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“The Bella team is passionate about empowering women through creating artistic, original images that help each client see, feel, and appreciate their individual beauty.”
Karen McNeil -
Photographer/Studio Manager

Co-Founder and owner of Bella Boudoir since 2007, Karen brings over 10 years of professional photography experience. Originally starting her full-time photography career in weddings and a variety of portraits, she now solely focuses her time and talents to Boudoir photography for women, which has changed her life! “I get so much more out of Boudoir photography. The women who book with me want to have that pampering supermodel experience. They want to see their beauty come through in the images. They leave feeling confident and on top of the world. That is when I know I have done my job! It’s such a win for me and them!”

Outside of work, Karen is mother to a son and wife to a “wonderful man” who cooks for her! She enjoys coffee, a good road trip and drinking wine with the girls. You can find her every year in the Okanagan paddle boarding and touring the vineyards. La Vie est Belle!!

KIM SPEARS -
Photographer

Joining the Bella Boudoir team in 2017, Kim started her professional career in portraits & weddings, quickly became a nationally recognized photographer in the industry. Her love of all things beautiful, transpires into her work with a simple and beautiful elegance. Her attention to detail, paired with a sweet and calming demeanour is a strong asset to Bella Boudoir. "My goal is to create an amazing boudoir experience! I strive to truly put my client at ease, so not only are they completely comfortable, but they are also really having fun!"

A mother of two, she also nurtures her other passion in the garden, running her family run flower farm. She enjoys travels along side husband Darren, feeding her wanderlust soul.

MELANIE BAIRD -
Beauty Stylist

Veteran makeup artist Melanie brings over two decades of experience. Ranging from representing brands such as MAC & Stila cosmetics, over 1000 weddings clients under her brush, to being a artist for popular Canadian TV series and celebrities, Mel’s attention to detail and advance experience makes her a highly sought after professional in the industry. What is her favourite part about beautifying Bella clients? "I like to make them feel beautiful, because when they feel beautiful they carry themselves differently for photos and in thier daily life! By making them feel that beauty, something shifts inside of them, and they now will carry that out into the world!!"

Mel is an animal welfare activist! Her top priority is finding new cruelty free cosmetics to use on her clients. Along with her husband and teen daughter, her family shares their home with a number of dogs and small pets. It’s typical to see this active family walking the beach or trails on a beautiful day, with a pack of dogs in tow. For more information on Melanie, you can view her portfolio at http://www.melaniebaird.ca

NICOLE MURRAY -
Beauty Stylist

From a small town in Ontario, Nicole has built the foundation for being an expert in beauty. Previously working for brands like Lancome, MAC and Merle Norman. Nicole is currently a Elate Cosmetics artist and brand ambassador. From a retro inspired styling to a creative editorial look, she she excels in creation with a artistic approach, she believes the face is the perfect canvas. What is important to Nicole for every Bella client who sits in her chair? “To help them to reconnect to a sensual person that they may have lost sight of, finding a sexy alter ego to channel or celebrate in reaching goals and milestone the client has overcome in their life.”

What can we say, Nicole loves a good set of brows. She also loves running, spending time with her family, and shopping online for fashion essentials… and makeup! You can more view more of Nicole’s work at.”www.nicolemurraymakeup.com

KRISTA NUGENT -
Beauty Stylist

Krista brings over 10 years of experience in makeup and esthetics to the Bella team. After formal training she has worked for a variety of lines such Aveda and Jane Iredale, as well as local spa establishments. She is also a skincare and waxing specialist, and mentor to other beauty peers. Krista’s advice for the Bella clients she meets? “Relax and and trust that they’ll be happy with your images… because you are going to be.” What does she love? Following online beauty masters.

Krista loves to keep up to date on the latest and greatest in must have skin and makeup lines, as well as todays trends. When not at her spa, some of her favourite things to do is being at great yoga class or out and about with her favourite girlfriends. Krista is owner-operator of Therapy Spa & Makeup Studio here in Victoria B.C. Visit her site at www.therapyspastudio.com