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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!

Mini session at the ranch

Miss L couldn’t stop talking about how different her Girls on Film session was from her previous boudoir experiences, and I love hearing that. I mean, I don’t love that she had awkward or unfulfilling experiences with photographers in the past, but I love knowing that I’ve been able to create something… both in experience and in final product… that stands out in a GOOD way. I work so hard to make Girls on Film something my clients cherish in their memory, and want to do year after year. I’m proud to know that Miss L is in that category of alumni now.:)

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Isn’t that just STUPID pretty? Ugh. This lady’s husband is a lucky man.:)

 

Keeping the home-fires burning…

I love working with US military personnel. Their strength & determination just blows my mind, and it’s an absolute honor every time I have one of these heroes in front of my camera. But there’s something really wonderful about seeing the softer side of one of the women who serves our country. Miss E was having a pretty rough morning before she came to see me, so I loved hearing what she had to say about her session…

Chelsea makes you feel completely comfortable from the first moment you step into the room.  Her knowledge of a woman’s body and the way her lights will effect the shot just makes you look and feel like a million bucks.  I was super stressed coming into this shoot having just dropped off my husband to return to our home in Japan, and knowing later that day I would be flying to complete training for my upcoming deployment to Afghanistan, but she somehow calmed me down enough and kept me from crying as I was having makeup applied and posing for this gift for my husband.  Rayven was so sweet, and my makeup and the little hair I have looked absolutely stunning.  The entire experience was unbelievable from beginning to end, and I very much look forward to doing it again!

I know he misses you, sweet girl… but this will have him VERY excited to welcome you home!:)

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Thank YOU for all that you do. We’ll have to grab a drink & celebrate when you visit Texas after this deployment!!

Cute, Curvy, & Inked…

Oh how my heart soared when Miss L said I could blog a few favorites from her session. I just ADORE these. Classic hotel boudoir with her own style throwing a spin on it that makes it completely HER. Hair & makeup by the amazing Rayven, with Beauty & the Blush, who did phenomenal work on all my February mini session clients.

Love love LOVE this session. Enjoy!GirlsOnFilm_BelmontWinter2015_13GirlsOnFilm_BelmontWinter2015_14GirlsOnFilm_BelmontWinter2015_15GirlsOnFilm_BelmontWinter2015_16GirlsOnFilm_BelmontWinter2015_17GirlsOnFilm_BelmontWinter2015_18GirlsOnFilm_BelmontWinter2015_19GirlsOnFilm_BelmontWinter2015_20

GIRLFRIEND. You’re a stunner of epic proportions. I love every time I get to photograph you… let’s do something extra-special magical next time.:)

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!

Check out a few faves!GirlsOnFilm_TheNatHardWay_Blog1GirlsOnFilm_TheNatHardWay_Blog2GirlsOnFilm_TheNatHardWay_Blog3GirlsOnFilm_TheNatHardWay_Blog4GirlsOnFilm_TheNatHardWay_Blog5GirlsOnFilm_TheNatHardWay_Blog6GirlsOnFilm_TheNatHardWay_Blog7GirlsOnFilm_TheNatHardWay_Blog8GirlsOnFilm_TheNatHardWay_Blog9GirlsOnFilm_TheNatHardWay_Blog10GirlsOnFilm_TheNatHardWay_Blog11GirlsOnFilm_TheNatHardWay_Blog12GirlsOnFilm_TheNatHardWay_Blog13GirlsOnFilm_TheNatHardWay_Blog14GirlsOnFilm_TheNatHardWay_Blog15GirlsOnFilm_TheNatHardWay_Blog16GirlsOnFilm_TheNatHardWay_Blog17GirlsOnFilm_TheNatHardWay_Blog18GirlsOnFilm_TheNatHardWay_Blog19

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!!