Mutiny & Mayhem Cruise in 2003

One evening in mid March of 2003, I was browsing online and was contacted by a fellow who had a website that catered to erotic nude male modeling work, he was looking for a photographer with experience in shooting nude male models, both art nude and erotic nude work, to take his place on a cruise…it seems he was a major sponsor of the cruise, called Mutiny and Mayhem, yet he could not go on the cruse ship because he would get sea sick, and then become incapacitated and unable to photograph anyone at all. He had come across my work online, checked out my sites, liked the quality of my work, and hired me to take his place on the ship and photograph as many men as I could during the three days of cruise time. Since there was also alot of paperwork that would need to be completed by each model that I photographed, I was able to convince him that I would need some assistance doing this, and was able to bring along a good local friend of mine, Dennis, to handle the paperwork while I took care of the photography. The client flew us both down to Tampa at the beginning of March, and we attended a Bon Voyage Party at  a local bar there the night before the cruise ship departed. We were able to meet a few models and dancers who would be on the ship for the cruise and establish some contacts, as I was required to photograph the dancers and models as well as anyone else we could recruit for the shoots. Everyone that was going on the cruise then met the next morning at the docks, south of Tampa and after going through customs, we spent most of the morning just boarding the massive ship. We all formed along line, yes all two thousand of us sailors, and began climbing up the massive metal stairway to the halfway mark on the ship where we could enter the ship…and as we climbed up what resembled a massive scaffold alongside the ship, about halfway up, the Tour Director had been kind enough to place one of the models, Michael Brandon, to welcome us all aboard the ship. As Dennis and I approached, we saw a ship photographer snapping photos of each person with Michael, that one could purchase later on as a momento of your trip…when it was my turn to get my portrait with Michael, I asked the photographer for a timeout, and adjusted Michael`s pirate vest a bit to show off his muscletone more…. cruise with Michael Brandon-1 …and then we continued on up to the ship door and entered the ship. We were immediately given our room number and key, and assigned a valet who took us to our suite and turned down our beds for us, and informed us he would return each morning to clean the room and make our beds. Shortly after setting sail for the Gulf, our destination Key West, we were informed by intercom that we had to report to the deck outside for a lifeboat drill and advised to wear our lifevests…Dennis and I both headed to the deck topside and found our neighbors gathered there, and time to meet and greet…soon we were also joined by none other than Michael Brandon once again…seems he was the Hospitality Director as well as one of the super models on board. The cruise was before digital cameras were prevalent, so I had brought about forty rolls of film with me and two cameras….I took a few extra photos along the way, mainly sunrises and sunsets, and most of my images were lost a few years ago in a computer crash. Here are the few that I have remaining…. Speedboat in Sunbeam-1   Sunrise near Port Manatee    We also had to set up and mann a table on the deck that advertised his website and gave information on what types of shoots were available….needless to say, it was a good thing I was able to bring Dennis along, cause he turned out to be invaluable and freed me up for the photo shoots…there would have been no way I could have done everything required by myself. We basically had the run of the ship for shoots, and since the ship was built in the 50`s and well maintained over the years, there were several very pretty areas on the ship that I was able to shoot in. The crew was very gracious as well and made things alot easier to work with as well. The Cruise Director was from the Tampa area and had a guy from St Louis working for him, and they were great to work with as well and while they offered their suites on the ship, complete with hot tubs, available for shoots if needed, I never found the time to get down to shoot any models there….kinda disappointed cause I really wanted to see how a hot tub was arranged in suites with balcony`s. Oh well, maybe next time. We had no sooner checked into our mini suite and went through the lifevest / lifeboat drill, then we headed to the dining room for lunch…I wish I had taken more photos of the entire ship while on board…the dining room was huge and very beautifully decorated. Each of us were assigned to a certain table with two to three other guests, and we had a specific waiter and server assigned to our tables…and each night was assigned a different theme for those who wished to participate and bring costumes for it. That had seemed like a lot of extra work for us, so we didnt bring the extra stuff and just came as we were…but let me tell you, there were alot of people who really got into it and brought alot of extra costumes for the themes, from tuxedo`s to feathers to leather and chains…never a dull moment on board. Besides the great food, there was also a workout room up on the top deck, right behind the wheelhouse, that I took advantage of every morning, even photographed one of the models up there one evening. While I can`t remember the order in which I shot everyone there that week, I`ll just include a short storyline with each one. I also photographed one of our table mates, his name is Danny….

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The first night there, at the Bon Voyage Party, down the street from the hotel, I met Timmy Tyler and Trent Atkins, both actors and models, and while I never did get to shoot Trent while there, despite a great opportunity at Key West to do so, his choice not mine, I did get to do an extensive shoot with Timmy Tyler…he turned out to be a very good model and even flew here a few months later to work with me on some magazine layouts and for another website, and we remain good friends to this day. I shot Timmy in a lounge on an upper deck first, Timmy took a look at the surroundings and just started posing on his own without any direction from me, a very good sign of a natural model….

barfly

 

lounge boi

 

tabletop

 

Whats For Dinner

 

Dessert

 

…after this part of the shoot, we stepped out on to the outside deck and shot some images in his string bikini….

smiling on deck

 

blue skies

 

…including a michevious image….

sneakin out

 

…and one in his birthday suit….

Engine room door

 

…and let me tell you, as hott as Timmy looked, in and out of clothing, he was garnering alot of attention outside…we were quickly overtaken by several onlookers, so we postponed the remainder of the shoot til we landed at Key West and could shoot at a more private location there.  The Key West Shoot was at a private pool that is owned by good friends of Cruise Director Jim Garcia, and those friends own the leather shop in Key West. Jim met me at the Leather Shop and introduced Dennis and I to the owners and we arranged to meet them at their house around sunset to shoot a few models there. BTW, it should be noted that while it is usually very warm at Key West, and was around 88 degrees that day, all of the pools there are heated, so when you get into one, its like getting into a hot tub…ie…you dont cool down at all. Timmy was the first model I shot at the Leather Shop guy`s pool…they had some big and beautiful palm trees that were ornamental looking and kinda fan shaped, so Timmy stood up on his toes and kind of emulated the shape of them in an artsy way….

Art Palm

 

…then they also had this huge arty looking ceramic pot that looked like it was turned over and spilling water out into the pool, a fountain, and I had Timmy walk over under it and reach up and grab the sides of it, looked great, he was wishing by that time, that the water pouring out of it on to him was cool water, not more heated water….

Fountain of Youth

 

…he then posed in between the decorative pot and palm tree….

hard and wet

Another sweet guy that I photographed on the ship, was Jonny Kfir, who it turned out, was probably the first guy from the country of Israel that I had ever met, let alone photographed, and very easy on the eyes as you can see. I took Jonny down to the ship`s library, which was built with beautiful mahogany wood paneling and absolutely beautiful….and Jonny looked sexy in the library as well….

Libary Stud Johnnie

 

Hard Uncut Study Johnnie

…and then we walked up to the same lounge that I shot Timmy at and shot a few images there as well…in the next image, you can see how relaxed Jonny was, he was always like this, a natural model and a big flirt as well…he loved to show off….

Join Me For a Drink Johnnie

 

…we then walked out on the deck and shot some images of Jonny in his blue swimtrunks and some nudes as well…

blue speedos

 

blue skies and water

 

hard deckhand

 

..and then went up to his room where I shot a few there….

Hard Tongue Johnnie

 

…and when we docked at Key West, Jonny was one of the first models I shot…Dennis and I walked down the street to Island House, a resort at the end of the residential area…there was a big pool there with some shaded areas provided by palm trees on the south end of the pool. There were a couple of older gentlemen reclining on some loungers, and I walked down and asked them if they would mind me photographing Jonny down by the pool in front of them…they looked at me like I had lost my mind and told me to take all the time I needed to work with Jonny….I know they enjoyed the view in front of them, prob everyone there did, and Jonny poured on the show and flirty looks too…

hard palm boi

 

sexy palm boi

 

..it was after a bit of a bad experience there, that we left and walked up to the pool owned by the Leather Shop guys, for the rest of the shoots that evening. It was during the shoot that we found out some guy from the ship had followed us down there and began to mess with us and with Jonny mainly…the situation was taken care of, but we decided to go elsewhere and finish the shoots with peace and privacy. I was able to shoot a few guys at the pool, however, I no longer have those other images due to a computer crash a few years back.

Dennis and I were going to grab some dinner there at Key West after the shoot, however it was around 11 pm before we finished shooting and getting the paperwork taken care of at the pool, plus it was spring break and man were the streets down there crowded with high school seniors all over the place. We decided to head back to the ship and grab some pizza from the all night deli on the back deck…we had to cut across the main drag to get back to the dock, and as we approached, there was a huge fight in the street, people physically brawling in the middle of the street, and I`m talking hundreds of people choking the street…we had to walk at least a block to get around it, and as we got to the far side of it, we heard sirens and saw police arriving in mlitary looking jeeps, running blue lights, and looking much like MP`s, to break up the street fight. I was sure glad then, that we decided not to grab supper there along the street in that area….a couple of the models walked back with us and joined us for pizza as well. As I was walking back to my suite, I came across this good  looking guy and was able to talk him into letting me photograph him right there in the hallway….his name was Brent….

Brent-1

 

…on one of the days, there were some contests on the back deck, one of them sponsored by my client, and I photographed the winner of that contest in the ship`s library, his name was Rod….

Rod contest winner

…plus I had to help shoot some group photos of the actors and models on board the ship for the Cruise Director and my client as well….

Library Group 3-1

 

…the front row kneeling is Trent Atkins, Jonny Kfir, and Timmy Tyler, and the back row is Michael Brandon, Brandon Wiliams, Enrique Vega, and Danny Hunter…I had photographed both Enrique and Danny at the pool, and their images are the ones lost in the computer crash…..

Library Group 1-1

 

..and then we stepped out on the deck and shot one with Cruise Driector Jim Garcia…by the time I got out there, I just had time to snap one from the side before the group broke up….

Jim with Deckhands-1

 

I was awake for some reason, at 4 am when the ship set sail for the return voyage to Tampa, and I remember some guys telling me that there were a few waterspouts about a hundred yards off the deck and I should get a photo of them…I looked out there but all I could see was total darkness…I remember thinking either their vision was much better than mine or they had been drinking too much. It was a very restful days voyage on the way back and we had a great supper that night in the dining hall, I remember having lamb and I believe Dennis had duck and it was very good. We had a great time on the cruise and the only bad time was the wait at the airport for our plane to arrive and getting thru security with all that exposed film…even back then, getting thru security was no picnic.

All in all, Jim Garcia and his crew outdid themselves in putting together such a great event, anyone that didn`t have fun and enjoy the cruise would have had only themselves to blame. Dennis and I left with several new friendships that have lasted well through the years, there are still a handful of guys that I hear from and talk to from time to time even today. 

Models in 2003

In 2003, I was no longer in my studio, having gone back into dispatching work full time and even dismantled my barn set and moved it to my basement in the house I had purchased a few years prior. I even had a spare bedroom with high ceilings and light colored walls that made for great windowlight. I was still shooting alot of beefcake work and now marketing my work on my own, shooting alot of magazine layouts, some became covers as well, for a variety of mags, including fitness and erotic nudes. 

I met Eric, a cute black boy with a tightly toned build and long dredlocks, online during the winter months, and he came out to shoot with me one day. He said he had never modeled before, but the way he moved and flirted, you sure would think differently, and his smile was big and beautiful as well…

Window Lit Hottie 2   Mirrored Btmboy Smiles

…Eric and I became good friends and although he never was able to shoot with me again, due to his schedule, we kept in touch over the years and still occasionally talk when we see each other online.

 Joe was another good friend that decided to give modeling a try and found that it worked out well for him in his post high school days, supplementing his work income for a few years…..

Barn Nude   Hott Boy

 

Hard in Bed

 

David was a super sexy built Asian boy that traveled down to shoot with me from the Chicago area that year…he was in need of some new work for his port and to advertise with, so I took care of that for him and also shot him for a couple of magazine layouts as well…..

barn overall smile-1      blue shorts in foyer

Erotic art nude   smiling erection

tan backdrop   sunshine couch

hard windowlight   abs and erection

workout sexy smile   workout smile

 

About mid March, I was contacted online by a fellow that had a website that catered to erotic nude male modeling work, he was looking for a photographer with experience in shooting nude male models, both art nude and erotic nude work, to take his place on a cruise…he hired me and I was able to take along a good local friend of mine, Dennis Ledbetter, to help me with the paperwork as well as mann the table/booth for the sponsor.  Look for this story in a separate post called Mutiny & Mayhem Cruise. We were able to utilize both locations on the ship as well as Key West, Florida, for shoots during the cruise, here are a few previews for ya….

barfly Art Palm

Library Group 1-1    hard palm boi

 

In June, I found a really cute guy named Miles online and worked with him, he had some experience but was looking for more and more is what he got working with me….I was able to help him get into some good print and video work along the way as well….he was a great art nude and erotic nude model to work with for a few years but eventually accepted a job offer out west and moved shortly after….

wood fence    barn corner

cowboy art  BW young cowboy

overall light    barn door lite

 

 

hard cowboy   barrell ass boi

barrell ass boi 2   barrell boi

 

hard couch boi 2 hard couch boi

 

art ass Hot bed boy

In early September, I had the pleasure of meeting up with a super nice guy named Mike, from the KC area, who had a very unique story that really changed my outlook on things regarding the fragility of life and how good things can come out of bad…Mike was just such an example of how something really good could come from a really bad situation, and I feel fortunate to have met him and worked with him for several years,  forming a lifelong friendship with him…he turned out to be not only a cool kid but a great model too…creative with ideas and good looking also…..

Jeans Hottie 2  Woods Hottie

Barn Sunlit Hottie FF Hottie

FF Profiled    Mossy Rocks Hottie

black angel boi   cowboy 2

 

Later in September, I traveled out to Colorado for my ten day vacation, rented a log home south of Breckenridge and photographed several guys in various beautiful areas nearby, the first guy was Adam from the Denver area, who had a cabin near Pine…it was nestled in a huge canyon with a beautiful springfed creek in front near the road and steep rocky walls behind the cabin, made for a great setting for photo shoots..unfortunately I only have a couple of images from that shoot, which was for Men Magazine back then…

Gold Mine Briefs

….and after that shoot ended, I had to beat feet back to the cabin to prepare to photograph Alex, who also lived in Denver, and agreed to come up and shoot with me after we had quite a discussion by email and phone, wherein Alex revealed to me that he had traveled out to California to work with a photographer a year before, who apparently promised him the sun, stars, and moon, in other words, promised to get him into alot of modeling work and then failed to do anything at all for him. I told him, as I tell everyone, that I do not make any guarantees but after looking at his photos, I knew that I would have no problem finding him work in any area that he desired to get into…luckily for me, Alex was very open minded and open to any and everything out there….I also told him that within ten days of getting back, editing up his images and sending them out to my photographer and producer friends, I would have some good news for him, and true to my word, that is exactly what happened…I had about ten friends that wanted to shoot him and all at the same time…I think there was probably still some skepticism on his part, til I made that phone call to him a week after I got home and delivered the great news to him. Alex was soooo good looking and well built, that I could have shot him every day there and never tired of it, he was just that good looking….

Hottie  Cabin Hottie 3

Pillow Hottie   Windowlight

Sunlit Scenery 2 Railroad water tower stud 3A

Forest Hunk Field Hottie 2

Nude Art Forest   Backlit Hottie

Hot Tub Hottie Smiles  Hot Tub Hottie 5

 

Hot Tub Hottie 4   Hot Tub Hottie 12

 

…as we were wrapping up the shoot that afternoon, a hot young man from Denver named Chad showed up…he was my next model for the day and shortly after, Steve arrived to pick up Alex…I invited them both to have supper with Chad and I at a local eatery, as they had decided to spend the night in Breck. Chad stayed the night as well and we shot the next morning in an aspen forest near Silverthorn…alas, due to a computer crash where I lost ten thousand images, I was only able to recover one of his images….

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…the next day Eugene showed up to work with me…while talking to him online over the course of the summer, I learned that he was from Russia, raised in the coldest region of the country and so he moved to Denver at the suggestion of one of his countrymen who had moved there a few years before…he found it to be milder in temps, but still cold enough that he could handle it just fine, and the beauty surrounding Denver unsurpassed. He turned out to be a super guy to work with, not shy at all….we shot some at the cabin and then did some hiking at a waterfall north of Dillon that was quite pretty…..

Windowlight Hottie   Cabin Couch Cutie 2

Quite a View  Forest Hottie 3

Waterfall Hottie 4   Waterfall Hottie 3

 

Hunter was another model that I photographed while at the cabin..he actually traveled up there with me from Denver for a few days stay before Alex showed up to shoot with me…he came down with some type of allergy infection and had to return to Denver…but we were able to shoot a few photos before that happened…unfortunately those were some of the images I lost in the computer crash several years ago…here are a few I shot of him for Badpuppy Magazine, when he came to visit me the next year here…

Ready Ranger   Mirror

 

After spending a week in the Breck area, Missy and I headed west early one morning, traveling all the way across Colorado to Moab, Utah…arriving mid afternoon and shortly after checking into the hotel there, a hot young man named Kurt, arrived from SLC area. Like most of my models, I had met him online and he was interested in modeling, and after telling him that I would be stopping off in Moab, he agreed to drive down and meet me there, and work with me on some print work. He turned out to be as good looking as his photos he had sent me and nicely toned as well, and he was open to the opportunities ahead. After freshening up, we headed out east of town to Fisher Spires, and soon after arriving at the parking area, finding two cars there, we headed up the trail toward the rocks. We met a couple of gals and a guy walking down the narrow trail through the canyon on our way up the hill, they told us there were a couple of young guys rock climbing the spires about a mile head on the trail. We thanked them for the info and continued up the hill, which gradually topped off at a rocky bench…where we stopped to catch our breath after the climb. It was beautiful there, some huge rounded rocks in the background and some knarley scrub brush and cedars in the foreground…we decided to take some photos there, starting off Kurt in his shorts and briefs with the scenery at hand…

Canyon Hottie 5    Fisher Spires Hottie

Canyon Hottie 6Fisher Spires Hottie 2

Knarled Cedar Art 2 Knarled Cedar Art

 

…and then for the next hour, we also shot some nudes there on the rocks….

Canyon Hottie 4 Canyon Hottie

…and although I shot a few hundred images of Kurt that afternoon, I lost many of them in a computer crash with my back up system crashing as well, so many of the better images lost of him…we had just finished shooting and he had re-dressed when the guys who had been rock climbing at the Spires came down the trail returning to the parking lot…after a bit of chit chat, we followed them back to the vehicles. We found out chatting with them, that they were staying at the same hotel as we were and their wives had gone off shopping while they decided to come out and rock climb. After a great dinner in town that night and a good nights rest at the hotel, we got up early and headed down toward Escalante Canyon…stopping off at a sand dune looking rest area with some rocks on the way and shot a few more photos of Kurt before he headed home….

ass art 2    sand dune art-1

…we shot these on the far side of the rocky bluff area away from the highway, however we never heard any car doors or any vehicles pulling over to the side of the road and Missy never alerted, so we probably could have shot longer there. I remember Kurt was in fine shape and these were the two best images I captured of him there anyway. Missy and I drove on down to Page, Arizona that day and we met up with a couple of guys the next day there, however I lost all of their images in that computer crash as well.