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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!

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.:)

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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!!

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.

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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.

 

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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

C - LOVE YOU GIRLS ON FILM LADIES!!!

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!

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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!

A at the Ashton

Sometimes, it’s about more than having beautiful portraits taken.

Sometimes, it’s about sitting and being pampered for a while. Or learning a new trick you can use to make your eyes pop with shadows you already own. Or just plain standing up a little straighter.

Sometimes it’s about looking at your body, the one you see every day in the mirror, and seeing the changes as strengths. Not shying away from the lines that remind the world you grew humans in that body… but noticing them, naming them, and praising your body for the amazing work it did.

Sometimes, in a Girls on Film session, the photos you take home afterwards are just a beautiful, wonderful bonus.:)

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So nice to get to spend a couple hours making you feel gorgeous, girlfriend. I hope we’ll be seeing you again!

September 16, 2014 - 4:51 pm

Amber B. - Ahhhh!!!! Ok so since I’ve had this session I stand up straighter and I feel way sexier than I ever have before!! I’ll surely be back again!! Ladies get a Girls on Film session!! You won’t regret it!!! Love my pics!!! Thank you, thank you!!

Country sunrise… with ink

My clients ask me all the time what they should choose for their boudoir venue… a posh hotel suite, a cool loft space downtown, or a country landscape. And my advice is always the same! I tell them to look through the sessions I’ve shared on the blog, and choose their venue based on what speaks to them. If it’s soft light and natural fabrics and wide open space, then obviously, country session is the way to go! If you’re more uptown in your style, and want to go for a more high glam look, then indoors with luxe surroundings is your best bet.

This gorgeous gal actually booked an indoor session with me, and then changed because she loved the outdoors stuff so much. It TOTALLY worked with her style! I love the way her bright tattoos juxtaposed with her soft natural outfits. These images are so unique, so very HER. That’s what matters the most, isn’t it??

I’m so honored this lady is allowing me to share some of my favorite images from her session!

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This bombshell said about her session: “I can’t believe how they all turned out. I seriously teared up. I have never felt so POWERFUL. Sexy. CONFIDENT!!!”

And isn’t that something every woman deserves??

September 9, 2014 - 3:34 pm

Dawn - FanTAStic session! The first image posted is SUCH a powerful shot! Gorgeous lady, gorgeous light, and gorgeous outfits (I especially like both the black lace ones). Amazing as always!

September 9, 2014 - 11:58 pm

Amber B. - Uh bombshell with ink!! Holy smokes I need an outdoor country session bad now!! These are all gorgeous!! You nailed it sista, you are absolutely beautiful!!!!

September 10, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Kylie - These are stunning! Everything about them!