Queen of the Realm Mistress Heelena

These were a couple of fashion test shots of Mistress Heelena  I took in May. I have been thinking about the creative direction of my work and love the fine line of desire and want to entitle our exhibition, “The Edge of Desire” or maybe …Pleasure as Lucy thinks “Desire” is too obvious:) How I love creative criticism.

I’m feeling inspired by my latest book purchase “The New Erotic Photography,” by Dian Hanson and Eric Kroll, “Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope” and I am looking for models to shoot and want to just concentrate on producing quality erotica. Having worked in entertainment and news mediums, journalistic exposure in any situation is ultimately never as interesting as your own personal creative journey and exposure.

Photographing celebrities and news you feel like a voyeur documenting other people’s dysfunctionality and leave no lasting inspiration behind, other than yesterday’s chip paper. To explore your own imagination and create something of your own inspiration that can inspire and be memorable is infinitely more satisfying and meaningful.

I like the Chas Ray Krider ethos, “Most of the women I work with are non-professional models. Many are friends and acquaintances. A good model is one who has a sense of her own sensuality and can let it flow out.” Which Mistress Heelena certainly has.


“I don’t feel lust when I look at my photos. I see power, control, fun, sexiness. What turns me on is dirty talk, a good mind fuck…” Lisa Boyle

Queen of the Realm Mistress Heelena with rose petals and peacock feathers



Roses and rose petals have long symbolized love and devotion. They are the ultimate sign of devotion and romance; however, there are other meanings to rose petals, depending on their color. Red rose petals symbolize love, passion and respect, and coral rose petals are associated with desire or lust. Purple or lilac rose petals mean love at first sight and enchantment.


Buddhists associate peacock feathers with openness, since the birds display everything when they spread their tails. Buddhists also ascribe great meaning to the bird’s diet of poisonous plants–the ability to thrive in the face of suffering.

The fan symbolizes friendship, respect, good wishes and a tattoo of a Japanese fan would symbolise a wish for unlimited success. The fan stands for many things, the handle of the fan symbolizes the beginning of life and the ribs are for the roads of life going out in all directions. They were used by warriors as a form of weapon, actors and dancers for performances, and children as a toy. Shoot Charlie Pycraft/Paul Ashby Mistress Heelena by  Makeup Carlee Candice Harrod