Extended Family Photos on Croatan Beach, Virginia

Extended family photographer on Croatan Beach in Virginia Beach, VA by Alison Bell, Photographer. Alisonbellphotographer.com

Extended Family Photos on Croatan Beach, Virginia | Family Photographer in Virginia Beach

Croatan Beach is just across the Rudee Inlet from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, nestled in a neighborhood. Its a great, safe area that’s quiet and homey but just a short drive over the bridge from food and nightlife. There aren’t many vacation rentals in the neighborhood but its a fabulous area so snag it if you can!

Most vacation rentals in Virginia Beach are in Sandbridge Beach, a full 45 minute drive from the Ocean Front. North End (streets 42nd and higher) have a large number of rentals too, also close proximity to restaurants and bars.

The difference between Croatan and the North End is simple: Parking and people. Most of Croatan’s beach accesses are private residential areas, and the few public accesses have no parking – not even on the street. There is a large public beach parking lot with beach access that is not quite as frequented.

The North End is littered with street parking, cross walks and the like and are filled with people. But watch your signs! It can get tricky.

This family scored a beach rental in Croatan neighborhood with just a one block walk to public beach access. We had just one other family doing photos and a few beach walkers and that was IT! Almost no one! A far cry from Sandbridge Beach & North End – which are my usual shooting locations.

The light this evening was magical. You can tell there was a pink/orange glow that light up the place.

Can you see it in the water?!

Tips for Extended Family Photos

Nothing is easy about extended family photos, but its always worth it and I’m here to support you every step! But the hardest part is done: Everyone will be in one place at the same time!

Date: I always start as early in the week as possible – before anyone gets a sunburn, and several options for weather back ups.

What to wear: Use Style & Select for a custom curated idea list (All my clients get free access!)

  • When in doubt, pinks and blues are easy and look good on everyone at the beach

Photographer: There’s so many to choose from! Tick of these basic requirements:

  • Has experience with familiesa wedding photog will not work here bc bridal parties are not the same as a gaggle of kids.
  • Is FAST This can make or break your experience! A slow photog will make for a painful session with kids begging to be done. I’ve experienced it myself!
  • Is flexible in your travel dates. You have a short window and weather is real. Make sure there’s a back up plan if the first date doesn’t work.
  • Will come to you. Make it easy on yourself and make sure you don’t have to transport your crowd further than absolutely necessary. Less stress!
Extended family photographer on Croatan Beach in Virginia Beach, VA by Alison Bell, Photographer. Alisonbellphotographer.com
Extended family photographer on Croatan Beach in Virginia Beach, VA by Alison Bell, Photographer. Alisonbellphotographer.com
Extended family photographer on Croatan Beach in Virginia Beach, VA by Alison Bell, Photographer. Alisonbellphotographer.com
Extended family photographer on Croatan Beach in Virginia Beach, VA by Alison Bell, Photographer. Alisonbellphotographer.com
Extended family photographer on Croatan Beach in Virginia Beach, VA by Alison Bell, Photographer. Alisonbellphotographer.com
Extended family photographer on Croatan Beach in Virginia Beach, VA by Alison Bell, Photographer. Alisonbellphotographer.com
Extended family photographer on Croatan Beach in Virginia Beach, VA by Alison Bell, Photographer. Alisonbellphotographer.com
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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