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About MDWRIGGS Photography

So many people ask me what the heck is an MDWRIGGS. So, I will give you a small breakdown so you can see how it came to be. Not that it matters, not that you are asking but I need SOMETHING to write in this section and so this is it. M is for Michelle :) Simple enough right? D is for my maiden name *unimportant really* WRIGGS is just a short nickname from my married last name. Those who know me will appreciate the shortened version because its a fun tricky last name to say and spell :) Thats it, there you have it.

A piece of the past | Here today, Gone tomorrow

July 28th, 2014

This is a farmhouse.  Built in the late 1800′s and sold to my aunt and uncle in 1980.  I remember being a young child, maybe about 12 years old.  I remember visiting my aunt and uncle and being intrigued by this house.  Somewhere between when I was 12 and now (never ask a lady her age, lol) they moved from this house and built another house on the same property but this old house remained the same.  A piece of furniture on the old farm.  A favourite rocking chair if you will, that maybe no one uses anymore but everyone has to stop and give a try.  OK, maybe not everyone, but I sure did/do :)

There are pieces of this house that I remember all too well.  Which says a lot because I was just a little girl and we only use to come visit once every year or two.  It wasn’t until 2005 that I moved here and began to see the old farmhouse more often.  I remember the cow skull my aunt kept at the front door, lol.  Strange but true. I just assume its what you do in the country :)

I remember the kitchen.  I remember where the kitchen table sat and I even have images of my aunt cooking up something in the kitchen.  I remember the cold storage room, I remember the wood beams in the living room. I also remember the large gaping hole between the upstairs and the living room that we as kids were told NEVER to play near.  (FYI, its still there)

I remember the old wooden steps up to the upstairs, the bedrooms, one in pink and one in blue.  Oddly, I do not recall the bathroom, lol.  This made me chuckle today as I walked through what was once a family home.

Dawn dragged me down (flip flops mind you) into the basement.  Not something I anticipate doing again any time soon.  I’m not sure what freaked me out more.  The mouse that scurried across the floor or the spider I was convinced ran up my sleeve.  In hindsight, I am happy I didn’t drop my camera.  I believe I may have been mistaken, lol.  I think it was a string from my sweater :)

Things about the property in general have changed a lot.  I remember a chicken coop in the back of the house.  There is also now more modern buildings, but in all this time the one constant has always been the old farmhouse.








A farmhouse that will slowly over the next couple of weeks, come down.

I plan to document it here.














Proof that kids grow up too fast :)

August 13th, 2012

































Graduation Day | Becca

August 13th, 2012





























































Wedding Bells | Engagement Session

August 13th, 2012

For those who know me, you know that I only take on one or two weddings per year.  This isn’t because I don’t enjoy weddings, this is because I can never find the time to do all the AFTER work of shooting a wedding.  Now, that being said .. my kids will both be in school full time this year so I may open some more availability as they get a bit older and I find more working hours to get stuff done!

This is Malerie and Ian.  I’m so excited for your upcoming vows!

Here are a few images from their engagement session :)











































































The Bad Blogger | Lets kick it back off with this beautiful family of three

August 13th, 2012

UGH I am so behind on blogging.  I use to rely on a website but then that isn’t the easiest way to keep current, so I started a blog. Bound and determined to post sneak peeks here!  Then that fell to the wayside because facebook is the quickest and easiest way to show off some gorgeous images and then the blog falls to the wayside too, lol.

SO in keeping with my original plan to blog I figured I would update some entries.  THIS one first because its the one I’m working on right now and only a few hours away from putting their gallery up :)

Welcome Baby Theo





























































CALLING 2012 GRADS!!!!!!!!!!

April 5th, 2012

Unhappy with your school grad proofs?  Why spend money on pictures you aren’t happy with!  Do something different this year!  Email me for details!


A $2 session is what it cost ME | Ottawa Valley Childrens Photographer

April 5th, 2012

This is my boy.  The only boy who will still let me bribe him to take his picture.  Its true.  Sad but very true.  First I had to bribe him with $2.00.

The power of a toonie.

My heart melts when I look at him.  He is a small version of me.  I’m not sure if that is a good thing or not.

































































































Then my other son came home from school.  And although I couldn’t get him to go anywhere to take pictures, I decided to mother paparazzi  stalk him in the living room while he was watching SPORTS CENTRE.

It is what it is, lol


A sweet little girl | Ottawa Valley Photographer

April 5th, 2012

I’m so behind on blogging, lol.  As you can probably tell by past posts, I go at it for a few posts in a row, then I get tied up and forget and then WHAMMO! I post a whole bunch :)

Its been a busy start to 2012 and I’m anxious to get shooting outside!!!!!!

I met Carly when she was an itty bitty bundle of newborn cuteness!  And I had the pleasure to have Carly in my studio again a few days ago!

She was apprehensive at first but quickly loosened up :)


























































Still cute as ever :)



Holly | Ottawa Valley Portrait Photographer

February 18th, 2012

Let me tell you a bit about Holly.  First of all, I think she is hilarious and sweet and kind.  I met Holly through the internet about a year ago when she emailed me to ask me if she could post a session she had done that looked like one of mine because we had used the same local public bridge.  It surprised me that she had contacted me because in all honesty, I do not own any public locations and she is free to do as she wishes.  I emailed her, thanked her for even thinking about it and said by all means, post what you have done.

Was I annoyed? Well, a little.  But not at her.  More annoyed at the lack of options.  This actually forced me to go and find private locations where I have exclusive permission to shoot.  This way I feel like no matter how much I feel like others try to mimic my style, or my locations … no one will have mine.  And NO ONE will ever have the same experience with someone else that they will have with me.  The reason? I’m me.  And they are them :)

Anyways, I got to thinking about how oversaturated Petawawa and surrounding area is with all the new photographers storming the scene, lol.  It seems like everyone wants to put up a business sign days after cracking open the manual to their new DSLR.  And while I agree that everyone starts SOMEWHERE, we all don’t jump in head first into a business venture.  Maybe its in our sights for the future but sadly many people open up shop within days or weeks of getting a new camera.  Before they even learn how to use it.  Which is sad but it also makes professional photographers get their backs up easily by such disregard for the industry as well as for our professional standards.

I’ve always pretty much kept to myself locally with regard to photography.  I’ve found a small group of photographers who I respect in this area and have made some wonderful friends in the process.  I had heard from Holly recently as she was interested in a photography 101 class that I teach.  Its not that Holly didn’t know her camera but she wanted MORE info.  More skills, more tricks, more tools and I was willing to sit down with Holly to help her learn.  I respect her desire to learn and her drive to be better.  I admire her will to want to improve and to value her work and her time.  This is why I chose to work with Holly.

So we had our first meeting and yes, she is a doll.  We probably met for a few hours and I truly believe she gained a lot of valuable information from our meeting and I can not wait to see her grow as a photographer.

A few days later, I had been talking to her and we were talking websites.  So she ended up coming over so we could go over her website and the first thing she clicked on was a picture of herself and her comment was ….. “eek, I have to change that”.  So downstairs we went to snap some pictures of Holly for her website.  Isn’t she just adorable!!!!!!



























































I look forward to seeing more from Holly :)

My message to her is to take the people who want to be critical and mean and rise above it.  Be better for yourself, learn more for yourself and be the best you can be for yourself and your future clients.  Value your time, value your work and value yourself.

You are worth it :)

Cheers !


A perfect Start to 2012 | Ottawa Valley Portrait Photographer

February 18th, 2012

I have to admit, when I wrapped up 2011 I was a little burnt out.  Not because of photography but moreso because of photography plus family commitments with my kids and sports.  I had planned to take a little bit of time off from photography to allow me to focus all of myself on my wonderful family and friends.  I was able to enjoy Christmas and the holidays 100% and like every year, by the end of January I am raring to go and 100% ready to jump back into the work I love to do.

One of the best parts of being a photographer is watching babies grow into toddlers, toddlers into big boys and girls and so forth.  I have been blessed to be a part of this journey with THE one and only Scarlett.  You may remember Scarlett and Krista from this picture:


I know it was one of my favorites.  I did a session of Scarlett when she was about 6 months old as well ….. Here is one from that session.  I LOVED her outfit.  (I think I’ve always loved her outfit.  lol


Fast forward to last week ….. Here is how she has grown, she is SUCH a big girl and SOOOO happy to get her picture taken :)




































































This picture makes me laugh because Krista seemed to think that Scarlett wouldn’t want anything to do with the cupcake.  That girl knew exactly what to do and no problems showing us.  She was stinkin’ cute.
We did have to peel the wrapper and candle from her little chocolatey hands :)




















So there you have it …. newborn baby to one year old!  Let the fun begin :)



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