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Meet Hugo Alexander Moran Chavez of De Morán’s Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hugo Alexander Moran Chavez.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Hugo Alexander. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am originally from El Salvador. I came here five years ago to do an internship in horses, and then I stayed to earn a master of Agricultural and Environmental Education at the University of Georgia, and I have established in Social Circle, GA just 40 minutes east of Atlanta.

I started my small organization by being an international student myself. I have been very blessed all my life, many good people have helped me succeed and get me where I am today, and because of that I always wanted to help others, and when I graduated from college, I said to myself that one day I would be helping other students succeeded. So, when I started my master’s degree at the University of Georgia, I knew I wanted to do my master thesis on the factors that affect and influence the success of Latino international students. For a year I worked hard, and I was able to interview many Latino students and listen to their stories and write my thesis with the hopes that faculty staff and practitioners would read what they need to have a better academic experience and future.

After I graduated, I wanted to follow up with helping, students succeeded so I formed this organization called De Morán’s Photography, which is the way I am helping not only Latino international students but students from around the world to make their stories of success heard. My organization is complex. We offer photography services and the earnings of those services help bring into life stories, YouTube videos, pictures and articles about international students and their success stories. Also, we write about southern cities so international students can explore the South before they return to their home countries.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road. It has been hard to get where I am today. I was bullied from middle school all the way to college because I was poor, short and I did not play any sports. So, I have struggled to find friends and a purpose in life. However, all these struggles have helped me get where I am today helping and advising other international students, and with the love and help of friends and family, I have been able to recover from my past and move on to be a social change agent.

Some of the struggles:
Bullying
Not playing any sports
Being from a low-income family
Find my purpose in life
Learn to be a photographer myself by watching YouTube videos and tutorials because I did not have the resources to pay for photography classes
Save money to buy a good camera that doesn’t cost more than $1,000
To fully become fluent in English
To learn and master the art of writing an article
To learn about photojournalism
Find customers is hard because I still don’t have advanced equipment

So, as you know, we’re impressed with De Morán’s Photography – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
What sets us apart from others is that with the earnings of our services we bring into life the success stories of international students and we also advise prospect international students that are trying to come to the US and earn their degrees.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
The diversity. There are people from all over the world.

Pricing:

  • Photography packages starting at $50
  • Video services starting at $50
  • Tutoring in Spanish and French starting at $15 the hour
  • Translating in and from Spanish/French/English starting at $25 per page
  • Advising international students $0

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