Hi everyone, it's me MIU!

Half-Japanese and half-Thai, I'm a free-lance semi-professional MODEL and ARTISTE based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I have lived in the UK for 12 years previous to that, where my modelling career was born in 2008.

Apart from working all over the UK and Holland, assignments have taken me to Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Sweden, Ireland and, of course, my hometown Japan!

I started as a life model posing nude for artists in the late 90s and eventually put myself in front of the cameras as a glamour model and became involved in car shows and hostessing parties and events in the UK. Easily bored with the same old routine I like to vary my work. Today, much of my work lie with nude, fetish, alternative, and erotic art.

For more information, you can also find me on: http://www.minimiumodel.com/

I love to document all my shoots and events to reflect what a great time I'm having and meeting all sorts of people. Some entries may be delayed since the shoot due to waiting for edited images or just being "busy". But I do my best!


Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Fetish Group Shoot II in Nottingham

The action-packed weekend of 13-15 November was my East Midland Fetish Tour II, the second trip up to Nottingham & Derby to work with various photographers and models in the fetish scene. The tour stared with my second shibari shoot with NikoFoto along with her partner, Dave, as rigger, then the following day participating in the Fetish Group Shoot organised by Jonny Blaze at the Blue Carrot Studio in Hucknall and on the final day working with Paul otherwise known as Suffering4art. Today's blog will focus on the Fetish Group Shoot...

John Mountney, the tog with whom I worked the Monday before (see blog below), picked me up about half-12 from Niko and Dave's who kindly put me up for the night after the previous day's shoot. The shoot was originally to be 10am to 5pm but due to some misunderstandings with the booking of the studio, the times got changed to 1pm to 8pm which gave us more a reason for a lie in! When we arrived at the studio, there were already people there most of whom I had never met before but everyone was so friendly already. I finally got to meet the organiser of the event, a tog called Jonny Blaze whom I was also dying to work with!
There were also a few I had communicated with earlier on FB and of course there were models Gary and Shelley (a.k.a. Darkcell and Whitecell) a cool couple from Birmingham for whom I did the make-up over a year ago! I quickly made friends with the other models as well all of whom were experienced but helpful as I'm relatively new to the scene.

I was quite flattered to find one of the togs come up to me and grab me before everyone
else did! That was Dean Wilkinson. He brought with him his brother, Hamish ("Mish") and a friend called Bob both of whom Dean is mentoring. After a brief discussion about outfits, I got changed into a black PVC basque with black fishnet stockings. It was freezing as hell butwell worth it! A lot of fuss was also made about the positions of the lights and where to pose but I didn't mind at all because we were all striving for striking images. With Dean as "leader", the three of them took turns shooting... well I hope I created a good impression as a model! The first pic above was taken by Dean..

For the next set, I changed into a red PVC underbust corset (one I bought at the Brussels fet con) with matching collar and fishnet tights. I shot with Jonny Blaze briefly, again up in the attic but among where all the BDSM furnitures were. Teaming up with Gary "Darkcell", I was initially to be domme with whip in my hand, then the roles would be reversed and I would be the one ended up being spanked on all fours by him! A veteran in fetish photography, Jonny had lots of cool ideas on how to make the images look more effective and dramatic. And kudos to Gary who must've been boiling and dying for fresh air as he had his latex head mask on even for a previous set he did with another model! It was a pity the session with Jonny was so short but it's hardly surprising as he's in great demand. We're anticipating having a one-to-one shoot in the near future, and soon I hope!

I quickly changed into a pair of metallic blue hot pants and though topless, donned a collar with small chains dangling down, both items from my favorite brand, Unzipped, from
Amsterdam. Pairing this up with a pair of thigh high boots, I was ready to rock! This time, it was Bob and Mish who took turns shooting both with me solo and with me paired up with Shelley "Whitecell" The setting? A pair of hairdryer hoods!! You know the kinds you see with little old ladies nattering in at hairdressers? Wow now that's an original one, who would've thought of that! And in fetish gear too... hmmm. Oh and dont mind the yellow dot on my chest... that was intended for Facebook!

After this interesting set, I shot with Dean again. We were both intending to shoot something in vintage but the closest I could get to something resembling "retro" was a cute black La Senza lingerie-dress with pink ribbons and suspenders. I wore a pair of pink fishnet stockings to add some cuteness to it and posed whilst standing on a huge tyre. As I write this, I am still waiting for the edited images to arrive...

Then I finally got to work with the tog I came to the shoot with in the end!!! Yes, that's right, John Mountney... We have been planning to collaborate together for the group shoot in the first place even before Monday's shoot was considered. The deal was that I would wear the ballet boots with a white lacey dress and if we had the time, we would do a shoot with me wearing a gas mask which I've never done before. The setting was to be in front of some machinery. Having shot with those boots before, I knew what to expect but as it was later on in the day and I've been strutting around in boots and heels for hours they were more painful than I thought! Nevertheless, I still persevered... and came up with a couple of impressive images.

Unfortunately we didn't have the chance to use the gasmask because we thought we'd do a quick shoot of me in a cage. Though Jonny decided to end the session an hour earlier than scheduled, I speedily changed into a pair of white PVC hot pants, red collar and red ankle boots with padlocks on the side and entered the cage. I had so much fun crawling on all fours and looking like a wild but distressed animal trying to escape! Of course I wouldn't want this to really happen to animals...

It was a shame the group shoot ended an hour earlier than scheduled but some participants had family commitments which couldn't be helped. Still we all had a great time and I got to meet a lot of wonderful people that day. So far I'm pleased with the images and look forward to getting more. They certainly added much more value to my portfolio especially as they were well taken, well thought out and well varied. Thanks so much guys, and thanks Jonny for organising this. I look forward to doing more such shoots so please invite me again!!!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

On My Toes with John Mountney

So back in the UK now, and getting more and more known in the fetish scene. I volunteered to participate in the Fetish Group Shoot in Nottingham this month (more about that in later blogs) and came across a tog called John Mountney among the participants. Impressed with his work, I contacted him to see if he would be interested to shoot me at the group shoot and he said yes!

Meanwhile, he also asked me if, on a separate occasion, I would like to do a shoot for a paid-to-view site called Styxwetworld. In this, I am supposed to be getting drenched in the shower fully clothed wearing normal clothes. No nudity, not even topless. Hmmm sounds interesting. How many people get off on watching fully-clothed women get soaked is, shall I say, rather interesting. As the studio was based in Derby which was a trek for me, we thought we would combine this shoot with some portfolio-enhancing work.

John was keen to utilise a pair of ballet boots, a gorgeous black shiny PVC one. I've only worn them once previously but I too wanted to be taken in it more explicitly, ie. close up or wearing nothing but them on or, as John dared me to, even standing on them! He also came up with some
creative ideas using some chain which he had bought at a hardware store. And for the rest of the session, we could work on some nice outfits such as corsets and basques. We set the shooting date for 8 November 2010.

Before the shoot, John and I corresponded quite a bit on Facebook and he seemed so kind and laid back. He picked me up from Derby station but initially I couldn't find him because I ended up in the wrong exit! Finally we met, and he gave me a lift to the studio which was not too far. Just as I expected, John was friendly yet formal and immediately put me at ease. When we got to the studio which was already warm and toasty, we got down to doing some shoots using the ballet boots.

So there I was, clad in just the boots, a pair of black PVC gloves and a black collar, posing in various positions to enhance the boots. And what fun that was! We also played with the chain by hooking it around the heels. Then John asked me if I would be able to stand on those ballet boots. Well I have to thank my parents for sending me to ballet lessons when I was in school. I learned to use toe-shoes back then which really hurt like hell but like riding a bike, I recalled how to stand in them properly although we had to get John's assistant to help prop me up with a stool! I have yet to receive the edited image of me standing on my toes in those boots...

Taking a break from the ballet boots, I got dressed in a black leather underbust corset I had bought in Amsterdam. It was expensive but man it's worth an investment! Teamed up with a pair of red satin gloves, we focused on doing some "artistic" images. Then I changed and went for a black & white zebra print basque/dress which again I have yet to get edited images of.

We found a trunk which we used as a prop. There, I got myself inside it and around it and later on, I grabbed the ballet boots and went inside the box...well rather, the other way around, going inside the box and THEN putting on the boots! Pity the edited images are not available yet but I liked the way they turned out as I sat in the box and stuck my head out and stretched my legs upwards to show the boots off.

Concluding the portfolio shoots, we proceeded to do the Styxwetworld shoots where I was to do three sets of stills with me drenched in the bathtub. The studio conveniently had a wet room for this purpose as John shoots a lot for this site. First set was me dressed in
a evening gown, then a business suit, followed by jeans & T-shirt! And nope, none of those outfits belonged to me! Just the underpants. I must say it felt rather therapeutic plunging myself in a bathtub getting myself all soaked fully clothed! Sometimes doing crazy things is a wonderful way of releasing suppressed emotions. Unfortunately, I am unable to post any photos up of this session as this is all commissioned work.
We finished the day quicker than we expected. I suppose it's because before meeting me, John was not sure how quick I would be at taking directions and how much I knew how to pose in front of the cameras naturally. With plenty of time, I just leisurely packed my stuff and we hanged around inside the warm studio browsing through some of the images we had taken and generally chatted to get to know each other better. John gave me a lift to the station and we looked forward to seeing each other again in few days time for the Fetish Group Shoot II on Sunday... it was a pleasant warm-up shoot as well as being able to shoot with John on a one-to-one basis. Thank you so much for making this day so enjoyable!!!

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Miu Behaving Badly in Brussels

Sorry guys it took this long to get back to you on my next installment of our weekend in Brussels. As stated int he last blog entry, I had a shoot with Joris Bruyninckx on the Sunday morning, 31 October 2010 during the Fetcon weekend there. Joris was quick about mailing the images soon after the last blog but it was me who was so busy with travelling and shooting I didn't even have the chance to browse throught the 350 or so images he had chosen for me till yesterday!

At around 10am, Joris met up with me in our room at the Hilton Hotel. Always full of creative ideas he brought a bag of goodies and costumes for us to use. We decided to do a few warm up shoots of me wearing my sexy red and black lingerie set, sultrily rolling around the double bed of the room. It's been a while since I last did a proper lingerie shoot so it was quite nostalgic briefly reliving days as a glamour model...

Once warmed up, Joris dug out a really sweet Bunny Girl costume which also doubled up as a French maid outfit. Very sweet indeed as it came with a pair of cute white knee socks with
black bows and a bunny ear hairband which kept slipping! And the shoes... they were the pair I bought at the Fetish Fair the night before, those black & white ultra high platforms. We first shot in the room with me standing up and sitting in the armchair. Then we went to the hallway to see if we could pull a few crazy stunts. Luckily for us, the hotel maids were on their break but had left the vacuum cleaner and trolley in the hallway. Hehe, so we quickly did a few shots of me picking up the vacuum cleaner and pretending to be hoovering or just squatting down and holding it. Even better is when Joris shot me with my top down or my skirt pulled up to expose myself as a naughty maid bored out of her wits with her job. And we also managed to grab a few shots of me standing next to the trolley.

Back in the room I changed to another outfit to prepare for something even crazier! I'd be the rich hotel guest wearing nothing but a long fur coat and fur hat, accompanied by a pair of red high platform shoes. The idea was that I'd be secretly flashing and exposing myself in front of the camera, similar to the Travelodge Trash images I had done earlier but more "upmarket" shall we say! Upon arriving to the room this morning, Joris reported how he had noticed the extravagant and expensive-looking decor of the hotel lift and hence suggested that we do the set there when of course no one is passing by. So there I was in the lift opening my coat and teasing, having a lot of fun. At some point, the doors would be closing and I'd have to rush and push the "open" button as quick as I can which Joris skillfully captured. I really was getting my kicks out of this!

Now if you find the last set crazy enough, take a load of this! For the final set of the day, Joris drove us to Brussels main train station but before leaving he bound my naked body with white ropes in a loose Shibari-style. I was then to wear a long coat, which was my own ankle length black leather coat. It took quite a while to drive through the traffic among all the mad drivers
and to find a parking spot reasonably close by but it was worth it. Being a Sunday, the station was rather quiet though there were quite a number of people, and Joris led me to the very end of a platform where I was to expose myself along with the ropework. Now that was crazy but fun! At one point, the railworker stepped out of his shed and I'll bet he couldn't believe his eyes. Needless to say, he waved! There were some excellent shot where the train would be approaching or leaving behind me in the background. Then we moved to another platform, a much quieter one. There I felt more comfortable taking my coat off and getting down to business. Luckily it was not such a cold day either. I still can't believe what we did, having a nude photoshoot smack in the middle of a city's main railway station! Imagine doing that at London's Victoria Station... it will never happen.

Concluding the shoot, we went out for lunch and Joris dropped us off near the hotel and agreed to meet up again at the Fetish Fair in the evening. It was a pleasure to work with him again. He has all these excellent ideas which are well-thought out when planning venues. Once I'm more settled in Amsterdam, we intend to work together again should I be passing by Brussels or Antwerp on my way to or from London. I wonder what the next shoot will entail!! Thanks again, Joris, can't wait to work with you again soon! And please bear with me as I have yet to upload on Flickr more of those awesome images of this crazy day...

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Fetish & BDSM Festival in Brussels - 30-31 October

During the Halloween weekend while you guys were out there trick or treating and scaring the daylights out of everyone, we made our way along to the FetCon in Brussels! It was the first of the kind in the Belgian capital which I must say was fairly successful though a little more subdued than I imagined. What I liked about it though was that the people who attended were serious fetishists or minimum a kinkster who made the effort to dress up in their gear. Ever go to an event and you see all these space-wasters who turn up in small groups wearing jeans, t-shirts, anoraks and rucksack like tourists to gawp at the "weirdos" as if they were circus freaks? Or these groups of lads that go there and behave like they were on a stag do but balk at the sight of a whip? That is sooo annoying! That's why I don't go to Erotica in London anymore...

So we went there for both Saturday and Sunday. We figured that if we're going to spend a good few hours driving from Amsterdam to Brussels we may as well make the most of it. So when we arrived at the hotel, had some snacks of healthy guacamole, chips and Greek salad, we went to get changed...I donned myself in a one piece black PVC dress I bought at, of all places, Ann Summers, along with a pair of fishnet holdups. Oh and dont forget those groovy black platform shoes I bought in Amsterdam too! We figured that we go a tad conservative on the attire the first evening to see how everyone else dresses...

We took a cab to the venue, the Cellars of Cureghem, a perfect venue for a fetish event. Certainly beats those rather bland exhibition centres! There were at least 25 different stalls exhibiting and selling various fetish outfits, equipment and toys. Yes... lots of killer shoes and kinky boots too! And quite a lot of PVC wear though only one stall I saw each for leather and latex. We came across an awesome red PVC underbust corset...mmmm! Unfortunately, we had not enough cash on us and they didnt' take credit cards! But they kindly set it aside for us so we could pay and pick it up the next day...

On the side of the venue was a bar and a stage where there was a few rope-tying performances. A girl would be tied and suspended from the ceiling and once done up, the rigger would then spin the poor girl around in circles and lift her up and down with club music playing in the background. It was quite an interesting show to watch but to be honest, after a while it got rather stale. Besides, the show was not focused on ropework artistry but more rope bondage. And during the show, I sneaked out to the stalls and helped myself to a red PVC dress and a pair of black and white platform shoes with a buckle on it for my cute schoolgirl outfits!

The next day on Sunday, I had a shoot with Joris, the Antwerp photographer who shot me as a Japanese schoolgirl in bondage and a pet girl in a white tutu. A separate blog shall follow on this. Before proceeding to the Fetcon, all three of us had some lunch after the shoot at a Turkish snackbar before splitting up to arrange meeting him there so I could change into my kinky outfit for the day. I picked up the red PVC underbust corset at the stall and teamed that up with a black PVC skirt and a pair of red fishnet holdups. To tart it up even more, I wore the red version of yesterday's platform heels and teetered around whilst handcuffed. Along that came some titty accessories including a pair of nipple rings with daggers with which I interchanged with a pair of nipple pinchers every so often...

We managed to meet up with Joris later on though he was busy assisting the Shibari stall. However, he liked my outfit so much so he took a few pics of me but I have yet to receive them but will certainly share later. I had a look through some through his viewfinder and I loved them! So hurry up, Joris, send them right over!!! I also managed to have a few images taken by a Dutch photographer who had a stall. Ben Kruijt had a stall with a mini studio setting where he offered passer-bys to be taken pics for free which he post up on his site for us to download. And hence the picture above. Hmmm I'm quite impressed with his work... once I move to Holland I will definitely look him up!

The closing party was that evening. Kinda a silly thing to do it on a Sunday evening as although it was a Bank Holiday the following day in Belgium, not everyone lives there! We hanged around for a few hours and left around 8pm. In all we enjoyed ourselves and the company of fellow kinksters. The only thing I regretted was not being able to go to the party afterwards.... and buy more stuff!!! Oh well, there's always another Festival!

More info on the Festival: http://www.fetishfestival.be