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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
Candles
Essential oils
Photos (of yourself ideally)
Crystals
Mementos
Jewelry
Blankets/pillows

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!

xxoo

Michelle

How to prepare for your boudoir session – Michelle Hayes Studio NYC

10 Apr 2014 | Categories: Boudoir, Uncategorized | Posted by: Michelle

Planning and preparing for your photo shoot is a big part of the Boudoir experience and I want you to enjoy ever step of the process! Plus, getting ready for your session is the best excuse to take sometime to pamper yourself and get in some ME time. When was the last time you had any of that?

I give you permission to take some much needed time for yourself whether it be to finally book a facial, get some highlights put in, have a body scrub or just taking the time to lather your body with that expensive body lotion you never seam to use. 

“Prepping for the shoot can be a great excuse to pamper yourself”

Here are a few tips to do (a month before and leading up to the day of your shoot) to ensure you are well prepared for your session and arrive ready to have some fun. 

Boudoir + Glamour Photography Michelle Hayes Studio NYC

 

After our consultation, where I get to find out all your ideas an desires for the shoot, I will ask you to create a Pinterest board. This is a great way for you to find inspiration, get ideas for wardrobe and hair + makeup and be a little creative. I have many boudoir boards where you can find inspirations or feel free to pin anything that catches your eye. It doesn’t have to be boudoir related at all. Then you can share the board with me and we can go over what you came up with. If you have no idea and don’t think you are the creative type, don’t worry. This is not mandatory, it’s just to have a little fun creating your ideal shoot. 

 

 

Once we have an idea of mood, clothing ideas, how you want your makeup applied and your hair styled, it will be time to get your wardrobe together. Go shopping and see what styles and colors look good on you.

I highly suggest asking a knowledgeable sales person in a lingerie store for their help and opinion.

They have a trained eye and will gladly fit you to ensure the proper garments for your body type. I’ve sent many clients to a boutique here in NYC and the salespeople are eager to help when you tell them you are shopping for a boudoir session. 

Boudoir Photography Michelle Hayes Studio New York Boudoir session at Z hotelWe all know that photo shop can fix many flaws and smooth out the skin, but I suggest prepping the skin beforehand as best as you can to reduce the amount of post processing. I don’t do a lot of post processing to my images to begin with so if we can start with a good canvas then you will not need any extra “fixing”. Here are some helpful things you can do to ensure your skin and hair look it’s best. 

  1. Get a facial (in-home or at a spa)
  2. Get a body scrub treatment (in-home or at a spa)
  3. Start moisturizing you body a lot
  4. Get your teeth whitened (whitening strips work wonders)
  5. Start to increase your daily water intake
  6. Get a bikini/leg/armpit wax
  7. Get your roots/highlights touched up/hair trimmed
  8. Deep conditioning treatment (at home or salon)


You absolutely don’t need to do everything on this list. Again, it’s not mandatory, but it will get you in the mood and we all know feeling and looking good will lead to being more relaxed in front of the camera which will give you beautiful images!

 

Day of Shoot Checklist:

  1. Double check everything you will be bringing the night before and make sure that you leave plenty of time to get to the destination without stressing
  2. Eat something! You will need a lot of energy for all the posing. It can be a lot of work so please eat something!
  3. If you didn’t get a wax then shave necessary parts, legs, armpits, bikini area, etc. 
  4. Come with a freshly washed and moisturized face and dry, clean hair so that my hair stylist/makeup artist can start right away. 
  5. Don’t wear clothing with tight elastic bands that could leave a mark on your skin

 

This is where the fun begins!…

LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE! – MICHELLE HAYES STUDIO

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
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