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

Lifestyle sessions have been something that I’ve been wanting to shoot for a long time. My longing for real life, at home images has been growing daily, especially since I started my 365 project.  I met Autumn online in a moms group she created on facebook. She’s fellow mom, and creative. I feel like we must have a ton in common.. Except, she’s a 100 times more thoughtful. When we had Sadie, she kindly dropped off a box of groceries, flowers, and champagne on our porch without even meeting me in real life! So nice.

Anyway- We’re almost neighbours, and she’s a fellow blogger .. I’ve been following her on instagram and couldn’t help but notice her adorable house. The wheels started turning, and voila, a lifestyle session was planned.


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  • July 16, 2014 - 2:26 am

    Vanessa Voth - CUTE house!! and great session! Cant wait to see part deux 🙂ReplyCancel

  • July 19, 2014 - 8:55 pm

    Amanda Young - Beautiful photos

Remember a million years ago when I did a mega giveaway? Well the plan was, that I was going to shoot the two giveaway winners in the winter/spring when things weren’t too busy.. Well, that plan went out the window, when it seemed like our little baby S was going to come too early/I got super pregnant + uncomfortable. Danielle was so understanding when I emailed her to reschedule her session!

So here we are, early summer, 5 months later, but I’m so happy we waited, the light these days is amazing!

We shot this session in Willband Park in Abbotsford. Beautiful light, not mosquitoes, beautiful people. How could you go wrong?

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Sometimes, the most thought out plans change. As I’m sure some of you know, we’re moving back to Canada this summer. Dates aren’t set in stone, but plans are definite. I’ve had a ton of people ask me about what’s going on, so I thought I’d blog about it.

So let’s go back in time:

After a ton of back and forth’s, we had finally decided to stay in the States. We had planned to stay in the US for three years, after three years, Brian wouldn’t have to write Canadian board exams, saving that huge stress, and expense of flying across Canada and writing the expensive board exams in Calgary and Montreal. We would have been able to pay off a little bit of our mound of student debt, and live cheaply.

Brian had a “great” job opportunity in Bellingham, which meant that we could live in an adorable house, fun town, that was just a little skip across the border, making it easy visit close family and friends, and pretty easy for me to pop across and do some photography sessions. Win Win Win.. Best plan EVER.. WRONG

Not all things work out as planned. To be able to stay longer then Brian’s one year work permit attached to his student visa, we had to hire an attorney and apply for what’s called an H1B visa. 85 000 spots are available per year for the H1B, some years those spots fill up, some years they don’t. This year 165 000 people applied.

85 000 spots + 165 000 people.

Something didn’t really add up. Too many people applied, so it went to a draw/lottery.. Our future plans were being drawn from a hat… Crap.. All of our eggs were in this basket… And by eggs, I mean money. The attorney fees were $4000, which may not seem like a lot, but for a family just out of chiropractic school, it was.

Our name was not drawn..

It’s something we have to laugh about, because stressing out would do absolutely nothing. Part of me is disappointed. We have grown to really love Bellingham, our house, our neighbourhood…..Trader Joe’s.  But another part of me  (the biggest part) is SO  happy. I’ve been wanting to grow my business and really have a chance to be creative, so this is my chance. And, Brian’s job at Natural Way Chiropractic wasn’t what we were hoping for, so that wasn’t hard to see go. It was not this “great opportunity” that Brian was promised. It was this terrible paying, too many hours, no respect,  job that I couldn’t wait for him to quit.

So there you have it! We finally get to move back to Canada!!! We get to set up shop, get settled, be closer to family! And by close to family, I mean, living in the in-laws basement in Mission ( thanks again grandma and grandpa Cervo). Brian will hopefully find a job part time as a chiropractic assistant or kinesiologist, while studying hard for board exams, and being a full time dad. And I will be shooting family, newborn, portrait photography sessions in the lower mainland/fraser valley as much as I can!

So, here’s to another adventure! 

Bye Bye little adorable house

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  • July 3, 2014 - 6:12 am

    Melissa Dawn - Will be glad to have you guys back!

  • July 3, 2014 - 8:47 am

    Sandra Hale - Life can throw some interesting curves. Thanks for the update, Michelle. I’m loving the pictures of your darling little girls on Facebook. Best of luck and much love to you as you embark on this new journey.ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2014 - 12:38 am

    Lacey Armstrong - HelloReplyCancel

Oh my perfect little baby Sadie. She came easily, we went home within 3 hours of her birth, and my recovery was fast. She was just thrown right into the craziness of our life. Brian working 6 days a week, and logging long hours, Maddie being, well, a busy two year old, and daily life just going on.

I put her in a wrap, nursed her on the go, just tried to survive. It worked, life wasn’t as hard as I was expecting, but I never really got that special chance to bond with her. Those special moments of just lying in bed, cuddling and nursing, and gazing. All the things that you get with your first baby, but may not have a chance to get with the second .

Now that Brian has been off of work (more on that later), I’ve had a chance to really take her in. To gaze into her eyes, to rub her soft skin, and to caress all of those adorable rolls. Brian has only been off since Wednesday, but I can already feel my love for her growing, and our bond getting stronger..  And it doesn’t hurt that she is almost completely over this Colic business.
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  • June 30, 2014 - 6:56 am

    Jesa Tidwell Lewis - You’re such an admirable mom 🙂 ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2014 - 1:04 am

    Michelle Smid - Oh my how I love that baby! She is looking so grown up.
    Loved this post. I am a little bit anxious about balancing my time between the two girls as well. Making sure each one feels love and gets attention. But I am also sad that baby may not be able to bond in the same fashion like you get to with the first. I am so thankful that Brian has been able to be home for you! Blessings in disguise right?! I just love your family!ReplyCancel

This was my first session in the new studio in Abbotsford. It was nice to try it out, and have a space without stepping on kids toys.  I’ll  be shooting all the little newborns who come to me in this studio (I’ll post pictures soon).

Baby Avery, such an adorable little sleepy head, I had so much fun cuddling her. My little babe was only 7 weeks at the time of this session, so she joined us for a little nursing session half way through (thanks again Charlene for being understanding).

** Tips on giving baby a bottle welcomed**

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Avery’s dad is a firefighter and wanted to incorporate that in the session, he braved the heated studio, and wore his gear.

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Thank you so much for coming into the studio, and letting me capture such a special little girl, while she is still so small.

If you’re interested in booking a session, come on over HERE and contact me!


  • September 11, 2014 - 4:25 pm

    Jessica - Hi I was recommended by Michelle Lana , I’m looking for new born photos and was curious about pricing, our little guy is 8 days today.ReplyCancel

    • September 21, 2014 - 8:52 pm

      michelle - Hi Jessica! So sorry I missed this message. If you’re still in search of a photographer, you can email me at michelle@michellecervo.com !! I’d love to set up a session for you. Sorry again for my late reply, I don’t check my comment section very often, but you can always fill out the ‘contact me’ form at the top as well.
      Chat soon,

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