I was born in northern CA on an air force base and grew up in Virginia and California, bouncing back and forth from coast to coast numerous times, including three years in England.
I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston where I graduated with a degree in Film Scoring, played in a band, and wrote jingles (which I still love when I hear a good one on the radio).
I then moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting, screenwriting, and filmmaking which I did for a good long stretch, and was a period of incredible growth both artistically and personally.
I feel I’ve been an artist my entire life, discovering different ways to express myself and to create. I love the creative process and using one’s imagination and inspiration to create something out of nothing.
I still do a little acting and writing on the side, but more as a hobby and for fun, because I find my greatest joy now to be looking through the lens of a camera creating images.
My style combines elements from different photographic genres that have inspired me throughout the years. My emphasis is on making art through the use of light, shadow, and color to create unique one-of-kind images for my clients.
It’s normal for women to be nervous or unsure of themselves at first, but after showing them a few images during our session, they suddenly start to gain a newfound confidence in themselves.
It’s through this process that many discover a transformation within. They start to see themselves in a way they may not have experienced before, and I’m grateful to be a part of that.
I like to emphasize that we, photographer and client, are working together to create something artistic and truly special that will be preserved in the form of an album or prints that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
When they finally receive the results of their session, and they hold in their hands a collection of images in their finished format, they can become quite emotional. Seeing that my work has this kind of impact has changed me in a way that no other type of photography has in the past. I feel like I’m contributing to the greater good in some small way.
I draw inspiration from many varied sources, architecture, art, cinematography, other photographers, or something I happen to see in my every day life. I’m constantly trying to up my game and that’s the challenge this genre presents to me. I see an opportunity within boudoir to push the limits of what’s already been done, of what’s already being offered, and bring something new to the art form.
I have a passion for moody, sultry imagery with rich bold colors, but also ones that use natural light. If you’ve ever fantasized about being a “model” and having images taken of you that look like they belong in a magazine, then send me a message or give me a call and let’s make this happen for you, because…
“Life is either a great adventure, or nothing at all.”
Still More About Me...
I approach my photography… or rather my art, with my storytelling muse and my music muse perched eagerly on each shoulder anxious to have their say.
Composing a photograph is similar to composing a piece of music… to me at least. Every instrument has a unique quality and tone just as every element in a photo has its own unique quality and tone from the subject, to wardrobe, lighting, color palette — all these “instruments” need to be arranged in such a way that they create a harmonious visual experience that is (hopefully) emotionally moving as well.
Can a photograph do that?
Yes, it can. Not always, but it’s what I strive towards.
Mood is also a big part of my work.
With music you create mood with notes, instruments, and interpretation. With photography these “notes” are lighting, framing, color palette, and subject.
My storytelling muse also wants its voice heard as well!
If I can infuse a story into the image, the photograph takes on an added dimension. In other words, the viewer gets to experience that image on two levels — one is the visual aesthetic — the other, for the story it tells. It takes us on a journey in our mind.
What do you need to create a story with a single image?
I believe it starts with two things, expression and setting. The expression tells us how the subject is feeling in the moment — and the setting tells us what is happening or what just happened.
Sometimes that story is obvious to us. Other times it’s open to interpretation with various scenarios running through our head.
Can this be done with boudoir?
Yes, it can.
It’s a union of my screenwriting days and my passion for photography.
Everything has its place and everything has its purpose. I don’t claim to compose a “masterpiece” every time I step behind the camera, but I have managed to create some truly captivating imagery (to me at least) that has inspired and motivated me to continue along this path.
I have a vision of where I want to end up but then I don’t think one ever truly “arrives” at a final destination with art. You keep learning and progressing, trying new things, experimenting, and the journey continues day after day, week after week, year after year — until you’ve created a body of work that resonates with who you are and what you wanted to say in that period of time in your life… and hopefully others will appreciate that as well.
Considering a boudoir experience?
Copyright Bella Mitri Boudoir 2021 © All rights Reserved.