The hard stuff [fraser valley family photographer]

Oh man, sometimes making decisions is hard!! This has been on my mind for a long time, trying to decide where I want my business, my life, my relationships to go.

After many, many months of deliberation, narrowing down what I love the most, and trying to picture our life as a family, I’ve decided to:


Focus primarily on family portrait shoots!

Reason #1

Although I love weddings, and have been so lucky to have worked with some of the most amazing amazing couples, I will no longer be booking weddings. My goal is to expand my business into a family portrait only, and I’ve been working hard to get the ball rolling in that direction for a while now. I have a vision, and if you know me, there really isn’t much that can stand in my way when I get an idea in my head. I’m a bit stubborn that way.

Reason #2

I’m going to be a mom.. holy crap.. an actual mom..

With a new baby on the horizon (can I just note, the cutest baby in the world is due feb.6 2012) I can’t imagine driving back and forth from Portland to B.C as much as I did this summer. I spent 168 hours in the car, back and forth from Portland to B.C this year so far.


Reason #3

After a short yet ridiculously awful flu last January (that almost made me miss one of my weddings) I got a little scared. The fear of letting someone down on their wedding day is absolutely horrid. I couldn’t live with myself knowing that I had let someone down on one of the most important days of their life.  What would happen if I got sick, if our baby got sick, if my gear got stolen.. All of those things have been running through my mind ever since I started shooting weddings.

I think I can thank my mom for my “worry wartness”

Reason #4

I like kids.. We can relate to each other..

Short attention spans// Constant need to be fed//Constant need to be entertained//Frequent naps

you get the idea


Alright, so here’s the catch..

If you feel like your wedding is going to be the best party of the century//the most fun one photographer could ever have//the most laid back wedding known to man kind//

you can call me….

I’ve been known to take bribes.. Chocolate, Massages, Expensive pieces of art ;).. you know, the good stuff

I want to thank everyone in advance for understanding!!

And because every post is better with a photo, here is one of my growing belly!

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  • Jennifer WilliamsOctober 19, 2011 - 2:58 am

    Congratulations! I haven’t looked back since taking boudoir full time. You will be so happy!ReplyCancel

  • lyndsay londonOctober 19, 2011 - 3:00 am

    So much goodness to come, Michelle! To specialize is a beautiful thing. Congrats on all the big and amazing changes in your life :). <3 <3 <3ReplyCancel

  • TanisOctober 19, 2011 - 3:01 am

    YOU are awesome. No matter what you do, you will succeed… succeed SO SO WELL! Way to go, Michelle, on making a decision and going with it! And, I totally agree, you’ll have the cutest baby ever!ReplyCancel

  • s h e r r yOctober 19, 2011 - 3:05 am

    🙂 Congrats on this change! Wow, 168 hours- that’s INSANE! That’s like 7 full days. Haha. ALSO, congrats on your pregnancy! EE! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Janelle CheneyOctober 19, 2011 - 3:22 am

    Michelle, I am so excited for you, babies are wonderful! I’m glad Steve brought you along for our wedding and we get to benefit from your mad skills and talent!ReplyCancel

  • Justine RussoOctober 19, 2011 - 3:14 pm

    Congrats on specializing Michelle!!! I am so excited for you! And can’t wait to see pictures of your gorgeous gorgeous baby! 🙂 Being a mom is the BEST thing EVER! Good for you for being brave enough to specialize!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle SmidOctober 19, 2011 - 10:26 pm

    Michelle, you rock. And boy am I glad I’m married already. 😉 And so glad that you capture my baby,and my husband so well!Can’t wait to see the pics!ReplyCancel

  • Carol LepineOctober 20, 2011 - 1:00 am

    What is this blaming your mom for worry-wartness?? I resemble that remark.ReplyCancel

  • KaceyNovember 21, 2011 - 6:54 am

    beautiful photo michelle!ReplyCancel

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