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Prima Bella Exclusive

Great news! At mellBella Photography, we’re always trying to make The mellBella Experience even better. We are a creative photography studio specializing in the female form and empowering women. We wanted to make sure that you had an easy, private, and fun place to answer your questions, share wardrobe suggestions, tips, stories, and so much more. So, we created Prima Bellas.

What is a Prima Bella? 

A woman who is a mellBella client or potential client who gets first access to ALL mellBella Specials and News and has chances to win a FREE session with us throughout the year.  A woman who wants to celebrate her unique beauty, femininity, and strength. Truly, a VIP.

How do I join? 

  • Sign up for our Prima Bella newsletter by texting PRIMABELLA to 22828.
  • Request access to our Private Facebook Group: mellBella Prima Bellas

Through our work and this group, we want to chat with, get to know, and share with ladies who are interested in The mellBella Experience. The mellBella Experience goes beyond a regular photo shoot and brings it to the next level of classy, beautiful, and creative photography. 

We will answer ALL the questions. You know you have them, and we want you to be prepared and excited for your session with us. We can’t wait to work with you!

 

 

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mellBella Halloween Costume Contest 2017

mellBella Halloween Costume Contest

We love Halloween and dressing up. This year, we are hosting an online Halloween Costume Contest. All ladies 21 years and older are eligible to enter. There are three categories: Scary, Sexy, and Creative, which means there are three prizes. We’ll be announcing the prizes on social media. What are you going to be?

Here’s what you need to enter now through October 31st:

  1. Post a photo of yourself in your costume on Facebook or Instagram
  2. Tag our mellBella business page in your post
  3. Add the hashtag #mellbellatrickortreat
  4. Winners will be announced on our social media by Friday, Nov. 3rd

 

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Faces of mellBella

Who are the women that we photograph at mellBella? They are women just like you. 

Women with kids. Women without kids. Women battling infertility or miscarriages. Women in a great relationship. Women who got out of an abusive relationship. Women not in a relationship. Women about to get married. Women celebrating an anniversary. Women no longer married. Women who have never been married. Women celebrating goals or their birthdays. Women who need a break. Women who need to feel beautiful inside and out. Women who volunteer. Women who don’t take care of themselves because they are too busy taking care of others. Women caring for sick or dying family members.  Women who have lost weight. Women who have gained weight. Women whose bodies have changed with health or life in general. Women fighting or have fought depression, post partum, eating disorders, diabetes, cancer, and so many more difficulties.

Women with stretch marks, cellulite, age spots, wrinkles, big breasts, small or no breasts, tall, short,  thick hair, thinning hair, and everything inbetween. Women of different ages, races, sizes, and shapes.  Stay-at-home moms. Working mothers. Professional women. Military. First Responders. Strong women.  Strong women who feel weak. Awkward women. Silly women. Women who want to feel valued. Women who want to feel good about themselves. Women who come to our studio just as they are with the hopes of liking 1 or 2 photos of themselves for the first time in their lives. Women who generally like photos of themselves. Women who give and give and give some more. Women who want to show that they’ve still got it.

But one of the things that connects them all is that ALL women are beautiful. Women who are beautiful but don’t know it. Women who are beautiful inside and out. Women who want to see the beauty that others see in them. These women are just like you.

So, here’s to you, Bella. Thank you for everything that you are despite the struggles you are facing. Thank you for your trust in us. We love you! 

 

mellbellaboudoir body suit and thigh highs

What to Wear for your Boudoir Session– Beyond a Matching Bra and Panty

It time again for What to Wear for your Boudoir Session. You found the perfect matching bra and panty set for one of your boudoir looks. But now, you need help coming up with some other looks. We got you!

mellbella boudoir knee socks

Here is our TOP TEN list for what to wear Beyond a Bra and Panty set at your boudoir session:

  1. Bodysuits– They are back in style, and you can find them in your favorite color!  There are styles that work with every body type too!
  2. Veil– Getting married or celebrating your anniversary? Bring your wedding veil or buy one just for your shoot. So many possibilities.
  3. Sweater– We love a long cardigan or button up that covers up just enough. Go with a neutral or go bold with a vibrant color. Show off only what you want.
  4. Jeans– You know the ones… your favorite pair that hugs your curves in all the right places. Pair with or without a top. Bra optional.
  5. Dress– Go for a sweet sundress, that sexy club dress, or your go-to date night dress. Bonus- if it has buttons or a long zipper.
  6. Thigh Highs–Stockings or socks. You can rock cute and comfy or steamy and sultry. Be sure to get the ones without the elastic top.
  7. Neck Tie– Grab one of your significant other’s favs. You can wear it with a bra or nothing at all.
  8. Boots–  Over the knee, cowboy, ankle length… just say yes, and bring them to your photo shoot.
  9. Romper– It usually shows a little peek of your booty, and you might already have one in your closet.
  10. Costume– Who doesn’t love to dress up? Wear it again and embrace your inner super hero or vixen.
    leather boudoir charleston 

    Now, where can you find these and get even more ideas? We created a whole Pinterest Board just for you with 100 pins of these ideas and more.

    Check out our Beyond Bra and Panty Pinterest Board

    Where to shop? We found a ton of items at Bits of Lace, Lane Bryant, Victoria Secret, Frederick’s of Hollywood,  Amazon, Target, and Torrid. All places that our Bellas have shopped and recommended.

    You can always bring several options to your mellBella session, and we’ll help you pick what is going to look best for you. Can’t wait to see what ideas you come up with!

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See Inside the mellBella Studio

As seen on Lowcountry Live, take a look inside our studio and hear about our process for The mellBella Experience with Mell Bell and Wanda. Boudoir is for every woman no matter what age or size. You are beautiful, and we can prove it.

mell bell and wanda headshot by Richard Bell Photography

2017-The First Big Announcement

Every year, we try to bring some new things to the mellBella Experience. 2017 is going to be an amazing year filled with lots of surprises. We’re proud to introduce the next step in our journey, and we can’t wait any longer to share it with you!

We love our old one, and it will still be around for a while. And get ready because this is just one of many new things to come. Thank you so much for your love and support!!!

wedding show booth with Cecilee, Wanda, and Mell Bell

Charleston Wedding Festivals Show February 2017

LADIES!!! Please join us at The Charleston Wedding Festivals Show on Sunday, February 19th at the North Charleston Convention Center. Drop in from Noon to 5PM. Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 online.

Meet our expert boudoir & pinup photographers, see our work, and register for a chance to win a FREE photo session with MellBella Boudoir & PinUp Photography that includes professional hair and makeup!

Can’t wait to see you there!

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DaisySEE THE LATEST FASHIONS AND EXPERIENCE A PLATINUM MOCK WEDDING AND RECEPTION DISPLAY.

Daisy BRING THE GROOM – HE’LL ENJOY GROOM’S EXPO:
Today’s Groom is affluent, sophisticated, motivated and involved in planning the perfect wedding . An area for today’s Groom that is filled with samples and prizes.

DaisyFREE WEDDING BAG:
Free “My Wedding Planning Bag” Canvas Tote for every bride!

DaisyWEDDING WORKSHOPS:
Five wedding workshops throughout the day will feature designs and expert advice from wedding professionals. Workshop topics and times will be announced the week of each show on the Wedding Festivals Facebook Fan Page.

DaisyTONS OF DOOR PRIZES.

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Happy New Year 2017

A very happy new year to you!  We’ve have a lot of great things in store for mellBella and you…   Here’s to 2017 being your best year yet! Be sure to check out our video below that’s sure to put a smile on your face.

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Happy Halloween 2016

Cinderella, her Fairy Godmother, and the whole mellBella team wish you a wickedly wonderful Halloween. May magic fill the air, and  your dreams come true!

happy halloween-2016 cinderella and her fairy godmotherAll outfits seen here are available in the mellBella Closet. What is your dream photo shoot?

 

 

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About mellBella Photography

 

A brief introduction to the mellBella Photography– the top boudoir and pinup photographers in Charleston, SC.

mellBella Photography is a Charleston, South Carolina boudoir photography studio. Owners and photographers, Mell Bell and Wanda, are BFFs and have a created the mellBella Boudoir Experience that goes beyond a regular photo session and brings it to the next level of classy, beautiful, and fashion inspired photography.

With every mellBella session, our all-female professional team provides hair and makeup styling, photography, style consulting, and expert model posing.

We guide you through every step of the way and show you how to pose. We like to get a variety of expressions throughout your session because laughing is sexy, smiling is sexy, subtle is sexy, smolder is sexy, etc.

Best. Gift. Ever! We specialize in boudoir photography, pinup photography, and feminine fine-art photography.