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Just like her mom, Holly has a knack for bringing out the best in her models, bringing out their deep, inner most desires to the surface, resulting in eye-catching work.
Complete review published on 10.27.2014
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Carrying on in the tradition of her mother, legendary erotic photographer Suze Randall, Holly Randall has put together a portfolio and a site that, if tour imagery is any indication of what awaits us inside, is nothing short of her mother and, so far as I can tell from, has a unique, perhaps a bit more modern twist as well; would be members are given a hint of what's to come through shots of glamorous models in, at times, rather experimental — and boner-worthy — attire. What's more, member entails 1080p video, ultra-fast downloads, and up to 15 new updates every week.
Over 515 videos about 8 minutes each (download and stream)
DRM: No restrictions
+ Full Movies, Multi-Bandwidth
Mobile (1095kb/s, 480x720)
MPEG-4 (1594kb/s, 1920x1080)
MPEG-4 (415kb/s, 1280x720)
WMV (4500kb/s, 1280x720)
AVI (7000kb/s, 1280x720)
Over 600 galleries about 60 pictures each
+ Fullscreen pictures, Zip archives
Bonus Sites, Model Index, Message Board, Live Chat
The layout at Holly Randall can only be described as low-key mixture of a DVD-house and a studio photography site; the bulk of the page's main body is filled with fancy cover art, all of which in addition to working just fine as eye candy, can be clicked, leading to a video or gallery. This content can also be filtered by release date or top rated. The latter being determined by the members. Other than that, you've got a rather basic and straight-forward menu that has, wisely I think, limited itself to the bare necessities. Put all of the above together and you've got a well sleek, well organized and —- albeit a bit basic as a consequence — user-friendly page.
Anyway, going back to those that steamy cover art I was talking about earlier. Each episode depicts a girl. For a closer glimpse, just hover your mouse over a cover, and you'll get a bunch of useful info, including a time stamp, running-time/gallery count, etc. But if you're more interested in the ladies in general, perhaps first a closer glimpse at the model index. As it turns out, there's currently 195 models, all real lookers. Most are in the 20-something bracket, but you'll find your occasional highly skilled MILF thrown in just to keep things interesting. Each gal's page includes an additional headshot, a brief bio and list of vital statistics, and, of course, links to all of her content on the site. It's a great, growing group of girls who seem all seem to have a nice mixture of glam model and, deep down, a bit of a dark side as well. Factor in the Asian, Latina, and Ebony goddesses sprinkled throughout, and you've got yourself one hell of a budding model roster.
Another thing that helps this site immensely is that it has a nice track record. It's stayed to its 5+ update per week promise, and it's been at it a long time, too. The site launched in 2009, and since that time has managed to produce 600 galleries and a whopping 515 scenes. It would also seem Holly has always had uber-high quality content — videos and still imagery alike — on her site. The earliest updates feature clear and crisp HD video and, again, ultra-high res photography. When compared to the latest videos there's not a whole lot of difference in terms of play-back quality and resolution sizes. So, you don't have to worry about going back into the archive and finding subpar videos and pictures. Which is the case with the bulk of the sites out there.
Another plus is that, while not overly interactive, Holly has made some effort at staying in touch with her fans. Her twitter and Tumblr pages are linked in the main members' page, as is her blog. It might not seem like a big deal, but when you've got such a personalized site, it's nice to hear from the person delivering all this hot content. Now, if only she'd add in a forum, this site would have a real well rounded sense of community .... I'll be keeping my fingers crossed.
While we're on the subject of video, it's worth noting that members are given quite the selection in way of formats and a range of quality levels. There's a sweet embedded player, which lets you stream in SD, HD, and Mobile. But if you're the type who likes to save your masturbation-material for posterity, there's several download choices as well: 360p SD, 720p HD, Mobile, 1080p HD, and two additional files labeled Windows Media, and DiVX AVI. The latter two come in a nice 720p resolution, and have a surprisingly clear and crisp play-back. In fact, they're far superior to the aforementioned MPEG-4 720p file. I was a bit disappointed to find a lack of synopsis on these episodes, but they do include a publishing date, the name of the featured model, photographer, and a chance to add user-submitted tags(great idea) as well as comment, rate, or favorite the video.
The galleries have a very similar setup, the main difference being the addtion of a new stat: number of images per gallery. And, by the way, there's usually anywhere from 70-140. Images can be viewed on-site with the slideshow or, as I myself prefer, manually. Full galleries can also be downloaded in a ZIP. Either way you do it though — browsing on-site or just downloading those babies to your HD — you've got your choice between three resolution sizes: High-res: 1,333 x 2,000 pixels, Med-res: 1333 X 2000, and Low-res: 682 X 1024. These photos are clear, crisp, well lit, and when appropriate, feature vibrant colors. There's always an interesting set design, wardrobe, or something else going on to send your octave nerves into overdrive. But no matter how outrageous things get, there's always a clear emmphasis on eroticism, which is key. Holly is, indeed, a great talent who has a clear eye for the alluring.
My only real complaint in regards to he content is that, some shots seemed a bit air-brushed. And while Holly certainly shows hints of her own style, I'm not sure there's enough here yet, technically proficient though she might be, to set her apart from the pack in this genre. Outside of skill, anyway. She's shown hints of fire in some of her videos and sets. Perhaps she'll up her game in the future. I know she has it in her.
Despite having only been around a few short years, Holly Randall has, nonetheless, put together a wonderful(and quickly growing) collection of models and content, video and still photography alike. There's a definite distinct flavor here, and while I wouldn't go so far as to call this glamour photography ultra-edgy, it certainly pushes genre norms every now and then. Gotta keep things interesting, you know? If this site continues to grow at its current rate, it will be a real steal. As is, I still recommend this one to anyone who's a fan of Holly, her Mother's, or anyone who's a fan of glam and erotica in general. All in all, a very solid up and comer.
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