I’ve been lucky to have had amazing ladies to pose for my artistic beauty portrait work. However, I was hitting a ceiling, though I’m sure me being an artist had something to do with it. Not long after 2021 started, I felt that my work needed some redirection, some sort of spark. So, I started looking for a muse, someone that would fuel my creativity and imagination in a fresh direction. My eyes started to look at people differently, looking for what makes them more than just interesting. Then, I found Chabelys. I don’t know how to explain it, but I felt she had something special, something different. Maybe it was that boyish jarhead haircut softened by that feminine gaze, or that amazing jawline atop that gorgeously long neck line.
Whatever it was, I was hooked and I had to have her in front of my lens. The adage “don’t judge a book by its cover” never fails to show its rear end, because meeting her in person was far from what I expected (or didn’t expect…). She was soft -spoken but had a grounded presence. She was actually funny – a trait I find admirable in models. It’s kind of cool when they don’t take themselves too seriously. During our portrait session, she flowed from pose to pose like what felt as though she had played it in her mind a thousand times. Time melted by and we could have gone all night. I couldn’t push the film advance lever on my Mamiya fast enough. I recognized that feeling of excitement, I’ve felt it before, with Raquel. Turns out, Chabelys is also born a Taurus (only a day apart). Maybe that is where lies the secret of finding my muses.