Shooting in a porn shop

Every assignment has it’s challenges. Low light, difficult subjects, sensitive topics…a wall of sex toys.

I have been sent to cover events at a porn store twice now by the paper. This time around it was for a 50 Shades of Grey-themed ladies night.

If photography was an Olympic sport, shooting at an adult store would be its own event. The walls are lined from floor to ceiling with things there is no way we would publish in the paper. Every time I’d look through the viewfinder and think I was safe, I’d spot a looming sex toy or illustration. Once safely back at the office, I searched each photo like it was a Where’s Waldo puzzle sometimes taking three passes at a photo I thought was ok before spotting an inappropriate shape.

Honestly, it was a pretty fun challenge and I must say definitely improved since the last time. So next time there’s a newsworthy event at your local adult toy store let me know because it looks like I’m becoming the official YDR porn store photographer.

Check out the story and more photos on ydr.com here

Lingerie buyer Lauren Roelke’s sparkly heels stand out during a 50 Shades of Grey-themed ladies night at Excitement Video and Toys Thursday, August 2, 2012. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – KATE PENN

 

 

Beth Flaharty, left, and Marie Brandt, both of Columbia, browse during 50 Shades of Grey-themed ladies night at Excitement Video and Toys Thursday, August 2, 2012. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – KATE PENN

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