You are a f’ing radiant work of art! It’s time to celebrate all of you with
an act of
radical self love.

Vancouver's Best Boudoir Photography & Portrait Studio for All Women | Mateus Studios Boudoir, Coquitlam BC | Boudoir Photographer, Michele Mateus

What is radical self love?

And what does it have to do with boudoir photography?

Radical self love is taking care of yourself. It’s taking moments to put yourself first.

Because we need to take care of ourselves if we want to be successful at taking care of others – but it’s easier said than done, right? It feels like there’s never a chance to just step away and breathe. Or to have fun. Or to relax. There’s always something that requires our attention.

My friend, I want to give you that time for yourself. To help you experience an act of radical self love.

And there’s nothing like a little pampering and attention to get you there…

“I had so much fun being pampered at this photo shoot! From Michele’s help planning my wardrobe to the yummy snacks she had, to the excellent 90s playlist she made for the shoot, every detail was taken care of…”  Ms. B

We strive to be a safe space for those that self-identify as women, which includes both cis and transgender women. We also want you to know that our studio WILL NOT tolerate: racism, sexism, homophobia, fatphobia, ableism, and/or transphobia. PERIOD.

An intimate portrait session
is not just about getting
naked pictures of yourself

although it can be if that’s what you’re looking for.

Women come to my studio for a multitude of reasons:

  • They want an opportunity to capture who they are at this moment in time
  • To celebrate a milestone birthday
  • As a gift for a partner
  • To spend a few hours feeling amazing AF!
  • For the chance to reconnect with a part of themselves they’ve forgotten
  • To feel sexy, saucy or flirty
  • They’ve achieved a big goal and want to celebrate it
  • To honour overcoming a big challenge

Basically – you can get a boudoir shoot for any dang thing you want!


black and white boudoir image of a woman leaning back letting her hair fall

"To see yourself in a different way and reconnect to a part of yourself that is often overlooked. Michele makes the experience so special; it's a ceremony, a safe and magical space to celebrate and luxuriate in your physical self."
~Ms. S

Here’s my personal invitation to boldly embrace you

I’m not going to pretend that makeup and great lighting is all it takes to reverse a lifetime of fighting against the not-good-enoughs. Or that it’s easy to take time out for ourselves when you’re busy with partners, children, work and your ever-growing to-do list.

Friend, this self-love shit is hard! 

But a confidence-building, just-for-you photo session is an incredibly powerful start. And this little spark of feeling something new inside of yourself? Who knows – it just might light a fire. 

My boudoir photoshoot experiences are intimate, women-centered portrait sessions that give you space to explore all the different sides of yourself.

And it’s about way more than just your body. It’s about embracing yourself fully: in body, mind & soul. 

By stripping away the shoulds and the supposed tos, you’re revealing the most vulnerable, strong and beautiful version of you.

I welcome all people who self-identify as women – all races, all ages (okay all that are 19+), all body types, all backgrounds. I’m here to celebrate YOU, not judge you. This is a safe space and I can’t wait to share with you!

Vancouver Boudoir Photographer, Black and white photography

HELL YES! I’m ready to give myself this radical self-love!

Vancouver Outdoor Boudoir Photoshoot

"To have that juxtaposition of being really vulnerable yet feeling so powerful and confident was amazing!"

~Ms M

Black and white photography, Vancouver intimate portraits


I’m an award winning Portrait and Boudoir Photographer… but I like to call myself an Empowerment Artist! I use my camera as a tool to support women so they feel confident on camera and off.

My studio is a space for accepting yourself, respecting yourself, and feelin’ yourself! You’ll be blown away by the amount of confidence that comes out of this cozy, unsuspecting little corner of Coquitlam.

I invite you to embrace yourself fully. To celebrate your body and your story. To honour the woman you are today and the experiences that made you become her. No matter what life is throwing at you right now. And no matter where you are on your journey to self-love.

When you’re ready to hit "pause" on the negative self-talk, come over! Put on something that makes you feel like Beyoncé, get your hair done, and just take yourself in for a second. You’ll be blown away by what you see!

My studio is located in Coquitlam, BC, 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver. In my boudoir photography sessions, I get to hold up a mirror and remind you of your radiance, your sensuality and your power.

I’m so looking forward to meeting you.


And if you do too, we will get along amazingly!

As a women in my 40’s I have figured out I have a love for F words, including Fourty, cause let’s be honest, it’s the decade you finally realise that all those things you were worried about in your earlier years are not really important, so you say F it to that sh*t! There are SO MANY good F words to choose from, but here is a list of my top F words…

  • fabulous

  • feminist

  • free spirit

  • fearless

  • freedom
  • fantastic

  • focus & flow

  • fun loving

  • friendship

  • flawless (hell ya you are!)

  • forgiveness

  • freaking awesome (ok cheating, I know that is two words!)
  • …and you know, “F*CK!”

These words pretty much sum up my values and how I strive to make others feel. I provide a safe space where you can express yourself without judgement. I’ll be your cheerleader, celebrating who are are now, and honouring the journey that got you here.

It is my goal for this experience to be transformative and allow you to feel alive and energized. I am here to help you awaken that inner badass goddess that’s inside of you and remind you that you are a big f’ing deal! I can’t wait to make magic with you soon!