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News Flash Friday- October 2018

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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!

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Prima Bella Exclusive

Great news! At mellBella Photography, we’re always trying to make The mellBella Experience even better. We are a creative photography studio specializing in the female form and empowering women. We wanted to make sure that you had an easy, private, and fun place to answer your questions, share wardrobe suggestions, tips, stories, and so much more. So, we created Prima Bellas.

What is a Prima Bella? 

A woman who is a mellBella client or potential client who gets first access to ALL mellBella Specials and News and has chances to win a FREE session with us throughout the year.  A woman who wants to celebrate her unique beauty, femininity, and strength. Truly, a VIP.

How do I join? 

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

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. 

We will answer ALL the questions. You know you have them, and we want you to be prepared and excited for your session with us. We can’t wait to work with you!

 

 

Giving Back this November 2017 with mellBella

Tis the season of giving. And there’s lots of ways you can give back to local charities and support some wonderful causes. Here’s what’s going in November:

Saturday, November 4th

We’re so proud to sponsor The Lowcountry Highrollers from 9am-12pm at Riverfront Park in North Charleston for Brunch Run 5k to benefit Fresh Future Farm. Who doesn’t love brunch? It’s a great family-friendly way to start off the weekend and support our local community, farming, and education. You can walk or run your way through this 5k, or if you can’t make it, your can participate virtually. Register online at: https://www.racemine.com/Lowcountry-Highrollers/events/2017/brunch-run-5k

fresh future farm brunch run

 

After brunch, it’s time for lunch on November 4th. Rock your way over to Park Circle for Rockabillaque. It’s the 5th Annual Event filled with cars, bikes, pinups, music, food and more, and it benefits Valiant Animal Rescue + Relief and The Movember Foundation. There’s so many ways to support animals and men’s health. We’re excited to sponsor the 2017 Pinup Contest for Miss Rockabillaque. You can find out more info or register online at: http://www.rockabillaque.com/register-pin-up

 

rockabillaque pinup contest 2017

 

And finally, now through November 21st, let’s support One80 Place this Thanksgiving. Just bring a $20 donation or items from their Wish List:  http://one80place.org/wish-list/ to our studio. Your donation goes to help the homeless through One80 Place, and we’ll give you a mellBella Gift Bag valued over $100.

Make this a November to remember
by giving back together.

mellbella gives back one80 place

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mellBella Halloween Costume Contest 2017

mellBella Halloween Costume Contest

We love Halloween and dressing up. This year, we are hosting an online Halloween Costume Contest. All ladies 21 years and older are eligible to enter. There are three categories: Scary, Sexy, and Creative, which means there are three prizes. We’ll be announcing the prizes on social media. What are you going to be?

Here’s what you need to enter now through October 31st:

  1. Post a photo of yourself in your costume on Facebook or Instagram
  2. Tag our mellBella business page in your post
  3. Add the hashtag #mellbellatrickortreat
  4. Winners will be announced on our social media by Friday, Nov. 3rd

 

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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! 

 

One Image Wednesday- Surprise

What do you think surprised her? mellBella Pinups are ALL about expressions from surprised to sultry from shocked to smiling. At your mellBella Photography Pinup Session, be sure to channel your best Lucille Ball expressions. mellbella pinup popcorn surprise

mell bell and wanda headshot by Richard Bell Photography

2017-The First Big Announcement

Every year, we try to bring some new things to the mellBella Experience. 2017 is going to be an amazing year filled with lots of surprises. We’re proud to introduce the next step in our journey, and we can’t wait any longer to share it with you!

We love our old one, and it will still be around for a while. And get ready because this is just one of many new things to come. Thank you so much for your love and support!!!

happy halloween 2016 flapper

Happy Halloween 2016

Cinderella, her Fairy Godmother, and the whole mellBella team wish you a wickedly wonderful Halloween. May magic fill the air, and  your dreams come true!

happy halloween-2016 cinderella and her fairy godmotherAll outfits seen here are available in the mellBella Closet. What is your dream photo shoot?

 

 

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About mellBella Photography

 

A brief introduction to the mellBella Photography– the top boudoir and pinup photographers in Charleston, SC.

mellBella Photography is a Charleston, South Carolina boudoir photography studio. Owners and photographers, Mell Bell and Wanda, are BFFs and have a created the mellBella Boudoir Experience that goes beyond a regular photo session and brings it to the next level of classy, beautiful, and fashion inspired photography.

With every mellBella session, our all-female professional team provides hair and makeup styling, photography, style consulting, and expert model posing.

We guide you through every step of the way and show you how to pose. We like to get a variety of expressions throughout your session because laughing is sexy, smiling is sexy, subtle is sexy, smolder is sexy, etc.

Best. Gift. Ever! We specialize in boudoir photography, pinup photography, and feminine fine-art photography.