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Celebrating Ageing With A Vancouver Portrait Photographer

We’re celebrating women here on the blog including the lovely Marcella! She and the others are women who have said yes to themselves! Those who are 40 years and older and who are embracing and celebrating ageing with me, Michele, a Vancouver Portrait Photographer. If you’re fabulous beyond 40, have a read to learn more about our 40 Over 40 program and perhaps you’d like to participate?! 

All this year I’m welcoming women in their 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond into Mateus Studios for an empowering Custom Luxe Photo Session. This could include a Boudoir Photo Session, Beauty Images and even Maternity. We want to celebrate women of all ages and show the world that ageing doesn’t limit a woman’s worth! Later this year, all of these women will gather together and we’ll share their images and stories. You’re invited too!

As a Vancouver Portrait Photographer, I’m all about celebrating women and lifting them up! So I’d love to introduce today’s Client: Ms. Marcella!

Marcella is Fabulous Beyond 40! 

Age: 40

Woman in an open black suit jacket showing her cleavage, sitting atop of a ladder looking mysteriously in the camera, shot by a Vancouver Portrait Photographer

Why Celebrate Being Fabulous With A Boudoir Photography Photo Session with a Vancouver Portrait Photographer?

I spent many years not feeling beautiful and focused too much on what others thought of me.

What Did You Enjoy Most About This Vancouver Boudoir Experience? How Did It Make You Feel About Yourself?

I enjoyed all of it! The warm reception with the personalized sign, the makeup, and hair, to feeling free and powerful posing for Michele.

A woman dancing wearing a black strappy dress her hair swinging to the side, shot by a Vancouver Portrait Photographer

What Have You Learned to Appreciate More as You Have Aged?

I am learning to like myself more, and be more comfortable in my own skin. It’s a work in progress, but I can definitely say I love myself more today than when I was 19.

Woman standing facing the back wall with hands up in the air, wearing no top and fishnet stockings, shot by a Vancouver Portrait Photographer

How Has Your Relationship With Yourself and Your Body Changed Over Time?

I learned to appreciate the body features that I once felt were flaws. I feel a lot more powerful.

If You Could Go Back in Time and Meet Your 18 Year Old Self, What Would You Say to Her?

Don’t stress so much, and don’t feel so concerned about what others might think of you. You are beautiful. 🙂

What is Your Motto or Favourite Quote?

Never give up!

Having Now Participated in This Intimate Photo Shoot, What Advice Can You Offer Other Women Of All Ages, Around Ageing and Fully Embracing Who We Are In The Moment?

Ageing is inevitable. Love yourself no matter the age. Try to evolve with your body and beauty and you will feel comfortable being you at any age.

Woman with dark long hair sitting on a chair with her legs in the air, wearing a black turtleneck and fishnet stockings

Marcella’s Google Review of Mateus Studios:

5-STARS: “I can’t even begin to describe how much fun I had doing my boudoir session with Michele! She is so welcoming and bubbly. She empowers you and makes you feel like a true queen. Her work is so creative and inspiring. Her style is unique, not like the usual boudoir pictures you see around. I will forever cherish this experience and recommend her work 100%!”


Marcella, thank you for trusting me and for being vulnerable to showcase you! Your words are so kind and I really value your opinion. You’re right, we do often care so much about what others think of us and I’m so glad you’re in a place of appreciating your strength and beauty. Your photos speak for themselves!

Learn more about the Fabulous Beyond 40 Experience, and then book in for your complimentary consultation.


Photos shared with permission.

Michele Mateus is a Vancouver Portrait Photographer focussing on Boudoir, Intimate Portraits & Nude Fine Art. Her studio is located in Coquitlam, BC. Serving Coquitlam, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley, BC. Studio, Outdoor and On-location Boudoir Photography.

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Michele Mateus is an award winning Vancouver Boudoir and Women’s Portrait Photographer. Serving Coquitlam, Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Langley, Abbotsford, Squamish, Burnaby, Surrey, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, New Westminster and the Great Vancouver area.

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