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Here’s what this beauty posted about her session in my private Facebook group (join us):

Okay so where to start, where to start.
A little backstory on me, this was not my very first boudoir shoot – I did one once before several years ago. The photographer did them as a one-day special so there were multiple shoots that were done in one day. While they did get some nice pics it was very wham, bam, thank you ma’am. I left the day with some good shots but it wasn’t something that I felt that I needed to do again, I mean how many pics in my panties do I really need.
Then I found the Pics By Chicks Photography Self Love Group.
And I joined.
And I waited.
I sat by the sidelines for one year, two years, and I watched and read.
I watched woman after woman talk about embarking on a journey of self love and empowerment and acceptance and growth.
And a nagging little feeling began to grow.
I wanted to be beautiful, accepted, empowered. I wanted someone to hoot and holler for me. And most of all I wanted to do it for me and only me.
So I took a breath and took a chance.
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Can I be honest, it exceeded even my wildest expectations. Maura did my styling and it was incredible. I wouldn’t have ever put any of the pieces that she chose on my body. I mean, they were sexy pieces, they weren’t for someone built like me. Then I slipped them on and I couldn’t believe it – they were for me. They hugged my curves and with one approving hoot from Maura I was sold on every one. And then at the viewing, I couldn’t believe that it was me. It was a whole side of me that I have never seen, let alone felt.
This was not just a photo shoot. It was an event, an adventure. This has been one of the most freeing moments of my life. It allowed me to take a step on a journey of self love, acceptance and growth. It gave me a chance to glimpse myself though the eyes of Maura. And you know what, I like what I see. There aren’t words enough to thank you Maura – because I now have the privilege to know you, I am now changed, for good.
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Here’s what she sent me about her session:
1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  I had previously done one before and while it was nice and I got some great pics it was quick and I felt like I did it for the wrong reasons. I was doing that one for a gift for my hubby but this time, this was for me. This was for me to feel beautiful and empowered and for me to step out of the clothes I hide behind and for me to feel sexy. It had been on my bucket list to do again for quite a while and finally I stopped making excuses and took a breath and took a leap and went for it; there would be no perfect tomorrow to wait for – today was the time to own it.
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2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  I was so excited about it. Maura doing the styling seriously relieved the biggest pressure that I felt on my first go round, (which was what the ever loving goats do I wear) and with that aside I really just geared up to have an amazing day. For me their were moments when I would glance at myself in the mirror and like I had a little secret with myself. It was like I knew something about me that not everyone gets to see and it was a heck of a confidence boost.
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3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  So the day of my shoot was absolutely incredible and coming off of it was liking walking on cloud nine. I felt like I had gotten to bring out a side of myself that the world doesn’t see. Maura is so incredibly vocal and encouraging and positive that there is no way to not start to see yourself through that lens too and for it to spill forward into your life after. Afterwards, I would catch myself checking out my own butt in the mirror at work and just giving myself a second to smile and remember.
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4) Describe your session in 3 words?  Empowering Transforming Renewing

5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  Okay so my absolute favorite part was when Maura handed me the outfits for the first time. Maura styled my shoot (highly, highly recommend it) and it was this mix of exciting and a little scary to see what she had picked and to see that first glimpse of how she could see me in ways that I couldn’t see myself yet. It was like that moment when you first get to see the presents under the tree and you don’t know exactly what will happen when you open them but you are flush with adrenaline and bubbling with excitement.

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6) What value do you think a boudoir session brings to your life and the community of women you support? I think that it truly is one of the most empowering things I have ever done. And it is truly for every woman. Every single woman is beautiful and powerful and creative and authentic and I think that boudoir gives every woman a chance to connect with that awesome woman inside. I also believe that it is incredibly healing to see yourself through the lens of someone who is seeing you in a positive light of love and acceptance and beauty and that is exactly what Maura does.
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7) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  Do it. Now. There is no way to ever use words to explain truly how incredible an experience it was. There will always be reasons and goals and excuses and tomorrow’s and in the end none of them matter. You are beautiful and powerful and worthy today so allow yourself to take the leap and experience really seeing yourself in that light. It is an investment in yourself and the best present that you will ever give to yourself.
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Do it for yourself

Another 4th time beauty here!  This woman has invested in her personal growth so much and I am so proud of the progress she has made!
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Here’s what she shared in my private boudoir group on Facebook:
Wow, just wow!
Had my viewing & I’m blown away. This is my fourth shoot & by far my favorite!!
If looking at a photo from each of my sessions, I see so much growth. I’ve put in a lot of hard work, with help from Maura & her amazing courses, to gain confidence in myself, set & stick to boundaries, learn & have self compassion for myself & shift my negative inner voice to one of acceptance & love.
These photos represent my growth & me being courageously confident!
Thank you Maura!!!
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And here’s what she sent me about her session:

1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot? I’ve heard stories from friends & past clients. I just had to experience it for myself! Shoot was strictly for me, truly was an experience of a life time!

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2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot? I was a little nervous, was for sure stepping out of my comfort zone. Soon as I stepped in the door, those nerves were left at the door!

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3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot? Amazing, beautiful, sexy, awesome, wonderful, attractive, pretty, hot, gorgeous. I truly felt like a super model!

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4) Describe your session in 3 words? Amazing Rewarding Once in a lifetime experience (ok I know thats more than three words lol)

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5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot? The whole day was an amazing experience! From being pampered with hair & make up before hand to spending the day with Maura. Truly an amazing experience! Maura is an amazing woman, a true saint!

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6) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot? No matter your size or shape, you MUST experience this at least once in your life! Even if there isn’t anyone to share the photos with, do it for YOURSELF! You won’t be disappointed!

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Addicted

FOURTH SESSION! Yes, fourth!  I love spending time with this woman so very much!

First, here’s what she had to say in our Private Facebook Group (You can join us there!):

4th times the charm !!!!!!!
Today’s viewing did not disappoint and it never gets old !
I don’t know how many times I have to tell you ladies to stop worrying about your bodies saying ….. I need to wait until …… or waiting until that …… I need to lose weight. ENOUGH !!!!!!!!! You are and will always be perfect exactly the way you are right now ! If you keep waiting you are going to miss out on the most amazing day of your life !
Maura McCarl Chick……. I love everything you have taught me and coached me throughout these past almost 5 years !!!! The knowledge you have provided me with has made me be happy with who I am today in this skin. I’ll admit there are days I slip but your words still linger in my brain. You were put on this earth for this reason and I can’t wait to see just how much change and impact you will make in this world !
Round 5 ……… I’m sure we can come up with a crazy new adventure to embark on !
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Here’s the feedback she sent me about her session!

1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  4 years ago I decided to finally do something for myself. I had followed the page for a while and decided to take the leap. Now every year i renew myself confidence and continue to show myself how freaking awesome I am.

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2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  Great ! I wouldn’t have said that 4 years ago …… but Maura has taught me to love me no matter my size or shape. Not that the number matters but I am 50 lbs heavier now than I was in that original shoot. And I love the person I am now more than I ever have.

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3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  Rejuvenated! A day with Maura is good for the soul. The 2 of us always seem to find adventure around every corner during our shoots together. We laugh, we smile, we get popsicles ( you had to be there ).

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4) Describe your session in 3 words?  Invigorating. Hilarious adventurous

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5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  Just going with the flow…….. of Maura suggests it and sees a vision ….. I just do it !! It’s so worth it. I trust her eye !

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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 is such an uplifting day. Confidence boosting. It’s helping women feel great about the body they are in. And the community of women you meet along the way have become life long friends

7) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  Don’t wait ! All of your reasons for holding back are just excuses. You are perfect the way you are now ! Once you do it you will be addicted and you will love the way it makes you feel.

 

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GirlPOWER!

I met this amazing and remarkable woman a few years ago.  We were both participating at an event at Levana Bratique here in the Pittsburgh area that was focused on pampering women.  When I started talking with her, her heart poured out of her, her love to support and serve, her kindness and generosity – every thing exuded out of her.  She lit up a room.

What gets her excited?  Periods.  Yup, that taboo topic that most people don’t like to talk about.  Well, she faces that head on!  Her goals are very simple:  End period poverty, give dignity to all who menstruate, and provide period products upon asking, no explanation needed.  She’s been known to walk the streets and hand out period products to homeless folks so they are never in need of a basic necessity.

Prior to meeting her, I never thought about how there are so many people that need these products that don’t have easy access to them.  That’s my privilege loud and clear there.  I take for granted that when my period starts, I have everything I need to manage that time of the month.  Now that I know better, I will do better.  I will use my privilege to help those that don’t have that privilege.

I personally have supported her endeavor and I know that she’s going to change the world with her mission.  She was recently tasked to provide a refugee family with over 400 period products, and with the help of her community, she was able to do that!  I am proud to say that my community came together when we shared about this to help in her efforts.  I am so grateful and thankful for a community that supports these kind of missions and jumps in as soon as a need is identified.

The world changes, lives are changed, when women come together to support other women!

I finally had her here for a boudoir session, and she’s pretty much a SUPERMODEL! Am I right?!? Check it out!

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Closer to fine

Another Chick Clique Beauty for you today with her personal share.  Here’s what she posted in my private Boudoir Group on Facebook (Join us!):

So I started writing what could have easily turned into a chapter book to post here when I had the photos taken, (legit like almost 2 months ago) then I saw them.

Those who know me, know I’m NOT a woman of few words. I’m a talker… today I sat speechless a number of times.

My Apple Watch notified me 3 times to breath!

This was my second session, I had a vision, Maura entertained me and gave me what I wanted and like a MILLION times more! What I wanted was clearly NOT enough and Maura pushed me, and THANK GOD!

These pictures show EXACTLY who I am. If you have a question about who your looking at after seeing these pictures you’re not “really” looking!

Because of what everything that day was and what everything today was, and really looking at how I’ve grown, Maura, you’ve helped me get, Closer to fine…

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And here’s what she had to say about her session:

1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  LOVED my 1st experience but got to know Maura on a more personal level and have a vision of what I was wanting for round two… a bit darker, moodier, and MAN O MAN.

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2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  OK. Not great, Not bad, OK. Covid has been pretty shitty to all of us and I fell victim to poor choices and lack of motivation. The shoot actually kick my ass into gear!

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3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  I felt amazing. I loved it, I was empowered and free!

4) Describe your session in 3 words?  Fierce, Bold, Sexy

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

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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 so hard for those that never experienced it to understand. Lots of folks (myself included) see the $ and cringe. I can tell you that the therapy it provides is unmatched. To see how awesome you really are, to see that IS YOU, to be pampered for 3-5 hours…it’s invaluable.

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7) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  Stop stalling, Stop finding reasons to wait, and just do it! Your soul will thank you.

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