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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!
HOPE YOU ENJOY READING!!
Thursday, 30 December 2010
Sunday, 19 December 2010
So the snow sets in again! In UK it's pretty bad, ditto in the Netherlands. It somewhat happens to be a tradition out here to have a snow shoot, in nude if possible, whenever there is snow. Maybe because it's not usual to snow so heavily. Or maybe it's just the case of us mad togs & mods seeing who can come up with the craziest and most daring pics of braving the snow with nothing on. Well in my case that's definitely so!
Obviously getting a shoot arranged on snowed in days is rather
impossible. Trains are disrupted and roads are too dangerous to drive on. Last year I was lucky when Lester Coates approached me as he was local and had a good solid SUV to drive around in! This time in Amsterdam, I wanted Jessica Evans to shoot but then she's based all the way near the Belgium border, a good 2 hours train ride if I'm lucky. So what is more handy than grabbing a decent Nikon camera and doing a home shoot! It need not be done professionally...the whole point is that we have a lot of fun, right?
We had a whole day to wait last Saturday for our new washing machine to arrive. That is, 18 December 2010. During waiting, I did my makeup and hair, practically meditating before having to brave the cold snow outside. Luckily the delivery men and the engineer came and went before it got too dark to shoot. Around 2pm, we shot away!
First I wanted to shoot a cute Xmas theme possibly for this year's greetings "card". Some would be FB-friendly, others "rude". I donned a Santa Claus hat along with a pair of red sequin Xmas theme pasties but as I had neither red knickers nor red bikini bottoms with me, I simply covered my bottom bit with my faux-fur scarf! To add a little va va voom to it, I put on a pair of black thigh high boots. You got it, it's going to be Sexy Santa in the Snow! Afterwards, the faux-fur and the pasties came off and it was just me, the hat and the boots...
You know, I was expecting it to be torturously cold out there. But somehow, I was so excited about this shoot, looking forward to it all week, that I totally forgot how freezing it was! There was snow on the ground alright but it wasn't snowing, and there was no wind. So even when I shook the trees so the snow would fall on my naked body, I was still smiling. And even when I was instructed to go on all fours on the snow, I was still smiling. And also even when I was asked to pick up some snow with my bare hands and rub it on myself, I was still smiling! Trust me, it wasn't because it was "part of the job". I was actually enjoying it!
After exhausting the Santa "outfit", it was away with the Xmas theme and just shooting with nothing on but my thigh high boots! I figured that after Xmas, the theme would look too
"outdated". So there I was posing away. And yes, I was still smiling even when I was once again asked to pick up snow and rub it on myself and go down on all fours so low that my belly would touch the snow. The piece de resistance of course was... I was to lie down on my BACK in the snow and to cover my bits with snow... yep especially for Facebook! Why pixilate or censor areas when you can use snow???
Boy that was one awesome shoot! Going crazy and having so much fun frolicking in the snow, in the nude for that matter! It certainly brought the inner-child in me once again. The images got downloaded today, and I must say I was well impressed with the quality of them despite the lack of studio lights and reflectors. Thankfully with my elementary Photoshopping skills, I was able to tweek the exposure and the cropping.
As someone on Fetlife suggested, I ought to have gone barefoot in the snow... Brrrrr....oh well maybe another time!
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Oh dear... the Amsterdam move has put me back a few weeks. I'm even starting to forget which shoots I have done which is not good! But I suppose some things have to take priority. And whilst I'm out here I'm still waiting for edited images from "certain" togs mainly from three major ones I had done last month....YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!
On a more positive, I had one of the funnest shoot the other day. Well say precisely on 12 November 2010. I happened to spot a very interesting pic on Facebook and traced that to be shot by a Spanish tog based in London called KK Perales. I really liked his "crazy" and original ideas which are all well captured. Then there is also Roze Thorn... a fellow model from County Durham whom I met at a group shoot last year. Such a sweet, bubbly and gregarious gal with the cutest Geordie accent ever. We've been chums since and talked about doing a shoot together. Only problem was finding a suitable tog!
KK has previously shot with Roze and in fact get along so well I thought he would be a perfect choice. Another plus is that a week or so before our shoot he had been in Tokyo with a bunch of photographers and was so fascinated by the culture and "Tokyo Fashion" scene so we had lots to catch up on. Originally, KK and I were going to shoot one-to-one but with Roze in mind, I suggested to KK she also join which he was very keen about. It was going to be one fun shoot!
KK picked me up from Swanley station which is near London and drove me to his garage-studio. What an easy-going guys he is, full of energy and vitality. In fact I only met him for the first time but I felt I have known him for years! When we arrived at the studio, Roze was already there getting ready and we just gave each other BIG HUGS. As we prepared for the shoots we were chatting and having so much fun like two teenagers getting ready for a night out
Roze had the ingenious idea of being the strict headmistress with me playing part of the naughty schoolgirl. Recently, I've been doing quite a lot of shoots of me in a Japanese school girl uniform and in fact it has practically become a trademark so thought it would be an idea to use it in this shoot. KK, being back recently from Tokyo, relished on the idea. He put an old schooltable in the middle of the set and later on even added a few props like a skeleton and bottles of dead reptiles (!) like it were a Science lab. Roze and I happily worked on various poses and had lots of fun experimenting. And you know, she may look scary but she's actually very gentle and sweet!
For the next set we just spontaneously decided to do a modern Tokyo gal meets Victorian-style English lady. So Roze got on her black corset with black lacey dress along with a cute white hat. And there I was in a skimpy white PVC top with pink frills with matching white PVC hotpants along with a shocking pink hairpiece Roze had kindly lent me. We looked so cute together. And I really loved the image in which we're holding hands and looking so happy. And we were!
Final set, another "mismatch" theme! This time I was clad in a red pvc one-piece dress I had bought at the Fetish Fair in Brussels and teamed that with a pair of matching red fishnet tights and borrowed a pair of cool chunky red & black shoes from Roze. She, on the other hand, decided to dress up as a nurse and donned on a voluminous wig. We decided to play dentist and victim where she is supposed to be torturing me with dental instruments which by the way she even brought along! Where she managed to find to them is quite a story too...
We called it a day as it was getting late in the day and we were getting hungry. After packing up, we proceeded to KK's place where I was introduced to his wife who is a make-up artist. In fact she teaches theatrical make-up at a local college! The next time I shoot with KK, I would definitely like to use her as our MUA as I myself would love to do something different.
This was actually the first time I've done an alternative fashion shoot which made it even more interesting for me. It certainly adds creativity and flavour and plus it's so much fun! I would love to do more shoots like this. KK has in fact invited me to do some shoots with him for his stock photography in addition to doing some more "crazy stuff". He is not only a photographer but also an artist which is clearly reflected in his work. Working with a model like Roze Thorn who has plenty of experience in the alt scene opened up my eyes as well. Thank you both of you. I am looking forward to working with both again!
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
This is the second installment of my blog on the East Midlands Fetish Tour II. On the day of arriving in the area on 13 November 2010, I had the honour of shooting with Niko (also know as Clover) and Wykd Dave again. I only know them by their screen names and honestly don't know their real names yet but who cares! They're still awesome to work with as well as being one of my good friends. Dave is highly praised in the shibari circuit in UK, also getting quite known abroad, while his partner, Niko, continues to model beautifully with the best photographers and is doing well with the photography side too.
Dave picked me up from Derby station and drove us to their pad where Niko greeted me with big hugs. We had some lunch and chatted for a while. Previously I told Niko that I got myself some Japanese school
uniforms on e-bay and I seem to remember her mentioning that the navy-blue winter uniforms are hard to get hold of. So.... I thought it would be a pleasant surprise for her and moreover most appropriate for the shibari theme. Both Niko and Dave were so excited about this and so was I! In fact... Dave was so excited that a small school desk and chair was waiting for us all ready to be shot with at the studio. How cute is that!
So there I was in my school uniform ... sitting on the tiny chair getting my right leg bound in "futomomo" whilst having both of my hands tied back from over my head. I was supposed to look distressed though in reality I was not at all in pain as David is very highly skilled at tying and making sure I had no discomfort. We also added a few sets in which I am to be caught red-handed looking at some bondage pictures for which I am to be later punished. So more an expression of "Oh no, I've been busted"!
After a break, we thought we'd experiment shooting upstairs where the extra bedroom is. It was Dave & Niko's first time as well. Dave "ripped" the carpets from the floor so we would have the floorboards as background. While the crimsom red walls in the downstairs studio created a dark solemn atmosphere, the white walls and the natural light from the window in the upstairs room created a brighter effect, a change of scenery. I was quite impressed how well the images turned out. So well done, Niko!
Though still in my schoolgirl outfit, we did a different bondage style. Dave this time tied my wrists and forearms together to create a sort of "prayer" position which in turn would be roped in conjuction with having my ribcage area being bound so I can't move my arms at all. Then I was to sit on the floor and my right ankle would be tied as if I were going to be dragged!! Hehe in the last of the series, my panties would be down to my shin as Dave created a futomomo again on my left thigh... I have to say that was rather naughty... but cute!
We also did a few topless shoots where I'd be just in my school skirt. Dave created a "breast
harness" or a variation of the shinju whilst my arms would be tied back. Going on my side on the floor, my ankles would be tied together like they were going to be dragged or being leashed on a post. In actual fact, it was one of Dave's kettlebells the rope was tied to!
Our last set was back downstairs, and this time no uniform! In fact nothing on but ropes. I knelt on the floor and again had my arms tied back. Dave created a "harness" in the breast and hip area and as I leaned back as far as I can, the harnesses were suspended to a ring on the ceiling. I myself was not suspended as my legs were still on the floor but even just bending backwards was just as effective in terms of aestheticism and comfort level. Dave and Niko got hold of some beautiful Japanese "sensuu" fans which they fastened on the ropes leading to the ceiling. And wow, the effect was outstanding...!
By the time we were done, we were all quite exhausted. Elaborate rope bondage, namely
shibari, does take up quite a lot of energy but certainly brings back the positive vibes. This time we weren't able to do full suspension but as we have done that the last time, it was better we did something different and focus on the "naughty schoolgirl" theme. As usual, Dave was very quick and skillful in his rope tying and I felt safe. Niko was also with us the entire time of course taking the pictures and she too kept making sure I was okay and to let them know if I feel uncomfortable at any time. As I mentioned in my blog on the last shoot with them, Niko is a model as well so can sympathise with our concerns.... no faffing about with the lighting or position, all is well thought out before Dave ties the model...
As usual I am very pleased with the results. The quality of the pictures turned out so well, and the ropework was beautiful. I hope to work with them soon as they are so pleasant to have around and such fun to work with. Thank you both of you again!!!