Creativity Outdoor Session – The Feather Collar

Creativity comes in all forms for me. I saw this feather collar while doing some online shopping and knew immediately that I’d be able to make a shoot out of it!!

The rest of the outfit came together just as perfectly, and immediately new who I wanted to wear it all!

As a creative person (dare I say artist), it’s hard to focus on anything else when an idea like this comes into my mind.  It’s all I can think about until I finally make the vision come to life.

You always worry whether it will live up to the way you’ve hyped it up in your mind because that vision is so specific.  This did not disappoint.  It was everything I had wanted it to be and so much more.

Hair and makeup by the magical Kristen Tatko.  I love having Kristen on my team.  She helps me execute my visions perfectly.  Whether I throw sometime like this at her or something totally off the wall, she jumps right in and supports the vision.

The outdoor location was perfect as well.  For next year, I’m allowing clients to add on an outdoor portion of their session – something that was typically only reserved for repeat clients.

Here are some images from our session together.

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My Clients Are Just Like You

In January, I had this crazy idea pop into my head.  As with all my crazy ideas, I need to recruit people to help me.  Immediately, all my past clients popped up into my head.

I wanted to execute an EPIC photo (that’s what I told them it was called) that showed a group of my clients.  This photo would showcase that I’ve worked with every body type, every skin color, every abnormality we can point out in our body, every age, every walk of life.  They are all represented in my work.  I hear a lot from potential clients, “Oh, I don’t look like the women in your photos.”  AH, yes.  Yes you do!  This is evidence of that FACT.

I emailed all my past clients (the hundred of them!) and asked them if they’d be interested in participating, and this amazing group of women showed up on the day of the event.  I will call it an event because Maura Chick (that’s me) doesn’t just take a photo – it has to be something special, something memorable for these women.  Because every moment of every day I want to have an impact on someone’s life.  So, what was an EPIC photo turned into a client appreciation event.  After we took some photos, we all sat down on blankets and had a picnic.  I had some catered food, plus a few things I made and we just enjoyed a summer evening together.

When I was going through my education to become a certified self love life coach, I was asked, “When do you feel the most loved?” And, in being truthful, I couldn’t answer it.  It brought me to tears.  How can one not know when they feel the most loved?!?  A few days later it hit me like a ton of bricks.  I feel most loved when women come together to support, encourage and uplift each other.  I’m sure you can gather, at this event, I felt loved.  These women that I’ve poured my heart and soul into in preparation for their session, during their session, and the time that has followed since their session came together to support the vision and each other.  The love fest was felt by all, especially me.

Thank you to these incredible women for spending some time with me, and helping any future clients get over the feelings like they could never be like the ladies in my photographs.

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Exhilarating Fun

There’s one thing I want you to know about your relationship with your body:

You NEVER take good care of anything that you hate. EVER. Think about all the things you hate….do you nurture them? Treat them with love? Care for them? Respect them? Pay attention to them?  Talk kindly to them?

Nope. The answer is no. We do not take care of the things we hate. Period. So why in the world do you think you can hate your body? Do you think hating it is actually going to change it? Do you think you can hate your body and then learn to love it? You cannot hate yourself into submission. The answer is love. We need more love. We need more acceptance. We need more gentleness and kindness. All the things you would give to someone or something you love are the things that need to be directed towards you!

Well, I have lots to say but I’ll leave the rest of this in the words of my client!

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1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  After the first 2 I’m now addicted to the amazing feeling and rush you get by spending the day with Maura !!!!! How could you not love being told how amazing and gorgeous you are all day !

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lingerie photos in fishnet bodysuit at boudoir studio in pittsburgh PA

2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  I felt pretty good. Ready to take on the day

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3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  Tired !!!! Lol just kidding. It was a work out of a day. But I felt fantastic! There is no feeling like it. On top of the world

4) Describe your session in 3 words?  Adventurous ! Exhilarating ! Fun !

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outdoor boudoir session in pittsburgh PA abandoned building in red lingerie

5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  Trying to come up with and top my previous shoots. Just letting Maura pick outfits and let her imagination take over

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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 just makes you feel better. Makes me feel happy and loved and beautiful

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outdoor lingerie photo shoot pittsburgh PA with pics by chicks photography

7) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  It is the absolute best decision you can make. It’s a feeling like no other. You will not regret it at all.

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No Way to Put a Value On It

We can’t see it – we just can’t.  We’re blinded by the challenges life throws as us, jaded by the negative experiences that seem to take over our thoughts,  led to believe that there’s only one type of woman that is deemed beautiful by society. Sometimes someone has to show us the beauty that we all carry.  That’s my job.  One of the things I love the most.  The beauty that we have isn’t just on the outside.  It’s all the freaking crap you’ve been through and the fact that you are still here – STANDING TALL!  Think of all the struggles you’ve overcome and the battles you’ve faced … you are a f*^king warrior!!

Don’t wait one more minute.  Live that beautiful life of yours. Celebrate your beauty! Dance. Smile. Find that joy within! You deserve nothing but good!

I’ll leave the rest of the blog in her words as she shares with you about her session!

1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  I’ve been part of the VIP page for a while now after a friend invited me after I saw and adored her pictures. Day after day I saw these amazing women posting beautiful pictures and gushing about the experience and knew it was time for me to get in.

2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  Honestly beautiful but a bit insecure just because of the uncertainty of what the session would hold

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boudoir photography pittsburgh woman in fishnet bodysuit on studio sofa

3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  Amazing!!!! I couldn’t believe I did it and we’ll Maura of course just makes your feel like the most incredible person in the world.

4) Describe your session in 3 words?  All about ME

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5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  Giving in to Maura and letting her pick an outfit I normally wouldn’t but turned out to be perfect

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6) What value do you think a boudoir session brings to your life and the community of women you support? There is no way to put a value on it. There is nothing more valuable than feeling priceless

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7) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  Do it! No seriously just do it!

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Contagious Energy

The second time around is even more fabulous than the first!  But, I do love that clients feed off the energy I give them at every single session.  Don’t for one minute think I will just stand there and tell you what to do….nope!  I’ll guide you every step of the way, pose you from head to toe, run all around to get my photos, and holler at you about how amazing you are!  I’m going to break through all those thoughts in your head and just release your inhibitions!

Here’s more what she had to say about her second session!

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pittsburgh boudoir photos at studio location

1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  I absolutely loved my first session with Maura and I couldn’t wait to do it again!

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intimate portraits, lingerie photos in pittsburgh boudoir studio

2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  I felt good about myself. I was way more relaxed going into this the second time around. I knew from my past experience that this shoot would be so much fun! I love being around Maura and her energy is contagious.

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sexy bedroom lingerie photos pittsburgh boudoir photography

3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  Incredible! It’s such an awesome reminder of the true beauty & power that we as females all have inside.

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4) Describe your session in 3 words?  fun, exciting & amazing!

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lace lingerie photos of boudoir photography pittsburgh in bedroom scene, boudoir posing idea

5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  EVERYTHING! From the beginning to end, it’s such an awesome experience. Maura provides you with so much helpful information before your session. Then, the day of your session you get to meet the fabulous Maura and be pampered by her hair and makeup artist. She will having you giggling and having so much fun during the session. I just love how she talks out loud and she is so encouraging and positive. Lastly, when you meet for your viewing appointment, you will be blown away by what you see. It’s just incredible!

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boudoir photography pittsburgh studio location of intimate portraits of women in lingerie

6) What value do you think a boudoir session brings to your life and the community of women you support? I truly believe that there is so much value in these sessions. They help so many women regardless of what is going on in their to really see their true beauty and the amazing person they are.

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fishnet bodysuit lingerie photo with pittsburgh's best boudoir photographer pics by chicks photography

7) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  Don’t think about it for another second- just do it! Do it for yourself! You will never regret it!

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