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The photos to go with this memoir are here. The photos are out of order since I had to redo them after I moved my blog.
Getting to San Francisco was fortunately uneventful; I checked into the Good Hotel and rested before it was time to get glammed up for the cab ride to the Castro Theater for the big event: the GAYVN 2010 AWARDS! I had heard that the stars were staying at my hotel, but I had to be there at least an hour and a half before show time, so there was little chance I would see any.
Here is a photo of the theater from across the street. Below, my fellow photographers wait to be ushered to the Red Carpet area. With his back to us is Victor Hoff of MOC blog and the fellow the furthest to the right is from Mirror Ball in London.
Finally we were ushered upstairs to the second floor of the theater, where a bar had been set up as well as a tiny interview and red carpet corner. Both the latter functions were shoved into the end of the second the floor which was divided into two spaces to accommodate them. The plan was that stars were to interviewed first by Sister Roma and Scott Tanner and then be photographed. That turned out to be a very inefficient plan, as the line to be interviewed grew and grew. Plus the lights made the dead-end space very hot. Here is Scott Tanner waiting to begin.
Mike Dreyden was the guinea pig, since he was the first star to arrive. I already knew him from New York and we are buds!
I had to photograph this twink, Jason Pitt, just to capture his faux hawk, which was so pretty. He said that he created it himself.
Chi Chi La Rue arrived looking as glam as possible.
Alexsander Freitas throws a most muscle post for the cameras.
Next up on the red carpet was Sam Colt.
Extremely confident, Samuel showed up eating a green apple and faced the huge group of photographers, but never turned to me! The nerve! Oh well, here is the best photo I got.
Here is Adam Champ talking to Joe Pessa [another photographer].
Adam was beautifully dressed using a turquoise scarf as a tie. He didn’t seem to be with anyone and kept his own company. Later on outside the theater, I approached him and we introduced ourselves. I saw the light bulb go on inside his head and he said “Oh, you know Toni!!! Have you ever met him?” And I replied that I hadn’t but would love to. He agreed. Toni, take it from me, his chest fur is very soft.
Blake Riley was with a boy [Landon Mycles] with very BLUE eyes, whose name I don’t know.
The always bubbly Race Cooper was there! What a great guy!
Here are Race’s abs:
Race had a little ab contest going, but the other guys wimped out. CAN YOU BLAME THEM????
Next up was Adam Killian.
Seeing all this porn royalty in one place was a tad overwhelming. That plus the heat, I was feeling dazed! But pleasantly so. I had to focus on work! All these gorgeous men; what to do?
Next was Paul Wagner, whom I had last seen at the wedding of Francesco and Damien in Madrid. It wasn’t too tough to get him grinning from ear to ear.
He’s shy, but what a sweetie. You just want to hug the stuffing out of him. But you know you can’t or he would be mortified.
I was so glad to see them again! Big kisses and hugs were given all around. They were surprised to see me working and I explained that I was earning my ticket to the show. They were all like come with us and sit with us, and I was saying, no man, I gotta finish shooting the red carpet! I gotta work! Finally Damien said “Werk!” I could tell by the way he said it that that was how it was spelled! You know, the cool way, not the mundane boring way. But he understood that I was working. Cool.
You know, all while we were photographing stars, shit was happening behind us in the interview area. Here, Paul and his partner Scott watch Adam don a glittery gauntlet with Sister Roma.
This whole deal was fucking amazing!
Aren’t they a handsome couple? This was the first time I had met Bruno and I was just struck speechless by the sight of #4 on my porn crush list. Speechless I tells ya! I love the new way he chose to cut his mustache. He is just drop dead gorgeous in my eyes.
A group shot of the Raging Stallion Studio stars:
Left to right they are: Jason Adonis, Steve Cruz, DO, Race Cooper, and Bruno Bond.
Here is a side view of the ever photogenic Junior Stellano:
My flash gave me away, and he turned to the camera and smiled!
You can see how a smile lights up his face, but he doesn’t need it. Logan McCree is in the background.
Junior’s date was Conner Habib. Here, Junior takes a bite out of Conner’s cheek.
By that time, Sister Roma and Scott were interviewing porn duo Francesco and Damien. But I was supposed to be concentrating on what was going on in front of me on the red carpet.
Next up was beautiful man, Logan McCree.
Sometimes when you meet people you get a greater appreciation for just how handsome they really are. This was the case for Logan. He is just stunning in person. Plus, he knows the correct way to wear a kilt!
Tony Aziz walked up and threw his tee-shirt over his head and opened up his pants. Nobody was sure how far he would disrobe! But this is the front view. There were flashes of the base of his thick cock, but I didn’t catch any in my photos. I could see that he was wearing a chain cock ring.
And this is the rear view:
Tony was there with Collin O’Neal.
Race Cooper also posed with them:
Phillip Aubrey and Spencer Reed arrived next to be photographed:
Phillip is another one where the camera never does him justice.
Matthew Rush and body builder Bif Boswell were together at the show.
Both seemed to be enjoying them selves immensely as they bared their ginormous chests.
Here is the newly bearded Kyle King.
Here is Stróngboli, the director of Love Addiction that starred Pedro Andreas and Daniel Marvin.
He came up and introduced himself to me and I was very glad of it. What a suave, sophisticated and masculine man. We discussed the future of his films post Marvin & Andreas and the exciting new stars he is bringing along. I wish him luck!
Cutie Dominic Pacifico posed for us next:
Another show stopper was Wilfried Knight, who attended dressed as Jesus Christ in a kilt.
Naturally he posed in a crucifixion position.
“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34) I guess he wasn’t raised as a Catholic, or he would have known to keep his feet together. As it was, he could hardly keep a straight face. Some people thought he was desperate, I just thought it was a piss! You just have to know that Wilfried has a tremendous sense of humor and keeps everybody laughing.
Unfortunately, he does not know how a kilt is supposed to be worn!
For shame, for shame!
The Slick It Up Arm Guard was spotted on the red carpet this year as well.
The photographer next to me said “I want that!” I said “What the arm guard? You can order it from Slick It Up!” He replied, “No, the chest!” Eep!
Cole Streets posed with a shirtless Brandon Bangs. [Thanks Toni!]
Alec Mapa could be counted on the bring the drama!
Nick Moretti is one of those stars whom photos fail to represent fairly. He is larger than life in person and has the tiniest waist and largest chest that I have ever seen.
He looks hot in that high and tight hair cut, doesn’t he? As soon as he was done posing he rushed over to introduce himself. His friendliness and charisma was irresistible. He was charming. The flogger he wears is just part of who he is. That is so hot!
I am a sucker for blue eyes, so I photographed Brody West:
Diesel Washington kept wanting to make tough faces, but I kept telling him to smile. Finally he did!
He told me was nervous about his upcoming skit with Alec Mapa during the show. He shouldn’t have been – it was a show stopper!
Steven Daigle was one wild cowboy at the show; he showed up on stage with only a strategically placed cowboy hat!
Austin Wilde came with Ryan Raz. I asked him to remove his shirt and he wouldn’t. But Ryan unbuttoned it for me!
This is Allen Silver, the Best Actor Nominee [Dad takes a fishing trip] with Will Swagger.
Cassandra Cass was on the red carpet.
As was Raphael Alencar in all his glory!
Then the red carpet shoot was over and we were all sweaty and released to get water from the bar, which was mobbed with porn stars! I shot this photo of Francesco D’Macho being pensive:
You see boys and girls, he continues to be gorgeous every moment of every day. Notice the pouty bottom lip. The deep blue eyes and furrowed brow. He needs me to soothe that brow and suck on that lip. Maybe a nibble on those ears. That lovely necklace is from Brasil, he said. See how is sits high on his muscular chest. It doesn’t even hang. Sigh. His skin feels so soft; but with hard muscle underneath. When he hugs you, you can feel the bristle from his cheek stubble and it is heaven. His powerful arms come around you and you lose yourself. At least I did. I close my eyes and am transported. But then I have to me again. Responsible adult married lady. Good girl. Get a grip. Come out of his spell and back to reality. That was all in your head. It was all fantasy.
Time to go downstairs and watch the show.
Cinderella has returned from the ball where Prince Charming was everywhere she turned! As you might imagine was the case, she had a fabulous time and partied later than she should have two nights in a row. Yup. I also took over 600 photos and was on my feet for 6 hours during the Folsom Fair. Men, men, men, gorgeous men surrounded me 360 degrees! I met so many adult entertainers that I had dreamed of meeting, but have patience and you will read all about it here at Fair View.
Then I flew home [rumor has it that my airline was United] and my our airplane had electrical problems and was delayed something like over 3 hours, which meant I would not make my connection in Chicago, so I had to rebook to a standby on a flight through Dulles to Hartford and I didn’t know if I would make it. How focacta is that? Well, I made it, but my bag stayed on the Chicago flight and proved that I wouldn’t have made that connection, because it wasn’t in Hartford when I arrived! [I should get it by 5 PM today.]
But now, I am paying the price for the partying. I have a bad head cold and sore throat. I have 600 photos to edit and an art show coming up this week. Busy, busy, busy. Better get to it. Hang in there and with any luck you will see some photos later today.