Navy Change of Command

Navy change of command ceremony at oceana naval air station inside hangar by alison bell photographer virginia beach

Navy Change of Command Ceremony at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach

I get so excited for emails looking for ceremony coverage, especially for change of command! So often our service member isn’t interested in the pomp and spotlight that comes with a hired photographer.

For many of us, our kids won’t even have cognitive memory of their parents’ active duty days. They’ll only have the photos we take.

I’m on a mission to get you out of the cinderblock conference room to create beautiful, inspiring images of your career. Even if your service member doesn’t want it!

As a USMC spouse, the tradition and formality of military ceremonies never ceases to rise up a deep sense of patriotism and pride.

I photograph all kinds of military events from simple promotions to homecomings and retirements – its a passion project of mine! If you’d like to know more about what is involved, check out the details here and shoot me an email!.

Navy COC

This was actually my first Navy ceremony, and my first shoot in a hangar. It was 10x better than a yellow gym with blue tarps. Talk about a photographic nightmare! That really happened in Okinawa.

The flags, the aircraft, and the white walls & ceiling made a fabulous back drop in every direction with light reflecting everywhere.

The outbound commanding officer’s family flew in from several different states from both sides of the family with nieces and nephews in tow.

After the ceremony we get all the family shots, not too unlike a wedding!

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.

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Navy change of command ceremony at oceana naval air station inside hangar by alison bell photographer virginia beach
Navy change of command ceremony at oceana naval air station inside hangar by alison bell photographer virginia beach
Navy change of command ceremony at oceana naval air station inside hangar by alison bell photographer virginia beach
Navy change of command ceremony at oceana naval air station inside hangar by alison bell photographer virginia beach
Navy change of command ceremony at oceana naval air station inside hangar by alison bell photographer virginia beach
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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