Posts tagged Vancouver Glamour Photography
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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Alison | Vancouver Maternity Photoshoot Client Testimonial

Today, I am so grateful, honoured and excited to share with you images and a testimonial from Alison's Vancouver maternity photoshoot.

I could sit here talking for ages about being able to photograph her on multiple occasions and how much I love this incredible woman, but instead, I am going to let her words do the talking.

Alison:

"I have had the astounding good fortune of being photographed by Chelsey twice now.  Once for boudoir and recently for maternity photos.  Opposite ends of the spectrum but with the same comfort level, ease and fun!  There is truly no comparable experience…

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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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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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Power Talk: Kristal Barrett-Stuart Of Sparkle Project BC

Today I'm excited to bring to you an inspiring interview with Kristal Barrett-Stuart. She is the Founder of The Sparkle Project BC.

Kristal and I first met at the Love Your Body Summit where both of us were vendors. While she was leading a workshop on vision boards, I was immediately drawn to her energy and passion for her work.

Having spent a bit more time with her during a photoshoot with me here at Chelsey Luren Portraits, we were able to have some incredible conversations. Getting to know her more, I knew she was the perfect fit for the Power Talk series…

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Here's the real love you need in your life | Vancouver Boudoir Photographer + Body Image Coach

Ahh, February 14th.

The day of the year that people shift their focus to love. 

...Queue eye roll.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love love.

The butterflies in your stomach. The rose coloured glasses. The way time slips away when you're spending time with that special someone. The sighs and fluttering eyes.

All those feel good feelings that circulate, keep you awake at night, and get the blood pumping are amazing.

But the fact of the matter is this:

We can only love another to the extent that we love ourselves first.

In order to really love another person, we need to love ourselves first.

How can that be?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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