Introducing Mell Bell

Meet Mell Bell

It’s been a while since I introduced myself. I’m Mell Bell… yes THE Mell Bell of mellBella Photography. I’m the photographer, artist, creative, designer, ride or die, never gonna give you up, cheerleader, etc. kind of person. My pronouns are she/her.

I’ve been a photographer with Richard Bell Photography since 2005. So I got my start in wedding and family portrait photography with my husband, Nathan, son of Richard Bell. I’m so thankful to be a part of the family business, but something was missing. In 2010, I photographed my first boudoir session, and after that, I knew THIS was the missing piece. So, with a lot of planning, long hours, and hard work, I founded the mellBella Brand with my dear friend. (Naming the company, Richard Bell Boudoir wasn’t going work. Totally not sexy at all!) Over the years, we’ve added pinup, styled, sets, a client closet, and so many things. Every year, I introduce a few new things that help make the mellBella Experience even better. Always thinking and growing!

many faces of mell bell

Because I feel it’s important to have a great relationship with my clients, we should get to know each other a little bit. So here goes…

  • One of my favorite local organizations is the YWCA Greater Charleston. Their mission of eliminating racism and empowering women is very important to me.
  • I have 2 daughters that are 8 years apart in age. What a BIG surprise indeed!
  • I’m awkward and empathetic, but my super power is embracing the awkward and making people feel comfortable.
  • I love my freckles, and I call them angel kisses.
  • Flip flops are my shoe of choice, but  I’ll rock a pair of heels for the right occasion.
  • I wish I could do hair and makeup, but I leave that to the professionals.
  • I pay homage to Lucille Ball with all my facial expressions.
  • My favorite drinks are Coke Zero, Jack Daniels, Espolòn Tequila, Diet Dr Pepper, and of course water.
  • I can eat ALL the pasta, pizza, and ice cream any time.
  • I celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions with an impromptu dance party.
  • Some of my favorite TV Shows are:  POSE, Grey’s Anatomy, Schitt’s Creek, Supernatural, Queen Sugar, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,  Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Steven Universe, and more!
  • I have too many movies to narrow down, but we’ll start with Crazy Rich Asians, Black Panther, Spider Man: Into the Spider-verse, and COCO are my more recent favs.
  • My musical preference depends on the day or mood.

And finally I’ll end with a non Photoshopped boudoir photo of me, taken by me, and quote that is a mantra of mine.

“You are a very special person. There is only one like you in the whole world. There’s never been anyone exactly like you before, and there will never be again. Only you. And people can like you exactly as you are.”  — Fred Rogers

professional boudoir selfie by mell bell

 

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
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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    One Image Wednesday- Jewelry

    Happy Wednesday! Details like jewelry as so important. Don’t forget to bring your ring(s),  necklace, or other jewelry that your significant other gave you. It’s the perfect to your session to make it even more personal. If you forget to bring any jewelry, don’t worry. We have plenty of gorgeous necklaces and a few bracelets from the mellBella Closet to add to your look. Go with a classic long strand pearls for one outfit then change it up to glam with an extra sparkly statement necklace.mellbella boudoir man's shirt and tie

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    Bridal Boudoir on Lowcountry Live from Wedding Week

    We always love appearing on Lowcountry Live, and wedding week was the perfect time to talk about bridal boudoir photography. Brides, this is THE. BEST. GIFT. EVER! Bring your veil, and we guarantee that he’ll never look at it the same way again. Be sure to watch the video below to see a few of the items from the mellBella Closet and our popular Amore Book. Although the contest and event in the video have passed, be sure to look for our next event this summer! Book now.

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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.

    One Image Wednesday- Happy Thoughts

    Welcome back to One Image Wednesday!

    This image is the last photo we took of this Bella’s boudoir session. We told her to think of a happy thought before we started her session… someone, some food, some place, or something that would make her smile if she started to get tense during her mellBella boudoir photography shoot. She trusted us even though she was nervous, and she left with this smile on her face. Happy Thought indeed!

    happy thoughts boudoir tattoos and tutu

    MB Panty

    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!

    mellBella Closet Shoes

    Yes, we have a thing for shoes! As part of your mellBella experience, you can borrow some sexy shoes from our mellBella Closet. We have retro, sparkly, funky, and yes, even some Steve Madden shoes. What’s your size? We have numerous pairs in sizes 5½-11!!!

    At your mellBella boudoir or pinup photography session, bring your favorite heels or boots, and then borrow a pair to change your look. Here’s just a few of the fabulous shoes that could you can borrow. And yes, we take shoe donations. So, if you have some shoes that you just can’t wear, let us know. In the meantime, stay sexy!

    sparkly gold Steve Madden heels from Las Vegas black platform heels with a red corset back red and black platform heels with bows red mary jane pumps gold and black lace heels purple snakeskin textured heels silver sparkly heels blue funky platform heels black sparkly Steve Madden shoes mellbellacloset-0106