Poppy Sanchez Captures Sensuality on Screen

Episode 4 of The Sassy Show: Reimagining porn with director and photographer Poppy Sanchez

Poppy Sanchez has been building a reputation for her ever-sensual and creative depictions of sexuality on screen. As a multidisciplinary artist, she works across a breadth of mediums from film, editing, directing, and photography, forever casting a spell over her viewers. From nature to food play, saunas to funfairs, Sanchez makes Sassy stories come alive through soft, warm hues and ASMR fan-tasies.

In this conversation, Poppy tells us about the need for communicative creative leadership as well as challenging the stigma that continues to surround pornography; highlighting the need for further diversity both behind and in front of the lens. We also hear Poppy discuss her journey into the industry with our Sassy host, Bethany Burgoyne. Expressing her desire to construct an atmosphere through film where the performers, as well as the voyeurs, can get lost in a dreamlike state of eroticism.

Portrait by Poppy Sanchez, from 'Tu Lips', starring Luna Silver and Nat Portnoy


As an artist, Poppy tells us how her attention has always been drawn to exploring and depicting sexuality. It was while studying art in Amsterdam that she teamed up with her ex-partner to start creating porn on the side. However, she found that the creative community she was looking for to make artistic and alternative erotica was nowhere to be seen. Instead, she felt a sense of judgment from her peers and a division between art and adult entertainment. By the time Poppy moved to Berlin in 2016, she didn't imagine it would be something she'd return to. However, thanks to a Tinder date invitation to be an extra on a film set, Poppy found herself back in the world of pornography.

Portraits from 'Moist' by Karen Hunt, starring Paulita Pappel, Bishop Black

and Dante Dionys

I really have a crew of people who I can rely on, who I can reach out to who understand my vision and can also bring in a lot of great insight themselves.

Today, she is a regular face on multiple porn platforms, becoming known for her directorial masterpieces such as 'Tease Cake' and 'Moist'. What we watch are harmonious encounters between people, cheeky, and full of sensory stimulation. Poppy's gaze guides us between bodies, tongues, and textures as she depicts transparent and lust-filled scenes of sexual intimacy. She tells us about the importance of sound and the attention she places on encouraging each audio technician to communicate with her while filming. Having shot for so many years, Poppy has managed to secure a crew to work with, growing a network of "trustworthy individuals who get as excited and enthusiastic about an idea" as she does.

Portraits from 'Domestic Servitude' by Caribe Lunar , starring Bebe Melkor-Kadior, Master Aaron, Noir and Friederich Kreuz