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This blog features new work, updates, and other ramblings I may feel inclined to share. Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you!

Matthew Diaz

Say hello to Matthew Diaz. This smart - and equally handsome - man is a 27 year old Youngstown, Ohio native. Matthew received his bachelors in psychology and sociology, and later his masters in sociology from SUNY Buffalo State. He's currently in his last stage of his doctorate in medical sociology from Georgia State University - recently transitioning out of academia and into pharmaceutical marketing research.

Like I said, he's a pretty smart cookie. But there's more to the brains and brawn, Matthew is an avid Marvel fan and - I hear - a talented chef. During his short time in Atlanta, Matthew has enjoyed many days strolling through Piedmont Park and taking some time to unwind with a good book.

I look forward to working with Mr. Diaz in the future - I'm positive he will accomplish many great things. In the mean time, I hope you'll enjoy this set of portraits taken as he readies himself to venture out into a new adventure.

Meet Meagan & Jacob

Meet Meagan and her husband of 3 years, Jacob - yes, they're just as sweet as they look! I met Meagan during last year's spring break arts camp where she taught music, and I, mixed media. Her sweet and bubbly personality made Meagan a big hit with the young students and other teachers - she's simply a joy to be around! Needless to say, I was saddened to know we wouldn't get an opportunity to work together this year when she and Jacob announced they would be moving.

Luckily, I did have the opportunity to witness and capture the love Meagan & Jacob have for each other during the last few days of November, before their big move. We took a short hike through a Sweetwater Creek State Park wooden trail - following a beautiful stream to the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, a textile mill burned during the Civil War. Below are just a few images taken during that gorgeous afternoon - I hope you'll enjoy!

Welcoming 2017

If 2016 taught me anything it is to expect the unexpected. Things may not always change as one would hope, but once in a while life throws us precious moments we learn to cherish - as these small treasures are what makes living all the more enjoyable. This year, I was fortunate enough to welcome the new year with one of my best friends amongst the splendor of the Gulf of Mexico. 

I received a call Thursday afternoon, and by Friday I was out on the road - on my way to meet my friend Jessica at Panama City Beach. This was my first time visiting the area so it made the trip all the more exciting. Accompanied by a bit of wine, we painted a bit with our watercolors and watched a few of our favorite movies as we counted down the hours to close another chapter of our lives.  After Jessica introduced me to Game of Thrones (don't judge, I know I'm super late), we got lucky with the weather so we set out to lay on the beach - enjoying each other's company. Below are a few images I took while we played around in the beautiful sunset as the ocean waves broke at our feet - I hope you'll enjoy.

Below are a few experimental portraits I created using the beautiful hibiscus that was in bloom right in front of the condo we werestaying in. 

These last few images were created by overlaying two photos to produce a more surreal, Inception-esque, finished product.

Ian's First Autumn

Stephanie & Brandon Parker are the proud parents of little Ian here. Just a few weeks ago, they asked for me to take Ian's 6 month-ish photos and we were lucky enough to have such a beautiful autumn afternoon to document this gorgeous baby's expressive - and very adorable - personality. The Parker family are as cute as they can be - just take a look for yourself. 

A Spring of Changes

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Greetings friends,

Spring has finally arrived at home and it has brought a few important changes I'd like to share with you. 

As you may have noticed, I've been away for a while now. For the past year-and-a-half I have been tirelessly working at the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/ Douglas County - assisting with the gallery, programming, social media, and marketing among other things. Despite the pleasure I receive from my work at the CAC, I have felt an ever-growing tug at my heart strings for my first passion - photography. 

Today I am announcing the return to my photographic work! As of May 1st, I will be stepping down from my current position at the CAC in order to make the transition back to photography; and hopefully art as well. That means I will, once again, become available for all your photographic needs. Have a special event coming up? I'm now booking photo sessions for the upcoming summer, fall, and winter!

Despite my absence from the online world, I have done a few small projects that I'll be sharing with you over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, I hope you'll enjoy these photos of my garden as it awakens from its slumber. To see a couple more images, please visit my Facebook page - Facebook.com/PhotographyByMolina - and don't forget to press that "Like" button ;)

Until next time, 

Cristhtian  

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UWG 2013 Iron Pour

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Hello everyone, 

This past weekend was full of fun and excitement. I was able to make it out to my old stomping grounds at the University of West Georgia for their annual Art Incend week, which is a week dedicated to the exploration of sculpture, casting, ceramics, printmaking, encaustic painting, drawing, and mixed media among other things. I loved Art Incend week when I was a student, one of my favorite parts being the big iron pour finally at the end of the week—and this year did not disappoint! Besides the great spectacle, I was able to catch up with some olds friends—something I wish I had more time for. Alas, I'm always happy and cherish every second I'm able to meet up and enjoy my friends' company. So, without further ado, are a few of the images I captured while enjoying the pour with my friends.

Saving Georgia's Rivers

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Hello everyone, 

I wish to share with you some photographs I took on Saturday, October, 26th. That's the day I drove out to Marietta to help members of the Sierra Club, Atlanta Freethought Society, and some Life University students, in an effort to clean the Rottenwood Creek that runs through the university's campus and later feeds into the Chattahoochee River. It was a cold October morning, but despite the cool temperatures, many people showed up to participate. I've been a Member of the Sierra Club for a few months now, but this was my first volunteer outing I've had the opportunity to take-part in—and I really hope it is not my last one. I had such a great time—the people were wonderful and the nature trail that swerves down the creek was breathtaking. Through our combined efforts, we were able to reduce the amount of trash what was cluttering the creek—in total, 14 tires and 12 large trash bags were collected and removed from one of Georgia's beautiful creeks. To learn more about the Sierra Club, you can visit their website HERE. If you're interested in the Atlanta Freethought Society, their information can be found HERE. I hope you'll enjoy the images! :)

To thank us for our hard work, all volunteers were given these amazing t-shirts! The front reads: "When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to see it with love and respect." —Aldo Leopold

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Additionally, we were treated to some delicious hot dogs, snacks, and a reptile show. I would post some photos of the snakes they were showing but I was to scared to get close enough for a photo—instead, I present you this beautiful turtle :)

 

Georgia Aquarium Pride!

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This year's Atlanta Gay Pride festival was kicked-off with the famous Georgia Aquarium Kickoff Party. Like last year, I volunteered my time and expertise to help document the festival for the Atlanta Pride Committee. I had such a great time last year that I couldn't pass on the opportunity to capture some really nice images again. One of my favorite parts of the Pride Festival is the Aquarium party—I get to enjoy the beautiful sea animals and meet some really great people, what more could a guy ask for? Bellow are some of my favorite photographs from the Georgia Aquarium Kickoff Party. I'll be posting more photos from Saturday's festival at Piedmont Park, and of the Pride Parade on Sunday, over the weekend so stay tune. To see the full Aquarium album, please click HERE.