Q&A Hayley Hughes | Street Fashion Photographer

Meet Hayley Hughes aka Fashion Hayley who studies Fashion in Melbourne and keeps herself occupied in many ways as a blogger, street fashion photographer and stylist. Having just returned from another trip to her beloved Tokyo, she has thrown herself straight back into studies and the L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Week to now gracing us with her presence during April. View her fabulous photos below, share stories and unleash some passions!

Name: Hayley Hughes

Nick name: Fashion Hayley

Profession: Fashion Student/Blogger/Street Fashion Photographer/Stylist

Location: Melbourne, Australia

I am really passionate about Street Fashion, the more zany the outfit the better. That is why I love Tokyo so much, the street fashion there is insane!

japanese street fashion style

How I got my break: Blogging has opened up a lot of doors in the industry for me.

My 3 top photo tricks:
1. Make the person I am photographing relaxed.
2. Try and match/mimic the background to the persons outfit in colour, shape or texture.
3. Take more photos than needed that way there is ALWAYS at least 1 good shot.

My style in a sentence: Colourful, bold and bright and always left of centre.

Travel destination and tips:
I lived in Tokyo for a year and I believe it is the ultimate destination for shopping and people watching. I recommend the Laforet Department store in Harajuku for some amazing local designer clothes and vintage shopping in Koenji.

I bet you didn’t know I can: Speak fluent Engrish (Japanese English) which isn’t really a talent

Engrish funny

I get my inspirations from: My friends inspire me all the time.

My latest project is about: Alice in Wonderland

My last purchase: A sketch book for Uni

My current favourite mecho item:
The Tokyo trip article about Japanese Street Fashion and Style

Pssstt…..One time I………
Too many stories to tell really, most of them would be “you had to be there” moments for it to actually be funny. My whole life is one funny embarrassing moment after another.

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Photo gallery by Hayley Hughes, Street Fashion Photographer




  • 1. Kellie  |  April 2nd, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Your pics are wicked!! When did you start doing street photography?? Always wanted to go to Japan and now you motivated me even more to do so! K

  • 2. carla  |  April 2nd, 2009 at 11:59 am

    what exactly does the alice in wonderland project entail? sounds intriguing!

  • 3. sydneyChick  |  April 2nd, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    awesome Fotos Hayley from Japan! aww… i so wanna go there

    U you have any special trick/tips to approach people on the street and pose for you without looking like a pazza-stalker >:)

  • 4. Hayleyhughes  |  April 2nd, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Kellie, Thanks so much. I started taking photos back in 2001 for a high school project, and haven’t stopped since then really. And Kellie Japan is an AMAZING place you will have the best time I promise!

    Carla. The Alice in Wonderland project is a styling job I’m working on. Can’t really say much more than that at the moment though. As soon as its all finished I will post the results on my blog.

    sydneyChick, Thanks. Looking at my Japan photos makes me miss it so much. I tell everyone I meet to go there, its beyond amazing. In regards to tricks about approaching people on the street, I don’t do anything special but I do carry a card with me showing the websites address that I hand out to show that I’m not just some crazy stalker. It seems to make people feel more comfortable with me taking their photo.

  • 5. Ricky  |  April 3rd, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Way to go, Hayley! You must meet many crazy fun peeps all the time! Japan rocks yo socks! Been there only once but am fishing for some more (not whale though) sorry bad joke! Planning to become a designer ?? or where are fashion studies taking you?

  • 6. Hayleyhughes  |  April 4th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Ricky, I am studying styling in particular, it is a University degree and we focus on all styling, so food, fashion, interiors and visual merchandising. What I am aiming for is to become a fashion/interiors stylist for magazine editorials. I also wouldn’t mind being a photographer for that sort of thing too. That’s the goal anyway, and I have worked on a few online magazine’s shoots so hopefully soon will make it to print.

  • 7. Leah  |  April 6th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Hi Hayley,

    How do you find the time to fulfill all your passions? Are you out every week on the streets or it’s random whenever you feel like? Great stuff!


  • 8. Kiki  |  April 8th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Do you know Japanese as well or just ‘Engrish’? Was it hard to communicate with the Japanese people there in the beginning and waht did you do there for 1 yr? Seems such an interesting place if I only could overcome the language barriers!

  • 9. kiki r  |  April 8th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    hayley i heard today that dave hughes is your uncle… confirm or deny??

  • 10. Hayleyhughes  |  April 9th, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Leah: I am really bad with time management actually. Especially now with Uni. In regards to when I take street photos I generally always carry my camera with me and if I see someone worth photographing then I stop them. Its a constant thing really.

    Kiki: I know minimal Japanese “Chotto Nihongo” but it is actually very easy to get around with just a few basic words. I am a vegetarian so I know how to say that in Japanese as its pretty important. I taught English for the year I was there, to adults at a big English chain school. It was a great job and the thing is you are actually not allowed to speak any Japanese when you teach there. Also all of my Japanese friends spoke English. English is everywhere in the big cities in Japan. They use English words for a lot of things, but their pronunciation is different to ours. Hope that helps!

    Kiki r: Sorry I am not related to Dave Hughes. Hughes is a pretty common surname.

  • 11. Kiki  |  April 15th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    You just planted a seed in my head now! What a great idea to go there and teach English! Hope you are having a lovely day. It’s beautiful here in Sydney but stuck indoors. The world is calling for me! Need to get away from here….. Do you have any other plans?

  • 12. Hayleyhughes  |  May 2nd, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Thanks for the great month of comments. Oh and Kiki just go and do it, Tokyo is amazing!

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