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Rockabillaque 2015 Recap: Daytime

We had so much fun at Rockabillaque in Park Circle! We had the privilege of being on the BBQ Joint stage and hosting the Miss Rockabillaque contest. Many lovely ladies showed off their pinup and rockabilly style. Thankfully, we didn’t have to judge because all the ladies looked amazing! We even had one contestant borrow shoes from our mellBella Closet to complete her look. The winner of Miss Rockabillaque 2015 is named Bella! How perfect is that? She won a FREE Pinup Session with our studio including hair and makeup.

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In our booth, we got to share our Pinup Photos, some looks from the mellBella Closet, and explain a little about the mellBella experience with several potential Bella Beauties. Ladies also got to enter our drawing for a chance to win another FREE Pinup Session with us, but everyone got to walk away from our booth with a little something. We can’t wait to see Maxine again, the winner of our drawing to rock her pinup personality at her session.   rockabillaque2015-0006 rockabillaque2015-0005 Everyone was so friendly, and they keep asking to take a photo of or with Mell Bell and Wanda.

A very special thank you to our dear friend Sarah of Sarah Pearson- Hair and Makeup Artisty for doing hair in the perfect pinup styles for the event and for helping out in our booth to share the mellBella Pinup experience.

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Thank you Marie of Charleston Scene for getting a photo of us together at the event!

Simon Cantlon of Vive Le Rock Productions produced this quality FREE event that lasted all day and well into the night. The day included lots of music, rockabilly style, cars, bikes, and of course food! Don’t worry there’s all ready plans for next year. Rock on!

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Rock with Us at Rockabillaque 2015 in Park Circle

mellBella Boudoir & PinUp Photography is proud to sponsor  of Rockabillaque 2015!

Stop by our mellBella Pinup Booth to say hey to Mell Bell and Wanda and register for a chance to win a FREE mellBella Boudoir or PinUp Session with us including hair and makeup!

Plus, we are the Co-Presenters of this years Miss Rockabillaque 2015 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/#!pin-up-contest/czzg


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Vive Le Rock Productions presents the 3rd Annual Festival in Park Circle / North Charleston on Sat, Nov 14th! An all day event including a Classic Car & Vintage Motorcycle Show (12-5pm), Live Music all Day & Night, Miss Rockabillaque 2015 Pin-Up & Mister Rockabillaque Contests, Vendors, Fashion Show, Tattoo Contest, Beard & Mustache Competition, Swing Dance Classes, Kid’s Tattoo Contest & Fashion Show, a Photo Booth & More!!

Come out to Rockabillaque on Saturday Nov 14th!

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Free Rockabilly Show 2015

 

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Halloween Costume Mini Sessions & Contest 2015

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Here’s the excuse to wear that costume more than once…
For just $25, you get a 15 minute mini photo session, a 15 minute same day viewing session, and 1 digital file of your favorite photo. Additional products available for purchase.

Reserve your session at info@mellbella.com or 843-767-6888

Also, you will be automatically entered our costume contest. The best costume wins 1 FREE mellBella Boudoir Session that includes hair/makeup!!!!

***Only ladies 21 years of age and older are eligible to enter the costume contest.

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Lowcountry Highrollers Team

A few months ago, our studio was full with almost 40 women in skates. Why skates, you ask? They are the proud, the strong, the beautiful, and dare I say, bad ass women of Charleston’s own roller derby team The Lowcountry Highrollers. Be sure to check them out at their next bout and follow them on Facebook for some extra awesomeness.

We took tons of photos, and our fabulous artist composited the individual photos to create the huge team photo seen above. Special thanks to the amazing styling of Sarah Pearson- Hair and Makeup Artistry who worked tirelessly all day with her team to bring a little extra va-va-voom. Here’s just a few of their fierce and fun individual photos. We love The Lowcountry Highrollers!

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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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Lowcountry Highrollers in our Studio!

A couple of weeks ago we had the privilege of meeting and photographing nearly 40 amazing, hard core, beautiful women! The Lowcountry Highrollers came in for head shots as well as rockabilly/pinup photos. It was a whirlwind of hair, makeup, smiling, laughing, “heeeyyyyyyyy” and just plain awesomeness!

We had so much fun with these ladies!

Check out Charleston’s own roller derby ladies at

 http://www.lowcountryhighrollers.com/

Be on the lookout for the Pinup portraits…coming soon!

 

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We made a collection of all of the head shots that you can view http://video214.com/play/6eqJFG8f1fl0qMhD8TgJDg/s/dark

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mellBella Spring Meet & Greet 2015

The Guardians of the Sexy Tour contiSequin and Sassynues….

 

Come visit our fabulous Charleston Boudoir Studio and check out the mellBella Closet. Meet Wanda and Mell Bell while enjoying some sips and sweets. Ask your boudoir or pinup questions. Bring your friends and then go out for a night on the town!

At this event, you’ll get the exclusive scoop on the next mellBella Special Event, be among THE First to view the newest set at our studio, and much more.

Enter our drawing for a chance to win a FREE mellBella Boudoir or PinUp session including hair/makeup! (up to a $500 value) ***Only ladies 21 years of age and older who attend this event are eligible to enter the contest.

 

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What’s Her Name?!? Contest WINNER

 

After much deliberation and entries, SHE finally has a name. Her name is Scarlet Rose.  She’s always a lady, classy, sexy, and fun. Congratulations to Jennifer of JW Weddings and Events for helping us name her and winning the mellBella What’s Her Name?!? contest.

Thank you everyone for your participation and keep checking our blog for the next contest or event.

Until next time, enjoy some of Scarlet Rose’s looks from the mellBella Closet.

Everything you see in the photos is available for you to borrow at your very own mellBella Photography Session. #mellbellawhn

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What to Wear for Your Boudoir Shoot- Bits of Lace

That age old decision of what to wear just got more complicated as you are now looking for some specific items for your private boudoir photography session with mellBella. Luckily in Charleston, we have a great locally owned an operated fine lingerie store– Bits of Lace.

They not only carry bras, underwear, lingerie, and sleepwear. They also have a sweet bridal lingerie section for all your brides to be. Bits of Lace is known for being Bra Fit Specialists and have been in Charleston since 1976. We have quite a few options in our mellBella Closet from here, but you should definitely check them out either on King Street, Mount Pleasant, or even online. Those ladies will make sure that you have quality, exquisite lingerie that fits you perfectly.

A few of our favorite things that you can find there are:

Hanky Panky Lace Tank Chemise Black

Hanky Panky Lace Tank Chemise Black

This  Lace Tank Chemise   from Hanky Panky comes in a variety of colors and looks great on all body types. Pair it with a great fitting bra and the cute and comfortable Hank Panky Signature Lace Original Thong or get a more vintage look with their Signature Lace Retro Thong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Prima Donna Twist Love Me Tender Demi

 

We love all the fabrics and color options that the Prima Donna line gives you. This sultry plum and black demi is on sale now. What’s your favorite color? Do you prefer lace, polka dots, stripes, etc? Beautiful bras in all sizes, and yes, some even in nursing bras!!! Pick your favorite for your photo session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marie Jo Jane Fiesta Red

And, don’t forget to bring some bright colors for your boudoir photo shoot. You don’t have to be stuck with a thong or granny panties. We love the texture and details of these from Marie Jo. Avoid the horrible G-strings and go for something more comfortable and feminine.

Keep checking back for more suggestions on what to wear or check out our mellBella Boudoir Photography Pinterest Board.

Make it sexy, Ladies!