2022 Christmas Truck Mini Sessions

Virginia Beach fall minis session with old Christmas Truck in Hampton Roads

Christmas Truck Minis are Back!

With the classic 1953 Chevy Studebaker. Check out last years Christmas Minis:

2021 Christmas Truck Minis

The Studebaker’s Story

The Studebaker has been in the family of Neil & Cheryl for most of this life. The ’53 Studebaker was was in Los Angeles of 40 years. Neil’s cousin’s husband was a delivery driver for Miller Tool Company. He was the tool delivery guy before Snap On existed. He retired to the family farm in northern Minnesota.

When his cousin passed, Neil & Cheryl went to Minnesota for his memorial service. Neil and his brother found the truck in the shed with the hood up and repair manual on the bumper.

After some bargaining and pleading Neil and Cheryl were allowed to buy it. They shipped the truck to Virginia Beach in the fall of 2017. It took a full year to get running, courtesy of the Cavalier Garage Team.

The Studebaker is mostly original.

The bumper was changed so it could be used for towing. It still has the 6 volt battery system. The original advertising along the bed still reads, “Miller Tool Equip. 635-3883.” She does run!

2022 Christmas Truck Minis

October 29 & Nov 12

For 2022, I’ve added a second date And they’re both e a r l y!

Why so early???

It’ll take me 2 weeks to perfect the images with color and clarity in time for Christmas cards – and prayerfully before the big rush! This way you get them back in time to order your own cards.

How Mini Sessions Work

Starting from 11am, the truck will be parked and decked out for short mini sessions in Great Neck Park.

The sessions are 10 minutes long spaced every 15 minutes, to give me time to chat with you!

We can shoot:

  • Whole Famiy
  • Just the Kids
  • Couples
  • And add the dog! (well behaved ones)

We’ll shoot on the tailgate, along the side & from other angles to get the full effect.

There may even been a sweet surprise at the end for those on the nice list!

What to wear for 2022 Christmas Minis

Anything goes! You can see below you can do:

  • Matching Pajamas
  • Christmas Fancy
  • Ugly Sweaters
  • Fall favorites – keep it light and neutral
  • Red Buffalo Check
  • White Buffalo Check

I even have a round up of my favorite Etsy Christmas Finds


Alison bell family photographer

Hi, I’m Alison, your chaos coordinator.

As the ringleader of my own 4 boy circus, I know how hard getting family photos can be.

If I could dress your kids and literally hang your family photos on your walls, I would.

…but I can’t, so I do just about everything else in between.

That’s why I take the time to hold your hand from start to finish.

Because what good are family photos if your kids never see them?

Our active duty USMC family is currently stationed in Virginia Beach near Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Hampton in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. I call Charleston SC home and go back as often as I can! I shoot families and weddings as travel permits. Check out more of my work in Charleston here.


Mini sessions are 15-20 minute sessions

More time does not equal more value because more time never made anyone cry less, or have more fun! Weather your kids are grown and cooperative, or super young and uncooperative, its perfect for simple updated family photos, cake smash, maternity, high school seniors, milestones, or Christmas card shots!

Yes! 15 minutes is enough!

More time is not more value. My mission is to leave you asking, “That’s it?!”

Fast. Fun. Done.

Dad is going to be pleased and you’re going to be shocked I got so many happy faces so quickly!

They happen at pre-determined dates and locations.

Get on the Waitlist now to get them in your inbox as soon as they’re released! Be sure to drag it to your primary inbox so you don’t miss it!

Mini sessions happen roughly once a quarter, sometimes more often in the busy seasons.

Virginia Beach fall minis session with old Christmas Truck in Hampton Roads
Virginia Beach fall minis session with old Christmas Truck in Hampton Roads
Virginia Beach fall minis session with old Christmas Truck in Hampton Roads

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HEY! I'm Alison, Your Fun And Hilarious Family & Newborn Photographer!

I'm a South Carolina native, USMC spouse, and recovering homeschool mama of a four boy circus. Bring me your crazy!

After 11 years of photographing families all over the world, I've realized my clients aren't printing their images. We go through all this work to get dressed, coordinated and then let those photos die on the hard drive.

No more!

There's nothing easy about family photos but I'm here to help you with every step from what to wear to printed in your hands whether thats an album or wall art. I want you to Make your people the rock star of your house!

You'll be reminded of what really matters every day when you see the giant prints of your crew laughing on your walls every. single. day.

Currently stationed in Virginia Beach, Virginia photographing families all over the Hampton Roads area from Suffolk, Norfolk, Chesapeake and the Eastern Shore all the way to Portsmouth and Elizabeth City!

Follow along on the Gram at @alisonbellphotog or reach out today!

I find joy in chaos. The louder, the better! I'm a USMC spouse, South Carolina native, recovering homeschool mama of a 4 boy circus. They've taught me the most important facet of family photography: KEEP IT FUN!

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