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New figure nudes

Posted at 18:26 on 17 May 2011 by Pandora / Blake

Last week I had my first art nude shoot in a couple of years; certainly the first since I put on weight and went up a size or two. However, I wasn't nervous about my shape. The photographer in question was one I'd worked with before, and he booked the shoot because he specifically wanted to shoot some figure work at my current size, so I knew he'd be expecting more curves than last time.

I was actually more worried about having lost my touch and confidence when it came to posing. I know what I'm doing with spanking stills, but figure posing is a whole different ballgame. Luckily, the photographer was keen to direct me closely, which made my job a lot easier. (In fact I got told off for trying to direct! Oops ... I guess working for my own productions has got me into certain habits.)

It was tremendous fun. I remembered why I used to love shooting art nude so much - and my taste for it has been thoroughly rekindled.

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Tags: al fresco spanking, art nude, Body positivity, featured photos, learning curves, otk spanking, Photos, shoot writeups, Victoriana, Vintage


Christmas spanking roundup

Posted at 20:42 on 23 Dec 2009 by Pandora / Blake

I wrote a long entry on Monday about meeting Zille and Malc, and my (lack of) social energy during the shoot, but I wrote it late at night and decided to sit on it a bit before posting. Now it's two days later and I don't want to publish two mopey posts about the shoot in a row, but I've had no time to write anything else. My internet at home only started working again last night, and between festive preparations, shopping trips that are always more time-consuming and physically exhausting than you allow for, and the hectic push to get work projects finished by new year ... I'm going to get it all done, just, but it's been pretty crazy.

Although outwardly the last week and a half have been pretty vanilla, spanking is never far from my mind. In fact, in some ways this week has been pretty kink-heavy. Let's see...

1. I haven't yet seen any of the images from the shoot with Zille, but I sneaked some photos of my bum in the work loos, as is my wont. I realise I haven't actually told you anything about the scenes we played yet, but here are my marks three days later:

I still intend to write about those scenes, btw. I just have to get the more recent stuff out of my head first...

2. On Monday, Zoe Montana and I had booked what would probably be our last two-to-one session together before she moves to Australia in early January. We were both looking forward to it, but at the last minute she had to cancel, having come down with the same fluey stomach bug that everyone's caught lately. She's feeling better now, and we've managed to reschedule our session to the 29th, which I honestly wasn't expecting at this late notice. I understand it will involve black hold ups, heels, and the cane. And possibly wine. As I write this I'm idly wondering whether cheekily wearing a Santa hat will earn me extra strokes.

3. We won't be able to play too hard, however, because the next morning Zoe and I are shooting for my new site. I wasn't expecting that, either, but all power to her for squeezing it in - we've got the day, booked the venue, and Michael Stamp is kindly stepping in to help with cameras and lighting. The star of the show, though, will be young Jimmy Holloway; this is will be his first video shoot. I couldn't think of a better top than Zoe to guide him through his first spanking on camera. I'll be getting punished alongside him, because I have an abiding fondness for scenes where boys and girls get spanked together, and they're all too rare in porn. Since our photoshoot in February he's done the odd M/m session as a spankee, which has given him valuable experience, but I suspect this is going to a be a different kind of thing.

This time I intend to have lots of fun, make sure everyone else is having fun, and not get too stressed. I'll let you know how that goes. ;)

4. Oh, and I've also been commissioned to do a couple of short film clips by a reader of this blog, so I've been working on that this week as well. Eventually, the intention is for these to be published on my new site as well. This is the first time I've done custom video - it's very different from producing my own material. It's a bit of a departure from the rest of the stuff I'm producing, but variety is the spice of life, and all that. Anyway, it's an interesting experiment. If the client is happy and everyone involved has fun, I'll consider doing it again.

5. Last Thursday I had the pleasure of meeting @rogerwilcox and his partner - albeit far too briefly, thanks to my crammed schedule. He gave me a handcrafted Christmas gift, which is just so generous - I am extremely appreciative :) I'm leaving it wrapped until the 25th, but can you guess what it is...?

6. On Sunday I finally - after many months of procrastination, DVDs getting lost in the post (and my flat), and life getting in the way - watched the edit of Acquiescence that Michael Stamp sent me some time ago. There's backstory here: after two days of hardcore editing, by the end of which we were both pretty pleased we'd got the structure we wanted for the story, he suffered a software failure. The file got corrupted, and our hard work was lost. Michael, bless him, spent ages recreating the edit from memory, and as I didn't have time to travel back down to go over it with him, popped it in the post to get my feedback. He really shouldn't have had to wait as long as he did (and I daresay I will come to regret it next time we meet up!) but re-watching it reminded me how invested I am in this film, and how much I want to get it right so I can show it to people.

(As it turns out, the only sensible thing for me to do is travel down again in January to help out with the final stage. Man, film-making around a fulltime job is a slow, slow hobby. I wish I could do it full time ... but I'm working on that. And then I daresay I'll miss doing everything else. I am not designed by nature to only do one thing at a time.)

7. The last sections of Strictly Come Spanking have been released! I'm saving them to watch after I finish work tonight, but voting on the finalists ends tonight, so if you haven't downloaded them yet, go and do that now. And then vote, because that will make the lovely people at Northern happy :)

8. Speaking of voting, some kind soul (I don't know who, as I can't find the comment) has nominated me for the Spanking Spot's Spanking Blog of the Year award. I don't realistically stand a chance against such internet superstars as Chross and Pixie, and I don't think I deserve to win after how erratic my posting has been lately. But you should vote - even if it's not for me. :)

9. It's been snowing in London, but I've learned my lesson and haven't attempted any more naked snowy photoshoots. In fact, come to think of it I haven't been spanked since the cold snap landed (although if Tom's and my thoughts were deeds, I'd have been over his lap a dozen times in the last few days. Instead we have been making kinky eyes at one another in company, and then crashing in a tired heap as soon as we're alone. Ah well).

Luckily, I can live vicariously through Emma Jane, who endures all sorts of things so I don't have to. Like a punishment spanking in the snow, in front of a crowd of friends, which started with HH rubbing snow into her bottom before smacking her. *shiver* I am extremely glad that wasn't me. But I don't mind sadistically enjoying the image from afar...

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Tags: al fresco spanking, awards, Control and Reform, DVD releases, Jimmy Holloway, learning curves, Michael Stamp, Northern Spanking, otk spanking, paddle, porn production, Zille Defeu, Zoe Montana


at the foot of the glacier

Posted at 22:24 on 27 Jan 2009 by Pandora / Blake

This winter has been the coldest I can remember in the UK. (I'm too young to remember the cold snap of '86.) It's foolhardy to step outside your front door without gloves, and I've swapped the rooms of my tiny flat around so that the cold draught blowing around my ill-fitting front door only freezes me while I work, not while I try to sleep. Every night I huddle under two duvets with a hot water bottle, my cat curled up on my feet, and preferably a boyfriend to wrap me in his arms.

When Amy and I arrived in Slovakia we stared at the snow and shivered at the announcement telling us it was -4C outside. But when we returned to the UK we discovered that it had been -8 to -10 all week in London. However bare I am in my photos, most of my blogging these last few months has been done while wearing thick jumpers and fleecy toe-socks.

Even so, I've not been as cold as my friend Gentian was the November before last, when she good-naturedly agreed to bare her bottom and go over the knee for a spanking at the foot of the Athabasca Glacier in the Canadian Rockies. I was behind the camera this time, and sent the photos to my friends Angie and Peter at English Vice a few months later.

Dave at The Cherry Red Report emailled me a couple of days ago asking for the scoop on these photos, and he's just posted a feature on them; including the full story of our hike to the foot of the glacier, and how exactly I persuaded my friends to brave the biting winds so I could take spanking photos for you at several thousand feet above sea level.

I sent four photos in total to English Vice . Sadly the spanking doesn't show up very well but I wanted to stand far enough back to get a sense of the amazing location. Even in this small photoseries you can see the sudden flurries of ice and snow that obscured the camera view. I can only applaud G's bravery and guess that the wind was much more painful than J's hand! I didn't dare take any more in case she got serious frost bite.

You can read the full story over at The Cherry Red Report. Many thanks to Dave for his interest, and to English Vice for hosting the photos and providing such wonderful inspiration.

And now I'm going to bed with my cat and my hot water bottle, to dream of being spanked in the warm.

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Tags: al fresco spanking, J, kink, other pictures, those crazy kinksters


Sierra sun

Posted at 19:06 on 8 Sep 2008 by Pandora / Blake

It's well and truly autumn in London, and I'm pining for the sun. I was going through some old files this evening and came across this photo Tom took of me last year. We were near the top of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Andalucia. It was beautifully sunny, even in November - I wish we could go back this autumn, but sadly we're both too busy to go away again this year.

The warm climate of southern Spain made al fresco spanking seem more than usually inviting. We didn't manage much actual spanking underneath this tree as my parents were within hearing distance (!), but had time for a quick pose and a few smacks, although unfortunately there was no-one else around who could take photos of those.

It's never easy finding time to play on a family holiday - but we did the best we could. Whenever they went out to the shops or for a walk on the beach, I was whisked over his knee or the arm of a sofa for a few fleeting spanks with hand or wooden hairbrush. I'm not usually a fan of quickie spankings, as it can take me a while to relax into a submissive headspace (and much as I love her, my mother's company does tend to make me feel particularly unsubmissive). I found myself longing for a few uninterrupted hours to indulge our cravings. Although there was something delightfully teenage about sneaking around behind my parents' backs :)

Thankfully, we did manage to get one evening to ourselves by going out alone for a meal. We behaved ourselves in the restaurant, but the deserted beach afterwards could tell you a very different story ...

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Tags: al fresco spanking, kink, Photos



Posted at 10:25 on 23 Jul 2008 by Pandora / Blake

Thanks so much to everyone who left a comment on my last post, or linked to it from their own blog. I'm only touching base at home for an hour or so before I'm going away again tonight, so I'm sorry I won't get the chance to reply until later this week. Your thoughts and support are very much appreciated, and I'm particularly glad to see a number of people who have signed up to Northern Spanking or promoted them on their own blog. Congratulate yourself on doing a Good Thing, and I hope you don't lose too many days of your life exploring the vast archives of the site :)

I had a shoot last Thursday which was very relevant to one of the topics in my last post - spanking becoming more accepted in the mainstream. I was filming for a company called Bullseye TV, producing a post-watershed documentary/comedy show for Bravo Television called Sexarama. I don't have a TV so I've never seen the show, but apparently they're doing a feature on a long-standing member of the scene, Mike Payne of Mike's Spanking Booth, and resident Headmaster of the House of Spanking¹. As his website suggests, Mike is an avid spanko and has an historic collection of phone cards - adverts left in phonebooth by spanking professionals. Sexarama are running a feature on Mike's phone card collection, and they wanted to include a sexy, funny spanking clip to spice up the show.

Mike is a switch, so I went along to play the spankee role and Zoe Montana joined us as a top. Bullseye had put together a silly, slapstick little script full of recursive humour, which was designed to be filmed in a silent movie style, complete with melodramatic captions. It was a stables scene, with me playing the abused stablegirl, Mike the aristocrat who takes advantage of her, and Zoe his strict wife who catches him and takes him in hand.

We were filming in a real stables in a rural location. The family knew what the show was about and were very laidback about it, although we did have to be careful keeping the kids out of sight, particularly since I had to be nude in one of the scenes. TV is an extraordinarily slow process, with 90% of the day taken up by technical fiddling and faff. As the stablegirl, I had to be grooming a horse in several of the scenes, so at the start of the day the lady who ran the stables introduced me to a 4-year-old stallion called Diamond. He was beautiful - cop-trained, very calm, and absolutely loved being groomed. He'd been rolling in the mud and was covered in dust, and Zoe and I spent a happy couple of hours currying him until he was sleek. There was nothing else for me to do between takes, and I wanted to earn his trust and friendship so that working with him would be easier. I pretty much spent the whole day petting and grooming him until he shone; combing his mane; stroking him and feeling the warmth and power of his muscles rippling underneath my hand. I don't have much experience with horses, but by the end of the day I was completely in love. I didn't want to leave.

In the last scene, after my spanking, Mike gets his comeuppance while I return to my duties. The last shot shows me, still nude and with a recently-spanked pink bottom, grooming Diamond and looking rather self-satisfied as Mike is punished. Enjoying my revenge was great fun, but Diamond can take the rest of the credit for my glee. Currying a horse while naked was one of the most sensual, intimate experiences of my life. Not erotic - but very intense. I had a strong urge to jump up and ride off bareback into the sunset, but thankfully I don't know how or I might have got myself into rather a lot of trouble...

Spending the day outdoors in lovely English countryside, grooming a beautiful, elegant animal, making friends with the other horses and playing with the dogs - pretty much a perfect day in my book. Being spanked was just the icing on the cake!

None of the Bullseye crew were kinky, but they were all very interested and open-minded, and the slant of the show seemed to be pretty positive. They interviewed all three of us, and hopefully we did our kink credit. At the end of the day Zoe offered a caning to anyone who wanted it, and both Mike and I took turns to drop our jodphurs and place our hands on the stables wall for six of the best. A caning from a beautiful woman was just what I needed to round a perfect day off on a real high. After seeing how much Mike and I were enjoying ourselves, a very brave member of the camera crew allowed himself to be talked into taking two canestrokes himself. Zoe didn't pull back, and he walked away with two very impressive vivid purple weals. He said it definitely wasn't for him, although he might perhaps be interested in playing a top role. But I was impressed. A caning is scary even if you are into it. Kudos to him for giving it a try.

By the end of the day, I felt very optimistic about the future of spanking. Even outside the scene there are pockets of acceptance and open-mindedness where That Thing We Do is viewed as okay. Here's hoping the show will help shift spanking ever so slightly closer to the mainstream.

1. Both sites are currently down, but they were working a few days ago and I think that Mike hosts both of them, so I assume he's just having temporary server problems.

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Tags: al fresco spanking, films and TV, Performers and producers, shoot writeups, Zoe Montana


are you sitting uncomfortably? Then I'll begin...

Posted at 14:21 on 13 May 2008 by Pandora / Blake

I posted not too long ago about the spanking trope of "not being able to sit down afterwards", and how it's not something that affects me much.

Well, this is me eating my words.

I've just spent two days making a very intimate, intense three-part film with my Mr C. Returning to reality has been accompanied by the inevitable disorientation - I've been sat at my desk all day, feeling bewildered and wishing I was back in that isolated cottage in the windswept moors, being drilled in deportment and scene manners and etiquette, having my submission pushed to the limit. (Or, at least, to my character's limit - we were both ready to take it further until the director stopped us and told us to reign it in a bit! But then, trust can do wonders to my pain threshold. My character didn't trust her disciplinarian anywhere near as much as I trust Tom - at least, not at first - and her resentment and fear were much quicker to overwhelm her.)

Anyway, I'll tell you more about the shoot once I've filmed my videodiary and the finished movie is ready to go online. In the meantime, I was fascinated to find that sitting down yesterday was painful every time I did it. Sitting on kitchen chairs in the cottage; in the car; on the hard iron bench in the deserted rural train station; on an uncomfortable seat in a tiny rural train carriage; on a leather armchair in the pub where we had dinner; on the rather more comfortable padded seats of the Virgin Pendolino express to London; on the cosy sofas in Tom's living room. Each and every one elicited a surprised wince. I didn't get used to it; every time took me by surprise.

Of course, my indignant "ow!"s only made Tom grin at me - which was, I'll admit, part of the fun. When I was pouting and wriggling on the hard iron bench on the deserted train platform, he suggested I might be more comfortable lying across his lap. I decided he was right, stretched out full-length on the bench with his knee lifting my hips, and carried on reading my book. I was interrupted by a swift demonstration that he hadn't had my comfort in mind at all. My body was still flooded with endorphines from the various abuse I'd suffered at his hands that day, and I willingly abandoned my book and gasped and wriggled under the firm spanks, offering barely a protest when he lifted my skirt and spanked me over my lacy panties in the open air. We were both disappointed when he sensed someone approaching the train platform, and swiftly helped me adjust my clothing and sit down on the bench again before they came into view. Not least because sitting down again hurt almost as much as the spanking had, and the spanking was much more exciting.

Anyway, I take it all back: sitting down afterwards is a significant part of any serious punishment. I guess the reasons I was so blazé in my previous entry were as follows:

1. The afore-mentioned super-healing powers sported by most spanking professionals or regular players.
2. I don't often play as hard in private as I did on this shoot. The desire and intention are there, but (as I explained in a comment recently) real life often gets in the way. I wouldn't say it was rare for me to be bruised, but it's not regular, either. Most shoots are fairly moderate. Shooting with my Dom is unusual, and the CP is likely to go further than a normal shoot, or indeed than most scenes we play in private. We both like to play hard, but we rarely have time for the kind of extended scene that results in this sort of tenderness.
3. Most scenes I play with my Doms these days take place in the evening, before bed. Even if we play an intense, drawn-out scene that leaves me with some welts and bruising, by the time I wake up in the morning the worst has usually faded. This was the first time I've played hard, and then still been awake and active for the rest of the day. After a hard scene I usually get a whole night's sleep to rest and heal before my bruises are tested by sitting down.
4. On a shoot, much more than in private scenes, the rest of my body is working as hard as my bottom. I spent most of yesterday trying to stay poised and graceful in high heels, maintaining various difficult positions during my punishments. I loved it - but the muscles in my bum would be aching from the workout even if I hadn't also been beaten. My legs and tummy are feeling the results of the exercise as well as my gluteus. It definitely contributes to the overall soreness.

The flash of pain when I sit down is exciting - don't get me wrong. But it's also painful, and, perhaps surprisingly, I'm not at all used to it. Time to apply more arnica cream, I think.

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Tags: al fresco spanking, kink, learning curves, meta-analysis, shoot writeups, Thomas Cameron

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Posted at 15:25 on 9 Apr 2008 by Pandora / Blake

Did anyone else in England see the snow at the weekend? I couldn't believe it! Last week it was almost summer, bright and breezy and cheerful - and then at the weekend a surprise blizzard hit, snow falling thick and fast all through Saturday night and Sunday morning. I couldn't resist going out for a walk in it. London was picturebook beautiful, snow covering cars and rooftops and branches in a perfect layer that would have been unusual in winter, let alone in April.

It was freezing cold, but even so, I couldn't resist...

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Tags: al fresco spanking, Photos

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