Shooting with Sandra – the “Victim’s” Perspective

February 2nd, 2016 at 8:33 pm (life in general, los angeles)

I’m really thrilled to have Sybil back with another guest blog post, with her perspective on our very first shoot together back in the day…Thanks, Sybil, for the nice description of what really went on and for all your nice words!

I really haven’t done that much bondage modeling…Before I met with Sandra the first time, my resume was very short! I had shot with Jean Bardot in her studio, but Jean was definitely the feature in those shoots (and rightfully so!). Shooting with Jean also had more of a latex fashion and BDSM angle for her website at that time. Other than that I had some bondage pictures taken of me at home or at parties or during private play while I was tied up, but those pics were not for the purpose of being sold, distributed or anything like that. Those times I was tied up, I was tied by people I knew very well and vice versa, so there was plenty of trust and comfort there.

So when I contacted Sandra to arrange for our first shoot together in Hollywood, this legitimately was my first bondage modeling shoot! I was really nervous when the day came – not at all about personal safety – I just didn’t want to make a fool of myself or waste Sandra’s valuable time in not being able to produce usable content. I had so many thoughts which I laugh about now…Thoughts like, “What if I get really excited and there is a wardrobe malfunction? What if Sandra molests me, how should I react? What if I can’t take the bondage and have to end a scene prematurely?” But it turns out I had nothing to worry about, I could have only dreamed of Sandra molesting me or doing something inappropriate, and we would have laughed off just about any other situation we would have encountered.

Before we met, I tried to warn Sandra that I was basically a novice, but she was very encouraging and really made me feel confident as the time approached. She did an excellent job of setting expectations from the beginning; she took a very professional approach. I knew to expect paperwork, how much time it would take, how the content would be shared/used, and had a pretty good idea of what the scenes would be like.

I was staying at the Renaissance hotel in Hollywood with Jean on this visit from Minnesota, about six years ago, and Sandra thought it would be fun to shoot there, so we made that our plan. When Sandra showed up, she did all the hard work of setting up lighting, arranging the background, and laying out all the gear for the shoot – all I had to do was try to look my best! Sandra was very calm and confident; she obviously had tons of experience and had no trouble making decisions that I would have struggled with. It was just the 2 of us, Jean had a client at a local dungeon and would likely come back sometime while we were shooting. Sandra and I made small talk for a bit, discussed the first scene, and then she started doing practice shots, testing the lights, we were shooting!!

I had followed Sandra’s site pretty extensively for the past couple years before this, and I loved the classy nature of her site, the sexy secretary looks, and the way she could make girls look teasingly sexy. So for our first scene, I chose to wear a tight black skirt with suspenders with a purple top, which I thought would be right in line with the styles I’d seen on Trannies in Trouble. My intention was to have the welts of my stockings showing, maybe even the tops of my stockings if the skirt rode high enough during the shoot. I love that look – it’s something Sandra does amazingly well in her shoots. Underneath the skirt, I was tucked really well with a black satin gaff and I wore a 26” Versatile Fashions corset, laced very tight with 8 garters pulled snugly to the Secrets in Lace nylon RHT stockings, which had an imprint on the welt. I used medical glue to attach the silicone breast forms to my chest – I did not want those sliding around that day and peeking out around the black lace 36C bra! I wore a pair of 5.5” heels which I had custom made with a thick leather strap over the arch. These pumps are really difficult to remove when that strap is tight. And I wore leather gloves, my favorite for bondage – I love the way they look and feel as they protect my wrists while making it a little harder to undo knots.

So the first shots were “glamour” shots and we got some sitting, then standing, and we tried to get a shot with the Hollywood sign in the background. I had no idea how to smile while making it look natural, no clue how to pose, it felt like my first time being in front of a camera, so I kept looking for feedback from Sandra. She was great, she started saying right away, “oh that’s nice, these are going to be great. Love the lighting. The outfit looks fabulous.” She knew I was nervous and she did a great job of building up my confidence. I was just praying the pics would come out as good as she was telling me.

After a few dozen of those shots, Sandra just said very casually, “Ok, well let’s get you tied up now.” OMG! I was so excited and scared! I sat on the edge of the bed and she started tying my ankles, and we were chatting the whole time, telling stories, discussing the things we liked and getting to know each other better. Sandra used a magician’s rope, soft cotton and it felt wonderful as she circled my ankles and cinched them snugly. The rope grabbed nicely below and above my knees, even though I was wearing some very slippery nylon stockings. She knew she had to cinch those ropes very tight to keep them in place; my legs were locked together and it felt fantastic. Sandra then asked me to turn to the side and put my hands behind my back, and at that point I knew my freedom and control were going away for a while. Sandra circled my wrists three or four times, the rope was threaded between my wrists and then with a firm pull, my wrists were tightly cinched together and Sandra was in complete control. I had no idea when Jean would return, I was on my own, I was the damsel in distress, my favorite fantasy was on! She added some ropes to my elbows, around my chest, did a little cinching on the chest ropes and there I was, inescapably tied up.

I tested the ropes a bit, but I was helpless. There was no slack in any of the ropes and yet it was very comfortable – I could have stayed in this bondage all day. Sandra had me hop over to the chair and then came the matching purple ball gag, what a nice touch! She pulled the gag pretty tight, enough so that I would not be able to get it out of my mouth. I was starting to get a little excited at this point, but that’s when I found out that this was actually work! Sandra directed me to do a number of things to create the image she wanted. I had to sit in certain postures and put my legs in a variety of different positions, which I found to be very challenging while being tightly laced into the corset and mixed with the tight bondage. I needed all of my core strength to keep legs out in front of me with my toes pointed while sitting on the edge of the chair. I broke into a bit of a sweat a couple times, but Sandra always recognized it right away and patted me down with the kind of care only an experienced tranny in trouble would understand

After a lot of shooting, Sandra abruptly said, “ok, we got some excellent shots, let’s get you untied.” And that was the end of our first shoot, just like that. She didn’t rape me, there was no play session, I didn’t have a wardrobe malfunction, there was no panic attack or anything that pushed my beyond what I was capable of or willing to do. Sandra intentionally made this a quick, easy shoot to build my confidence and see how I did, so there was no video, no hogtie, no bdsm or tickling…She untied me and I think I babbled incessantly after she ungagged me, I was on an endorphin high. Once we all agreed the first set was a success, we started working on the next two…Jean returned from her session, and we had a blast doing the next two set-ups.

Sandra gave me a copy of all the pictures immediately after we were done; I was so glad to have them right away. We had agreed to share content vs. having Sandra pay me for the shoot and owning all the content. Out of respect for Sandra’s business, I only posted two pics from the shoot, and I made sure to tag them all with TranniesinTrouble.com to be sure I was doing my best to drive traffic to her website. Another reason I have always enjoyed working with Sandra is that when choosing what pics to feature from a shoot, Sandra has an uncanny knack for picking the same pictures I like. There have been times I have shot with other folks and thought, “omigosh, why did they choose to publish that shot??” Not that I am complaining though – different people obviously have different tastes and preferences, and I totally get that – it’s good to understand other folks’ perspectives and tastes, so even if it isn’t my favorite angle, I’m still honored when people choose to share a photo of me. But Sandra and I have very similar tastes in that regard; I know she is going to make me look good! And that is the reason I will always cherish any opportunity to shoot with this fantastic lady – she always makes me look good, better than I think I’m capable of. Thank you, Sandra, and everyone who has supported TranniesinTrouble.com over the years! xoxoxo

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Party Gurl Jocelyn L. Returns

January 21st, 2016 at 7:43 pm (life in general, los angeles)

Jocelyn L. is one of those gurls that the camera really likes. She pulls off the party-girl look effortlessly and is really comfortable at striking a pose and looking over her shoulder with that look. She was basically introduced to bondage when we shot last fall and at the time I really hoped that she’d be willing to do it again, so I was thrilled when we shot these pictures just a couple months ago. We had the classic theme in mind of the hotel handyman who finds a cute CD practicing self-bondage alone in her room and who is “persuaded” to go along with whatever she’s forced to do to eventually be set free. I know I’ve been in a few hotel rooms late at night wishing I could get into some kind of trouble like this, and I suspect Jocelyn would do whatever was required of her. Why else would she dress like that if she didn’t want the attention?

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2015 Winding Down / Here Comes 2016

December 24th, 2015 at 11:03 am (life in general, los angeles)

Most years I get rather reflective and a bit melancholy when I write this end-of-the-year blog post. But you know, I have to say this has been a good year for me, so even though our world is still utterly insane, there’s really not that much for me personally to be moody about – Wow, that’s a change for me! Okay, well, I did have a slump this summer where I got into a bad emotional place worrying about the future but I got myself out of that. And I have noticed that I’m just not as tough as I used to be with the heavy bondage that I like so much, which inevitably happens to us all as the years pass.

So although there were a few setbacks, it’s been a fun and interesting year, with the amazing trip to Europe and BoundCon in May with Delilah, more fun shoots as usual, some great TEASE Parties with really good turnouts, and good visits with friends and family. Also a newly redesigned Members Area on the website done by my friend TT who’s just started working on the free site. And I always just really LOVE December and Christmas time – my favorite time of year!

I don’t think there’ll be any big trips in the new year, just planning to stay close to L.A. for a while. But I think it’s going to be another interesting year ahead in 2016…Once again, to everyone who supports the site: Thank you, I couldn’t do it without you! I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Super Solstice, Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad and a fun New Year’s Eve…Here’s to 2016!

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This Year’s Visit with Karyn from France

December 23rd, 2015 at 1:05 pm (life in general)

Earlier this year when I was able to visit Paris just before going to BoundCon, I had a really nice time meeting Karyn who was a wonderful hostess and looked very chic and sexy in her red catsuit and knee-high boots. I very briefly mentioned our meeting in the BoundCon blog post down below but haven’t gotten around to posting any pics till now! I was pretty jetlagged but Karyn was a pleasure to hang out with in her apartment and made me feel very welcome.

We’d already talked off and on for a year or two on Fetlife so after getting a little better acquainted in person out came the ropes. She nearly purred as she was getting tied up and laid out on the latex sheets, with her latex catsuit making slippery noises as she squirmed and writhed. I felt her up a little while she was lying there helpless but I don’t think she minded all that much, although I couldn’t really tell with that ballgag strapped into her mouth. It was a fun visit and really nice to meet a new friend after arriving alone in the city. I really hope we get to meet again and subject Karyn to more bondage (and my clumsy attempts at French!)

On a more somber note, later we talked about the tragic Charlie Hebdo attacks that had happened a few months before, and of course the recent news in November has been so shocking and sad. I’d love to go back again and only hope the years ahead can bring some healing and peace to the people of France.

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Some Tumblr Posts

November 29th, 2015 at 9:48 pm (life in general)

Well, it’s been another slow month here on this blog so before November completely slips away I thought I’d post some of the pics that have been on the Tumblr page. It’s been a really good month with some good shoots and a quiet but very nice Thanksgiving weekend with a terrific TEASE party. Here’s to the rest of the year!

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California Nina Returns to T’s in Trouble

October 18th, 2015 at 5:56 pm (life in general, los angeles)

My friend Nina is a very busy girl so it’s actually been over three years since we’ve shot together but she’s back this week on the site! We had a really fun time with this one, where she plays a closeted and married CD who meets me on Craigslist but learns too late that I’m really just looking for new victims to rob – It’s happened enough times to me that I finally became an expert at turning the tables!

Al from AltomicVisuals took care of the camera and Delilah was able to stop by to do some rigging, so we all had a great time and shot this set at the end of a fun day. I really hope Nina can get back for more trouble again soon. She looked fantastic in her green dress…Hope you enjoy!

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A Week of Kindness

October 4th, 2015 at 10:46 am (life in general)

I first saw “Une Semaine de Bonté” (A Week of Kindness) by Max Ernst when I was fifteen years old and I remember it made a deep impression on me. There are really only a handful of pictures with any real bondage references, but the ladies’ gowns and dresses fascinated me, such as the high-collared dress of the lady in the second picture (what would it be like to wear something like that!)

The book, which was published in 1934, is really a series of collage images cut up from pictures in Victorian magazines and encyclopedias, and although it’s billed as a novel, there’s no real storyline to follow. But I looked at it many times and always felt it conveyed a real sense of dread and a glimpse of the id unmasked, as though without our shaky civilization what savages we would all be. As a fifteen year old I only wished it had even more gowns and dresses and bondage but it was always fascinating to flip through its pages.




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TV Repartee

September 30th, 2015 at 3:04 pm (life in general)

I never expected to actually be on the cover of TV Repartee when Nina Jay told me that our recent interview was being printed (October 1st, 2015), so it’s a big honor to be so prominently featured. Thanks to Nina, Photographer Keith, and Bella who publishes the magazine. I was still a bit jet-lagged in London when we shot this picture last May, but it was a fun and very memorable visit. Here’s the link to the magazine if you’d like to see more, with another photo on the front of the TV Repartee site that may look familiar…

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New Tumblr Page / and Memories (or lack of)

September 25th, 2015 at 11:57 am (life in general)

So I finally put together a small Tumblr page and posted some recent pics and some oldies. I’m hoping to post a lot of old stuff there that hasn’t been seen in years. It is indeed much easier to update photos on Tumblr than it is here. So I still don’t know how long I’ll maintain this current blog but for it’ll probably be here at least through the year. Anyway, my memory of these pictures below is very foggy but they must have been about ten years ago – I think shot with my friend TC – but I do know for sure that that’s a Harmony video on the TV screen! 😉

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More Short-Hair Sandra from the Sara O. Shoot

September 19th, 2015 at 5:39 pm (life in general, los angeles)

Sara O., my photographer friend Al and I had a really fun and naughty afternoon recently, where I tried out my new short hair. Once you cut it there’s no going back (at least for a few months 😉 Al and I shot most of these while Sara was still getting ready, so here are a few with some extras that didn’t make it into the set on the paysite. Hope you enjoy!

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FetishCon 2015

August 26th, 2015 at 10:52 am (life in general)

It’s been a while since I’ve been to FetishCon but since they moved to a new hotel in St. Petersburg I was curious to see the new arrangement. To be honest, I kind of hate arriving at these conventions alone, even though I know I’ll see a lot of friends there, but just walking into the Meet N Greet party on Thursday night can fill me with a sense of dread (What can I say? I’m an introvert.) It was really nice though seeing friends whom I haven’t seen in a while and catching up, and meeting some interesting new people. For some reason, I ended up tied up and abandoned twice in my hotel room – by both Kimberly Sinical and Miss Pandora – I don’t know why this keeps happening to me! 😉 But I had my turn too and tied up a lot of gurls.

In no particular order below are TV Victoria (Wow, she’s skinny!), Sharon Porter with a huge ballgag, the lovely Sandra Silvers, Artesia (who’s always a blast and needed her badge held in place with some rope), Sybil looking striking in red, Kitty Smash (very cool, and what a great name), Miss Pandora before she turned the tables on me, Audrey done up in lots of rope, Florida beach girl Kalli who just happened to show up at a Fetish convention, more of Sharon, being taped up by Kimberly, then the next night abandoned in my satin blouse by Miss Pandora, and finally Ludella Hahn channeling her inner Velma. It was a super-quick weekend with never enough time to tie up everyone I wanted to, and before you knew it I was at the airport with Sharon and the lovely Akira Lane (thanks for the ride!), heading back to California. I’ve already heard from some friends who might be going next year so we shall see. If you haven’t been before and are into damsel in distress bondage it’s definitely worth checking out.

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Full-On Summer

July 22nd, 2015 at 4:40 pm (life in general, los angeles)

It’s been another dry spell on the blog here so I though I’d share some of the oldies that I’ve been posting over on Twitter. It’s still been a busy month even if I haven’t been on the blog here much. Cute Nina Jay from the UK and I finally have a scene together, which was a blast to shoot. Her photographer friend K. and Delilah Knotty all helped out the very last night of BoundCon back in May, just before midnight. It had already been a long day but I just finished a cup of coffee and thought, “You know, Nina, we really should tie you up and put you in the shower…” She was game and we had a great time. There are a couple preview shots over on the What’s New? page.

As for this week, I’ll be heading to Colorado for a long weekend to see some of my family and then next month have FetishCon coming up in St. Petersburg, Florida. It’s been a few years since I’ve gone but I figured I should give it another shot since it’ll be in a new hotel. It looks like I’ll have a chance to shoot again with Natalia Chaplin, with whom I shot one of my favorite videos, where she’s a crazy woman who helps strap me up and then robs me (why does this keep happening to me?) The first picture below is from that scene. We’ll do some kind of follow-up, I’m sure, and I hope to shoot with some other friends and some new ones. These conventions always fly by and on Sunday night I just crash, exhausted, and get ready to fly back the next day. As I’ve mentioned before I’m really not the most outgoing person in the world so sometimes the parties leave me a little frazzled but there’s usually so much going on that it turns out to be a fun time. I’m feeling good about this one.

I’ve also been loving summer here in L.A. It’s usually not my favorite time of year, especially for dressing, but something about this one has been really nice, just that feeling of promise in the air and the lovely long evenings. Of course August is nearly upon us and that’s when the heat really rolls in, but so far it’s been great. Hope yours has been good too.

In the meantime here are some oldies and random pictures, including a couple cute captions by my friend Mr. K., plus a nice shot being molested by Kimberly Sinical (shot by Jeff Jamm), and pics by Cincher, AmberKatt, Colorado Paul, and Chainguy. More new shoots coming up soon…

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Marriage Equality in the US

June 28th, 2015 at 8:54 pm (life in general)

It was quite a week here in the States with the Supreme Court narrowly deciding in favor of marriage equality. I’ve posted about the issue a few times here the last few years, but like many I was surprised to see it come to pass this quickly. Back around 2010 I guessed it would be at least ten years or more till it would happen, but late last year, as this Rolling Stone article reports, there seemed to be a tipping point and things started to move fast.

Twitter of course went crazy, with some very funny and touching posts. My favorite is from the Onion below, always hilarious. There’ll be some inevitable backlash (there’s already been lots of grumbling in the great state of Texas) but I’m hoping things will eventually settle down and people will realize the sky still has not fallen. I also loved this photo down below of what appears to be Miley Cyrus hand-gagging herself :-) I really wanted to see that one but the link didn’t seem to work (If anyone has a good link, please post below in the comments). In any case it was a thrill to wake up on Friday, go online, and hear some good news.

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Europe / BoundCon 2015

June 12th, 2015 at 10:44 pm (life in general)

It’s taken me way too long to review all the pictures, but BoundCon was amazing once again, with a really nice group of friends to hang out with, including Delilah Knotty, who completely surprised me when she let me know she was planning to go. I always feel like a bit of a show-off and name-dropper with these trip reports but there you go; I just hate to forget anyone. In any case, the jetlag was pretty tough for me this time but I had the chance to fly out a week before. Flights to Paris were surprisingly cheaper than Germany so I suffered through three days in the French capital (poor me!) and had a chance to go back to the famous Maison du Travesti, which strangely enough reminds me of the French version of L.A.’s Oxwood Inn, and also got to meet up with a couple nice new friends, Sabine and Karyn. I was in a bit of a fog the first couple days but enjoyed taking a side trip to the Paris Catacombs, which are truly awe-inspiring and much farther below the city than I would have guessed. The spiral staircase down is definitely not for the claustrophobic.

Before heading to Germany I was also able to spend a few days in London and finally meet up with Nina Jay and her good friend K. (Rocket Man below). It was really nice hanging out with them both and taking some pictures around the city, which I feel like I barely saw. The travel caught up with me and I pooped out for one night but we did a lot, riding the London tube, going to the Way Out Club and Molly Moggs tavern, which were both terrific. (The British are so polite!) Just before leaving for the big convention I’m glad I was also able to meet up with Claire Jones and enjoy a delightful dinner with her (I recall someone got tied up too). And then the next morning it was a nice breakfast with the amazingly talented FemDom artist Sardax, who recently illustrated (and translated!) a new edition of “Venus In Furs.” A really nice guy who kindly enough took me on a short tour to Camden Town Market, which was charming.

The high point of the trip was of course BoundCon, which is three days of performances, parties, classes and bondage, plus some very good German beer. It was great having Delilah there, who did a lot of tying, though she got her own helpless time in too – as did I, although strangely enough I have no pictures to prove it. It was a great time and like I say a really nice group. Seen in the pictures below there’s Gwendoline from Corsica, who’s well known from her own personal website, of course Marie Lissandro from Germany, also Katya from Germany whom we briefly saw just before the crazy Saturday night party (with a mysterious beautiful friend in the blue catsuit). Also Jenny from Austria whom I got to tie up late at night back at the hotel bar where lots of bondage action was taking place. We also made two lovely new friends, Cacea from the UK and Suzanna from Germany with her partner Heidi. And it’s always great to see Sandra Silvers at these events. I think she goes to all of them! It was an amazing couple weeks, although it’s always nice to come back home again too. It’s hard to say if I’ll be back again next year, as this one would be really hard to top! Good memories though, we shall see…

Marie Lissandro looking very glamorous by SlaveFlash.Photo:

This last picture was one of those bizarre misfires but I love it. I have no idea what we’re talking about!

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Great Time at BoundCon!

May 30th, 2015 at 9:45 am (life in general)

It was an amazing time at BoundCon with Delilah Knotty and friends. We met so many cool people and did a lot of bondage and were utterly sleep deprived by the end. I was hoping to get some photos posted quickly and had this crazy fantasy that things would be quieter when I got back to L.A., but no, silly me. But here’s a quick picture done by SlaveFlash.Photo just before leaving for the Sub Rosa Dictum party in Munich, which was crazy. We have the TEASE party tonight in L.A. but I’m hoping to go through the photos soon and post a few more. My internet access was pretty lousy in Europe but Delilah was able to tweet quite a bit so check out her feed for some more pics. I only have a few of her retweets on mine, lol! But it was an intense whirlwind experience and a lot of fun, definitely worth the effort and suffering through the jetlag! :-)

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Getting Ready for BoundCon

May 8th, 2015 at 4:07 pm (life in general)

I’ve been busy getting ready for the trip to BoundCon coming up next week. Big trips like this are always stressful trying to get everything ready and trying to fit all my stuff into a couple suitcases – never enough room. But after all the hassle and expense they’re usually worth it. Of course, 75 percent of the world’s people never get to board a plane so I’d be a bit of a jerk to complain about my luck, even if I end up sitting in a middle seat for twelve hours 😉 I’ll be making a few other stops but barring any unforeseens the BoundCon event will be one of the highlights, especially the crazy Saturday night party which is out of this world. This year I’m thrilled that Delilah Knotty is able to meet me over there, so there will be trouble to be had. I doubt I’ll be doing any blogging while I’m gone but might post a few things on Twitter if there’s wifi. As long as everything goes as planned there should be some nice new pictures…and some German beer! :-)

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TEASE in May / and Tumblr / Blogging

April 25th, 2015 at 11:32 am (life in general, los angeles)

TEASE – Just a quick announcement that the next TEASE party in N. Hollywood, California, will be on Saturday, May 30th, 8 PM till 2 AM at the Threshold clubhouse. Thanks to Jessica for the cute new artwork! We’ve been having fantastic turnouts since we switched over to quarterly parties – RSVP page on Fetlife. Hope to see you there!

Tumblr and Blogging – I’ve been thinking that when I get back from BoundCon I’ll probably start up a page over on Tumblr to post new preview pics and some oldies and occasional rambling thoughts like I sometimes do here. I used to blog a lot more on this page, but in general it seems that the “golden age” of blogging, if there ever was one, has pretty much passed. Now there are blog-like things like Twitter (which I kind of like) and Facebook (which I’m on but can’t stand), but actually reading and following specific blogs seems to have fallen out of fashion. I know I don’t follow any blogs anymore, whereas I used to follow quite a few. Even traffic on this page here has fallen off, although again, I don’t blog that often and this blog is basically only seen by visitors to the larger Trannies In Trouble website, and is tucked away on its own little link.

But Tumblr on the other hand seems to be quite popular (heck, it probably had its golden age a few years ago too!) But it appears that it’s much easier to post pictures on Tumblr than it is on WordPress, which is what this page is. It’s actually surprising how much cutting and pasting I have to do here just to post a few photos, which has always been one of the hassles of updating this blog…So anyway, long story short, I’m sure I’ll keep this blog online for another year or so but I’ll probably start to drift over to Tumblr this summer and will of course post a link when I get it started. And of course none of this has any impact on the main Trannies In Trouble site and the ongoing updates there with photos and videos. Thanks again to everyone who does follow the blog here, and those of you who leave comments, I always appreciate it! Without them I’d feel like I’m posting into the void 😉

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Ladies of the Place Blanche

April 25th, 2015 at 10:36 am (life in general)

I saw these amazing photos recently on Twitter of trans women in Paris back in the 1950s and was really taken by the style and atmosphere of the photos (another link here). They’re really amazing, taken by Swedish photographer Christer Strömholm around the Place Blanche district of Paris, near the Moulin Rouge. I’m going to sound like a big jet-setter here again but I’m actually heading over to BoundCon again in a few weeks in Germany, with a couple other stops including a quick stay in Paris, so these jumped out at me when I saw them. It’ll only be the second time I’ve been over there but I’ve saved up since last year and I’m real excited and should have some fun new photos.

There’s something about black and white and the styles of the past though that we just can’t touch today. When I see these photos I just wonder what the lives were like of these ladies. Did they live full-time – I’m guessing they did but who knows? – and what did they do for a living? Were they call girls, shopgirls, performers? And what was it like being trans back in that time, in that city? The photos suggest so much back-story and leave so many unanswered questions, beautiful and suggestive.

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Brides In Bondage by Samuel Cirnansck

April 24th, 2015 at 8:43 pm (life in general)

I really loved these fashion photos when I saw them on Twitter recently, taken a few years ago at a show in Sao Paulo, Brazil, by designer Samuel Cirnansck. They really play off the idea of marriage as a form of slavery and domination of women…and yeah, they’re just really sexy. The latex dresses in particular are stunning. There are some other shots from this show over here, with a nice video too, and lots more on Google Images. Apparently they’ve been very popular online with lots of reposting, can’t imagine why 😉

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Twelve Years of Trannies In Trouble

March 23rd, 2015 at 9:51 am (life in general, los angeles)

I don’t blog as much as I used to but it’s been almost a tradition here every March 23rd to mark the anniversary of Trannies In Trouble, which has now been online for twelve years. I’m amazed that it’s still going strong and as always I plan to keep the show going as long as I can. I always try to stay several months ahead with new material, and things are going well, so we should be here again next year before we know it.

I really appreciate the support of everyone who enjoys the site, though of course I owe a special thank you to all the paying members and especially those of you who have been coming back for years. Without you I’d be a secretary in an office in Pasadena (where I might end up robbed and tied up!) 😉 I never want anyone to feel pressured or like I expect them to join the site, as I know how tight it is out there for so many. But I am truly grateful and humbled by everyone who supports the site at any level. Thank you so much for making it happen and here’s to many more years to come…Hugs, Sandra

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