She's My Hero Project

She’s My Hero Sponsors

To celebrate women, their diversity and empowerment, mellBella Photography created the She’s My Hero Project to raise funds for the Center for Women.

Back in March for Women’s History Month, we held the She’s My Hero Contest where we asked local women to tell us who their heroes were.  The contest winners received a photoshoot from mellBella styled as their hero. Also, each winner received a gift basket filled with donations from local businesses.

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The photos from the contest winners will be in the 2019 She’s My Hero Calendar. ALL sales of the Calendar will benefit the Center for Women directly. To be included in the calendar, all sponsors must have all information submitted by August 31st. Silent Auction donations should be submitted by September 28th.

On October 10th at Boone Hall, mellBella Photography along with our fabulous sponsors will host the She’s My Hero Calendar Launch Party. Details and tickets coming soon!

We are looking for sponsors for the calendar & event as well silent auction donations, especially from women-owned businesses. We hope you will partner with us for this event. Contact us to receive more information.

She's My Hero Project
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20 Body Positive Songs To Brighten Your Day

How many times do we look in the mirror and think negative thoughts about ourselves and our bodies? Too many! It’s time for some body confident music. Ladies, music can be a positive influence when you are having a bad day! It has the power to lighten your mood! So why not listen to some songs to celebrate YOU!

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Here’s a list of some of our favorite body positive songs! What are yours?

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She’s My Hero- Jessica

When we decided we wanted to do a big fundraiser for the Center for Women, we had no idea what we wanted to do. We wanted to honor women. We wanted to support women. And we wanted to do something nice for women who do so much for others by honoring them in a calendar through the She’s My Hero Contest. We asked for submissions, and we had a really, really tough time narrowing it down to 10 women. One of those women was Jessica Kirby. When we read her story and her love of raising the spirits of hospitalized children, we knew she was special.

Here is a small selection Jessica wrote to us:
“I also enjoy volunteering at local hospitals and shelters for the kids as Wonder Woman. It’s amazing when I visited the kids at the hospital and how much they even loved Wonder Woman and that made me feel like a super hero.”
Tragically,  Jessica was killed on Sunday night in a vehicle collision. We are absolutely heartbroken over the loss of our Pinup Wonder Woman. Jessica, thank you for your desire and actions to make the world a better place. You will not be forgotten by those who’s lives you touched. You truly were a Wonder Woman!
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She’s My Hero Project Announcement Video

It’s been a dream of ours for a long time to create a great fundraiser to celebrate and support women in our community. We didn’t want to do it alone because together we can make an even bigger difference in our world. So, we created the She’s My Hero Project to raise funds for the Center for Women. We chose the Center for Women as our charity because they truly help women succeed personally and professionally through education, skill building, networking, and much more. In addition to raising funds, we also want to raise awareness about their programs to help even more women. Check out the video below for our big announcement from our appearance on Lowcountry Live:

Want to donate to the silent auction or be a sponsor? Just send us an email at info@mellbella.com

 

Last Chance for the 2017 Holiday Special

last chance for 2017 holiday special

Book any Full Session and get a FREE Viewmaster and sexy mellBella black satin robe with your order- $340 value.

Offer only valid any full session in 2017 or 2018 booked from November 24, 2017 through December 31, 2017. Not valid with any event or mini session.

Contact us to book it!

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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! 

 

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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!

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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.
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    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.