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  • I’m Chelsea, and I have a passion for Photographing Women.

    While my wedding work with McGowan Images is my full-time gig, the art I create for my “Girls on Film” is one of the most challenging & rewarding things I've ever done as a photographer. I consider it a personal mission to make sure my clients always leave their sessions feeling powerful, and proud of the skin they’re in, and I’m honored to say I've been succeeding at that since 2008.

    What you’ll see on this blog doesn't always fit into the traditional “boudoir” genre, and I’m ok with that. While many of my clients show a lot of skin, my work is more focused on capturing each woman’s genuine spirit. I approach these sessions as a celebration of life… of womanhood… and I encourage my clients to think about them the same way.

    Girls on Film clients have been women from 19-65 years of age, all races, sizes & shapes. We ALL deserve to feel beautiful. If this sounds like what you've been looking for, email me. I’m happy to answer any questions you might have, and I’d love to get you on the schedule for an empowering experience of your own sometime soon!

H’s Boudoir Escape

Miss H is another beautiful client who drove several hours to see us… we love knowing we’re worth that time investment from our clients!! MegB had a FIELD day with this gorgeous face and all.that.HAIR. Serious hair envy over here. With two simple outfit choices, we got LOTS of shooting time in during the prettiest light of the day. Miss H wrote after her session, “No one could have made me feel more comfortable in my own skin”. That’s EXACTLY what we go for… I’m so glad I got to photograph this glowing spirit!

Thanks for letting me share, too! These are toooooo gorgeous!


Woman, you’re a STUNNER. When these make their way across the ocean to that soldier of yours, he’s going to be FLOORED.:)

Simple at Sunset…

Miss S drove in from out of town for her Girls on Film session, and we got lucky with PERFECT weather. She gave MegB free range on her hair & makeup, which is always exciting on a client this naturally gorgeous.;)We decided to play up the soft simple vibe of the two outfits she brought, and the entire collection turned out exactly as we were envisioning.

Miss S agreed, writing:

I had such an amazing time with you ladies, thank you for making this such an enjoyable experience! I have no experience posing or trying to look sexy, but Chelsea, you were wonderful with your direction and ideas, it really made it fun! It’s not every day you run around a field in your underwear, but you were both so professional and great, I didn’t feel uncomfortable at all, it was actually very liberating. I know that when my husband sees these photos, he will love your work – which was the whole goal in the first place! I can’t wait to see his face when I show him his birthday surprise! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!


Check out just a COUPLE of my faves from this session… the ones that the gorgeous Miss S wants to show off publicly!:)


Siiiiiigh, that sky! One of my favorite parts of fall, for sure.:)
Thanks for coming out to see me, sweetheart! Let’s do it again sometime!!

November 3, 2014 - 9:56 pm

Hannah - So gorg!

Girl & Guy on Film… Couples Boudoir

Wait… what?? A week with TWO Girls on Film blogs, and this one includes a dude??

Yep, you read that right. We’ve jumped into Couples Boudoir.

This session is something I’ve had in mind for a while, I just had to wait for someone to ask for it. B&B wanted to celebrate the more intimate side of their relationship in a classy way, and also show off some recent weight loss, and trusted Mack and I to capture all these feelings for them. We worked together, as a team, with the ever-present MegB on hair & makeup, to make sure this felt like a classic romantic movie. Sure, it’s sexy… absolutely. But I’m so proud that the resulting images don’t feel in any way sleazy or inappropriate. They feel just like the shoot felt… like a celebration of a couple who’s head over heels in love with each other, and eager to capture images that showcase this time in their lives, and their relationship.

Miss B said she cried when she saw the images because they are exactly what she was looking for, and I admit that *I* teared up when she said I could blog the whole story. I’m just so grateful to be able to show off some of the magic we created from this super-fun session!

Enjoy a little voyeuristic glimpse into B&B’s romantic date night in downtown.:)


Isn’t that just the most BEAUTIFUL thing ever? That last shot will absolutely go down in history as one of my favorite images I’ve ever captured. It’s just so completely REAL and full of joy, and it reminds me of so many amazing times in my own life. I love knowing B&B will cherish these for the rest of their years together.

Girls on Film fans… we want to shoot more of these. We’ve got ideas, and we want to lift the stigma on intimate photography. We want to CELEBRATE this, in a responsible & beautiful way. So if you looked through these and thought, “OMG I want that.” then you need to scroll right back up, find the “contact” button, and shoot me an email. You won’t regret it!!

October 2, 2014 - 11:51 am

Paula Vaughan - WOW. Is it weird that this brought ME to tears? This is such a beautiful photo shoot. I was very excited to see what you had in store when you gave us the sneak peek and its just stunning. The emotions in this photos are breath taking. Everyone involved should be so proud of themselves, and I hope you can do more of these in the future.

You’ve just added another idea to my ever growing list for what I hope I can have photographed by the McGowan Team.

October 2, 2014 - 1:16 pm

Monica Wilson - *gasp for air* my breath has just been taken away!! Love it!!

October 2, 2014 - 3:12 pm

Adria - EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! (That’s the noise I made.) I love these!! What a perfect way to capture the beauty of real love!

October 2, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Victoria - This brought tears to my eyes!! I love this. So romantic and sexy! Absolutely amazing! I love the idea of the date, favorite part was his face when she came out with champagne! Love it!!

October 2, 2014 - 5:14 pm

Amber - Gasp…literally I’m speechless. The love, passion and romance!! Eek!! Y’all did an amazing job and I’m a little teary eyed!! Beautiful couple and a beautiful story!!

October 2, 2014 - 5:50 pm

Jen Seymour - OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!! This was totally hot. And yet very professional – not icky/dirty at all. I’m so impressed with you guys (Chelsea/Mack)!!!!!! And also the models were totally hot, which doesn’t hurt!

October 2, 2014 - 5:51 pm

Natalie - Ooohwee! I am blushing and feeling like that was for their eyes only! Wonderful images for when the memory fails us in our older age, I suppose! Congrats to the very brave and beautiful couple!

October 2, 2014 - 5:56 pm

Tabatha - Absolutely beautiful! Just breathtaking!

October 2, 2014 - 6:16 pm

Angie - Love this!! You guys are GOOD at what you do, even when what you do isn’t what you’re used to doing, and even more so when it’s not what people expect you to do. Beautiful images that this couple will treasure!

October 2, 2014 - 6:40 pm

Allison butler - You guys are just true artists! Absolutely tastefully done and so HOT, love the whole story behind it. Hope you have more couples up for doing something like this. Want more!!

October 2, 2014 - 6:46 pm

Amy - UM WOW! JUST WOW!!! This is one of the best ideas I’ve heard in a long time and I love all the pictures!! This is AMAZING!

October 2, 2014 - 6:54 pm

Giselle Huet - OMG These are beautiful!!! Such a romantic and sexy story!!!

October 2, 2014 - 7:36 pm

Mari Thomas - Oh my GOD I love these! The one of her standing in front of the bed with the champagne- perfect!!! Bravo!!

October 2, 2014 - 9:09 pm

Em - WOW!!! These are amazing! So romantic! This couple and their love for each other is absolutely beautiful! Love it!!

October 31, 2014 - 1:57 am

Hannah - Holy moly. These are fabulous, Chelsea! Bravo!

As Bloggy as you Wanna Be…

Wow. That was a super corny title. Sorry about that.;)

The thing is, it’s totally true. I have women contact me all the time with the “I don’t want to be on the internet” concern. And you know what? That’s TOTALLY ok! I don’t blog all my sessions. Not even close. I never put any images on this blog that aren’t explicitly approved by the client. I share their reviews… I share their HEARTS here, and I would never violate their trust. If you want a Girls on Film session, don’t think for a second that it means you have to share your images with the small corner of the world that checks out my blog.

Don’t be surprised, though, if you totally want to.;)

This foxy Puerto Rican mama didn’t feel led to share many of her images here, and that’s completely fine with me. She did give me permission to share her feelings about the experience, though, and these two totally PG headshots, which she adores as much as I do.


A few days before the session I was chatting with a dear friend and told her I was about to have a boudoir session. She said, “you don’t sound very excited” and I said “because look at me. I’m not going to like them.” Seriously. That conversation happened.

Then during the session, I had the passing thought that gosh even if I look awful in the photos I am still having so much fun!

And here I am. Giddy. And I have never been more obsessed with photos of myself.

Chelsea, thank you. Thank you so much for a perfect experience. The moment I walked into the room and saw you running around with a huge smile on your face I felt instantly at ease. I am so glad I decided to take the leap and do this for myself and I am SO glad I chose you. To be honest with you, I’ve had a couple of photographers privately ask me why I chose you (as in why not them) and my response has gone from “oh because she does it all the time and I just wanted a simple thing” (as to not offend) to “because I knew I loved her work and trusted her with something I have never trusted anyone else to do” (as to telling it as it is).

If I can make my clients feel just a little bit of how I feel every time I look at/think of my photographs, then I am doing what God meant for me to do. Because you are definitely doing what He meant for you to do. I really hope you decide to take your talent beyond – far beyond – your already successful business. I feel like every woman should have this experience with you! What a gift.

I will definitely, without question, be booking another session with you. You just don’t know what you’ve done for my heart.



SO MANY HUGS, sweet friend. Thank you for trusting me to capture you the way I really see you… as PERFECT and joyous and beautiful. I’m lucky to know you!

September 30, 2014 - 8:46 pm


Boudoir for Any Reason

Unless this is your very first time to visit the Girls on Film blog, you’re no stranger to the fact that many of my clients book these sessions just for themselves. They book because they want to celebrate the skin they’re in, a big life milestone, a weight loss goal… any number of things! We make sure our clients always leave their boudoir session feeling like complete rock stars, because our number one priority is each of these women having a fantastic & empowering experience.

But that’s not to say many of my Girls on Film clients don’t have a concrete reason to book a session. Obviously, an album full of gorgeous portraits can be a stunning gift for your partner, and that gift is often the push behind booking a session like this.

Today, I’m blogging favorite images from three of our August mini sessions. Each of these women booked the session to get pictures for a gift for a different reason. One has an upcoming wedding, one is expecting a new baby, and another has a 50th birthday right around the corner. Each left her session feeling like a million bucks, and saying they couldn’t wait to come back and do a session again… whether they had a “reason” or not.

The fact is, YOU, all by yourself, are reason enough to celebrate with a Girls on Film session. But hey, if you’ve got someone at home who will be super excited about a gift… well, that’s just a bonus.;)

Another huge thank you to EACH of you three ladies for allowing me to share some of my favorite images of your sessions. You all completely blew me away!


Just when I thought the calendar was full, Fall 2014 gets more boudoir sessions added to the mix. There is SO much coming up this season that I’m excited to shoot… and hopefully, to show off!

There’s still time to book for a Christmas gift… either for yourself, or that special someone.:)Email me TODAY to get on the end-of-year calendar!