Posts in Boudoir
The Free Tigress Tribe is For Women Who... | Vancouver Boudoir Photographer Body Image Coach

Did you know that for the past 2 years I have had a private Facebook community for women to come together to celebrate their self love journeys, body positivity, and their own personal growth?

The Tigress Tribe is for women who:

✓ Are not satisfied with the status quo in their level of personal development, self love journey, and relationship with themselves.

✓ Want to have a better, more healthy, more loving relationship with themselves and their bodies.

✓ Are willing to lean into their fears in order to heal their body image + their self relationship.

✓ Want more than the cards they have been dealt and they are ready to create their reality regardless of where they now stand.

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the fear before her boudoir session + how she felt afterwards | Sarah testimonial - Vancouver Boudoir Photography

I'm excited to bring this post to you today. This is a guest post from the incomparable soul Sarah Yenko.

When Sarah came to me for her Vancouver boudoir photoshoot, she was nervous beyond belief. However as the course of the shoot went by, she slowly but surely came out of her shell and absolutely knocked it out of the park. I'll let her take it away from here and share with you how she felt throughout her boudoir session and what the experience was like for her. 

"My biggest fear before hiring Chelsey didn't have anything to do with her. She came so highly recommended by many amazing women.

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HOW A BOUDOIR SHOOT HELPED THIS NEW MOM FEEL BEAUTIFUL AGAIN | Amber's Vancouver Boudoir Testimonial

There are certain times when writing a new blog post that I'm not in flow the flow of things, I drag my feet, and hesitate to hit the keys. That sentiment could not be further from the truth for this post! I feel so incredibly honoured to bring this post to life on the blog today.

Over the years I have had the honour of working with some women who are truly beautiful from the inside out. Amber is definitely on this list of gorgeous souls. 

When I photographed her post-baby, she had shared her thoughts on her boudoir photoshoot experience with me here at Chelsey Luren Portraits. Don't believe me? Check out what she had to say in her testimonial here:

"Admittedly, as a now stay at home mom and trying to bounce back from pregnancy, I was nervous...

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The 4 Worst Excuses For Not Having a Boudoir Photo Shoot | Vancouver Boudoir Photography

As a boudoir photographer, I have to say, I have heard some reallyreally poor excuses as to why women “can’t” do a boudoir photoshoot. I understand that on occasion there are extenuating circumstances that don’t allow for boudoir sessions to take place such as:

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Why Healing the Relationship With Ourselves is a Privilege | Vancouver Boudoir Photographer + Body Image Coach

Healing our body image issues and the relationship we have with ourselves is not work, but a privilege.

This realm of personal development - where we heal the relationship with ourselves, mend our body image woes and shift from low self esteem into radiant confidence - there are a lot of time, effort, energy, and resources are involved.  

To dive in and shift our lives takes a willingness to be uncomfortable, to face truths we may have ignored, to stand in places of our shame in order to heal.

More often than not, this is…

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Why I Became a Boudoir Photographer and Body Image Coach | Vancouver, Canada

For so long I have shied away from sharing the truth of my soul and the path I have walked. I have muted the calling to be more, do more, give more to the world. I have tried to hide away, to disown, to ignore, and deny parts of myself. 

I love the work I do as a boudoir photographer and body image coach - it sets my soul ablaze.

But the fear in being seen while in my truth is one that runs deep. “What will people say? What if they hate me? What if I offend someone? What if nobody gets it and I’m alone in this world?” The thoughts sting and make me want to retreat into myself and hide away from the light.

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Miss J: Vancouver Boudoir Photoshoot client rave review

I am so excited to share with you all some of the images from this amazing shoot with the fabulous Miss J.

When Miss J came to visit us, she had travelled all the way from her home in Idaho (a drive over 13 hours long!) and was more so excited to be able to pay us a visit while in Vancouver for a boudoir shoot with us. 

It was such a treat to have Miss J. in our makeup chair and then front of my camera. Here are Miss J's thoughts on her photoshoot with us and a few of our favourite shots from her boudoir session with us!

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Why Self Connection Matters and How To Do It | Body Image Coach + Vancouver Boudoir Photographer

How would your life be different if you felt deeply connected to yourself?

Speaking from personal experience, I lived my life for decades in a state of total disconnect and self loathing. I was at war with myself, hating my body. I so desperately wanted to crawl out of my skin, and trade lives with anybody else in an attempt to get away from who I was.

The truth was that

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Vancouver Boudoir Photoshoot with Carly Stone - Testimonial Review

While 9 out of 10 of the women that I work with in my Vancouver boudoir sessions are the everyday woman (ie. Having never been photographed professionally before - let alone doing something so intimate as a boudoir photoshoot). Every now and again though, I work with women who are accustomed to being in the spotlight. 

One such woman I recently had the opportunity to photograph is Carly Stone.

Carly is a model and body positivity activist with a heart of gold. Her heart + energy are contagious and they radiate outwards through the camera lens. 

Here's what Carly had to say about her boudoir session with me and a few of our favourite of the gorgeous, and intimate boudoir images I captured of her during our shoot:

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Client Testimonial and Video Review Miss P. | Vancouver Boudoir Photography

When Parneet came to my studio for her boudoir session, she was one of the most shy, and meek women I've ever worked with. Being able to see her come out of her shell and step into her power through her boudoir photo shoot was a total honour. 

But don't take my word for it, here's what she had to say about her Vancouver boudoir photo shoot with me in her testimonial video and written word.

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Vancouver Boudoir Photographer - Madi's Client Testimonial + Rave Review

When I began my career as a boudoir photographer and body image coach, the entire driving force was something WAY bigger than me.

To give some context: I experienced an eating disorder for 12 years before ever seeking help to recover and heal my relationship with myself. When I finally dedicated myself to my recovery and dove in with both feet,  it completely transformed my life...

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Eating Disorder Recovery Session | Carissa's Testimonial

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of ANY mental illness. In order to help those who are struggling to seek help, we need to lift the stigma that surrounds them.

For myself, it took me years into my own recovery from anorexia to really open up to those around me about my journey. I've made it my mission to help lower the stigma surrounding eating disorders and shift into celebration of the recovery journey instead. Also knowing how much courage it takes to open up about the struggles that go hand in hand with eating disorders and body image issues, I am so moved by Carissa.

Carissa Shaul is a disordered eating coach and yoga instructor who took the time to roadtrip from Olympia, Washington, all the way up here to us in Vancouver, Canada. Her courage, strength and transformation throughout her recovery experience and straight on into her boudoir photoshoot was such a honour to witness and to share with all of you now in this interview!

Can you tell us a bit about your eating disorder (E.D.) history?

"Eating disorders are unique in that they aren’t like a physical ailment where there is an exact onset date. My journey with food and body issues began in 2009 when I...

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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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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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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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