A chat with model Sakura Farris

  • Photography: Brock Sanders

    Photography: Brock Sanders

  • Photography: Matous Sedlak

    Photography: Matous Sedlak

  • Photography: Matous Sedlak

    Photography: Matous Sedlak

  • Photography: Matous Sedlak

    Photography: Matous Sedlak

  • Photography: Brock Sanders

    Photography: Brock Sanders

  • Photography: Brock Sanders

    Photography: Brock Sanders

  • Photography: Gary Breckheimer

    Photography: Gary Breckheimer

  • Photography: Brock Sanders

    Photography: Brock Sanders

  • Photography: Brock Sanders

    Photography: Brock Sanders

I am influenced by vulnerability and art. I like to test my own boundaries and draw from deep inside me when I do a shoot.

When did you decide to become a model?
I became a model in January 2014. My first shoot was with Sugar Los Angeles (Kody Pickern), which I feel so grateful about because he gave me so many pointers that I still use, and he made me so comfortable being naked, because he just talked to me the whole time learning about new techniques and sharing his tricks to his trade. Kody doesn’t photoshop or use any unnatural lighting, which I appreciate. I do not work with photographers that photoshop the models to look like someone they’re not.

What influences your work?
I am influenced by vulnerability and art. I like to test my own boundaries and draw from deep inside me when I do a shoot. I’m not in my 20’s, so for me, I have to show something other than the perfection of youth. When I model, it’s to empower myself and others, to show how a woman can grow old in her beauty.

Do you have any favorite models?
I try not to single out artists, but there are some models that I think have a lot of gumption and depth to their art. Kathryn Goyette is intriguing and bold. She’s like sadistic childhood crush, I think she’s great. I love Miki Hamino, she is gorgeous and such a natural with her body. Adore her! Tiffany Helm plays with poses that are unconventional, crude, and fucking brilliant. She owns her body so hard, a force to be reckoned with.

What’s the craziest thing that’s happened in a shoot?
The craziest shoot was definitely with Gary Breckheimer back in December 2014. His style is to shoot nudes, in a doll-like, statuesque pose in front of a landmark or monument. It’s never about the model, it’s about getting the shot, stealth and timed just so. It was totally thrilling to scope the shot, quickly communicate our plan, and execute the shot in less than a minute. I would hand him my long coat, and he would shoot in a 180 degree radius around me, then walk towards me with my jacket opened so I can easily slip right back in. And then a few minutes later, off to scope the next shot. So fun!

When you’re not modeling, what do you do?
When I’m not modeling, I’m writing stories (true and fiction), writing songs, collaborating with other artists and…. I am also a dominatrix.

Is there anything else you think I need to know?
Since becoming a dominatrix I have less judgement towards people. You can’t. I gain a lot of trust from my clients by physically controlling them, I they let a lot out with me. It’s not sex, though it is a sexual outlet. Men do not leave me feeling like less a man, quite the opposite. I see myself being an advocate for touch therapy, connecting human touch to heal.