Stagg Street (0)
Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
||- Really, really good photography
- Good sets, locations, lingerie
- Some well known porn stars (that even I've heard of)
- Many well-known alt/fetish models
- 2 photo and 1 video update per week
- Having 5 thumbnails of each set is surprisingly useful
||- Low res pictures
- Blog format of site is not particularly user-friendly
- No zip downloads
- No movie downloads
- Some posts do not have matching sets
||I'm a big fan of glamour, and specifically pinup, photography; but I like some kind of angle to it, eg any combination of:
- Retro-style pinups (but more explicit than actual retro ones!)
- Girls with tattoos and/or piercings
- Nylons - stockings or tights
- Retro lingerie
- Mild fetish wear - latex etc
- More creative/subtle lighting and style than typical glamour
I follow a number of active models and photographers in the genre, so I was surprised to discover Ellen Stagg, who I'd not heard of before - because her work is exactly the kind that works for me.
Her photography is really, really great - ranging from well-lit, centerfold style (seems she does a lot of work for Penthouse), to more subtle, naturally lit shots and some more moody, grainy film shoots. And the models are second to none - some well-known porn stars such as Aria Giovanni, Jelena Jensen, Jenna Haze, Adriana Sage; and some popular alt and fetish models like Mosh, Masuimi Max, Angela Ryan, Joanna Angel, Darenzia and more.
The site itself is basic however; there's no members area as such - logging in gets you to the same blog format that the public see, the only difference is access to the sets and videos previewed in posts. On the plus side, there is a model index and everything is dated; but some posts are a single tantalizing preview snap of a magazine shoot that we never get the set for.
Sets are small - on average perhaps 16 pics - but I don't see that as a negative, since they've likely been pruned ruthlessly and every one is spot on. What's more a negative is the resolution - only 1080px on the longest side, so portrait pictures just fill my relatively modest 22" screen, and landscapes definitely lose detail in full-screen. It's a bit disappointing not to see more from a professional photographer.
Also, there are no zips; inconvenient, but if you are reasonably adept with a manager - I use dTA - you can set up a batch descriptor to download sets for you. Similarly there are no downloads of the weekly behind-the-scenes videos - not necessarily stuff you want to keep, but you can download them if you put your mind to it.
This is tricky to score; it's a blog with with photo set access for subscribers and not necessarily fair to compare to a pay site... but you do have to pay. I like the photography so much that if the site was a bit easier to navigate and offered eg 3K pics and zip downloads, I'd score it over 90; on the other hand, if the material wasn't as spot-on, it would be closer to 70 for lack of features. So in the low 80s it is.
Nevertheless, it's good value. Not enough updates to warrant a continued subscription, but $15 is good for for what's on there if it appeals. Even better value is the $5 for 4 days access that I took; but given the trickiness of getting sets, you need to work a little for it in that time. Either way, what you see on the public side is very much what you get as a member, so you'll easily know if it works for you before signing up.
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