About Hywel

Particle physicist turned fetish photographer, producer and director. I run http://www.restrainedelegance.com and http://www.elegancestudios.com together with my wife, who is variously known as Ariel Anderssen or Amelia Jane Rutherford, depending on whether she's getting tied up or spanked at the time.

Your feedback

Hi Everyone,

If you are on the mailing list or follow me on Twitter you’ll have seen the saga of the disgruntled ex-customer claiming RE’s bondage has gone all bland, and the subsequent replies to me, and thence mine to him. His reply to that was pretty rude, so I’m not going to fret any more about him directly.

What I do want to say though is thank you to the dozens (so far!) of you who have written to tell me your thoughts. It’s actually been a great conversation starter, and I’m reading all your feedback both good and bad with avid interest. We can’t please all the people all of the time but there are some valid complaints and some great suggestions, and I will try to get back to everyone individually with equally thoughtful replies.

However, it’s going to take me a while – weeks at least – to get back to everybody because of my other shoot commitments and being away from the computer a lot for various reasons until December. Please bear with me, thank you again for writing, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.


ZIP file issue

Hi All,

UPDATE: Windows, Linux and Android can’t unzip files bigger than 4 GB , at least not where the ZIP file was
built on Linux (as they are for RE) or MacOS. This is the first time we’ve burst through the 4 GB ZIP file size for a full-res set, because the Lesbian Vampire set is 500+ pics but is also very stylised, with heavy film grain added, which means a lot of non-compressible detail in the images, so each image is also bigger.

I’m therefore uploading a split version of the photoset so non-Mac users can download in two halves and unzip that way. I will ensure future sets are less than 4 GB in final ZIP size for the hi-res versions.

Many thanks to the members who helped figure all this out!


Original report:

I had a report of ZIP file issues with today’s awesome (and huge!) Lesbian Vampire set with Faye and Scarlett. I’ve just rebuilt and re-uploaded everything and downloaded it and it works for me – if you have any problems please let me know. Note that the HiDef ZIP file in particular for this set is almost 5 GB – it’s a huge set with lots of detail in the film grain etc. so the file sizes are similarly vast.


Previews for October 2023: Horror for Hallowe’en

Hi All,

It’s October, it’s Hallowe’en month, and we’ve got lots of horror-inspired updates for you this month! Check it out! And don’t worry if you’re not a horror fan, there’s plenty of elegant glamour bondage to go around as well including a very playful 50 minute video with Scarlett Foxett and Lucy Lauren as badly-behaved Pony Girls in Secret Agents vs. The Duke.

And back in the archives for members to enjoy:

New email address

Hi Everyone

Over the years my work email address (webmaster @ restrainedelegance.com) has got more and more unreliable, with more and more emails not getting through to me. I believe this is because of shadowbanning with some mail routers just swallowing any emails to “porny” domains. It’s annoying to say the least, and came to a head this morning when MY OWN WIFE couldn’t send me an email of her appearance on Irish TV to my work address and had to resend to my personal one.

It’s clearly got out of hand, so I have set up a new secure email system using protonmail and a custom domain.
So from now on if you need to email me, please send to webmaster@restrainedelegance.help.

Hopefully that will prove more reliable!

The old email address will still work as well or as badly as it is right now, and it’ll take me a while to change all the “contact us” links and so forth. But hopefully the new address will be more reliable.