Sandbridge Beach Family Photos | Virginia Beach Photographer
Celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary with an extended family vacation means you do family photos! The hard part is done: getting everyone in one place.
There’s nothing easy about family photos
There’s a lot of decision making that can be overwhelming:
- what to wear
- where to go
- what sizes to print
I provide wardrobe support from start to finish. Every client gets access to Style & Select. If Pinterest and Stitch Fix had a baby this would be it. Everything is vetting for colors, patterns & textures that look good in camera by photographers for family photography.
I’ll help you streamline everything so that your images are framed beautifully on your walls, not just collecting digital dust in the cloud.
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 families – a 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!
Things to do in Sandbridge Beach, VA
Sandbridge Beach is the top location for family vacation rentals in Virginia Beach. Its removed from the bustle of the Oceanfront but close enough for excitement. Sandbridge is popular with surfers and families with small children for the wide sand and slow pace. Little Island Park features a pier with fishing, playgrounds and rentals during the warm season.
If you’re traveling to Virginia Beach, I’ve got resources for you!
- Best Ice Cream
- Best restaurants with kids – more than crayons and a kids menu!
- Best beaches with toddlers
- Things to do on a rainy day
Indoor kid activities in Virginia Beach – I was appalled at the top Google result for this! The top 3 things were OUTSIDE – kayaking and high ropes course. My list is better!
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.
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.
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!