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I'm about helping you remember how you feel today forever, and turning moments into memories that can be shared with your family for generations.

We'd be a great fit if:

ABOUT YOU

You’d choose an experience over something material, any day of the week. 

You are fun-loving, sentimental, and your family is everything to you. 

You have photos of loved ones all over the house (or at least you would, if only your home matched your Pinterest boards).

You love big, belly laughs (and might even let out the occasional snort!).

You tear up when you look through old family photo albums.

You’re a sucker for the authentic, the experience, and the exceptional. Whether you’re crying laughing with friends over good wine, sipping that first cup of French press coffee in the morning, or enjoying the sweet sound of a vinyl record, you know that nothing can replace what’s real.

 

I bring the skills and talent
(and all the dang gear!),
but you bring something
even more important: YOU.
Together, we will tell your
story with photos that capture
exactly how you feel.

I don’t take myself too seriously.

ABOUT ME

There’s a good chance we’ll laugh the whole day away together (and you’ll have incredible photos to show for it).

I learned the hard way that once a moment has passed, you can’t get it back, so I help people preserve the days and the people that matter most.

I bend over backwards for my clients. Seriously, I just love you guys! I take care of all the timelines and every little detail, so you can relax and be present. 

I invite my clients into my home. I mean, you’re inviting me to share in your most tender moments, so it’s the least I can do in return. Over coffee, I’ll share your new photos with you and help you choose from our boutique-quality wall art and albums that will preserve your memories for generations.

 

PLAY TO SEE ME IN ACTION

Hi, I'm Michele!

I have a huge heart and I love people. My family is everything to me. I keep things light in life, practice gratitude, and I’m always up for ice cream! Oh, and I love what I do. To me, being a photographer is about so much more than giving you pretty photos to share online. 

It’s about helping you remember how you feel today forever, and turning moments into memories that can be shared with your family for generations. 

Because before you know it, today will be a sweet memory. You’ll be celebrating your 25th wedding anniversary, and those little feet (that are driving you bananas at the moment) won’t be so little anymore.

I became a photographer so I could give people the photos that I never had. 

I lost my mother to cancer when she was just 49. Afterwards, I realized that I only have a handful of photos of us together, and it broke my heart. 

Now, the few photos I have of my mother are my most cherished possessions. 

I’ve made sure to have them up all over our home so that my son, who never got to meet her, can see the amazing woman I proudly call my mom.

I turn your best moments into photos and heirlooms that you’ll obsess over.

I don’t know about you, but when I walk into a home that has been decorated with family photos, my heart instantly warms up. But let’s be honest, more often than not our photos end up in a closet collecting dust (or worse, they never even  make it off the USB!). 

Friends don’t let friends waste money on photos they never display! 

I get it, dealing with photos takes time. As a busy mom myself, I know that time is precious and 100% non-renewable! So I made it my mission to give you photos that you’ll want to display while also giving you time, which is exactly why I don’t just give my clients digital images.  

Instead, I invite you into my home for coffee, and to help you choose from the boutique-quality, artisan albums and custom photo pieces that will allow your photos to be seen and, even better, to be treasured by your family for generations. 

This is exactly what I need! 

 

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 fantastic fit.

  • I have an insatiable lust for life, my scrunchy smile is a sign of that
  • 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 love house plants, except I am prone to kill succulents
  • 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
  • Finally, I like to make lists. Can you tell?
Michele Mateus photography, Fraser valley wedding photographer

What Clients Say

1

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

2

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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