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She’s My Hero- December

As we come to the end of the calendar introductions, we couldn’t imagine a nicer person than Jennifer to end the year with. Meet Jennifer. She will be December in the She’s My Hero Calendar. Jennifer succeeds at two demanding jobs. She is a hardworking RN AND an incredible wedding coordinator. She has been married to her sweet husband, Brian for 4 years. They absolutely love and spoil their awesome dogs! Jennifer’s hero is someone she’s know her whole life and is very close to her heart. Thank you again to Paperdolls Wedding Hair & Makeup for creating the final hair and makeup look in our calendar. It was perfect!

When Mell Bell and Wanda created the She’s My Hero Project back in January, we wanted to raise awareness and funds for the Center for Women, meet and team up with fellow businesses (especially women-owned ones), and tell the stories of local women to bring together, inspire, and celebrate women. We got to meet so many new people and work together to take our BIG idea from a dream to a reality through this year long project. The journey has been difficult but worth every minute. We hope you will join us at the celebration and reveal on Wednesday, October 10th from 6-9pm at Boone Hall.

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She’s My Hero- November

Meet Mell Bell. She is 39 year old Mom of a 7 year old daughter. Mell meet her husband in college at USC. She is the Co-Founder of mellBella and has been with Richard Bell Photography for 13 years and a professional photographer for 10 of them. Mell Bell is very passionate about Humans Rights and Equality. Just wait until you see who her hero is, think way back for this one! Thank you again to Sarah Pearson Artistry for going back to the 1800s for the hair and makeup styling.

The She’s My Hero Calendar Launch Party to benefit the Center for Women is next week! We’ve been keeping the calendar TOP SECRET, and on Wednesday, October 10th the BIG reveal will happen at Boone Hall  from 6-9pm. However, we did give exclusive information to Skirt Magazine. Be sure to check out their October issue in print or online for some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

She’s My Hero- July

As we welcome fall 2018, say hello to July 2019 for the She’s My Hero Calendar.  Meet Suzanne. Suzanne is a 35 year old wife and mother. She has two son’s age 11 and 18. As a military spouse, she’s moved around the country. Her family moved to Charleston in 2016. She found the Lowcountry High Rollers and joined the roller derby! With that came the support system of 40+ sisters to help her navigate her new home here. Suzanne’s hero was born in Mexico and was born in July. Thank you again to Vanity Salon for the perfect hair and makeup styling for her hero. Curious as to who her hero is? You gotta come to the Cotton Dock at Boone Hal on Wednesday, October 10th from 6-9pm to find out.

We’re so thankful to Lowcountry Entertainment for sponsoring the She’s My Hero Project Calendar Launch Party. They will definitely create a personalized experience for the event through their expertise in music and lighting. We can’t wait to hear what songs they choose for the event! Remember the event is just over 2 weeks away. Did you get your tickets yet? Get them HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shes-my-hero-calendar-launch-party-tickets-49132726307

She’s My Hero- June

We’re now halfway through the She’s My Hero Calendar with June. Meet Erin. She is a wife, mother of three children and an engineer! Erin is an incredibly intelligent woman, yet she’s completely down to earth, humble, and as easy going as can be. She grew up on a farm in Canada and loves horses. Erin has never personally met her hero, but she’s very inspired by her. Her hero had a big impact on our world today and was known for defying gender stereotypes and being a pioneer in a male dominated industry.

We’re so thankful to Skirt Magazine for sponsoring the She’s My Hero Project Calendar Launch Party. Their mission is to celebrate and empower women with attitude, so it was a perfect fit with our studio! They will have some of their team at the event, which is on Wednesday, October 10th from 6-9pm at Boone Hall Plantation. There you will FINALLY get to see the She’s My Hero Calendar, which was created to raise funds and awareness for the Center for Women. We chose the Center for Women because they seek to encourage and empower local women through profession development, education and awareness. So be sure to GET YOUR TICKETS now at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shes-my-hero-calendar-launch-party-tickets-49132726307

 

 

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-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.

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.

 

 

 

 

She's My Hero Project

She’s My Hero Sponsors

To celebrate women, their diversity and empowerment, mellBella Photography created the She’s My Hero Project to raise funds for the Center for Women.

Back in March for Women’s History Month, we held the She’s My Hero Contest where we asked local women to tell us who their heroes were.  The contest winners received a photoshoot from mellBella styled as their hero. Also, each winner received a gift basket filled with donations from local businesses.

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The photos from the contest winners will be in the 2019 She’s My Hero Calendar. ALL sales of the Calendar will benefit the Center for Women directly. To be included in the calendar, all sponsors must have all information submitted by August 31st. Silent Auction donations should be submitted by September 28th.

On October 10th at Boone Hall, mellBella Photography along with our fabulous sponsors will host the She’s My Hero Calendar Launch Party. Details and tickets coming soon!

We are looking for sponsors for the calendar & event as well silent auction donations, especially from women-owned businesses. We hope you will partner with us for this event. Contact us to receive more information.

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