Pros and Cons
- zipped high-res photo sets
- new photos added frequently
- model and bondage-device tags
- dark, bland design
- streams have to load before skipping
- not mobile-responsive
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 719 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 20 videos and most of them are in a Windows Media format, with a few in MP4s. Some offer great-quality playback and others are presented in HD, but you'll also come across good-quality ones. There are 27 fewer videos this visit, but there's a note that they're re-formatting them and working on that section. I was surprised by how much I liked such short, slightly overacted movies. Somehow, a campy well-done-up woman pretending to squirm and writhe in pain is more erotic than if the acting was more convincing.
Getting around the site is very easy. You can access the pics and vids from the menu at the top and you can also check out the model's page and explore the different devices used on them. The members' 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 or so. The design does need work though. It's dated-looking and very dark.
New photos get added to the site almost every day, but it hasn't grown that much since our last visit. 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 in a state of flux.
The cost of a monthly membership to Shackled Maidens is pretty reasonable 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.