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        Meet Michele!
        I am an artist,
        a mother,
        a dog lover and
        an ice cream fanatic!

        But most of all, I am a human who cares deeply about others, especially my family. I aim to keep things light in life, express gratitude as much as possible, and am always up for a few scoops of ice cream, because one is never enough!

        I lost my mother to Cancer when she was just 49, so I truly know the importance a photo plays both personally and in keeping your family history alive. I am a sentimental person, and photographs to me are about much more than just social sharing.

        I am here to document you, your story, and what I see in the most genuine and joyful way.

        I want to give you back time with your family and assurance that your memories will be preserved in a meaningful and beautiful way. I want to tell your story take care of you and ensure that your experience with me leaves you with heirlooms to e enjoyed now and left to the next generation. I am ready to hear your story, let’s get started!

        The Michele Mateus Photography Experience

        I put my clients at the centre of everything I do. Your photos are not about me, they are about you and your special moments! You believe that your photographs should tell a story. You want to capture this time in your life in timeless, beautiful and fun way. You dream to decorate your home with your photos, making a home gallery that leaves others swooning. But let’s be honest, you are busy and never find time to make that annual family photo album. Not to worry I am here to help!

        I offer a full service to my clients, from planning to the day of your shoot to helping you choose the tangible and digital products that will help you share and preserve your memories.

        You consider yourself someone who has a love for life, and understand it can be a hot mess at times. You choose to embrace the chaos rather than fight it. You’re okay to get your dress a little dirty if it means you’re having a good time! If  your kiddo spills mustard on his shirt…I mean, you’re not happy about it; that’s definitely going to stain. But you know how to smile because the show must go on!

        You are camera shy, let’s be honest who isn’t!  You want to be your authentic, fabulous and beautiful self in your photos, and that is where I come in! I am here to help make you feel comfortable and have fun in front of the camera.

         

         

        What Clients Say

        Michele is an amazing photographer! We still get many comments on our wedding photos about how lucky we were to have a professional like Michele on our wedding day. She is more than just a talented photographer, she has skills, vision, and also has this gentle, charming personality that compliments her experience.
        - Erik & Lisa

        What Clients Say

        What can i say about Michele other than she is just fantastic at what she does. We have had other photographers photograph us before but none have made us as comfortable as she has. She is professional, friendly and down to earth, and made the whole experience a breeze even when our three month old daughter decided she was done and just cried and cried. I am so happy with the way these turned out! i finally have pictures with my beautiful daughter, fiance and our fur babies
        - Kamie
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        FAQ.
        What is your style?
        When will we receive our photos?
        How will I see my photos
        Do you nip and tuck?
        Why print things?
        What products do you offer?
        Do you travel?
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        My photographic style is a mix between capturing candid moments and creating classic and romantic portraits. I am to create images that express a range of emotion, from those big belly laughs, to the gentle happy tears, to the quiet embrace at sunset. And of course that classic mom and dad shot where everyone looks at the camera, I have one of those on my mantel too.
        Some Fun Facts!

        My clients often tell me that it’s not just life philosophies that we share, it’s the commonalities in our everyday lives that truly make us a great fit.

        • I have an insatiable lust for life. And, I love a little moss between my toes.
        • I’m a mother. I believe my little man is pretty amazing and wild!
        • My husband is my rock. He’s solid. I couldn’t be doing this without him.
        • According to Myers Briggs, I’m an ENFJ-A, and so are Oprah and Obama.
        • I am a dog lover. My first one was a Bulldog and my recent fur baby is a Golden Doodle!
        • Ice Cream is my vice. It’s gotta have nuts and chocolate.
        • I lived in Japan years ago and my Japanese host father would always say, “Michele San, CHALLENGE!”, I’ve used it as my motto ever since. Life is short, we need to make it count.
        • Dancing is important. Especially, in my living room – wearing my jammies – with my little guy.
        • I’m kind, with a fiery side. It comes from being Brazilian, I think!
        • Whenever I need a good laugh, I turn to Arrested Development. I love it so much that the theme song is my ringtone.
        • I’m a life-long learner with an undergrad in Sociology and focus on Social Justice at University of Victoria, as well as schooling in Graphic Design at Emily Carr.
        • Finally, I like to make lists. Can you tell?