About this Vendor
Charleston's Premier Wedding Photography Artists
Top 10 Richard Bell Photography facts: 1) Preposterously creative 2) Stealthy like ninjas 3) Calm & in control 4) Fast & flexible 5) Thoughtful & considerate 6) Preferred by venues & coordinators 7) Professional (not snooty) 8) Confident (not bossy) 9) Artsy (not flaky) 10) Fairly hilarious. Also, we take pictures at weddings! Hit us up. Lets see if we're a good fit.
Artistic, Classic, Documentary, Dramatic, Lifestyle, Modern
Bridal Portraits, Day After Session, Engagement
Getting Engaged, After Party, Rehearsals + Parties, Wedding
Destination Wedding Packages, Destination Weddings, Online Proofing, Digital Files, Printed Enlargements, Printed Proofs, Wedding Albums, Photo, Second Shooter Available, Social Media Sharing, Photo + Video
LOVE Richard Bell PhotographyReviewed on 12/09/2015 Kelly A
Nathan Bell was my photographer on my wedding day and he really has an eye for creative and unique shots. His work is efficient and he has a calm professional manner, I couldn't believe how quickly we were done with pictures. LOVE my wedding photos. I feel they are a perfect balanace of tradition but with a little something extra to make you go, "WOW"!
Mell and James were INCREDIBLE. They were so much fun and I'm so thankful we got them to do our wedding. I've seen a few 'teasers' of our wedding, and they are so beautiful. Can't wait to see the rest of them! They are worth EVERY penny!
Absolutely perfect!Reviewed on 10/25/2015 Jordan M
Richard Bell Photography has one of the best reputations in Charleston for a reason! Let me just say Wanda Cavazos EXCEEDED any & all expectations! I can't even begin to describe her talent as she left me speechless. She is willing to do whatever it takes to get the shot (like climbing in trees despite allergies). Obviously her talent for photography is incredible, but she's also patient in giving pose instructions. If you want BEAUTIFUL photos, belly laughs & an amazing experience, Wanda Cavazos at Richard Bell is your woman!
We could not be happier with our choice for Richard Bell Photography for our wedding on 4/23/17 at Boone Hall Plantation. Mell Bell and Cecilee were absolutely amazing! My husband and I are not big picture takers and I told them how we'd prefer candid/action photos. The morning of my wedding they were not only on time, but early. They made me and my wedding party feel at ease..which is exactly what I wanted. Once we got to the venue there were a few problems with our decor/catering company and Mell and Cecilee stepped in to help save the day..I don't even want to mention the things they helped with because it was so out of their resposibility but it helped save my wedding day! Mell was also a huge help when I came to helping me with the little details that my MOH was nervous about (For example, bustling my dress). She listened to how I didn't want a lot of posed photos and that I preferred action/candid photos and did just that. Mell and Cecilee were not only the best photographers but also my unofficial bridesmaids who helped save the day! We just received our photos and couldn't be happier!! Thank you Mell, Cecilee, & the rest of the staff at Richard Bell Photography for capturing our perfect wedding day! Kelly & Victor
I cannot express how awesome their entire team is! When we decided to have a destination wedding, I was a little nervous about selecting vendors, but from the first email with the team at Richard Bell Photography I felt so comfortable! Not only are they AMAZING photographers, they are the kindest people you will ever meet! We were lucky enough to have Mell do our engagement pictures as well as our wedding pictures and we were blown away at how stunning they are! I LOVE pictures and am the first to admit I am a photographer snob, so picking the right wedding photographer was top on my list! Not only did Mell not disappoint, she literally gave us pictures that look like they could be on the cover of a bridal magazine!
Nathan at Richard Bell Photography is the best. He is fast and efficient at the formal photos, but more important he is creative and unobtrusive throughout the whole day. He is fun, and obviously loves what he does. From the engagement photos through the "send off" he and Heather were great! We've only seen a few pics so far, but they are awesome already! Nathan went above and beyond - including getting a water proof camera to jump in and get unique shots of the send off (which was the wedding party jumping in the pool since more than half were college swimmers!) They are the absolute best!
Absolutely amazing! Mell and Cecile did our wedding at Boone Hall Plantation. She made us feel relaxed and so far from the teasers I have seen I can only imagine what the rest look like. Thank you for being a part of our special day and capturing the moments that we will cherish forever!
Do not book anyone else! RBP is the absolute best at what they do. Nathan did our engagement pictures and they turned out great, especially for how hot it was Downtown Charleston in the blazing summer sun. Then, a few short months later, Nathan & James shot our wedding. Every single picture turned out AMAZING. "Build your wedding budget around your photographer" was the best advice I received and that's exactly what I did. I could not have asked for better photographers. Of course the ladies were running a little behind getting ready and the gents were on their way over to take pictures but Nathan told us not to worry and that everything was under control. They both definitely had their ninja status going on at the wedding; we hardly knew they were there when we weren't taking posed shots. I could stay on here and say great things all day but in short - BOOK RBP!!!!
Mell did our engagement pictures and our wedding and she was AMAZING! You will not regret going with Richard Bell, they are the best of the best in my opinion!
I truly don't even know that I could put into words just how much my husband and I loved working with Richard Bell Photography! We did a ton of research looking for the best photographer and when we saw Wanda's work we were blown away and knew we needed to meet with her. From our very first phone interview with Wanda we were in love! We knew that we would be in amazing hands on the most important day of our lives. We were convinced that being an out of town couple for our wedding would have been a problem, but the staff at Richard Bell made sure that it didn't affect a thing and made sure the entire process was seamless. We were blessed to not only have the amazingly talented Wanda as our leader shooter, but we got the pleasure of having the ever talented Cecilee as our second shooter, as well. They made an amazing team and easily scouted the best spots to get the prettiest pictures in the most efficient way possible, not to mention truly provided the best company a bride and groom could ask for on their wedding day. Our bridal party and family all commented on how great and easy they were to work with. Our wedding ended rather late so we couldn't believe that just a couple of hours later Wanda already had some gorgeous photos for us! Every photo they took was more beautiful than the next and they somehow managed to capture every magical, heartfelt, and funny moment. We are convinced that they are part ninja to be able to capture all that they do. We honestly couldn't say enough great things about Wanda, Cecilee, and Richard Bell Photography! They are great people who are phenomenal at what they do! We cannot wait to plaster their amazing art all over our home so we can relive our day over and over again! If you want the most talented team and endless compliments on your photos, Richard Bell is the way to go.
If you are looking for a photographer, look no further and hire Richard Bell Photography! The most important priority for my wedding is photography, and after reviewing numerous photographer options, Richard Bell Photography immediately caught my attention. Their photos are edgy, yet breathtaking, and I loved the creative touches that shined in their sample photos. Currently, my fiance and I have had two photo shoots with Mell Bell and Wanda, and they were both absolutely amazing experiences. Mell Bell was really able to listen to exactly what I was looking for in each session, and she went above and beyond (from laying on the hard ground to sprawling in the mud) just to capture the most magnificent and creative photos. She made my fiance and I feel so comfortable during each photo shoot, and we were both blown away by her photography talents. At the end of each session, we did not only receive amazing photos, but we truly received priceless works of art that we will cherish and display for a lifetime. We can not wait for her to photograph our wedding and even our future children, as we will definitely be going to Richard Bell Photography for all our photography needs. Richard Bell Photography was unarguably the best decision I have ever made for my wedding, and I recommend everyone to use Richard Bell Photography for any photography needs! They are simply the best!
Absolutely LOVED Nathan, could not have asked for a better photographer. We used Nathan for our engagement pictures, bridal portrait and were lucky enough to have Nathan and James for our wedding. They were a dream to work and amongst the chaos of my bridal party remained organized. When I decided on Charleston I knew Richard Bell was the only choice. Our pictures are beyond words, they are just like a fairytale. I couldn't have been happier with my choice of photographer.
Nathan is incredible. He captured my bridal portraits and our wedding. He knows what he's doing and gets the perfect shot every time. We have undoubtedly found OUR photographer and look forward to working with him and his staff in the future.
Wonderful!! We booked them for both our engagement photos and wedding photos! What was great is that we got to keep our photographer (James) for both shoots. Which was great because James knew US and he knew what shots would work for our personalities. We ended up being a "hurricane Friday" wedding and they are very accommodating to or reschedule date. Everyone loved our engagement photos and our wedding photos even more. James and Andy were very patience with our guests and our pup to get the right snap shot. We are excited to use Richard Bell Photography (and James!) again for future photo shoots, I would HIGHLY recommend them.
If I could give Wanda and Cecilee 100 stars, I would! They had everything so organized and ready to go on our wedding day, the pictures were a breeze to get done. They made me feel beautiful and kept me laughing and smiling, even with the weather being a little dreary. They are a fabulous duo! My pictures turn out absolutely fabulous, and I can't wait to share them with my friends and family. Absolutely amazing and I would recommend to everyone :)
I absolutely recommend Richard Bell Photography to everyone!! They are down to earth, nice and genuine people, as well as super professional! I guarantee you will not only love their high quality customer service, but fall in love with their amazing work! You definitely get your money's worth and then some! Love these guys! Also, ladies, do yourself a favor and check out MellBella Boudoir & Pinup Photography! They are the absolute best at what they do and if you are anything like me, you'll probably go in super nervous and within 5 minutes of meeting them, you'll feel so relaxed and comfortable; dare I say even confident! By the end of the shoot, I wasn't ready to leave! Bottom line. Richard Bell Photography and MellBella are the way to go when you want something done right!! Thanks guys for all that you do!!
UNBELIEVABLE. I don't even think there are words that adequately describe how wonderful Richard Bell Photography is. I had the pleasure of working with Nathan Bell for both my bridal portraits and my wedding, along with James Riley. My bridal portraits are out of this world. I knew they would be from the moment he showed me the unedited version on his camera that day. The six wedding sneak peaks we have gotten back so far give me chills. I can't tell you the number of people who have approached me after sharing them to say they are the most beautiful pictures they've ever seen. On top of giving you a top notch product that you will cherish for a lifetime, they are an absolute PLEASURE to work with. Nathan is one of the friendliest and most professional people I've met, both in the wedding industry and outside of it. James is also an absolute delight. They make sure to capture every shot that is important to you without you even knowing they are there. Nathan and James were literally in the grass laying down to capture the perfect angle. They are willing to go the extra mile. If I could give them 20 stars I would. Even though Nathan had never shot my venue before in Georgetown, SC, there is now anyone could have captured it better. If you are looking for a photographer, look no further. They are simply the best and your pictures are the most important part of your day and the one thing you will have to hold on to long after the dancing, cake, and food is gone. Nathan and James gave us memories that will last for generations to come. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Richard Bell Photography.
We HIGHLY recommend Nathan. He was extremely professional and kind on our special day and put us at ease while going around taking photos. One of the things we enjoyed was how well organized he was. There was never hesitation or doubt about what he was doing or what he was asking of us. Many of our guests even complimented his work ethic and poise. One of the guest even told us that they were impressed because " They never saw him sitting, leaning, or just standing around." They did an exceptional job with our photos and they had great turn around time with getting our images to us. We were thrilled when we found Richard Bell Photography and we are still thrilled to have had them capture our wedding day!
Choosing Richard Bell Photography for my October 2016 wedding was hands down the easiest and BEST wedding decision I made. I fell in love with RBP when Nathan and Mell teamed up for my brother's wedding back in May 2010 and knew then that when the day came, I just HAD to use them for my wedding! Fast forward 5.5 years later and they were the first vendor I contacted post-engagement to check on their availability before booking my venue and securing the date. We weren't able to use Mell as our second photographer because she was booked the day of our wedding, but James came along for the ride and was a ton of fun and very helpful! Every interaction I had with Nathan and his team at RBP was nothing but pleasant , professional, and prompt. I was so impressed with how quickly Nathan was able to get our digital albums to us following each shoot. I had my engagement shoot and bridal portraits done in Charleston and my wedding was in Columbia. I wanted to wait as late as possible to do my bridal portraits (since it is so hot in July and August in SC) and Nathan agreed to do them the first week of September and got them back within DAYS of shooting so I could order bridal portraits for the reception. My only regret out of the entire experience was not ordering my bridal portraits from RBP. I decided to go with an online company (to save some money) and they did not arrive in time for the event (despite a promised date 1 week before the wedding). I ended up having to use the 24-hour Walgreen canvas printer and needless to say, you could tell the canvases were printed in 24-hours. If you are going to display a canvas at your reception, go ahead and splurge on the higher quality RBP offers. Out of all the things a bride has to stress about regarding a wedding, I never once stressed about my pictures because I knew Nathan would do a fantastic job and they would be AMAZING. He didn't disappoint! I truly do not have enough good things to say about this company. They are the kindest people who truly care about their clients and pour their heart and soul into every shoot they do. These days there are so many people who enjoy photography as a hobby, but at RBP, you will find EXPERT photographers who have perfected their craft. The wedding day moves so quickly and you miss out on so many little things. I have LOVED looking back at my pictures and reliving the day time and time again. If you are looking for a wedding photographer, look no further. I promise they will exceed all of your expectations!
Honestly people you couldn't get a better group of photographers. I know by looking at their photos that every one of these photographers are fabulous, but I know though experience that Nathan and James made my wedding day perfect! Not only are the few pics I've already seen beyond great but these men really know how to calm a bride and make sure the greatest moments are captured. They have the best advice on location, poses, facial expressions; they held my dress, veil and flowers, held an umbrella over my head while it rained, climbed down a cliff for the best shot, dealt with my family; and truly made me love every moment. The pictures made me cry happy tears. My dad who doesn't pay attention to wedding photos said they're the best pictures he's ever seen. Others have said they belong in a magazine. If you care about photos and want the best of your big day don't go anywhere else.
Richard Bell Photography is amazing! Mell and Chrissy were our photographers the day of our wedding. We live in Ohio and chose to do a destination wedding in Charleston SC so we hadn't met the girls until the day of the wedding. We LOVED them! They were so fun and so real! They laughed with us in the awkward moments and made us feel so beautiful and understood. We had so much fun in the 90 degree scorching sun and they still made me look beautiful regardless of the sweat & flat hair! We love our pictures so much. So thankful we chose them!!
We can't say enough great things about Richard Bell Photography! We chose to go with Mell Bell....we loved her style! As a destination wedding, we actually didn't have a chance to meet until the day of our wedding, but I felt comfortable right from our very first phone conversation and felt like I was meeting an old friend on our wedding day! They really take the time to get to know you and your significant other by send surveys asking details about your family, friends, likes/dislikes, etc before the wedding (which is super helpful if you don't have a "traditional" family). The process is easy and seamless and Mell Bell was easy going and fun, but was still able to get our large wedding parties and families to cooperate when needed :) Mell Bell knew that my husband and I met in Philadelphia, so she had the wonderful suggestion of doing first look pictures in Philadelphia alley...close to our venue in the historic district of Charleston, and I couldn't be more thankful she suggested that as it was such a fun memory that we will look back on and a great way to incorporate the places we've lived as a couple!
Wanda is AMAZING!!! She and her daughter Cecilee were so fun, quirky, and exceptionally professional. What a perfect mother-daughter duo! We could not have picked a better pair. My family and wedding party loved them too! Our wedding party was 23 people strong plus parents and siblings and extended family made us a pretty large group. They were able to control and have fun with everyone. We got every shot we wanted plus more than expected in unexpected places. Wanda and Cecilee really have an eye for spotting photo settings and backgrounds that would otherwise go unnoticed. We are so lucky that Wanda was available to shoot our wedding at the Wickliffe House in Charleston. Every time we look back at these photos it makes me emotional and lets us relive one of the happiest days of our lives. Leading up to, during, and after the wedding she and her team were incredible. They respond to emails quickly and were always so friendly. We worked with Nathan to set up our photo album after the wedding – he is so patient, funny and has the most infectious laugh! We had the chance interact with multiple members of the team and I have to say Richard Bell Photography is just every bride’s (couple's) dream. They take such care in walking you through every step, making timelines that work for you, setting up consultations (phone and in person), sending sweet cards for Christmas, and getting to know you! Just a great group of people. We love LOVE L-O-V-E Wanda but I’m pretty sure you could not go wrong with anyone at Richard Bell Photography. Thank y’all so much!!
We were lucky enough to work with both Wanda and Mell for our wedding day! Richard Bell Photography is very well known in Charleston, so we knew we would be in good hands when it came to one of the biggest days of our lives. Wanda was our lead photographer but her and Mell worked so seamlessly together it was as if they could read each other’s minds. They made everyone feel important and heard with their ideas and requests but focused on making sure the groom and myself were the happiest. Their work was amazing, our guests even thought a beautiful night shot we had was photo shopped to add a clear sky and a perfect scattering of stars. Anytime someone who came to the wedding or someone sees our pictures for the first time, they rave about how amazing the pictures are. Wanda and Mell’s fiery personalities matched their bright hair and even made it easier for some of the more intoxicated guests focus on what was being asked of them “walk towards the lady with the bright red hair, stop, and smile!” These women do a wonderful job making you feel like you have become their friend and I feel so lucky to have had the privilege to work with them. I can’t wait to work with them again and our growing family one day.
We LOVED working with Wanda! She photographed our engagement session, my bridal portraits, and our wedding. Wanda is such a talented photographer, and we were blown away by all of the photos. We continue to get so many compliments on the photos, and we can't wait to get our wedding album back! I would definitely hire Wanda with Richard Bell Photography if you are looking for unbelievable wedding photos that capture the story of you wedding day.
Meet The Owner
My dad, Richard, founded the studio back in the 80s and we kept the name. Since then I've been incredibly lucky to have some amazing people & artists get stranded on this island with me, including my hot wife, Mell Bell, Wanda the rocker chick, James the lionheart, and the Professor and Mary Ann. We have too much fun.