Eating Disorder Recovery Photoshoot | Nicole Testimonial

To anybody that has been following my work for any length of time (and to let those who haven't know), my greatest passion lies in working with women who are healing their relationship to their bodies. Those who have recovered from an eating disorder, have struggled with body image issues, or are shifting their relationship to food hold a special place in my heart.

As someone who spent close to a decade in the throws of an eating disorder before choosing recovery, I have so much empathy for these incredibly beautiful women. 

There is such an intense degree of strength, effort, commitment and a thousand other characteristics needed on the path to healthy self image. Being able to reflect that same strength and beauty back to my Recovery Session clients within their photoshoots here at Chelsey Luren Portraits is overwhelming.

My heart nearly bursts when I reflect on all of the women I have had the opportunity to work with.

This next warrior I am excited to feature is such a gem. 

I am so ecstatic to introduce Nicole Calla to all of you. Now add on being able to include her words about her own Recovery Session, and some of the images we created together... there are simply no words to describe it.

So without further ado, here is the Chelsey Luren Portraits interview with Nicole about her glamour session with us...

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5 Ways to Love Your Body More

Those who know me and have worked with me, know firsthand how much of an advocate for body positivity and self love I am.

Being someone who grew up with a very distorted view of my body and has worked HARD to shift this, I now see how important self love, and body positivity are. Body love and confidence applies to not only the work I do as a boudoir photographer, but it's also an integral aspect of everyday life. If you don't feel good about yourself or your body, how many areas of your life are in turn impacted? (Answer: Every. Single. Aspect.)

There are so many things that can bring us down, leaving us feeling less than stellar about ourselves, and in turn our bodies.

I remember so many different times that I was unduly harsh towards myself. To be honest, this is still something that comes up for me on occasion. But over the years I have come leaps and bounds. I am so proud of that progress, and it's for that reason that I want to share with you all these tips. 

Here are my personal tips on 5 ways to love your body more!

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Power Talk | Nicole Vicente of Tease Lux Lingerie

Power Talks is a series I've been passionate about on this blog for a long while now. It's where we interview local business owners, those who help to women to empower themselves, and those who just downright rock.

In today's edition of Power Talks we are interviewing Nicole Vicente of Tease Luxury Lingerie!

I have had the privilege of working alongside her on a number of occasions, and I can assure you, she is even more lovely than the luxury lingerie she sells. Here's a firsthand look at our interview together:

Chelsey: So first and foremost, tell me about...

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What Nearly Dying Taught Me

A while ago I had a near death experience.

I'd been very sick with the flu and was very congested from it. Then during one evening I had a coughing fit that I couldn't control. The congestion was so intense that it closed up my throat. I was unable to talk and couldn't breathe, so my husband Tyler quickly rushed me to the hospital...

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5 Things Not to Do Before Your Boudoir Photoshoot

My first introduction to boudoir photography was having stepped behind someone else's camera. That's right, I remember being in your exact shoes.

And I remember the feeling when I saw my images for the first time. It was in that instant I had an experience where for the first time in my life, truly felt and believed that I was beautiful. My boudoir shoot was...

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Hilda's Vancouver Boudoir Photoshoot Review

Every instance where I'm able to photograph someone for a second, third, or more times always fills me with so much pride. 

It means that my client received photographs that they absolutely love and had a beautiful experience that was memorable enough to want to experience it a second time. 

This is why I'm SO excited to share with you this boudoir session...

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Give Yourself Permission to Feel Good

"If it's important, you'll find a way. If it isn't, you find an excuse."

I've found from speaking with so many women - from growing up in a household full of women, from working with them daily, and from being one myself - that more often than not, women feel the need to have an excuse to feel good. Justifications and reasons for doing something...

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Project You: Fearless

Recently I had the opportunity to photograph the first full day event from Project You (Thank you Meagan Ayres and the whole Project You team for creating such pure magic!). The focal point of the day was fear and what living a fearless life meant to each of us.

Living a fearless life doesn't mean I don't have fear. Living fearlessly means that...

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How to Navigate Building Confidence | Ruby Roxx Guest Blogger

My name is Ruby Roxx.  I am a plus size model, body positive activist, writer and blogger.  I often am asked “how are you so confident” and the answer is…years of hard work.  Body confidence is not something that comes over night.  It takes a lot of hard work, and It means something different to everyone.  For me...

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"5 Ways to Feel Beautiful" by Lucy Gregory of Salt Design Co | Guest Blogger

I'm Lucy: brand strategist, designer, entrepreneur, human being.

I can be a pretty rad human being sometimes too. But do you know how hard it is to say that? HARD.

I look in the mirror most mornings and hate what I see. I don't want to put on my jeans that are now too tight to be comfortable in, or think about the fact that...

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How to Realize Your Own Self Worth and Value

“It’s not your job to like me - it’s mine." — Byron Katie

I came across this quote from Byron Katie and it felt so fitting for the entire message I always try to put forward not only as an entrepreneur, but as a woman in this world. 

The honesty of this statement is overwhelming. It can be so easy to put the burden of our self value in the hands...

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Your 8 Step Guide to Getting Boudoir Photoshoot Ready

A big part of why I have been able to build such deep trust with my clients is largely due to my type A personality (Read: I make sure that you are prepared in Every. Possible. Way.)

To make sure you not only feel relaxed going into your boudoir photoshoot, but can get the most out of this experience that every woman needs to have at least once in her life...

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Recovery Session Client Testimonial - Sarah

As a women who had eating disorders as a part of my life for over a decade, the Recovery Sessions that I offer are the work that I am most passionate about. Being able to give back and help the women who are where I once stood through my work, is a true privilege and honour.

I am honoured to being to sharing my interview with Sarah with all of you today...

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5 Ways to Boost Body Confidence

Over the past few months, I have spent a significant portion of time writing. I set out with the intention of creating amazing and helpful content to aid you in moving further in your journey to self love. 

Many a sleepless night, and countless edits later, and I finally have something to share with you all that I wholeheartedly feel is incredible...

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If You Struggle With Body Image, This is For You

I've been giving a lot of thought to the message I want to put out there to all of my readers on the Chelsey Luren Portraits blog.

"What would my readers like to hear? What do they really care about? What can I give to them?"

It then occurred to me that I had not even properly defined who it was that I wanted to connect with through my blog or through...

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Get That Summer Beach Body: Tutorial

With summer just around the corner, there is one thing that always seems to make it's way into everybody's minds:

HOW DO I GET BEACH READY FOR THE SUMMER?

Well today we have a very special step by step tutorial to present to all of you fine people. Follow along for our best pointers to look hot in your summer swimwear!

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Mothers, Exist in Photographs

One day, your children will go to look for photographs of you, what will they find?

I recently sat down and came to the realization that I myself had NO portraits of my mother. Sure, there was the odd photo of her here and there over the past 30 years or so. But no portrait that was a true reflection of who she is.

This was distressing, not simply...

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