Totally For Me

This woman is one of my favorite women to photograph!  I love having her in front of my camera, but more importantly in my life!!  I’ll leave this post to her:

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(PS – This is one of my FAVORITE photos I have ever taken!)

1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  I’ve had a personal shoot and one group shoot in the past, so it was a no-brainer to do this again. At this time in my life, I was coming from a pretty dark place: I lost my dad earlier in the year and was grasping to solidify my identity and affirm my personal value in the absence of this person I loved fiercely who had made such an indelible impact; it was daunting. I had done a lot of soul searching and had been hung up trying to determine my legacy, my place, my tribe. What I really needed then was a day of self-indulgence and self-love, which I knew a shoot with Maura would deliver. I just wanted some levity and to refill my cup, metaphorically speaking.

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2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  Honestly, not terrible. I was/still am struggling with accepting some noticeable weight gain, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned from being a part of Maura’s tribe, it’s that I’m (we’re! – all of us!) beautiful no matter what. Beauty comes from believing that and carrying myself with integrity and pride. I don’t always get it right, but I know it’s really just that simple when I get down to it. I embraced the day and decided I would be fearless and own it.

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3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  Like a rockstar! I mean, Maura has that effect on everyone, but this was a particularly uplifting day. She let me have some creative license, she directed me, she hooted and hollered. It was really a dream come true. But, to be fair, that’s how it always is. Plus, I got to wear a killer pair of turquoise heels with vintage skulls I owned but have never worn and my husband’s old band tee in homage to him. I can’t quite put the day into words! I got to tap into many, many aspects of my persona in an authentic way.

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4) Describe your session in 3 words?  Empowering, frenetic, creative

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pittsburgh boudoir woman in black boots on stairs at pics by chicks photography

5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  I really wanted a glitter bum, which I had seen on Insta, and she let me totally demolish her bathroom floor while I attempted to shellac myself in glitter. I know this was a special exception because I am a return client who was passionate about trying this out, but she totally ran with it. The final result, despite my failures to achieve what I wanted to as my own makeup artist, were quite stunning.  (Maura Note: I can’t show you these photos because, well, nipple!  Your nipples, your business)

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6) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  I’ve said it before, what are you waiting for? When I first did a shoot, it was for my 10-year-anniversary, but the final product and result were really all for me, much to my surprise. This shoot was totally for me, and I was reminded that even when I can’t see the beauty in my own body, it’s still there! Her eyes (and her periodic screams) say it all.

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Maura Magic

Maura Magic – a phrase that is used often in my business.  No, I didn’t come up with that – a client created that phrase a few years ago after her session with me.  It was something she shared in my private FB group (link below, open to all women) and other clients agreed!!  I was flattered.  But, yes, there is some magic involved.  The way I light my images, the way I pose my clients, the angles I choose, the editing of my artwork, but most importantly, the way I connect and work with each woman that steps in front of my camera.

Yup, the biggest part of the magic is the way I can get you to relax in a seemingly uncomfortable situation, the way I can make you laugh to look at ease in your images, the way we talk openly during our time together to help break down your barriers to acceptance, and so many other wonderful things!  This goes far beyond “just pictures”  – this is an experience of a lifetime and I treat it as such!

Every woman is worthy of doing boudoir.  Every woman has a boudoir body.  This is a body positive experience and the Magic is for everyone!

I leave the rest of today’s post in this woman’s words.  Here’s what she had to say about her session:

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1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  Doing a shoot is something I thought about for a long time, and after getting some personal time with Maura I decided that I was worth the investment!

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2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  Self conscious, uninspired, down on myself. It is hard to see yourself through others eyes, and I struggled with that my whole life.

3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  Proud, motivated, sexy. My shoot was life changing, I hold myself to a higher standard, look at myself differently in the mirror.

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boudoir photography pittsburgh photo collage of sexy poses in bra and panty set from Victoria's Secret


4) Describe your session in 3 words?  Fun, life changing, energizing.

boudoir photography pittsburgh photo collage of sexy poses in bra and panty set from Victoria's Secret5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  Having some personal time with Maura, she truly makes you believe you are the most beautiful woman in the world

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6) What value do you think a boudoir session brings to your life and the community of women you support? It’s such a body positive experience it truly changes your life.

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7) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  Just do it. You are worth the investment, time with Maura is honestly priceless. Maura magic is a really thing!

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Good to go live

A few times a year, I do a live boudoir session in my private Facebook group.  This is a great chance for the ladies to get to see the inner workings of a session, and they begin to realize that it’s not as intimidating as it may seem.  We actually have quite a bit of fun and laughs – usually at my expense, which is fine by me!  I love to laugh and smile.  I want to enjoy each moment we share together, and getting the honor of giving the boudoir experience to these women is simply wonderful.

Each potential live shoot hopeful submits an application to me for consideration.  I am typically inundated with applicants and sometimes it seems like an impossible task to just pick a few.  But, today I think it’s important to share with you WHY this woman wanted to be a part of a life shoot.  Here’s what she had to say!

When it comes to photos I tend to prefer them from the chest up. I want to be comfortable existing in photos and proving to myself that hey I’m one hot babe. Life changed for me in 2012 when my brother took his life, it was devastating for me but it also changed my soul in good ways. Since his passing I try to live in the moment, seek out the best in days, and try to build up other people as much as I can. Sometimes in that process I tend to put myself last but I’m learning to get better. I’m tired of thinking my size will holding me back from things in life. I’ll be honest the thought of a live shoot scares me, but it’s also thrilling and empowering. It’s exciting to think that a live shoot of me might encourage someone else to bust out of her own chains of self doubt and embrace herself and celebrate herself at any size. I have been on a journey to be the best and most open me that I can be and I believe your mission and celebration of women is exactly what I need to keep on keeping on 🙂 A live shoot is an excellent way to push myself out of my comfort zone and see what I am capable of.

Thank you Maura for what you do for women. It’s inspiring and encouraging. You’re like an angel in human disguise. I absolutely love your mission and am excited to potentially work with you!

And, here’s a look at just a few of her photos!

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Astounding

I took a little break from blogging but I’m back!  And, I’m ready to share with you some of the sessions that have happened over the past few months.  The thing I always want you to remember when looking at my blog or portfolio – you are only seeing about 10% of what I actually photograph.  I respect my clients wishes in regards to their privacy so I only show images that I’m allowed to share.  I welcome every single woman into my studio.  You are all boudoir worthy and this journey is for you too.  If you don’t see your body type represented, it just means I don’t have anything to publicly show.  I guarantee you that I’ve photographed every single body type and value each woman as her own unique creation!

Today, I leave this post in my clients words about her session.  Hear what she had to say below.

1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  I invested in a boudoir photo shoot to surprise my husband, but to also see myself from a different view. I was tired of always seeing myself as a work from home mom in sweats. I wanted to see the true me again.

pittsburgh boudoir by pics by chicks photography

pittsburgh boudoir by pics by chicks photography

2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  I felt good about myself before my shoot, but after brought it to a whole new level. When I start feeling myself get down, I just look at my pictures and the feeling comes back.

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3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  Amazing! All the good feelings were brought back to the surface and it reminded me who I was before kids.

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4) Describe your session in 3 words?  Astounding, mind-blowing, amazing

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5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  The positions!

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6) What value do you think a boudoir session brings to your life and the community of women you support? It allows you to see that you are still sexy even after being married for years and having kids. A boudoir session brings you out of your shell and makes you realize you still have “it”.

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7) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  You won’t regret it. I’m sure that is what everyone says, but don’t let the price scare you away. It’s an experience you will never forget!

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Studio Refresh for 2019

I always like to keep my studio refreshed … to keep me inspired and so that repeat clients have a different look to their images.  This year I made some major changes and I’m very excited to start to share all those changes with you!

Just so you are aware, I use every inch of my studio and I have so many different sets.  Everything was updated.  I feel like I was at AtHome, HomeGoods, Marshalls, Kirklands, etc 4 times a week while I tried out different things.  And, I even used some older stuff that I had placed in my storage area that I completely forgot about!  I was always bringing bags home..Mr. Chick would ask what for, and I told him to mind his business! hahaha.

Today I’m going to focus on some of the changes to the living room set, as I like to call it.  That beautiful red Victorian Sofa is still in my studio but I’m no longer going to use it for boudoir sessions.  I purchased a gorgeous and luxurious green velvet sofa from Wayfair that I am absolutely in love with.  It’s so much more versatile than the victorian sofa and some of the poses are even easier than before … Imagine that – posing being easy?!?!

Check out some of the new stuff!!

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The sofa has a wider back and armrests, which allow for some killer shots!  Just take a look at my beautiful friend/client – I had her climbing up, around and all over the sofa to try everything I had in my head.  This is stuff I could never do before so I’m excited to incorporate this posing into my sessions!
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boudoir photography pittsburgh, sexy boudoir poses on green sofa in boudoir studio

Also, in the bedroom, the entire room feels brand new.  The headboard has been replaced, new linens, lamps, room decor, and a brand new ornate mirror — more on that in a future blog post.

Here is some of the new posing on the bed, and note the dramatic use of the light.  Oh, I love how I can use the light to my advantage!

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Notice the fireplace?! Oh, you didn’t.  Neither did I until I edited the images! haha

The fireplace got an update too.  A basket with blankets and pillows, a lantern, candles, mantle decor including a mirror and two empowering signs that fit perfectly for what I do with my sessions!

sexy photos pittsburgh, boudoir photography by Pics By Chicks PhotographyThere’s more to come!  Stay tuned.

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