We had the good fortune of connecting with Kei Moreno and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kei, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
As a Latina, it is important to me that my son is linked to his maternal roots, learning and expressing himself in of both languages is key to our family dynamics. My career as a photographer, my passion for the arts, and my inner child gave birth to the biligual children’s book Out on a Balloon. In their hand-made clay world, Ms. Gigi giraffe, Mr. Dani donkey, and Mr. Mani monkey jump into a hot-air balloon and visit different continents, meeting animals along the way and learning about their unique habitats. This is the first book of the series, it is bilingual (English/Spanish) and exposes children to themes of multiculturalism and acceptance with a light take on geography and zoology.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It was not easy, but the road has been a lot of fun! The most important lesson for me is to enjoy each moment and learn from my mistakes! There is a saying “In difficult times, artists will create” My brand will evolve with my growth. My creative side will always be available through all my projects and clients.
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 is nothing like an outdoor experience in California – beautiful beaches…panoramic hikes!! Do you want snow? Big Bear is for you, maybe desert? Then for sure Joshua tree.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I worked in the past with a collective group of artists and a collective art gallery. I love working in a team and creating an online platform that combines both my experience working in fashion photography and collective free art/fashion space was the perfect recipe for NFF magazine. I have to thank my partner Erika Cano, a graphic designer that loved the idea from the beginning. The children’s book, I have to thank my friend and writer Kat Morera who was always willing to play and create with me.
Photo main portrait by lizaboone
Portrait in yellow by Victoria Smith-Bradley