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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!

Miss C’s Mini

FINALLY!

 

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!

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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

megB - SPEECHLESS.

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

Malibu Morning

It’s been kind of a quiet summer for boudoir… but don’t worry, that’s going to change this month.:)I should have a lot of great blog posts coming up after the “Beat the Heat” event next weekend, so stay tuned for gorgeousness!

Today, I’m sharing some… ok, a LOT of my favorite images from a session I photographed recently in Malibu. I could talk a blue streak about how awesome this client was, but heck… I’ll let her tell you about the experience herself.:)

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“After much deliberation I’ve decided that I’d like to share my photos. It’s obvious that I’m not a model and I’m far from perfect but I’ve lost about 60 pounds and I’m proud of where my body is now. Most of my family knew I was doing this and my Sister said it best when she told me I was going to rock the socks off this photo shoot and she was right.

This shoot was less about doing it for my Husband (although he gets to enjoy the final product) and really more about facing my insecurities and I’m embracing who I am right here and right now.

It’s funny but when I reached out to Chelsea about doing a session in California I was thinking that she’d be out here sometime in the near future. I was a bit shocked when she said she was going to be out here the following month and that made me super nervous that I want going to be “ready” in time. But I went for it and I booked my session and all the travel anyway.

In the days leading up to the shoot I was plagued with butterflies but on the actual day of the shoot I was surprisingly ok. To be honest all my focus was going into fixing my own makeup & hair and that didn’t leave me much room to worry about anything else.

With the help of a girlfriend the week before I we did some shopping and picked out some things that I thought I’d feel confident in and she was just as excited for my shoot as I was nervous. It’s a really difficult thing to put yourself out there emotionally and physically and but Chelsea is so wonderful to work with and knew just how to handle me. 

In the parking lot of the beach I think my first (slightly hysterical) words to her were, “How are you with putting on fake eyelashes?” and it didn’t even phase her. She just took the glue and stuck those suckers on and from there on out everything was so comfortable that you almost forget that you’ve never met in person before. Afterwards I agonizing over how the shoot went and even though Chelsea oh-ed and ah-ed over the images during the shoot, I still doubted myself. Were my eyelashes too big? Did my hair lay perfectly? Really I shouldn’t have bothered; Chelsea is a pro and all my worries was for naught. 

I actually teared up a bit when I started looking at the pictures and had a hard time believing that this gorgeous, confident, flirty woman I saw on the monitor was ME. So I’d like to say a huge thank you Chelsea. Thank you for doing what you do! Your work is incredible and your images are so much more than pictures. They’re work of art that you put so much love and care into and that’s what makes them so special to me and worth traveling any distance for!!

 

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I’m just saying, if you don’t end up with a Master bathroom or killer closet just WALLPAPERED in these images, I’ll be shocked.:)

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I mean, we can’t shoot at Pointe Dume and not climb on the rocks. Nope. It was just NOT happening.

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As if a gorgeous sunrise at Zuma wasn’t enough, we did the second half of our session in the Malibu hills in a converted train caboose. I mean… SHUT UP. It was perfection.

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M… my new friend… you are a bombshell. Thank you so much for investing in this trip for yourself, for meeting me someplace exciting, and for trusting all my ideas. I’m so glad you agree that the hiking & sweating & sore abs were TOTALLY worth it. And I also have all my fingers & toes crossed that I’ll see you again!:)

 

Girls on Film fans around the world… yeah. This is a thing. I travel. I love it. Whether you’re interested in a solo session, or getting a group of girlfriends together in a central city, Girls on Film will come to you, and make sure you have the experience of a lifetime (and amazing images to boot). Let’s do it.

August 5, 2014 - 3:12 pm

ann - Chelsea – you never cease to amaze with your talent.

M – what can I say. Oh yeah. You. Are. Gorgeous.

August 5, 2014 - 4:07 pm

Amy - WOW. Girlfriend, you are STUNNING and you rocked these pictures! I am so glad that you didn’t let those nerves get the best of you – you will cherish these shots forever. Great work as always, Chelsea!

August 5, 2014 - 4:09 pm

Dawn - SUCH.A.HOTTIE! SO glad you went out on a limb to contact Chelsea about a session in Cali. Totally worth it, right?! It always makes me happy to hear what Chelsea’s clients have to say about their GoF experience–we all sound alike! Your session turned out so gorgeous, and I loved the places and outfits you picked!

August 5, 2014 - 5:01 pm

Amber B. - Ahhhh!! Beauty, stunning, and breathtaking!! Good job lady! You rocked this shoot

August 5, 2014 - 7:03 pm

Kylie - Wowzer! Everything about these photos are breathtaking! Miss M, you look fabulous and rocked every outfit! And the location? Need. To. Go. To. Malibu!

August 5, 2014 - 7:48 pm

megB - So. Damn. Gorgeous. I’m not gonna lie – I really wish I’d been there your session, but it is so beautiful none the less! Love all the outfits, the SHOES, the locations – killer images!

August 5, 2014 - 11:33 pm

Carla Ramsay - Eeekk! Amazing amazing amazing……you look perfect…wow great job to you both.

August 6, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Megan - Beautiful woman! Beautiful location! Beautiful work as always! I hope one day I can travel to Texas and have a boudoir shoot with you! You always capture the best of everyone you work with!

August 6, 2014 - 9:09 pm

Ms. M - Ladies thank you so much for the beautiful words! Your comments made me smile (and maybe tear up a little) and totally made my day.

August 7, 2014 - 11:34 pm

Julia R. - Beautifulllll. Girl you rocked it!

J’s Night for Herself…

When Miss J contacted me, she made it clear that she was doing this session for herself. This amazing mama has a full time job AND a growing photography business, two children of her own, and six months ago gave birth to twins as a surrogate for another family. I mean, talk about a full plate! It was time to do a little something for herself… to reclaim her womanhood and celebrate the body that she’s put through it’s paces the last couple years.

Together with the incomparable MegB on hair & makeup, we did our best to make sure we gave this working mama a night she’d never forget… with gorgeous images to take home as souvenirs.:)

Check out a couple she approved to show off here on the blog!

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Not the lingerie type? Totally ok with us. A sweater and boots was a GREAT outfit for this setting!

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Another genius outfit choice… this long lace dress is actually a swimsuit cover up from Target, of all places. I mean, HELLO GORGEOUS.

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When this hot mama got the link to her gallery, her response email was pretty wonderful:

“This whole experience was so wonderful! Between feeling utterly pampered with hair and makeup by Meagan and then you making me feel SO comfortable in my own skin, all the nerves of the day just melted away. The experience was so liberating and when it was done I just felt gorgeous. At the end of the day, every insecurity that I had prior to the shoot, was gone. Thank you, thank you, thank you; I really couldn’t thank you enough!!!”

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J, thank you SO much for driving so far to see me. Your session is one of my favorites in a long time, and I enjoyed the heck out of getting to know you. Let’s definitely do it again sometime.:)

June 17, 2014 - 5:34 pm

Lesa - These are very beautiful!

June 17, 2014 - 6:06 pm

Amber B. - She’s absolutely gorgeous!! Our bodies are so beautiful!! Kudos to you mama and hard working woman for treating yourself! You killed your session

Miss M at the Beach…

Miss M had to meet us at 5 a.m. to start her hair & makeup and get down to the water in time for that gorgeous sunrise color. Anyone would be a little skeptical, I’m sure… but after she finished her Girls on Film experience, M was a complete believer.:)

  ” Choosing to do a boudoir shoot with Chelsea was a beautifully unique experience that I will never forget. This was honestly one of the most empowering and enjoyable experiences of my life. I think every woman should get a chance to do something like this so they can look back and go “WHOA mama, I’m one hot lady!” I felt just like that and even more.  
 My shoot was schedule for sun rise which meant getting out of bed, not AT the crack of dawn, BEFORE the crack of dawn, which needless to say, made for some pretty epic yawns. As I sat having my makeup done by Meg, I began to feel a little pang of nervous exhilaration run through me. Its not every day that you have someone as talented as Meg do hair and makeup for you making you look and feel like a glowing, gorgeous super model. And it certainly isn’t every day that you go frolicking through the waves with sky high hair and sheer outfits! 
  Walking down to the beach with the sun rising made for a surreal scene which Chelsea captured stunningly. It was the perfect weather for the shoot and I felt and looked amazing. Chelsea has an eye and uncanny talent for being able to capture a person’s natural beauty and personality through the lens of a camera. There wasn’t a moment at all where I felt shy or nervous, instead I felt bold and beautiful. I think that a large part of this was due to Chelsea’s amazing talent of knowing how to make a girl look and feel great in any spot. 
  The entire experience was enriching and made me love my body with all its curves even more. I cannot recommend the experience enough!”
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You are SUCH a fox. Thank you for road tripping 8 hours to see me!:)
June 3, 2014 - 3:14 pm

Dawn - OMG, I DIIIED at the first one! I LOVE that you got some shots with that moody sky. I’m so glad you got to experience this–you’re one amazing lady, and you deserved it!

Miss E in the Country

Miss E came into her session so nervous, she threatened to throw up. She kept telling MegB and I that she’s the most awkward person in the world, that the sexiest she ever got was sweat pants and a ponytail, that there’s no way we were going to be able to make her look gorgeous like “all those other girls”.

I’m here to tell you, she may have been right about being nervous, but the rest of it? All wrong.

And when she saw her photos, I think she decided to agree with me:

You know that feeling when you love something SO much you just want to smash it and squeeze it to death? That’s exactly how I feel about these pictures!! My body changed so much once I had my sweet baby girl, and I wasn’t prepared for that. Things sag, jiggle, and hang differently now – but my experience with y’all gave me something back that I’ve been missing since I’ve had my baby girl – my confidence. I want to run around naked screaming “look world – this mama still has it”!! Every woman should feel this beautiful. The main reason I did this was so my husband would have sexy pictures of me while he was deployed – but I got SO much more out of it than I thought I would. I’ve realized I’m a beautiful, confident wife and mother – and that those parts of my body that sag, jiggle, and hang differently are just sweet reminders of the beautiful creature my husband and I created in love.  Thank y’all SO much – y’all are amazing women with huge hearts and incredible talent!!

Check out these few images Miss E let me share… pretty sure you’ll agree too… SMOKIN’!

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This session is also a great example of outfit choice for a country session… I hear all the time from my girls that they’re “not the lingerie type”, and that’s 100% ok!

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For a husband on deployment, these American Flag scarf images are bound to be faves!

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Woman, you are such a stunner. This is one of my favorite sessions of the year so far, and I’m so honored that you spent one of your few short days in Texas celebrating yourself with me. Let’s do it again sometime!:)

May 27, 2014 - 3:58 pm

AmandaV - The b&w laughing photo is absolutely stunning!

May 27, 2014 - 6:17 pm

sam - i think this is my favorite session to date

May 27, 2014 - 9:01 pm

ann - Amazing session. Loved the reaction email too.

May 27, 2014 - 9:39 pm

Sophie Purke - Holy gorgeous!!! I hope I look that good after having kids. P.S Y’all are magical. I am ready for a round 2 session ASAP!

May 28, 2014 - 4:51 am

Amy - Wow, I agree… definitely one of my favorite sessions to date! The leather is awesome. And girl, I dunno what you are talking about – your post-baby body is 10x more amazing than my no-baby body! Ha :) Really though, you look absolutely incredible and I know your hubby will love these. Please tell him thank you for his service, and thank you for supporting him and sacrificing too. God bless you all!

June 4, 2014 - 6:06 am

Amber B. - Love the scarf pics times a million!! You are beautiful!!

June 17, 2014 - 2:52 pm

Monica Wilson - Not sure how I missed the original posting of this but WOW I LOVE it! LOVE IT! She is gorgeous and by far one of my favorites so far too! Where were these shot at?

June 18, 2014 - 1:00 am

Brittany - OMG!!! Beautiful :) Where were these taken at?