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She’s My Hero Event Highlights

What a whirlwind! On Wednesday night at Boone Hall, we had our BIG reveal at the She’s My Hero Calendar Launch Party to benefit the Center for Women. The weather threatened rain(and lots of it) earlier in the day, but we said RAIN or SHINE… it’s on! It turned out to be a warm evening with a cool breeze outside where guests enjoyed the marsh view on the Cotton Dock and the delicious paella, tacos, and noodle dishes from the Dashi Food Truck.  Throughout the night, guests enjoyed the music and the magical lighting from Lowcountry Entertainment.  Lovely flower arrangements in purple and white from Petaloso decorated the tables, and Justin Wham Weddings and Events helped coordinate, set up, provided the cozy seating area near the fireplace, and made sure the stage and the whole space was beautiful along with the rentals from Eventworks. And who doesn’t love something sweet?  Sweet Lulu‘s Bakery, Cocktail Caravan & Pedal Pub brought the wine, sangria, and a mouth watering selection of mini desserts.

Here’s just a quick look at some of the highlights:

It was only fitting that our Emcee was Erin Keinzle of Lowcountry Live, as she helped announced the contest that started it all back in February.  At the event after welcoming everyone, Erin introduced Lisa Dabney, Executive Director of the Center for Women, who talked more about what the Center does for women in business and their upcoming conference in November. Then, we (Wanda and Mell Bell) shared some personal stories and the WHY behind this whole event– to celebrate women, of course and tell their struggles and their stories. We also thanked several of the sponsors, such as Skirt Charleston whose mission is to celebrate and empower women with attitude.

And finally, it was the time we have been waiting for ALL YEAR LONG… revealing the hero photos to the women in the calendar and the whole world. Their reactions were heartfelt and priceless as they saw themselves as their heroes for the first time! The calendar sales opened, and the silent auction continued NOW with the canvas portraits of the Heroes as part of it.

100%… yes all of the proceeds of the silent auction and calendar went directly to the Center for Women. And at the end of the night, we raised almost $5,000, and it’s still climbing!

 

The fund raising continues as The She’s My Hero Calendars will be on sale for $20 each through the Center for Women. Get your calendar at their conference at Trident Technical College on Nov 15 and 16th or contact them for more info.

She's My Hero Calendar Launch Party banner

She’s My Hero Project Calendar Launch Party

To celebrate women, their diversity and empowerment, mellBella Photography created the She’s My Hero Project , a project to raise awareness and as a charity fundraiser for the Center for Women.  On October 10th from 6-9pm at Boone Hall, mellBella Photography along with our fabulous sponsors will host the She’s My Hero Calendar Launch Party.  Dress is casual or business casual, but we welcome you to come just as you are. The colors for the event are purples, lavenders, silver, and white, so feel free to dress to match.

She's My Hero Ticket Link

We will have Erin Kienzle of Lowcountry Live, as our wonderful emcee, to present each of the winners and their photos during the big reveal. The photos from the She’s My Hero Contest  winners will be in the 2019 She’s My Hero Calendar. It’s going to be so much fun, as the winners of the  haven’t even seen their photos!

erin of lowcountry live with wanda and mell bell

Hungry? Enjoy complimentary food, drinks, and desserts from the delicious Asian and Latin cuisine of Dashi and mini sweet treats, wine, and sangria from Sweet Lulu’s Bakery, Cocktail Caravan, and Pedal Pub.

And who doesn’t love a silent auction? The auction items that have been donated will be on display and up for bidding to support the  Come ready to have fun, purchase a calendar, bid and win at the Silent Auction, and/make a donation. The calendars will be $20 and a suggested donation at the door is $20. Of course, it’s not mandatory, but after all, it is a fundraiser.  All proceeds from  donations, the silent auction, and calendar sales go directly to the Center for Women.

Did you get your tickets yet? The event is FREE to attend, you just need to:

 Get Your Tickets HERE! 

A huge thank you to our sponsors! We couldn’t have done this without your supprt. Be sure to check them and show your support for these local businesses– many are women-owned. Can’t wait to see you there!

Did you get your tickets yet? While the event is FREE to attend, you just need to register at the link below. Get your tickets NOW! Can't wait to see you there.
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.

she's my hero gift basket

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.

She's My Hero Project
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What’s Happening with mellBella in February 2018

February… it’s not quite spring, but we are filling this month with a little something for every one. You ready?!?

mellBella Gives Back

February 6th- Donation Day

Join Mell Bell & Wanda Cavazos  at 10:30 am at Old Navy on Rivers Avenue. We will be shopping for items to donate to two of our favorite charities: PeopleAgainstRape and Florence Crittenton Programs
Then we will head downtown to deliver to the donations for them. If you can’t make it on February 6th,  feel free to drop off donations at the studio Tuesday – Thursday from 10 am – 5 pm before 2/6/18.

mellBella Big Reveal

February 8th- Big Announcement on Lowcountry Live

We have a secret, and it’s a big one. We are dying to tell you, but you’ll have to tune in to Lowcountry Live   online or at ABC Channel 4 on Thursday, February 8th at 10am to find out. Here’s a hint– It’s just for the ladies!

Meet mellBella

February 18th- Wedding Festivals Charleston

LADIES!!! Please join us at at the North Charleston Convention Center at Wedding Festivals. Drop in from Noon to 5PM. Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 online.
Meet our expert boudoir & pinup photographers, see our work, ask ALL the questions, and register for a chance to win a FREE photo session with us, which includes professional hair and makeup! ALL Ladies 21 and up are eligible to participate. We’ll help you create the Best. Groom’s. Gift. Ever!

mellBella is the best gift ever

February 24th- Bellissima Boudoir Marathon

We set aside this Saturday to do nothing but classy, sexy photos shoots all day long. We have limited sessions available, and you can check out available times and get all the info at: Bellissima Boudoir 2018 What are you celebrating? Wedding? Anniversary? Birthday? Yourself? We’ll help create the best gift for your significant other and yourself.

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mellBella’s Big Announcement on Lowcountry Live Feb 8th

As always, we’ve been thinking, well scheming. We have something very exciting. Something big, and we mean, really big! We have so many amazing women who are part of it too! We are dying to tell you, but you’ll have to tune in to Lowcountry Live   online or at ABC Channel 4 on Thursday, February 8th at 10am to find out. After the show, we’ll have EVEN more info right here on our blog.

 

mell bell and wanda are up to something

mellbella's dressing room- the boudoir

See Inside the mellBella Studio

As seen on Lowcountry Live, take a look inside our studio and hear about our process for The mellBella Experience with Mell Bell and Wanda. Boudoir is for every woman no matter what age or size. You are beautiful, and we can prove it.

mellbella bridal boudoir veil and bow

Bridal Boudoir on Lowcountry Live from Wedding Week

We always love appearing on Lowcountry Live, and wedding week was the perfect time to talk about bridal boudoir photography. Brides, this is THE. BEST. GIFT. EVER! Bring your veil, and we guarantee that he’ll never look at it the same way again. Be sure to watch the video below to see a few of the items from the mellBella Closet and our popular Amore Book. Although the contest and event in the video have passed, be sure to look for our next event this summer! Book now.

mellbella bridal boudoir red lips and veil

Wedding Week on Lowcountry Live 2017

Look for us on Channel 4 on Tuesday, February 21st at 10am.

Next week… It’s Wedding Week on Lowcountry Live! We’ll be there talking about bridal boudoir photography, difference between and marathon event session vs. a full session,  and what you can create from your photo shoot. Brides, boudoir photography is truly the Best. Groom’s. Gift. Ever!

mell bell and wanda headshot by Richard Bell Photography 2

 

Here’s three great reasons to watch:

  1. You’ll have a chance to win a FREE boudoir session with us, including hair & makeup.
  2. You’ll find out the date for our last boudoir marathon event until summer.
  3. You’ll see some of our new boudoir photos and sharing some of our gorgeous albums.

But boudoir photography isn’t just for brides. Watch to find out more on Tuesday, February 21st at 10am on Channel 4 or watch online at:  http://abcnews4.com/lowcountry-live

 

Leap Into A New Look Winner from Lowcountry Live

Back on Leap Day, we had the pleasure of photographing Ashley, the winner of Lowcountry Live’s Leap Into a New Look Contest. Here’s just a few from the first part of her session with some behind the scenes. We’ll be sharing a few more from the rest of her session later 🙂 Special thanks to Sarah Pearson- Hair and Makeup Artistry for add the final touches to her hair/makeup look.

 

 

wanda and mell bell rocking pinup style

Boudoir Versus Pinup Photography Part 1

Earlier this year,  we appeared on television on Lowcountry Live.  Twice! The first time, we talked about boudoir photography, what it is, and why you should do it. Then, we switched gears for the second appearance and talked about pinup photography.  Check out the videos below to find out more.