Underwater bondage

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Underwater Bondage presents some very unique issues for the model, photographer and support staff.

Problems you will encounter and need to plan for:

  • The obvious: all cameras and equipment must be waterproofed.
  • Electricity (in any form) presents definite hazards to everyone involved with the shoot, whether in or out of the water.
  • Light reflects and refracts differently underwater than in air.
  • Air bubbles from the people in the water will flow in front of camera lenses.
  • All positions are practiced (without bondage) beforehand so that everyone knows where the belong during the shoot.
  • Use two or three photographers with at least five gaffers/support staff for speed and safety.
  • Clothing that is long or "free flowing" presents potential for covering face and/or hindering rescue attempts, so pay a lot of attention to wardrobe.
  • The model needs to have practiced holding and exhaling their breath for several hours before the shoot.
  • The model (being unable to swim because she is bound) will need to have several people standing by to provide help if ANYTHING doesn't look absolutely perfect.
  • Everyone on the set needs to know what safewords are, what the safeword is, and how they are used.
  • Everyone on the set needs to know what the emergency plan is, the back-up plan, the plan to be used in case someone panics, and the next one hundred and eighty-three back-up plans. <g>
  • Strangely enough, the person "in charge of the shoot" has to be the model.
  • Plenty of warm liquids and blankets to deal with potential hypothermia.


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