Professionalism in a BDSM shoot

So how does a professional production company handle bondage shoots to ensure everyone is on the same page? I interviewed Peter Acworth, founder of San Francisco based Kink.com, the largest producer of online kinky adult entertainment and here’s how they approach BDSM shoots to make sure there are no mis-communications before, during, and after the shoot.

Last week, James Lipay of Norwalk, CT was arrested and charged with fourth-degree sexual assault for alleged actions he committed during a bondage shoot with an amateur model. Details are sketchy and it may come down to a he said/she said scenario since the only people present were the photographer and model.

Some of the problems Lipay faces could certainly have been avoided with better communications, preparation, and documentation. So how does a professional production company handle bondage shoots to ensure everyone is on the same page? Peter Acworth, founder of San Francisco based Kink.com, the largest producer of online kinky adult entertainment provides some insight and here’s how they approach BDSM shoots to make sure there are no mis-communications before, during, and after the shoot. Continue reading “Professionalism in a BDSM shoot”

2010 Folsom Street Fair photo gallery


The 2010 Folsom Street Fair was a great success with gorgeous weather, the expected large turnout, and lots of entertainment. This year’s fair seemed larger the previous years with the popular Janus spanking booth at least four times larger than previous years.

Surprisingly, for a fair of this size, the police presence was visibly minimal inside the fairgrounds. There were plenty of police to control traffic but the number of uniformed officers appeared small compared to the troubled ridden Halloween Castro party. This may be because the Folsom Street Fair attracts a more specific audience rather than the general audience the Halloween party might attract.

One standout booth that really entertained was the Steamworks Twister booth. The participants were fully clothed by Folsom Street Fair standards but the instructions by the M.C. calling out the instructions were beyond debauchery and at the same time hilarious. Other exhibitors provided ample demonstrations of spanking, bondage, suspension, and fetishes that most would not even know exist.

It’s not an event that can easily be described in words to a general audience. To truly experience this uniquely San Francisco event, you just have to go. The 2011 Folsom Street Fair will be on Sunday, September 25th, 2011. The fair always take place on the last Sunday in September.

Twister at the Folsom Street Fair

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Kink.com co-sponsoring 2010 Folsom Street Fair and Deviants closing party

The San Francisco BDSM and leather/fetish community will converge in San Francisco this Sunday for the annual Folsom Street Fair. Kink.com, largest producer of online kinky adult entertainment, announced that the company is co-sponsoring the 2010 Folsom Street Fair taking place on Sunday, September 26 and the closing extravaganza Deviants from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at 525 Harrison St. in San Francisco.


Folsom Street Events logoThe San Francisco BDSM and leather/fetish community will converge in San Francisco this Sunday for the annual Folsom Street Fair. Kink.com, largest producer of online kinky adult entertainment, announced that the company is co-sponsoring the 2010 Folsom Street Fair taking place on Sunday, September 26 and the closing extravaganza Deviants from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at 525 Harrison St. in San Francisco. Continue reading “Kink.com co-sponsoring 2010 Folsom Street Fair and Deviants closing party”

2007 Folsom Street Fair

San Francisco Folsom Street Fair

This uniquely San Francisco event returned for its 24th year. People from all over the world attend this fair and this is not your typical street fair. The Folsom Street Fair focuses primarily on the leather and BDSM fetish community. Although it has its roots in the San Francisco gay community, the event has become more mainstream over the years drawing attendance from a wide cross section of the San Francisco community. The dominant theme is still leather and corsets but you never know what you’re going to see here. It’s not for the easily squeamish or the ultra conservative but if you go with an open mind, you may enjoy the wide variety of interesting costumes and toys for the bedroom.

The 2007 gallery is still being compiled but feel free to check out the 2006 gallery here.

San Francisco Folsom Street Fair

This uniquely San Francisco event returned for its 23rd year. People from all over the world attend this fair and this is not your typical street fair. The Folsom Street Fair focuses primarily on the leather and BDSM fetish community. Although it has its roots in the San Francisco gay community, the event has become more mainstream over the years drawing attendance from a wide cross section of the San Francisco community. The dominant theme is still leather and corsets but you never know what you’re going to see here. It’s not for the easily squeamish or the ultra conservative but if you go with an open mind, you may enjoy the wide variety of interesting costumes and toys for the bedroom.

Corsets are always popular and this one comes equiped with its own shield.
The Janus spanking booth is always a big crowd draw.
It’s not all about alternative looks. This is about as All American as they come.

The full gallery of the 2006 Folsom Street Fair can be found here.

Images from the 2005 Folsom Street Fair can be found here.

2007 Folsom Street Fair