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Happy Mother’s Day & Happy Birthday to Me!

13 May 2018 | Categories: Uncategorized | Posted by: Michelle

h this is a very special year because this fantastic combo happens only about every 7 years… You see I was born on Mother’s day (best gift ever – you’re so welcome mom!) and this year my birthday falls on Mother’s day. I’m super excited to share it with my mama. We’re going to be doing some mother/daughter bonding by getting mani/pedi’s, shopping and having brunch in one of our favorite and most beautiful spots in San Diego…La Jolla! Just look at this jewel of a beach…   I’m feeling really great about this year because I have so many things in my life to feel grateful for. I have a loving and supportive family, an amazing partner who’s equally loving, supportive and really believes in me and my business. I have my health and a super cozy home, with said partner, who continues to amaze me with his skills around the house. So I would love to share the love & abundance and offer you some savings on a photo shoot with me.

I will be hosting mini sessions in NYC the last weekend in June and the savings will be amazing!

These sessions will be for those of you who need a little pick me up with your photos for your website, want to experience what a boudoir session is like, or want a beautiful portrait of yourself so you can pass it down to your kids, or want to celebrate your upcoming birthday!

This would be an amazing gift to yourself

Because I’m able to do multiple sessions in one day I can offer an amazing discount. it will give me the opportunity to document more beauty and give you an empowering experience. It’s a win-win for both of us!

But I only have 6 spots available!

All collections include: -An all-female staff in a Manhattan studio -Professional hair and makeup by my favorite makeup & hair artist -How To Prepare for Your Shoot Guide -Pre-consultation to plan your shoot - Online gallery viewing and ordering session just 7-10 days after your shoot

Your choice of beauty, boudoir, headshots or a mix!

  PLATINUM COLLECTION 3 beauty and/or boudoir outfits 20 hi-resolution digital images with print release $600 credit to be used on any additional purchases during your ordering session $1200 VALUE OF $3000 – you save $1800 DELUXE COLLECTION- $900 (my most popular option!) 2 beauty and/or boudoir outfits 10 hi-resolution digital images with print release $400 credit to be used on any additional purchases during your ordering session VALUE OF $1750 – you save $850 SILVER COLLECTION 1 beauty or boudoir outfit 5  hi-resolution digital images with print release $200 credit to be used on any additional purchases during your ordering session $650 VALUE OF $1250 – you save $600 If you want to book a consultation to go over the details you can schedule one here: Schedule Appointment

I look forward to chatting with you about your shoot!


It’s Spring and it’s time to bloom my dear – Michelle Hayes Studio Boudoir & Beauty San Diego & NYC

24 Mar 2017 | Categories: Uncategorized | Posted by: Michelle

Spring is here! Get ready to shave your ankles so you can finally break out your sandals! ;)

I  don’t know about you, but I feel  like I’ve been hiding my body for the last six months and I’ve been more than ok with that. Shaving my legs are you kidding? Ain’t nobody got time for unnecessary shaving parts of your body that aren’t going to see the light of day. 

But, now that the sun is shining and the flowers are blooming like crazy, thanks to all the rain California received, I feel a desire to bloom myself. I’ve been reaching for that brighter color lipstick, ditched my tired black clothes for colorful dresses and have been using a delicious lemon face scrub to brighten my complexion.

Here’s my beautiful client Priscilla totally feeling the Spring bloom during her branding session. 

I’m curious, what ways are you blooming this Spring? You know, sometimes blooming takes a little effort on our part.

Has it been many moons that you’ve felt like blooming at all? I get it. Sometimes we get into funks because of the awful weather, but sometimes we just don’t feel like blooming because we’ve just put ourselves last and we’re not even a priority anymore. This could be because you’ve recently, or not so recently, had a baby and you’ve devoted all your time to your little one and blooming feels like a far off dream. Or, it could be you’ve poured all your attention into your business and you’ve totally given up on blooming because you’ve just been safely hanging out behind your computer. Or, maybe you’ve spent the last year planning the wedding of your dreams and blooming will just have to wait until after this grand event because there are so many details to focus on. Do any of these situations sound familiar?

Ladies, it’s time to bloom now. Spring is here and she’s not waiting for anyone. 

I  want you to discover your own unique beauty and let it bloom again, or for the first time, and let the world see you feeling and looking radiant.

You deserve to have time for yourself to feel pampered and taken care of as well.

You deserve to know your own unique beauty so you don’t have to compare yourself to other women and feel less than.

You deserve a beautiful portrait to remind yourself everyday how beautiful you can feel and look when you’re in those self doubting times.

And here are the ways you can give it to yourself…

It can be in a Boudoir session to ignite that sexy spark you know is inside to finally feel beautiful in your own skin. Here’s Jordan feeling beautiful and sexy again before her wedding…

…or it can be in a Beauty session where you put yourself first again since having your baby. Gina reclaimed her beauty in her new role as goddess mother…

…or it can be through a Branding session to finally get a picture of you that conveys who you are and what you can offer the world through your business. Priscilla is stepping into her power as a leader to support other entrepreneurial women…

Let’s design a shoot that just for you so you can bloom in a fun, pampering and lasting way. This can either be in my gorgeous light filled studio in San Diego or in NYC in an equally bright and beautiful studio in Manhattan May 25th – 29th, 2017

Contact me today to schedule your consultation to begin your blooming process!


If you’re in San Diego I’m hosting a kick off to Spring Cocktail Hour in my studio Thursday March 30th from 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Come mingle with some fab women and let some steam off with a cocktail.


Prep Day! Creating a beauty alter – 5 Day Beauty Mix Challenge

18 Oct 2016 | Categories: Uncategorized | Posted by: Michelle

Hello Beauties!

Today is a prep day for the Beauty Mix Challenge. We are going to create a Beauty Alter for you to go to each day for the challenge! Let’s play!

Ok so in order to get in the Beauty Mix state of mind we’re going to need to create a beautiful space you can go to every day to get still and allow for more beauty to come into your life.

FIrst step: Creating your personal Beauty Alter

I want you to find a room, a small section of a room, or even a place outdoors where you can go to each day to work on these exercises. This should be a quiet place you can go to recharge and feel your beauty.

Add in whatever you like to create a sense of calm and intimacy with yourself. Yes, intimacy. You’re going to need to get to know what makes you feel beautiful to discover your own Beauty Mix! Let’s start with our environment.

Fresh flowers/plants/trees
Essential oils
Photos (of yourself ideally)

You get the idea. Make it personal and make it beautiful!

Take a picture of your Beauty Alter and post it in the FB group so we can get to know you and support you in your Beauty Mix Challenge.

Don’t forget to post each day in the FB group to be eligible to win a Free photo shoot with me.

Every time you post about your daily Beauty Mix Challenge you will be entered to win the photo shoot. Sharing also creates connection and we all need to see and appreciate each others beauty…so get to sharing!




28 Dec 2013 | Categories: Beauty, Make up tips, Uncategorized | Posted by: Michelle

Here’s a stylish and figure flattering outfit idea for your next Glam session. It’s a classic sequined dress with a pop of classic red with some gold metal accents. With just the right smokey eye and classic red lip you’ll be sure to shine inside and out in your Glam session…


It's time to shine