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!


Friday, 10 June 2011

Miu Gets Cute and Happy Again!

So for the past many shoots I've been doing quite a bit of art and fetish work. Beautiful and profound. Yet serene and in deep thoughts. Or edgy and even shocking at times. Many are in B&W. Everybody loved that pic of me pointing the gun at the camera! And when was the last time you saw me smiling? When I first started off as a glamour model in 2008 much of my images were perky and quite "girl next door". Then I somewhat got interested in fetish and the creative side to modeling so out went the smile and in came the many other facets of me. The mean bitch with the don't f*** with me attitude. Or the vulnerable victim pleading for her life.

Well now that the warmer months have approached, I figured I would lighten up! I was not looking to do any cheesy glamour stuff. Instead, I wanted something elegant and classy yet fun and simple. In short I wanted to relive the cute and happy side to me. It was through Twitter that Drew Hart and I discovered each other. Drew has done a lot of photography for famous people as well as for theatres so has a knack for capturing models well. This was the perfect opportunity for me to get a few decent headshots which I've recently been lacking. Furthermore, donning some colourful outfits would be another change to my otherwise sombre black or white I typically wear nowadays. The date was set for 14 May 2011.

Drew picked me up from Willesden Junction station and we walked to his house. He was just as friendly and unassuming as I expected and was a jovial person. Apart from his wonderful personality, he's a very talented photographer who clearly knew all about lighting as he was meticulously directing me. The studio was set up in his lounge, and after a cup of coffee, we began. I thought we'd warm up by doing a couple of shots in the outfit I wore.

It didn't take long to warm up as Drew was extremely pleasant to work with. I changed into a banana yellow lingerie set from Agent Provocateur. As the bra was quite see-thru, I initially wore a black sleeveless blouse to cover the areas, so as to make it less "over-18", ie suitable for FB! We also came up with a few sexy shots of me lying down. In between shots, Drew took some headshots of me. One of the most remarkable one was of me in profile which is quite useful to have in my portfolio, quite a change from posing straight in front of the camera.

The next set was swimwear. A change from a skimpy number, I got into a pretty colourful bikini with which I wore some pearls for added elegance. Apart from the usual glamour girl poses, we came up with a lot of unconventional images as Drew would go out of his way to shoot from various angles. One of them was of me shot from above but still being able to see what I'm wearing. That's very unusual especially for a swimwear shot!

The final set was of me in my long black lacy dress from of all places, Ann Summers! I liked it not only because it was sheer but also because it has a slit in the side. Very sexy! We got a lot of wonderful images from this, especially with the headshots. I also liked Drew's ingenious idea of having me shake my head side to side and flicking my hair about as he captured my hair is flowing mid-air.

As we called it a day, we promised each other to shoot again soon when I'm back in the UK. Drew is also London based so it's not a big deal to get to his place, after having discovered that I could take an overground from Shepherd's Bush! After having chosen my images, Drew was very quick to edit them. I was very pleased with the results and look forward to working with him again soon. Thanks, Drew, for the successful shoot!

For more beautiful pictures from this shoot, please have a look at my Flickr page! Further work of Drew's can be seen on his website too.

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