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How to prepare for your boudoir session – Michelle Hayes Boudoir Studio San Diego

05 Apr 2017 | Categories: Boudoir, Make up tips, What to wear | 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. 

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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. Feel free to pin anything that catches your eye and 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. You have two options.

1. Go shopping in your own closet and use pieces that you love and feel good in. Here’s my “10 Ten Wardrobe Ideas guide” I put together to give you some inspiration. We can make anything look sexy it doesn’t have to be lingerie.

2. If you want to splurge and get yourself something new, go shopping! Have fun trying on different styles and colors and if you don’t know what you  look good in then ask a knowledgeable salesperson.

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 have a list of boutiques I can guide you to for assistance. 


We all know that photo shop can fix many out of the ordinary “imperfections” that pop up, 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 editing to my images to begin with, but 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 and that you feel good in general… 

  1. Get a facial (at a spa)
  2. Try a body scrub and facial scrub treatment (in-home)
  3. Start moisturizing you body with something decadent
  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)
  9. Treat yourself to a massage to relax
  10. Start moving your body with non strenuous exercise like yoga, pilates, walking, or this amazing practice called Qoya. It’s a great way to feel comfortable in your own skin!

 

You absolutely don’t need to do everything on this list. 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 natural and 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

 

Shoot time! This is where the fun begins…

If you want more info about designing and getting prepared for your shoot download my free Dream Shoot Planner and start dreaming up ways to pamper yourself before your shoot!

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Beauty Mix Model Call – Michelle Hayes Studio San Diego, Ca.

14 Feb 2017 | Categories: Beauty, Boudoir | Posted by: Michelle

Hey Beauties of San Diego!

Michelle Hayes Studio is looking for 4 -5 women of all shapes, sizes, and uniqueness ages 28+  who want to look and feel beautiful in their own skin.

No modeling experience needed, but you will need to have a willingness to discover your own beauty so we can capture it in your own shoot!

We’ll go through a fun and empowering process of finding your own unique beauty and then co-create your own photo shoot in my studio in San Diego. You’ll leave the experience finally feeling good about being uniquely YOU, stop comparing yourself to other women’s beauty, and have a beautiful portrait of yourself to feel proud of. 

There is so much power in owning your own beauty and we will celebrate it!

 

This is for a 45 min Beauty or Boudoir session by Michelle Hayes Studio. Your shoot will take place at the end of February or beginning of March on one of the dates I have pre-selected (will let you know which dates if you are chosen) in my light-filled studio in North Park.

For “modeling” you will receive:

-complimentary 45 min photo shoot

- 1 8×10 Professional Print OR 1 Hi-Res Digital Negative

-makeup application

- fun online Beauty Mix Challenge to help you prepare for the shoot (you can check out the past challenge here)

If you’re interested please do the following:

Step 1:

Fill out this form…

Step 2. 

LIKE this FB post and tag a friend/sister/co-worker who would like or needs an experience like this

That’s it!

 Deadline to apply is 2/20/27

What is required to quality for the shoot:

-Must be at least 28 years old (looking for all shapes and sizes!)

-Must be willing to participate in the fun 5 day Beauty Mix Challenge

-Must be willing to sign a Full Model Release for our marketing material printed and or website, blog, etc. 

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!

xx

Michelle

Exciting new addition to Michelle Hayes Studio… LimeLight Cosmetics & Skincare!

01 Dec 2016 | Categories: Beauty, Boudoir | Posted by: Michelle

I’m so excited to be using LimeLight by Alcone cosmetics and skincare in my studio! I’m a total makeup and skin care junkie and it just makes sense to expand into beauty.

To be able to offer an amazing and pampering experience in my studio, which includes having your makeup and hair done professionally is one of my top priorities. It is so much fun to see what looks we can create and it gets you in the mood for your shoot.  

I  have found a beauty company that shares similar values as I do, which is to allow the everyday woman to look and feel beautiful and to empower women to take control of their lives through running their own business. It’s a family owned company that is headed by two inspiring women, an aunt and a niece. How cool is that?

Oh and in addition to their awesome values their products are gorgeous, high-performing, and non-toxic. This is a rare combination in the makeup world so I am really lucky to have found this company.

Here’s a sneak peak of some of the products I will be using on everyone that comes in for a full Boudoir or Beauty shoot with me…

So LimeLight by Alcone and Michelle Hayes Studio is a perfect business and beauty match!

Want to experience a confidence-boosting photoshoot and be pampered by having professional (and non-toxic) makeup expertly applied on you? Doesn’t that sound delicious?

Contact me today for a consultation so we can design your dream shoot!

XOXO

Michelle

5 Day Beauty Mix Challenge - Michelle Hayes Studio

11 Oct 2016 | Categories: Beauty, Boudoir | Posted by: Michelle

It’s  a Beauty Challenge and YOU’RE invited!

I’m hosting a free online Day Beauty Challenge to discover your own Beauty Mix

PLUS! There will be a chance to WIN a complimentary photo shoot with Michelle Hayes Studio 

 

This is an invitation for all women to discover their own unique Beauty Mix, to celebrate it and share it with the world.

What is Beauty Mix?

Beauty Mix encompasses everything on the inside, as well as the outside, that makes you uniquely YOU. It’s the way you laugh, your beautiful eyes, your tender heart to your curly hair.

I  believe that loving yourself begins with knowing your own unique beauty and accepting it, the good and the bad. That’s not only beauty, that’s power. 

I  want to uncover & highlight  YOUR unique Beauty Mix through a self accepting experience that includes a chance to win a photo shoot with me!

Let’s expand the definition of beauty and show the world how incredible it is to let your own beauty shine.

ABOUT THE FREE 5 DAY ONLINE BEAUTY CHALLENGE:

The online challenge starts Wednesday October 19th.

Through this beauty challenge you will… 

  • discover your own Beauty Mix in a fun and uplifting way to boost self-confidence
  • feel good in your own skin no matter what your size, shape or perceived imperfections
  • own your beauty and power from within so you feel radiant, magnetic and gorgeous 
  • see and feel the beauty in being a woman so you can inspire other women to do the same. 
Sign up HERE

 

We’ll start the challenge Wednesday, October 19th when you’ll get the first day’s email.

  • There will be a new challenge in your email every day.
  • Private Facebook group with support and accountability
  • Special surprises at the end of each daily challenge

After the Beauty Challenge you will be entered in a giveaway for a FREE photo shoot with Michelle Hayes Studio 

Your own Beauty Mix photo shoot will take place in my studio in San Diego, California!

This amazing prize will include:

  • complimentary photo shoot 
  • wardrobe styling assistance 
  • in-person consultation to design your own shoot
  • one (1) hi-res image or one (1) 8×10 fine art print of your choice

 

Sign up HERE to take part in the free beauty celebration.

It’s starts Wednesday October 19th!

Be sure to join the private Facebook Group where we will go on this journey together and support each other.

Be sure to invite friends who would like or need an experience like this. Let’s do this together and uplift each other.

**BONUS! every friend who joins you will get another entry towards the free photo shoot. So invite as many friends as you want for more chances to win!

To be eligible for the photo shoot prize:

-Must be willing to travel to San Diego, Ca (prize does not include airfare/lodging to San Diego)

-Must be willing to sign a full Model Release for our marketing material (printed and or blog, etc)

Sign up HERE! 

xxoo

Michelle

Ladies! How often do you let yourself be pampered? Michelle Hayes Studio Boudoir

23 Oct 2015 | Categories: Beauty, Boudoir | Posted by: Michelle

Check out my client Angelica fully enjoying getting her hair and makeup done by my fab makeup artist Tiffany. I just love this pic.

Now Angelica is no stranger to makeup, dressing up and throwing on some glitter and hair extensions. She loves to do all that on her own, but she is letting someone else style her hair and expertly apply her makeup and loving every minute of it.

It got me thinking of all the ways we, especially women, are skimping on letting ourselves be pampered, in big or small ways, because we know we can just do it ourselves.

Here are some experts that I enjoy getting pampered by even though I know I can probably do some of this beautifying on my own. It’s also nice to experience other people’s craft and appreciate how much better they are at it than me.

Feel free to add any services you love getting done by others even though you can do it yourself! …

Makeup application:
San Diego
Tiffany Bociek - https://www.facebook.com/tiffany.bociek/about
Gerine Coronado - http://beautybygerine.com/
Hair
Jessica Kephart https://www.facebook.com/jessica.freitag.509/about
Facials:
Urban Skin Care - http://www.urbanskincare.com/
New York
Muah Makeup - http://www.muahmakeup.com/
Rebecca Casciano - http://www.rebeccacasciano.com/
Hair & Makeup
Candice Crawford - https://www.facebook.com/candice.h.crawford/about

Beautiful + Inspiring Stephanie – Michelle Hayes Studio Glamour Session

16 Oct 2015 | Categories: Beauty | Posted by: Michelle

Stephanie was a dream to shoot in my studio because her beauty just radiated from the inside out, in addition to having the most amazing ocean blue eyes. She is a mom of a gorgeous young daughter, a wife, and busy professional with two careers! One of them being with Beauty Counter who’s company mission is to get safer beauty products in the hands of everyone. Thank you Stephanie for being a part of this important movement!

I  am in awe of this beauty and what she is contributing to her family, her community and ultimately everyone else with the hope of a better way of taking care of ourselves. 

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Why should Models have all the fun? – Glamour Session Michelle Hayes Studio

23 May 2015 | Categories: Beauty | Posted by: Michelle

Lets face it Ladies. As a regular woman there is probably zero chance Anna Wintour will pluck you out of your every day life to be the next cover model of Vogue. Harsh, but true.  We all know that is reserved for the models, actresses and the occasional delusional person that gets famous for making a sex tape. ;)

BUT! That doesn’t mean you not are not worthy of the same glamorous photo shoot experience!

Who says you can’t have someone style you for your body type, have your makeup expertly applied in a way that enhances your own unique beauty and have you hair fabulously coiffed while you sip champagne? You are going to feel so damn good that your awesomeness (that you know is already inside of you) begins to radiate out which gets you ready for the moment you’ve been waiting for. You are finally ready for your close up…the lights, the cameras and the posing. You got this! You’re the star of your very own photo shoot and you are worthy of it all!

Well, well Gisele and Tyra. Look who’s smizing now??

Oh, and after you leave the studio on your super-model high you will need to book a night out with the girls, your loved one, or take your own self out on a date because you will look and feel amazing.

**Disclaimer – Michelle Hayes Studio is not responsible for what happens after you leave the studio while still radiating all that fabulous. ;)

But the experience doesn’t stop there…

You will be invited back to the studio in a week for the big reveal of your images. Get ready because this will make you re-live your photo shoot experience all over again. Yes, my dear, that is you in the photographs and no I’m not a magician. That was all you radiating from the inside out and back at me. I was just there to capture it.

Now the next time you find yourself in the check out lane at the grocery store you won’t have to pick up one of those glossy magazines to see beauty. All you have to do is go home, get out your own professional images and stare at yourself. Oh, don’t think that Kate and Cindy don’t do this. Kim K does it for sure. We all saw that episode where she was carrying around her Vogue cover while in Thailand. (I swear that was the only episode I’ve seen in years!)

Here’s a little glimpse of this experience I’m talking about…

You don’t need an excuse to do one of these sessions. Do it because you deserve to see your own beauty. 

Contact me for more details about the session and to experience your very own super-model experience!

I have curly hair and I accept it.

16 Sep 2014 | Categories: Beauty, Boudoir | Posted by: Michelle

So as you can tell from my “About” me pic that I have curly hair, really curly hair. But as a kid I didn’t know this because my hair was always brushed out. Check out this sweet Olin Mills portrait…

I  think my mom was trying to brush my hair straight. As you can imagine this lead to a lot of confusion as to what type of hair I had and how to care for it properly. On top of that I never saw anyone on tv or in the movies with curly hair so I really didn’t have anyone to identify with. There were no Taylor Swifts or Sarah Jessica Parker’s around for me to idolize their lovely locks.

In fact, I remember one day being at a friends house and browsing through their Readers Digest (yes the actual paper guide to see what was on tv) and I came across an article about who would be the new girlfriend for Alex P. Keaton on the hit show Family Ties. Yes, I realize I just dated myself with admitting to reading an actual Readers Digest AND watching Family Ties. The article matched up the two potential candidates. One was Courtney Cox (the unknown Courtney Cox at the time) and the other was an actress with curly hair.

Now we all know Courtney has amazing hair. It’s lusciously thick and probably can be curled or straightened and look fabulous either way. The other girl had equally beautiful hair, except it was of the corkscrew curls variety. Finally, I thought, a girl with hair like mine could be on tv! The article went on to list the pro’s and con’s for each actress and let’s face it, it was all about looks since neither of these two actresses were known at the time. I came to the end of the article and the last thing it listed as a “con” for the curly-haired actress was her hair. It said it was “too distracting”.

WTF? Too distracting?!?! At that moment my heart sank.

If this beautiful actress with the perfect-frizz-free-corkscrew curls could have her hair described as “too distracting” what could my unruly and thick be described as? I immediately felt the shame for having too different hair that I couldn’t describe.

I never forgot that article, obviously, and became even more self conscious of my hair. I already considered it wrong, or something I should not have, and I began to actually hate it. Since my pre-teen years my hair has been a major source of pain and shame for me. I had no idea how to care for it so it was a constant struggle to try to get it to look good. After many, many years of trying every product on the market trying to get it to change into something it’s never going to be (smooth and straight) I finally learned to just stop battling with it. It was a part of me and I was actually hating it!

I’m sure most woman can identify with hating a certain part of their bodies whether it be their hair, their smile, their boobs, their hips or their thighs. There just seems to always be something about our bodies to pick on and it really needs to stop. I know self-love is a huge concept and is not something you can one day wake and have, but I believe there is something even more important that needs to happen before that.

You need to accept yourself first.

Just accepting who are, without comparison, is a huge step and can get rid of a lot of turmoil you may have about not liking yourself, or a certain part of yourself. When I finally just accepted that I have curly hair, and that it’s quite awesome, I began to feel better about myself. The simple act of acceptance is saying “Hey, my body may not be anywhere near perfect, but I have this body, it’s all mine and that’s what make me unique” From that compassionate and supportive foundation, you can open up to the possibility of self love.

This is why I’m so passionate about helping women and girls to learn to love their hair. I’m also passionate about having women experience a portrait session with me and see themselves in a different light. To give them the chance to finally say this is me, I accept who I am and how I look at the moment (self-acceptance). Hopefully, when they get their beautiful images they can look at them and then start to feel some love for that woman in the picture. (self-love!)

Looking for more information about learning to love your curly hair and how to properly care for it? Or do you want to celebrate your curls with a photo session? Set up a free 30 min consultation with me and let’s chat curly hair!

A Simple introduction about the person behind the lens

14 Aug 2014 | Categories: Beauty, Boudoir | Posted by: Michelle

HELLO! I’M YOUR BOUDOIR/GLAMOUR PHOTOGRAPHER MICHELLE!

I  wrote this blog post so that you can get to know a little bit about me before your session, or help give you that extra push you need to finally book a session!

I’m a Cali girl living in NYC! I consider myself a native Californian proudly living in the great city of New York, which sort of gives me an edge. Well, not really, but I get a lot of attention in the winter when people find out I’m from San Diego. I often get the quizzical look and then the question, “what are you doing here?”. Luckily I get to visit my parents who still live in San Diego. It truly feels like a vacation every time I go home. I love the constant beautiful weather, laid back lifestyle and glorious beaches. When I return to NYC I appreciate the hustle-n-bustle of the city, the vast opportunities and the electrifying energy that kicks me in the butt to be a better business woman. I have the best of both worlds!

I  also want to share why I write these blog posts. I can add more and more pictures to my portfolio, but I’m sure you want to get to know the person behind the camera as well, right?

When booking a Boudoir session it’s so important to feel comfortable with the person you will be spending this time with. I want you to feel at ease with me during your session which will let you be your most authentic self in front of the camera which will produce better pictures! On top of that, I promise to never photograph something about yourself you don’t want photographed. I am very aware of the level of self-consciousness going on before and during a session, so creating an atmosphere of calmness and comfort is my number one priority. I guess what makes me unique is that I bring a laid back Cali attitude to my NYC biz!

Now that I have a beautiful light-filled studio (see pic above I just had to show you!) for these sessions I try to make the experience even more special. I’m intrigued in finding out the “Why” behind booking a session, in addition to wanting beautiful portraits of yourself. More and more women are opening up to me about wanting to look + feel beautiful and confident and they have heard that a boudoir session can give them that boost. So, I’ve been trying to have a conversation with women after the session to understand where they are coming from. I want to know how they feel about themselves before + after the session so that I can let other women know about the wonderful experience.

I  recently had a women say to me during our pre-consultation, ”I think this might be a stupid idea”. She was so afraid of looking silly and I totally get it. I assured her this was not stupid and besides it was no one’s business to judge whether it is or not. She went through with the boudoir session, which she rocked, and she said she ”amazed herself”. She did not think that she could ever feel that confident and beautiful and can’t believe she ever thought it might be a stupid idea.

I  generally know how women might feel before their session, anxious, nervous, scared about looking foolish. They may even think “what in the heck am I doing this for?” or “what will people think?” Now, I would love to hear more about how they feel AFTER the session. I can pretty much guess by the way every woman has left my studio glowing from the inside out once they see some of the images form the back of my camera. It happens every time and I need to let more women in on this little secret.

But, I don’t want it to be a secret! I want every woman to experience this!

So, the one thing I want you to know about why I do this is because I believe ever woman should know her own beauty and accept it because that will make you ok with yourself. And what better way to celebrate this discovery than with a personalized photo session to remember it for years to come?

I  can honestly say that if I didn’t get paid to do this work, I would still do it. It’s part of my journey to discovering the woman that I am meant to be as well. It fills me with confidence and pride each time I get to show a woman how beautiful she is through one of my sessions and that is the most rewarding feeling as an artist, a business person and a woman.

xoxo

Michelle

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