One of the pleasures of my night job is that I have had the opportunity to work with a number of the celebrity names on the UK scene, and even some of the more adventurous Americans (hi there, Ten!). Two of my favourite co-stars are Nimue Allen and Alex Reynolds, who was the main feature of our last report. When Alex came across on her whistle-stop tour of the UK scene, she shot for us one day and then immediately spent a day working with Pandora and Nimue on a shoot for Nimue's own site. We thought this provided a good opportunity to take a peek at Alex's adventure's in Nimue's World.
Nimue is one of the most beautiful, and most versatile, performers I've worked with from the UK scene. Her world is a place full of adventurous people and, for a site with strong BDSM tendencies and a dark side to the stories, a great deal of laughter. When I shot for the site some months ago, the first photoset we did was a puppy-play sequence in which the only prop was a pair of balled-up socks. I've never done anything even remotely like it on camera or in private, but enjoyed myself immensely. To my surprise, in the photos I almost look like I know what I'm doing.
It was such a happy little scene that I found it very easy to play, although I had no idea what was coming next. Nimue's grace in directing and scene-setting while also being a bouncy puppy displayed impressive multi-tasking skills! Like Pandora's work, Nimue's is composed with a strong aesthetic eye and constructed with a view to allowing real chemistry and passion from models to carry through the lens to the audience. But while Pandora dreams mostly of spanking, Nimue's world is a very adventurous place with spankings, bondage, exhibitionism and very much more: where hard-core BDSM and a variety of other kinks might be found around any corner.
Alex has written an excellent series of posts about her travels (which you should go read some of!) and she spent some time talking about her explorations with Nimue in this one. As I had, Alex found herself being drawn into a first scenario which was both exactly her thing, and which took her out of her experience zone towards a new type of play. Nimue is very good at helping a new model to feel comfortable within her style and process, and the results she got from Alex were superb:
"In part two of my School Bully series, I've decided it's time to assert my authority over the exchange student, Alex Reynolds. When she refuses to go and get my text book for me, I drag her to the floor, rip off her clothes, and give her a hard bum and thigh spanking to show her that I mean business."
From Alex's report:
"She spanked me, including doing it in very non-traditional positions and she rolled me over and slapped me on the breasts. This was pre-negotiated, although I'd never done it before.
Holy. Shit. That hurt.
[...] I often see myself as being a pretty heavy player. I've taken some epic beatings in my day. When I'm well, in a secure environment and playing with someone I love, I've never actually found an upper limit of what I can tolerate in terms of spanking. This reminded me that I'm not actually all that physically tough: I'm just good at taking spankings. As odd as it may sound, it felt really nice and refreshing to be reminded of that. It made me tremendously vulnerable, but I felt safe and trusting towards everyone who was around me. But every slap, even though entirely not hard compared to what I was used to, took my breath away."
In my not at all humble opinion the scene is brilliant, and you can see a trailer for it on Nimue's blog. By what was now day two for Nimue and day three or more for Alex and Pandora the lovely ladies had consumed a good deal of pink wine and had found a creative groove that was very productive indeed. For their next scenario, they had Alex playing the Best Girlfriend Ever:
"Pandora comes in and catches me and chastises me for not being safe, as well as for keeping my desires to experiment with bondage to myself instead of asking her to tie me up. I try to explain that I was doing it to surprise her. She responds by spanking me with her hand and then a leather paddle, and also gives me a number of slaps on my breasts while they're bound in a rope harness. In my opinion, Pandora made this scene crazily hot. There's a lot of sexual energy between us in the film (and it's genuine, she and I are involved off camera) and it's really wonderful."
When we were shooting the previous day for Dreams of Spanking, I had encountered Alex's rather delightful bunny-suit (and once I'd stopped laughing, I had a great deal of fun spanking her in it). Once it had been brought out I think it was inevitable that Nimue's fertile imagination would find a way to make use of it and the resulting photo-set is a neat exemplar of her talent for evocative compositions.
"Little Alex wants her hair in braids, but she moans and complains that it hurts when I brush her hair, and that I pull too hard when I'm braiding. She needs something to calm her down, and I reach for the closest thing I have to hand - the hairbrush. After I turn her bottom a bright pink to match her onesie, she is much calmer, and curls up with me for a nap."
Part of why we find Nimue so easy to work with, although the two sites have very different kink spreads and primary target audiences, is that she has the same ethic for finding the liminal spaces in a model's practice of kink and exploring them in unusual settings. Nimue's made a habit of using behind-the-scenes material in part to allow viewers to see the model's joy behind a character's pain or humiliation, just as we have. In this quite cute and fluffy age-play scene, there was still a note of complexity to be teased out:
"I love having my hair touched in just about any way: tender playing, brushing, rough horribleness, it all works for me. I had to think of all sorts of horribly unfair things in order to inspire my tantrumy faces."
In Nimue's world, there's a lot more going on than just the spankings. I happen to be something of a BDSM fan, and to like unusual and dark fantasies, so much of the site works very nicely for me. Yes, there are beautiful and dangerous things going on here that simply aren't my kink: and I like that. I like knowing that while my own interest might be in seeing Alex or Pandora get spanked or tied up and otherwise dreadfully abused, Nimue always has something gnarly on her mind. I like her sense of aesthetics; I like her fearlessness in the choices of fantasies she'll put on camera, and I like very much the vitality which sparks between her models, be it in stills or on film. Nimue is a talented producer and photographer but she is also a kink catalyst; she has the gift of helping other people to let out their playful side.
The last few months of Nimue's updates have been particularly good for us spanking fans, though, so I'm going to leave you with a few more sneak previews behind some of the bedroom doors in Nimue's World.
Spank Break, with our own lovely Pandora: