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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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Celebrate International Women’s Day

March is Women’s History, and what should we do about it? Celebrate, of course! International Women’s Day is Thursday, March 8th, and we’ve got two great ways to share and celebrate with your friends.

First, have you picked up the latest issue of Skirt! Magazine?

skirt! magazine march 2018 cover

After reading about some amazing local women, turn to the back cover, grab your friends, and take a photo together. Be sure to tag @skirtcharleston and use the hashtags #skirtforIWD and #PressforProgress.
We are so excited to partner with Skirt! Magazine for the She’s My Hero Project and some other surprises TDB.

skirt! magazine march 2018 back cover

NEXT… we love giveaways and celebrating women for everything they do. So when we found these shirts, we had to get them. And now, we’re going to give them away.

international women's day shirt

Here’s how to enter our drawing for a chance to win one of the shirts:

  • Post of photo of yourself on Instagram or Facebook holding a note celebrating or encouraging women
  • Tag us on Instagram @mellbella or Facebook  at mellBella Boudoir & Pinup Photography
  • Add the hashtag #mellbellaIWD
  • Winners will be announced on our social media and will be able to pick up their shirt at our studio on Thursday, March 8th– International Women’s Day

We’ll be posting our photos too, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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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

 

She's My Hero Contest by mellBella

She’s My Hero Contest

To celebrate women, their diversity and empowerment, mellBella Photography presents the She’s My Hero Contest– the Biggest Contest we’ve ever done with 10 Winners!She's My Hero 10 Free Photo Shoots

Yes, you read that right… we’re giving away 10 Feminine Photo Shoots, including hair/makeup and styling! At their mellBella photo shoots, the 10 winners will be styled as their hero or with a photo of their hero. Also, all winners will receive a gift basket filled with fabulous items from our sponsors. 

All ladies 21 years old and up are eligible to enter. To enter, send us an email at info@mellbella.com with:

  • Your name and phone number
  • A recent photo of yourself (we love selfies!)
  • A little something about yourself
  • Who is your female hero and why she inspires you

Your hero can be real or fictional. Entries will be accepted from February 8-16th. Winners will be notified on February 19th. As part of Women’s History Month, the photo shoots will take place at the mellBella Photography studio March 5-9th. (Be sure the check out the Contest Details Section below).

Each winner’s photo from her She’s My Hero session will be in the 2019 She’s My Hero Calendar. And here’s the best part, ALL Sales of the She’s My Hero Calendar will benefit the Center for Women.The Center for Women helps women build better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. Through their informative educational programs, networking opportunities, and skill building workshops focused on personal and professional development, they offer a wide selection of special opportunities for women to learn, thrive, and succeed. In all that they do, they are committed to creating a network of women who are equipped have economic success and become leaders in their personal, professional, and community lives.

The fun and fundraising doesn’t stop there.This fall (date TBD), mellBella Photography along with our fabulous sponsors will host the She’s My Hero Calendar Launch Party. All winners, friends, family, sponsors are invited as well as the general public. Along with Calendar sales, we will have vendors, silent auction items, etc. to raise even more money for the Center for Women. We are looking for others to partner with us for this event, especially women-owned businesses. Contact us for sponsorship and donation opportunities. 

She's My Hero Sponsors

CONTEST DETAILS: No purchase is required to enter or win the contest. This contest is limited to women who are 21 years old and up. Entries for the She’s My Hero Contest will only be accepted from February 8, 2018 at 11am to February 16, 2018 at 11:59pm.  To enter the contest, you must contact mellBella Photography via email at: info@mellbella.com with a recent photo of yourself, your phone number, a little something about yourself, and which female is your hero/role model and why. Your hero can be real or fictional. All entries must be submitted via email to info@mellbella.com. Entries will NOT be accepted via social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) nor standard mail. All contestants to the She’s My Hero Project agree that their submission will become the property of mellBella Photography to use for promotional and marketing purposes for the She’s My Hero Contest/Project and may be included in the She’s My Hero Calendar or the Launch Party. The She’s My Hero Photo Shoots will take place March 5-9, 2018 at the mellBella Studio. All winners agree to allow mellBella Photography to use the images from their She’s My Hero photo shoot for our samplework, print and online marketing, website, and project sponsors.

 

 

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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.

 

mell bell and wanda are up to something

Giving Back this November 2017 with mellBella

Tis the season of giving. And there’s lots of ways you can give back to local charities and support some wonderful causes. Here’s what’s going in November:

Saturday, November 4th

We’re so proud to sponsor The Lowcountry Highrollers from 9am-12pm at Riverfront Park in North Charleston for Brunch Run 5k to benefit Fresh Future Farm. Who doesn’t love brunch? It’s a great family-friendly way to start off the weekend and support our local community, farming, and education. You can walk or run your way through this 5k, or if you can’t make it, your can participate virtually. Register online at: https://www.racemine.com/Lowcountry-Highrollers/events/2017/brunch-run-5k

fresh future farm brunch run

 

After brunch, it’s time for lunch on November 4th. Rock your way over to Park Circle for Rockabillaque. It’s the 5th Annual Event filled with cars, bikes, pinups, music, food and more, and it benefits Valiant Animal Rescue + Relief and The Movember Foundation. There’s so many ways to support animals and men’s health. We’re excited to sponsor the 2017 Pinup Contest for Miss Rockabillaque. You can find out more info or register online at: http://www.rockabillaque.com/register-pin-up

 

rockabillaque pinup contest 2017

 

And finally, now through November 21st, let’s support One80 Place this Thanksgiving. Just bring a $20 donation or items from their Wish List:  http://one80place.org/wish-list/ to our studio. Your donation goes to help the homeless through One80 Place, and we’ll give you a mellBella Gift Bag valued over $100.

Make this a November to remember
by giving back together.

mellbella gives back one80 place

mellbella wedding show booth

Summer Wedding Shows 2017

Attention Ladies!!! Brides, bridesmaids, mothers of the bride, sisters, aunts, cousins, friends, and ALL Ladies 21 and up….

This summer, you have TWO chances to meet our expert photographers, TWO chances see our work and products in person, and TWO chances to win a FREE photo session with us that includes professional hair and makeup styling! All ladies 21 years old and up are eligible to register. We also have  specials available only to those ladies who visit our booth at the wedding shows.

First up, The Charleston Bridal Show is on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at the Gaillard Center at 77 Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston. Drop in from Noon to 4PM. Admission is only $15 at the door or $10 online.

And finally,  The Charleston Wedding Festivals  is on Sunday, August 27th at the North Charleston Convention Center. Drop in from Noon to 5PM. Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 online.

Also, if you or a a friend are looking for a wedding photographer, check out our brother company Richard Bell Photography who will be in the booth next to us.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Giving Back- People Against Rape

Tis the season for giving… People Against Rape is always seeking clothing donations so they can keep the exam room stocked for survivors’ needs. Rape victims need new clothes to go home from the hospital. We want to help.

All donations must be new. All sizes of clothing is needed, they need a selection of men’s and women’s shorts, sweatpants, t-shirts, sweatshirts, underwear/boxers, flip-flops, and sports bras for folks to wear.

You can drop off clothing donations at our studio, and we will take care of the delivery. We will drop off the first delivery the week before Christmas.

People Against Rape offers free confidential services to adult survivors of sexual assault in Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties of South Carolina.  Their services include a 24-hour hotline, hospital accompaniment during Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (SAFE), police and law enforcement accompaniment, court accompaniment, follow-up servicessupport groups, and an educational department.

You can also donate directly through their website: http://www.peopleagainstrape.org/donate

Don’t forget while you are shopping online at Amazon, you can support this cause. Just go to AmazonSmile and select People Against Rape to support. Then, 0.5% of your eligible purchases will go to them.

 

Miss Rockabillaque 2016 Pinup Contest

mellBella Boudoir & PinUp Photography is proud to sponsor  of Rockabillaque 2016!  It is the 4th Annual Festival in Park Circle / North Charleston on Sat, Nov 12th presented by Vive Le Rock Productions! We are hosting of this year’s Miss Rockabillaque 2016 Pin-Up Contest! The winner will win a photo-shoot with us and lots more! Register to be a Contestant at http://www.rockabillaque.com/register-pin-up

Don’t forget to stop by our mellBella Pinup Booth near The Barbeque Joint stage to say hey to Wanda, Mell Bell, and Cecilee!

At our booth, you can enter our contest for another chance to win a FREE mellBella Pinup Photo Shoot with us including hair and makeup! We also will have a very special pinup offer ONLY available for those ladies who come to our booth at Rockabillaque.

pinup contest miss rockabillque 2016

 

Rockabillaque is an All Day FREE to Attend Event including a Classic Car & Vintage Motorcycle Show (11-5pm), Live Music all Day & Night, Pin-Up Contest, Vendors, Tattoo Contest (Adult & Kids), Beard & Mustache Competition, Swing Dance Classes, Mr Rockabilly Contest, Fashion Show, a Photo Booth & More!! Full Schedule including Music Line-Up coming soon. More info at www.Rockabillaque.com

Presented by The Barbeque Joint, Pabst Blue Ribbon and American Biker. Other Sponsors include 105.5 The Bridge, 98 Rock, MellBella Boudoir & PinUp Photography, Lowbrow Customs, Sourpuss Clothing, Cooper River Hydrographics & Printing, Hot Jazz Dance Club,  Holy City Beard & Moustache Society, and more!

A Benefit for This is Noteworthy (TIN) and Movember

Come out to Rockabillaque on Saturday Nov 12th!

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Leap Into A New Look Winner from Lowcountry Live

Back on Leap Day, we had the pleasure of photographing Ashley, the winner of Lowcountry Live’s Leap Into a New Look Contest. Here’s just a few from the first part of her session with some behind the scenes. We’ll be sharing a few more from the rest of her session later 🙂 Special thanks to Sarah Pearson- Hair and Makeup Artistry for add the final touches to her hair/makeup look.