Bay Family Photo Session

Family photographer in virginia beach, va

“This is exactly what I wanted to remember!”

This family already had move dates when she called me in May. They were just a few weeks away from moving to PA! Their house was just blocks from the bay and they wanted to remember this time with “their beach.”

“This is exactly what I wanted to remember!” were Mom’s exact words at their gallery reveal! (We did it virtually of course because they were two states away.) Music to my ears. This is my why, my motivation – to freeze time for mamas who want to remember.

They’re not coming back to Virginia Beach. Their oldest is starting kindergarten in the fall and Dad’s job was remote. It was time to move back closer to family.

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.

Photos Should Be Fun

I believe a photo session shouldn’t end in tears. If we can’t get in the groove withint 15 minutes, its just not going to happen. More time will not make it better.

In our minds, we want photo sessions to be perfect: the kids wearing what we picked, acting like angels, smiling daintily into the camera and following every gentle instruction. 

But that’s not real life. That daydream wouldn’t give us the all-out laughter like a well timed poop joke. Or the tight squeeze and look of adoration from your youngest in a bear hug. 

I run my sessions like a party: we get the “look at me” grandma shot first, and the rest is fun and games. I curate moments and laughter through play. We to turn a blind eye to misbehavior because consequences and corrections never made anyone smile more.

I run my sessions like a party

We get the “look at me” grandma shot first, and the rest is fun and games. I curate moments and laughter through play. We to turn a blind eye to misbehavior because consequences and corrections never made anyone smile more.

Family photos on the Chesapeake Bay in Viriginia beach. Two boys, family of four
Family photos on the Chesapeake Bay in Viriginia beach. Two boys, family of four
Family photos on the Chesapeake Bay in Viriginia beach. Two boys, family of four
Family photos on the Chesapeake Bay in Viriginia beach. Two boys, family of four
Family photos on the Chesapeake Bay in Viriginia beach. Two boys, family of four
Family photos on the Chesapeake Bay in Viriginia beach. Two boys, family of four
Family photos on the Chesapeake Bay in Viriginia beach. Two boys, family of four
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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