Extended Family Photos in Summerville, SC

Extended family session with adult children, grandkids, and grandparents at Colonial Dorchester State Park in Charleston, South Carolina by Alison Bell, Photographer

Large family session with cousins and grandparents in South Carolina!

We got all the kids, grandkids and grandparents together for this big ol’ extended family session. I didn’t realize until after that Kelly is moving to I-d-a-h-o, like, now. Whhhhat? That’s so far away!

I get pretty nervous photographing friends… but these guys are special. Bec was in my wedding and one of two special people that convinced me to date my husband. #keepingthemforever #shoutouttoash

They also have a boy fam! I have four boys, and baby boy 3 is coming THIS month!! (That reminds me I have some hand-me-downs to pass on…)

I grew up just outside of Charleston, SC, frequenting Summerville, annnnnnd have a history buff for a mother. But I had never been to Colonial Dorchester State Park aka Old Fort Dorchester.

Mrs. Lisa suggested it and I’m so glad she did! There’s old architecture, canons, palmettos, Spanish moss, the Ashley River and live oaks.

Side note: Why do we specify ‘live’ oaks now, as if the description of its status is its name? I know we revere oaks in the Lowcountry but… Whose spouting about dead ones??

The park also has a closing time at 5p. We may or may not have been ushered out with multiple closing warnings, so we did not make it to the water. oops.

Every Extended Family Session includes break out family shots, cousins, adult kids, spouses, grandparents, and of course the whole fam. Our only limit is time and light. We work together to create a prioritized list of shots and work our way through the whole thing. I’ve never had an extended session not get all the shots in 45-60 minutes!

Extended family session with adult children, grandkids, and grandparents at Colonial Dorchester State Park in Charleston, South Carolina by Alison Bell, Photographer
Extended family session with adult children, grandkids, and grandparents at Colonial Dorchester State Park in Charleston, South Carolina by Alison Bell, Photographer
Extended family session with adult children, grandkids, and grandparents at Colonial Dorchester State Park in Charleston, South Carolina by Alison Bell, Photographer
Extended family session with adult children, grandkids, and grandparents at Colonial Dorchester State Park in Charleston, South Carolina by Alison Bell, Photographer
Extended family session with adult children, grandkids, and grandparents at Colonial Dorchester State Park in Charleston, South Carolina by Alison Bell, Photographer
Extended family session with adult children, grandkids, and grandparents at Colonial Dorchester State Park in Charleston, South Carolina by Alison Bell, Photographer
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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