News Flash Friday– August 2018

It’s that time again for a  short, sweet, sassy, informative, and fun way to keep you up to date with everything that is going on at mellBella Photography.

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Come say hi!

Please join us at Charleston Wedding Festivals Bridal Show on Sunday, September 9th at the North Charleston Convention Center. Drop in from Noon to 4PM. Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 online. It’s a great way to meet vendors, get ideas, and help with wedding planning. You will even meet Mell Bell and Wanda,  our expert boudoir & pinup photographers.  We will have a special ONLY available to those ladies who visit our booth, and there you can register for a chance to win a FREE photo session with us, including professional hair and makeup! ALL Ladies 21 and up are eligible to participate. We’ll help you create the Best. Gift. Ever! Can’t wait to see you there!

 

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She’s My Hero Calendar Launch Party

It’s time to celebrate! Get your tickets NOW for our BIG event to raise funds and awareness for the Center for Women.   The She’s My Hero Calendar will be revealed at the Launch Party on Wednesday, October 10th from 6-9pm at Boone Hall Plantation. For updates, information, and  tickets visit our Facebook event page. We are still looking for sponsors for the big calendar reveal and silent auction donations. Contact us to be a part of the She’s My Hero Project.

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mellBella Fun Fact

mellBella is constantly evolving and working to become better artists, photographers, and community members. We started in 2010 by doing a few boudoir sessions under our brother company, Richard Bell Photography.  We decided to form our own feminine brand and launched  mellBella Photography in January 2011. Since then we’ve moved locations, added space & sets, photographed hundreds of women,  partnered and supported local businesses and non profits, and so much more. This year, we even drastically changed our hair from the above photo… Wanda cut it all off  and went super short and funky. But Mell Bell changed from blue to purply pink or “aggressive fuchsia.”

Even though some things change, our goal is still the same. To coach and cheer on our clients on a journey from from self conscious to confident, from embarrassed to empowered. To create art specifically for the eyes of only a few people. To fight pornography with images that celebrate and honor the subject.

 

 

 

 

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News Flash Friday– July 2018

The mellBella team is always up to something, which can make it hard to keep track. Welcome to News Flash Friday… a short, sweet, sassy, informative, and fun way to keep you up to date.

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We want to meet you!

This Sunday, July 29th from 12-4pm… come see us at The Charleston Bridal Show at the Gaillard downtown. It’s a great way to meet vendors, get ideas, and help with wedding planning. BUT even better… we have a BIG Announcement, a chance to win a FREE photoshoot with us, and a special ONLY available for those ladies who visit our booth. For this show, our booth will be teals, black, silvers, and grays. Hope to see you there!

She's My Hero Project

We need your help!

The She’s My Hero Project continues… we need your help. We are still looking for sponsors for the big calendar reveal and silent auction donations for this fundraiser for the Center for Women. Contact us ASAP to get involved. We’re having the calendar launch party on October 10th at Boone Hall. More details coming soon. Share the love, and help us raise more funds for Charleston Area women to learn, thrive, and succeed.

 

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What are you waiting for?

Saturday and Sunday, August 18 & 19th at the mellBella Studio, we are hosting our annual summer boudoir marathon Turn Up the Heat.  Whether you’re a bride and want to give your future spouse something they’ll never forget. Or maybe you have a birthday or anniversary that you want to celebrate with something they would never expect. Maybe you just want to celebrate your age, strength, your survival, your femininity, or reaching your goals. OR maybe because you take care of everyone else, you need to something for you. Check out available times and reserve your session at: Turn Up the Heat 2018

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mellBella Fun Fact

We love our Bellas (our clients), and we created a special group called the Prima Bellas just for the ladies. 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. Plus, we have super fun monthly giveaways and at least 4 chances a year to win a FREE photo shoot with us. Here’s how you join:

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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mellBella’s Big Announcement on Lowcountry Live Feb 8th

As always, we’ve been thinking, well scheming. We have something very exciting. Something big, and we mean, really big! We have so many amazing women who are part of it too! We are dying to tell you, but you’ll have to tune in to Lowcountry Live   online or at ABC Channel 4 on Thursday, February 8th at 10am to find out. After the show, we’ll have EVEN more info right here on our blog.

 

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Become a Prima Bella

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Ladies only! Friends tell friends about being Prima Bella with us, which gives them first access to all mellBella specials and news AND chances to win a FREE session through the year. Text PRIMABELLA to 22828 to get started.

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Introducing the mellBella Store

Drum Roll Please…. We are so excited for the next leg of our mellBella Journey… the mellBella Store. We found the softest material for our extra long tanks and baseball shirts. And our favorite product… mellBella Cheeky Panties, of course.  We even have fishnet stockings available! Just visit or contact us to place your order.

Tank Top $20
Panties $20
Baseball Shirts $25
Fish Nets $10

We’ll be adding more products to the mellBella Store periodically. We have some amazing things we are testing that we hope to have available later this year!

Mell Bell and Wanda Are on Lowcountry Live AGAIN

Look for us on Channel 4 on

Monday, February 8th at 10am.

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It’s Valentine’s Week on Lowcountry Live! We’ll be there talking about pinup photography, who we are, what we do, and why we do it. Retro. Flirty. Fun!Here’s three great reasons to watch:

  1. We’ll be giving away a FREE mellBella Pinup Photography Session, including hair and makeup.
  2. We’ll be sharing a mellBella Pinup SPECIAL  for those who watch.
  3. We’ll be styled from head-to-toe in fabulous retro fashions.

Pinup is back!  Watch to find out more this Monday, February 8th at 10am on Channel 4.

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How to Find Your Boudoir Photographer

What should you look for when hiring a professional photographer for your Boudoir or PinUp photoshoot? There are several things you need to consider and research.

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1. Whose work is it?

Just because someone posts photos online to Facebook, Pinterest, etc. does not mean those photos were taken by them. With the internet and photos being so readily available, it is very, very easy to steal photos from other photographers. Stealing happens when a photographer uses a photo they didn’t take or have permission to use, and then they represent it as their own work.  Watch out for this on the popular social media sites like Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram. Watch out for photographer pinning other people’s work on their Pinterest page and representing it as their own. On our  Pinterest Page, we specifically labeled our work to prevent confusion. Our work has our logo on it, and our boudoir photos are labeled as mellBella Boudoir Photos rather than just boudoir. We have other boards on there labeled as “inspiration” where we pin ideas for clothing, makeup, accessories, etc.

Make sure the photos that are advertised by a photographer represent the one you are hiring.  Ask:  “Are these your photos? Did you take them? If not, can I see more of your work.” If they can not provide photos, be very hesistant. You don’t want to go to the trouble and cost of doing a shoot and then be disappointed by the outcome. Want to see more of our work?  We are happy to show you more of what we do, here at mellBella.

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2. What will you be getting?

Professional boudoir photographers usually do not sell clients unedited photos. If someone is trying to sell you unedited photos they are  possibly trying to get you to spend additional money by having you pay to retouch them and selling you unfinished work. If you are purchasing a flash drive of images or they are part of a package you are buying, part of their service should include high resolution images that have been at least color corrected. Sometimes additional edits are requested, but the images mellBella shows you from your shoot are finished images that have already been 1) culled to choose the best images (no blinks, in between looks, etc.) 2) color corrected  3) professionally edited.

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 3. What about price?

Have a friend who is doing the shoot for cheap or free? Or tempted to use “that guy” on Craigslist? Awesome. But keep in mind, they are probably just starting out, and the finished products will not be the same quality as a professional. But, what about that unbelievable deal on Groupon? Cheaper is rarely ever better, as good as, or even comparable. Invest your money in something you will love.  Invest your money in a professional photographer who you like and trust. Boudoir photography is about you and an amazing experience for you. You want someone with experience who knows how to use light, posing, and styling to help you not only look beautiful but truly feel beautiful.

Most clients will only ever do one boudoir session in their lives, while some  want to do multiple sessions. mellBella offers no interest payment plans to make your purchase affordable, as well as giving you a quality product to keep. You can check out a few of our products at: http://www.mellbella.com/boudoir-products/ classy mudflap girl

From beginning to end, everything you experience with mellBella will be professional, high quality and never leave you feeling concerned or unhappy. We’ve got you covered everything from to posing, hair and makeup, access to mellBella’s closets of clothes, shoes, jewelry, super fun vintage props, our lighting, photo processing, to sips and sweets and of course, the photos, books and products.

Good luck ladies! Give us a call, and we can talk you through the entire process… the mellBella experience.

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What To Wear For Your Boudoir Session– Top Ten Non Lingerie Pieces

So many times emphasis is placed on finding the perfect lingerie pieces for your boudoir photography session. But you don’t have to limit your session to just lingerie. Sometimes sexy is just hanging out in your closet. Here are our Top Ten Non Lingerie Items you can bring to your mellBella Boudoir Experience to create your version of sexy.

  1. Cardigan– Pair with a nude or frilly bra or NO BRA and some Bling!
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2. See Through or Lace Shirts– Think Peek-A-Boo! Pair with or without a bra.

peek-a-boo tops3. Tank Tops– Wear your fav superhero underoos or pick your fav color. A bra is optional of course.

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4. Tutus– Who doesn’t love a tutu?!? We have several you can borrow in different lengths and colors!

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5. Dress– Now you have a place to wear that cute dress that is waiting inside your closet. Wear that little number you wore on a date with your husband.

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6. Apron– It’s not just for cooking in the kitchen!

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7. Coats– Add a little faux fur or leather coat. No bras necessary.

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8. Long necklace– Make your statement with your fav pearls or bling necklace.

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9. Fabulous Heels– You know those shoes that you can’t wear out because you can’t walk in them… bring them to show off!

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10. Robe– If you’re extra nervous, you can even start off your mellBella Boudoir Session in your satin robe.
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No matter what you wear or don’t wear, the most important part is that you have a great time at our Charleston Boudoir Studio. We have some ladies who get addicted and do a boudoir session every year with us. Remember, your version of beautiful isn’t defined by anyone else, but YOU. You are beautiful at every age and every stage of life.