She’s My Hero- May

It’s time to meet Tiffany who is representing May in our She’s My Hero Calendar. Tiffany is a 34 year old, hardworking, independent, single mom of two sweet sons! She is also a full time RN who works really hard taking care of others. Tiffany is determined to raise her boys to become incredible people. We love her unbreakable spirit and determination!  When times were tough, Tiffany found strength in a stranger with her own inspiring story. Her hero is also a single mother who has been through a lot, persisted, and came out on top. We are so grateful to Vanity Salon for styling this strong woman.

At the She’s My Hero Calendar Launch Party, you’ll get to see some of the beautiful and professional rentals from Eventworks. We can’t wait for you to see the lounge area also from their company and Silent Auction at the event! What should you wear to the event at Boone Hall Plantation? We are planning for business casual, but you are most welcome to come exactly as you are. Feel free to match the event colors which are: amethyst, plum, and silver. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, GET THEM HERE.

She’s My Hero- April

Oh hello, April! Meet Tiffany who is representing April in our She’s My Hero Calendar.  Tiffany is one STRONG woman, and she works as a truck driver! This girl certainly holds her own in a mostly male dominated field. You can see her strength and confidence the moment you meet her! We love passionate personality and warm smile. Here’s a hint about her hero– She inspired a really fun and colorful style for her shoot… think I heart the 80s!!! A huge thank you to Sarah Pearson Hair & Makeup Artistry for rocking the 80s hair and makeup styling. Totally outrageous!

Did you know that you can purchase copies of the She’s My Hero Calendar at the Launch Party? We’re keeping the photos TOP Secret until the launch party, and even the ladies in the calendar haven’t seen them. Remember ALL proceeds from calendar sales go to the Center for Women. At the launch party, Dashi will be serving up their delicious Asian and Latin cuisines. Remember that your ticket to the Launch Party is FREE, but it is a fundraiser for the Center for Women. So, come prepared to purchase  calendar(s), bid and win at the Silent Auction, and/or make a donation. Get Your Tickets Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shes-my-hero-calendar-launch-party-tickets-49132726307

 

She’s My Hero-March

It’s time to meet the She’s My Hero representative for March with  special thanks to Vanity Salon for styling Jenifer as her hero. Jenifer is one busy lady! She is a LPN full time for dialysis patients and is in school full time to become a RN. Jennifer loves spending time with her husband on the rare occasion she has free time. She has even worked in Alzheimer hospice care. Jenifer has a huge heart and is exactly the type of person you would want caring for you when you’re sick.  Here’s a hint about her hero… she gets to see her hero almost everyday!

To find out who her hero is be sure to GET YOUR TICKETS for our fundraiser: the She’s My Hero Calendar Launch Party on October 10th from 6-9pm at Boone Hall. All proceeds from the silent auction and the She’s My Hero Calendar sales go directly to the Center for Women.

 

 

She’s My Hero- February

As we gear up for our She’s My Hero Project fundraiser for the Center for Women, we will be posting here a few times a week to introduce you to our She’s My Hero Contest Winners who will be in the calendar.

A huge thank you to Vanity Salon for styling her hair and makeup for this photo shoot. For February, we like you to meet Patricia. She is a 31 year old native South Carolinian. She is also one hard working lady! Patricia works multiple jobs and sometimes more than one per day! But she wouldn’t have it any other way! It keeps her busy and life entertaining. She is a diver with the nickname of Ducky the Diver because she was born on Donald Duck’s birthday. She absolutely LOVES animals especially her 2 dogs! Finally, here’s a hint about her hero… she is a Charleston local that you’ve probably seen frequently on tv or in the news.

To find out, be sure to Get Your Tickets to the She’s My Hero Calendar Launch Party on October 10th from 6-9pm at Boone Hall. All proceeds from the silent auction and the She’s My Hero Calendar sales go directly to the Center for Women.

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She’s My Hero- January

Back in February, we announced the She’s My Hero Contest to raise funds and awareness for the Center for Women, and coming up on October 10th, we will reveal the winners’ photos at the She’s My Hero Calendar Launch Party. Make sure to get your tickets to celebrate woman and help raise funds to support the Center for Women at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shes-my-hero-calendar-launch-party-tickets-49132726307

Between now and the launch party, we’ll be introducing you to each of the women in the calendar. But because we love surprises, we will NOT be revealing who their heroes are nor the selected calendar image. Even the ladies in the calendar haven’t seen the photos, and we can’t wait to see their expressions when they see it for the first time at the event!!! Now onto the first introduction…

Meet Jessica. She will be representing January in our calendar. She loved to help sick children feel better. She volunteered by dressing up as Wonder Woman and visiting children in local hospitals. She was also a part of Pinups for a Cause. Unfortunately, Jessica was tragically taken from us in a car accident not long after we photographed her. We honor Jessica and her desire to encourage others and help make their lives better.

We’re so thankful to Sarah Pearson Hair & Makeup Artistry for styling Jessica’s hair and makeup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Stacey’s Boudoir Story

 “I am still waking up, but I am very excited! I am nervous that I’ll give in to all those self confidence issues, so I am forcing myself to be positive!”

Stacey wanted us to take her bridal boudoir photos to create an extra special gift for her husband-to-be. The quotes are from Stacey before and after her boudoir photo session with us. She choose our Lusso Package which is a full session that includes a two hour photo session with us. A full session gave her plenty of time for a few different outfits, sets, and props. She brought his jacket and hat, a purple lace nighty, a white teddy, a gorgeous pink mask, and a few other lingerie pieces. She borrowed some shoes, necklaces, and the red corset from our mellBella closet. During the week of her photo shoot, we also got to incorporate a 20 ft piece of greenery garland for a natural, sexy look. Below are just a few of her photos that she has graciously allowed us to share with our mellBella followers. Truly, she gave her  husband the Sexiest. Groom’s. Gift. Ever! Thank you, Stacey.

 “I had a blast! The ladies make you feel beautiful and fabulous. I ended up doing full nudes, which will shock my fiancé in the best way. Thanks ladies! Much love.”

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Happy New Year 2017

A very happy new year to you!  We’ve have a lot of great things in store for mellBella and you…   Here’s to 2017 being your best year yet! Be sure to check out our video below that’s sure to put a smile on your face.

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Lauren’s Boudoir Story

Every woman has a story. We’re thankful that Lauren has agreed to share her Boudoir Story with you. In the video, you’ll see the actual images from her mellBella Boudoir Session.  She brought comic books, roller skates, and guitars with her to showcase her personality as well as her sexy side. What will your story be?

Special thanks to Sarah Pearson for the awesome hair and makeup styling for Lauren’s shoot. And, thank you Lauren for trusting us and rocking out your boudoir shoot.

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Caroline’s Boudoir Story

Every woman has a story. We’re thankful to share Caroline’s Boudoir Journey in her own words with the photos we created together. We hope she will inspire you on your journey.
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“Princess. Diva. Super-model. I’ve been them all, if only for a few hours.

Here’s my story: I’m an overweight, thirty-something (coughcough) mother of two, and a boudoir photography session has been my goal for years. I told myself that I was going to get skinny, so that I could take some rockin’ photos for my husband—and myself!—to look back on. Barring reaching my goal weight (which hasn’t happened), I promised myself that I would do it for my ten-year wedding anniversary. I blinked, and here it is; we’re planning our anniversary celebration. So even though I’m not ideal (at all), I decided that it was time to bite the bullet and make an appointment with MellBella, the sister company of Richard Bell Photography, one of the premier wedding photography companies in the southeast.

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Here’s their story: Five years ago, two best friends conceived of this company in order to honor women. I’m going to paraphrase Mell herself here (and when she explained their motivations, she was so impassioned that she was tearing up a little): Women are under intense emotional strain. We’re often the primary caregivers. We’re often the primary house-keepers. We’re often working a job inside or outside the house. We’re expected to stay strong for our families while being told by social constructs and media images that we’re not good enough. Many of us have issues with the way we look, and know that we’re not the ideal.
 

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I know that I’m not the ideal; any photo that I share with my public not only represents an hour of hair, make-up, and wardrobe prep, but has probably been edited a bit too. In other words, at my very best, I’m still not ideal. MellBella took my not-ideal body and (yes, there was an hour of hair/make-up prep) made me feel ideal. That’s an incredibly empowering talent. I am still walking tall, knowing that I might be lounging in yoga pants and a ratty t-shirt today, but I can look like a magazine model with a little help.

 
One very efficient strategy Mell employed was flipping the camera around early on, to show me just one of the shots she’d taken of me. If the lady in the viewfinder of that camera hadn’t been wearing my birthmark on my arm, I wouldn’t have believed it was me. I looked… gorgeous. Sexy. Beautiful. Like I belonged in a magazine… and from that moment on, I was confident instead of awkward in my poses, because I’d seen how I could look.

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Boudoir photography is ostentatiously for men—we do it for our husbands and lovers, and MellBella offers discounts to wives of deployed military husbands—but that’s not the complete truth. We tell ourselves that, in order to justify the experience—justify the chance to feel like a princess for a few hours—but the experience is really for us. We don’t have to be scantily clad in these photos; I took several that are perfectly normal and I plan on hanging on my wall. Because while I plan on giving most of these photos to my husband, I’m also keeping some for myself. Thanks to this session, I not only feel better about myself, but I have a series of incredible photos that I can look back on in the years to come. Mell even told me that many women carry copies of these photos with them, to peek at when they need a pick-me-up. One glance at these, and I know that I would walk taller, prouder.

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Consider booking your session with MellBella—or any other women’s photographer—today, so that you can have this natural high I’m still feeling; the high of feeling like super model for an afternoon, and looking at photos of yourself and knowing that you’re a beautiful, sensual, confident woman, no matter what you feel like society is telling you about being good enough. I promise you that you won’t regret it.  MellBella Photography: Beauty at Every Age and Every Stage.”  ~Caroline ralesept1615-0113 ralesept1615-0090