For most of you, Leia-Ann Woods will need no introduction. The poised, elegant spanking superstar is as kinky as they come, and has contributed hugely to the UK scene. She co-founded ladies prison spanking soap Bars and Stripes - the first spanking site framed as an ongoing, consistent narrative with recurring characters. She is one of the core team of performers at Northern Spanking, the spanking site which inspired me with its emphasis on performer wellbeing and consent behind the scenes. Leia-Ann also writes a well-known blog, and is much loved in the UK session and party scene.
In recent years she has added another strongto her bow and taken up professional dominance, while continuing to enjoy submission in both her private and professional lives. Leia-Ann's effortless evolution from sub to switch was one of the things that reassured me that it was okay to grow and develop myself. It's always a pleasure to work with fellow switches and, once I got over my initial shyness about working with someone I had so long admired, I was very excited to shoot with her for Dreams of Spanking.
This shoot was set up when we bumped into each other at the Boardwalk Badness party in Atlantic City this April. It seems that both of us had been nervous about approaching the other (these things seem so silly in retrospect), but once reassured that the other was keen, we were both eager to go ahead. We spent a pleasant June afternoon drinking cider and plotting a day of deviance tailored to Leia-Ann's tastes and skills.
When she arrived on Friday 13th (unlucky for some!) we were well into the swing of shooting. We were tired, too, but working with an experienced professional like Leia, I was feeling pretty relaxed about the day ahead.
I always like to start with an introductory photoset when shooting with a new performer. Leia-Ann needs no introduction, but she'd brought a wonderful World War II Women's Royal Naval Service ("Wren") uniform with her which I was keen to use. Lacking a corresponding uniform for either Tom or I, I hadn't planned a video, but decided to go ahead with a simple spanking photoset - which was published last week.
WRNS rating Woods nervously awaits the Superintendent in a private room of the HQ. She's heard rumours about some of the more severe disciplinary methods still employed in the Service, but so far hasn't experienced any punishment worse than extra physical training or tedious chores.
Sadly a moment of carelessness during a training exercise has sabotaged her good track record, and after accidentally discharging a clip of live ammunition she knows that her Commanding Officer isn't going to let her off lightly. Still, she has her whole career ahead of her, and she's determined never to be so careless again. Whatever punishment she faces now, she intends to take it as a Wren should: with courage, honour and dignity.
We didn't have a specific plot in mind while we were shooting, but when I came to upload the photos I did a little research into the Wrens' training and the sort of thing they might have been punished for. I came across several tantalising references to the historical caning of Wrens - for instance this report on the letters section in the Sunday Telegraph:
Sunday Telegraph, London, 5 February 2006
Bare bottom caning
Your correspondent who as a Wren was caned over her knickers had it easy (Letters, January 29). In the 1940s, it was a daily routine for cadets at the Royal Naval School in Portsmouth to be beaten on their bare buttocks.
Once, for carelessly discharging a clip of live ammunition, the commanding officer gave me 30 of the very best and I could not sit down for five days.
Mavis Parker, Quorn, Leicestershire
Fiction or not, it provided ample inspiration for a whole raft of future Wren scenarios. Clearly we will have to get Leia and her uniform back to revisit this theme and use some of these ideas. Perhaps with a second uniform for the top, next time!
I'm still getting the hang of my new camera, but I enjoyed taking these photos and I like how they've turned out. Mind you I won't lie, it's pretty hard to take a bad picture of Leia-Ann Woods.
After that it was time for our first video of the day - an F/F switch storyline in two parts. Leia and I dreamed up this scenario together, so it's the product of both our fevered brains! It stars Dr Woods as a mad scientist obsessed with her researches into pain. She kidnaps hapless citizens and takes them back to her country house to be the subject of her deranged experiments.
I honestly think that Leia is the only person on the planet who could have played this role. She was utterly perfect and had us all in stitches with her performance.
In part 2, her current laboratory victim (played by me) effects an escape, and takes her revenge.
After that we did a sequel to our recent film Lady Godiva, which follows the ladies' equestrian society in a small rural town. Leia played her top role as society President, taking the Treasurer (me!) in hand for a rather indecent incident involving Leia's own husband.
This was my first ever hand tawsing on camera, and I was pretty nervous about it beforehand, but Leia measured the strokes out accurately and I got through it without freaking out. It bloody stung, though!
Then it was lunch, and plenty of time to work up a lather of nerves over my big bottoming scene of the day: a 50-stroke severe caning with me as a whipped Victorian maid. I got properly worked up about it and ended up delaying the start of shooting for half an hour or so, fussing over my costume and delaying the inevitable.
I'd been planning this scene for months. I'd taken one judicial level cold caning on camera before, for Hungarian site Pain4Fem, but hadn't yet done so for Dreams of Spanking. I thought it would be exciting to make it a double caning, since Leia is left-handed.
My only remaining concern was the bruises on my bum from my severe belt whipping scene we'd done four days earlier. I'd hoped they would have faded, but they were still pretty obvious. Ideally, I wanted a clean canvas before the caning began. But there was nothing to be done, and hopefully it isn't too implausible that a maid who finds herself in trouble with the Master and Mistress of the house would have been punished before.
This scene was very intense and exciting for me, and reminded me how much I love cold canings. I managed to stay in control of myself throughout, and everyone on set respected my wishes regarding how I wanted the scene to go. It was a really empowering experience.
The only thing I wasn't happy about was how the marks looked afterwards (I am a marks fetishist, after all). This was at the same strength, and using very similar canes, to the caning Kaelah took in The Final Test, but you can tell my bum has been beaten a lot more over the years - it's simply much harder to give me those beautifully dark, bloody welts these days! Still, Leia and Tom (both expert caners) were both going as hard as they could without losing accuracy, so hopefully the video will satisfy those for a taste for severity - even if the marks didn't lend themselves to quite as dramatic photos as I would have liked.
Overall, shooting this scene went so smoothly that I'm already thinking ahead to doing another judicial-level caning in the future... perhaps with heavier dragon canes next time! Once my bottom has fully healed from all its recent adventures, of course.
Afterwards we put my recent stripes to good use in a scene set in a Victorian brothel. This is part of an ongoing series of which I've only filmed two episodes so far - and I haven't released either yet, because neither of them are where the story starts! I need to redouble my efforts to get episode 1 shot next year so I can start to publish this storyline. It follows the adventures of Molly Brown, a poor girl who leaves the workhouse to work in a brothel, and discovers a knack for catering to gentlemen with a taste for corporal punishment, one of whom becomes her mentor and patron.
In this scene, Molly's co-worker Leia-Ann accidentally walks in on a session in which Molly is being soundly whipped by her regular client. Leia assumes the worse and tries to protect Molly, giving the chap a piece of her mind and threatening to tell the madam. The client is not impressed and to make amends, poor Leia soon finds herself bending over for the same treatment.
This scene was such fun to play out, and I loved dressing up in corsets and bloomers with Leia. Nimue did a great job with the photos, too.
Finally, it was time for Leia-Ann to take a cold caning of her own, as part of a dark D/S film which I wrote a few years ago. It dips into the life of a submissive in training with a ruthless and exacting master. Her morning maintenance punishments are augmented by any slip or error he can find in her behaviour or demeanour... plus a few unfair additions thrown in just to fuck with her head.
I initially wrote this scene for me and Tom, with me as the helpless submissive desperately trying, and failing, to please. When I ran the script past Leia, however, she loved it, and I realised that her poise and self-control would give the scene a very different flavour. It turned into a quiet, intense battle of wills as the master tried to break her, with Leia defiantly obeying every instruction without once letting him get inside her head. She looked stunningly elegant in a knee-length hobble skirt, implausibly high heels and tight-laced corset... and she was still able to touch her toes!
Working with Leia-Ann was a treat, she really is one of the best in the business. She warmed to my more eccentric ideas with pleasing enthusiasm, and we had a great day indulging different aspects of our kink. I'm looking forward to sharing the results with you, and hope to shoot with her again.