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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!

Spring 2015 Mini Sessions

It’s time to book the Spring 2015 Mini Sessions!

This season, we’re headed back to the N at Hard Way. For gorgeous light, lush trees, privacy and killer variety, you just can’t beat it! I have an amazing hair & makeup artist lined up to bring out the MOST gorgeous side of every client we see, and we can’t WAIT to fill up this event!

Email chelsea@mcgowanimages.com to get on the schedule!!

 

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A new year for Girls on Film…

It seems kind of silly to kick off 2015 by sharing one last session from 2014, but I just can’t help it! This one is too good to keep under wraps, especially now that it’s been gifted in it’s entirety and isn’t such a secret anymore.:)

It’s going to be a big, wonderful, different, exciting year for Girls on Film. I’m not even sure yet of all the ways I’ll be shaking things up, but I’m in a mood to clean house and make this arm of McGowan Images more efficient than it’s ever been… that means more ladies in front of my camera, more package options, and hopefully, more BLOGS to share as the year goes on!

I hope to see lots of my alumni again this year… repeat shoots are my fave… but I’m also super excited to hopefully have lots of new faces in front of my lens. I’m putting the finishing touches on a hotel marathon AND an outside marathon for the next couple months, and as always, I’m taking private sessions year round. So don’t let 2015 be another year you DIDN’T do this for yourself… call me.:)

I’m 100% certain the lady in these photos will agree. She was super nervous and almost cancelled, but had an absolute blast with me back in November. And then, when she got her images? Well, I’m pretty sure the squealing was audible even in text form. That kind of happy reaction is what I live for!

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My friend, you’re a complete smokeshow. I’m so glad you held your breath and dove right in… and I can’t WAIT for you to do it again.:)

January 13, 2015 - 8:16 pm

Steffanie Kantosky - chelsea you Rock. My husband was beyond excited to get these. I will be printing some of the less risqué photos for the wall. I feel beautiful looking at these photos. An ever reminder to see myself the way my hubby does. Thank you again. Im sorry I forgot to send you things to say for me. lol. Trying to keep my head on straight. You rock!

January 18, 2015 - 8:37 pm

chelsea - Beautiful gallery ladies!! What a wonderfully rich and fun session! Stephanie you are rocking EVERY look!! Stunning!!

Frigid Mini Sessions

Both of these ladies had some seriously frosty weather for their mini sessions last month, but powered through… and boy, am I glad they did! They both ROCKED their sessions, and I was thrilled to pieces they approved the following images for blogging. A couple favorites of the year, for sure.

It’s hard to believe these are the last Girls on Film sessions I’ll share in 2014, but I’m keeping all my fingers & toes crossed for a batch of amazing new ladies to get sassy for my camera in 2015. I’m starting to book for the spring… so get with me now if a session is on your New Year’s Resolution list!

For now, let’s look at some gorgeousness, shall we?

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Sooooo stunning, right? Both these ladies just have such an amazing presence on camera. I’m a lucky photographer to have such gorgeous clients!

Kendall : Drama in the Wintertime

If this is your first time over here, welcome. You’ll notice I used a name in today’s post, but I don’t often use names… this is a special case. This lady is a McG pro by now, and already has several of her photos on Facebook, so hey… let’s put a real name to that gorgeous face.

It was COLD the day I shot Kendall. Real cold. Like, actual ice falling from the sky, COLD. But did that stop her from rocking it out with diamonds & drama? NOPE. Because she knew she wanted this for herself… she wanted to capture this feeling and celebrate this body. I’m so glad I could help her do both.

Check out some faves:

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This is what Kendall wrote to me when she saw her gallery… TEARS!:)

Four years ago, I had a GoF shoot with you that changed the way I looked at myself as a woman and how I approached carrying myself with confidence. After being sick, gaining weight, and feeling generally down on myself, I decided it was time for another round of GoF confidence – what I didn’t expect was the raw reaction I would have to the photos. There is nothing more exciting than sitting in a gas station parking lot when you get that email telling you your images are ready – except for maybe crying out of absolute joy in said parking lot. You have this way of taking images that make you feel like the best version of you. Everything I saw as flaws, I am now re-embracing as part of what makes me who I am. Every time I look at the photos, I get my smug “Yeah, I am pretty freaking awesome” face going. Every little thought and detail put into lighting, posing, etc really shines through these images. You really are a magician that somehow makes standing in your underwear in freezing temps and sleet seem warm, cozy and glamorous. I can’t begin to thank you enough for everything you, Meagan, and Mack have done for me as a woman in the last 4 years.

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Girlfriend, you know what makes you so beautiful? Your SPIRIT. I’m glad you’re finally starting to embrace what we’ve seen on the outside for four years now!:)

 

December 9, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Adria - THESE. ARE. FABULOUS. And her letter? Who me? I’m not crying in public.

To Show, or Not to Show??

That is the question.

In fact, that’s the MAIN question I get when women book a Girls on Film session… “What on earth am I going to wear??”

And my answer is most often, “As much or as little as you want to.”

I take the time to talk to each client about her own personal style, the kind of shoots that inspire her, and her feelings about her own body. We talk about why she booked the session… about the way she feels every day, and the way she WANTS to feel. And I use all this information, coupled with years of studying anatomy & posing, to help them choose outfits that will take their session over the top.

The true individual approach is really well represented in these two sessions. There’s such a great dichotomy here. Each client walked away feeling like her SPIRIT was completely captured… feeling sexy in her own skin, no matter how much of it she was actually showing. Both were “three-peat” boudoir clients, but still came into the session nervous… after all, those nerves never really go away when you’re getting that vulnerable in front of a camera! But after MegB worked her magic in the hair & makeup chair, they both completely celebrated the bodies they’ve been given, and left feeling like a million bucks.

Because it doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a sweater & boots, or nothing at all, or something somewhere in between… YOU, ME, All of us deserve to feel gorgeous. That’s what a Girls on Film session is about. Sexy is in the eye of the beholder, but BEAUTY is what we’re about capturing here.:)

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You ladies are BOTH just so stunning it hurts a little bit. I’m so proud to know both of you, and to have helped you become more confident with each passing year!:)