mellBella is a labor of love. A sister company of the acclaimed Charleston studio Richard Bell Photography, mellBella specializes in women’s photography, especially boudoir, pinup and feminine fine art. We got started as wedding photographers at RBP back in ’09 and became best friends. From there we hatched a plan.
We schemed, dreamed, planned, and photographed the mellBella Boudoir Brand into existence. Over the years we’ve been perfecting boudoir photography, pioneering retro pinup shoots, experimented with fine art styled sessions, expanding into our 2000 sq ft. studio with salon and private boudoir dressing room, and developing dozens of sets and concepts.
We love coaching our clients on a journey from from self conscious to confident, from embarrassed to empowered. We love creating unique art specifically for the eyes of only a few people. We love fighting pornography with images intended for relationships. We love blessing marriages with sincerely personal gifts.
BFFs: With our creative powers combined, we bring twice the photography experience and twice the fun! We believe women are beautiful at every age and every stage of life. We are proud mothers of daughters, and we want them to fight the negative female stereotypes and be confident in who they are.
Wanda & Mell
Wanda is the saucy red head who loves music, Alice in Wonderland, retro clothing, and hot tea. She gives 150% in what she does and is always taking the mellBella experience to the next level. She’s a wife, mother of 4 daughters, Mamacita to Mell’s daughter, stylish, a dreamer, a perfectionist in her work, and best friend forever of Mell Bell.
Mell Bell…yes, THE Mell Bell is the curly haired lady with the ever changing hair color. mellBella is her company namesake (adorably named by her husband, Nathan of Richard Bell Photography). She is the secret spice of mellBella, always thinking of the little things to make mellBella even better. She is a dreamer and a schemer (in the very best way possible) with lots of big plans! She is a wife, mother of Cassidy, best friend to Wanda, “Aunt” to Wanda’s 4 girls and many things, to many people.
Some of our favorite things include:
Diet Dr Pepper (our studio fridge is always stocked full)
Playing Dress Up (we are always adding new things to the mellBella closet)
Steve Madden Heels (check out our fabulous gold sparkly pair at the studio)
Vintage Furniture and Clothing Shopping (we are regulars at the Exchange Factor and the Mt Pleasant Mall)
Sea Salted Caramel (chocolate especially)
Disney (our families make annual trips there together to celebrate)