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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- November

Meet Mell Bell. She is 39 year old Mom of a 7 year old daughter. Mell meet her husband in college at USC. She is the Co-Founder of mellBella and has been with Richard Bell Photography for 13 years and a professional photographer for 10 of them. Mell Bell is very passionate about Humans Rights and Equality. Just wait until you see who her hero is, think way back for this one! Thank you again to Sarah Pearson Artistry for going back to the 1800s for the hair and makeup styling.

The She’s My Hero Calendar Launch Party to benefit the Center for Women is next week! We’ve been keeping the calendar TOP SECRET, and on Wednesday, October 10th the BIG reveal will happen at Boone Hall  from 6-9pm. However, we did give exclusive information to Skirt Magazine. Be sure to check out their October issue in print or online for some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

She’s My Hero- October

Meet Wanda who is representing October in the She’s My Hero Calendar. Wanda has been married for almost 30 years! She got married at 17 to her high school sweetheart, has 4 daughters, and 1 newborn grandbaby.  She loves Alice in Wonderland, tea, good music, record collecting, and tattoos. She perseveres and always has a plan. You may recognize her from her work at mellBella Photography (that’s us) and our brother company, Richard Bell Photography.  Thank you so very much to Sarah Pearson Hair & Makeup Artistry for her time and skill in getting the makeup just right for Wanda’s hero. Her hero is a modern day fictional character who uses her strength and intelligence to save her community.

The She’s My Hero Calendar Launch Party is next week! As part of our Silent Auction, we will have 12 professional canvas portraits,  representing each woman from calendar, up for bidding. We want you to be there and celebrate with us. Get your FREE tickets at:

She's My Hero Ticket Link

And be sure to check out the October issue of  Skirt Magazine!  There will be some sneak peeks into the heroes.

 

 

 

 

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- 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 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
mellBella IWD

Celebrate International Women’s Day

March is Women’s History, and what should we do about it? Celebrate, of course! International Women’s Day is Thursday, March 8th, and we’ve got two great ways to share and celebrate with your friends.

First, have you picked up the latest issue of Skirt! Magazine?

skirt! magazine march 2018 cover

After reading about some amazing local women, turn to the back cover, grab your friends, and take a photo together. Be sure to tag @skirtcharleston and use the hashtags #skirtforIWD and #PressforProgress.
We are so excited to partner with Skirt! Magazine for the She’s My Hero Project and some other surprises TDB.

skirt! magazine march 2018 back cover

NEXT… we love giveaways and celebrating women for everything they do. So when we found these shirts, we had to get them. And now, we’re going to give them away.

international women's day shirt

Here’s how to enter our drawing for a chance to win one of the shirts:

  • Post of photo of yourself on Instagram or Facebook holding a note celebrating or encouraging women
  • Tag us on Instagram @mellbella or Facebook  at mellBella Boudoir & Pinup Photography
  • Add the hashtag #mellbellaIWD
  • Winners will be announced on our social media and will be able to pick up their shirt at our studio on Thursday, March 8th– International Women’s Day

We’ll be posting our photos too, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with.

international women's day shirt close up
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She’s My Hero Project Announcement Video

It’s been a dream of ours for a long time to create a great fundraiser to celebrate and support women in our community. We didn’t want to do it alone because together we can make an even bigger difference in our world. So, we created the She’s My Hero Project to raise funds for the Center for Women. We chose the Center for Women as our charity because they truly help women succeed personally and professionally through education, skill building, networking, and much more. In addition to raising funds, we also want to raise awareness about their programs to help even more women. Check out the video below for our big announcement from our appearance on Lowcountry Live:

Want to donate to the silent auction or be a sponsor? Just send us an email at info@mellbella.com

 

She's My Hero Contest by mellBella

She’s My Hero Contest

To celebrate women, their diversity and empowerment, mellBella Photography presents the She’s My Hero Contest– the Biggest Contest we’ve ever done with 10 Winners!She's My Hero 10 Free Photo Shoots

Yes, you read that right… we’re giving away 10 Feminine Photo Shoots, including hair/makeup and styling! At their mellBella photo shoots, the 10 winners will be styled as their hero or with a photo of their hero. Also, all winners will receive a gift basket filled with fabulous items from our sponsors. 

All ladies 21 years old and up are eligible to enter. To enter, send us an email at info@mellbella.com with:

  • Your name and phone number
  • A recent photo of yourself (we love selfies!)
  • A little something about yourself
  • Who is your female hero and why she inspires you

Your hero can be real or fictional. Entries will be accepted from February 8-16th. Winners will be notified on February 19th. As part of Women’s History Month, the photo shoots will take place at the mellBella Photography studio March 5-9th. (Be sure the check out the Contest Details Section below).

Each winner’s photo from her She’s My Hero session will be in the 2019 She’s My Hero Calendar. And here’s the best part, ALL Sales of the She’s My Hero Calendar will benefit the Center for Women.The Center for Women helps women build better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. Through their informative educational programs, networking opportunities, and skill building workshops focused on personal and professional development, they offer a wide selection of special opportunities for women to learn, thrive, and succeed. In all that they do, they are committed to creating a network of women who are equipped have economic success and become leaders in their personal, professional, and community lives.

The fun and fundraising doesn’t stop there.This fall (date TBD), mellBella Photography along with our fabulous sponsors will host the She’s My Hero Calendar Launch Party. All winners, friends, family, sponsors are invited as well as the general public. Along with Calendar sales, we will have vendors, silent auction items, etc. to raise even more money for the Center for Women. We are looking for others to partner with us for this event, especially women-owned businesses. Contact us for sponsorship and donation opportunities. 

She's My Hero Sponsors

CONTEST DETAILS: No purchase is required to enter or win the contest. This contest is limited to women who are 21 years old and up. Entries for the She’s My Hero Contest will only be accepted from February 8, 2018 at 11am to February 16, 2018 at 11:59pm.  To enter the contest, you must contact mellBella Photography via email at: info@mellbella.com with a recent photo of yourself, your phone number, a little something about yourself, and which female is your hero/role model and why. Your hero can be real or fictional. All entries must be submitted via email to info@mellbella.com. Entries will NOT be accepted via social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) nor standard mail. All contestants to the She’s My Hero Project agree that their submission will become the property of mellBella Photography to use for promotional and marketing purposes for the She’s My Hero Contest/Project and may be included in the She’s My Hero Calendar or the Launch Party. The She’s My Hero Photo Shoots will take place March 5-9, 2018 at the mellBella Studio. All winners agree to allow mellBella Photography to use the images from their She’s My Hero photo shoot for our samplework, print and online marketing, website, and project sponsors.