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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!

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.:)


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

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!


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!

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.


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!”


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!


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



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!


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


August 19, 2014 - 5:29 pm

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