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How to shoot porn during lockdown

Posted at 11:57 on 14 Apr 2020 by Pandora / Blake

Tags: customs, pandemic, parenting, photos, porn, shoots


Image description: A white person with a black bob is taking a selfie while wearing a smart burgundy school uniform with a striped tie. Behind them is a chaos of books, laundry, tripods and other shoot paraphernalia. They have a manic glint in their eyes as they contemplate the tidying task ahead.

All of us are limited by the current lockdown - no more multiperson porn shoots, for one thing, unless you're lucky to live in a compatible household. Expect a lot more solo porn over the coming months! Some performers are finding themselves with plenty of time on their hands, and the opportunity to shoot creative new solo material. Others have kids.

Even if you aren't a porn performer, if you're a parent you might find something to relate to in my working process:

Day 1

  • It's shoot day! Give baby to partner. Gaze in despair at messy living space, dirty dishes, dining table covered in clutter. Spend over an hour tidying up living room. Unload and reload dishwasher. Achieve clear dining table, hurrah!
  • Stop to breastfeed.
  • Give baby back to partner. Realise have not showered or shaved in weeks. Head to bathroom.
  • Discover razor is broken. Borrow partner's.
  • Spend 35 mins in shower. Decide to stay in the shower forever. I'm showering for work, therefore I'm basically being paid to shower, yes? Porn is the best job ever.
  • Pluck eyebrows for first time in 2020.
  • Realise it's lunchtime. Gaze upon messy kitchen. 
  • Clean the cooker, a part of the house which is entirely irrelevant to the shooting of porn.
  • Pause cooking to comfort baby, who has decided only cuddles with me will do. Tag partner to finish making lunch.
  • Eat lunch.
  • It's 2pm already, and partner has a work video call at 3.30pm. Baby will also need another breastfeed before then. Do a quick calculation: how long will it take to put makeup on, set up camera and lights, breastfeed, and shoot? 
  • Send apologetic email to custom video client, explaining that shoot will happen tomorrow instead. Feel like failure. Porn is the worst job ever.
  • Post queer porn recommendations so day does not feel entirely wasted.
  • Spend rest of day doing childcare.
  • Plan to dig out camera and lights and put them on charge after baby is asleep. Forget.

A white person with glossy black hair and blue eyes is wearing a purple lacy bra showing just a hint of nipple, and teasingly lifting the bra strap.Day 2

  • Get woken up at 7am by baby. Spend two hours doing housework, childcare and breakfast. Pump 120ml of milk. 
  • Consider going back to bed.
  • Give baby to partner. Tidy up after breakfast.
  • Feel overwhelmed by quantity of baby stuff and laundry in house. Shove it all to one side.
  • Belatedly remember to get camera and lights out. Put them on charge.
  • Get makeup out for first time in a year. Halfway through doing makeup, stop to breastfeed.
  • Finish makeup. Set up lights and tripod.
  • Realise shelves containing all our cupboard food are ugly. Hang a throw over them.
  • Throw actually looks really nice. Decide to keep it up after the shoot.
  • Put contacts in and get changed into school uniform. Feel astonished that it fits.
  • Startle baby by appearing downstairs looking entirely unlike self, and pause to comfort them.
  • Carry baby upstairs to the bedroom, along with armful of toys. Leave them in capable hands of partner.
  • Get downstairs. Breathe. Re-read brief for custom video four times. 
  • Start filming.

TDLR: turns out that with a baby in the house, shooting takes about four times longer than I'm used to. 

Once  I got going, I had real fun with it! I shot two clips, the aforementioned custom and a new social distancing themed clip of my own devising. I'll be adding them soon to my ManyVids store - if you like the previews in this post, bookmark the page and have a look at my other clips, there might be something there you like!

Sex workers all over the world have lost clients and income in this pandemic, including many mums and parents. I'm lucky that I was already mostly working online through shooting porn, so I know first hand that it's not a straightforward thing to start doing, and that not everyone is in a position where it would be safe for them to show their face online. The Sex Worker Advocacy and Resistance Movement (SWARM) has launched a crowdfunder to raise relief funds for the most vulnerable members of our community who are struggling to keep the wolf from the door. If you still have an income, or have any cash to spare, why not chip in a few quid - it will go straight to the people who need it most. 

How about you? Is your work being disrupted by the current circumstances? Are you an exhausted parent trying to juggle work and fulltime childcare, or child free and unsure how to bring meaning to the endless unstructured days? This crisis is affecting all of us differently. Leave a comment and let me know how you're doing!

Comments

Yes, this situation is depressing. and I want it to end quickly

I feel this. It's an ultra marathon and hard for all of us. *hugs*

Relatable!

I love this line "Plan to dig out camera and lights and put them on charge after baby is asleep. Forget." - - - Its'a hard to get alone time these days, meant to pull out the camera for some solo work for a friend of mine after everyone was off to bed, but laid down and just slipped my mind! Can't wait for some empty house time again!

Haha, glad it's not just me! Yeah I guess people either have way too much solitude at the moment or nowhere near enough. All of us need more balance. And this is exhausting for everyone!

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Yes, like most people have taken a financial hit, but as bad as many. Taking advantage of isolating by doing chores around house and yard which probably would not have got done. Wanted to get back over to London, but that's certainly on hold. Like other countries our scientists say they are close to establishing antibodies for a vaccine. They say MAYBE by September this year but I wouldn't hold my breath.
Perhaps next year.

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Re that last one, NOT as bad as many.

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