My Mission & Promise To You


To provide a safe space where you can express yourself without judgement. To be your cheerleader, celebrating who you are now, and honouring the journey that got you here.


Using the art of photography, I empower women to feel alive and energized through a radical celebration of self. I am on a mission to fill women with confidence and show them that they are a big f'ing deal!
Michele Mateus, Vancouver Boudoir Photographer, Black and white photography, Vancouver intimate portraits


Okay, we may not be friends yet, but we will be!

My name is Michele Mateus, owner and photographer of Mateus Studios. I’m a portrait and boudoir photographer, aka empowerment artist or you can just think of me of your confidence cheerleader!

I believe you are a BIG F'ING DEAL and that you deserve to be celebrated, and I’ll be your cheerleader in that any day of the week!

There is a power in the room during my portrait sessions that has everything to do with my clients embracing who they are, fully and completely. It’s beautiful when a women accepts themselves without comparison or shame, and flaunts what they've got for themselves and no one else. When they own every part of their story, make peace with themselves, and stop apologizing for what they know to be true.

I’ve seen it happen, I’ve experienced it myself, and it’s my mission to pass it on. Because friend, you deserve to feel this good.

Photo credits of me on this page go to my talented friend Vivian Klein.

Vancouver Boudoir Photographer, Black and white photography, vancouver intimate portraits


In 2005, I graduated and moved to the UK where I worked in domestic violence services as a support worker and discovered my first passion: supporting women. I moved on to working in community development, where I found a deep love for person-centered storytelling.

My studio, Mateus Studios, is located in Coquitlam, BC provides boudoir and portrait photography. I have found the perfect outlet for telling stories and supporting women through art, and this is it!

I have often struggled with not being enough or being too much - and I am here to say we are all enough, right now, today! We are beautiful and it is our right to express that! Now, let’s embrace your awesome together! ~ xo michele


– I’m an ENFJ (though I am really an introverted extrovert!) I have yet to dive into the Enneagram world, I am curious what it will say about me.

– I love salted chocolate anything, and will accept popcorn for any meal.

– Lipstick in bright colours is my accessory of choice.

– Laughing until I pee myself is living my best life.

– My love language is quality time & gifts!

– It’s my dream to learn how to dance like Janet Jackson in her “Rhythm Nation” video.

– If I could photograph one celebrity it would be Beyoncé.  Hmmm – or maybe Oprah – or no, actually Bjork. Oh wait – Tina Fey! Gah! I can’t pick one, that’s just pure torture.