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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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This is the third and final blog entry for my 20th anniversary in the bondage business.  When it came time to pick out my 20 favorite models, I ran into the same difficulty as picking out the favorite videos.  However unlike the situation with the videos, I was a bit worried that some models might have their feelings hurt if they didn't make the list.  If any of the ladies I've worked with read this and feel left out, rest assured you were tied with somebody else who's mentioned below, probably literally.

I am honored and humbled when I think about how many of the superstars of this genre I've had the pleasure to know, work with and tie up in the course of my career.  As I've often said, the superstars have their title for a reason.  Not only do they possess exceptional physical beauty, they also have true professionalism, a positive attitude and (pretty much a requirement for working with me) a good sense of humor.  Darla Crane,  Stacy Burke, Akira Lane and Christina Carter are among the ladies I'd put in this category.  They have a certain something that puts them above the rest.  They make it very easy to produce outstanding material.  As I always tell hopeful new producers, you'll always do your best work with the best models.

Some of the models who are on the "favorite superstar" list are ones I'm lucky enough to consider to be my friends.  They include Ashley Renee, Alexis Taylor, Amber Michaels and Loren Chance.

When shooting bondage, it's helpful for the model to have some personal interest in the material, but it's not essential.  Like Bettie Page, some notable ladies on my favorites list have no special affinity for our fetish, but that doesn't mean they didn't give some wonderful performances.  Kelsie Chambers, Cassandra Knight, Niki Lee Young and Hollywood are not only drop-dead gorgeous, they're always a lot of fun to have on set.

If you ask any of the women who've been in front of my cameras over the years, I hope they'd tell you that I try to maintain a professional work environment that's also enjoyable, bordering on silly.  Some of the women who have given me many fond memories of hilarious shoots include Abby Cameron, Josie Perez, Sadie Belle, Candle Boxxx, Kelly Ashton, Ariel Anderssen and Jenya Leann.

Most of the women I've worked with, and especially the ones on my favorites list, have a few things in common.  Aside from being very attractive and "getting" my jokes, the best ones are also intelligent and sweet, and are excellent damsels who also enjoy getting tied up.  A few of the ladies who best personify these traits are Ariel Cole, Catalina L'amour, Karina Santos, Vivian Ireene Pierce and Melissa Jacobs.

And then there are some ladies who really really like to get tied up.  It gives a certain fantastic added dimension of sexual electricity to the shoots.  Among the most enthusiastic ones are Carissa Montgomery, Laura Lee and Molly Matthews.

Sometimes certain models slip away too soon, and I would've loved to have had a few more shoots with them before they retired.  The two most notable ones for this category are Cory Lane and Aubrey Taylor.  

And the beat goes on.  Of the "newer" models I've just started putting in my videos, Arielle Lane and Alexis Grace show a lot of promise.  I'm also a big fan of Lana Violet.  I would certainly include them in the rookie category of my favorites list.

Of course the model who comes in on the list above all others is Lorelei.  She has an edge over all the rest because... well, I hope it won't be indiscreet of me to mention this in public, but she's the only model I've had sex with since I've been a producer.  So she slept her way to the top, but I'm okay with that.
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For my platinum anniversary in the bondage business, I was going to prepare a list of my 20 all-time favorite videos.  Once I started looking over that huge collection of titles, I realized it would be a lot more difficult than I'd originally thought to narrow it down to just 20.  

Quite a few of the early videos are sentimental favorites, like Diamond Buyer In Distress, Agents of F.A.T.E. (Blow me, B. Etnyre), The Dayne Caper, The Puppet File and The Houdini Coin, although I was still finding my way and learning my craft at the time.  After all, it was just a few months earlier that I was working at a normal "civilian" job.  I remember that with The Missing Masterpieces I felt I'd made a breakthrough and I was finally able to get a more involved story presented as I'd envisioned it.

Many of the videos I really like are because of the women who starred in them.  I had a big  crush on Annabelle Dayne, so I have fond memories of The Dayne Caper and The Escapist.  My first video with  Arielle Cole, Struggle Against Time, was a lot of fun and I realized she had a bright future in the business.  Sadly, a bad experience led her to retire way too soon.  But at least she left us with some memorable performances, like in Very Strange Bedfellows.

I believe the first starring role I gave to Stacy Burke was The Lost Scenes of Julie Van Buren, and I thought it was a wonderful, highly amusing showcase for her talents.  I had the pleasure of working with quite a few bondage superstars at the peak of their game who gave incredible performances, like Jewell Marceau in Internal Affairs and Amber Michaels in Bad Therapy, just to name a couple.

The few projects I shot starring my sweetie Lorelei rank high on my list:  The Search For Lorelei (the video we did to facilitate the transition for her professional name from Kristine Imboch),  Play it Sweet and Playing Rough all show what a fantastic model she is, and we had a lot of fun producing those stories.

While most of the videos frequently have comedic elements, the purely dramatic story Taken is one of my absolute favorites.  I think came out remarkably well, thanks to outstanding performances by Talia Monet and C.J. Belle.

Of the comedies, I thought The Institution was one of the best.  I would've loved to submit that one for an AVN award or something, but so it goes.  Other notable favorites of the more lighthearted stories include (in no particular order) The Barefoot Alien 2, Dynamic Damsel's Disguises, Tantalus Theatre and Ewanatiia The God of Mischief.

I'm very happy with how many of the "larger" productions turned out.  The Revenge of the Crooked Claw and (despite being shorter than I'd planned) The Claw Chronicles are two of my all-time faves.  I was glad I had the opportunity to make the twin videos Where Is Tatiana? and Tatiana Is Missing.  I also got to work with Kelsie Chambers a lot for those, so that was definitely a bonus.  The Hunted Woman and The Ladytrap were both marvelous group efforts.  I was a little bummed that one of my all-time biggest sellers, Security Breach, was not scripted by me but by Mr. Robert V.  Another disappointment was that Secret Lady & The Bondage Brides was not the first Harmony video to be released on DVD.  I thought it would've made a poetic parallel for the very first Harmony magazines that were the basis for the video's script.  Nonetheless, it's still a gorgeous cast in a very stylish video.

Sadly, when I see the old titles on the Harmony site now, they all look rather low-resolution and fuzzy.  Ancient by current standards.  It's funny to think that in some cases my sometimes hazy memories of the shoots are still clearer than what exists of them now.

Of my post-Harmony work, some of the videos I think turned out best include Nadia Holly, Bondage Maid Cafe, Disk Hunt (an uncharacteristically but irresistablly smutty word-play title), the Cosworld series and Vivian Ireene Pierce's showcase video The Administrative Assistant.

As technology progresses, it seems like it won't be too long until DVDs go the way of the VHS tape, supplanted by downloads of singular scenes.   With that in mind, it makes me wonder if there won't come a time when there won't be any need for "stories" longer than a few minutes sometime in the near future.

In any case, if I've left out any of your personal favorites, feel free to mention them in the comments.  Who knows?  I may have an anecdote or two about them.
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This month marks 10 years since I left Harmony Concepts, and the beginning of June is my 20th anniversary producing bondage videos.  I thought a moment of reflection would be in order.  I've been trying to write this entry for quite awhile now, and I find it very difficult to get very far with it without sounding unacceptably self-indulgent or egotistical, or sometimes bitter or at least a little cranky.  So I'll try to keep it brief and simple.  I'd like to express my profound gratitude for the many opportunities I've been given.  Often I can't believe my amazing luck to work with (and tie up) so many beautiful and talented women in the course of my career.  I'd like to take a moment and say how much I appreciate my friends and loved ones who have helped me with my work.  But mostly  I'd also like to give thanks to all the people in the community who have supported me over the years.  And I hope the good, paying customers will continue their patronage so I can go on producing bondage entertainment which I hope you'll enjoy.
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