Meet Mel

I met Mel around 5am one New Years in a bar that no longer exists. She gave me her number but I think when I texted her a few days later I don’t think she had any idea who I was. We became friends anyway and I found out she was a photographer too. This would come in handy later…

When I started working on my Instaxxx book she seemed like she was interested in being in it but we didn’t really make an effort to shoot anything. On Halloween we ended up going out together and I took a topless photo of her on my couch before we went out but she was covered in fake blood and it wasn’t exactly an image I wanted in my book. Fortunately a few months later she would come up with something.

Mel had been scouting locations for a shoot of her own and she found this Motor Lodge in Queens we wanted to shoot at. Unfortunately the day we had to shoot I got hired for an event that night so we didn’t have a lot of time. We ended up renting a room at another location she had scouted, the Liberty Inn, one of the last hourly rate hotels in Manhattan. Of course an hour in a Chelsea hotel costs as much as all night in most places but we still ended up with a pretty great location for under $100.

I took a great instax of Mel that ended in my new book and she let me shoot a whole digital set with her which was awesome. Mel had never done a real nude photo shoot before so it was awesome that she trusted me enough to let me shoot her and publish the photos.

Mel is also going to be doing an Instax photo booth at the Intaxxx release party at the Superchief NY space on the 29th of June! Come get your photo taken by a babe with a babe and buy my damn book!

Now click here to see all the NSFW photos of Mel at a creepy hourly rate motel!

Ps. These pics are in high resolution at Girls of DBB!

Mel

Mel

Mel

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NOT SAFE Zine

I have talked a ton about my new book Instaxxx that will be out at the end of the month, but what I haven’t really talked about is the companion zine “NOT SAFE“. When I raised over $20,000 on Kickstarter I wanted to do something to give back to the people who backed by book and also to the women who have shot with me over the years.

I decided to do a zine that served several purposes. The first goal was to create a bonus for my Kickstarter backers. Everyone who bought Instaxxx via Kickstarter had the ability to buy NOT SAFE for $5 including US shipping. The second goal was just to create a zine with some of my favorite photos from some of my favorite models. I wasn’t trying to create a portfolio or anything but I thought it would be good to have something I could hand to a model or a client and say “hey this is what I like to do”.

But this zine had a greater purpose and that was to thank the women who have shot with me over the years and give a message to my fans who enjoy looking at my work but don’t really have any respect for the women who I photograph.

The title NOT SAFE refers to both the puritanical idea that nudity is somehow offensive and is “Not Safe For Work” and the sexist culture that has created a world where women can’t go online or walk down the street without being harassed. The cover features my friend Kate wearing some adorable double entendre kitty underwear that in this case is meant to invoke Trump’s horrifying “Grab her by the Pussy” line.

I see my “fans” posting awful comments on the blog and on my Instagrams and via Twitter. You can say any negative comment about me and I will leave it up but I delete and/or defend every negative comment about the model. They are putting themselves out there, often just because they want to work with me and it drives me crazy to see people attack them.

Women get harassed just for existing and when a woman puts herself out there and poses nude that stuff is taken to another level. I started out taking naked photos just because I liked looking at naked women. I didn’t even consider what the women would go through. The last decade of doing it professionally has made me think about that shit constantly. Seeing what women have to deal with just for taking a sexy photo is so fucking upsetting.

So this zine is a thank you to those women who put up with that shit every day, it’s about how nudity shouldn’t be considered offensive and it is a message to you guys to think about how you treat women both online and in real life. Plus it has a bunch of pretty photos of pretty women in it.

You can pre-order NOT SAFE as part of the Instaxxx pre-order here.

One dollar from every zine sold will be donated to Safe Horizon a charity that helps victims of violence including rape, sexual assault and domestic abuse.

Both Instaxxx and NOT SAFE start shipping June 30th.

NOT SAFE

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Meet Giselle Palmer

When I was in Austin for SXSW back in March I was bored waiting for a band to play. I started refreshing my Twitter over and over again and I noticed a notification from someone named Giselle Palmer. I lurked her page and almost instantly knew I needed to take her photo. I DMed her and said “if we are ever in the same place I would love to take your photo” and she messaged me back that she lived in Austin. A few hours later I was in her apartment taking photos.

I was in the middle of working on my Instaxxx book (goes to print today!!) and I knew I could get some good shots of her in her apartment using the flash of the Instax camera. I was right. She has her own spread in my book and another photo in my next zine. Unfortunately it was nighttime and  her apartment sucked for taking digital photos. We decided to plan a second shoot during daylight hours but I only had two more days in Austin so I figured I should shoot some digital stuff just incase and I am glad I did.

Turns out that Giselle is hot enough that shitty lighting and mediocre photography doesn’t really matter! I have a gallery of more than 70 photos for you and not one of them is correctly white balanced but every one of them is real hot. I feel like I spend a lot of time telling you why I took terrible photos, but to be honest no one really cares but me. You guys are just gonna look at these photos and think “holy shit Giselle is hot” and not even notice that most of them are underexposed. I get it. Let’s move on.

So a few weeks after I left Austin, Giselle took a trip to LA to shoot some porn. She started webcamming in December of this year so in January she went to Vegas to check out the AVN Awards. While she was walking around Naughty America noticed her and flew her back out to Vegas to shoot her first porn scenes. When I met Giselle that is all she had ever shot. I don’t even think the scenes were out yet and no one had ever heard of her, but when she went to LA she never left.

Within days of visiting LA she got the biggest agent in porn and seems to be shooting nearly every day. She blew up instantly like I knew she would. She is so hot, so rad and a total creep and I mean that in the best way. Real glad I got to shoot her before she gets way too big to shoot with me.

Anyway, I thought this would be a good introduction to Giselle but just wait until you guys see the rest of the stuff we shot. On my last day in Austin we went out with Holly Beth and spent all day in a park shooting some really pretty stuff. I think you guys are gonna really love it.

Finally, I should mention there are some extra explicit shots on Girls of Driven By Boredom that you should go look at if you are into that kinda thing. All the images on there are in high resolution too… but if you don’t have Girls of DBB just go look at the rest of the photos!

Click here to see all the NSFW photos of Giselle Palmer!

Giselle Palmer

Giselle Palmer

Giselle Palmer

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AVN Awards Video!

When the AVN Awards aired I happened to be at my parent’s house in DC and I actually got to watch it. Back in NYC I do not have cable much less fancy things like premium channels. What I do have is the internets and I managed to get a clip of my segment from the awards if you wanna check that out.

The video is really about Jillian Janson who was nominated for Female Performer of the Year but I got to do a shoot with her for the video. They interviewed me and Jillian about our first shoot which I should probably publish sooner rather than later. It was under the Santa Monica Pier and was a ton of fun. Jillian is great as I have probably mentioned before.

This video also features some truly terrible acting from myself and features a misspelling of the word Boredom in Driven By Boredom which happens all the time. I really wish I owned drivenbybordom.com but some asshole bought it and put spam there so please learn how to spell boredom everyone.

Sadly the video does NOT feature the part where we snuck into the kitchen at the Hard Rock for a shoot and got kicked out by security. It would have been amazing but they didn’t have release forms and things so they couldn’t use the video. Tragic.

Anyway, watch this video and don’t forget to look at the photos Jillian and I shot for it if you haven’t already. Also thanks to Scott and Jeff and the crew who filmed this thing for including me!

 

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Medusa Machina

At the end of last year I was trying to get my Instaxxx Kickstarter finished and I needed some shots still for the Kickstarter video. I reached out to a girl named Medusa Machina who I had met years ago but I think I had only seen once since then. We had talked about shooting in the past and this would have been a perfect time to shoot her and get the shots I needed for the video.

Fortunately she was house sitting for her friend Dennis who has an amazing apartment and she had this fantasy about cutting all her clothes off. I told her I was down to shoot whatever she wanted if she was in my Kickstarter video. She was totally down and we got to work in the kitchen slowly cutting her clothes off.

The kitchen leads to the pantry which for some reason leads to a bathroom so as she was finishing cutting her clothes off we figured why not shoot her in the shower. It was probably a mistake because the lighting was horrific in there, but to be honest the shots of her showering were pretty fucking sexy. I mean you can’t go wrong with that even if the lighting is ugly as hell. Plus the flash on the polaroids looked great in there which you can see if you go pre-order my damn book.

After we shot we recorded the video and shot a bunch of polaroids for the book. One of them ended up being the main image for the Kickstarter campaign. She was reading a book and you couldn’t see any actual nudity so it was the perfect image for promoting the book in a slightly safe for work way. Plus it ended up being the postcard reward for the Kickstarter too. So everything worked out really well.

I should also probably mention that aside from the terrible lighting in the bathroom there are also waaaay to many photos in this set. There are about 100 of them when there’s probably only 20 that I would normally post, but I thought it was good to tell the whole story of her cutting off her clothes. It’s probably a bad thing if you like good photography but a great thing if you wanna see a ton of photos of Medusa so just a heads up. I should also mention you can see these same images in high resolution with “hands free browsing” over on Girls of Driven By Boredom.

Lastly, thanks a ton to Dennis for letting us use your place! Now go look at some damn photos!

Click here to see nearly 100 photos of Medusa Machina cutting all her clothes off!http://www.drivenbyboredom.com/gallery/medusa-machina/

Medusa Machina

Medusa Machina

Medusa Machina

Medusa Machina

Medusa Machina

 

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Jillian Janson For Showtime

Tonight the 2017 AVN Awards air on Showtime. Yes, I agree, airing an awards show that happened four months ago does seem strange, but it’s happening tonight nonetheless. It seems like something you’d want to watch if you like award shows or the porn industry or if say you really wanted to see a performance from Flo Rida flanked by dozens of drunk porn stars. I have covered the last 7 or 8 of these things so I have actually never watched them on TV but tonight is special… because I am on it.

Jillian Janson is a fucking babe and I got to shoot her a while ago under the Santa Monica Pier. I just now realized that I have yet to post those photos but I will because they are awesome because Jillian is unreasonably hot.

Jillian was featured as part of Showtime’s AVN coverage and she has her own little segment. I was fortunate enough to be part of that segment. We did a photoshoot in a penthouse of the Hard Rock in Vegas which was pretty fantastic but Showtime wanted something a little more exciting so we went and shot on the roof.

After that we actually tried to sneak into the kitchen of the Joint nightclub to shoot. We made it all the way into the kitchen and were setting up a shot when we got caught by security. We ended up just going around the corner and shooting anyway, but the photos didn’t really come out because I am a mediocre photographer but hopefully the video looks cool.

Anyway, watch the AVN Awards tonight at 11 after you look at all these photos. They are also available in high resolution at Girls of Driven By Boredom.

Now click here to see all the photos I shot of Jillian Janson for Showtime’s AVN Awards.

Jillian Janson AVN Awards

Jillian Janson AVN Awards

Jillian Janson AVN Awards

 

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Off To The Galápagos…

So amazingly I am headed to the Galápagos Islands tomorrow. My parents have been talking about taking a family vacation there since my brother and I were little kids and now that they have retired they are finally actually doing it. I think the last time I went on a family vacation was when I was 14. Around 15 I got way too punk rock to be hanging out with my family and they were probably too embarrassed to be seen with me in public anyway. Whatever the case I get to spend 10 days with them and I feel like it’s going to be pretty amazing.

I am going to be on a boat for most of that time and only have access to what I assume is going to be wildly expensive satellite internet. I am going to try and get online at least once a day to update Twitter/Instagram & check emails but I am fairly certain I am not going to be updating this site again until after I return on the 24th.

With that in mind I wanted to update you guys on my new book and give you guys something to look at while I am gone.

I have laid out 150 pages of my Instaxxx book and scanned over 500 photos for it. The plan is for the book to be somewhere between 170 – 200 pages and I have a lot of work to do still. I am going to lay out probably 250 pages and then start editing down. After that I am going to take some of my favorites and add them to the zine I am working on that is going to accompany the book. It’s going to be about 40 pages and feature 35mm and polaroid nudes with $1 from each zine going to help marginalized sex workers.

So aside from just laying out both the book and the zine I also have to write intros to these things which is by far my least favorite part. I need to get someone to photoshop the dust off a bunch of the Instax scans and we need to design some covers which is probably the most fun part. Whatever the case there’s a lot of work to be done and leaving town for 10 days right now is not ideal. That being said, I hope to have the book at least laid out by the end of April so that I can get this thing out by mid June.

Pre-order Instaxxx here!

Now I wanted to leave you guys with some content and I also wanted to promote Girls of Driven By Boredom since I am not going to be working for the next 10 days.  If you haven’t signed up already there is a massive amount of content on there. It’s really cheap and has tons of exclusive and uncensored stuff on there. The images are all high resolution too.

Anyway, already uploaded over 100 Instax scans to Girls of DBB and today I just uploaded another 200! Don’t worry there’s still going to be a lot of surprises in the book but if you wanna see a bunch of Instax photos that no one has seen here’s your chance. Lot of fun stuff here that will never make the book too. A big chunk of this stuff will never see the light of day outside of Girls of DBB. So go sign up already!

Anyway, I am gonna go watch hockey playoffs before heading to the god damn Galápagos tomorrow! Here’s a couple mildly safe for work Instax for you to look at in the meantime.

Instaxxx

Instaxxx

Instaxxx

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Joanna Angel Returns!

This summer will be the 10 year anniversary of the last time I did a photo shoot with Joanna Angel. Amazingly I did my second shoot with her just a few weeks ago. I have known Joanna pretty much our entire adult lives and for a while her Burning Angel girls probably accounted for 90% of my sex life.

We have been through a lot together including the death of our good friend DJ Jess who we lost two years ago last week. I met Jess at the first Burning Angel party I ever went to and he became one of my first nightlife clients. Joanna and I even got tattoos in his honor together.

Anyway, back in 2007 when I shot Joanna I was a truly terrible photographer. We shot in the walk in fridge at a club called Luke & Leroy’s where they used to hold the infamous Rated X Panty Party. We probably shot the whole thing in 5 minutes but to be honest those photos are pretty hot looking back despite them being technically awful.

10 years later I got to shoot Joanna again, but this time at her beautiful LA home and we had plenty of time to shoot. It turns out I am still a pretty bad photographer because of all the lovely spaces at her place I chose to shoot in the room with aggressive back light, a trashcan in the background and a tiny orange sticker on one of the windows that I didn’t see at the time but now haunts me.

Fortunately Joanna is still a babe 10 years later into the future and I don’t think anyone cares about the technical quality of my god damn nudes. You just wanna look at babes and I got you the queen of the tattooed babes Joanna Angel!

Click here to see a bunch of photos of my old friend Joanna Angel!

Ps. There are a couple bonus shots and higher res versions of these on the Girls of Driven By Boredom.

Joanna Angel

Joanna Angel

Joanna Angel

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Riley Reid Returns

Okay, technically she didn’t return as most of these were taken before the first set that I posted of Riley, but I have a bunch of new pictures of the amazing Riley Reid.

On one of my LA trips I went over to Riley’s place to shoot and she wasn’t at all ready which turned out to be a fortunate turn of events. She let me shoot her getting ready. As you guys may have noticed I prefer real life to the over planned over photoshopped photoshoots that most “erotic” photographers shoot. I certainly get criticized for it enough, but if you guys are fans of my work you probably at least somewhat appreciate it. Anyway, Riley let me shoot her without make up on, showering and brushing her teeth. The funny thing is I just posted a bunch of teeth brushing photos on my Instagram and I totally forgot I had the ones of Riley. Of course, two days later I was looking for a girl shoot to post and found these.

Once Riley got ready I took photos of her smoking weed which always makes for a good photo. Honestly I have so god damn many photos of girls smoking I could make a pretty great book, except for the fact that Richard Kern already beat me to it.

After that we went out into the streets and shot a bunch of public nudity, and then when we returned I took some photos of her in the trunk of my rental car. The Instagram of it turned out to be my most popular Instagram photo of 2016.

So yeah, Riley is one of my favorite people to shoot and although we only shot the one time we pretty much shot all day and I got some amazing content out of it. I hope I get to shoot her again one of these days cause she’s kinda incredible.

By the way, there are some extra explicit shots from this set on Girls of Driven By Boredom.

Now click here to see a bunch of photos of motherfuckin’ Riley Reid!

Riley Reid

Riley Reid

Riley Reid

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