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Models: Grey Eyed Vixen (Instagram | Fetlife); Louise Rosealma (Instagram | Fetlife); Assists: Reading Wolf (Instagram | Fetlife)

I’d been trying to find an opportunity to collaborate with @reading_wolf for a while, but schedules never aligned. When I checked again in mid-October, not only was he free, but he had rented a cabin for the weekend with a friend and model. So, together with Louise Rosealma, I went out to meet them at the cabin and do some shooting.

We got a number of great shots that day, including this series was from the end of the day. @Grey_Eyed_Vixen had been hoping to do a rope suspension shoot that day, and the supports for the porch served us well. After a few solo shots, Louise joined in on the fun and added a new dimension to the images.

A Note about the Rope

I take rope-related risks very seriously, and I’m particularly cautious when tying people with whom I don’t regularly tie. One aspect of any tie that immediately increases risk is the inclusion of rope over the arms if that rope will be taking any of the load/force from the suspension.

In this case, since I didn’t know her very well, I tied a chest harness as the base suspension harness (a modified version of Gorgone’s “Butterfly Harness”). I then brought the arms behind the back and added cuffs on them, but (importantly) those cuffs would not actually load during the suspension … they are merely decorative in this case.

Once the chest was secure, I tied a folded-leg tie (a simple, multiple band version that I’ve found to be stable and comfortable … as comfort in rope goes). The model then could put her weight into the tie and–when comfortable–lift her leg to move fully into suspension. (I then captured that leg with the remaining upline from the folded leg). This meant we worked our way slowly into the suspension, with the model able to test and and find a comfortable position in the rope before fully committing to the suspension.

I recommend a similar measured and controlled approach–including the use of lower-risk ties and positions, as this does–for any experienced rope people who are new to working with each other.

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