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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!

Miss L’s Mini

I was SO excited when Miss L signed up for our August marathon. She’s a person I admire a lot… her job takes her all over the world, and she always seems to have the most amazing stories. Being able to help her feel as beautiful on the outside as I know she is on the inside… well, it was an absolute honor.

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Listen to what this beautiful lady had to say about her time with us…

“I’ve been talking to Chelsea for THREE YEARS about doing a Girls on Film shoot, and I finally decided to brazen it up! My friends, I can’t possibly recommend Chelsea and Meagan enough.

 As women, we’ve spent a lot of our lives being pulled in different directions. We’re told that we’re both too much and not enough, we’re too fat until we’re too skinny, too chatty or too quiet, we’re too sexy or too demure, we’re dressed too revealingly or too modestly. A Girls on Film marathon is a whirlwhind experience, but my favorite thing about it (and the reason I’ll keep doing them) is that that for a little while, two artists helped a lot of women (including me!) to remember that we weren’t “too-” ANYTHING! Chelsea and Meagan helped to remind us all that we are interesting and engaging and beautiful and worthy of celebration just as we are RIGHT NOW! It was truly an incredible experience, and my only regret is that I didn’t sign up three years ago when I first started mulling it over!”

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You are SUCH a knockout. Keep changing the world, and do it with that beautiful strawberry blonde head held high, love!

 

September 2, 2014 - 4:12 pm

Amber B. - Miss. L you are beautiful!! Love your pics and I enjoyed getting to chat with you for a few in between my shoot!! Lady you are stunning!! And what you said is beautiful! I myself have been saying for 3 years I’d do it and I did

“More than I ever expected”

I know that a lot of women come into a Girls on Film session not knowing quite what to expect… a bundle of nerves & self-doubt. I *hope* that these women walk in ready to trust us, and I know they always leave feeling like a million bucks.

But when they get their images and that “I’m such a fox” feeling comes crashing down in on them all over again… that’s what I live for. Knowing that what I do can help a woman stand taller, prouder in her own body, not just for one day… but every time she looks at those images. Hearing, “This is more than I EVER expected” is exactly when I know I accomplished my goal.

I heard that from both of these women after their sessions in the Beat the Heat minis a few weeks ago, and I’m so glad they allowed me to share a couple favorites!

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Thank you ladies SO much for spending part of your weekend with me… your energy is the best kind of contagious!:)

August 27, 2014 - 3:19 pm

AJ - I absolutely love these!!! I am so glad I did this, and did not wait until I lost some weight. I recommend ALL women doing this for themselves. One of the BEST experiences ever!! I will be doing one of these again! Thank you again, you do amazing work!

Miss C’s Mini

FINALLY!

 

Image selections from my “Beat the Heat” mini session are rolling in from all 17 of that marathon’s gorgeous clients, and I’m getting to show off a bit of the recent Girls on Film work! There are all sorts of sessions from this marathon that can’t be released for blogging for one reason or another, and that’s TOTALLY ok. I never pressure my gals to let me show off their work. I just squeal and do a happy dance when I CAN.:)

I’ll kick off the mini session sharing with a few favorites from Miss C’s pinup inspired mini session. MegB took one look at her face and said, “Oh, we’ve got to go Marilyn on you”, and lucky for us, Miss C was totally game! With winged-out liner and matte red lips, she perfectly embodied that screen siren, and the resulting images were so smoldering.

Thank you so much for letting me share, sweet girl!

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August 19, 2014 - 3:40 pm

Cheyenne - Man, who is that sexy beast?!? I must get her number!

But seriously, thank y’all so much for making me feel gorgoues again helping me to remember that I’m not just an old worn out mother of two!!

August 19, 2014 - 3:46 pm

megB - SPEECHLESS.

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Amber B. - Holy smokes!! Lady you are gorgeous!!!! Love all of them!!!

Malibu Morning

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.:)

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“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!!

 

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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.:)

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I mean, we can’t shoot at Pointe Dume and not climb on the rocks. Nope. It was just NOT happening.

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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.

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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.

August 5, 2014 - 3:12 pm

ann - Chelsea – you never cease to amaze with your talent.

M – what can I say. Oh yeah. You. Are. Gorgeous.

August 5, 2014 - 4:07 pm

Amy - WOW. Girlfriend, you are STUNNING and you rocked these pictures! I am so glad that you didn’t let those nerves get the best of you – you will cherish these shots forever. Great work as always, Chelsea!

August 5, 2014 - 4:09 pm

Dawn - SUCH.A.HOTTIE! SO glad you went out on a limb to contact Chelsea about a session in Cali. Totally worth it, right?! It always makes me happy to hear what Chelsea’s clients have to say about their GoF experience–we all sound alike! Your session turned out so gorgeous, and I loved the places and outfits you picked!

August 5, 2014 - 5:01 pm

Amber B. - Ahhhh!! Beauty, stunning, and breathtaking!! Good job lady! You rocked this shoot

August 5, 2014 - 7:03 pm

Kylie - Wowzer! Everything about these photos are breathtaking! Miss M, you look fabulous and rocked every outfit! And the location? Need. To. Go. To. Malibu!

August 5, 2014 - 7:48 pm

megB - So. Damn. Gorgeous. I’m not gonna lie – I really wish I’d been there your session, but it is so beautiful none the less! Love all the outfits, the SHOES, the locations – killer images!

August 5, 2014 - 11:33 pm

Carla Ramsay - Eeekk! Amazing amazing amazing……you look perfect…wow great job to you both.

August 6, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Megan - Beautiful woman! Beautiful location! Beautiful work as always! I hope one day I can travel to Texas and have a boudoir shoot with you! You always capture the best of everyone you work with!

August 6, 2014 - 9:09 pm

Ms. M - Ladies thank you so much for the beautiful words! Your comments made me smile (and maybe tear up a little) and totally made my day.

August 7, 2014 - 11:34 pm

Julia R. - Beautifulllll. Girl you rocked it!

J’s Night for Herself…

When Miss J contacted me, she made it clear that she was doing this session for herself. This amazing mama has a full time job AND a growing photography business, two children of her own, and six months ago gave birth to twins as a surrogate for another family. I mean, talk about a full plate! It was time to do a little something for herself… to reclaim her womanhood and celebrate the body that she’s put through it’s paces the last couple years.

Together with the incomparable MegB on hair & makeup, we did our best to make sure we gave this working mama a night she’d never forget… with gorgeous images to take home as souvenirs.:)

Check out a couple she approved to show off here on the blog!

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Not the lingerie type? Totally ok with us. A sweater and boots was a GREAT outfit for this setting!

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Another genius outfit choice… this long lace dress is actually a swimsuit cover up from Target, of all places. I mean, HELLO GORGEOUS.

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When this hot mama got the link to her gallery, her response email was pretty wonderful:

“This whole experience was so wonderful! Between feeling utterly pampered with hair and makeup by Meagan and then you making me feel SO comfortable in my own skin, all the nerves of the day just melted away. The experience was so liberating and when it was done I just felt gorgeous. At the end of the day, every insecurity that I had prior to the shoot, was gone. Thank you, thank you, thank you; I really couldn’t thank you enough!!!”

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J, thank you SO much for driving so far to see me. Your session is one of my favorites in a long time, and I enjoyed the heck out of getting to know you. Let’s definitely do it again sometime.:)

June 17, 2014 - 5:34 pm

Lesa - These are very beautiful!

June 17, 2014 - 6:06 pm

Amber B. - She’s absolutely gorgeous!! Our bodies are so beautiful!! Kudos to you mama and hard working woman for treating yourself! You killed your session

August 25, 2014 - 6:04 pm

Toi - I love her choices of outfits and the different locations you did the photos. She looks great!