Portrait Philosophy

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Welcome to MICHELLE HAYES STUDIO  A modern portrait studio for women

I’m a photographer and Beauty Mix advocate on a mission to empower women to FEEL their beauty so that it exudes into portraits. I capture the confidence that SHOWS UP when women claim the inner and outer qualities that make them beautifully unique.

This is what I like to call your Beauty Mix…

Let me ask you a question…Do you have a beautiful portrait of yourself?

Many women don’t, but I believe every woman should. My goal is to allow the space for women to experience what it’s like to have a professional portrait taken and to help them see their own unique beauty. Knowing your unique beauty is when you know what makes you beautiful inside and out and it’s an empowering experience

I want every woman to experience this confidence boosting experience!

Why? Because I know how important it is to have a photograph of yourself that makes you feel beautiful and good about yourself and that you love to show off. Isn’t that what all women want? We don’t want to try to look like the current models in the magazines, the hottest starlet of the moment or even the girl next door. We just want to know and believe in our unique beauty. How refreshing does that sound?

A little backstory of how I came to appreciate my own unique beauty…

I wanted to change my wild and unruly curly hair for long straight blonde hair because no one had hair like mine in magazines, in the movies, nor on tv, and it made me feel so bad about being me. I actually felt ugly for most of my childhood and a good part of my adult life. But when I finally accepted my unique beauty, which very much included my curly hair, I was able to stop the comparison and beat up and allow myself to feel good about being me. I want that for all women.

I have chosen to specialize in photographing the everyday women (for over 6 years now) because I want to give all women a chance to see themselves in a different light and know their unique beauty.

Transformative photo shoots

We will start with a consultation to begin to design your very own shoot that represents your unique beauty. This will reflect all the wonderful internal and external qualities about you that make you beautiful. Once you know this it will be so much easier to show up to your shoot with confidence and allow yourself to have fun. It’s my job to capture that beautiful light that is reflected back to me. That’s when the magic happens and a beautiful portrait develops before our eyes.

Want to begin the transformative process, design your very own shoot and capture your beauty mix? Start by downloading my dream shoot planner and then set up a free consultation call with me to learn more about the process.

“It’s just a breath of fresh air to be in front of someone’s camera who understands women, posing and makes it fun!” – Brittany

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  Boudoir + Beauty photography New York, NY & San Diego, CA |  info@michellehayesstudio.com | 347.684.1088
  • About Michelle Hayes Studio
    Michelle Hayes Studio is a modern portrait studio in San Diego & NYC for the everyday woman. Michelle strives to bring out the inner and outer beauty of every woman through Boudoir and Fashion-inspired portrait sessions.
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