Bondage Boudoir: Shibari for Beginners
A variety of restraint devices were used during this shoot: leather, chains, and rope. The leather harness and chain leash were things I think we've all heard of but it was interesting to see how it all fits and connects.
Photo Credit: Allison Hutchins
Shibari, if you're wondering, is a decorative, Japanese style of bondage. I started researching it for the purpose of this shoot and when I saw how laborious it can be my first thought was "I don't get it. All this for some weird sex? Why not just slap on a few cable ties and get down to business?" As I learned more, it started to make more sense. It's a practice that focuses more on the process than the destination. It's tedious, time-intensive, and artistic. It's about building a connection. For these photos I used a basic pattern since I am quite the beginner. My model had never been tied up with rope but had some experience with restraints which was beneficial because if you're not used to it, the confinement of the ropes can induce either comfort or panic. I kept a pair of scissors on hand just in case we needed to hit the quick release button.
It took a little less than half an hour to get all the rope work done and get ready to shoot. Dawn, the model, passed the time with Snapchat.
The finished work!
Editing by Allison Hutchins