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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! 

 

mellbellaboudoir body suit and thigh highs

What to Wear for your Boudoir Session– Beyond a Matching Bra and Panty

It time again for What to Wear for your Boudoir Session. You found the perfect matching bra and panty set for one of your boudoir looks. But now, you need help coming up with some other looks. We got you!

mellbella boudoir knee socks

Here is our TOP TEN list for what to wear Beyond a Bra and Panty set at your boudoir session:

  1. Bodysuits– They are back in style, and you can find them in your favorite color!  There are styles that work with every body type too!
  2. Veil– Getting married or celebrating your anniversary? Bring your wedding veil or buy one just for your shoot. So many possibilities.
  3. Sweater– We love a long cardigan or button up that covers up just enough. Go with a neutral or go bold with a vibrant color. Show off only what you want.
  4. Jeans– You know the ones… your favorite pair that hugs your curves in all the right places. Pair with or without a top. Bra optional.
  5. Dress– Go for a sweet sundress, that sexy club dress, or your go-to date night dress. Bonus- if it has buttons or a long zipper.
  6. Thigh Highs–Stockings or socks. You can rock cute and comfy or steamy and sultry. Be sure to get the ones without the elastic top.
  7. Neck Tie– Grab one of your significant other’s favs. You can wear it with a bra or nothing at all.
  8. Boots–  Over the knee, cowboy, ankle length… just say yes, and bring them to your photo shoot.
  9. Romper– It usually shows a little peek of your booty, and you might already have one in your closet.
  10. Costume– Who doesn’t love to dress up? Wear it again and embrace your inner super hero or vixen.
    leather boudoir charleston 

    Now, where can you find these and get even more ideas? We created a whole Pinterest Board just for you with 100 pins of these ideas and more.

    Check out our Beyond Bra and Panty Pinterest Board

    Where to shop? We found a ton of items at Bits of Lace, Lane Bryant, Victoria Secret, Frederick’s of Hollywood,  Amazon, Target, and Torrid. All places that our Bellas have shopped and recommended.

    You can always bring several options to your mellBella session, and we’ll help you pick what is going to look best for you. Can’t wait to see what ideas you come up with!

mellbella boudoir corset with sparkly sequin skirt

mellbella boudoir man's shirt and tie

One Image Wednesday- Jewelry

Happy Wednesday! Details like jewelry as so important. Don’t forget to bring your ring(s),  necklace, or other jewelry that your significant other gave you. It’s the perfect to your session to make it even more personal. If you forget to bring any jewelry, don’t worry. We have plenty of gorgeous necklaces and a few bracelets from the mellBella Closet to add to your look. Go with a classic long strand pearls for one outfit then change it up to glam with an extra sparkly statement necklace.mellbella boudoir man's shirt and tie

details matter with mellbella boudoir photography

You Got This Day 2- Boudoir Marathon

We are so excited to let you know due to some scheduling changes and more importantly, popular demand… we are adding new event sessions for another date. We got you! And guess what? YOU GOT THIS on Saturday, Sept 16th.

mellbella boudoir black and white on the bed

 

We’re offering the Bombshell Package for $200 ($216 with tax) for this event.

Our Bombshell Package 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, little bites and sweet treats

Albums and products are available for purchase. 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, our Richard Bell Photography brides, and return Bella Beauties.

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

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.

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You Got This 2017 Boudoir Marathon

We get it. You’re nervous! You want to be bold, be brave, and feel like the beauty everyone else sees in you. You are always so busy taking care of everyone else that you barely have time to take care of yourself. You want to create a gift for that special someone, but you really need to do it for yourself too. We got you! And guess what? YOU GOT THIS on Saturday, August 12th.

mellbella boudoir sparkly gold sequin backdrop

We’re offering the Bombshell Package for $200 ($216 with tax) for this event.

Our Bombshell Package 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, little bites and sweet treats

Albums and products are available for purchase. 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, our Richard Bell Photography brides, and return Bella Beauties.

Click HERE to check out available times and ask for a contract to officially reserve your session for You Got This 2017– August 12th!

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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 boudoir legs stockings

Turn Up the Heat 2017 Boudoir Marathon

Summer is just around the corner, and  it’s the time of year… for Turn Up the Heat 2017! Our annual summer Boudoir Photography Marathon Event will be July 15th.  And we’re introducing a new lighting set just for this event!  No excuses. You CAN do this! It’s truly a gift for that someone special and confidence building for you.

mellbella boudoir headshot hair

ONLY FOR THIS EVENT–
You can book the Bombshell Package for $200 ($216 with tax).

Our Bombshell Package 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, little bites and sweet treats

Albums and products are available for purchase. 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, our Richard Bell Photography brides, and return Bella Beauties.

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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