It was a couple hour's train ride from Amsterdam to his turf in Rotterdam. Though a bit of a cold day and I was to catch a train in the evening to get to him for 7pm, it was well worth it! Paul picked me up at the station. Despite his rather intense bondage images, I was pleasantly surprised to discover what a mild manneredguy he was! He drove me to his place where the studio was located in the attic.
The house was toasty and warm. With a cup of coffee and a stroopwafel (yummy but incredibly calorific Dutch honey waffels) we chatted about the shoot and how well I'm adapting in the Netherlands. It turns out Paul is a photographer at a local hospital! We went to the studio-attic and I quickly undressed but put on a pair of fishnet holdups and black platform shoes.
First set was quite something else. Now I don't have a kink for strangulation but the image turned out rather effective. I put on a collar and Paul handcuffed me with leather straps and tied both hands back whilst connecting my collar with a chain suspended from a ceiling. Well as
long as I was able to still talk it wasn't that uncomfortable though I would be wary of whom I would allow to put me in this position. Luckily I somewhat trusted Paul...
In the second set, I was to put on a head strap with a mouth mask. We don't know what they are called in English but it's usually used for dogs to stop them from biting, we think. I usually don't like wearing masks or headgear as they mess with my hair and smudge my make-up but I remembered that this is a fetish shoot, not a glamour or fashion shoot where makeup and hair has to be immaculate. Besides I was in the mood of strong effects rather than looking sexy!
As such, I had no qualms about wearing a gas mask. I wasn't even bothered if people can see my face or not. I've also seen a few images with models wearing gasmasks and wondered what it would be like or look like. So I sat on the table and started posing with it whilst at the same time trying to look as somewhat seductive as possible. I liked the way my eyes would show through the mask, showing an expression of vulnerability.
Lastly the masks off but chains back on. This time, I was to kneel on a table and get chained around the neck and have my arms suspended to the ceiling as well. I really liked the way the chains shone through in the images and adding a contrasting "coldness" to the warm tones of my complexion. Such work is most effective when in nude than wearing clothes.
After a few hours, we called it a day as it was getting late and I had a train to catch back to Amsterdam. I was so exhausted by then I slept throughout the journey but I enjoyed the shoot with Paul. In some of his images, I noticed he uses plastic vacuum tubes which I would like to experiment shooting with. Maybe I'll be more brave next time and try nipple clamps which I prefer not to use as my pain threshold is rather low. Or, if it's warmer it would be awesome to shoot in his private garden outside!
Nevertheless, I was pleased with the results of the shoot and impressed that Paul delivered the edited images within a few days... Thank you Paul! Everyone loves the images too, and I definitely want to work with you again...
For more crazy pictures of Miu from this shoot, log onto her Flickr page under Chains & Masks.