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SelinaMinxScarlet9173logowebB by Pelicanh
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Had my pool cleaned yesterday. I liked the cleaning crew...nice ladies.
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Bitty3568web by Pelicanh
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Squi's babysitter. A person here on DA. Can you guess who it is!!??????
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Family3843logoweb by Pelicanh
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Squid turned two on September 18th. We're having a party today...the annual "Squicken Cup" with games, tons of food, and absolutely insane friends. What happens when you mix scuba diving friends, hang gliding friends, theatre friends, and photography friends! CHAOS! Squid is a happy little boy and I am a lucky man.
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Selina5165logoweb by Pelicanh
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In a departure from my "no more nudes" policy, I am posting this from a shoot. This is my dear friend Selina Minx, who is a dom here in LA. This photo, along with some others, is from an interview by Penthouse magazine September issue.
She's a WONDERFUL woman. Talented, smart, and gifted in so many ways. Her sub in this shot is also a sweet friend. Funny to see how dramatic this shot is and know how much we were laughing and clowning around. 
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While I do journal on here occasionally, I thought many of you might like to follow my journeys on Facebook. If so here's the link:
www.facebook.com/helmsphotogra…

I have also been getting a bit of crap lately about allowing and not allowing comments. One reader suggested it was "arrogant" of me to NOT allow comments. ha Anyone really interested in why I sometimes do and sometimes do NOT allow comments should go back and read some of my journals on this topic. I don't really feel compelled to explain it all YET AGAIN but a teeny synopsis would be simply that I don't have time to respond and, more importantly monitor, all the comments. I have a new little two year old boy so I enjoy spending more time with him. 

We recently traveled to Japan. I work over there once or twice a year and try to get in a little sight seeing while I'm there. So I'll be posting a few more pix of that, but again, there are some fun stories and videos on my Facebook page. Please do come look.

I'll be posting more journals here in the future too. I'm not absent from DA, just busy.

Hope you all have a great time here
Michael

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Michael Helms
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Comments Disabled... what a sigh of relief!!!!

It's been REALLY refreshing to NOT have trolls and flamers. Images like those in my gallery inevitably receive all sorts of negative commentary. Since I have disabled comments, the attention craving jerks really have not bothered me. The reason is, as I suspected all along... take away their public forum and they go back into their holes. Some people have complained that I can't take criticism. That is simply laughable. After 35 years in one of the most competitive markets in the world, I've heard just about everything. Yea - it's nice to hear "great shot", or "that's beautiful...nice lighting". But I don't really need pats on the back. And I no longer will tolerate comments like, "Your model needs to be taken out back and shot like the whore dog she is!" or "she's too fuckin skinny, she needs to eat something".
I could care less what people say about me personally but I will NOT tolerate flaming or trolling my models. THAT is why I disabled comments. Also, I simply don't have the time or desire to go through all the hundreds of comments I get to weed out the trolls, block them, and hide their comments. It's a waste of my time.
Let me be perfectly honest here... I have been on DA for 5 years. I am here for fun. Not only do I NOT make any money from DA, it COSTS me money. I am a business man, so time is money, so if you account for the amount of TIME I spend on here, it is even MORE of a loss. But - it's fun and I have made some good on line friends and a few personal friends.
I fear for this generation of loud mouthed, unsophisticated, undereducated, sophomoric juveniles who don't subscribe to decency and good manners. Not all of them, of course... but there is a significant percentage. I blame the internet for this unchecked bad behavior because there are no consequences for the things they say and do. But how will this spill over to their REAL lives and interactions with REAL people when they face situations that make them uncomfortable? It is, in my opinion, very damaging to personal growth to NOT have consequences to bad behavior. What will these flamers and trolls grow up to be? Probably politicians who post photos of their weiners on Twitter.
Anyway...THAT is the reason I no longer allow comments.

Current Residence: Shadow Hills, Ca
Favorite genre of music: Old Hippie crap
Favorite photographer: Helmut Newton - dead, Perry Gallagher - alive on DA
Favourite style of art: depends on my mood, or whether I've been drinkin
Operating System: Go Mac or go home
MP3 player of choice: 30 gig iPod
Shell of choice: I prefer Union 76
Wallpaper of choice: A nice textured rag
Skin of choice: hers
Favourite cartoon character: Wile E. Coyote
Personal Quote: ....the supernova of giving meets the black hole of need.."
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foureyes Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
LOVE Squi's pic at 1 MPH :love: :heart:
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional Photographer
LOL....thanks so much Bernie. Hope all is well there.
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methodfordisaster Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
How the hell did you manage to move around in that suit? Courduroy is so stiff! :(
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional Photographer
Lol.   Too long ago for me to remember! 
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wysinwyg Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Come on man! That suit ROCKED at the time. I can still see in my mind the Gar-animals and corduroy outfits my Mom put me on me in '73.
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Photographer
LOL...good stuff!
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional
Thank you for adding me to your friends list

It was a nice surprise for me birthday
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional Photographer
OH!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY then too!!!
Also - got a thing in the mail that says you are getting certified!!! YAY   Congratulations!!!
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional
:D

now to get a job that pays
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Photographer
YAY!!!!
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methodfordisaster Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
It feels like you've been gone for forever. I miss the days when your lovely nudes were still up on this site. :(
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
I actually miss that too. But - it is what it is.
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Pardilate Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
been missing your art a lot!!! glad you are back, at least for today
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Valder137 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice to see you posting again, been a while!!!
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somni-ferum Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Photographer
Lovely portrait of Jodi, nice work. Thanks for posting every so often ;) Cheers!
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Lord-LestatDlaCuadra Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Professional Photographer
Nice pics but for what i read such a big ego proffesor ;P
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you! :)
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Lord-LestatDlaCuadra Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional Photographer
Your welcome, it will be cool if you can check and give me some insights about my work...
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Dragonwarriorstm Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Artist
thanks for the watch
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dynamicsketch Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Shame that you disabled comments on the photo of Jodi. She's quite attractive. Nice job as always, Mike.
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much Chris. Yea - I honestly wish I could leave my images open for comments but I just don't have time to police the trolls. So - I'll just share images.
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dynamicsketch Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I know, right? I think that's why I feel like I can relate. Also the reason why I'm not bothering in wasting my time by uploading anything new to this anti-art community.
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Photographer
well - I've had several conversations with the owners of DA and really, there's nothing they can do about it. "freedom of speech" and all that stuff that allows trolls to flourish. I enjoy sharing stuff but killed the comments.
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014   General Artist
Hello, it's been years since I've stopped by your page I believe, which is a shame really :( it's good to see you're still here and your work is still fantastic :heart:
and that son of yours is adorable :heart: [I would have much less creepily said this on a photo, but you know haha.] I will definitely have to rewatch you on this account. Anyways; just stopped by to say hello and I hope you're doing well sir. :)
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Professional Photographer
WOW....yea - it's been a long time since I saw a comment from you!
thanks so much
M
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