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!


Sunday, 30 January 2011

Check out the rest of my pics from Naked@Yours!

This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Naked at Yours with Steve Hayward

My very first shoot back in the UK for 2011 was at home featuring Hello Kitty! And again, I was also asked if I would be interested in featuring at a photo exhibition! It was Guildford-based photographer Steve Hayward who discovered me on Model Mayhem and contacted me last December, explaining about this project he was doing. Inspired by New York photographer Andrew Einhorn, the objective was to capture real people at real moments of everyday life at home but in the nude! I had a flick through Einhorn's infamous book, Happy NakedGirls, and was mesmorised by the beautiful work and the natural beauty of the women featured. Most were not models, just ordinary girls perceived to be suitable for the theme. No pretentiousness, no excessive posing...just being oneself... happy, relaxed and chilled...which mind you I should strive more for!

Now, I never allow togs with whom I work for the first time visit our home and have me stripped naked. However, I gave Steve an exception. His work on Model Mayhem and his own site reflected outstanding quality and taking it all seriously. More importantly, all his models looked relaxed and at ease so I knew I'd be comfortable to work with him. Also, I did what most sensible people would do and called him. He was very pleasant and polite, very professional in his approach, and I was looking forward to shooting with him and was most honoured he even invited me as part of his project! The date was set for 15 January 2011.

Steve arrived safely at our place in Horsham. With minimal make-up and just tidying up my hair with curling tongs, I was relieved to know that as outfits were not required for this shoot, I had less to worry about! I was advised prior to the shoot not to wear any underwear (especially bra) as they leave marks on the skin so I was in my bathrobe answering the door and chatting to him in the lounge which made me feel so informal yet relaxed from the beginning. After showing Steve around the house to keep in mind where to shoot, we went to the kitchen to start the session. Stripped down, I prepared ourselves some coffee and he began clicking away...

Throughout the shoot, Steve would be chatting to me and asking me questions so he would have an idea as to how to describe me in his website. We had a lot of fun talking about life in Europe, his work, why I have an American accent and how things are in Japan which he took great interest in. And of course about photography and modelling... In the kitchen, I was seated by the "Stressless" chairs just relaxing away sipping my coffee while he captured every moment. The best ones were of me just looking out the window. Then there were images of me sitting on the work surface cross-legged and smiling. Very hippy chic! And some really sultry shots of me opening the fridge and squatting down to reach for things l
ike bananas, strawberries, even a can of beer!

Then we thought we'd change the scenery and go to the guest bedroom. During the late morning, the light is best there. But before that, we did a few images on the staircase and landing, where I would be gripping the bars on the banisters and making a scary face before composing myself and going back to the cute happy face. There were a few Hello Kitty soft toys scattered around the bed, and I thought to myself, being Japanese, I so had to get a shoot holding a Hello Kitty! I was pleased to notice that Steve had actually included one of them on his site!

Back downstairs, we did our final set in the lounge. Plenty of room to go crazy! First I sat on the sofa and be reading magazines. Then Steve passed me a packet of Malteasers which I was supposed to be shot putting in my mouth and munching. Then I sat on the floor and looked as if I'm supposed to be reaching for his camera. He changed the lens to a wide-angle one (correct me Steve if this is wrong) so that my body would look smaller and head and hands bigger to make a rather cute "anime" effect. At one point, when I told him I do Yoga so he got me to do a pose which would show me at my most flexible. The Halasana or Plough position! Finally, I was to stand in front of the wall making funny shapes with my body but rather than smiling this time, I thought I'd make an "art nude" face, ie. looking serene.

I thoroughly enjoyed my shoot with Steve. He really put me at ease from the beginning as he is friendly, genuine and enjoys his work. His exhibition is not planned till at least 2012 as he has just started his project, but I hope he won't forget to include my images! Well, at least for now, I'm featured in his website as Naked@Yours. Apparently he is also looking for other models to shoot, male or female, couples or single, young or old... so hit him up if you're interested. I recommend him! Thank you Steve for this fun shoot. I look forward to receiving the rest of the images!

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

I'll be Featured in a Photo Exhibition for Sher Khan!

Last weekend was a fruitful one. My first shoots in the UK for 2011 which I was very much looking forward to as it's been at least 6 weeks since my last proper one due to moving and Christmas. I was even getting edgy lately with withdrawal symptoms so was finally feeling calm once I got back on the modelling track! On Saturday I shot at home with Steve Hayward (blog to follow) and on Sunday I travelled up to London to shoot with Sher Khan, otherwise known as Kash.

Kash and a few other photographers are working together to open a photography exhibition in a few months featuring erotic and art nudes. The beautiful and tasteful stuff you see in art books and wall pictures which are sensual and "leaves to the imagination". Not and never to be mistaken with pornography! Therefore I was most chuffed when Kash asked me to be one of the featuring models. I have seen his work on Facebook and Fetlife all of which I was very impressed with. However, I never actually spoke to the guy before and imagine he'd be way out of my league to work with me. Then one day out of the blue he contacted me on Facebook and asked me to give him a call. Imagining him to be dry and stern, I must say I was pleasantly surprised to hear how friendly, warm and even funny he was over the phone!

I was more than delighted to help him out for his exhibition. I must add that I was elated to hear I was recommended by another photographer and also that since I'm "experienced and confident", I would be suitable. Wow! We set the date at his house in North London for 16 January 2011. Armed with rucksack full of several lingerie and corsets and a pair of stilettos, I took the tube to Dollis Hill where Kash picked me up and walked me to his place, where the open-plan living room was the studio.

We had some coffee and a chat about the shoot whilst browsing through some photography books to get inspiration. Once we had an idea of what we wanted, we started as a warm up with me dressed in a black bra and knickers set with holdups and doing teasing poses then eventually stripping off whilst just kneeling on the sofa which he flattened out to make a bed. As Kash sells luxury cars, I have to admit I had a bit of a giggle when he used his black Audi car cover as a "sheet" over the sofa. Then it was a changeover to a white lingerie set. There was one picture I liked in one of the books Kash had in his collection of a girl lying down and pulling up her white knickers which were quite sheer. So we thought we'd adapt that. I have to say it came out quite well though rather raunchy!

The third set, we thought we'd have me in a corset! As it was to be a black & white image, I had a perfect one for this purpose...black with white polka dots! I got that in Amsterdam a while back and have been intending to wear that for shoot for ages. In this, I was to be a scary dominatrix armed with a crop. We decided to shoot that in the staircase leading to Kash's front entrance to his flat. Though quite a confined space, the photos turned out quite well as he was able to shoot from the bottom. We did nail some good ones there, and one of them is along the photos to your right.

The final set we returned up to the living room where Kash cleared the floor and lay down his black sheet. He had this ingenious idea where I'd be lying down still in my black polka-dotted corset surrounded by all sorts of art erotica books and magazines scattered around me, looking ecstatic. Then, the piece-de-resistance was to be a shot when I'd be all nude still lying on the floor this time surrounded by CDs. Some of them were placed on my body to cover up the
"bits". I liked how the CDs shone, especially against my rather tanned skin tone...

These are the images on the blog which Kash posted on FB. I'll also be picking up a CD of all the images he shot shortly and will be selecting the ones I'd like edited on my part. Seeing his viewfinder from time to time during the shoot, I'm most certain I will have helluva time trying to select which ones! Moreover, I'm very excited that some of them will be used for his photo exhibition shortly. I definitely must be there! And of course I have to tell my friends...!

Although Kash told me he only started photographing models last year his quality of work shows that he's got even more experience! He definitely has the eye for it as well as the talent. The lighting and composition of his images are both good, and he's got great ideas. I can't wait to shoot with him again another time. Thank you Kash! Once I get more information about the exhibition, I will let everyone know...

Friday, 14 January 2011

First Shoot of Year with Jessica Evans

Before I begin, HAPPY NEW YEARS to you all! I hope you enjoyed your White Christmas and celebrated New Years in style. And what's my New Years Resolution? Getting even more experience with shoots especially in Holland where I just moved to, getting even more in shape and according to the Chinese, it's the Year of the Rabbit...so...that means getting even cuter and more raunchy with my Sexy Bunny Girl image!!!

My move from England to Holland has been a smooth transition despite being before Xmas. The only things that sucked about it though was having to keep my modeling on hold for nearly 6 weeks and of course... the fact that I had very limited internet access since moving. And what a rush that was, especially when a Florida-based photographer/webmagazine editor contacted me via Model Mayhem asking me to be featured!

A guy called JD Moran contacted me from FemmeXposure, an up and coming online magazine featuring fine art and erotic nude. All I had to do was answer 20 questions about my career and provide him with a set of 44 images of tasteful images, nude included. Great publicity for me and the tog involved. This was all happening right when I was in the middle of my move and I quickly had to find a suitable photographer within good reach. Enter one of my best mates and favorite photographer, Jessica Evans!

You will recall that I did a shoot with Jessica in Breda during the summer with me wearing lingerie and looking cute. There's something about her that makes me want to be cute. Even when I've been focussing on art and fetish shoots lately looking scary or scared or simply serene, I somehow managed to smile again with her. It is also great hooking up with her, as she has just returned to the Netherlands from Spain. We set a date for 4 January 2010 at her place in Etten-Leur just near the Belgian border. After a two-hour train ride, Jessica met up with me at the station and drove me to her place. After a nice girlie chat and playing with Miffy, her mischievous dog we were up for shooting!

Unfortunately, Jessica lacked proper studio lights. They were stolen in Spain when some thieves broke into their apartment on the day before leaving for Holland. A real pity as they are quite expensive and necessary to have, and Jessica practically considered giving up photography because of it but talked her out of it. In fact, we managed to pull through, as we made do with two smaller lights. After some experimentation, she discovered that by putting one of the lights behind me, and the other on my right hand side, the effect was quite impressive as it brightened up my skin tone.

And amazing how a little space could do a lot. Just as we experimented with the shower area during the last shoot, all we did was use one wall in the lounge, a black and white striped one which could have easily been a studio setting. So there I was initially clad in a pretty peacock-blue lingerie set, gradually stripping off to nude. With Jessica being a friend as well as a good tog, I always feel at ease when working with her, especially as she's such a good laugh!

After our shoot, Jessica's boyfriend, Javier, came home from work and we hanged around and chatted. He gave me a lift to the station and just when I arrived at the platform the train arrived immediately so I was able to ride back without having to wait out in the cold. Jessica sent to me about 50 web-sized images to forward to FemmeXposure which will be launched in two days' time (15 January). I am very curious as to what it will turn out to be!

Nevertheless, Jessica and I had fun as usual and churned out at least one good image which she's edited I've uploaded above. Thanks again hun and next time lets' spend more time and do some crazy images!!!