This is the story of an image.
This particular image was around the one-hundredth I have uploaded to Fetlife, but the first I have had reach the very top centre of ‘Kinky & Popular’ and with nearly three thousand ‘loves’ to date, it has ten times the number of loves my previous best received. That one is another arse shot, the black and white ‘Bling’
Here’s its story.
We’d arranged for Lushiouslips to come in to shoot a variety of fetish sets, including some closeup work around her arse and vagina with jewellery, plastic tube and chain.
That set was to be the last of the morning before breaking for lunch, and had been going well, with the wonderful Lushiouslips grinning through the various indignities and intrusions necessary. Great care to avoid sharp edges, and copious amounts of baby oil were the order of the day 🙂
As it was getting towards lunch time, my assistant and life partner Kneelix left the camera room to prepare the food, leaving me to finish off the set.
At the time I was struggling with a chrome cross on the end of a short chain. The chain was behaving perfectly staying put where it had been inserted, positioning the cross perfectly at the entrance to her vagina, where I careful slipped it between her lips. The cross wasn’t as well behaved as the chain, constantly slipping and moving so that the arms of the cross were getting lost behind her lips.
It wasn’t going to work, but I loved the idea of having something positioned just there, held at each side by those very attractive lips, and from above by a chain from her anus.
With Kneelix shouting – ‘lunch is ready’ I spotted a dark metal pendant on a long chain. It was just the right size and comprised skulls and heraldic style motifs.
A warning word and a gentle tug and the cross and its quite heavy gauge chain were out. There was also a very pleasant and happy sounding little yelp from the other end, but we won’t go into that here 😉
With Kneelix stood at the door demanding we ‘come and eat while its hot’ I had one chance to get it right, but there was no way I was going to be able to insert 24 inches of chain where the sun don’t shine in the remaining minute or two I had, and I didn’t want to cut it, so I just laid it over her back and added a little gaffer tape – sorry Lushiouslips, I know I said it was body tape, but I couldn’t see that roll and the gaffer tape was right there :/
Some delicate adjustment of the lips and the shot was ready – then the chain slipped ever so slightly and the top skull dipped to the side. No amount of readjustment would fix it. If only I had the time to insert the chain. But I could hear Kneelix clattering plates way too loudly in that message every non-cook knows – ‘ I’ve just spent ages preparing this meal, you’d better get your arse in here and appreciate it – Now ‘
So pushing the lips back to reveal as much of the pendent as possible, checking the flash meter one more time and whispering ‘stay very still’ I took a couple of shots.
Then it was lunch, and I forgot about the shot.
We went on to do a set with Lushiouslips chained to a rough timber cross. Much bigger and more impressive than the morning set and it was the pictures from that set that I wanted to get onto Fetlife immediately.
I was making my selection when I noticed the skull pendant shot.
It did look very nice. On an entirely different scale to the crucifixion shots, but I’d worked hard on the lighting and got the skin-sheen just the way I like it and the pendant nestled within such a neat and attractive nest, really was an eye catcher, so I dropped it into the post-production list.
A little more shading under her belly, a couple of tiny skin imperfections to fix, and some softening of the skin around the edges was all that was needed. – Add my tag and upload to Fetlife.
I like to use titles or captions on Fetlife, and with those skulls looking out at me, it just had to be something about demons. Remembering all the explorer and pirate stories from my childhood and replacing dragons with demons got me my original title.
‘Beyond here be demons’ Sufficiently impersonal I thought so as not to cause offence to Lushiouslips.
Then ‘Potentiallyfatal’ left the first comment ‘ Abandon faith all ye who enter here ‘
I immediately liked the Dante reference, and the fact that she had changed it away from ‘all hope’ which I thought would definitely be unfair to Lushiouslips.
I told Potentiallyfatal I liked it and wished I’d used it and she suggested I add it.
3 days, 170 comments and 2900 loves later – it occurred to me that some of the people that had ‘loved’ the image, might like to hear the story behind it.
And here we are.
A lot of people have asked where they can get a similar pendant. That one was a casual purchase for a few pounds from a shop catering to Goth culture, in Sheffield, UK. I’m afraid I don’t even know the name of the shop.
Technicalities for the photo-geeks amongst us.
Canon EOS 1DsIII
Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM at 150mm
1/200 sec f5.6 ISO 100
Bowens monobloc flashes.
24inch softbox key light immediately above the lens.
56inch strip light with egg crate above, forward and camera right.
8in grid-spot above forward and camera left.
Very attractive and very patient model camera centre.