IT WAS EDMUND JENNINGS LEE (1772–1843) WHO TOLD US TO "SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THE DREAMERS AND THE DOERS, THE BELIEVERS AND THINKERS, BUT MOST OF ALL, SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THOSE WHO SEE GREATNESS WITHIN YOU, EVEN WHEN YOU DON'T SEE IT YOURSELF." IT IS A STATEMENT AND A BELIEVE CLOSE TO THE HEART OF LAMONT PINCKNEY, FOUNDER OF CREW MODELS INTERNATIONAL.
Crew Models International (CMI) doesn't just scout beautiful bodies. No, before signing up new talent, the agency makes sure they have, next to the right look, also the necessary intellect and communication skills, their ambition, integrity and a willing news to work together to make things happen. CMI works closely together with its men, no matter where they are in the world. Serious minded, team thinking men of ambition and exceptional look is what CMI offers, and if models do not share that dream, do not have that sense of drive and hunger for accomplishment, they are not the right candidates. Needless to say, Chris Connor has it all… and more…
"I am a fitness buff. I work out everyday even though my full time job and family commitments are a constant challenge to my time. I take modeling and preparation for photo shoots very seriously. I am focused, reliable and confident in my talent." Chris Connor has the right attitude to be a CMI man. Open to a variety of creative projects to help further his career and to develop his craft as a male model, he sees ambition, drive, creativity and influence as his main sources of inspiration. Chris is not intimidated by excellence. On the contrary, it motivates him to be around and collaborate with the best in the industry. Such as photographer Kemuel Valdes.
For some people it should simply be forbidden to ever get dressed. People like Chris Connor who works hard to maintain his perfect body in top shape, but who is also well endowed in other physical regions. Add to that the fact Chris is definitely comfortable in posing nude and you have your answer. Being a team player in his work, confident about his looks, professional and committed, Chris is the perfect match for Miami based fitness and physique art photographer Kemuel Valdes. About nude modelling, Chris says the following: "Of course when meeting someone for the first time, there is always some awkwardness and a little discomfort. That's normal. But once we get to work all that goes away for me. I am more comfortable and at ease modeling nude. Modeling clothes and underwear is fine, it's just not as liberating as nude modeling."
At ease as Chris Connor might be in front of the camera, his experiences have not all been that smooth: "I have had a some creepy experiences. Not all photographers are professional. Sometimes the vibe and communication in a shoot can be all wrong, there is no connection. And the photos show the lack of connection. It's frustrating when that happens, but I just let it go and look forward to the next shoot opportunity." No matter how comfortable Chris might seem being in the nude, it is a known fact the handsome model is quite shy by nature. "I am very much an introvert in my personal life, just the opposite of my modeling persona. At home I keep to myself and modest group of friends for the most part. Being emotionally open in person for some reason does not come easy for me. It's not until my clothes come off and I am in front of a camera that I am really at ease emoting, manipulating facial expressions with a variety of poses. It's something about me that I find really contradicting, yet I have come to understand there is a difference between my personality and my gift. The irony is what I find most amusing and interesting about myself." Ambitious but humble, hard working and professional, and someone who is more than just a beautiful face or body. Chris Connor is the perfect CMI guy. –BM-
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