Bella Soul Photography

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God's Creatures

Updated: Apr 22, 2014 5:13pm PST

Southern Trees

South Carolina is known for its' beautiful Live Oak trees, most notabl ...

Updated: Apr 11, 2014 12:57pm PST

Macro

Updated: Mar 28, 2014 12:39pm PST

Rise & Shine!!

Sunrises from the coastal beaches of Georgia and South Carolina...

Updated: Mar 24, 2014 4:54pm PST

2014 Hilton Head Island St. Patrick's Day Parade

Updated: Mar 24, 2014 4:52pm PST

Decay on wheels

Updated: Jan 17, 2014 5:13pm PST

Greenwood Cemetery - Brooklyn, NY

Green-Wood Cemetery was founded in 1838 as a rural cemetery in Kings C ...

Updated: Sep 11, 2013 5:58pm PST

Abandoned

Updated: Sep 07, 2013 5:53pm PST

New England Gravestones

Updated: Aug 28, 2013 4:04am PST

Monster House

Updated: Jul 16, 2013 2:10pm PST

Viewer Favorites

Updated: Jul 14, 2013 8:19am PST

Hunting Island State Park

Hunting Island is South Carolina’s single most popular state park, att ...

Updated: Jul 14, 2013 6:47am PST

Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH

Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum is a nonprofit garden cemetery and ...

Updated: Jul 06, 2013 11:39am PST

Urban Carolina

Traveling the roadways in South Carolina, one needs to keep a keen eye ...

Updated: Jun 18, 2013 3:23pm PST

Go Directly to Jail...Do not pass GO...Do not collect $200

Some people try to get out of jail. Me? I sneak in!

Updated: Jun 17, 2013 8:01am PST

Urban Still Life

A collection of odds & ends, things from days gone by, forgotten items ...

Updated: Jun 17, 2013 7:26am PST

Laurel Grove Cemetery - Savannah, GA

Savannah, Georgia's Laurel Grove Cemetery is located on a portion of t ...

Updated: Jun 17, 2013 6:52am PST

Garden of creepy dolls

Sometimes you take a wrong turn and end up in a place like this...

Updated: Jun 17, 2013 5:59am PST

Coastal Sunsets

Taken from different areas around the Lowcountry.

Updated: Jun 01, 2013 7:51pm PST

The Ridges & Cemeteries

The Athens Lunatic Asylum was a mental hospital operated in Athens, Oh ...

Updated: May 05, 2013 7:29pm PST

Bonaventure Cemetery Re-visited

Updated: Apr 10, 2013 11:35am PST

Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA

Allegheny Cemetery is one of the largest and oldest burial grounds in ...

Updated: Mar 21, 2013 2:16pm PST

Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, OH

Lake View Cemetery is located on the east side of the City of Clevelan ...

Updated: Mar 16, 2013 4:02pm PST

St. Lucia, WI

Updated: Jan 26, 2013 10:54am PST

Pigeon Island National Landmark - St. Lucia, WI

Pigeon Island National Landmark is heralded as one of the most importa ...

Updated: Jan 19, 2013 8:15am PST

Choc Cemetery - Castries, St. Lucia WI

Updated: Jan 14, 2013 8:47am PST

Sheldon Burnt Church Ruins

The Old Sheldon Church Ruins is a historic site located in northern Be ...

Updated: Nov 03, 2012 9:22am PST

Pon Pon Chapel of Ease

Established in 1725 by an Act of the General Assembly, Pon Pon Chapel ...

Updated: Nov 02, 2012 5:05pm PST

Boston Cemeteries

Forest Hills Cemetery is a historic 275-acre cemetery, greenspace, arb ...

Updated: Aug 29, 2012 11:02am PST

Mepkin Abbey

Mepkin Abbey is a Trappist monastery in Berkeley County, South Carolin ...

Updated: Aug 17, 2012 11:35am PST

Biggin Church Ruins

Biggin Church Ruins are the remains of the parish church of St. John’s ...

Updated: Aug 16, 2012 5:38pm PST

Laurel Hill Cemetery - Philadelphia, PA

The cemetery was founded in 1836 by John Jay Smith, a librarian and ed ...

Updated: Aug 07, 2012 9:54am PST

Greenwich Cemetery - Savannah, GA

Tucked away behind Bonaventure is Greenwich Cemetery. The youngest of ...

Updated: Aug 07, 2012 9:38am PST

Circular Congregational Churchyard

The Independent or Circular Congregational Church – or White Meeting H ...

Updated: Aug 06, 2012 1:17pm PST

Colonial Cemetery - Savannah, GA

The Colonial Park Cemetery, one of Savannah’ GA's most beautiful resto ...

Updated: Aug 06, 2012 1:14pm PST

Charleston Cemeteries

Magnolia Cemetery is what Superintendent Beverly Donald calls "the bes ...

Updated: Aug 06, 2012 1:14pm PST

Driftwood Graveyard

Driftwood Beach is along the northern end of Jekyll Island, a barrier ...

Updated: Aug 06, 2012 1:13pm PST

Fort Fremont - SC

Located at the southwestern tip of St. Helena Island in Beaufort Count ...

Updated: Aug 06, 2012 1:12pm PST

Ghost Town, SC

Ghost town in Lone Star, SC

Updated: Aug 06, 2012 1:11pm PST

Bonaventure Cemetery - Savannah, GA

Though not Savannah, Georgia's oldest cemetery, Bonaventure is certain ...

Updated: Aug 06, 2012 1:10pm PST

Welcome to Shawshank!

The Ohio State Reformatory, also known as the Mansfield Reformatory, i ...

Updated: Aug 06, 2012 1:01pm PST

Spring Island Tabby Ruins

These are the remains of one of the grandest homes in the South some 2 ...

Updated: Aug 06, 2012 1:00pm PST

Your Bio

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Welcome to my photography website!

I’ve been taking pictures all my life starting with my dad’s 1960’s Nikon Nikkormat SLR. At the tender age of 11 (or 12 or 13) I was intrigued by shutter speeds, aperture, depth of field and what makes a great photograph. As an artist, this was a new medium I just had to explore! It wasn’t until about 5 years ago I rediscovered my passion for photography. I am completely self-taught and have devoted a lot of time into learning to create the level of photographs you see here.

I am from the coastal area of South Carolina and enjoy shooting everyday objects here in the Lowcountry. I find beauty and tranquility in the many historic areas including cemeteries and historical ruins. I go poking into places most people wouldn’t venture. There’s usually something interesting to be found and photographed. That’s why urban exploration is my new love. I’ve been known to brave snakes, thorny shrubs, barbed wired fences and run from a swarm of Yellow jackets to get “the shot”.

I shoot almost all of my photographs in HDR or “High Dynamic Range”. HDR is multiple exposures of the same shot. The shots are then layered with software to bring out the true lights and darks (and most often moody tones depicted in my scenes).

I now proudly shoot exclusively with Canon Bodies and lenses (sorry dad!)

Please feel free to ask me any questions, drop me an email at Melissa.lewis@live.com