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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- 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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Falling For You Boudoir Marathon 2018

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We are so ready for cooler temps and fall weather, so each year, we celebrate with a boudoir marathon. This is our last boudoir event until November, so you definitely don’t want to miss it. Do you want to celebrate or see yourself in a whole new light? Do you have a special someone that you want to give a beautiful, creative gift? Or maybe you just wanted an excuse to go for it…. now’s your chance on Saturday, September 29th.  We’ve booked our studio all day long, and we have a couple of new accessories in the mellBella Closet too!

Saturday, September 29th
At this event the Bombshell Package is ONLY $200 and includes:

– An hour pampering by our expert hair and makeup artist from Sarah Pearson- Hair and Makeup Artistry
– An hour Private photoshoot in the mellBella Studio
– Private consultation & viewing session
– Champagne and use of the mellBella Accessory Closet
 
Albums and products are available for purchase separately. Limited space available!
 
Bring your best gal pals! If you both book a session for this event, you BOTH get $30 in Product Credit towards your mellBella product(s).
 
Ask about our specials for military, first responder, our Richard Bell Photography brides, and return Bella Beauties.
 
Come see what everyone is talking about with Charleston’s Best Boudoir Photography– the mellBella Experience.
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Just fill out the form below to pick your time and
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Then, we will email you a contract to sign with all the details and where you can also pay the retainer. It’s all online! The contract expires in 5 days, so you’ll want to sign it ASAP. The retainer is half of the session fee, and the remaining balance is due one week before the event. After that’s done, you are officially booked for your mellBella Boudoir Photography Session.

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News Flash Friday– July 2018

The mellBella team is always up to something, which can make it hard to keep track. Welcome to News Flash Friday… a short, sweet, sassy, informative, and fun way to keep you up to date.

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We want to meet you!

This Sunday, July 29th from 12-4pm… come see us at The Charleston Bridal Show at the Gaillard downtown. It’s a great way to meet vendors, get ideas, and help with wedding planning. BUT even better… we have a BIG Announcement, a chance to win a FREE photoshoot with us, and a special ONLY available for those ladies who visit our booth. For this show, our booth will be teals, black, silvers, and grays. Hope to see you there!

She's My Hero Project

We need your help!

The She’s My Hero Project continues… we need your help. We are still looking for sponsors for the big calendar reveal and silent auction donations for this fundraiser for the Center for Women. Contact us ASAP to get involved. We’re having the calendar launch party on October 10th at Boone Hall. More details coming soon. Share the love, and help us raise more funds for Charleston Area women to learn, thrive, and succeed.

 

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What are you waiting for?

Saturday and Sunday, August 18 & 19th at the mellBella Studio, we are hosting our annual summer boudoir marathon Turn Up the Heat.  Whether you’re a bride and want to give your future spouse something they’ll never forget. Or maybe you have a birthday or anniversary that you want to celebrate with something they would never expect. Maybe you just want to celebrate your age, strength, your survival, your femininity, or reaching your goals. OR maybe because you take care of everyone else, you need to something for you. Check out available times and reserve your session at: Turn Up the Heat 2018

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mellBella Fun Fact

We love our Bellas (our clients), and we created a special group called the Prima Bellas just for the ladies. Through our work and this group, we want to chat with, get to know, and share with ladies who are interested in The mellBella Experience. The mellBella Experience goes beyond a regular photo shoot and brings it to the next level of classy, beautiful, and creative photography. Plus, we have super fun monthly giveaways and at least 4 chances a year to win a FREE photo shoot with us. Here’s how you join:

  • Sign up for our Prima Bella newsletter by texting PRIMABELLA to 22828.
  • Request access to our Private Facebook Group: mellBella Prima Bellas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20 Body Positive Songs To Brighten Your Day

How many times do we look in the mirror and think negative thoughts about ourselves and our bodies? Too many! It’s time for some body confident music. Ladies, music can be a positive influence when you are having a bad day! It has the power to lighten your mood! So why not listen to some songs to celebrate YOU!

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Here’s a list of some of our favorite body positive songs! What are yours?