renig our first choice location.  But beaches abound and we had a GREAT second choice. I don’t even know where we were.

Check out my absolute favorite of baby girl here!

Aren’t these guys FUN!?

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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.
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