How long does a bondage photo shoot last?

Posted in lifestyle on Monday, 20th June 2022

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It's a bit like asking how long is a piece of string. Some people like to drag them over as they worry over every minute detail. Others shoot so fast it's amazing the camera doesn't catch fire.

If you're planning on doing a bondage shoot and are wondering how long to book a studio and model for, this is how it worked for me.

How much bondage do I want to photograph?

Think about how many sets you want to shoot. A set is a model in a specific costume and tie.

Work on a rough guide of 40 minutes per set. That's 10 minutes for the model to change, set up the lights, change the set and so on. Another 10 at the end to untie them, clear stuff away and generally cool down. That leaves you twenty minutes shooting time.

If that doesn't sound like a lot, it isn't. Bondage shoots are about capturing the scene, not playing with a partner. Leaving a model too long in a tie could bring on aches, pains and so on, and make the following sets more difficult. They might also put their body under more stress than in play to make sure you get the shot you want.

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You can shave a few minutes off here and there, for example by leaving the model in the same costume for a different tie, or tying the model slowly and using each stage as its own separate set.

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Then you should factor in the human body. Shooting is tough on model and photographer, so don't think you're going to go at this for 8 hours straight. As a rough guide for early shoots, while you find your feet and style, I'd suggest 3 hours of shooting time is plenty. If you work with an experienced model, pace yourself and reuse costumes, you might get 5 or 6 sets.

The top-and-tail

Finally you have set up and pack up times. Tip here is to get to the studio before the model so you can set lights up, run through facilities. Thirty minutes should be enough. Another thirty at the end of the shoot gives you contingency for overruns, and time to pack things away. Yes, I have left props at studios because I was in a rush.

A 4 hour shoot with a bondage model

There you have it. For the first couple of shoots I'd suggest booking a studio for 4 hours, and a model for 3. Once you get used to shooting, directing and being in the room with someone tied up, you can extend bondage shoots, shorten them or work with multiple models at once.

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