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Glam The Dress – Michelle Hayes Studio NYC

05 Nov 2013 | Categories: Beauty | Posted by: Michelle

Are you are familiar with Trash the Dress in wedding photography? It’s when a former bride puts back on her wedding dress and has a fun and creative photo session that might or might not entail getting the dress dirty or wet. This may appeal to some brides, but I have another alternative that doesn’t involve getting that beautiful, and most likely expensive, gown dirty or ruined…

It’s called Glam The Dress. I much prefer this approach where you can put back on your gown and have a fashion inspired shoot with me. You can glam it up, or make it into an entirely different look, while getting some beautiful portraits done. What a great way to get another wear out of that dress! Didn’t get any glamorous pics of yourself from your wedding? Glam it up! Want to have an excuse to put back on that gown that reminds you of one of the most wonderful days of your life? Glam it up!

This is also a great way to get your bridesmaids back together as a thank you for being in my wedding gift. Make it a Girls Day Out with champagne and snacks. As with all of my sessions the Glam the Dress shoot comes with professional hair and makeup and this can be done in a studio or out on location. 

 

Contact me if you have a wedding dress that you’d like to break out of storage and have a Glam the Dress session with me!

xoxo

Michelle

New Before + After Gallery – Michelle Hayes Studio NYC

02 Oct 2013 | Categories: Beauty, Boudoir | Posted by: Michelle

Boudoir + Glamour Photography Michelle Hayes Studio NYC

I’ve just added a new gallery to my portfolio because I want people to see the amazing transformations in my sessions. Professional Hair + Makeup is included in all my Boudoir + Glamour packages because I feel it is such an important part of the whole experience. Plus, I don’t want people scrambling to find the right hair + makeup person as it can be challenging. Also, without my talented makeup/hair artists I really can’t do what I do. It’s just hair and makeup you say? Au contraire! Let me break it down for you…

When you first book your session with me, whether it be a Boudoir or Glam session, we have a pre-consultation which includes a chat about your hair and makeup. I ask you how you want to look and offer suggestions. I will also direct you to my Pinterest page where I have many examples of hair and makeup looks. Though most of the women I work with don’t go for a theme or an elaborate look, but opt for something that’s basically them, but enhanced. If you have no idea of what you want, don’t worry. My trained artists are brilliant at enhancing your own beauty perfectly suited for either Boudoir or Glamour. 

Once you get in the chair and the process starts you will begin to relax immediately. It’s such a pampering experience and I’ve chosen only the best artists with the softest touch to work with. My favorite part is when it’s time to apply the false eyelashes! One thing that I’ve noticed is that EVERYONE loves getting false eyelashes applied and yes they are included! So many women have never even worn false eyelashes so it’s a real treat. It also makes a huge difference in camera. Your eyes will pop! 

Once the makeup is complete and the hair styled you will be amazed by the transformation. I believe this is the point where women are truly ready for the session. They’ve seen how awesome they look and they can’t wait to get into wardrobe. And these women, who never believed they could get in front of the camera and take a beautiful pic, are now seeing themselves in a different light. There’s something about seeing yourself in a different way that lights up something inside you, which then gets mirrored back out. I see it every time. And this is when I simply pick up my camera to document all this beauty.

To quote one of my favorite transformation stylist Ms. Stacy London (of the much acclaimed “What Not To Wear”)…

“If you can see yourself in a different way, then you can believe yourself in a different way.”

And who knows more about changing the outside to change the inside, to change to outside, other than Stacy & Clinton? They manage to pull it off with each fashion-impaired guest every time. EVERY TIME. 

Have a look through my new Before + After gallery which will be updated more frequently as more and more women get to experience this pampering and self-confidence boosting experience. 

For more information on my transformative Boudoir or Glam sessions email me or call 347-684-1088 to set up a time for your complimentary consultation!

xoxo

Michelle

Looking & Feeling Beautiful For Your Own Sake – Boudoir + Glamour Photography NYC

12 Aug 2013 | Categories: Beauty, Boudoir | Posted by: Michelle

I started shooting Boudoir because a few of my brides wanted to do it as an amazing wedding gift for their fiances. It was an amazing, unexpected gift that always knocked their socks off. But, I also noticed that the women were totally surprised by the whole process and thoroughly enjoyed the photoshoot. I knew it was going to be a blast but I really don’t think they were expecting it to be so much fun. Women are usually so focused on not wanting to look awkward that they are completely surprised by how much they enjoyed to shoot!

I’ll give you a little snap shot of what goes on in a Boudoir or Glam session…

First we go over wardrobe selection and I help you style your outfits. Then you get to sit and have a professional artist style your hair and expertly apply your makeup. It’s a really relaxing process that I’ve noticed many women appreciate and enjoy.

We start the photo shoot where I give you guidance with posing using a mirroring technique., which means I pose and you copy me. It’s very easy. Your nerves dissolve and you are smizing for the camera feeling all Top Model-like. I’m not the noted Nigel Barker with a soothing British accent, but I will be telling you how amazing you are doing throughout the process. I’ll show you the back of the camera to confirm how great you are doing. You begin to see yourself in a new light, then you start to enjoy yourself, which then in turn makes you even more beautiful in front of the camera! In the end this pampering and confidence-boosting experience is all for the women and no one else.

So a year later and I’m still shooting Boudoir for bride-to-be’s, who are doing this to give to their fiances, and women who are doing this to celebrate an anniversary and I’m loving it. But, I begin to think do women really need a reason to experience this? What about the women who don’t have a partner or are not getting married? Shouldn’t they get to experience this as well? Hell yeah! In fact, I believe you don’t even need a reason to do this.

I want ALL women to experience this for absolutely no reason at all!

Ok, if you need a reason then I’ll give you one…

How about to look + feel beautiful for your own sake?

I’d say that’s a pretty damn important reason to do it because I think many women feel like they need to be in a relationship in order to do something like this. It’s that ever elusive once I get a partner, then I will feel ______. Beautiful? Amazing? Worthy? Those are all things you can feel now. And I bet if you start to feel those things now just for the sake of loving your own beauty then when you do meet someone they will appreciate it even more because you are already appreciating it. Win, win all around!

So here’s what I say about when to do a Boudoir, or Glam session (if you’re not comfortable in lingerie)…

Do it for yourself now and once you have these beautiful images that will forever capture your unique beauty then you can decide if you’re going to share them with someone else. A REALLY lucky someone else ;)

In my last blog post I wrote about being featured in Cosmo.com, well pictures of my clients were featured with a snippet of why they did a boudoir session. They are single women who did a Boudoir session just for themselves. You can read about their experiences here and hear about their experiences.

 

Feel free to give me a call for your complimentary consultation about doing a Boudoir or Glam session for no reason what so ever! 

347-684-1088

xx

Michelle

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Oh and it’s always fun to share Pinterest boards where you’ll find some helpful pics to plan your next Boudoir or Glam session and cuz it’s ADDICTING to pin!

Cosmopolitan.com Boudoir Article – Michelle Hayes Studio NYC

28 Jul 2013 | Categories: Boudoir | Posted by: Michelle

A few months ago I was asked to be in a Cosmo.com article about Boudoir photography and how more and more women are doing it for themselves as opposed to women doing it for a gift for a loved one. They chose two of my past clients to be a part of this article and I couldn’t be more proud of them!
 Of course I am very protected of my clients privacy so they absolutely asked for their permission first before running their pictures.

One client of mine, Tisbe, said she did it to celebrate her 30′s. As a women this can be a very transitional time in our lives. We are no longer the hot young thing of our 20′s, even though we still are very young, and yet we are not considered the mature woman of her 40′s and 50′s who has finally grown into her skin and beauty. This can also typically be the time were most women get married and start to have kids so it’s no wonder we want to celebrate who we are before a lot of other changes start to happen.

Another client of mine, Danielle, said she wanted to do a boudoir session to capture her hot body. No doubt we women are the hardest on ourselves in terms of how we look externally so if we’ve worked hard on our bodies then we would like to show it off and preserve it.

I believe there’s no better way than in a photograph because sometimes even after we’ve gone through a drastic transformation we tend to still see ourselves through our old eyes and therefore in our old body. A photo session is an excellent way to prove that yes you actually did go through a transformation process and here’s the proof in an actual picture to remind yourself over and over and especially on those days when you are extra hard on yourself.

And of course as a bride you can do it for a special wedding gift for your soon-to-be-husband, but I’d like to point out that you will also get a gift for yourself if you do a boudoir session. You will get the gift of relaxing and taking some time for yourself after all those months of planning your wedding. I had a bride admit to me that she felt the most beautiful and confident walking down the aisle because she took that time for herself to recharge and remind herself that she is beautiful and her fiance finds her super sexy. Oh and he was blown away by her sexy and classy boudoir album. Two gifts in one!

I know that women will still want to do a boudoir session for someones else, boyfriend, husband, fiance, lover, etc which is totally fine by me, but I’m hoping that more and more women will do it just for themselves and don’t even need a reason. You can do this for whatever reason you want and you can also do it more than once. I give you permission. ;)  

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/celebrity/fashion/boudoir-photography#slide-11

 

Special Valentine’s Day Promotion with MUAH Makeup

07 Jan 2013 | Categories: Boudoir | Posted by: Michelle

I am so excited to collaborate again with Ashlee of MUAH makeup for this Valentine’s Day promotion! Ashlee is a very talented makeup artist who really knows how to bring out the inner beauty of the everyday woman, which complements my boudoir + glamour photography very well.

I know that Valentine’s Day is a holiday to give gifts to loved ones, but I really want women to get something out of this holiday for themselves as well. Which is why I think a Boudoir session is the perfect gift that you both can benefit from. Your partner will get totally unexpected, blow-his-socks-off images, and YOU get to experience a boudoir session.

It’s an amazing confidence-boosting experience every woman should do at least once in her life. Not only is it empowering, it’s a pampering experience that most of us feel like we don’t need or deserve.

When was the last time you got your makeup and hair done professionally? You know what I’m talking about when you leave the salon and your hair looks amazing, you actually FEEL amazing. And the same thing goes when you get your makeup done professionally. When you see yourself after a pro has carefully and artistically applied the makeup, you feel like your true beauty has been enhanced perfectly!

Valentine's Day Boudoir sessions by NYC Boudoir + Glamour photographer Michelle Hayes Studio

 

These special packages are only for Valentine’s Day so book now! Have questions or want to know more about the Boudoir session? Feel free to contact me!

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19 Sep 2012 | Categories: Beauty, Boudoir | Posted by: Michelle

 

I’m so excited to launch my brand new site dedicated to just woman’s portraiture!

This site is for the everyday woman to experience what it’s like to have an amazing portrait session and a beautiful portrait of herself. When was the last time you had a portrait of yourself done?

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