Recently we were interviewed for TONY Magazine. They wanted to send a photographer to take our portrait to accompany the article well, being the mischievous deviants we are we told them we could do it. A phone call later and our clients for that day agreed to be in the background as a sort of “sex photo bomb”. Little insider trivia factoid, she is actually climaxing at the very moment the picture was shot! What follows is the interview that is in both the online and print versions of TONY.
Photographers Eric and Constance are typical parents: They have a two-year-old daughter, they cook homemade frittatas, and they’re constantly searching for a good babysitter. Oh, and they make their living by photographing people having sex. We chatted with Eric to bring you in on the, uh, action.…
So what’s going on in this photo? Well, that’s one of our client couples under the covers. Usually it’s couples, but sometimes it’s threesomes, orgies or people by themselves. They run the gamut from full-on exhibitionists to nervous newlyweds.
Take us through a typical shoot. What happens? We always meet with our clients first to answer all of their questions. Then on the day itself, the first thing we do is give them robes to put on. It helps them feel more comfortable, ease into it. It’s funny—some people walk in the door and can’t keep their hands off each other, while other people take a lot of warming up—sometimes we have to leave and come back in when they’re mid-intercourse.
And then you just start snapping pics. Is it ever awkward for you guys? Not at the shoots, but sometimes after. One time we went to deliver pictures to a couple. We walked into their apartment and the music was down low, drinks were poured…and the guy asked us to “stay for a drink.” But we neverget physically involved. This isn’t ’80s photography, you know? We’re not doing cocaine off of hookers here. There’s a certain ethical responsibility that comes with our job, and we truly believe in the social responsibility of what we’re doing.
Which is what? What’s the message? That you’re beautiful and sexy exactly how you are. When you get the e-mail from the couple that’s like, “I never knew we could look so beautiful together,” that’s the gold.
What do you say when people ask you what you do at dinner parties? It’s always “Photography.” If they press, I take the blunt route: “We photograph sex.” That weeds out the people that are uncomfortable. When you bring up sexuality, you’re going to make some people uncomfortable.
So have you picked up any tips? We have, I won’t lie! Sometimes it’s like, “Hey, you picked me up by my ankles! Was that from…?” Yes, yes it was.
Here is the link to the original page.
As a socially conscious, sex positive, female empowerment art duo we are simply not interested in a majority of mainstream pornography that exists today (to put it nicely). One of the founders of mainstream pornography is none other than Larry Flynt, instigator of misogyny and widespread objectifier of women, his legacy has done immeasurable damage to the current day struggle against what is now referred to as “rape culture”.
It is incredibly easy to place him in a neat little box labeled “villain” and organize it it on a shelf.
What other boxes would be on this societal shelf though? What would their labels read?
Man haters? Perverts? Homos? “Those” people? The Immoral? Idiots? Sluts?
Who would make up the contents of these boxes?
As you begin to think about this shelf and it’s neatly arranged boxes it is easy to see how we can all fit in some box on some shelf to one extent or another. Does the box you have been put in define you fully? Can any one label define any person fully?
Label Mr. Flynt whatever you wish but do bear in mind that his passion for pornography is only exceeded by his passion for freedom of expression and not just his expression, but everyones. This begs the age old question, is the enemy of my enemy my friend?
No one in our modern society has fought harder against the narrow minded, bigoted, morally righteous, establishment than Larry Flynt. He has made it his life’s mission to tear these institutions down through logic and expose them for the harmful shams that they are. His book, "An Unseemly Man", is a plainly written account of everything Mr Flynt has done on behalf of all of us. It is a fast read and shockingly heartwarming, the empathy it coaxes out of the reader reminded us that hero’s don’t actually exist the way we see them in the movies, they don’y fly in with capes and rippling muscles, sometimes they roll in on wheelchairs with a fiery disposition and lecherous eye.
Larry Flynt may be a sexist, hillbilly, degenerate, chicken loving (read the book), slob of a man but the important thing about him is that he would fight to the very end our right to publish those words.
As always, discussions on our book recommendations are highly encouraged.
Constance & Eric
OhMiBod has been at the forefront of the tech / sex toy movement for…well…they actually drive it. With mp3 player integration, ambient sound features, cutting edge design, and the highest quality safe materials, you would expect to see these in some futurists naughty sketchbook, I mean, they even have apps for their products!
So it goes without saying that when they contacted us to photograph their new line of toys, we were beyond thrilled. Here is a company that creates couples focused, body safe, sex positive, tech savvy adult toys meant to be shared. Did we mention that they are a wife and husband team as well? Kinship is an extreme understatement in this case.
From the moment we first spoke with OhMiBod's founders, Suki & Brian we were just smitten. Our perspective of them had always been from the amazing products they put out, it was wonderful being able to personally witness the passion that this lovely couple put into creating all these fun toys that they are kind enough to share with the rest of us.
They were an absolute joy to work with, they even let us take their portrait! Our only regret was that eventually, our shoot had to end, but stay tuned as there are more creative collaborations between the four of us to come.
In the meantime, go on over to www.ohmibod.com and open pandoras toybox for yourself, once you see how they are reinventing adult toys you will never look at vibrators the same again.
Constance & Eric
Just our little reminder amidst all the crazed consumer hoopla surrounding this holiday that Halloween’s bottom line, much like sex, is to have fun.
Furthermore, and also much like sex, a whooooole lot has to due with the attitude and confidence you bring.
Remember, you don’t always have to buy your costume but you should “own it”.
Have fun out there and do share some pictures of your costumes with us ;)
Clawed Constance & Erie Eric
In the process of moving our archives onto a bigger server we came across this image. It pre-dates the Constance & Eric collaboration (and sex & marriage & children) and was used in a friend’s promos for his red lit lounge parties in midtown Manhattan called Bordello.
This was something that Constance shot and Eric helped light and art direct. The striking thing for us is, not only does this show a great, natural collaborative capability between us when we were just friends but, the image seems like it is wearing far too much clothing. It’s as if there is sense of underlying urgency to get naked. Perhaps it hints at pre-destiny or is simply from a hind site point of view but coming up on a decade of a friendship filled with countless varieties of adventures (and many more seemingly on the way) we just like to call it simple good fortune.
Constance & Eric
Zanele Muholi Explores Representation Of Lesbian African Women
Zanele Muholi, a South African activist and visual artist, explores and re-imagines the intimate portrayal of the lives of black lesbian women in South Africa.
Moreover, Being, the title of this collection, according to Muholi, aims to question the construction of sexuality “and then [the] deconstruct of ourselves […] in order to see the parts that make up [the] whole.”
Black women and sexuality, in conjunction, have always been topics of heated conversation, as it not only refers to sexuality, but also a matter of colonialism and white patriarchy.
The artist is concerned with her sexual identity coming off as ‘un-African’ – perhaps a product of years of stigmatization on behalf of white colonialist and patriarchal societies, deeming the black female sexual identity as one that is hyper-sexualized and strictly heterosexual- or even then, the image of a black female to “reproduce” heterosexuality and white patriarchy.
We just had a chance to photograph the lovely, spirited, and intoxicatingly genius, Shula Melamed.
Sex coach, relationship advisor, blogger, head turner, she is truly a modern renaissance woman.
Check out her blog Spies in the House of Love for all manner of informative, sex positive, fun.
If you are interested in utilizing her compassion and numerous degrees in sexual psychology to better learn how to date or, improve your existing relationship, go HERE to her contact page and drop her a message.
Shula is truly one of a kind and has a wonderful way of looking at the human sexual dynamic that has always appeared to be a natural gift.
Constance & Eric
Did you know that there is no medical definition for virginity?
It is from this point Jessica Valenti gracefully and profoundly makes a case against our societies obsession with female purity. From the laughable and extreme examples of purity balls all the way to commonly accepted ideas that a man’s worth is defined by character whereas a female’s is defined by how she handles what’s between her legs, Jessica takes us through the often unrecognized dangers of purity ideals. She brilliantly points out examples of how femininity and beauty are defined by many markers of pre-adolescence, seemingly innocent on the surface but revealed as dangerous with even the slightest contemplation.
Our favorite parts are when she puts the purity movement in the same category as raunch culture by presenting endless examples of how they both sexualize girls at young ages and contribute to the prevailing philosophy that a woman’s value is physical only.
Written with an ease and enthusiasm reserved for authors dealing with their most passionate topics, Jessica leaves no stone unturned and fearlessly approaches a topic that many would prefer left alone.
We are curating a collection of books for our baby daughter when she is grown and this will definitely be in that collection, hopefully though, it will be more of a history lesson and not a social warning.
Check out the authors website here http://jessicavalenti.com
Constance & Eric
Our initial meeting began with a very simple “try this”, whispered in a perfect Peruvian purr.
From that moment on, every abstract sensual description The Marquis de Luna used to describe his craft made perfect sense. It also became very clear as to why he sought us out for the photography of his work.
See, many brands try to create a sexy brand identity but few brands actually have that identity built in, this is one of those brands, made even rarer given the fact that it is chocolate and not an adult industry product. Oh but adult these chocolates are.
The subtle hints of mango or cayenne that hit your tongue after you swallow would be lost on an immature palate. Make no mistake, this is NOT mere candy.
Placing one of his creations on the end of a riders crop does not define it, it is simply, at home there, waiting for you to give in to temptation. Best shared between lovers we consider these pieces an aphrodisiac, not in a hokey, spanish fly drop your pants way, but in the way the many layered tastes play across your perceptions, almost as if priming the body for further sensations of pleasure.
We are looking forward to our next shoot which will find us photographing couples enjoying Marquis de Luna’s seduction of the tongue.
Take a look at the Marquis de Luna’s work here and remember, if you think the pictures look good you can’t even IMAGINE the taste.
Constance & Eric