Sayuri Floral Print Dress

With less than two days to go and no model to shoot, I thought this was the time to start panicking. A week before the shoot I had a whole team assembled. We were going to shoot several models in several looks. But, as luck would have it, one canceled after the other and suddenly I was left with no one to shoot. Worst case, I would have to model myself I thought. But that would defeat the purpose of the shoot – I wanted to shoot. A referral came to me in the name of Nicole. Nicole saved the day. It was windy and rainy that day and a code yellow

had even been issued due to the bad weather. But she stood by the door, with a bag in one hand, holding a suitcase in the other, all smiles, energetic as ever. Frame after frame, we shot away. Luck was not what we needed after all, we needed Nicole. This is one set we shot. The minute Nicole turned her head, her face painted a light dusty white and lips a rosy pink, I thought of Memoirs of a Geisha and the hauntingly beautiful Zhang Ziyi gracing the posters for the movie. With Nicole, we were able to take this look into a more mysterious and artsy direction.

Sayuri Memoirs of a Geisha

Geisha Asian Fashion Photography

Geisha Fashion Photography

Sayuri Sayuri Memoirs Geisha

Sayuri Adrianna Papell

Model: Nicole
Hair & Make up: Daphne Lim
Adrianna Papell Blue Floral Ball Gown
Feraggio Midnight Blue Heels
Balmain for H&M Crystal Chandelier Earrings

“She paints her face to hide her face. Her eyes are deep water. It is not for geisha to want. It is not for geisha to feel. Geisha is an artist of the floating world. She dances, she sings. She entertains you, whatever you want. The rest is shadows, the rest is secret.”Memoirs of a Geisha

Sayuri Memoirs Geisha

Nicole Sayuri

  • Amazing shoot! The gown is GORGEOUS. I am dreaming of wearing it!

    • Thank you Dora! I’m happy about how the photos turned out though I have a lot to learn still!
      Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Monday dear! <3

  • I love the ombre lip on Nicole. The dress is beautiful on her, too – but I think the most beautiful thing is the smile at the end!

    becky ♡ star violet

  • love this, super creative and great look!


  • Wow you look so beautiful! That dress <3

    • Thank you! It’s my model Nicole who has to take that credit though 😀 Enjoy your day!

  • Beautiful photos Igrien! I really love your work, so inspiring! I totally get you on wanting to shoot, I also prefer to be the girl behind the camera than the one in front most of time. the fact that we get to see the the visuals we had in mind to come into real life is just priceless! oh, and thank god Nicole showed up! 🙂 I was getting nervous when I’m half way through the post haha

    • Thanks Tiffany 🙂 I’ve been wanting to do a shoot like this for a while now and I’ve been putting it off for so long. I’d like to do this more in the future! Hopefully then it will be less stressful! Thanks for stopping by dear – have a great day Tiffany!

  • Sahra

    so beautiful! You look classically elegant 😀

    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

    • Thanks Sahra! The credit has to go to my model Nicole though 😀

  • life is a shoe

    you look great! loving your earrings!


    • Thanks! The credit has to go to my model Nicole though! 😀 Loved those earrings too haha!

  • The result of this shoot is simply amazing! You look so beautiful and elegant!

    XO IMKE | Pastellics

    • Thank you! The credit has to go to my model Nicole though, who looked absolutely stunning in the dress! <3

      • Woops, sorry for the confusion about who’s who, then I must say Nicole is such a great & stunning model! (She does look a bit like you though 😉 ). And you did a great job on photographing, the pictures turned out really great!

        • Ah no worries 😉
          Thank you! I can’t wait to show you guys the rest. I’d really like to do more of these in the future 🙂
          Have a great day dear!

  • Violette

    You look beautiful, you’re skin is flawless! Love the last photo when you smile! Have a nice day x


    • Thank you! The credits have to go to my model Nicole though who looked absolutely stunning in the dress!

  • Beautiful look. 🙂

  • That skirt! Wow. Beautiful.

  • Marta Pozzan
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