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Meet Michelle Song of Miysl Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Song.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Never in a million years did I think that I would end up as a photographer. Growing up, I studied music at the Orange County School of the Arts, a public charter school devoted to the fine arts.

In college, I studied anthropology and viola performance in college with the idea of becoming an ethnomusicologist. It didn’t happen. In my last semester in college, I had a part-time job as an executive assistant for a local beauty brand. It was during this time that social media really blew up.

Specifically Instagram, I was tasked with creating content for the brand, and I found that it came very naturally for me. I also had an internship with College Fashionista, and it was then that I realized that photography was something I had a passion for.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
After college, I didn’t know what career path I wanted to pursue. I ended up moving back home to Diamond Bar, and soon after, I discovered that a well-known beauty brand was headquartered 2 miles away — and they were hiring a social media coordinator.

I never thought that I could create a career in beauty, photography and social media, but here I am! I’ve been incredibly lucky to be able to pursue my passions.

Please tell us about Miysl Photography.
I work full-time as the in-house photographer and social media coordinator for a beauty brand, but I freelance in content creation for smaller brands in beauty, fashion and lifestyle categories. I started to gain recognition as a portrait photographer and was approached by influencers and models who wanted to work together to create content.

With the rise and popularity of Instagram, I knew that I had to distinguish myself as a photographer– I didn’t want to be just another “Instagram photographer.” With my experience in the beauty industry, I am able to help smaller brands find and create their branding through aspirational imagery.

I work closely with these smaller brands to create their own unique look and feel that is personable, aspirational yet attainable for the consumer.

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