Ryan Lagosee: Capturing the Allure of Service Providers
December 13, 2016
When it comes to capturing the sultry sensuality of sex workers in digital images, photographer Ryan Lagosee has a unique edge: She’s an escort herself.
A look through her portfolio at www.painlesspleasurephotography.com shows just how talented Ryan is behind the camera. Given that our SPs are always looking for shutterbugs who can snap their best sides, fronts, and backs, we had to learn more about Ryan and her craft!
Allyson: Please tell us a bit about yourself and your work as a photographer.
Ryan: I started taking pictures at a very young age but always remained an amateur. I constantly doubt myself and my work so eventually it faded out of my life as I became busier growing up.
Later on, I became a sex worker and again became fascinated with the beauty and glamour surrounding me. My hobbies have always included some form of art. Painting and cosmetics were my go-to aspirations for the longest time. Until now — I became inspired again to pick up my camera and become what I once believed I could achieve; a professional photographer. I’m now beginning that journey with the confidence I always needed.
Allyson: When did you start shooting SP photos; what is the story?
Ryan: I started after taking hundreds of my own personal selfies. I would glance at other girls pictures and think, ‘she’s so beautiful; this photo doesn’t do her justice.’ So I thought I could be someone that another person relied on to bring out their inner and outer beauty in a photo. So here I am. Editing is all done by me and I am also self-taught in that area.
Allyson: How do you approach taking photos of an SP, in terms of deciding where and how to shoot?
Ryan: I either go to a destination the model has chosen themselves or I decide according to their personality: Themes they might be interested in.
Allyson: What is your erotic aesthetic; what are you trying to communicate in your photos?
Ryan: Art. I want people to look at these photos and see beauty in everything. I want people to understand who this person is through their photo.
Allyson: How are you trying to help your SP clients attract their clients with your photos?
Ryan: I am staying true to the client by not altering their image, like some might do. I try to keep their identity aware but hidden at the same time. Something left to the imagination is always a classy approach.
Allyson: Anyone who has ever been at a photo shoot knows that it is work, and often not at all erotic. How do you create the mood for your subjects, and bring out the best in them?
Ryan: I play music, I make them comfortable. I’m honest. And I tell them, “do whatever makes you feel sexiest.” I also enjoy directing and helping them figure out certain poses and expressions to make.
Allyson: What advice do you have for SPs seeking to improve their profile and business through great photos?
Ryan: Be yourself. Wear things that make you feel sexy. Things that flatter your body always makes someone feel better about themselves. Most importantly: Don’t feel like you need to be someone you’re not.