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how to prepare for your boudoir session with mellBella

How To Prepare For Your Boudoir Session

Figuring out how to prepare for your boudoir session may seem overwhelming, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret:

At mellBella Photography, boudoir prep is EASY! All you have to do is take a deep breath and check out the following tips…

Determine Your Desired Look

Do you want your shoot to be full-on sexy or sort of sweet? Do you want to go Over the-top glamorous or more natural? Do you want to go nude, partially nude, wear lingerie, a favorite t-shirt, or pjs?   Your desired look for the session will help us pick the best sets/lighting. details, wardrobe, and props for your photo shoot. And it’s totally fine if you don’t know. Just pick one outfit you like, and we’ll take it from there.

boudoir details in black and white by mellbella

Find a Specialist

Boudoir portraiture is a niche art form, so you must be very discerning when choosing a photographer. It’s crucial to do your research—browse their portfolios and read client testimonials. Since boudoir is such an intimate and vulnerable experience, it’s essential you find someone whom you trust and feel comfortable around. We’ve been boudoir photographers since 2010 and have photographed hundreds of clients, and we love giving our Bellas the best experience! But don’t just take our word for it… check out our reviews on Google and The Knot.   We’re currently in the process of updating our website, but be sure to check out our Instagram and Facebook pages and stories to see what we’re up to now.

 Wardrobe

Start by shopping your closet for the items you instinctively select when you want to feel (and look) your absolute best. Don’t stress over this. If you feel lost, just bring one bra/panty set, one bodysuit, and one wildcard (like something from our mellBella Closet or your birthday suit). Have fun with it! Be sure to check out our What to Wear section on our website. And if you still have questions, please contact us. We’ll help style you.

just be natural set by mellbella boudoir photography

Prep Mind, Body, and Skin

Drink LOTS of water. Lower your salt intake and abstain from alcohol for a few days before your shoot to avoid water retention. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi, if you like. Bathe, shower, and moisturize. Enjoy a quiet evening and get a full night’s sleep before the day of your session. (Or at least try to!) It’s a good idea to do some stretches the day before as well.

Relax

Take a deep breath and relax. It’s completely normal to feel nervous before your shoot. We promise, it will be a fun, stress-free day that’s all about YOU. We’ll guide you through every step, and you won’t have to worry about what to do with your hands. Trust us, you’ll be coming back for more!

If you would like more information on booking a session with mellBella Photography for the best boudoir experience,  CONTACT US.

boudoir booty shot by mellBella

 

 

Support Small Business Contest by mellBella

Support Small Business Contest

Like many other small businesses, this time has been rough and scary … so we wanted to bring you something happy and make some lemonade out of these lemons.

So, welcome to our Support Small Business Contest! We’re teaming up with 
Bits of Lace and Sipango Restaurant to bring you some awesome prizes.
Winners will be chosen on May 1st!

You can enter on Instagram or Facebook. Here’s how to enter….⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

1. Post a photo on your profile that we’ve taken or you OR a selfie ⠀⠀⠀
2. Follow and tag each of us
On Instagram,
  @mellbella @bitsoflacefinelingerie @sipangochs
On Facebook,
mellBella Boudoir & Pinup Photography, Bits of Lace, and Sipango Restaurant
3. Be sure to include these hashtags on your post for your entry. #supportsmallbusiness and #socialdistancingissexy⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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***Note if your profile/posts are set to private, we won’t be able to see your entry. You may post up to two times a day which will give you 2 entries per day.

You could win one of these prizes…

1. A FREE session with us, including professional hair & makeup styling
2. A $50 gift card to Bits of Lace
3. A $50 gift card to Sipango Restaurant

And because we have the BEST clients ever, we have a special prized just for our previous Bellas who could win our gorgeous new product, the Legacy Box (pictured below), with 10 matted images from your last photo shoot with us.

mellbella what to wear comfy tank

One Image Wednesday- Comfy Tank

It’s time for another What To Wear Wednesday! So what’s good option that you can wear right now and/or for a photo shoot? Comfy tank tops, of course. (Bra optional). I’ve been living in comfy tank tops lately too. They’re convenient, inexpensive, and cool for those warm summers days. Plus, if you’re working from home and you’re not on a video conference, no one knows what you’re wearing anyways.

Wear your off the shoulder sweater

One Image Wednesday- Off the Shoulder Sweater

This One Image Wednesday — Grab that off the shoulder sweater and SHOW OFF those shoulders! OR take a sweater that is a few sizes too big for a similar look. Neutral colors like gray are great, but don’t be afraid of a pop of color. Plus, you’ll be so comfy too. Just wear it.

Wear THAT Dress

One Image Wednesday- THAT Dress

Happy Wednesday! It’s always a struggle to figure out what to wear for your photo shoot. But what about that dress you love?!? It doesn’t have to be a ballgown, but it could be. It doesn’t have to be your wedding dress, but it COULD be. It could even be that dress you wore on your first date, your anniversary, or your birthday. OR maybe it’s just your favorite dress that you wear to the beach. Don’t think I CAN’T WEAR THAT! Bring it to your mellBella session to see that dress in a whole new way.

with love from Mell and Wanda

2020 New Year

Mell Bell and Wanda the photographers and founders of mellBella Photography

Happy New Year from mellBella! It’s 2020. It’s a new year and with that it means there fresh excitement for change, hope, and love. For growing, dreaming and achieving, building a better world filled with justice and love, making positive connections, for surviving and getting through, gratitude, and as always kindess.

We don’t know what all this new year holds. Some people say 2020 is the year of clear vision…haha. But we have some ideas and dreams that we look forward to bringing to you this year.

Our motto for this year is timeless advice:

“If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else!” RuPaul

Thank you for your trust, your support, and just being yourself. To 2020!

News Flash Friday- April 2019

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Summer Boudoir Marathon

Announcing the one the ONLY mellBella Summer Boudoir Marathon will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Mark your calendars now and make your plans to book your session before they run out.

When will it be announced?

We will be giving away 1 session to our June 8th Boudoir Marathon. Details and how to enter for your chance to win will be announced on our Facebook Page on April 8th. You will have until TAX DAY April 15th to enter, and the winner will be announced by April 18th.

bridal boudoir by mellBella

Wedding Festivals Fall 2019

Our next scheduled wedding show is on Sunday, September 8th at the Charleston Area Convention Center. So, if you or your friend is getting married, bring the whole crew to our booth. We ALWAYS have something extra special at our booth ONLY available for those who attend. As always, Ladies ONLY!

mellBella Fun Facts

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What’s new in 2019 at mellBella…

  • We’ve added a new album and some gorgeous wall portraits for you to proudly display some of your photos in your home.
  • We’ve renovated the studio and added new sets/furniture. There’s always something new at mellBella. Next up, we will be updating our website too!  
  • Mell Bell and Wanda and dreaming up something special for this fall. Stay tuned for details!

Introducing ‘Just Be Natural’

mellBella Photography Set- Just Be Natural

Each and EVERY year, we look for ways to improve the mellBella experience and bring something new to our clients. We decided to renovate parts of the studio to add a bigger variety of looks or moods for your sessions. We know that sometimes you want to feel a little more natural, relaxed, and cozy. Plus, once we found this unique egg chair, we HAD to have it. We had to do some internet sleuthing , visit multiple stores, and take it out of its HUGE box just for it to fit inside the car.

Below are just a images we took so you can some ideas for your session with us. AND all the outfits and jewelry are pieces from our mellBella Closet, which are available to borrow at your session. Like a great girl friend, you can ALWAYS borrow something from our closet. 2019 is here, and we’re ready! Are YOU?!?

mell bell and wanda News flash friday faces

News Flash Friday- October 2018

mellbella trick or treat 2018

Halloween Costume Contest

What are you going to be for Halloween?  Be sure to enter our online Halloween Costume Contest. You could win a FREE boudoir or pinup session with us or some other fantastic prizes. The rules are simple, and all ladies 21 years old and up are eligible to enter.

1. Post a photo of yourself in your costume on Facebook or Instagram now through October 31st
2. Tag mellBella in your post on Facebook- mellBella Boudoir & PinUp Photography or Instagram – mellBella
3. Add the hashtag #mellbellatrickortreat2018
4. There are 3 categories and prizes: Overall (wins the FREE session), Scariest, and Sexiest (have other awesome prizes)

We’ll announce the winner after Halloween! Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Miss Rockabillaque 2018

Rockabillaque 2018

Are you ready? It’s almost time for the 6th annual Rockabillaque at Park Circle in North Charleston from 11am-6pm on November 10th. Bring your friends, and come check out the vintage car and bike shows, live music, or enter one of the contests: Pinup, Tattoo, Beard & Mustache, and more. mellBella is proudly sponsoring the Pinup Contest again, and this year, we’ll be judging it too! So grab your pearls, wear your best pinup look, and rock on down to Park Circle. We’ll also have a booth there to check out our pinup photography too.

C4W NEW Conference 2018

Center for Women NEW Conference

C4WNEW is the Center for Women’s 2-day event on November 15 & 16th bringing inspiring fresh ideas, relevant and useful knowledge, and innovative thinking to curious and ambitious women in South Carolina. This event will ignite professional growth, personal transformation, and economic development. mellBella will be there as part of their ME TIME Marketplace with specials ONLY available for those attending. AND you can still purchase the She’s My Hero Calendar at this event.

Get your tickets at: Center for Women

mellBella Gives Back

mellBella Fun Fact

Looking to give back? Some of our favorite local non profits/charities to support are:

  • One Eighty Place ends and prevents homelessness one person at a time, one family at a time.
  • Florence Crittenton Programs of SC provide education, counseling services, medical care, social support, and a safe haven for at-risk,  pregnant and parenting young women in need.
  • People Against Rape (PAR) is a sexual advocacy program offering free support and services for survivors of sexual assault.
  • YWCA Greater Charleston is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

We’ll be posting some more about them and their Christmas Wish Lists coming soon!

Naughty and Nice Christmas Boudoir Minis 2018

We’ve never done a special like this one! Santa checked his list, and he checked it twice. You were as both Naughty and Nice! Get your Christmas shopping done EARLY with a gift your special someone would never expect. You could even surprise yourself!

It’s perfect for ladies who have never done a boudoir session and want to see what it’s all about. And, for all our Bellas who have done a session, it’s a great way to get some updated photos and a little extra surprise this Christmas. Plus, we will be offering a few albums and products that are ONLY available at the event. You’ll get to come to our studio, enjoy some sips and sweets, rock your 20 minute mini session, hang out for a little bit enjoying the view from our riverside studio, and FINALLY, see and order your photos that night. Here’s the special deal for this boudoir mini event:

Tuesday and Wednesday, November 27 & 28th

Our Naughty List Package is $300 ($324 with tax) and includes:

– 20 minute mini photo session with our expert boudoir photographers
– You Rocking Your Fav Outfit
– Chic Box with 5 of your favorite images (add more for ONLY $30 each)
– Private viewing and ordering session of your images THAT NIGHT

Select products will be available to purchase in time for Christmas. After your shoot, you’ll get to see and order your products before you leave. Orders must be placed that night. Half the session fee is required in order to secure your time slot! The remaining balance is due one week before your session So, what are you waiting for?

What is the Chic Box? It is a unique way to display your sexy photos but still keep it secret in a keepsake box. You get to choose the fabric to reflect your personality from subtle sexy to bright and bold. Each 5×7 image is professionally printed and mounted to a black styrene, so it’s not your average photo print. 

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