It’s been kind of a quiet summer for boudoir… but don’t worry, that’s going to change this month.I should have a lot of great blog posts coming up after the “Beat the Heat” event next weekend, so stay tuned for gorgeousness!
Today, I’m sharing some… ok, a LOT of my favorite images from a session I photographed recently in Malibu. I could talk a blue streak about how awesome this client was, but heck… I’ll let her tell you about the experience herself.
“After much deliberation I’ve decided that I’d like to share my photos. It’s obvious that I’m not a model and I’m far from perfect but I’ve lost about 60 pounds and I’m proud of where my body is now. Most of my family knew I was doing this and my Sister said it best when she told me I was going to rock the socks off this photo shoot and she was right.
This shoot was less about doing it for my Husband (although he gets to enjoy the final product) and really more about facing my insecurities and I’m embracing who I am right here and right now.
It’s funny but when I reached out to Chelsea about doing a session in California I was thinking that she’d be out here sometime in the near future. I was a bit shocked when she said she was going to be out here the following month and that made me super nervous that I want going to be “ready” in time. But I went for it and I booked my session and all the travel anyway.
In the days leading up to the shoot I was plagued with butterflies but on the actual day of the shoot I was surprisingly ok. To be honest all my focus was going into fixing my own makeup & hair and that didn’t leave me much room to worry about anything else.
With the help of a girlfriend the week before I we did some shopping and picked out some things that I thought I’d feel confident in and she was just as excited for my shoot as I was nervous. It’s a really difficult thing to put yourself out there emotionally and physically and but Chelsea is so wonderful to work with and knew just how to handle me.
In the parking lot of the beach I think my first (slightly hysterical) words to her were, “How are you with putting on fake eyelashes?” and it didn’t even phase her. She just took the glue and stuck those suckers on and from there on out everything was so comfortable that you almost forget that you’ve never met in person before. Afterwards I agonizing over how the shoot went and even though Chelsea oh-ed and ah-ed over the images during the shoot, I still doubted myself. Were my eyelashes too big? Did my hair lay perfectly? Really I shouldn’t have bothered; Chelsea is a pro and all my worries was for naught.
I actually teared up a bit when I started looking at the pictures and had a hard time believing that this gorgeous, confident, flirty woman I saw on the monitor was ME. So I’d like to say a huge thank you Chelsea. Thank you for doing what you do! Your work is incredible and your images are so much more than pictures. They’re work of art that you put so much love and care into and that’s what makes them so special to me and worth traveling any distance for!!
I’m just saying, if you don’t end up with a Master bathroom or killer closet just WALLPAPERED in these images, I’ll be shocked.
I mean, we can’t shoot at Pointe Dume and not climb on the rocks. Nope. It was just NOT happening.
As if a gorgeous sunrise at Zuma wasn’t enough, we did the second half of our session in the Malibu hills in a converted train caboose. I mean… SHUT UP. It was perfection.
M… my new friend… you are a bombshell. Thank you so much for investing in this trip for yourself, for meeting me someplace exciting, and for trusting all my ideas. I’m so glad you agree that the hiking & sweating & sore abs were TOTALLY worth it. And I also have all my fingers & toes crossed that I’ll see you again!
Girls on Film fans around the world… yeah. This is a thing. I travel. I love it. Whether you’re interested in a solo session, or getting a group of girlfriends together in a central city, Girls on Film will come to you, and make sure you have the experience of a lifetime (and amazing images to boot). Let’s do it.