Another year another AVN convention. Except this time it was at new venue, the Hard Rock Hotel, that seemed more appropriate and receptive to hosting porn stars. The physical layout was at first confusing with multiple halls around the hotel. The number of exhibitors seemed to be about the same, the number of people that attended seemed to be about the same, but the physical space shrank making this the most cramped porn convention I’ve ever been to. Thursday was especially bad when they let the fans in even though they would not open up the fan hall until Friday.
Due to the crowds I was much more selective this year in choosing who to shoot concentrating on people that I like or people that I found attractive, which are sometimes mutually exclusive. I also didn’t bother with anyone where I couldn’t get through the hordes of crowds like the girls at the Wicked booth. The most popular people this year seemed to be the celebrities, Bree Olson and Ron Jeremy, and Jynx Maze was the most popular besides those two.
I decided to shoot my first AVN Awards since 2009. I was asked to do it as a favour for another photographer and I would only agree if I didn’t have to do the red carpet. So I was given ability to roam around and pull random people that I liked to set up one or two shots instead of doing the usual pornorazzi machine gun fire. Pictures seemed to come out better that way. I was happy to see Bobbi Starr, one of my favourite people, win Female Performer of the Year and was pleased to see Brooklyn Lee win Best New Starlet since she was so nice and sweet to her fans upon meeting them for the first time at the convention.
So of course the reason I go to these events year after year is to be able to see my friends again. Whether it’s my crew at IAFD, Mark Spiegler and the Spieglergirls, or the guys of adultdvdtalk.com, I always have a great time with them especially with the social lubricant known as alcohol.
Some highlights (or lowlights depending on your perspective):
- Bonding with Ela Darling and being introduced to the concept of wizard rock.
- Arguing with my friend, Malte, that it’s classier to put Missy Rhodes on top of the toilet rather than on the toilet seat.
- Crashing this awesome penthouse suite because the bartender there thought Malte would make a good gay guy for one of her friends. #takeonefortheteam
- Meeting Mariah Mars, Tracey Sweet, and Ana Foxxx at a hot tub at the suite. I’d post photos but they’re not flickr friendly.
- Having April O’Neil guest star on my tumblr. There is something nerdy fierce in her sexuality in such a little package.
- Having Chyna threaten us in an elevator for some unperceivable slight. I kept my mouth shut since I don’t argue with people that have guns bigger than the size of my head.
I guess you want to see the pictures then:
Congratulations to all the winners of the 2012 AVN Awards, held last night at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.
In alphabetical order by category, the winners are:
Best 3D Release
Best All-Girl Group Scene
Best All-Girl Release
Best All-Sex Release
Best All-Sex Release: Mixed Format
Best Amateur Release
Best Anal Release
Best Anal Sex Scene
Best Art Direction
Best Big Bust Release
Best Big Butt Release
Best Boy/Girl Sex Scene
Best Celebrity Sex Tape
Best Director: Foreign Feature
Best Director: Non-Feature
Best Director: Parody
Best Double Penetration Sex Scene
Best DVD Extras
Best Educational Release
Best Ethnic Release: Asian
Best Ethnic Release: Black
Best Ethnic Release: Latin
Best Fem-Dom Strap-On Release
Best Foot/Leg Fetish Release
Best Foreign All-Sex Release
Best Foreign Feature
Best Girl/Girl Sex Scene
Best Gonzo Release
Best Group Sex Scene
Best Internal Release
Best Interracial Release
Best Male Newcomer
Best MILF Release
Best Music Soundtrack
Best New Starlet
Best Non-Sex Performance
Best Older Woman/Younger Girl Release
Best Oral Release
Best Oral Sex Scene
Best Orgy/Gangbang Release
Best Original Song
Best Overall Marketing Campaign: Individual Project
Best Parody: Comedy
Best Parody: Drama
Best POV Release
Best POV Sex Scene
Best Pro-Am Release
Best Screenplay: Parody
Best Sex Scene in a Foreign-Shot Production
Best Solo Release
Best Solo Sex Scene
Best Special Effects
Best Specialty Release: Other Genre
Best Squirting Release
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Tease Performance
Best Three-Way Sex Scene: G/B/B
Best Three-Way Sex Scene: G/G/B
Best Transsexual Release
Best Vignette Release
Best Young Girl Release
Clever Title of the Year
Crossover Star of the Year
Director of the Year (Body of Work)
Female Foreign Performer of the Year
Female Performer of the Year
Male Foreign Performer of the Year
Male Performer of the Year
MILF/Cougar Performer of the Year
Most Outrageous Sex Scene
Transsexual Performer of the Year
Unsung Male Performer of the Year
Unsung Starlet of the Year
Due to my travel schedule, I can’t be on Night Calls this week, so instead I’m stopping by Sex Circus with Christy Canyon and Ginger Lynn (be still my heart!) on SiriusXM Spice Radio 103 at around 12:40 Pacific Time. We’ll be doing a Legends of Porn trivia game — play along!
“Which Lynn is not in the AVN Hall of Fame?”
and / or
“The Traci Lords Scandal affected a lot of movies which had to be re-edited; but at least two were actually reshot and re-released with another actress playing traci’s part. Name the movies and the actresses who took over the role.”
Seminar on women in the adult industry, moderated by Dr. Chauntelle of Porn Valley Vantage.
A generally positive series of stories about how being a woman impacts their position in the industry. Panelists include Stormy Daniels and Joy King…
A bunch of us editors get together in January to walk around the Adult Entertainment Expo, and this year is no different.
As in year’s past, we’re taking the corrections queue off line until we get back, so we’re not inundated when we get back, and to allow the editors who can’t join us to take a little break and do a little catch up.
Today is also the Internet Blackout to Protest SOPA/PIPA. We’re big supporters of this protest, but sadly, not as big as we’d like. We’ve blacked out the blog for the day, but, like Facebook and Twitter, we can’t take the main site off-line, but we have added a badge to the site to show our solidarity.
If you’re at AEE and see us walking around in our shirts (the only way to recognize us), please stop us and say hello. Also, I’ll be on Playboy Radio, Thursday at 12:40ish (not sure what booth they’re going to be set up in yet) with Christy Canyon and Ginger Lynn playing “Legends of Porn Trivia” (submit your questions on twitter: @iafdcom