I’m super happy to show you this Project Yokai photoshoot I did with my friends IamChubbyBunny Michelle, YumeNinja, Max Song and Big White Bazooka Photography! I’ve wanted to do a yokai inspired kimono shoot for a long time and it was awesome to finally do it with awesome and talented friends. Yokai are Japanese spirits and monsters.
It was really cool to use my kimono collection in such a beautiful way. Michelle did most of the set dressing and it was amazing how she took a pile of kimono and obi and turned it into a separate environment and feeling for each yokai look. Each person chose which kimono and obi they wanted and the style of their character and I helped to dress them. The kimono dressing is not strictly traditional. We were more going for a fantasy look. Yume did a lot of help with our makeup and Max’s hair as well. Everyone pitched in getting everything pretty.
The amazing photos and lighting are by Big White Bazooka Photography.
My Hannya mask / demon woman inspired look. I’m wearing a traditional Japanese wig. I made the faux obi out of sequin fabric. The outer white wedding kimono is one my husband bought for me while we were dating!
IamChubbyBunny Michelle in her Tengu (mountain bird demon) inspired look. I really love how dramatic she looks. Michelle made her awesome wig, hair pins, tengu fan and wing back piece! She’s also wearing awesome one-tooth geta like Tengu do.
YumeNinja in her Kitsune (fox demon) inspired look. I love how colorful she chose to represent her kitsune. Yume made her awesome wigs, ears and tail! Her outer kimono is one that my cosplay friends and I (HCC) won in a cosplay competition, so it feels awesome to see it used in such a beautiful way.
Max Song in his Yuki Onna (snow demon) inspired look. I love how cool he looks! Eric did some really awesome stuff with lighting in this one, too.