My name is Abby, and I am an Australian pornographer.
In the vein of the “Ask the gay guy…” threads, I thought there might be some interest in asking the pornographer. I kinda fell into this role backwards (really!). First, some background.
I am a bit of a newcomer to the SDMB posting thang, though I have been a reader for about a year. Along with my longtime pal, confidante, SDMB reg, and now employee, GuanoLad, I am a professional (ie, making a living) pornographer. GuanoLad does the webdesign stuff, and edits the video material, while I am the photographer. We have been at it for a few years now, producing material for a single website, and have recently got into VHS video production.
The business is doing well, so presumably we have found a niche market for our material. While it seems obvious to outsiders that all internet based porn material would make money, that is no longer the case (it was about five years ago). More sites fail than not, tho less people are trying lately, as they realise how hard it is. Finding people to pay for material that appear to be “free” on usenet newsgroups and websites is hard, let alone getting them to pay for quality material.
The material we shoot is of amateur models, very “girl next door” style. No makeup, no high heels, no big hair, no “sexy” police/nurse/accountant costumes (all the models wear their own clothes). The models are shot in a clear, well lit, and “normal” way - no pouting, no “sexy” looks. Just normal gals having a good time. This is not Artistic Nudity. We shoot models by themselves (“solo”), or in girl-girl pairs. We don’t shoot boy-girl couplings (yet).
We shoot our amateur “off the street” models with quality camera gear, in a professional way; the genre is not “pictures my boyfriend took of me when we came home drunk from the prom” (there is a big market for this kinda stuff, however it’s hard to fake well).
We treat the models with the highest respect, we pay them well (on the day they get photographed, not when the shoot is published, or “when it makes money” (pornographers of dubious reputation often promise this to models, and plenty of models get suckered in by it), and we run a proper business - we’re a registered Australian company, we pay tax, every shoot has associated documentation (releases, tax docs), we have an established studio (tho we tend to shoot models in specific locations, not in studios).
I’m saying all this so you get an idea of the kinda people we are. We hold ourselves accountable for what we do, we do it well, and we do it legally, so please don’t flame me for being dodgy, untrustworthy, unreliable, a leper, or in need of re-education by way of a Big Stick (all this and more I have been criticised of before).
I have spoken to the moderators about this post, and they have okayed it, so long as we promise to keep it clean (presumably as clean as a thread on porn can be). I am very interested in intelligent debate on all porn-production related issues, and I hope that other people are as well.
To that end, the mods ask that I suggest the type of questions that might be relevant:
[li]You guys must have sex with a lot of the models, right?[/li][li]You’re a spammer, you deserve to die, bitch![/li][li]Are you a millionaire yet?[/li][li]Why are all the models oiled, have big hair, fake tits, high heels, anyway?[/li][li]How do you live with yourself, corrupting the young like that?[/li][li]Where do you find models?[/li][li]How much do they get paid?[/li][li]Does being a dyke affect what you do?[/li][li]For the geeks among us, what are the stats on your server? What about credit cards - all porn sites are dodgy with them, right?[/li][/ul]
I look forward to hearing from you.