Monthly Featured Photographer - August 2016

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Our Monthly Featured Photographer for August is Mondoon:



Hi Coverdoll readers,

This is Hanna, also commonly known as Monkeypants. She is a 4Woods Neoj i.m with the gorgeous Haruhi head. She is my one and only, and is likely to remain that way. She loves to wear her traditional Japanese clothes as it reminds her of home. She's always up for a laugh and doesn't mind doing the odd photoshoot involving dressing up. She's also a very patient model.

We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day for this shoot. She'd been waiting a week, all dressed up and nowhere to go, while the rain poured down. We finally had a sunny day on the hottest day of the year so far. So, on went the makeup which was all we needed to get going.

Hanna's clothing and accessories.
Kimono and Tensha bead earrings by Japanya
Kanzashi by Kikuya Kanzashi
Obi is a vintage Japanese silk one from E-bay
Hair is the Warashinabu Maiko style as worn by Geisha. It took me three hours to do this and it's not as good as the Japanese stylist does it. It has to be done in four sections and tied using paper ties at each stage, building until all stages are tied at the back in the top knot.
Me and my kit
I use a Nikon D7100 and have two fixed focal length lenses. An AF-S Nikkor 85mm 1.4G and an AF-S Nikkor 35mm f1.8G. I think these two lenses cover most shots I want to get, and I think fixed focal length lenses are superior in quality to a zoom.
I also have two permanent lamps with stands, one in a softbox and one with umbrella. I usually try to use natural light.
The shots I show are always 'As shot' and I only use software to convert from RAW format to jpeg. Almost all shots in this shoot were using the 85mm.

That's all for now folks.



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Hanna is so beautiful Mondoon!

Your images have captured that so well. Love the setting too ... Well done!

A quick look at these pics and I realise you have put a lot of effort into this. A longer look at each photo and I see you have youself a set of photos that you will treasure forever. Hanna is less monkey and more Kawaii Sakura!

Hanna is the most stylish Japanese monkey around wink

Great shoot yes So much effort in make-up, clothing, posing. Thank you laugh

My ever favorite 4woods lady. So sensual and thoughful, she's an unique and we can't await to meet Hanna again. I can't imagine all the time for realizing these stunning photos but they're phenomenal and merits a great respect.

- SF -


Congratulations Mondoon. You deserve to be the photographer of the month, Hanna is very pretty and I like your pictures.

Hi modoon, congratulations on being chosen as photographer of the month. What a great choice! This is a fantastic series. You did an amzing job on Hanna´s hair and makeup. Yes, that hair looks perfect to me. I always dreamed of traveling to Japan, but not anymore- I just have to look at Hanna! Chris