C H U Y @chuyphoto
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the word “sexy”. what does it mean to you? i’m genuinely curious. i once delivered a steamy masterpiece and received back, “chuy, we absolutely love our photos. you totally captured who we are as a couple AND as individuals. we imagined them to be even sexier but love these SO much more! you’re a true gift for the talent that you have and so glad we had the opportunity to create!” capturing authenticity for who my couples are is everything to me. while i was celebrating with joy on their feedback, the word “sexy” continues to linger on my mind from that day forward. i do have my answer as to what it means to me. however, i will be writing it on a blog post soon. in the meantime,i would love to open up this conversation down in the comment section or if you’re shy, simply send me a dm or email and would love to get inside your head on what “sexy” means to you🐅 let me praise about these two beautiful humans for a second. they invited me into their gorgeous home., i’m talking straight out of everyone’s fantasies. I’ve never seen so many things in a home that just fit in all the right places. they made me breakfast as we shot very early in the morning and knew i had a long day ahead of me. i was welcomed with open arms for hugs, coffee AND orange juice, + their big beautiful personalities that leave me smiling from ear to ear as i write this. alejandra + joshua, thank for making me feel right at home in your beautiful nest of a home. cannot wait to host a workshop here one day🔥 _____ edited with @chuyolapresets .
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speaking to the universe here. it’s so crazy reading my emails from you funkers. categories being: elopement, steamy tattoos, this is some gwen stefani shit right here. shit is bananas. don’t lie, you know you sang it just now. it’s crazy to think that once you put your mind to something, you’ll go through so many obstacles. failing. getting a taste of success and then failing again. but no matter how many times i’ve failed and fallen to the lowest point, i got back up, brushed the dust off my ass and kept working. it’s funny, i used to (still do) watch all these motivational clips on youtube or podcasts and everyone talks about speaking out to the universe as to what you want and then going after it until it happens. so this was me speaking to the universe 3 years ago saying, “please let this photography thing work out for me. i need this to happen to support my family.” this is me speaking to the universe today: -create with @willsmith -make a name for myself in the tattoo industry -direct + produce my first cinematic film to be continued...time to work my funkin’ ass off🔥🖕🏼 ______ edited with @chuyolapresets .
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“chuy, instead of making this our anniversary shoot, we’ll call it our yearly chuyversary shoot.” _____ i was so honored and humbled to be invited back to the PNW to create with these two funkers. we shot exactly a year ago and remember us going through our goals and me saying, “i’m going to make steamy sessions my thing and trust me, i’m going to kill it.” _____ i don’t know what it is. i’m in constant competition with myself and only myself. pushing my limits. breaking boundaries no one else dares to break. i really don’t know what this year has done for me already but i’m fired up. this year is mine. i feel like something BIG is about to happen and i’m grinding everyday until I figure it out. _____ i look forward to failing. failing so funking much, the successes i receive will be big celebratory milestones in my art career. at least i’ll know at every failed attempt of working closer to “the BIG thing”, is a learning experience that will exponentially slingshot me to the best artist i can be. _____ edited with @chuyolapresets .
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it was the morning of creating this masterpiece where i get a message from these two saying, “hey, i think it’s going to snow but we’re down if you’re down.” my response, “say no more!” as many times that I’ve been to joshua tree, this is my favorite of them all. joshua trees as beautiful as ever with snow flakes falling on them + a blanket of white snow covering our every footstep into the desert. snow as white as a freshly gessoed canvas just waiting to be created on. this year is just that. 2020, a fresh clean slate at making this year whatever you imagine it to be. setting goals so out of reach, you even (nervously chuckle) looking at your list. may this year be the one where you truly don’t give a funk and create/do whatever fuels your heart. i want my work to serve as a guidance more than any specific rules. break the rules. i don’t have secrets, i have stories, and the stories of others—my love memos, funkers i have met through this journey of creating. i don’t want to tell people what to do. i want to tell them what they can do🖕🏼 _____ edited with @chuyolapresets .
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what a FUNKIN’ year🔥🖕🏼 celebrated with these funkers last night as the last masterpiece of 2019. _____ not going to lie, i cried on my way home. spent my drive home reflecting on what truly was, the best year of my career. tomorrow marks my first year tattooing💉, second year shooting steam♨️, and 2020 will be the year where i have more steamy shoots booked out farther than weddings. _____ that sentence alone blows my funking mind. i NEVER thought i’d be in this position at any point of my life. did i dream of this? yes, but it’s the hard work i put into this to make me the artist that i wanted to be. not piggybacking off anyone, comparing myself to other creatives, and not giving a funk of what others think of me or my work. _____ here’s my advice: STOP GIVING A FUNK. you don’t need permission from anyone to do what you want to do. if you must compare yourself to anyone, it should be your funkin reflection and figure out how to outdo yourself time and time again👏🏼 _____ the couples i have created with this year alone know That when we get into our creative space, it’s game over. We create with passion, vulnerability, and intimacy. _____ the stories i’m able to tell with my funkers is something that you’ll never see anywhere else because everything is so uniquely tailored to them. I’ve realized that this is much bigger than i am, and i’m just getting started🔥 edited with @chuyolapresets .
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my first ever steamy maternity shoot. hakeem + jasmine modeled for my workshop last year and expressed to me that they are done modeling for good to enjoy their gorgeous blessing and become parents. they told me they had to go out with a bang so i rearranged my schedule, booked the soonest flight out, and we funk’d shit up🖕🏼🔥 _____ i simply can’t put to words how much this session means to me. the lessons I’ve learned just by ending my season with such a bang. not to mention, finding my purpose in my myself and my art. _____ the human body is such a beautiful thing. especially females. growing up with a predominately female household, i’ve witnessed the most amazing things you can do. for instance, the amount of selfless love you have for this growing tiny human being inside you that you would do anything for, and your eyes haven’t even met. i get so emotional just writing this. we are constantly evolving into the best version of ourselves. i strongly believe we are the greatest work of art there is. _____ hakeem + jasmine, congraFUNKINlations on becoming parents👏🏼 thank you for giving me the biggest lesson + advice for 2020, “you’ve manifested this steamy shit, funking keep going and make that money!” also, thank you for teaching me what a fluffer is🖕🏼 edited with @chuyolapresets .
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when i say, “my couples and i vibe on such a deep and personal level.” i mean it. so much as these two having the same wedding anniversary as my birthday. lidia + philip have been living the van life for years and their story is so inspiring. i remember asking them, “so what’s this van life like?” _____ phlip : “we love it so much. don’t get me wrong, it’s fucking nuts. spending every moment with your significant either is bitter sweet. we want to rip each other’s heads out but wouldn’t have it any other way. we complete each other. this is our lifestyle and we are riding this out.” lidia: “chuy! we saved this hundred dollar bill for our anniversary so we can light it up in our fancy clothes and get LIT!” _____ my couples always tell me how much these shoots change their life and how much more they fall in love with their significant other after seeing an outsider’s perspective on what I see their love looks like. if only my funkers knew how much they have changed my life and the opportunity i have to create with such beautiful souls, that no one else can capture but my me. happy anniversary you two🖕🏼🖕🏼stay tuned for their love story hitting my blog this weekend🛹 edited with @chuyolapresets .
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***swipe to see michelle’s Christmas present*** i wanted to talk about family today. since majority of us are with them today and tomorrow. this right here is my family. my reason of living and creating. this is all for them. the moment I’m about to start creating, i have no option but to kill—MURDER every masterpiece i create. these two depend on me but in reality, i depend on them. they are my number one supporters in everything that i do. they ARE my everything. i got to do something yesterday that I only dreamt of doing in my life. i bought my wife a brand new car. her DREAM car. a milestone in my career that i’ll never forget. the emotions that went through us both as I’m saying out loud, “this is your car.” seeing her eyes read my lips and then fill with tears, UGH🥺 i couldn’t do this alone. this is all thanks to my FUNK FAMILY. all you funkers who legit ride or die for me. who send me messages ready to fight for me when my work gets reported, crying together with my art, funkers who have trusted my creative process in creating the most authentic stories that pertain to you. i truly cannot do this without you and for that, i am eternally grateful. I am blessed beyond imagination that this is my job—PASSION! to my funk family, I FUNKIN LOVE YOU🖕🏼merry christmas funkers! as always, keep it funky🎄 edited @chuyolapresets .
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