Louis Shackleton is creating The Diverse Sex-Positive Bodies Stock Photography Project
15

patrons

$201
per month
Hi, I'm Louis Shackleton. Thanks for visiting my Patreon! You might know me as the staff photographer for Sex Geek Summer Camp (since 2015) and Woodhull's Sexual Freedom Summit (since 2013), but I have been doing sex-positive, body-positive photography that subverts the male gaze since 2009. While doing this work, I have found it immensely difficult to expand my portfolio with the diversity of clients that I would like to portray.

It seems that there is a cycle of a self-reinforcing standard of beauty that imposes itself upon the world. Society has deemed that only a specific type of body can be beautiful, sexy, or naked; because those "ideal" bodies are the only bodies that we see portrayed as beautiful, sexy, or naked, it is rare that someone without an "ideal" body comes forward to be celebrated as beautiful, sexy, or naked. This cycle is an ouroboros of an extremely narrow vision of beauty, reinforcing a racist, ableist, sexist, body-shaming, homophobic, transphobic patriarchal culture. It is a cycle that takes place on both macro and micro levels. This problem affects my client base, but it's far larger than my portfolio alone.

Over the years I have noticed the stunning lack of diversity in the stock photography used by sex-positive content creators -- and this is not the fault of the content creators, as they can only use what is available. Current stock photography sites tend to offer only a limited view of the world; more specifically, they tend to reflect stereotypical Western standards of beauty which are limited to nondisabled, thinner, younger, whiter bodies and heteronormative pairings.

I want to fuck that shit up.

I'm creating the The Diverse Sex-Positive Bodies Stock Photography Project. I want you to join me. 

Your patronage will go directly to compensating models for the project. Anyone over the age of 18 can model for the project; my focus is not on professional models. As my Patreon grows and its goals are reached, I will be able to include more models from all over the country. 

Patrons will have access to exclusive content from The Making Lemonade Road Tour available only here, and patrons at the Rainbow and Unicorn tiers will also be able to access the PG-rated stock photos on my website.

Thank you to Bella Vendetta, the most excellent model who posed for the tier images. You can find her on Twitteron Facebook, and on Instagram. Bella was a blast to work with!

And thank you to my dear friend Lola who posed for the header image. You can find her on Twitteron Facebookon Instagram, and at her website, SexEdAGoGo. Lola is always a joy to see and work with!


Tiers
Silver Patrons
$1 or more per month 3 patrons
You'll receive access to exclusive newsletter content from The Making Lemonade Road Tour, as I travel about the country seeing the sights and lining up photoshoots for The Diverse Sex-Positive Bodies Stock Photography Project.
Gold Patrons
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
You'll receive access to exclusive newsletter content and videos from The Making Lemonade Road Tour, as I travel about the country seeing the sights and lining up photoshoots for The Diverse Sex-Positive Bodies Stock Photography Project. 
Platinum Patrons
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
You'll receive access to exclusive newsletter content and videos like the $5 patrons, plus access to behind the scenes photos and content from shoots I do for this project.
Rainbow Patrons
$25 or more per month 5 patrons
You'll receive access to all the benefits of the $10 patrons, plus access to the PG-rated stock photos on my website. And I'll send you a personal, hand-written post card from lots of cool places I visit!
Unicorn Patrons
$50 or more per month 1 patron
You'll receive access to all the benefits of the $25 patrons. Also, something else special from the bottom of my heart that I haven't thought of yet. Maybe a photoshoot or something?
Goals
$201 of $300 per month
$300/month will enable three shoots per month
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Hi, I'm Louis Shackleton. Thanks for visiting my Patreon! You might know me as the staff photographer for Sex Geek Summer Camp (since 2015) and Woodhull's Sexual Freedom Summit (since 2013), but I have been doing sex-positive, body-positive photography that subverts the male gaze since 2009. While doing this work, I have found it immensely difficult to expand my portfolio with the diversity of clients that I would like to portray.

It seems that there is a cycle of a self-reinforcing standard of beauty that imposes itself upon the world. Society has deemed that only a specific type of body can be beautiful, sexy, or naked; because those "ideal" bodies are the only bodies that we see portrayed as beautiful, sexy, or naked, it is rare that someone without an "ideal" body comes forward to be celebrated as beautiful, sexy, or naked. This cycle is an ouroboros of an extremely narrow vision of beauty, reinforcing a racist, ableist, sexist, body-shaming, homophobic, transphobic patriarchal culture. It is a cycle that takes place on both macro and micro levels. This problem affects my client base, but it's far larger than my portfolio alone.

Over the years I have noticed the stunning lack of diversity in the stock photography used by sex-positive content creators -- and this is not the fault of the content creators, as they can only use what is available. Current stock photography sites tend to offer only a limited view of the world; more specifically, they tend to reflect stereotypical Western standards of beauty which are limited to nondisabled, thinner, younger, whiter bodies and heteronormative pairings.

I want to fuck that shit up.

I'm creating the The Diverse Sex-Positive Bodies Stock Photography Project. I want you to join me. 

Your patronage will go directly to compensating models for the project. Anyone over the age of 18 can model for the project; my focus is not on professional models. As my Patreon grows and its goals are reached, I will be able to include more models from all over the country. 

Patrons will have access to exclusive content from The Making Lemonade Road Tour available only here, and patrons at the Rainbow and Unicorn tiers will also be able to access the PG-rated stock photos on my website.

Thank you to Bella Vendetta, the most excellent model who posed for the tier images. You can find her on Twitteron Facebook, and on Instagram. Bella was a blast to work with!

And thank you to my dear friend Lola who posed for the header image. You can find her on Twitteron Facebookon Instagram, and at her website, SexEdAGoGo. Lola is always a joy to see and work with!


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Tiers
Silver Patrons
$1 or more per month 3 patrons
You'll receive access to exclusive newsletter content from The Making Lemonade Road Tour, as I travel about the country seeing the sights and lining up photoshoots for The Diverse Sex-Positive Bodies Stock Photography Project.
Gold Patrons
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
You'll receive access to exclusive newsletter content and videos from The Making Lemonade Road Tour, as I travel about the country seeing the sights and lining up photoshoots for The Diverse Sex-Positive Bodies Stock Photography Project. 
Platinum Patrons
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
You'll receive access to exclusive newsletter content and videos like the $5 patrons, plus access to behind the scenes photos and content from shoots I do for this project.
Rainbow Patrons
$25 or more per month 5 patrons
You'll receive access to all the benefits of the $10 patrons, plus access to the PG-rated stock photos on my website. And I'll send you a personal, hand-written post card from lots of cool places I visit!
Unicorn Patrons
$50 or more per month 1 patron
You'll receive access to all the benefits of the $25 patrons. Also, something else special from the bottom of my heart that I haven't thought of yet. Maybe a photoshoot or something?