November 23, 2014

The Divas at Dancing With The Stars!!! Behind The Scenes of our West Coast Three Divas Video/ Bella Rose Photo Coverage for Style Me Perfect!!!

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Rebekah (Diva #2), Deborah (Diva #1), 
Marriann Hough, Derek Hough,
Jennifer (Diva #3), and Lisa of Bella Rose Photography
backstage before Dancing With The Stars!!!


In August there was Boca Raton, filming Derek Hough and Mark Ballas of Dancing With The Stars!!!


In September there was New York Fashion Week filming for Style Me Perfect!!!

What could get better than that?  
How about a SMP/DWTS combo in November!!!

Style Me Perfect has personal stylists from the East Coast to the West, 
so in order to really tell their story, the next step seemed obvious - 
shoot them in LA!!!

As we put our heads together with SMP owner and creative director, 
Carrie Collins Johnson, 
we came up with an idea that would bring the worlds of 
Fashion and Dance together!!! 
We contacted Shirley Ballas and Marriann Hough, 
mothers of DWTS stars Mark Ballas and Derek Hough, 
and asked if they would be up for a 
Style Me Perfect "Mothers Makeover" 
for the Dancing With The Stars finale!  
Both women were game and the adventure began!!!

On Thursday November 13,
our Diva Video - Bella Photo team
caught a very early flight to LA.
(The good thing about traveling with 4 women is that,
after weighing the 4 suitcases at check-in,
we were able to move things from one suitcase to another
until all 4 were just under the 50 pound limit!
- wish we had that on film!!! ;););)

By 11:00 a.m., LA time, 
we were having brunch in Beverly Hills - 
talk about surreal!!!

Our plan for the Video/Photo Shoot 
was to include footage of both Shirley and Marriann 
doing what they love best 
(besides being the mothers of wonderful children)!  
For Shirley, that is being a dance instructor, 
and for Marriann, that is being a painter and art instructor! 

Filming Shirley Ballas 
as she trains future Ballroom DanceSport Champions.

Then out for dinner and dancing
(well, yes, even being in Beverly Hills
didn't stop us from creating our own dance party
on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant!!! ;););)


Original Artwork by Marriann 
The next morning we were off to shoot Marriann 
who is an artist and painting instructor.

  Arriving at the apartment, we were greeted at the door 
by a petite blond with a warm hug!
 We immediately recognized her as the mother of Julianne Hough,
because we had seen that same warm smile that reaches her eyes 
 when we first met Julianne.  

Don't you love it when a friendship takes you by surprise!  
You unexpectedly meet a kindred spirit and Voila!!! 
 This is how we felt when we met Marriann Hough.  
Even before we could sit down, the four of us were 
in animated conversation!  Hours later, after laughter and tears, 
we decided to reschedule her painting shoot and 
celebrate the fact that we felt like we had all discovered soul sisters!

 Jennifer has always wanted to take art lessons,
so she was thrilled to be chosen as Marriann's on camera student!!!

The paintings completed,
and the still life eaten!!!


The next day we were joined by 
Style Me Perfect owner & creative director, Carrie Johnson, 
and hair & make up artist, Tricia Gulikers, 
and some serious styling began!

Fashion & Wedding Photographer Extraordinaire, 

Keeping it real...
and fun!!!

Now onto the CBS studio, where DWTS is filmed,
 to shoot 
The Big Reveal 
with Derek & Mark!!!

Waiting for clearance to go in!!!

...and now we wait...

...and tell funny stories...

...and dance!!! ;););) 




Lisa, Tricia, Shirley, Marriann, Deborah, Carrie, Rebekah, Jennifer

To celebrate a fabulous day of styling 
and shooting these two Hot Mamas,
the rest of us got all dolled up and 
we hit "The Grove" for dinner!!!


On Sunday, Marriann asked us to join her 
and her daughters, Sharee & Julianne,
at The London in West Hollywood 
where Julianne had reserved a Cabana - Par-tee!!!

Mother/Daughter Trios -
one set of blondes,
one set of brunettes!!! ;););)

Though Julianne had to leave early for a meeting,
 we soldiered on, partying without her -
At least she left her two famous pups,
Lexi & Harley
to keep all of us company in her absence!!!

Jennifer, Maude, Marriann, Kristy, Sharee
It was so much fun seeing Kristy, a fellow Wilmingtonian,
 who Jennifer had met on the set of Safe Haven     
and who is now Julianne's personal assistant and side-kick!  

Though we Divas were unprepared for the pool, 
   we were all prepared for DESSERT...

...Poolside Dance Lessons...

...and all kinds of Photo Ops!!!

We quickly caught on that The Hough Women ALL have it going on!!! ;););)

And how many Divas does it take to help
Marriann reapply her lipstick?!!! 

Jennifer, Sharee, Maude
These girls are on fire!!!

And here is Jennifer walking on fire with
the Viking Princess from the hit show
"The Vikings"!!!
Now that's a moment to remember!!!
Maude Hirst you're the best!!!

Thank you Julianne for a fabulous afternoon that 
we'll never forget!!!


And here we are shooting at DWTS
having been given permission
to shoot some B Roll
before we go in!!!

Backstage at Dancing With The Stars!!!
What a way to start the night!!!
Derek was so thoughtful and proud of his mother, Marriann,
and right before he escorted all of us to our seats,
it was Derek who suggested we take this picture!!!

And to top it all off, just before the show aired,
the crowd was invited to the dance floor
to do two of the Divas Favorites...
The Wobble
The Cupid Shuffle
We were in dancing heaven!!! ;););)

For those of you who wanted to know where we were sitting, 
you can see us during Derek and Bethany's dance intro - 
right up on stage with them - can't get better than that!!! ;);):)
l-r: Marriann, Jennifer, Deborah's bangs, Rebekah & Lisa!!! 

Lisa, Jennifer, Marriann, Deborah, Rebekah
And afterwards, dinner at Maggiano's!!!
A wonderful ending to an
amazing few days!!!


Deborah, Rebekah, & Jennifer

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November 9, 2014

A Ballerina Bride Photo Shoot!!!

Photos by Lisa Brown - Bella Rose Photography

There is romantic,
and then there is Romantic!
And a Ballerina Bride is the stuff of young girls dreams!
So when we Divas and our Bella Rose
put our heads together to do a photo shoot...

Our model "Bride" is really a professional ballerina!
The vision for the Floral & Event Design for staging the shoot
began with our love for Cary Grant & Grace Kelly!!! ;););)
 So we designed this shoot with a thematic nod to
Grace Kelly in "To Catch A Thief" -
think Grace Kelly en pointe!!!

Location! Location! Location!
We may not be in the French Riviera,
 but you can hardly get more romantic than a grassy lawn,
beneath ancient Live Oaks, and 
set against the backdrop of the Intracoastal Waterway!!!

And to complete the staging,
we designed this theatrical Wedding Cake,
decorated with a magnificent white peacock
 we created from sugarpaste!

With the stage now set, we were ready to
let Lisa loose with her camera
to work her magic!!!

Like in "To Catch A Thief,"
our shoot ended with fireworks
(well, at least, sparklers!!! ;););)


And here are some of our "Behind the Scene" photos
 of the "reality" behind these gorgeous images!!!...

We were able to order these magnificent roses
from Ecuador!  They were so beautifully
perfect they don't look real in the photos!!!

To set up a shoot like this takes moving
a truck load of things... thank you Paula Corbett for letting us
invade your back yard for the day (& evening!!!)
(Deborah & Paula - The Bridesmaids!!!) 

Stage set!!!...

Bride dressed...
(a Diva request - apply more lipstick!!!)

 It is, as Lisa calls it, the "magic hour"...

...and the shoot begins!!!

Ever wonder how photographers get those fabulous shots?...
...Very carefully!!! ;););)

Deborah and Jan of aMuse

To style our Grace Kelly-esque Bride,
our first stop was to see Jan of aMuse
for the perfect vintage jewelry!
(Remember Grace sitting on the sofa
tempting Cary with her necklace,
fireworks exploding in the background - sigh!)
Jan you nailed it!!!

For seeing all the details,
any of these beautiful photos can be
enlarged on your screen
by simply "hitting" the image!


Thank you to our wonderful team!!!

Paula Corbett - for her gorgeous backyard!
Pomp - for their fabulous mirrored furniture
Balcony - for the wonderful curved sofa
aMuse - for the vintage jewelry
Amy Kennison - for the glamorous make-up
Jamie Warzell -  hair stylist
Lotus Lily - for your fabulous LOVE letters
Honorary Diva #1 - Heather Weeks
Photography assistant - Jill Stewart
and last, but not least,
 Lisa - for being an artist with a camera
and always perfectly capturing our work!!!


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