Back to Venus

IAFD is composed of a staff of volunteers who mostly spend their time working on what interests them along with running through the gambit of all of the corrections people submit to us. As some of you have surmised, my passion is photography following in the steps of the late Peter Van Aarle who used to methodically approach and take a photo of each person he met at the conventions. Not necessarily to make them look good but document their headshots for the purposes of IAFD.

I have taken over that role in my visits to the conventions where I am not as methodical and am quite biased about who I shoot knowing that I would rather spend time catching up with friends rather than approach a bunch of strangers that I don’t know.

This is what happens to me when I go to the European conventions. I don’t watch as much porn anymore and the scenes I do watch tend to be American since I am in the United States. Further, even if limited, I prefer to understand the dialog. So for the past four years, I’ve stayed away from Venus Berlin given the cost of travel and the limited amount of coverage I can offer you guys. Remember, we’re all volunteers.

Taissia Shanti
Taissia Shanti

Like the SEB show, Venus Berlin features a lot of nudity by women I haven’t the foggiest idea about. Not just German, but French, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, Czech, and this year tons of Russians. Maybe two or three Americans thrown in. They may not have much live sex beyond masturbation, but the audiences still love what they are seeing.

The difference though between the show is that Venus is very organized and credited to producers of the show and the booths. Of course I didn’t learn this until the last day when I was wondering why everyone seemed to know where to be when the stage show starts and what it will feature. I looked at the program that was given to me on the first day and it was all there!

Some notes:

  • The most popular booth of the convention by far was for modelcentro, a website host for models. There were a group of Russian porn stars there from julmodel agency featuring Henessy that did a show every 15-30 minutes.

  • The second most popular booth was Salma de Nora, a Spanish producer based in Germany, which featured an international melange of pretty girls including the Romanian Julia de Lucia, Italian Valentina Bianco, Japanese Brazilian Miyuki Son,  and Spaniard Chiki Dulce. Unintentional comedy happened when I spoke almost exclusively in broken Spanish to Valentina even after she told me she was Italian.

    Julia de Lucia
    Julia de Lucia
  • I gabbed a lot with one of the few Americans, Kenna James, about veterinary schools.

    Kenna James
    Kenna James
  • Anny Aurora has developed an American accent when speaking English since I last talked to her, which was shocking because that was only nine months ago. What a lovely girl in person.

    Anny Aurora
    Anny Aurora
  • I caught up with Tarra White who greeted me with her boobs the first time I went to a European show. She is now one of the organisers of the Prague show.

    Tarra White
    Tarra White
  • My flash broke at the end of the first day from the amount of abuse it took from people jostling for their own photographs. The flash just fell off the camera while its foot still was still attached to the mount of my camera. I had to borrow a power drill just to remove the foot from my camera so that I could try to utilise a backup flash. When that didn’t work, I had to get creative in my exposures.
  • Which reminds me, it’s always good to see my boys Malte, Jacco, and Whitey.

Oh yes, the photos:

Salon Erotico de Barcelona

After a ten year absence, I returned to Barcelona. The city and the women are still beautiful and the food and that DAMM beer are divine. Most important is the annual porn convention hosted there. The convention, formerly known as the Festival International de Cine Erotico de Barclona, is now run by different organizers under a different name, Salon Erotico de Barcelona (SEB), and in a different location from 10 years ago.

When people imagine what a porn convention would look like, SEB is probably the closest thing that you’re going to get. Maybe even more than they expected. You see porn stars having sex live on stage, in the audience, in the seating area, in the stairs, and in the bathroom. Hell you see frisky attendees engaging in the playtime beyond the normal perving that you expect out of these things. I think that is the biggest difference from ten years ago in that there is a lot more emphasis on stage sex than on dancing. The other big difference is that the gay booths and gay stages were integrated into the venue rather than being separated in another section.

Some notes:

  • My really rough understanding of Spanish played havoc on me when I was looking around for Amarna Miller. Little did I understand that she was the “portavoz” of SEB which meant she was the spokeswoman of the show. She was mostly away granting media appearances to promote the show but I did get to run into her. Still has friendly as ever, Amarna was mobbed by attendees when she was seen on the floor promoting a webcam company, Cam4.

    Amarna Miller
    Amarna Miller
  • Carolina Abril was easily the champion of the show. I met her in Berlin 4 years ago when she first started out and was the most accessible star on the floor. Not much has changed as she constantly engaged with the fans on behalf of from opening to closing. She also performed a sex show every day at SEB. She also peed on me, err I mean water squirted on me and the crowd.

    Nacho oversees Carolina
    Nacho Vidal oversees Carolina Abril
  • I didn’t see or remember any obvious American performers but I did manage to meet several English performers for the first time including Satine Spark and Stella Cox who are beautiful and friendly in person. I mean I knew they were attractive from the photos, but it is another thing to see the beauty in person. There were dozens of people coming up to Stella asking whether she would be performing on stage, interrupting our dinner and talk that I had to exasperatedly tell them that she was just visiting. Some kept following her around the entire show. Well I mean besides me.
Satine Sparks
Satine Sparks
Stella Cox
Stella Cox
  • Other performers that grabbed my attention were Spanish performers Zoe Doll (who reminded me of Amarna) and Zenda Sexy who humoured my broken Spanish.
Zoe Doll
Zoe Doll
Zenda Sexy
Zenda Sexy

For the rest of the images:

Exxxotica Chicago 2016

After a four year absence, I returned to Chicago for an Exxxotica. I usually try to attend one Exxxotica a year, and my plan was originally to go to Dallas until Dallas decided to ban Exxxotica from its convention center and initiate a legal battle.

Not much has changed about the Chicago show other than new faces in the industry. Again the busiest day of the show was the first night when they allowed ladies to attend for free. With the Anime Midwest convention occurring concurrently, I thought it would be a great opportunity for cross-attendance, but that mostly happened on that first night after the anime convention hours ended. Women and men fit right in with their revealing cosplay uniforms.

Chloe Amour
Click on Chloe for the Flickr gallery of the convention

Some other thoughts and observations:

  • Veronica Rodriguez had the most popular booth at the convention with Kissa Sins, Cali Carter, and of course Veronica herself leading the bouncy charge.
  • The highlight of the convention was a wedding of an Exxxotica producer, Tita, officiated by Evan Stone. Tita rode in on a horse with a dildo for a unicorn horn.
  • I saw the return of multiple award winners and Hall of Famers, Hillary Scott and Briana Banks. There was a point in 2009 where I couldn’t recognise Hillary because of her hairstyle change back then, but there was no trouble this year with her familiar blonde wavy locks.
  • The absences included Skin Diamond and Kimmy Granger. Skin’s was notable since she was scheduled to perform a cabaret show on stage each day, and well Kimmy is Kimmy.
  • I followed respectively a day in the lives of Vicki Chase, Chloe Amour, and Christiana Cinn. I think the most fascinating thing about seeing behind the curtain are the different personalities and how they approach the mundane tasks that prepare them to meet their fans.
  • I didn’t bring my camera into the after-parties because they were not allowed in the VIP section. I had two choices, either to drink with the VIPs or not drink outside the VIP section, so the choice was easy.


XRCO Nominations 2016



The X-Rated Critics Organization (XRCO) announced the nominees for the 32nd annual XRCO Awards Show, taking place June 22 at OHM nightclub in Hollywood.

The nominations for the 2016 XRCO Awards are as follows:

Best Release

Best Epic

Best Parody: Comedy

Best Parody: Drama

Best Parody: Comic Book

Best Gonzo Movie

Best Gonzo Series




Best Director: Features

Best Director: Non-Features

Best Director: Parody

Best Director: Web

Best Actress

Best Actor

Best Lesbian Performer

All in the Family Theme

Female Performer of the Year

Male Performer of the Year

Best New Starlet

Best New Stud

Unsung Siren of the Year

Unsung Swordsman of the Year

Superslut of the Year

Orgasmic Oralist of the Year

Orgasmic Analist of the Year

MILF Performer of the Year

Best Cumback

Mainstream Adult Media Favorite

The 2016 Spank Bank Award Winners


In its now traditional locale of @gabriel_lan‘s lavish living room in warm, sunny Nowhere Special, USA, the 5th annual Spank Bank Awards show was bigger and better than ever this year.

The Spank Bank Awards are voted on by a panel of porn critics (@gabriel_lan), noted adult film connoisseurs (@gabriel_lan), outside adult industry media insiders (@gabriel_lan), x-rated film fans (@gabriel_lan), and a committee chairman (also @gabriel_lan). Nominees who entice or influence the panel with any form of ‘sweet talking’, ‘sexual innuendo’, ‘buttering up’, or outright eluding to sexual favors greatly increase their chances of winning.

America’s Porn Sweetheart

Headshot of Allie HazeAllie Haze

Asshole of the Year

Headshot of Arwen GoldArwen Gold

ATM Machine

Headshot of Maddy O'ReillyMaddy O’Reilly

Bad Ass Brunette of the Year

Headshot of Keisha GreyKeisha Grey

BBC Slut of the Year

Headshot of Jenna IvoryJenna Ivory

Best All Around Porn Goddess

Headshot of Dahlia SkyDahlia Sky

Best Ass Licking Artist

Headshot of Carter CruiseCarter Cruise

Best Body Built For Sin

Headshot of Katrina JadeKatrina Jade

Best Booty

Headshot of Anikka AlbriteAnikka Albrite

Best ‘Come Fuck Me’ Eyes

Headshot of Samantha BentleySamantha Bentley

Best High Speed DSL (Dick Sucking Lips)

Headshot of Adriana ChechikAdriana Chechik

Best ‘Just Got Fucked’ Hair

Headshot of Kendra LustKendra Lust

Best Legs

Headshot of Dahlia SkyDahlia Sky

Best ‘O’ Face

Headshot of Marley BrinxMarley Brinx

Best ‘Resting Bitch’ Face

Headshot of Lea LexusLea Lexus

Best Smile

Headshot of Aria AlexanderAria Alexander

Best Swallower

Headshot of Veruca JamesVeruca James

Best Vocals

Headshot of Kate EnglandKate England

Bionic Butthole

Headshot of Jennifer WhiteJennifer White

Blonde Babe of the Year

Headshot of Anikka AlbriteAnikka Albrite

Bondage Artiste of the Year

Headshot of Mandy MuseMandy Muse

Boobalicious Babe of the Year

Headshot of Romi RainRomi Rain

Born To Hand Job

Headshot of Penny PaxPenny Pax

Cocksucker of the Year

Headshot of Sarah VandellaSarah Vandella

Countess of Contortionism

Headshot of Alina WestAlina West

Cumback of the Year

Headshot of Leya FalconLeya Falcon

Customs Making Mogul of the Year

Headshot of Casey CalvertCasey Calvert

Deepest Throat

Headshot of Sarah VandellaSarah Vandella

Dick of the Year

Headshot of Tommy PistolTommy Pistol

Director of the Year

Headshot of Greg LanskyGreg Lansky

Dirty Little Slut of the Year

Headshot of Jillian JansonJillian Janson

DP Diva of the Year

Headshot of Vicki ChaseVicki Chase

Excellence in Lawn Maintenance (aka Best Groomed Bush)

Headshot of Jada StevensJada Stevens

Fetish Virtuoso of the Year

Headshot of Chanel PrestonChanel Preston

Fucking Nerd of the Year

Headshot of Carter CruiseCarter Cruise

Fun Sized Fuck Bunny

Headshot of Gabriella PaltrovaGabriella Paltrova

Gangbanged Princess of the Year

Headshot of Amirah AdaraAmirah Adara

Hardest Working Ho in Ho Biz

Headshot of Veruca JamesVeruca James

Imported Temptress of the Year

Headshot of Valentina NappiValentina Nappi

Instagram Girl of the Year

Headshot of Kagney Linn KarterKagney Linn Karter

Life Sized Human Hand Puppet (Best Fistee)

Headshot of A.J. ApplegateA.J. Applegate

Masturbator of the Year

Headshot of Jay TaylorJay Taylor

Mattress Actress of the Year

Headshot of Penny PaxPenny Pax

Most Adorable Slut

Headshot of Remy LaCroixRemy LaCroix

Most Awe Inspiring Gape

Headshot of Aidra FoxAidra Fox

Most Beautiful Seductress

Headshot of Aria AlexanderAria Alexander

Most Comprehensive Utilization of All Orifices

Headshot of Adriana ChechikAdriana Chechik

Most Luxurious Labia

Headshot of Alexa NovaAlexa Nova

Most Magnificent MILF

Headshot of Dana VespoliDana Vespoli

Most Photogenic

Headshot of Aidra FoxAidra Fox

Most Spanked To Girl of the Year

Headshot of Casey CalvertCasey Calvert

Most Underrated Slut

Headshot of Karmen KarmaKarmen Karma

Most Voluptuous Vixen

Headshot of Phoenix MariePhoenix Marie

Newcummer of the Year

Headshot of Abella DangerAbella Danger

Next Level Star of the Year

Headshot of Riley ReidRiley Reid

PAWG of the Year

Headshot of A.J. ApplegateA.J. Applegate

Porn’s Next Superstar

Headshot of Megan RainMegan Rain

Prettiest “Whore Mouth”

Headshot of Violet MonroeViolet Monroe

Prettiest Girl In Porn

Headshot of Janice GriffithJanice Griffith

Pretty In Pink (aka Prettiest Pussy)

Headshot of Samantha RoneSamantha Rone

Production Studio of the Year

Evil Angel LogoEvil Angel

Puppeteer of the Year (aka Best Hands/Fister)

Headshot of Casey CalvertCasey Calvert

Pussy Eating Princess of the Year

Headshot of Sasha HeartSasha Heart

Pussy of the Year

Headshot of Abigail MacAbigail Mac

Ravishing Redhead of the Year

Headshot of Maddy O'ReillyMaddy O’Reilly

Sexiest Painted Lady

Headshot of Juelz VenturaJuelz Ventura

Sexiest Woman Alive

Headshot of Karla KushKarla Kush

Smooth As Silk (aka Best Bald Beaver)

Headshot of Casey CalvertCasey Calvert

Spanking Slut of the Year

Headshot of Amy FayeAmy Faye

Super Squirter of the Year

Headshot of Karla KushKarla Kush

The Contessa of Cum

Headshot of Jenna IvoryJenna Ivory

The Dirtiest Player in the Game

Headshot of Adriana ChechikAdriana Chechik

The Girl Next Door … Only Better

Headshot of Riley ReidRiley Reid

The Total Package

Headshot of Ash HollywoodAsh Hollywood

Tightest Twat

Headshot of Hope HowellHope Howell

Tortured Fuck Doll of the Year

Headshot of Violet MonroeViolet Monroe

Tweeting Twat of the Year

Headshot of Missy MartinezMissy Martinez

Two Hot Dogs in a Hallway

Headshot of Laela PryceLaela Pryce

Webcam Girl of the Year

Headshot of Ella NovaElla Nova

Website of the Year>