One Image Wednesday

One Image Wednesday- Inferno Wings

Here’s a little something new we added to our studio… the Inferno Wings! These gorgeous gray wings can be added on to your session as an additional set. We can set the scene for a moody dark angel or maybe you want something a little more heavenly. What will you be?

mellBella Inferno Wings
One Image Wednesday

One Image Wednesday- Over the Bed

For this One Image Wednesday, I wanted to share one portrait from our Over-the-Bed camera. We love dressing up the bed with complimentary colors to really set the mood. We love a messy bed! Whether you want go bold or more natural, we customize the look on the bed for you. For the Bella, we used black, gold, pink, and just for fun a rose gold necklace from our mellBella Closet. Her black lace shoes are also available from our mellBella Closet. What are your favorite colors?

mellbella over the bed camera
In Her Own Words mellBella

In Her Own Words- Ms Lilly

I love the tousled hair look, and Ms Lilly worked some model wind at her session in our studio. Here’s what she had to say about her mellBella Boudoir Experience.

mellbella messy hair boudoir

BEFORE Her mellBella Boudoir Session— “How I felt before- I’m excited and nervous. I have always wanted to do this, but never had the nerve. I can’t wait to do this, to feel strong and confident, but also show my fiance how much I love him!”

booty shot over the bed at mellBella Photography

AFTER Her Photoshoot—  “IT WAS AMAZING!!! They act like you’ve been BFFs forever. They make you laugh, feel comfortable, beautiful, confident, and overal AMAZING! They really made me feel strong and confident. I would do this again in a heartbeat. They truly make you love yourself.”

black and red teddy boudoir

AFTER Her Photo Reveal“The experience gave me confidence in my image and my self-confidence is where it should have been all along.  I am proud of myself and my beauty.”

natural light skimming across the body boudoir

 

mellbella virtual session art

Now Offering Virtual Photoshoots

It’s official… we’re NOW offering Virtual Mini Sessions. All you need is your phone, a strong WIFI or Cell connection, an outfit, and a great attitude! A Virtual Photoshoot is a beautiful way to create one-of-a-kind fine art portraits AND practice social distancing. Each image is crafted to create a custom work of art. All images in this post were inspired and built from a mellBella Virtual Photo Session.

mellbella virtual session fine art


Our Virtual Art Package is $300 and includes:

  • 30 min virtual session
  • Three 4×6 Torchon Fine Art Prints (including these three digital files)
  • 30 min online photo reveal and ordering session

It’s so hard to convey digitally how these look in person as seen below. OMG they are gorgeous!!! They are printed on Torchon by Hahnemühle, which is a watercolor paper with a distinct textured surface. It’s one of the highest quality of fine art paper.

fine art torchon portraits

At your photo reveal appointment, you’ll have 10-15 portraits to review and pick your favorites. Additional products or fine art prints are available for purchase. Again, each of these images will be personally photographed and edited by Mell Bell (me!) Results will vary.

Click HERE to Book your virtual session NOW!

how to prepare for your boudoir session with mellBella

How To Prepare For Your Boudoir Session

Figuring out how to prepare for your boudoir session may seem overwhelming, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret:

At mellBella Photography, boudoir prep is EASY! All you have to do is take a deep breath and check out the following tips…

Determine Your Desired Look

Do you want your shoot to be full-on sexy or sort of sweet? Do you want to go Over the-top glamorous or more natural? Do you want to go nude, partially nude, wear lingerie, a favorite t-shirt, or pjs?   Your desired look for the session will help us pick the best sets/lighting. details, wardrobe, and props for your photo shoot. And it’s totally fine if you don’t know. Just pick one outfit you like, and we’ll take it from there.

boudoir details in black and white by mellbella

Find a Specialist

Boudoir portraiture is a niche art form, so you must be very discerning when choosing a photographer. It’s crucial to do your research—browse their portfolios and read client testimonials. Since boudoir is such an intimate and vulnerable experience, it’s essential you find someone whom you trust and feel comfortable around. We’ve been boudoir photographers since 2010 and have photographed hundreds of clients, and we love giving our Bellas the best experience! But don’t just take our word for it… check out our reviews on Google and The Knot.   We’re currently in the process of updating our website, but be sure to check out our Instagram and Facebook pages and stories to see what we’re up to now.

 Wardrobe

Start by shopping your closet for the items you instinctively select when you want to feel (and look) your absolute best. Don’t stress over this. If you feel lost, just bring one bra/panty set, one bodysuit, and one wildcard (like something from our mellBella Closet or your birthday suit). Have fun with it! Be sure to check out our What to Wear section on our website. And if you still have questions, please contact us. We’ll help style you.

Prep Mind, Body, and Skin

Drink LOTS of water. Lower your salt intake and abstain from alcohol for a few days before your shoot to avoid water retention. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi, if you like. Bathe, shower, and moisturize. Enjoy a quiet evening and get a full night’s sleep before the day of your session. (Or at least try to!) It’s a good idea to do some stretches the day before as well.

Relax

Take a deep breath and relax. It’s completely normal to feel nervous before your shoot. We promise, it will be a fun, stress-free day that’s all about YOU. We’ll guide you through every step, and you won’t have to worry about what to do with your hands. Trust us, you’ll be coming back for more!

If you would like more information on booking a session with mellBella Photography for the best boudoir experience,  CONTACT US.

boudoir booty shot by mellBella

 

 

Wear your off the shoulder sweater

One Image Wednesday- Off the Shoulder Sweater

This One Image Wednesday — Grab that off the shoulder sweater and SHOW OFF those shoulders! OR take a sweater that is a few sizes too big for a similar look. Neutral colors like gray are great, but don’t be afraid of a pop of color. Plus, you’ll be so comfy too. Just wear it.

Boudoir FAQ

Boudoir Q & A Podcast

Mell Bell and Wanda and I were recently on a Podcast. And not just any old Podcast but it was Weddings from the Pros!!! A local and amazing Podcast filled with lots of great info for wedding planning, but of course, we put on our spin on it. On the pod, we chatted with Nathan Whitworth of Angled Light Photography and Kendall Kapanzhi of Wedding Festivals.

While we did talk about boudoir photography as it relates to a wedding gift, there’s soooo much more about one core beliefs, our process, our experience, and lots of answers to common boudoir questions. Like, why do a boudoir session? And, how do you choose a boudoir photographer? So check it out and let us know what you think.

Listen on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bridal-boudoir-the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving/id1486145197?i=1000463421261

Or Spotify : https://open.spotify.com/episode/5SlXzHwuqonUl6ArBtWUwR

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    If you have any questions, great! If you are ready to book, even better.

    Be Bold mellbella

    2020 Be Bold Boudoir Experience

    mellbella corset BW window light

    2020 marks the beginning of our 10th year photographing boudoir in Charleston. Plus it’s a leap year, so what better way to celebrate than with taking some time to see yourself from a different perspective… embracing your body exactly as it is right now?

    Plus, if you have a birthday, anniversary, or wedding coming, you can use that as the final push to believe in yourself enough to finally do it! It’s 2020, and it’s time to BE BOLD.

    Are you ready to…
    LOVE YOUR BODY?
    Celebrate your femininity?
    Create a gift just for yourself or maybe share it with something special?

    Our Be Bold Package is $250 and includes:

    – An hour pampering by our expert hair and makeup artist from Sarah Pearson- Hair and Makeup Artistry
    – An hour Private photoshoot in the mellBella Studio
    – Personal Reveal Session
    – Champagne and sweet treats

    Albums and products are available for purchase separately. Limited space available!

    Ask about our specials for military, our Richard Bell Photography brides, and returning Bellas.

    messy hair don't care mellbella boudoir

    Don’t Miss Out

    NEWS FLASH… We have some big changes coming to mellBella Photography. We are focused on creating the best experience and service (new sets, more outfits, etc.) for our Bellas, and the time has come to change our prices to keep up with and expand the experience you know and love from mellBella. But the new pricing won’t take effect until June 9, 2019. So, if you’ve thought about booking your first session or another session with us this year,

    NOW IS THE TIME! Our current pricing will be good through June 8 for ANY 2019 Boudoir session booked by June 8th.

    We’ll be announcing the new session fees and pricing in the coming weeks, but for now, you can still book a 2019 boudoir session with us on available weekdays Monday-Friday for $300 for a two hour photo shoot or $200 for a one hour. Both sessions include professional hair and makeup styling.

    The session fee does not include any prints or products. You make your purchasing decisions at your photo reveal appointment 1 – 2 weeks after your shoot. Our albums and the investment starts at $500. That is a for a 5×5 petite book with 10 pages and it goes up from there.

    Are you ready to…
    LOVE YOUR BODY?
    Celebrate your femininity?
    Create a gift just for yourself or maybe share it with something special?

    Deadline for this special has passed.

    Ask about our specials for military, first responder, our Richard Bell Photography brides, and returning Bellas.

    What To Wear 25 Under $25

    mellBella’s Top 25 Lingerie Picks on Amazon Under $25

    The age old question… What To Wear? We at mellBella are going to bring you a series of some of our favorite picks at varying price points. Sometimes you want fine lingerie, something unique, or sometimes you just need the easiest thing available. Keep in mind some items are way more comfortable to wear, and this post is just a place to get started. The most important thing is to be yourself or find something in that color you love. Each image is even linked to the Amazon Page, just for you. Keep in mind prices on Amazon may change frequently, and the images are from the companies that made these products. Without further ado, here are our Top 25 Picks Under $25 on Amazon.

    Off the shoulder sweaters are cozy, and go great with our Just Be Natural set.
    Don’t forget about your back, especially if you have a back tattoo.
    This high necked body suit emphasizes your top half and minimizes your lower half. Plus, it comes in this beautiful wine color.
    Lace or Chiffon Swimwear Cover Up… choose your length and color
    Over the Knee Thigh High Socks… because sometimes the stocking sdon’t fit right
    This plunging neckline with a thong back is for the more daring. Do you dare to wear?
    Not a fan of heels? Try some sparkly sandals instead.
    Mary Janes are classic and timeless. Just choose your favorite color.
    This lace robe is romantic and sexy. Pair with your fav panties not the little piece of cloth that comes with it.
    A strappy tank is always in season.
    This Semi Sheer Maxi Dress is for when you want more coverage, but the peel-a-boo panels fall in just the right places.
    We love the corset back on this high waist panty set.
    We say yes to anything lace.This high to low ruffle hem is sexy and sweet.
    This body suit comes in fun colors and features a cheeky booty.
    This floral lace babydoll looks amazing on all shapes and sizes.
    This faux leather corset comes in several sizes and features lace details.
    Don’t forget your special ring or make a statement with this one.
    This corset is a shaper too!
    This cold shoulder babydoll is as comfy as your pajamas.
    Who wears short shorts? You can!
    A bustier in fun colors and a zipper back? Yes, please.
    Can’t or don’t want to wear heels? Try these flats instead.
    What’s not to love about these comfy yoga pants with a slit?!?
    Pair this classic low cut tee with some cute panties for the win!
    Never underestimate the power of a cute sundress.