Photographer of the Week: Shimona Henry

Vancouver-based Shimona Henry is both a make-up artist, with some music videos and film credits to her name, and a photographer. In the latter capacity she runs the firm Pin-Up Perfection, which aims, she says, to enhance women’s self-esteem by photographing them in sexy poses. Her work sits somewhere between the pin-up, fetish and ‘Bettie Page’ schools of photography, and she often flirts with imagery that comes within the purview of spanking.

For several years running, she has photographed the models at the Lace Embrace exhibition of antique corsets at the Hycroft Gallery in Vancouver.

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And for several years running, a handful of the models have messed around in mildly interesting ways. In May 2012:

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(In the first two shots, the model who’s standing up is Virginia Newton-Moss. In the third one, Crystal Precious is sitting down and Kerosene Deluxe may soon be unable to.)

And in May 2013, somebody brought along a paddle for use by Erin Johanson on Melanie Talkington:

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Mackenzie Gray also found a use for it on Debbie Wiecke:

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In my terms, these are only very marginally definable as spanking pictures – hopefully some readers will find more to enjoy in them – but for once there’s a very good reason for that. You may look at these pictures and see some bottom-smacking antics, but what I see is a group of models taking great care to avoid damaging the merchandise: no proper OTK spanking for these girls in corsets!

But Shimona has shot OTK spanking images at least twice. Before we see the first one, which was part of a 2011 shoot for Retro Lovely Magazine, let’s meet the models who are going to feature in it.

First off, here’s Lou la Massacre, who is not only an ‘alternative model’ but also, like Shimona, a make-up artist. She says her personal fetish is being squeezed into tight clothes!

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Admire her rear end while you can, because when you next see her she’ll be sitting on it.

The bottom that’s going to be upended belongs to Dallas Valentine and – do you notice a theme emerging here? – she too is a make-up artist!

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All she needs is Lou’s lap beneath her, and we’ll be away!

So here we go. But maybe she can lose a few clothes before we begin…

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The second group of spanking pictures were part of a lesbian themed shoot featuring two burlesque artistes: Rianne Brundlefly Keel, whose stage name is Riannaconda…

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and Dezi Desire, who also uses the name Dezi Raider…

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Not content with just burlesque and modeling, they’re also a couple of cosplayers. Here’s Riannaconda as Catwoman:

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And here’s Dezi as the curviest Riddler you ever did see:

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The Riddler even features in one of Dezi’s acts.

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She also does striptease routines featuring herself as various iconic sci-fi characters, like Mr Spock or…

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Tom Baker’s Doctor Who!

And, just to keep things even, here’s an interesting moment from Riannaconda onstage:

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Domination-themed fetish photography often features Nazi uniforms as a kind of shorthand for authoritarianism. Shimona’s 2013 shoot with Riannaconda and Dezi spins that around to find the jackboot at the other end of the political spectrum:

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The shoot was entitled ‘From Russia, With Love’, and was intended as a comment on Russia’s illiberal treatment of gay people:

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Most of the shoot was taken up with lesbian cavorting, but right now Dezi’s fortunes seem to have taken a turn for the worse:

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Maybe it’s lucky for her she’s wearing black panties as well as her leotard and fishnets!

Trying to publish the pictures through another less than liberal organization, Facebook, had its drawbacks. Apologies for the censorship here:

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But of course, none of these are technically spanking photographs in the strictest sense of the term (and, of course, we are strict here at Vanilla Spanking).

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Put the riding whip away, Riannaconda, and put the girl across your knee!

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One question remains: is Riannaconda relaxing with her drink before, during or after spanking Dezi?

Maybe there was something inevitable about the way that shoot turned out. Dezi was once asked to name her top five turn-ons, and top of the list was ‘military uniforms’ – in fact, she supplied the costumes for the shoot. She also likes ‘being dominated’ and ‘rough stuff’, and says that her bottom is one of her favorite parts of herself. So let’s pay it a little more appreciation before we bid it, and her, a fond farewell:

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Despite her acknowledged tastes, I haven’t yet found Dezi in another spanking shoot. Sadly it seems that, unlike Shimona, some photographers just don’t get it…

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But on the other hand, it’s only auf wiedersehen to Riannaconda. She has posed for spanking pics by at least two other photographers who’ll be coming up in future installments. And surely, sooner or later, that girl’s luck is going to run out…

If you are interested in Shimona’s work, please visit her website. And you can find more of her spanking photography here.

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