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Edit: Despite multiple comments clearly missing the point of this photoshoot, I will not spell it out till the other images are posted. But FYI, through out my modeling and costume making history you will see galleries of photos that tell a story, have a concept behind it. This is one of such....
HINT: My eyes are... bird... like....
Sneak peek of a recent photoshoot with Kevin Stewart and Brian Boling...

..."It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels named Lenore
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden, whom the angels named Lenore?"
Quoth the raven, "Nevermore."...

(By Edgar Allen Poe)

Photography: Brian Boling
Model: Yaya Han (me)
Makeup/hair: Yaya Han (me)
Styling/Props: Yaya Han (me)
Corset: Agent Provocateur
Hat: vintage

More photos to follow as I get them back from both photographers!
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S-O-G-A Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
awesome cosplay. absolutely  love this one.
ChaosAlexander Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist
Lilyblossom26 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student Writer
Very nice! But the line is actually
From my books surcease of sorrow, sorrow from the lost Lenore
For the Rare and Radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore
Nameless here Forever more

But amazing photo! Incredible pose as well.
mpd73 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Splendid body shape within that beautiful could have been better!!
Razor9350 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the old-fashioned, Victorian feel of your outfit. It implies a good sense of class and sophistication, while also blending traces of a melancholy attitude with the funeral hat and veil (am I right that it's meant for funerals?). The raven prop is also quite good; very realistic-looking. I applaud the effort you put into making it. :) On the whole, this is a beautifully Gothic piece, and I'd love to see the finished version. Keep up the good work!

turion600 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
mmm got milk
sryates Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The composition is lovely in the photo and of-course the lighting is amazing, just wish the raven was real, (I did an edit with a real one in place of the fake one, just to see what it would look like, is quite nice). Regardless this is probably one of my favorite photos you've ever put up.
sryates Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Here is an edit I did. Adding a real raven. [link]
weedbeer Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
cannons baby cannons
xDarkSpineSonicx Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it.
xoxoLovey Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
everything is just soo beautiful!
XSeiMoneReDX Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
Btw this is awesome, and I love the eyes.
MrMadnessSkull Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
I'm in love with you and your cosplays!!!(L)(L)(L)
TheBoo Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
your BooBerries are always impressively displayed :glomp:
AvalonReese Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
OMG I LOVE THIS! I LOVE THAT POEM! it fits so perfectly!
maynard666 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
beautiful picture! i love the corset as well my gosh youre so skinny i want to give you a sandwich haha keep up the good work
AymanHadramot Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
I will into the Chesst and upon the Eyes


your Photos are Wonderful wondrful
EvilAngel777 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist
awsome! the way the light only hits her
Eliza-1985 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Brinaa Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Student Photographer
wow amazing!
visited your homepage und all of your shoots are amazing
kasjnak Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Excellent contrast (I'm not talking about light) and I must admit that the first thing you see in this picture is your eyes. Makes it hard to see the bird, they catch almost all the attention...almost ;P.
I love your costumes but I think this is one of your best. Have fun :D
pugnar Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
crazy beautiful and your eyes in the picture are so amazing. really well done
Rorouni Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Beautifully done! There is something really gorgeous about contrasting dark hair with bright eyes. This is a link to a really short story I wrote, part of a series, about the Winter Raven, this image had the same kind of feel, [link]
GundamNate Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
WOW stunning!! :D
Mephisth-Mitsuru Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
You are perfect!!
Damn ¡Que hermosa china sos!
manumane Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
I hadn't seen the bird I mean lol.....
manumane Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
Oh my God, I haven't seen the bird lol........
vladtorf Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
Wow!! Obscure, gloomy and seductive!
Sohriin Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
Your eye look so sad, much like a bird who can't no longer fly in the azure... it's beautiful!
reimagination Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
You don't really look Asian, which is cool. You look unique and exotic.
LynnNexus Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
O.o beautiful...

and boobs... >.< God I'm such a perv >.< But I can't wait to see more! I love that poem!
Astromatech Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
I am so glad somebody else actually has the guts to say that =L

I second that comment XD
LynnNexus Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
My husband and I are horrible ^_^ I hope it bolsters Yaya's confidence cus we're both totally hot for her T_T

The poor man is afraid to comment on her stuff cus he feels so bad for objectifying her so much... but you gotta expect that people are gonna look at them babies wearing corsets all the time...
Astromatech Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
I know what you mean.

Personally, I appreciate how she looks and I appreciate that she must have led a unique and interesting life, even just because she's modelling as a career.

It's a shame she doesn't seem to think about it that way *shrug*

but eh, I'm probably just one amongst thousands. ;)

I'm not offended.
StarsOfCASSiOPEiA Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Student General Artist
What an amazing photo, absolutely brilliant... can't wait to see the rest! ^^
xSoulxxxReaperx Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
Really gorgeous! :] I adore hats like that with the little netting over the face. I always look forward to your modeling sets, they're so cool!
MrSynn Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's always strange to me to see Asians with blue eyes.
shuttersqueeze Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I really like the concept, and the accentuation on the eyes is great. The apparent noise on your right arm does detract a little, and I would have liked to have seen a bit more detail in the corset and the raven maybe with a reflector or a bit of fill flash.

Good job though, look forward to seeing more from the series.

Xin0921 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010   Digital Artist
Yes I agree here, and perhaps some stronger rim lighting around the shoulders...they kinda disappear into the background.
Other than that nice concept and overall photo!
Qkombur Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
I am so much of a man to adore all aspects of the female form thus you fulfill my eyes fully.
rudeturk Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
Not much more I can add that hasn't been said already about the amazing difference in the shoot, the nearly austere feeling that comes with the very clean cut feeling to the elements (hair, eye makeup, gloves) and bringing forward of the face with the lighting.

The only other thing to add I agree fully with the comment you made about breasts. They are a natural part of a woman and all societies have had them held in different regards but it is only recently that it has been seen as provocative and something is wrong with a woman who displays cleavage. I find it most worrying that people would find it so "wrong", but that is me personally and I won't try to force others into my mindset.

Oh on a slightly related point, I do actually have someone I know whom is making steampunk jewelry. I know you have done shoots before with that genre and his work is rather good I think. If you would like to know anymore give me a shout, don't want to look like advertising though hehe.
spritepirate Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Student Photographer
please dont let this be never more
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