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On Saturday Lorelei http://bedroombondage.com https://twitter.com/LoreleiMission  and I had our first shoot of the new year.  Mia Vallis https://twitter.com/MiaVallis and Whitney Morgan https://twitter.com/MsWhitneyMorgan http://clips4sale.com/41165 had sent each other a few messages back and forth but had never worked together before yesterday.  These ladies got along very well, and they enjoyed a very happy chemistry for our shoot.

Our first hour was with Mia, and Lorelei shot a "forced to strip" segment with the statuesque beauty, which will probably be posted on my sweetie's clips store http://clips4sale.com/16221 any minute now.  Once again, I got to be the off-screen meanie who forced Mia to take her clothes off... because somebody's got to do it.

For my hours with Mia and Whitney, I probably optimistically overplanned what I hoped to get done.  But I knew that going in.  Nonetheless, I was very happy with what we did get shot.  We had to skip any story exposition (dang it), and the scene opened with superheroine Mia already in the clutches of Wicked Whitney.  I know that Mia is very fond of suspensions, and since I don't get to work with her too often, I thought we should definitely do one.  And a fun one, at that.  So Lorelei was kind enough to mastermind rigging a face-down "caterpillar suspension."  Said suspension is when the body is held horizontally by a number of vertical lines, so not the typical kind we usually do... and consequently more time consuming.  Luckily, our ladies were quite patient with us.

I chose that particular position because one of the studio beds is in the suspension area right now.  So, once we had our leggy heroine strung up, villainess Whitney could get under her on the bed to torment her.  Whitney, by the way, is a brilliant performer in the dominant role and really excellent at improvising.  Mia is the consummate rope-bunny, so it made for scene with amazing energy.

Then damsel Mia was roped down to the bed with her arms wide apart, her legs were frogtied and she was ballgagged.  Wicked Whitney explained to her captive that after being held in the Reaper's dungeon for months before escaping, she could no longer orgasm unless she had something in her mouth.  Whitney then ballgagged herself before simultaneously using vibrators on Mia and herself.  Both heroine and villainess gave memorable performances for our enjoyment (and theirs too).

Lorelei got the final hour with Ms. Morgan.  Whitney was completely naked for the set, and since she's such an enthusiastic and tolerant lady, Lorelei got to do a very involved, ropey balltie on her.  Surprisingly, Whitney told us she hadn't done any barefoot bondage.  This was probably her first toe-tie as well.  Since it was the final set, Lorelei put a tapegag on Whitney.  Like the rigging, it was involved, with a strip that went over the nose sort of like a Breathe Right strip and full chin coverage.  That was a new one for our damsel as well.  

In all, it was a fun shoot with amazing models.  I hope that's a good omen for the year ahead.
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As 2013 draws to a close, I'd like to take a moment to reflect on the past year.  In all, it was rather a mixed bag, in a yin-yang sort of way.  On the bright side, we (that's Lorelei and me, not the royal or editorial "we") didn't have any big horrible tragedies or upheavals.  On the other side of the coin, we didn't enjoy any huge successes or breakthroughs either.  We managed to stay alive and stay in business, which is an accomplishment in itself these days, I suppose.  Sadly, most of the goals I'd set for 2013 remain unmet, which will save me some time when I draw up my goals for the year ahead, if nothing else.

But I try to keep things positive and upbeat (otherwise this blog would be a real downer to read).  Once again, I got to work with some truly amazing women.  And I'm fairly happy with most of the video features I produced this year, mostly because of the gorgeous and talented ladies who starred in them.  And yet I can't escape this nagging feeling that I really wanted to produce something more, something better.

In one respect, I suppose I should feel lucky that even after being in this business for all this time I still have a restlessness about what I do.  If I was complacent, if I gave up trying to produce something that wasn't the same old stuff, then I imagine I'd be about as bored as some of the viewers.

It seems like it's always a question of balance.  To some degree, all fetishists want to see the same thing over and over.  For certain producers that should probably be their motto.  But to be fair, even seeing the same old thing can still be enjoyable if it's created with energy, spirit and enthusiasm... and a little innovation.  For various reasons I feel that some of my work this year was lacking in one or two of those categories.  A lot of the time that was not in my control, but then again people shouldn't have to pay for excuses.

So that brings us back to that yin-yang theme.  On one hand we have beautiful, sexy women bound and gagged and giving outstanding performances.  And on the other hand I have this seemingly insatiable desire to somehow make it even more enjoyable for the viewer.  And that seems to be pretty much how the year went.  I feel really fortunate that I get another chance to try to do better in the year ahead.  Wish me luck, buy something if you can, and let me know how I'm doing.  Carpe Damsel!
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This month marks 10 years since the American Damsels website http://americandamsels.com began.  I'd like to take a moment to thank all the people who have helped keep the site alive all these years.  The road has had its ups and downs, and we've had no shortage of adversity of many kinds.  But I hope we'll be able to continue with it for some years to come.

A couple of little bits of trivia come to mind about the inception of the site.  I didn't really want to start one, because I saw how http://bedroombondage.com had taken over Lorelei's life, and that all-consuming responsibility was something I was hoping to avoid.  Nonetheless, way back then it was a good way to make decent money, so I felt it was necessary and possibly unavoidable.  I remember mentioning my reluctant plan to start a paysite to Isaac W. http://centaurcelluloid.com and his response was something to the effect of "What took you so long?"

As I was searching for a name for the site, I had a notebook with little scribbles of random ideas for videos.  One was a take-off on a famous competition show.  The idea was to have models compete in a variety of categories for the top honor of "American Damsel."  I was thinking maybe I could have some producer buddies act as the judges for it.  Luckily the video was never produced, as the folks who run the real show are rather touchy about people doing any similar kind of competition with a name like theirs.  If I recall correctly, they sued a bar in Florida over something like that.  In any case, the focus of the site went far away from that idea and took on a personality of its own.  It's grown and changed, and evolved.

One change that saddens me is the shift from only still photos at the beginning to exclusively video updates now.  I like photos, and I really enjoyed doing still shoots.  I enjoyed the control of being able to create and capture that one particular moment.  However, now it's not economically feasible to do that any more.  Unless Ikaras Jones is around, it seems we hardly even have time to get any (or many) production stills at all these days.

So we'll focus on the positive and I'll try to keep on producing videos for American Damsels which I hope you'll all enjoy.  Carpe Damsel!
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CameronDee hanging aroundThese days Lorelei and I only do suspensions with models who have a personal interest in doing them.  We're especially honored if a model elects to do her first suspension with us.  For quite a while now it seems a lot of producers and riggers out there are not doing safe suspensions, and they seem to rely on the durability of their models rather than sound principles of rigging.  They seem to disregard the well-being of the model to create something showy.  So, we're happy to show the suspension novice that it shouldn't be horribly painful, and that safety is of vital importance.  Yes, accidents can happen to anyone.  But they're a lot less likely to happen if you're cautious.

Recently we've worked with three enthusiastic ladies who trusted us for their maiden voyage in aerial bondage.  Alexis Grace https://twitter.com/Alexisgrace_XXX did her very first one for Lorelei (and I helped) which is currently available in Lorelei's clip store http://clips4sale.com/412  For that particular segment, Ms. Grace opted to include a vibrator in the scene.  And the results were nothing short of spectacular, including two orgasms from the statuesque beauty while she was bound, gagged and in the air.  There may have been another one a little later, but that's just speculation on my part.

The second suspension virgin was Lauren Kiley https://twitter.com/xoxolaurenkiley  http://thedirtygirlnextdoor.com/ It was our first shoot with this amazing lady.  She's had experience with bondage (and I suspect a little personal interest in the material), and she gave us an outstanding, energetic performance while booted and ballgagged.  Her scene is now in my clips store  http://clips4sale.com/6571 and it's a real delight for fans of suspension.

I'd forgotten that after the first time I worked with Cameron Dee https://twitter.com/CameronDeex that she'd mentioned wanting to do a suspension with us.  I had the pleasure of working with her again not long ago, and she reminded me of that.  So even though it wasn't something I had planned for the day, I certainly wasn't going to disappoint her.  The gorgeous blonde was dressed up in the iconic white dress as part of a larger story, and (like our other two first-timers) she did an incredible job with it.  

I should also mention that Lorelei gets very excited about rigging the suspensions.  She seems to always take the lead with them, and the models must wonder what the heck I'm doing there.  So I'll tell you.  I'm there to make everybody happy:  Lorelei, the models, the viewers.  I'm glad to report all our dangling damsels had an exciting, positive experience with us.  And I suspect they'll be bound and gagged in mid-air again before too long.
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Once again Lorelei and I made our annual pilgrimage to West Hollywood for the Halloween Carnaval on Santa Monica Boulevard.  In recent years, we occasionally tried changing our costumes to get away from doing the "same old, same old"  time and again.  However, it seems the iconic Snidely & Nell is always the most popular.  Of course, even then it seems the recognizability of the characters is waning, and a few people asked who we were, or misidentified me as Jack the Ripper.  (Oddly enough, the year I went as Jack the Ripper, someone thought I was the Penguin.  Go figure.)  

We went to the event with our good buddy Ikaras Jones, and we met up with Sandra Gibbons http://pic.twitter.com/TAK4MDpxiW and Kim -- who got some photos (including the one accompanying this entry), and we're thankful for that.  It seems like we're always rather lackadaisical about getting photos for Halloween.  But I suppose there are a few dozen people who got photos of and with us, so it's not like our appearance went particularly undocumented.

In fact, https://twitter.com/lipfetishist tweeted that he saw Lorelei on KTLA 5 http://ktla.com/2013/11/01/revelers-descend-on-west-hollywood-for-the-annual-halloween-carnaval/#axzz2k0DNLF8I although it looks like the online clip cuts off right before they panned over to Lorelei and me.  You can see Ikaras in his Shiny Angel of Death (or "Angel of Shiny Death") mask just as the segment ends.  So I'm still not quite sure if I should cross "Lorelei & I make it onto English Language broadcast TV for our Halloween appearance in West Hollywood" off my bucket list or not.  I guess I've still got a goal for next Halloween.
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I'm just guessing, because of all the dickwads who are spamming it.  If you ever see any of these spam messages, please feel free to contact the spammers and ask them why they're advertising on a bondage blog.
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On Saturday Lorelei and I celebrated our 19th anniversary.  We've had a quite a few of these now, and some have been more memorable than others.  I'm happy to report this was one of our better ones.  

It was miserably hot, so we tried to spend as little time outside as possible.  Nonetheless, we did a little shopping.  My sweetie bought me a new top hat http://www.hatsofstyle.com/ since the old one's been showing some wear (and sweat stains) after all these years.  One of the young employees at the hat store wondered how I could wear out a top hat.  Lorelei thought I wasn't being completely honest when I explained that it was almost 20 years old I wore it almost every Halloween and "every other situation where it'd be appropriate to wear a top hat."  I guess she thought I should've added that this included wearing it when I was the villain for bondage videos.

We had a wonderful dinner http://www.yelp.com/biz/szechuwan-garden-restaurant-simi-valley  and then we had a fun and productive time shooting in our hotel room until the wee hours of the morning.  Apparently we were inspired by the opportunity to shoot in a different place for a change.  The difficulty in shooting somewhere else is you always seem to forget something (like gags, for example), or have to make due with what you've brought.  More on that in a moment.

Whenever we're in a hotel, Lorelei likes to bring along a maid uniform as it only seems natural for the setting.  Our naughty maid was caught stealing, and so spent some time doing penance while tied up and tapegagged.  Since our suite was spacious, Lorelei got to hop around for the first segment.  Unfortunately, the only heels she brought were mismatched.  They were the correct size, but one shoe had a higher heel than the other.  Nonethelss, my babe's a real trouper and even though it required a lot of extra effort on her part, she managed to get through the scene.  

If I recall correctly, after that I tied her to a chair, which was rather interesting when we went to the frogtie part.  Although it turned out to be a little more challenging for her when I turned the chair on its side.  Then Lorelei put on a black slip and she was tied to a footstool and subsequently rolled all over the suite.  She was also stored under the desk for awhile, which she found very amusing for some reason.  

The next morning we got a couple more scenes, involving some shiny lingerie and a vibrator.  I also hogtied her for one segment, which isn't something we do too often these days.  In all, we had a great time.  And I'd imagine you'll be able to see some of these fun moments before long on http://bedroombondage.com and at Lorelei's clips store http://clips4sale.com/412 
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I've had a number of really enjoyable shoots lately, and a couple of them had an unexpected similarity.  Back on August 24th Lorelei and I had our first shoot with Sasha Sobe https://fetlife.com/users/162969 and we had a lot of fun working with Sasha and her guy, phototcklr https://fetlife.com/users/1244699  There's something that's just so exhilarating and pleasant about working with enthusiastic, like-minded people.  And I felt quite honored that Sasha agreed to do a vibrator scene for me.  

These days when we work with a model for the first time, we prefer to do it as a single-model shoot so we have an adequate opportunity to get to know her.  But due to a scheduling fluke, we worked with two models for the first time on August 26th.  Brea Bennet https://twitter.com/realbreabennett is a gorgeous blonde from Phoenix who had already worked with FM Concepts.  I'd wanted to work with her for some time, and that was the first opportunity we'd had to hire her.  Leggy beauty Mia Vallis https://fetlife.com/users/2207527 is an up-and-coming model from Atlanta who contacted me, and the 26th was her only open date when we could shoot with her.  

Luckily, Brea and Mia got along very well.  Once again, it's always a pleasure to work with enthusiastic people.  The ladies had wonderful chemistry, and I liked what I'd shot with them so much I quickly put it as the second feature on my current video release http://www.fmconcepts.us/product.cfm?objectgroup_ID=2069&group=bondage  Now, what was a little unusual about this shoot was the (literal) climax of the story.  Our sexy cheerleaders were tied down to the bed crotch-to-crotch with vibrators and tapegagged, and they both gave outstanding performances.  However, I thought they were all finished and I said my final line for the story.  But our randy damsels let us know that they were up for a bonus round with their buzzy co-stars.  And who am I to deny a lady (or two) the opportunity to have another bondage orgasm?  So we turned on the lights, cameras, vibrators and models for the second coming.  Okay, it might have been the third or fourth.  You'll have to watch the video and make your own decision.  But since I've been shooting bondage vibrator scenes, this was the first time the models had asked me if they could go for the extra credit.

Three days later I worked with Addie Juniper https://fetlife.com/users/26614 (who's also from Atlanta, coincidentally enough).  Addie's a true professional, and I shot some wonderful video with her, including a two-scene story of the re-emergence of the evil Dr. Stephanie Kahn.  For the final set I tied her to the bed, and she was tapegagged for her vibrator scene.  Addie treated us to a marvelous, expressive bondage orgasm, and when we finished I turned off the camcorder and started untying her.   And then, for the second time in a week, I was asked about bonus orgasms.  Who could say "no" to Addie where that's concerned?  So her hands were now free to hold the Hitachi, but her legs were still bound, and I applied a fresh tapegag on her lips for the climactic post-script.

I really appreciate the dedication of these women, giving a little bit extra for their art, their fans and their profession.
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I was cleaning files off the old laptop, and I found a video project that died unfinished.  Almost a year ago when Psy's "Gangnam Style" video was hot, Lorelei got a big kick out of it and all the assorted variant videos that permeated the internet at the time.  Since I'm a huge fan of Larry Blamire's "Lost Skeleton of Cadavra" movies, I thought it would be hilarious to take, for example,  Chinfa, Queen of the Cantaloupe People's minimalist dance, Animala's seductive undulations and other choice moments to create an "Oppa Skeleton Style" video.

The difficulty was getting the raw material for editing.  I have all the DVDs, but they're copy-protected.  I have little doubt the LSOC movies could be obtained from pirate sites, but I'm so violently opposed to them that was never a consideration.  Consequently I was limited to the trailers and select footage I could harvest from youtube.  So, it was poor quality and not necessarily what I'd envisioned for use in my parody/homage.

Also, this was for laughs and not for pay.  Even though I do a lot of things just for the fun of it, the real editing got priority.  Time marched on, Psy made a commercial for pistachios, and "Gangnam Style" went into the record books but ultimately slipped down the popularity polls.  Alas, the moment had passed.  I can only hope The Lost Skeleton would have approved.
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Aubrielle Summer Sorry I haven't been as active with this new blog as I should have.  Between the ending of the previous blog and it's current incarnation, I have to admit I've fallen out of the habit of writing for it.  Also, much to my chagrin, I couldn't help but notice that the earlier blog's entries were getting a little formulaic.  Of course, I don't know if that was bad or good for the readers of this blog... I get very little feedback about anything.

It's not too surprising that the women in this business get a lot more customer feedback than the men do.  Even speaking just for myself, given the choice of sending a message, suggestion or praise to a gorgeous woman or some guy, the ladies will get preference every time.  Or maybe I'm just very intimidating, I don't know.

Through a great deal of my career, I seem to be flying blind.  Back in the Harmony days we only got to see sales numbers very rarely because they'd been set up with an unwieldy, highly user-unfriendly database.  Currently my videos are available as downloadable clips through FM Concepts, yet I don't have access to my sales numbers there, either.  I can see my sales numbers for my Clips4Sale store, but it isn't always especially helpful.  In any given month, instead of revealing a clear hit, the sales are usually single or low numbers for dozens of different clips.  Other times the biggest sellers feature models who have retired, precluding any possibility of repeating a success with them.

Of course, feedback is rather different for this genre than most.  The videos can't be created by committee.  And the people producing bondage are usually more motivated by a desire for personal expression than profit.  Or they're shooting custom work to the buyer's specifications.

But I digress.  Feedback is often a mixed bag.  The comments generally fall in to a few select categories:

Praise - While this is great for the ego (and most producers don't seem to have any shortage of ego or need for praise), it doesn't provide a lot of guidance for what we should be doing to better serve the audience.

Request - There's always a fine line with this.  Usually a producer will only hear from the squeaky wheels, and unfortunately it seems many requests, ideas and suggestions frequently border on the "custom video" area.

Constructive Criticism -  rare indeed, and it usually comes in way too late.  Yes, I probably should've done that differently, but where were you six months ago when I was shooting that scene?

Really, the best, most effective feedback is sales... and we could all use more of that.
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