Hello Friends! I am so glad you are here and I am beyond excited to be launching this new site for Mateus Studios, and diving deep into the world of Boudoir Photography. Honestly, it has started a fire in me that I just can’t explain!

Like all art forms, boudoir can be done in many different ways, and I am excited to show you my vision – but more so, my philosophy of it. For me, boudoir is about self-expression. It’s about allowing ourselves to be vulnerable, to face fears, and to have fun! It is also about being okay to celebrate yourself, because friend, we all deserve to be celebrated! I have thoughtfully chosen to call my sessions EMBRACE Sessions, ’cause we all need a good ol’ hug – and when was the last time you gave yourself one?

Mateus Studios - Vancouver Boudoir Photography

Mateus Studios was born from my heart calling me towards blending my creative side with my background in working with and supporting women.

I want to create a safe space for women like myself, who for a long time may not have felt amazing (inside and out!), and who want to reconnect with themselves in a way that they haven’t for a long time. I also started to think about how as women we are always judged – I know you know what I am talking about, sisters! We are either too frumpy, too dressed up, too quiet, too loud, too skinny, or too chubby. People look at us and wonder why we let ourselves go… And the negative self-talk we all have due to this external crap is so hard to shut the F*!$ up!!! We just can’t seem to win, and it makes me crazy!

My goal with Mateus Studios is to hold space for women so that they can express themselves in a way THEY (YOU!) WANT TO! It’s a space where a woman can fully relax into themselves. Let me tell you, it’s SO BEAUTIFUL when a woman has the space to accept herself without comparison or shame, and flaunts what she’s got for herself and whoever else she wants to share that with. When she owns every part of her story, makes peace with herself, and stops apologizing for what she knows to be true. That, my friends, is pure magic! You can read more about my Boudoir Philosophy here.

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

Photos in this post are of my own session with my friend Vivian of Klein Studios and I cherish and adore these photos! I am over the moon excited about working with women this way and showing them what I see, just as I experienced!

Ladies, I am here to shout out: IT’S OK FOR US TO TAKE TIME FOR OURSELVES JUST BECAUSE, AND TO WANT TO LOOK AND FEEL AHHHHHMAZING, IN WHATEVER WAY THAT MEANS FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US!

Mateus Studios - Michele Mateus - Vancouver Boudoir Photographer

I can’t wait to share stories with you here on my new blog of the women I have been photographing, and those yet to come. I am grateful that women share this space with me and I am truly blown away by the women that have come already, and who have left me excited for what’s to come!

To all those reading this, much gratitude for being here and big love to you all! May you all find time today, this week, this month, this year to embrace yourself and feel fabulous!

~Michele xo

Mateus Studios - Vancouver Boudoir Photography Studio
Mateus Studios

Mateus Studios is a Boudoir & Portrait Photography studio located in Coquitlam, British Columbia.

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