Extended Family Beach Photo Session

Extended family of 12 on the beach with 5 grandsons in Okinawa Japan by Alison Bell, Photographer

“Have you done a group of 12?” Yes! Yes I have!  On a few occasions in fact.

These guys were unique in that all the grands were itty bitty! Containing a set of twin toddlers is tricky on its own, add in big brother and their cousins! Oh and one cousin is vehemently opposed to sand. There goes half my game plan 🙂 Poor kid doesn’t live in Okinawa, or near a beach. It was all new to him. 

This was a super special session. Mom & Dad celebrated a very big anniversary this fall and everyone was together for Christmas…with a stomach bug. It rained their entire time here except this very last day in Okinawa!

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 of 12 on the beach with 5 grandsons in Okinawa Japan by Alison Bell, Photographer
Extended family of 12 on the beach with 5 grandsons in Okinawa Japan by Alison Bell, Photographer
Extended family of 12 on the beach with 5 grandsons in Okinawa Japan by Alison Bell, Photographer
Extended family of 12 on the beach with 5 grandsons in Okinawa Japan by Alison Bell, Photographer
Extended family of 12 on the beach with 5 grandsons in Okinawa Japan by Alison Bell, Photographer
Extended family of 12 on the beach with 5 grandsons in Okinawa Japan 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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