Pros and Cons
- zipped high-res photo sets
- new photos added three times per week
- HD and Full HD movies
- dark, bland design
- streams have to load before skipping
- not mobile-responsive
Shackled Maidens combines photography with BDSM and fetish themes. Most of the images show the girl on her own, but I saw at least one spread with two women. The emphasis is definitely on bondage as an artful expression rather than raunchy debauchery and everything is very classy.
I praise ShackledMaidens for knowing that photos are best taken by professional photographers and the site currently has 829 sets of superb high-res pictures. Some sessions are quite artistic, while others have an almost campy quality, with the girls posing too stiffly and overly complex lighting. You're able to save them in Zip files and there are both black and white and color pictorials.
There are also 21 videos in WMV and MP4 files. There are some HD and Full HD ones. I was surprised how much I liked such short, slightly overacted movies. Somehow, a campy well-done-up girl pretending to squirm and writhe in pain is more erotic than if the acting was more convincing.
There's only one more video available compared to over a year ago. Also, there's still a note that the video page is temporary while they work on a new one and that they're remastering the vids to "full size," which I take to mean HD. It seems like the process is taking longer than they anticipated (assuming it's still part of the plan).
Getting around the site is easy. You can access the pics and vids from the top menu. You can also check out the model's page and explore the different devices used on them. The forum continues to be active and you'll find a section for members' requests, though it hasn't seen any action for the last couple of years. The design does need work, though. It's dated-looking and very dark.
New photos get added about three times per week, but the section hasn't grown as much as it should have given that update schedule. It's possible they remove some of the older content with each update. The most recent video is dated from October 2014, but, as I explained earlier, the video section is still in a state of flux.
The cost of a monthly membership to Shackled Maidens is pretty average and it becomes even cheaper if you stick around for more than a month. There's a good amount of galleries on the site and if you like images of babes in medieval bondage, you might want to sign up.