The latest – and dare I say, hottest – photographer to grace us with her beautiful photosets and stylishly erotic movies, Cassandra Keyes has a talent for discovering gorgeous girls and presenting them in a way that lets their natural personality shine through. From cute and perky Olivia Preston to sultry Angel Constance, Cassandra clearly has an affinity for girls with the poise and presence of a dancer, and an eye for interesting and unusual locations. As soon as I saw her work I wanted to discover more about what inspires her, and I’m sure you do too…
Cassandra, what is your background in film and photography?
CK: I have been an artist for as long as I can remember; doodles, drawings and paintings first, then fashion sketching and more multimedia stuff in college. As for film and photography specifically, I started out on the other side of the lens, modeling; but when I realized how many stories you could tell with a camera I soon started shooting too.
How long have you been creating erotic photographs and movies, and what inspired you to start?
CK: I went through high school before everyone had a phone so I guess I took my first nude pic a lot later then what is considered normal now! Seriously though, I think my first exposure to nudes with even a hint of eroticism was as an art class figure model… you aren’t supposed to find the sittings erotic but I loved the freedom I felt, both posing and sketching the other girls who posed, so this was probably the start of my inspiration.
Are you influenced by mainstream art, film and photography?
CK: I’m influenced by everything I see, feel and think so yes, that would include all of the above. As I have started to work more in video I definitely look at movies a lot more closely and try to work out which effects I might be able to borrow.
Do you think being a woman is an advantage when shooting erotica?
CK: I think there are advantages and disadvantages! An advantage is that, as a women, it’s usually easier to put a girl at ease and get her to relax, and this can allow for some great natural captures – but sometimes I think a male photographer can challenge a model more, and this can allow them to get shots I might miss.
Do you prefer studio or location shoots?
CK: I’m all about shooting on location… when the weather isn’t cooperating or some other drama is playing out, I might say I prefer studio shoots but really my heart is in location shoots. I like to shoot in a studio to work on ideas or maybe if I want to concentrate on poses, but really my art is all about beautiful women in beautiful locations.
Is there a model who inspires you the most?
CK: I love all sorts of models, from mainstream "it girls" like Cara Delevingne and Candice Swanepoel to quirkier talents like Daphne Groeneveld and Julia Zimmer. Because I used to model myself, I know how much work it can be, so really any girl who takes it seriously is an inspiration.
Do you plan your shoots in great detail, or see how it evolves on the day?
CK: My shoots are absolutely influenced by a model’s performance and how the day evolves. I have a plan of course, but just like war it rarely survives the day’s first battle.
Do you work with a stylist or do your own styling?
CK: It really depends… since I travel for most of my shoots, and I’m not always able to bring a large crew, I end up doing a lot of my own styling. When this happens I make sure I do a lot of pre-prep so it doesn’t interfere with things so much on shoot days, but it can still be quite a challenge. On bigger budget shoots or where the location happens to have a great stylist nearby, I can relax a bit more and turn things over to them.
What are your ambitions for your work with MetArt?
CK: I love working with MetArt because they embody a natural but empowered sexiness. I’m all about sexual empowerment so I guess my ambition is to keep producing art that furthers this; even if it’s in a very small way, I think it’s progress.
What do you hope the viewers get from your movies and photos?
CK: Enjoyment and the freedom to enjoy!