We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrés Molina and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Andrés, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think not a lot of people take chances on themselves, I believe there is a fine line between going after what you want and feeling an stuck due an indescribable amount of fear that things may not work out, many people work a 9-5, feeling miserable about what they do, with a hidden talent or many. the truth is taking risk and chances is what has taken me to where i am today, and had made me the person that I want to be in the future, trusting my own skills and the support of the people surrounding me is also a big factor, there are two moments in my life where i have taken risk the first one, moving from my home country El Salvador, no knowing the language to a decent level, and the second moving from Iowa to Colorado to pursue my dream to become a photographer, both moments have marked important parts in my career. I always went full in, and told myself, if you don’t go after what you want now, someone else will, if it does’t work you can always come back and figure something else out.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a kid I always had this curious mind, never just one interest, but every time I discovered a new craft i’d obsessed over it, I wanted to learn everything about it, I went from wanting to become a Chef, to be a Pilot to then going into engineering school to be a civil engineer, they’re all very different from another, but until this day I carry with me something from each one of them like how much i like cooking and learning new recipes, or my adventurous spirit and nerd side of me who wants to learn about planes and just finds traveling so fun, or incorporating buildings, landscapes, structures into my photography. The funny thing about this is that none of those interest became my main career, instead i decided to go with “Camera Man”. My journey with photography started when I had a job at the airport as an agent for United Airlines back in El Salvador, I was able to travel a bit more often and all just for fun, me and a GoPro, In 2016 when i moved to Iowa, I wanted to explore more, to know more about this place who suddenly became my new home, and wanted to capture all my new adventures in much better quality, so i started looking for my new camera, when i found the one that felt good I took a roadtrip to Utah and Arizona in 2017, I lived in my Mini-van a dodge caravan 2001 ( STANLEY), took the back seats off the car and that was my home for that month, on my way back one of my friends in iowa have seen my landscape photos and asked if i could photograph his wedding, at this point i have no experience photographing people, so I clearly did not want to ruin someone’s most important day, but I was committed to such challenge, surprisingly it went well and from that moment i knew i wanted to do something about it, not something that you just make happen from one day to another, it requieres a lot of hard work and hustle, to reach out to a lot of people and make connections, free work to build a portfolio, a slow process. while trying to start my photography biz, i was also serving tables at different restaurants in the following years, in 2018 I took another trip to California, Hiked Yosemite national park, on my way to the Upper Yosemite Falls, I was on my feet at 4am, that hike is meaningful to me because then is when “NOMADICFITLUST.” was created, at the time it was just a silly nickname, a new instagram handle, but now it had become my brand, fast forwarding when the pandemic hit in 2020, it made me re think about my future, my life and where i wanted to be. met some incredible people who i’m now so grateful to call friends, that encourage and supported my passion for photography, on January 1st I took a roadtrip to colorado and that’s when i made the decision of moving, when i was back to iowa from that trip i put my two weeks notice, i was working at Firebirds firewood and grill restaurant out of west des moines, one of my favorite place i’ve had the pleasure to work for, i’ve never felt more appreciated and heard, the weekend before moving to colorado I had an engagement session after i was done on my way out of the park I slid on ice and hit a rock with my car, that changed a bit the whole moving situation, it was going to cost me $2400 to fix my car, started questioning myself is this the right moment, is this where i’m supposed to be, and after some reflection the conclusion was YES, “YOU ARE WHERE YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE.” even when things seem to be challenging and very little hope. I made it happen on March 1st of 2021 I’ve officially moved to Colorado Springs, with 2 new roommates. and once again life put some incredible people on my way, I’ve always kept a humble and kind mind, reminding myself that it’s never about the money but the genuine connections. It is just me behind Nomadicfitlust Photography, still very small biz but with a huge vision and goals, I want the world to see what goes thro my mind when pairing my hands with a camera, I want to tell the story of others.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
there are a few things that I find joy in, Coffee, Wine, new food, Live music/stand up comedy and a beautiful hike, I’d show them some of my favorite coffee spots in colorado springs, like “Wayfinder Coffee.” for mid afternoon snack a delicious handpie from “Kindship Landing.” they seriously have the best ones yet, old colorado city has an amazing spanish tapas restaurant with incredible selection of wines and great appetizers, since moving to colorado springs i found a place that remind me to my home country El salvador where PUPUSAS are famous for, Ironically the restaurant is owned by a man from Honduras but with the best Pupusas i’ve ever had in the US, the place is called “Angie’s Latin Food”, i’d try to time the trip in a way some artist that we like is performing at red rocks Amphitheater, what a magical place that is at night, and to close the trip a nice hike at rocky mountain national park or the great sand dunes national park

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mother, Patricia. for always letting me be free and make my own decisions, even when i was wrong she was and it’s always been there for me

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