Shooting a porno – Behind the Scenes

So, Wednesday this week, I was asked by Jess Scotland and Billy Strummer to join them for a days Content Shoot. I’m proud to say I’m now Jess and Billy’s main content provider for their photos and videos.
The day was at Body Line Studios which is run by Lee Henshaw, a photographer and (in the past) a porn star, who’s very well known in Nottingham and all over the UK and even photographed some celebs. Also coming was Luke Hardy, one of the UK’s biggest male porn stars. SexyCleo a well know porn star. FlithyEmma who’s done more than her fair share of porn…plus a few others.
Tbh, I was feeling a little nervous, here’s little ol’ me about to meet and work with people like Lee, Luke, Cleo, Emma and more. I’m used to working with Jess and Billy, but this was the first time I would have to shoot some porn and the first time working with people who I actually knew the names of!
We get to the studio at about 12pm and it is amazing! There are 27 sets, more lighting than the sun and a very impressive portfolio by Lee all over the walls. Lee is great! A genuinely nice guy and very knowledgeable his craft…I knew it was going to be a good day working with him.
Luke and a fellow porn star turn up, then Cleo and Steve (her content provider) and Emma. We all get acquainted over a cuppa and then it’s down to work.
The first scene was a Swingers Party, where Billy has surprised Jess by inviting some friends around so they can all swing. I know Billy was a little nervous about acting, but he did great.

The Swingers Party

Since it was first time for me at one of these content days, I shadowed Steve (on the right of the pic) and helped out with the camera. Steve and Lee showed me how they set up the lighting and the cameras and how he would film.
Now, I have to admit, I did laugh a little at the camera both Steve and Luke were using to shoot the content. It was basically a fairly old camcorder both had bought from eBay for about £100 each…I thought they would be on 4k cameras, but no, these cameras did the job. I guess it’s not about the equipment.
I did take a few ‘behind the scenes’ photos for everyone to use.
I’m not going to go into the details of the rest of the day, but IT WAS AWESOME! I learnt so much about filming and photographing porn (since I’m more used to escort photography…they are very different things) and it was nice to meet such great people.

Me as the cameraman

What interested me the most was talking to all the actors about how difficult shooting porn actually is. So many guys think it would be amazing to be a porn star, but they don’t have any idea how difficult, un-sexy and hard (excuse the pun) work it is.
The guys have to basically keep a hard on for several hours, go through long periods of cardio exercise and then cum on cue! I know Jess told me, the next day, she was very, very sore, but she had also had a blast and thoroughly enjoyed the day, but again, for her, it was hard work.
People thing that it’s all sexy fun and a good time, but it isn’t. They have to stop for a rest, a re-take, the camera was at the wrong angle etc. There is a lot of technical issues that would be mood killers on a date, but essential when taking photos/video.
I’ve never had the desire to be in front of the camera and there’s no way I could do it. I was exhausted just being behind the camera, but I had a lot to focus on, I was constantly checking the lighting rigs, the camera angles, how the other cameramen were working etc. I was tired, but it was such a good day!
I’ve been finishing off other photos/video this week so next week I’ll make a start on editing the photos and video from this day. I can’t wait to make my very first porno movie!