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In today's Model Citizens interview, I had the pleasure of chatting with Maryjane Auryn - June's Professional Model of the Month

We caught up about making videos, responding to fans, and the one thing on earth more exciting than making porn. Read on:


Let’s start with an intro. How did you two meet, and what made you decide to start making videos together?

We met at a party of a mutual friend, started talking and dated for a while. At some point we thought it was a turn on to record us while having sex, and that’s basically how it started.


Has your process for making videos changed since you started working together?

Not really, besides the video quality of course. We always film spontaneously. We upgraded our camera recently, which definitely improved the quality.


Is there any camera or lighting equipment that was a game-changer for you?

Changing from our smartphones to HD camcorders and cameras really made a difference, even though we made some really good videos with just a decent smartphone. We use a Sony Alpha 6000 now, and it’s made a huge difference.


What’s something simple and cheap that people can do to improve their video quality?

If you’re on a low budget, use a high-end smartphone – it’s something you will use for other purposes too, and therefore the costs of getting one are relatively low; at least where we live.


You use Twitter, and you have your own website. What is your marketing/promotion strategy for your content?

Making good videos on Pornhub gets us most of our visitors. Sometimes our videos get viral on other sites too, like Japanese forums, and we see a peak then. This isn’t something we do actively – usually someone will post one of our videos on a forum, and it’ll go viral.


What’s your #1 piece of advice for models who are just starting out?

They should stick to the things they enjoy the most, and make the best out of it.

Maryjane Auryn

In the comments on your videos, people sometimes ask if Maryjane is OK. How do you respond to that?

We stopped responding to these kind of messages/comments for several reasons.

It's pretty obvious that I'm ok since I keep uploading videos. I enjoy the kind of sex I have, even if I may behave unusually. When I’m into it and cum, I tend to be ecstatic and if people just don’t want to believe that I’m okay, and that I like what’s happening, there is nothing I can say that will change their mind. There will always be people who don’t like our videos, and that's their right.


How do you navigate consent when filming together?

We know exactly where our boundaries are. Despite the fact that our videos are mostly rough, there’s always a connection between the two of us, and he always keeps an eye on how I’m doing. If something is not right, we stop recording and start over.


What is your favorite video you’ve filmed together, and why?

Probably "Insane Orgasm Leaves Her Braindead," because it was one of the most intense things I’ve ever experienced.


What’s next in your career? Will you ever stop making videos and move on to something else?

We are currently preparing a major update for our website and will finally launch our shop. Also I want to shoot with more girls, and maybe even do a professional shoot.

Maryjane Auryn

Tell us a bit about your life outside of work. What do you do for fun? Any travel plans this summer?

I think what I enjoy the most is skydiving! We do it 2 or 3 times every year and the feeling just keeps getting better.

I hate being in the same place for too long, but I can’t decide where to travel next. Maybe South America - but we’ll see.


Do you have any upcoming projects you want to tell us about?

That has to remain a secret for now, but there will be some exciting projects in the near future!


Thanks so much to Maryjane for giving us an inside look at her life and career. Find her on Twitter and Pornhub.

Modelhub has been live for a month now. How are your sales going so far?

We’ve spent the month since launching crunching the numbers on our most successful models to find out what’s working for them, what’s not, and what the keys to video-sales success look like in 2018.

Marketing and promo tactics are a little bit different for video sales than for regular Pornhub video streaming.

So we put together this beginner’s guide to selling on Modelhub, just for you.

Let’s break it down:


Promo, marketing, and driving traffic

First up, let’s talk about how to drive traffic to your Modelhub profile from elsewhere.

Your top two sources of traffic that you can send to Modelhub are Pornhub, and your social media profiles.



Pornhub gets more traffic every day than almost every other website in the world. It gets more than Twitter, or Bing, or Reddit, or Wikipedia, or eBay.

Are you putting all that traffic to work for you?

There are a few really simple ways to drive traffic from Pornhub to your for-sale videos:

- Add a link to your Modelhub store in your Pornhub bio. This one’s easy.

- Post teaser videos. Try adding a 7-minute video on Pornhub [ed. note - many models have told us that 7 minutes is too long for a teaser. Try something closer to 3-5 minutes], with a full 20-minute version available for sale on Modelhub. Just make sure that everything you say in the title actually appears in your teaser, or you’ll risk getting bad ratings.

- Add a watermark to your videos with your Modelhub profile link. The more places you put the link to your profile, the more likely people are to visit it (and buy something!)


Social Media

As an independent model, social media is your best friend. You can gain huge traffic and a very loyal fanbase by engaging with your fans and being active on social media.

Twitter is often your best bet, because they allow nudity, but you should also be posting SFW pictures on Instagram. Leave a link to your Modelhub profile in the bio of both accounts, and any time you post a pic, indicate in the caption that they can buy your videos at the link in your bio.

What does it mean to engage with fans? Don’t just post pics and forget about them. Talk to them in the comments, ask them questions, show them the non-sexual parts of your life. They want to know the real you, not just the on-screen version, so show them as much as you’re comfortable with.

When your fans see you as a real person with a real personality, they’ll be willing to spend way more.



There’s no silver bullet for this one. Pricing for video sales is complex, and you’ll have to do some experimentation to find out what works for you.

A good general rule of thumb is to price your videos at $1/minute. But that can go (way) up if you’re making niche content that people are willing to spend on, or down if you’re making generic content that can be found for free all over the place.

We suggest starting off at $1/minute of video. Then, for your next vid, try a slightly higher or lower price. Keep tweaking and experimenting until you’ve found the right balance between total sales, and individual sale value.


Metadata and tagging

This is SUPER IMPORTANT! Metadata (the classification and tagging information associated with your video) is how you get discovered by exactly the right fans. The more specific you are, the more likely you are to find exactly the right customer.

Lucky for you, it’s easy to set up.

Just make sure you set up your Model Attributes in full, and choose appropriate tags and categories for your videos.

Tagging your videos is easy. To make sure you’re using the most popular tags, let our autocomplete fill out the tags for you. Alternatively, look at top-trending videos to see how they’re tagged.

Speaking of categories:



Categories, like metadata and model attributes, help you get found by the viewers who are looking for someone exactly like you.

The more accurately you categorize your videos, the better your audience will be. If you’re wondering what kind of video to make next, take a look at trending categories to find out what’s most popular.


Any other tips to recommend? What's working for you? Let us know in the comments.

"For us, the biggest turn ons are feelings and emotions."


What happens when you combine wanderlust with regular lust?

Luna and James have combined their love of travel with their love for each other. The result is some of the strongest narrative, and most engaging personality, that we've ever seen on Pornhub.

Their vlogs combine your greatest travel fantasies with your other fantasies, and they've quickly risen as one of Pornhub's top new couples. 

I caught up with them to talk about exploring new places, shooting indoors vs. outdoors, and how love and passion are the biggest turn-ons of all.


To start, can you tell us how you met, and how you came to shoot together?

We met about two years ago through Tinder (how cliché, right?). We were both just out of serious relationships and at this time in our lives we were looking for the opposite: just some fun with no strings attached. After a few dates we discovered how much we actually have in common and we quickly moved in with each other. Things went really fast from there. A month later, we were in an airport flying to Prague for our first trip together. While waiting to board, James was reading an article about people making a living being live cam models. He made a joke about it, and at the time that’s all it was. But a few weeks after that, we got really curious and decided to give it a try. We did live shows for about 6 months, and then decided to move to making our own videos.


What inspired you to combine your travel experiences with making porn?

We have always wanted to share who we are and what we do in our work. Traveling is one of our passions, and sharing it in our films came naturally. We wanted to share all those beautiful places we see and the things we experience with our audience.


Your videos have a very strong narrative. Do you plan them out beforehand, or are they totally unscripted?

It’s somewhere in between. Before shooting a vlog, we’ll usually have a general idea of what we want to do in a day and we try to have a few things planned to guide us. But more often than not, that will change along the way, new plans will be made and there’s always some level of unpredictability that make things that much more interesting.


What’s your favorite place that you have traveled to together?

The city we are in right now, Ho Chi Minh City, might be our favorite. It’s an incredible city that never sleeps, and always manages to surprise us in some way. We also really enjoyed our time in Chiang Mai (Thailand) and Prague (Czech Republic).

"The story is everything."

Where is next on your list to travel to?

Unfortunately we can’t answer that without spoiling our next big announcement! But stay tuned for more details.


What camera equipment do you use?

For the past year we’ve been using the Sony A7SII which is a great camera. We have just invested in the Sony A7III, an incredible improvement on the past versions that, in our opinion, blows away any other camera on the market for that price point. The only thing to know when going Sony is that the lenses can get really expensive. We personally use the Zeiss 55mm f1.8, 28mm f2 and the 10-18mm f4 that is for APS-C sensor, so we’d like to replace it with the 16-35mm f4.

The next most important piece of equipment for us is the Zhiyun Crane v2 gimbal. Smooth footage is key for what we do, and it can really make the difference a far as cinematics go.

As for the microphone we’ve been using the Takstar SGC-598, it’s a good cheap alternative to Rode mics and it can make a tremendous improvement on overall quality of videos.

For the process itself, we shoot everything in Cine4 or Slog2 picture profile, color grade in DaVinci Resolve and edit with Final Cut Pro X.


Do you have a different set up when you’re filming at home vs. filming outdoors?

Absolutely. We started by developing our set up for fixed locations where we could have a lot of space, comfort and gear. We try to have the highest standard of production when we shoot videos for video-selling sites, and will often use two cameras, tripods, lights, reflectors and so on. But when we started doing the vlog and creating content on the go we had to rethink all that. As many great YouTube creators say: when daily vlogging, the quality of individual shots becomes less important than just getting ALL the shots you need and making sure the story’s there. The story is everything.

For the vlog we’ll usually just have the Sony A7III, a GorillaPod, the shotgun mic and sometimes the Zhiyun Crane if we can.


What advice do you have for making your videos look better?

YouTube has been a great way for us to learn. There are so many creators putting incredible content out there that can help you improve your videos and teach you all the basics about filmmaking.

As far as basics go: unless you can have a great artificial lighting setup (Key, Fill and Back light), always go for natural light. The closer you get to the source (a window for example) the better it will look. Learn how to properly do exposure, white balance and shot framing (using the rule of thirds for instance). Background is also key, once you have the subjects where you want them in the frame make sure that you remove any mess or visible objects that could be distracting in the frame for the viewer.

Finally, sound is often underestimated but it is crucial and can make or break a video. If you have a DSLR type camera, the Takstar mic we mentioned above is only around 20$ and will make a significant difference.

"Create great content first and worry about marketing later."

You’ve gotten a lot of video views in a very short time on Pornhub. Why do you think you’ve been so successful?

That a difficult question to answer and we ask ourselves that a lot. We were confident in the concept when we started the vlog - we had been thinking about it for months and really saw an opportunity to bring a new kind of content to the adult industry.

We knew the videos would attract the curiosity of viewers, but we weren’t sure if people were ready for something like that or if we would just receive a lot of hate because it’s just not what you’re expecting to see on a site like Pornhub.

We believe our videos are successful because we bring a true level of intimacy that makes them that much more real. Maybe people can identify and relate on some level to the things Luna and I share.

It might sound cheesy but for us, the biggest turn ons are feelings, emotions, and a sensation of complete trust in your partner. We thought that was hard to find in porn so we decided to try and express that. Not just show the sex part but also everything that’s around, all the little things that make our couple what it is. Sex and other aspects of life are not divided into air tight compartments, they are linked and influence each other. I think a lot of people realize that and appreciate seeing and getting to know the people that are behind their porn. It’s just like character development in movies, you won’t root or feel for the hero if a connection with him/her wasn’t established first.


What is your strategy for selling content on clip sites like Modelhub?

It’s funny because we really didn’t have a strategy when we started Modelhub and I’m still not sure we have one now! We basically just wanted to make the best looking videos possible while being as natural as possible. We’re still unsure as to why we are successful on those platforms, but we are incredibly grateful for it.


What is your overall marketing strategy for your content? Do you use social media to promote yourself?

We do use social media a little but we are not great at it (and we could definitely do much better). We are on Twitter but we don’t use Instagram, and we just opened a Snapchat account yesterday. Coming out of business school with a strong passion for marketing I [James] used to think that you could sell anything as long as it was properly packaged and well marketed. That led to multiple mistakes and failures [Laughs]. Our approach to porn is always centered around the content. Create great content first and worry about marketing later. That has really been working for us so far. If you create something unique that has real value you shouldn’t worry about pushing it towards people, they will find it and get it on their own.

"Don’t let the business side of things impact your relationship."

What do you wish you had known when you first started making videos?

For couples doing amateur porn: don’t let the numbers and the business side of things dictate your life and impact your relationship. There is money to be made in this sector but you also have to be aware of how intense porn can be - it’s easy to lose yourself in it. Some months we were doing so well we were just thinking about producing more and more, doubling the amount of videos we’d shoot in a specific timeframe. We realized that we’d end up fighting a lot and taking less pleasure in our work because we had lost our personal balance.

This is not like other jobs where you can put in extra hours with little side effects. For us, the quality of our production heavily relies upon our relationship being healthy and strong, and that’s what we need to preserve. If that means one video a week instead of three and we make less money, then so be it.

The day porn starts to feel like a job, we’ll stop immediately and do something else.


Do you have any exciting new projects you want to tell us about?

Yes! After a year in South East Asia we are preparing a big move to a completely different destination. We’re super excited and we’ll announce it in the next episode of the Sex Diaries. We’re flying off to this next adventure in two weeks and this should be the next chapter in our lives for at least a year. We will still travel a lot but we wanted to have one place where we can always come back to and we think we might just have found it!


Thank you to Luna and James for sharing their story with us. Follow them on Pornhub, Modelhub, and Twitter to find out where they'll travel next.

So you’ve got a camera. You’ve got your room decorated. You’re ready to start filming.

Or are you?

The single most important factor for home video recording quality, more important than even your camera, is lighting.

And no, that doesn’t mean turning on the floor lamp and the overhead light.

You’ve gotta consider the white balance, the color, the intensity, and above all the positioning of your lights.

But is it possible to get pro-quality lighting without a pro budget?

We took a look at all the best home recording lighting options, so you don’t have to.

Read on to make your next video your best ever:


Working with what you’ve got


So maybe you’ve got a lighting budget, and that budget is Zero.

That’s ok. You can still make do, and get better results than you have now, with what you’ve got lying around the house.

There’s a principle in photography called Three-Point Lighting, and if you apply this theory (even without professional equipment), you’re gonna notice the results right away.

Here is an excellent tutorial for achieving solid three-point lighting, at home, using stuff you definitely already have. (Nobody tell him that a porn blog linked to his video, ok?)


Prismatic LED Halo Ring Light


Ever watched a YouTube makeup tutorial? Let’s be honest – we all have. Even I can appreciate the skill and finesse that goes into a good contour.

If you’ve seen one, and we all know you have, you’ve probably seen one of these ring lights somewhere in the frame.

These do a phenomenal job given the pricepoint, they mount to your camera so the subject always stays lit, and the LED bulbs give great light color and will last for ages.

HOWEVER – you’ll still need ambient (i.e. background) lighting, otherwise the subject will be washed out. Another potential con to using ring lights is that you can sometimes see ‘em reflected in people’s eyeballs on camera. However, as Mark Rockwell says, "most people enjoy the little 'donut' in the girl's eyes."

A good one clocks in around $200, and it’s absolutely worth the investment.


Fovitec StudioPRO


Ready to get pro with it? High-level production needs high-level lighting.

This kit from Fovitec includes two bi-color LED panels, with barndoor shutters, tripods and carrying case.

What does that all mean?

It means two of your three light sources are covered, you can move ‘em anywhere, and you can control how much or how little light to let out with the doors.

Check out a lighting comparison to see what a difference this kinda thing can make.

These are, however, not cheap – the set of two, with accessories, is gonna run you around $350.




OK, so you’ve got your lights. But to achieve true 3-point lighting, you need more than just lights.

You need something for ‘em to bounce off of.

This can be as simple as a white piece of Bristol board, or a sheet of tinfoil, or as elaborate as this.

What’s most important is your technique. There are lots of tutorials out there, but the best thing you can do is experiment with your scene, setting and lighting to see what gives you the best results.

No matter what type of lighting you can afford, if you apply these principles you’ll see a major difference in the quality of the videos you produce.

And as we all know, better quality = more streams, more sales and more cash.

Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments.

Camera Guide

For your content to sell well, you know you have to look good and feel good.

But what about your videos themselves?

In the information age, any content creator in any niche, mainstream or otherwise, has to raise the bar for production standards to get noticed.

That means, whether you’re a YouTuber, a musician, or a model, production quality needs to be on your mind at all times.

But not everybody has thousands of dollars to spend on a pro home studio setup.

So what can content creators do to make sure their videos and photos look as professional as possible?

It all starts with your setup.

We know that your equipment and room setup depends a lot on your budget. So we broke it down for you by budget. Can you afford $5000 for a camera? Great – we’ve got you covered. Capping out at $100? No prob – we’ve got you, too.

Regardless of your budget, there are a few key features you need in a camera. So no matter what you end up getting, make sure it has:

  1. Autofocus
  2. 1080p recording (at least)
  3. 30fps

It’s also important to remember that the best camera in the world is useless without good lighting. You’ll also probably need an external microphone for capturing great audio.

For pretty much every camera on this list, there are YouTube reviews available with example footage. So for a better idea of what you’re getting into, just search the camera model name on YouTube.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the best home recording cameras for any budget:



Logitech C922x 

The gold standard for streamers. Keep in mind this is a webcam, so you’re not getting cinematic-level quality. But it’s got autofocus, it shoots 1080p, and it’s under 100 bucks.

Logitech C920 

VERY similar to the C922x. Officially discontinued, but if you can find it, it’s more or less the same thing as the 922x - but cheaper.

Microsoft LifeCam Studio 

One of the only well-recommended webcams that isn’t made by Logitech, the LifeCam Studio shoots 1080p, has autofocus, and has a built-in microphone (but you’ll want an external one anyway).

It has a tripod mount, too, so you can set it up in different locations.



GoPro Hero6

The best autofocus on the market for anything with lots of motion. Wink wink. You’ve seen these used for extreme sports, but let’s not discount our own athleticism. The integrated microphone is decent, so you might get away with only using that. However – you’ll need a case for it that lets sound into the mic. The stock waterproof case is sealed, so the sound doesn’t work great. We recommend The Frame – GoPro’s camera mount gives easy access (again, wink wink) to both the microphone and USB/HDMI ports.


Used DSLRs

If you don’t mind a pre-loved camera, check local buy-and-sell websites for deals on used gear. You can probably find any of the cameras in our <$1000 category for around $500 if they’re used. Just make sure you trust the seller, since you won’t get a warranty with it.



In this pricerange we’re getting into DSLR camera bodies and HD Camcorders. This is for when you’ve got a bit of money to throw around, and you wanna seriously upgrade your production value. If it’s good enough for the world’s top YouTubers, and even some indie filmmakers, it’s good enough for you.

Canon G7 X mk2 - ~$679 USD

This is a workhorse of the home video production world. It’s got a flip-out viewscreen (so you can see yourself as you’re recording), shoots in 1080p, takes amazing photos, and it’s got auto-focus. Think of it as a c922, but with a major upgrade in terms of video quality. The stock settings for white balance do a great job, and it’s got remote shooting controls for your smartphone or tablet. Pretty sweet.

Panasonic HC-X920 3MOS Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder

Your camera should be like you: Ultrafine.

Optimized for video, camcorders are gonna give you a more consistent image when shooting video as compared to a DSLR, which is designed primarily for still photos.

This is the perfect option if you want premium-quality HD video with minimal interference. It’s user-friendly, the autofocus is great, and you don’t need to fiddle with too many settings to get good results.

It’s got all the main features you need: flip-out viewfinder screen, 1080p video, autofocus, tripod mounts, et al.

Check out this decidedly strange test footage (my fav shot is at 0:29).

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 DSLR Camera (with lens)

With a lens, this one clocks in around $600. This is more or less the baseline for shooting good-quality video without a production-grade camcorder.

BestBuy has a good little starter kit including a memory card, additional lens and condenser microphone for juuuust under a grand (see the Frequently Bought Together section). If you don’t feel like thinking too much about what you’re gonna buy, this is a great out-of-the-box setup. Can’t go wrong.



The big guns. This section is for when you’re ready to take your content to new cinematic heights. Or maybe you want something that doubles for your career as a budding feature film director.

Sony RX100 VI

This is about as good as it gets for a point-and-shoot camera. It’s small, super-lightweight, and produces really incredible video quality. It’s equipped with Fast Hybrid AutoFocus, meaning your shots will stay in focus even with tons of movement.

Clocks in around $1200 for the base model.

Sony FDRAX53

We’re getting into cinematic quality here. The FDRAX53 shoots ultra-HD 4K and 20 megapixel still photos, it’s super light making for easy handheld shots, it’s got a flip-out viewscreen, good autofocus – this has more or less everything you need for incredible quality video. It even records Dolby 5.1 surround-sound, but I still wouldn’t rely on the built-in mic.

Get the full kit including lenses, lighting, tripod/monopod, microphone, and carrying case for about $2000.


Canon XA30 HD

Amazing autofocus. Professional-grade image stabilization. Full HD recording quality. This camera is firmly in the realm of “pro-sumer,” which means it’s good enough for professional applications but still (kinda) affordable.

Get the FULLLLL kit with literally everything you could ever need for about 3 grand.

Canon XF400

A heavy-duty camera for serious filmmakers, the Canon XF400 tops our list for most expensive, but also most full-featured, home camera.

Just shy of $3000 (that’s with NO accessories), this definitely isn’t a budget option. However, its professional-grade features, like a 1-inch photosensor, make it worth every penny – if you need the best video quality possible, that is. Honestly, this is probably overkill for most content creators, but if you want the very best, this is it.



Clearly, there’s a solution for any content creator on any budget.

Before you buy, do your own research – one of the best things you can do is check YouTube for sample footage. That’ll give you an excellent idea of what real-life results you can expect from your new camera.

And don’t forget – if you wanna save some cash, you can always buy used. Just make sure the camera seems to work well, since you won’t get a warranty that way.

Above all, remember that if you’re shooting indoors, the best camera in the world won’t help you without good lighting.

What do you shoot with? Let us know in the comments.

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