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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!

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!:)

 

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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!:)

Mini Session at the Ranch

I think Miss A is the most nervous client I’ve had in a WHILE. Despite being naturally bubbly and talkative, she sat completely silently while waiting to start her hair & makeup on mini session day… her hands were fidgeting, and her friends were worried. Her words said she was confident she’d have fun, but her face said, “OH GOD, WHAT HAVE I DONE?!?!?”

Luckily, we’re used to that reaction. It can be super terrifying to walk into a shoot like this! Once MegB finished A’s hair & makeup, that inner confidence came springing back into action, and she was ready to rock her shoot. By the time we shot her last outfit, she was talking about ideas for her NEXT session. That right there… that transformation of inner spirit is worth way more than the photos will EVER be.

But hey… the photos are pretty gorgeous, too.;)Check out the ones this amazing client released for blogging!

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STAWWWWWHHHHP. Too much pretty. Blog melting.

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!

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