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.

Last three shoots of the year…

Hi Everyone

Ariel and I just finished our last three shoots of this year with three new (to us) models- Lottii Rose, Lucy Lauren and Scarlett Foxett. And a VERY fine end to the shooting calendar it was! I’ve posted a few samples below to whet your appetites – all these sets and more coming in 2018!

At the weekend we also put the finishing touches to forthcoming EleganceStudios.com feature film In The Dark, I just need to edit in the extra shots we picked up, export, compress and upload. I’ll be making a second trailer soon and then the movie will be live, watch this space!

Of course we’ve got lots of great things coming your way in December on RestrainedElegance.com too – check out the December previews here! We’ll be updating every day between Xmas and New Year so you can make the most of the holidays and have a kinky Christmas 🙂

Seasons Greetings, have a cool Yule.

Hywel (and Ariel, although she’s off on another gadabout tour of the UK in the run up to Xmas)

Rating sets

Hi All,

Is anyone having problems rating sets on SilkSoles.com? It seems to work for me some of the time, but not all of the time, and a member has said it isn’t working for him consistently either. I might turn it off for the moment so we can investigate. I’ve not touched anything on the code there myself but it is quite possible that an update to the operating system on the server has messed something up.

Bear with me, got a bunch of shoots in the next few days, I’ll investigate as soon as I can.

Hywel

Aha! I didn’t think I could do it, but I can!

I didn’t think it was possible to put a blanket discount on the old RE Classic shopping cart, but I can! It’s not as obvious as on the eStore cart because it’s applied only when you get to checkout, but it is there!

The special offer last weekend on the eStore worked so well that I wanted to do something for actual Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend, and here we are! 50% off everything on the Classic Restrained Elegance shopping cart – literally THOUSANDS of photosets and videos, going back to the very beginnings of the site in 2001, are now available at HALF PRICE!

Why not take the chance to catch up on some sets of your favourite retired models from the early days like Fi Stevens, Paige Robbins, Petra Morgan or Charisma Cole? Check out super-hot early play sessions with Ariel Anderssen, like Bondage Driving Test and Long Term Bondage, or complete your collection of Jasmine Sinclair!

Add the sets to your cart and usual, check your basket for checkout and you will see a 50% discount applied!

Faye Taylor returns to RestrainedElegance.com

Faye Taylor

Kate B RE full quality still

A full sized shot of Kate in the same studio, but using studio flash and the full “RE quality procedure”. This is from an RE stills set, we didn’t shoot a video of it as well.

50% off everything on the new eStore, this weekend only!

Hi Everyone!

This weekend only, everything on our new Surfnet eStore is 50% off!

This includes all the most recent RE updates for individual purchase- which RE members already have access to of course!

But it also includes our EleganceStudios.com long movies, 50% off for the first time only, this weekend ONLY! Check out the trailers: I just put them back in the archives for RE members, or you can watch them at EleganceStudios.com

Don’t miss out on this 50% saving! Check out https://estore.surfnetcorp.com/store/EleganceStudios now!

Slave Auction

Day In The Life

Hannah Claydon, Sophia Smith, Scarlot Rose and Ariel Anderssen

The Pony Girl Trilogy

Bastinado

Acquiesce

Haunted

Highwayman

Amelia’s Sunday Spanking

The Underground

Plus Ariel’s Bastinado and Femme Domme Monologues

Don’t miss out on this 50% saving! Check out https://estore.surfnetcorp.com/store/EleganceStudios now!

Hywel

Well, darn

Hi Everyone,

Just a quickie. I’ve just been diagnosed with a raging case of tennis elbow. The physio said that often he can just recommend people stop doing the activity that exacerbates it, but since essentially every aspect of my job (holding a camera, especially on a wrist strap, typing, mouse, moving kit around) exacerbates it, that won’t be practical. So I’m going to have to work on it with exercises, wrist supports on shoot days and for computer work, etc..

I will be trying to reduce impact. So using light cameras on a neck strap rather than the Hasselblad or RED for shoots for the next few months, trying to organise shoot days so I do less moving of kit by shooting more sets in each room before we move, and trying to reduce my time in front of the computer to the bare minimum to get by. I’ll be switching to dictation software for as much typing as possible, too.

I don’t think it should impact the functioning of the site in any major way. But… my customer service emails might get very curt for a while, the stories might be a bit briefer (and possibly more surreal if I don’t catch errors from the dictation software). If it goes on for too long or gets too bad, I might also cut back on the amount of fine detail retouching I do on photosets and rely on the automatic parts of the software until I’ve recovered. I hope you won’t notice much difference, but if you do, please bear with me until I recover. Thanks!

Cheers, Hywel