Happy new year from all of us at Dreams of Spanking! 2013, our second year in business, has had its ups and downs - but mostly it's been ups. It's been a pleasure to watch the project stabilise, grow and enjoy various successes, and I'm really optimistic about 2014.
My personal highlights from the last twelve months include getting a photo of a male submissive to the top of Kinky and Popular, being nominated for a Feminist Porn Award 2013, receiving several excellent reviews from porn review sites, attending a private film festival for UK fetish producers, producing our first big location shoot (which I hope will become an annual feature!), hiring my new assistant AJ (who also helped me with this post - thanks hon!), and hosting our first free porn day to celebrate the second birthday of the site.
It's not all been plain sailing. I allowed myself to get badly overcommitted this year by trying to combine too many other projects with running this website, and had to take time to recover from burnout. While I was still too exhausted to cope, I accidentally deleted some footage on a spanking shoot, a mistake I very much hope not to make again. At the start of the summer we also experienced some issues with our billing provider which were a headache at the time - but even that cloud had a silver lining in the end, in the launch of our free "extreme porn" spin-off site, Darker Dreams.
In 2013 we published a number of new types of spanking scene, including our first strap-on scene, live-play spanking card game, pet play scene, wrestling film, and hand tawsing. We worked with some amazing performers for the first time, some new to the spanking industry, others already and deservedly popular: Will Savage, Alex Reynolds, Mila Kohl and Paul Kennedy, Vincent Brennan, Lola Marie, Leia Ann Woods, and Andrew Shada.
We also had great fun shooting with existing cast members Caroline Grey, Amelia Jane Rutherford, Thomas Cameron, Nimue Allen, D, Molly Malone, Zoe Montana, Michael Darling and Adele Haze, and we invited three new photographers to join the crew: Matt Christie, Tyler Gray and PWP.
2013 was also the year when my work started to attract a little more interest in the press, such as this article in Slixa, an interview with Jacques magazine, a yet-to-be-released FHM feature on what women think of porn, a mention in Men's Health magazine, and several in-depth interviews for a forthcoming Guardian article by Zoe Williams.
I wanted to post my top twelve scenes of 2013 to celebrate the year gone by. It turned out to be very hard to choose. I've been really proud of our updates this year, and if I get my way there'll be even better to come in 2014. Picking just twelve was difficult! These are just the ones that stood out for me; you will probably have your own favourites. But without further ado, here are my twelve favourite spanking scenes from 2013:
Caning Practice: Like all schoolboys, Michael and Sebastian dread the cane. When the Headmaster catches them exchanging practice strokes in the school grounds, they soon find out what it really feels like. Based on a true story, this film explores the dread and fear of the cane as the ultimate sanction that can make school punishment stories so powerful.
Bridezilla: A stressed-out bride insists on punishing her long-suffering maid of honour, but when even this doesn't calm her down, Nimue turns the tables and gives Molly what she really needs: the cane. Molly and Nimue delivered superb performances in this energetic, witty switch scene, and Molly looks sublime receiving a well-earned caning in her white bridal lingerie.
Musclebound: Introducing new switch performer Will Savage, freshly oiled and showing off his muscular physique. Strength and power are slowly tamed as he kneels and submits to tightly tied hemp rope. This groundbreaking photoset celebrated the beauty and nobility of male submission, and Will's finely-crafted physique and Hywel Phillips' superb photography took the whole thing to another level.
Caned Before Dinner: After her behaviour at the last Rotary Club dinner, Mila's father decides to punish her before this one as a pre-emptive measure. Twelve sore cane stripes on her bottom will remind her to behave. Mila was not very experienced with the cane, and was extremely nervous in the run up to this scene. Her fear and tears as the punishment proceeds are entirely genuine.
Ladies Caning Night: This week Pandora has brought her partner Michael to Nimue's caning evening - and her camera. The ladies team up to give poor Michael over 60 cane strokes, including a double caning from both of them at once. This scene had a realistic, documentary-style feel which was fun to produce, and all three of us had a great time with it. Brave Michael took one hell of a caning - and he even seemed to enjoy it!
Teacher's Pet: Lola has a crush on her teacher, but she's in for a shock when she playfully provokes a spanking. He knocks her back, and gives her a serious hairbrush punishment that she doesn't like one bit. One of my oldest fantasies, Lola and Tom brought this scene to life with perfect, hilarious performances - and Lola took the hardest wooden hairbrush spanking I have ever filmed.
School Report: Michael hates living with his strict, old-fashioned aunt and uncle, who believe in traditional methods of discipline and do not consider him too old to be taken over the knee for a sound spanking. This was our first MF/M scene, and may in fact be the first MF/M spanking film ever made. It proved incredibly popular, and affirmed my intention to continue to produce innovative, genre-busting films celebrating male spankees.
The Fix: Riders Caroline and Amelia had the best of intentions when they fixed the horse race, but that won’t save them from Miss Blake's riding crop, and a harsh thrashing that brings them both to tears. Both performers picked this firm but fair scene as their favourite out of our two day shoot, and they loved the opportunity to hold hands and console each other through two very emotionally intense punishments. Tight jodhpurs, sound whippings and beautiful crying girls - what's not to love?
My Inner Little Girl: Tamora is a high powered business woman, but no-one can be strong all the time. After a long work day she makes time for her inner schoolgirl, dressing up and fantasising about being spanked and helpless. This was my first ever masturbation scene and orgasm on camera, and it was exciting and nerve-wracking to share something a bit more intimate with the world. I also really enjoyed making a film that combines genuine female pleasure with a non-consensual punishment scenario. The best of both worlds!
Drunk and Disorderly: Arrested for drunk and disorderly behaviour, Vincent is given the option of judicial corporal punishment. His big mouth earns him more and more strokes, culminating in 30 full force strokes of the cane. This was our first judicial scene, and new spankee Vincent bowled us over with his resilience and courage.
Pandora's Belt Whipping Fantasy: Pandora describes one of her edgiest fantasies: a severe domestic belt whipping featuring struggling, real tears and over 100 very hard strokes. Together, she and Tom bring her dream to life. One of my oldest, nastiest fantasies, and a new mode of storytelling that shows both non-consensual fantasy and consensual reality. This was a big deal for me and Tom, and I'm really pleased with the result.
The New Lieutenant: Her Majesty's Hussars are off on campaign. Major Harry Havelock congratulates new Lieutenant Shada on his promotion, and introduces the boy to the privileges of rank: wine, wenching, and whipping! A more ambitious historical production indulging another favourite fantasy of mine and Tom's, and giving new performer Andrew a chance to shine. Episode three of this series is coming soon!