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April showers bring GORGEOUS sessions in May!

Several of our early spring sessions had to be rescheduled because of crazy rain, but man, Mother Nature is making it up to me now.:)The green, the perfect temperatures, the soft breeze… this might just be the prettiest spring I’ve ever photographed!

I could talk a blue streak about how much I love the boudoir session I’m sharing today… it’s one of my favorites. But nothing I could say about it would be as powerful as the email this lovely client sent me the day after her session.

This whole experience was a first for me.  Like I told you before, I always grew up as the awkward girl with the huge front teeth, flat chest, and giant scar.  The subconscious impression that beauty and (VERY conscious thought that) athleticism were never going to be my strong points, I spent my time honing more “indoor” skills and devoting my efforts to school (now work), extracurriculars, and volunteering.

“Pretty” became an afterthought.  “Pretty” became unnecessary.

Long story short, it took years of other people prodding at me with the idea that I was–or AM–pretty!

I was never a person who spent time in front of the camera, so I really didn’t know what to expect from a photo shoot–movies brainwash us with their model montages and flashing lights.  But even as I arrived, everything was so relaxed.  I had a dressing room.  I could wear a robe if I chose.  You asked me what outfit I was most comfortable in.  It was just us.  Us two on the GORGEOUS Bowen property.  I had no clue what to do with myself, how to pose, but your reassuring direction was all I needed, and it didn’t hurt to hear a “Gorgeous!” once in a while.  Before I knew it, I was walking around topless!  And I was okay with that.  I felt at ease with you because you made me feel comfortable in my own skin.

Thank you, Chelsea, for this opportunity to record this part of my life–this strange area of my mid-20’s where I’m not quite an insecure kid but haven’t completely figured out my end-game yet.  Thank you for helping me capture how far I’ve come.  Thank you for asking me about my scar–please don’t cover it up.

Some 50 years or so down the road, when I have grandkids as old as I am now, I can pull out these photos and say, “Kids, this was me back in the day–and I was HOT!”

Lady, you ARE beautiful. But more than that, in just a couple hours with you it was easy to see you’re kind & thoughtful & ambitious & driven & STRONG. Your future daughters & granddaughters will be able to learn so much from your amazing example, and I’m thrilled that I was able to work with you!

Girls on Film has just exploded, and I’m shooting more sessions this summer than I have in the last couple YEARS. It’s amazing & challenging & more fun than a barrel of monkeys. If you’d like to get on my schedule for the fall (either for an outdoor session at our studio, or an indoor session at a hotel or loft), NOW is the time to call!!

  • June 5, 2013 - 1:14 pm

    Jackie - She is absolutely gorgeous. But that email.. I don’t even know her and I feel like I could just hug her! Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2013 - 2:58 pm

    Jordyn Pitts - She is STUNNING!!! These are such beautiful photographs.ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2013 - 3:13 pm

    Amy - She is BEAUTIFUL!!! She rocked very single shoot!!!ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2013 - 7:46 pm

    Amber - Wow she’s beautiful!! Her email made me want to hug her tight!! What an amazing person and girlfriend you are gorgeous and don’t think otherwise!!ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2013 - 10:59 pm

    bobbileigh - She is very beautiful and that hair man its gorgeous. Love the simple colors of the first outfit.ReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2013 - 4:15 pm

    Lady - Okay, so ‘Lady’ isn’t really my name, but Chelsea didn’t give my first initial, so I’m keeping it that way =P.

    Thank you, everyone, for the kind words. After reading Chelsea’s post and all of your comments, I couldn’t help but get a bit teary-eyed!

    This is one step in a new realm for me, and I’m SO glad that pushing my boundaries as a person of many facets has been met with such support. I couldn’t have done it without Kayla Edgemon for the rockin’ hair and awesome airbrush makeup (Check her out on Facebook: Kayla Edgemon Hair&Makeup! She does FABulous work and also is so cheery and fun!). And I certainly couldn’t have done it without the wonderful Chelsea McGowan.

    If you’ve never had the experience of booking a session with Chelsea, I recommend that you do! NEVER think you aren’t pretty enough. NEVER think you don’t deserve it. NEVER stop pushing yourself. NEVER stop growing!ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2013 - 7:44 pm

    BriAnne - I absolutely LOVE the one of her against the fence with her head tilted back. STUNNING!ReplyCancel

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