Saturday, December 20, 2014


Friday night's assignment took me to Colonial Life Arena to photograph the South Carolina - Clemson basketball game. Got an opportunity to set up a remote camera behind the basket and came away with a nice picture.

The camera is mounted behind the glass of the goal and set up so that when I fire my camera while sitting on the arena floor, the remote camera fires at the same time.

Here's one of images from the game and the caption.

South Carolina's Duane Notice flies to the basket for 2 of his 19 points Friday night against Clemson in Columbia.  Photo by Travis Bell. ©2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Charlotte-SEC Network Launch Party

Getting a chance to catch up on recent work.

Below is a gallery from photographing the SEC Network Launch Party at ESPN at Ballantyne Country Club in Charlotte.

You may recognize some faces, including Tim Tebow, Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer. 

All images ©2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Grabbing One Out of The Sky

Saturday's assignment took me to Williams-Brice to photograph the Gamecocks vs Missouri.

A tough loss for South Carolina but one amazing catch by Pharoh Cooper. He pushed the ball against his helmet while absorbing a thunderous hit from a Missouri defender.

To view my Gamecocks portfolio, visit

I'm in the middle of shooting a lot of sports on the weekends right now so not a lot of wedding images on the blog.. To see my wedding work, visit 


Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Session with the Talent

A recent assignment took me to Charlotte to photograph ESPN talent Maria Taylor, Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer for the new SEC Network.

We did the serious shots first but after that it got fun with shots like this one.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sarah and JP

Congratulations to Sarah and JP, who were married in Charlotte Saturday. (Photo by Travis Bell)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Columbia SC Photographer-Recalling a Favorite

I'm really excited about this weekend's wedding in Charlotte. I photographed the bride's sister's wedding as well.

At her sister's wedding, I captured a moment I'll never forget. During the reception, the father of the bride began watching a slideshow that was displaying images of his family from years ago. After a couple minutes of watching, he started shedding a few tears. Seconds later, the tears were streaming down his cheeks.

I had been waiting on this type of picture for years. Fathers will do everything they can to not cry. Many of them that do will turn away from a camera.

The best moment came when the bride leaned and smiled as her dad was crying.

These are the types of images I live for at weddings...the fleeting moments that you can't get back. The ones that bride's family talks about for years. Photographs of details and formals are important to a wedding book but they come in a distant second to moments like this.

Thursday, June 26, 2014


A favorite from a recent photo shoot with Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Charlotte. Shot for ABC/Disney. (Photo by Travis Bell, ©2014)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WEDDING-BRIDAL PORTRAIT TIPS-Teeth Whitening? by Columbia SC Wedding Photographer Travis Bell

by Travis Bell
©2014's one you can check off the list.

I've seen bridal portrait tips that suggested that brides have teeth whitening done before their bridal portrait. Is this something you may want to to before the wedding? 

Perhaps. But unless you've been drinking a gallon of sweet tea a day, there's no reason to have teeth whitening done before your bridal portrait session.

Why? We include teeth whitening retouching at no charge for any prints that you receive as part of your bridal portrait package or order in addition to your package. 

So, don't sweat it when it comes to whiter teeth. If needed, we'll take care of it in retouching. 

For bridal portrait images, visit the portfolio on our website at: 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Columbia SC Wedding Photographer - Erin and Shaun's Engagement

A few favorites from Erin and Shaun's engagement session at The Governor's Mansion Thursday. For more engagement images from our portfolio, visit

©2014 Travis Bell Photographers

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Columbia, SC Photographer Travis Bell - The Whole Package

Always enjoy doing the engagement, bridal and wedding day. Gives us a chance to get to know the couple before their day. Congratulations to Amanda and Matt.

For more images, visit our website at:

©2014 Travis Bell Photographers

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Columbia SC Photographer-Winning University of South Carolina Basketball Image

Was thrilled to come away with a second-place finish in sports action from the South Carolina News Photographers Association's annual Pictures of the Year contest held this past weekend. 

The image shows Gamecock Ashley Bruner battling LSU for a rebound during an SEC matchup in Columbia. 

The Gamecocks are having an amazing season and will host Georgia tonight.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Happy 51st MJ

Happy 51st Birthday to Michael Jordan. A favorite I  made of him while photographing a playoff game in Charlotte. (©Travis Bell)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Game Winner

Today's assignment took me Colonial Life Arena to photograph the South Carolina-Alabama game. Was fun to come away with the game-winning shot. Here, Gamecock Mindaugus Kacinas tips in the ball with five Crimson Tide players around him. (Photo by Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

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Friday, January 24, 2014

2013 Year in Pictures

After getting married in November and getting through the holidays, I'm finally getting some time to publish my best images of 2013.

The gallery includes work from photographing weddings, South Carolina and Clemson sports, the NFL, ESPN production stills and NBA. I really enjoy the diversity with my job. Each event is different but many techniques used from one event can be used to photograph another.

Many thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you enjoy the images.

All images by Travis Bell, ©2013

Samie Garcia is introduced during Gamecock softball. 

Gamecock basketball vs LSU

Queen Latifah served as a coach during the NBA Celebrity Game in Houston. 

Tajh Boyd celebrates a TD against Boston College. 

The Gamecock dance team performs. 

The NBA All-Star Game gets underway in Houston. 

Kobe blocks Lebron during the NBA All-Star Game. 

Kate Haley perform's on the beam. 

Amanda and Matt's engagement session

Sarah is greeted by her father after he saw her for the first time in her dress. 

Kelley Dillon rips a double. 

Chelsea Hawkins hauls in a big catch. 

Gamecock Tennis

Megan's bridal portrait

Duke Chapel is quite impressive. 

Megan and Sabino in Duke Chapel. 

Clemson opens the season against Georgia. 

Amanda's bridal portrait in the statehouse.

Otto, the Syracuse mascot and the deacon from Wake Forest have some fun during ACC Media Day at ESPN in Charlotte. 

Jim Boeheim, Coach K and Coach Williams share a light moment during a broadcast at ESPN in Charlotte. 

Mascots pose outside ESPN's studio during ACC Media Day. 

Amanda and Matt's wedding on Lake Murray. 

Cam Newton helped turn the Panthers' season around. 

Newton gives the ball to a fan after scoring a TD against the Jets. 

Gamecock softball. 

Steve Spurrier Jr Family at Williams-Brice

Whitehurst makes a TD catch against UNC. 

Ric Flair and his girlfriend Wendy tape an episode of ABC's Celebrity Housewife Swap at his home in Charlotte. 

Gamecock Band

The Gamecock student section during Sandstorm against Kentucky. 

Eric celebrates as he kisses Kristen after being pronounced husband and wife at 701 Whaley. 

180 degree view of Williams-Brice during the Kentucky game. 

Actor/Comedian Kevin Hart has some fun with the NBA Celebrity game trophy in Houston. 

Gamecock Soccer. 

Gamecock Mike Davis. 

"Sandstorm" at Williams-Brice

Jadeveon Clowney sacks Florida. 

Gamecock Rory Anderson makes  a spectacular catch against Florida. 

Bruce Ellington leaves Coastal Carolina behind. 

Damiere Byrd dives towards the endzone against Coastal. 

Clemson's Robert Smith breaks up a pass intended for Boston College. 

A fan reaches out for Clowney during the Gamecock Walk before the Clemson game. 

Darius Rucker performs before the Clemson game. 

Ellington hangs on to a big catch. 

Beyonce' watches the NBA All-Star Game in Houston. 

Spurrier gets splashed after Clemson victory. 

Shaking off the Gatorade. 

Ben Barnette returns a serve for the Gamecocks. 

Aleishsa Welch flies over Winthrop at Colonial Life Arena. 

ESPN's Stephen A Smith and the rapper 'Common' broadcast live from The House of Blues in Houston. 

NBA All-Star fashion

Gamecock Volleyball

Connor Shaw looks for a receiver against Miss. St. 

Gamecock Basketball

Gamecock Softball

Cocky greets fans before the Gamecock walk. 

The Tiger Walk gets underway in Clemson before the Georgia game. 

The Gamecock Walk is seen outside Williams-Brice before the Vanderbilt game. 

Clowney is greeted by fans during the walk. 

Gurley says hi to a fan as he exits. 

Amanda and Matt leave for their honeymoon.