Michelle Cervo- Family and Newborn Photographer » Mission, Abbotsford, Fraser Valley portrait photographer, specializing in authentic family and newborn photography

Oh man, I get teary just writing this post. Breastfeeding is real ladies and gents. I’m proud to have nursed my daughters for a combined 36 months, shorter than I would have liked, but still something to be celebrated! We had many intimate beautiful moments as mother and child, cuddles, and comfort and naps together. It was an amazing tool in my “Motherhood Toolbox” and I’m so happy we continued as long as we did.

I certainly did not find breastfeeding easy, and faced many trials. Thankfully, I’ve had so much support from my community, my husband, websites, and exposure to other nursing women.

This Saturday we are going to celebrate the joys and trials of breastfeeding, and it’s many different forms or “normal” at the Mission Breastfeeding Challenge. Please join us, the sense of community and love is felt throughout the room, with all of these kick butt moms, working hard at something I found to be one of my hardest undertakings.


Saturday October 3rd, from 10:30-12 (Latch On is at 11:00am) at Windebank Elementary School, Mission B.C.
You’ll find lots of snacks, support, door prizes galore, and of course, a special Breastfeeding Portrait from me!

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See you there!
xoxox Michelle

  • October 2, 2015 - 11:05 pm

    Oliver Abigail - Can anyone go? I’m still breastfeeding my 2 year old and id love to join!ReplyCancel

The Kroeker Family found me from a recommendation on Facebook, and I am so happy they did. We met at my favourite Silverdale Wetlands for a fun Family/Maternity session.

Since our shoot, baby Lily surprised everyone coming by Earthside a whole month early! We shot their Outdoor Newborn shoot last week in Abbotsford, stay tuned for some beautiful photos of sweet Lily <3


Oh the Russo family…  We attempted shooting their family session last winter, and it was a complete fail, apparently negative weather, wind chill, and tired kiddos is not the best combo. I remember trying to hold it together while shooting, but I really couldn’t even adjust my camera settings because my fingers were so cold!

Well, this year we did things did a little differently. An early spring session on a beautiful sunny day, at sunset. How could it possibly go wrong.  Justine and her family were adorable from head to toe, and they were naturals in front of the camera. I hardly believed them when they said Luca didn’t like his picture taken.

Justine is the amazing photographer behind Justine Russo Photography. It’s always such an honour to be chosen by other photographers, and makes all the hard work behind the scenes worth it. Marco has just started a new venture of his own, he just purchased CrossFit Catervatim right here in Mission, BC!


I’ll leave you with a little note from Justine-
“Oh my gosh Michelle!!!! I love them so incredibly much! We all climbed into our bed to look at them Luca said he wants them all printed for his room

Thank you so so much! I honestly can’t tell you how much I love them!”


xoxox Michelle


Witnessing the miracle of childbirth.. It never get’s old.
Mom Sherena, is the talented photographer behind RenaRay Photography, we connected through a photography facebook group, and it just so happened that she lived in Abbotsford! It was such a pleasure capturing her labour, and the birth of sweet baby Sawyer.

Sawyer was long awaited, and welcomed by Mom, Dad, and her adorable older brother Kohen.

Be sure to click the video for HD quality.

Sawyer Birth from Michelle Cervo on Vimeo.


Dear mom,

I can’t begin to understand the stress, anxiety, and fear, you must be going through while you prepare for your child for school. Knowing they could come in contact with their anaphylactic allergen would be overwhelming to say the least. I’m worried enough that my daughter might be having too much fun, and forget to go pee.

I know you must be worried every.single.time you see someone post the shameful “the 12 reasons peanut free schools are not ok” blog or, when you overhear someone in the grocery store, annoyed they can’t buy the peanut butter cookies for snack time.

I’m writing to tell you,

This is not me.

This is NOT me.

I understand your worries, and I accept the challenge (I’ve always loved a good challenge). We will look at the ingredients in our food,  we will adjust our snacks, breakfast, and lunch to make sure your child is SAFE. We will show compassion and love to your family by respecting your child’s LIFE.

When my daughter asks for peanut butter and apples as a snack for preschool, I will use this as an opportunity to teach her about children’s differences, and health concerns. We will talk about compassion, and love for other students in her class. I will explain that her “WANT”  for peanut butter, does not outweigh her classmates  “RIGHT” for a safe learning environment. And, she will understand, because, even at 3 years old, she knows kindness and empathy.

I hope you can find some comfort in knowing that,

I am not the minority.

I am NOT the minority.

Just because the others yell the loudest, does not mean that they represent the majority of parents. The majority loves your child, and respects her life. We will be behind you, the whole school year.. Racking our brains for healthy snacks, as we pack our over priced lunch-kit full of another lunch they’ll likely, just pick at.


Just another mom who loves her child.




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  • September 8, 2015 - 8:00 pm

    Kristin - Thank you! My daughter has an egg and peanut allergy. Her school is not peanut free and every day I worry about her and her health. As prepared as the school is for an allergic reaction. In the blink of an eye everything can go wrong. I’ve seen it happen. It means a lot to know there are people who understand and have empathy and compassion for people like my daughter.ReplyCancel

    • September 8, 2015 - 11:42 pm

      michelle - You are SO welcome Kristin <3ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2015 - 3:58 am

    Kristy Wiebe Butterworth - Your post made me cry. Thank you for writing it. I fear for my daughter everyday I send her away.

    This post meant a lot.ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2015 - 4:36 pm

    Christine Mitchler - Thank you so much for writing this! It is easy for us “allergy moms” to be seen as THAT mom. 🙁 We are just trying to protect our children and pray every day for their safe return from school. Having the support from other parents means more than you know.ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2015 - 6:49 pm

    Nomi McConnell - I always was very careful about peanut free lunches, once a child with those allergies started at our school. Then I was told that my daughter was no longer welcome in the regular classes with normal kids and that she was taking too much time and resources from other students. Her rights and her needs did not outweigh the needs of other students and their parents. So they were going to shut her and other special needs kids off in a class room by themselves, so that none of the other students or teachers would be inconvenienced by having to accommodate her differences. I still made all the lunches peanut free but I began to really resent it. So much discrimination against my daughter, but everyone in the entire school, from the allergic child’s kindergarten to the grade sevens in another wing — even the unwelcome, inconvenient, segregated special needs students— had to be peanut free. Kind of changed my perspective. I would never knowingly endanger anyone’s life, but I do think there needs to be a little more balance. Some kids are just more valuable than others, I guess.ReplyCancel

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