Featured Member: Michelle Delphine Haymoz

What kind of photography do you do?

Yogascapes & Human Expressions Portraiture, Yoga, Dance, Movement, Bodyscapes (no nudes), Humanitarian photography

© Michelle Haymoz

Story behind this image: I am fascinated by human expression, when the energy vibrating from the subject is genuine, humble and at the same time powerful. The first image shows a 63 year old woman, an Ashtanga Yogini and former modern dancer, expressing her natural beauty and vibrance in a breathtaking way. Here a few words behind the scene from the model. “Michelle’s invitation to participate in her Bodyscape Series inspired me to come out of “retirement” from dance and art modeling. The process of this photo shoot brought back memories of working with choreographers/artists who had definite ideas and did not hesitate to challenge me to dig deeper, in order to achieve their vision.  Collaborating with Michelle on this project was no different. Her clear directions, attention to detail and high standards for composition, form and line were essential to create these images that make visible the landscape of the body and spirit.”

How would you describe your style?

My professional graphic design practice gives the magic of photography another artistic edge. It is essential to infuse my photographic art with a fine-tuned sensitivity, compassion, attention to detail and genuine expression, always aiming for excellence, grace and wonder in my compositions. “Welcome to the landscape of the human body and face with their infinite expressiveness and grace, their connection to gravity, light and the natural forces around them.”

© Michelle Haymoz

Story behind this image:  A 28 year old woman whom I refer to as yoga fairy. Fairy because she moves with her body in such grace and ease, as she would own supernatural powers.

What’s your approach to post processing?

Post processing is an equally important part of my photography. I am interested in portraits which reflect authenticity of the subjects personality and story of life. I may add some skin softening/smoothening (on women), remove small unnecessary details, compose the frame so that lines and graphic elements find harmonious communication.

© Michelle Haymoz

Story behind this image: A girl I photographed in El Salvador, in a very tiny tortilla factory, operated by her family. I’ve made a whole series with street portraits of people from El Salvador and Guatemala. Particularly the women express an extraordinary dignity and strength.

What or who inspires you?


What gear do you use?

Canon 5D Mark II
EF 24-70 f/2.8 L IS USM
EF 50 f/1.2 L USM
EF 100 f/2.8 L Macro IS USM
EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II USM
Extender EF 2xIII

I work with only one Speedlite 580EX II
Westcott Apollo Softbox


Website: www.michellehaymoz.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michelle-Haymoz-Photography/130873993656459
Google+: https://plus.google.com/107933834955337925446/
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/swissyogini/

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Your fascination for human expression is awesome! Great imagery.

  2. I can’t certainly relate to you naming the 2nd photo ‘Fairy’ — just from the photo you can actually see the grace and ease. Very nice!

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