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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.

Holly | Ottawa Valley Portrait Photographer

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 !


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One Response to “Holly | Ottawa Valley Portrait Photographer”

  1. Holly says:

    Awee thanks Michelle,

    I have learned so much since our visits, and I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to teach me not only the course, but all the other tips and tricks to have a succesful business. I look forward to my future growing and becoming the best photographer I can be. Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher, and friend :)

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