We had the good fortune of connecting with Kei Moreno and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kei, how do you think about risk?
There is a saying in my native country of Venezuela, “Who does not risk does not win“. When I make decisions in my career, I know there are risks but I never allow fear to decide for me. I try to live my life in a way that sees the positive in everything. After all, even when things don’t go as planned, there is something to be gained in the learning experience of it all. Risk has always been a part of my life. I left Venezuela at a very young age to pursue a career in modeling. There were no guarantees that it would turn out well, and there were some tough times having to navigate that world at such a young age, but I am very happy I followed my heart despite the risk as it led me to where I am now. I can say the same for photography. It was an intimidating transition to make but it has been an incredibly rewarding pursuit thus far. I think the best thing one can do to minimize risk is to educate oneself and prepare as best as you can. At the end of the day, try to enjoy the process to the fullest because while you can’t eliminate all risk you do have control on what you take from the experience for better or for worse.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a photographer based in Los Angeles California. I have been blessed to work with extremely interesting clients, celebrity personalities, and established and up-and-coming brands. Work has brought me to countless inspiring locations and I couldn’t love my job more. I think my 19 years experience of working as a model gives me a unique point of view and approach to the work. It also really helped to work with so many talented photographers over the years. My love of fashion and photography led to the creation of my digital magazine NFF (Nuts For Fashion). I have really enjoyed the creative freedom of running the magazine and it’s allowed me to collaborate with so many strong and talented women. While photography and NFF is my “day job” one of my passion projects is the creation of my children’s books. After the birth of my son I wanted to create bilingual and educational stories about the earth and some of its inhabitants (“Out on a Balloon”). I sculpted my characters out of clay and photographed them exploring the world. It has truly become a passion project of mine and I am currently working on a second book for the series.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Good question! In a world without Covid my itinerary would be different, but there are still so many awesome things to do in and around Los Angeles even with social distancing in mind. A Griffith park hike? Picnic in Echo Park? A beautiful day in my mind is driving through Topanga canyon and stopping at a cafe for takeout then continuing on to Matador beach in Malibu to chill and watch the sunset. Maybe on the way home stop at one of the many farmer’s markets and prepare a delicious meal to be enjoyed on the terrace under the moon.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh my goodness! Too many people deserving of a shoutout! I’ve been so fortunate over the years to have had great friends and mentors who have not only inspired me, but advised me and helped me navigate my modeling career and now I photography career. Most importantly, I think my parents are most deserving of a shout out, as they truly offered me unconditional support. Finally, my husband, who gifted me my first professional camera and has always championed me as an artist.
My personal portrait photo by Victoria Smith Bradley