On the Set: Ariana Marie Crowned Cherry of the Year

On the Set: Ariana Marie Crowned Cherry of the Year
Alejandro Freixes

Cherry Pimps is somersaulting into the new year amidst a blitz of camera flashes, courtesy of Dean Capture’s masterful lens capturing sexy stills and video solos of the first-ever Cherry of the Year, Ariana Marie.

Crowned at a hacienda-like estate in the heart of L.A., the April “Cherry” faced fierce competition this year from other Cherry of the Month contenders like Gina Valentina, Uma Jolie, Lana Rhoades, Darcie Dolce and Sofi Ryan.

I like to think of myself as very classy, and elegant. I’m also very dirty, too. I’m honored that Cherry Pimps chose me. I think I’ll represent them well.

Against a backdrop of festive decorations heralding the arrival of 2018, Marie took center stage in the spacious foyer, as master of ceremonies Ryan Keely interviewed the dazzling starlet. Decked out in a gorgeous gold-and-black outfit, the Cherry of the Year was radiant, her supermodel good looks as intoxicating as ever.

With a princess-perfect face that belongs on the cover of Vogue, Marie smiled brightly when Keely introduced her to viewers. “At the end of 12 months, we met 12 girls,” Keely intoned, her short blonde hair styled smartly and a sleek white skirt hugging her voluptuous curves. “We loved them all, but we love one the most. I want to introduce you to next year’s Cherry of the Year, the beautiful Ariana Marie!”

Striding forth triumphantly, Marie said, “Hi! It’s good to see you again!”

“It’s good to see you too!” replied Keely. “Since the last time I saw you, what’s happened?”

“I live in Vegas, so I don’t come out to L.A. too much, but I’ve been shooting and just traveling a little bit,” offered Marie. “Living life, I guess.”

Keely said, “So, congratulations!” to which Marie, with sincere gratitude in her voice, enthused, “Thank you! I’m so honored. I can’t believe they picked me!

“It’s so funny,” Keely relayed. “Something you said on set really set you up to get this honor this year. When you came in and shot for us the first time, of course you’re beautiful, we love you and we talked about your very crazy sex life. But, afterwards you reached out to Cherry Pimps and were like, ‘I’d love to sign with you at conventions.’ That attitude really made us know that you were the special girl for us.”

Marie affirmed, “I love Cherry Pimps. Everybody is always so nice. I told my husband, ‘Let them know! I want to sign for them at shows.’ I had already started booking a makeup artist, and the artist was like, ‘It’s too soon for this!’”

Shifting gears, Keely said, “So, I gotta ask, what is the soundtrack of the year for you? What songs have you been jamming out to this year?”

Marie answered, “I listen to a little bit of everything. I like country, I like hip-hop. I like a little bit of rap, but not too much! I guess I listen to mostly country. I tend to listen to whatever is on Pandora!”

Keely pressed, “So, you don’t have a favorite song right now?”

“No!” Marie confessed.

“I gotta ask, do you get recognized whenever you’re out and about in your real life?” mused Keely.

“Sometimes I get recognized!” admitted Marie. “I got recognized at the DMV once. Airports are very common. I was doing this paintballing thing with my husband on Valentine’s Day, we shot zombies! And at the very end of it … one of the zombies comes up to me and is like, ‘Hey, you’re Ariana Marie, aren’t you?’ I was like, ‘Dude, I just shot you three times!’ So, sometimes I get recognized.”

Keely noted, “That’s a bold man right there. Is that the craziest thing someone’s done to get your attention?”

Agreeing, Marie said, “I think so. I get those occasional stares and I’m like, ‘Is he looking at me cause he knows me, but he’s with his family right now so he can’t come up and say anything to me?”

Backtracking briefly, Keely inquired, “Do you regularly slaughter zombies?”

“I think it’s good to be prepared!” stated Marie. “I don’t wanna be those people that get chewed up! I think it’s good to have some good aim.”

Mischievously, Keely observed, “Well, you look delicious, I could totally eat your brain! So, do you have any porn role models that have really guided you through your career?”

Marie revealed, “I really like watching, like, Jenna Haze. The big name girls. I wanna say, I really like working with Nicole Aniston. Her body and everything … she motivates me! Abigail Mac is a favorite of mine. Everything that she’s doing … she’s starting to direct now too, so I’m proud of her and I look up to her.”

With a wry tone of voice, Keely asked, “From those girls you look up to … who do you want to bone right now?”

“Well, she’s not actually in porn … but Ruby Rose?” Marie said. “Can you just come bone me really quick. I watch ‘Orange is the New Black,’ and I’m obsessed with her now. I guess, in porn … jeez, there’s so many. Jill Kassidy. I see so many girls on Twitter!”

Keely wondered, “Do you keep a list?”

Marie answered, “I don’t! I’m just one of those girls that goes on Twitter and is like, ‘Oh! She’s really cute! I want to bone her.’ I should definitely keep a list. A lot of my fans help me. I’m like, ‘Who should I bone?’ And then they tell me.”

Keely jested, “Sounds like a really tough life you’re leading. So, we have a Cherry Pimps tradition, but before we get to that, I have to find out … when it comes to cheat days, what do you like to eat?”

Keely jested, “Sounds like a really tough life you’re leading. So, we have a Cherry Pimps tradition, but before we get to that, I have to find out … when it comes to cheat days, what do you like to eat?”

With an honest expression, Marie copped, “I had a cheat day yesterday. Cheat days are on Sundays. I love pizza, cookies … anything that’s junk food, but also sugar. I like just all the junk food. I eat burgers almost every day!”

Surprised, Keely made certain, “What, really?! Every day?”

“Yes!” Marie reinforced. “I post it on my Twitter. And people are like, ‘You ate all that? How do you keep your figure?’ I’m like, ‘I don’t know! Good genes, I guess!’”

Getting back to the ceremonial fun, Keely pointed out, “So, you’re our inaugural Cherry of the Year!”

Effervescently, Marie said, “I can’t believe it!”

“You’re going to set the standard for all the Cherries of the Year,” delineated Keely. “How do you feel about that?”

Confidently, Marie stated, “I can’t wait to represent the company, and have fun with my scenes and everything.”

“What would you like to shoot for Cherry Pimps this coming year?” Keely ventured.

“Maybe something special,” pondered Marie. “I’m starting to do to anal … so maybe I’ll do a pretty cool anal scene. But, I don’t know, I have to think about that. I’m still in shock that they chose. I have to figure out something that’s just going to be really amazing!”

Heading into the mini-interview’s final stretch, Keely said, “Okay, now I want you to tell the camera some things that your fans should know about you.”

Marie offered, “Something my fans should know… I eat a lot! I know a lot of people don’t think I do, but I eat a lot. I love food. I am a huge, huge animal lover, but you guys probably already know that because of my Twitter. I’m always posting pictures of my dog. In my personal life, I’m really funny. My personality really, really shows off camera. I’m a big dork.”

Sensing an approaching package, Marie asked, “Something’s coming up behind?!”

Keely replied, “We wanted you to have something to snuggle.”

Presented with a bundle of goodies, Marie exclaimed, “Oh my god! I literally just told my husband that I want to go to Build-A-Bear to get a big bear that I can travel with. Since, I’m on the road so much! Oh my god he’s so cute.”

Keely coaxed, “He may have something in his backpack for your cheat day.”

Marie dug in, remarking, “I don’t think I have to go trick-or-treating this year. Wow, you guys spoiled me! Oh my god there’s money in here! $1000!”

Keely said, “That’s something to kick off the year as the Cherry of the Year. This is your new friend.”

Gleefully, Marie relayed, “I’m gonna name her!”

Turning to the camera, Keely implored, “You can comment below on YouTube with your name suggestions. Also, they can hit you up on Twitter or Instagram.”

Marie shared, “My Twitter is @ArianaMarieXXX and my Instagram is @ArianaMarie_15. My website is”

Addressing viewers, Keely encouraged, “Make sure you also Tweet @CherryPimps. My name is Ryan Keely, and this is our Cherry of the Year. I’ll see you in a month, with our first 2018 Cherry of the Month.”

The giddy Marie bade her fans farewell. “Thanks guys!”

As Dean Capture and his crew set up the next scene, a solo masturbation session with Marie, XBIZ sought out Keely in the break room, to ask how she got started with Cherry Pimps.

“I’ve known Dean Capture for a long time, and I have a strong background interviewing porn chicks,” Keely said. “It’s kind of been a constant in my career. He asked if I wanted to do the interviews with Cherry Pimps! When I started doing the interviews, I wasn’t back in the industry. After a couple months seeing all those beautiful girls, I kinda had to get back in and get some for myself.”

As for her role with Cherry Pimps, Keely stated, “So, I come in and interview every single Cherry of the Month, and then today, Ariana Marie was picked as Cherry of the Year because she is gorgeous, she is personable, she is delightful ... she is everything that any company would want to represent them.

“As long as Cherry will keep hiring me, I’ll keep showing up and working with them,” she continued. “I love working with Dean and all the girls. I think they’re all just amazing, and it’s such a nice way to spend the afternoon. And I get glammed up, which is always fun!”

Pressed on her personal goals, now that she is back in the biz, Keely related, “I’ve been in adult for over a decade. I had to take five years, but I’ve only ever done girl/girl or solo, and I think this year I’m going to do boy/girl! It should be fun and exciting.

“I’ve never worked with Ariana before,” she added. “I don’t think I’ve worked with any of the Cherries of the Month. I keep my fingers crossed that they’ll do some sort of reverse gangbang of the best of the Cherries, and they’ll all have to do me! But, you know, I have no power in Cherry Pimps. I just show up. I don’t know if I’ll perform with them, but I’d love to. They do beautiful things.”

Soon thereafter, Marie shot her solo scene, stripping off her gold dress to show off the black lingerie beneath. Writhing seductively, she delicately removed the rest, fingering herself with great gusto. After several minutes of utter bewitchment, she stepped away to speak with XBIZ.

Asked about what it was like being named Cherry of the Year, Marie said, “It’s awesome, for several reasons! I’m their first-ever Cherry of the Year, and I’m extremely honored. They made me Cherry of the Month in April, and I had a great time shooting on set. I had done their live webcam shows, and then they told me that they would be shooting me for a few solos. Then, they told me I was going to be named Cherry of the Month, and we had so much fun that day. We had so many different looks that we did. I think the fans enjoyed the photos and videos, as well.

“We’re doing three solos today, as I did one yesterday,” she elaborated. “I also did a boy/girl yesterday with Van Wylde. When I was Cherry of the Month, we did girl/girl, so having a guy here was kind of spicing it up a little bit! It gives the fans a little more hardcore stuff. Today is super fun, and we have this cool ‘Happy New Year’ thing going on. I think we’re going to do some stuff in the tub for one of the solos, and it’s gonna be good.”

As far as what she looks forward to the most in representing the brand next year, Marie reflected, “I like to think of myself as very classy, and elegant. I’m also very dirty, too. I’m honored that Cherry Pimps chose me. I think I’ll represent them well. I’m just excited to see what my contract is going to be like, what kinda scenes I’m going to shoot for them … I’m gonna give it a 110 percent.”

About her previous work with Capture, Marie said, “I love Dean so much. He shot me when I first got into the industry. Then, he approached me at a convention and asked if I wanted to shoot for Cherry Pimps, and that they would love to shoot me. I just love his work. It’s such an easy day on set, but also very fun. The pictures are just amazing.”

His style is unique, she underscored. “The way he shoots is very natural. He doesn’t have to do too much editing, I feel like. I love Dean. I love the way he shoots. All my pictures, all the time, always come out so good.”

For her big plans in 2018, Marie summed, “My next year … I’m out of contract with Greg Lansky, which was for exclusive anals and IRs. That ended maybe a year and a half ago, but I haven’t shot any intense scenes since then. I’m looking forward to shooting with other people, but still being very selective. I’m hoping I can maybe do a DP in my future. Oh gosh, and a gangbang! There’s so many things that I haven’t done, because I’ve been holding out on them. Going into next year, it’s definitely going to be a big year for me.”

As the afternoon light began turning orange, Marie prepped for a stairway masturbation scene. Her slender legs splayed beautifully, the Cherry of the Year played with her cherry and made use of a crystal clear glass dildo, thrusting it in and out of herself expertly. The temperature in the room definitely went up.

Then, as she cooled off and got ready for a bathtub masturbation scene, Capture walked outside with XBIZ to shed light on his background.

“I’ve known the owner of Cherry Pimps, Jack Avalanche, for seven or eight years,” Capture said. “He came to a photography workshop I did a few years back. And we hit it off … we’ve known each other ever since. And he kept saying, ‘I’m going to put you to work one day!’ And then, I guess, this past December in 2016, he hit me up and said, ‘We’re thinking about doing a feature girl of the month. We’d love for you to produce it for us every month.’ Of course, I was flattered. It’s a couple days shooting every month with some really nice gals. I love it because Jack gives us a lot of freedom. He’s not too specific about what he wants.”

As far as the differences between shooting for other companies vs. Cherry Pimps, Capture said, “My assistant (Mike) and I have been shooting for Twistys since 2005. Mike and I have been working for 13 years. Twistys has a specific look that we basically designed for Twistys. When we started working for Twistys in 2005, the original owner really didn’t have a standard of quality yet. He was getting it rolling, and we came into the picture and were like, ‘Hey, we want to do these beautiful lit-like-Playboy, but spreads-like-Hustler type things.’ He was like, ‘Cool! Here’s some money, go try it.’ And we did it, and he loved it. We’ve been kinda shooting with him ever since. Then, MindGeek bought them out later and we stayed with those guys.

“But the main difference between those two is that Twistys has a specific look they want, if you try to get artsy … they don’t like that,” he continued. “They slap you on the hand, whereas Jack is like, ‘Do whatever you want!’ It’s really good. As far as my ‘signature style,’ if I have the time and the budget, I light it like a Playboy set, but shoot it like a Hustler set. I like to do the explicit stuff, but I want to light it beautifully. I don’t always have the time to do that. For whatever reason … 100 reasons. Sometimes we’re running behind schedule, sometimes girls are running behind on makeup. So, sometimes we have to go with simpler lighting setups. Also, the last four/five years, I’ve been studying cinematography and mainstream cinematographers. Now, I find myself incorporating their thought process into our photosets.”

Harkening back to the past, Capture said, “So, years ago … we typically did a photo set and then a video. Years ago, I would set up the photo set with all my flash/strobe equipment. Then, I’d move that all away and bring in the constant lighting for the videos. Now, we go in and I think about lighting like how a cinematographer would do it. So, I go ahead and light it up for video first, and just leave that lighting in there.

“If you noticed today, we didn’t use any flash,” he underlined. “We would, if we had to shoot outdoors, but for indoor work we just light it as moody as we want it, based on how we’re going to shoot it. Then, I just grab a still camera and we shoot the stills. It wipes off 30 minutes per set, since I don’t have to switch out all that lighting. And in this day and age where the clients want more, more and more … budgets are getting less, less, less! You know? We have to cut some corners here, and that’s one of the corners we cut. Luckily for us, it hasn’t reduced our quality. It just helps us move along faster.”

Focusing on the Cherry of the Year shoot with Marie, Capture shared, “We shot her yesterday and today. Ariana Marie is one of my favorite girls. She really makes my work shine with a great personality and beautiful body. She loves to come and have fun … I don’t know what to say about her. She’s just an amazing little performer, and has done great with her career. She’s a sweetheart too. So, that’s a really nice thing. We did a solo scene with a New Year’s theme, and an interview with a New Year’s theme. We also did something on the stairs. This little house … we’ve shot in so many angles, now we’re struggling to find new angles.

“We saw the staircase, and we shot something with a different angle and now we’ve switched it up,” he elucidated. “We’re playing around with that. We shot it with a wide angle lens, so there’s more background in focus than I usually like. But, I have to play these games with myself and say, ‘Well, the first set we shot it with a long lens, so let’s blur out this one. The last one was dark and moody, so this one is going to be bright!’ I’m giving Jack a lot of different flavors, so all of these sets don’t look the same. We’ll have some that are a little warm, others that are a little cool. Just some variety.

“Now, we’re on the third set of the day, and we’re going to do the bathtub scene,” he concluded. “We’re still figuring out how we’re going to capture it, but she’s going to be soaped up … lots of towels and playing in the water! Gonna work that angle. Then, tomorrow, we’re outta here! So, we got a boy/girl scene, an interview, four solo scenes and we gave her this selfie camera so she can do selfies for promotional stuff.”

Before evening devoured the fading embers of sunlight, Marie filled the promised bathtub with water, taking her time and showing off her many exquisite curves. Running her hands through bubbles and soaping up her breasts, the Cherry of the Year bathed with seductive movements, sloshing about playfully. Her skin prickled with goosebumps, and not just from the chill.


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