I’m Renee Bell
Photographer. Social Media Manager. Life Coach.
In the past I ran a busy newborn photography studio in Newcastle full time, and while I adored taking photos of gorgeous babies, I kinda felt like I was putting the rest of my dreams on hold. I loved taking photos of babies, but there were so many other things I wanted to do in addition to this. So I took a break. I explored. Took thousands of photos of food, and products, and of other passionate small business owners. I studied, and qualified as a health coach and a life coach. I learned a lot about natural health and beauty, I explored essential oils. I set about creating my own version of an ideal life, one where the feeling of vibrance was no 1 priority.
I connected with loads of amazing small businesses – gave them social media advice, styled photographed their creations, tried their products and gave feedback. I have had an epic adventure!
The NFE Design brand is one that I created back in 2008 – 2009 when I first started my photography business. Yes there is a story behind the name NFE Design, but mainly it was because I was very clear on the fact that I didn’t want to use my name. I didn’t want to pigeonhole myself into a product or service or a particular ideal client that I may eventually want to move on from. I wanted to be able to use my creative skills in what ever way they evolved as the years passed…
As fate would have it, those first 7 or so years of my business took me down the path of newborn photography, with a few weddings chucked in for good measure in the early years, and a small number of family sessions as those new babies grew into little people, and beyond. Lots and lots of pics of my girl, but mostly babies, babies, babies. I loved it, but eventually it became time to slow down. Now after a few years break and many see-saw moments back and forwards exploring names and potential business plans, I have ended up almost back where I started.
I have always had a soft spot for this brand name, and the brand vision and logo that I created with the help of the amazing Netra Chetty in 2010. That very first print run business cards, still on my desk, and that pic of my girl when she was just a 3 year old. Still to this day, my most precious and treasured work of art.
NFE Design in 2018, and beyond.
I really love to help people. Whether it is capturing those memories you want to hold close forever, helping you navigate through roadblocks that come your way, brainstorming ways you can take your business (and your social media presence) to the next level, or creating epic images of your product – I would love to be involved.
Take a look around this site at some of the things I have done in the past, and a few of my own personal projects, and lets chat about working together in what ever capacity feels right.