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

Hi Moises, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Many reasons to be completely honest. All my life my career interest have changed but I always knew I wanted to create or at least be in a industry that creates. If that makes sense. I love the idea of creating things or at least doing things that are new to others. I love being able to look at something and call it my own work/creation. I guess the overall idea of letting my creativity take over my career just caught my attention.

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.
I like to express my artistic and creative side through my photos and videos. Recently I have been more involved in my videos as I have been creating much more content on my YouTube channel. The piece of work I am most excited for was the release of my short film “The Last Year of High School”. It was a documentary type film in which I showed the results of going to school during a pandemic. My journey of how I go here today was not easy at all. I personally am my biggest critic so I still believe I have a lot of work to do. I am not comfortable with the content I am producing now which is why my journey is not easy. I know I have improved and the work I produce is great however I know I am capable of more. My journey involves lots of trial and error as I do that for almost all my projects. I try my best to take photos and videos from a unique perspective and with unique elements so I try and go out my comfort zone. I try and get all types of angles and even use environmental props for my sessions. Some valuable lessons I have learned along the way are to stay true to yourself. People are more likely to ask you for photos or videos if they know you have your own style and are genuine to what you produce. It’s all about the passion for me. That’s also what I want the world to know about my brand and story. I have always stayed true to myself and continued my journey. Despite people who doubted me or told me otherwise I did not let anybody effect my work. Everything I have produced has been from the heart and with passion.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This one is tough. I’m not gonna lie the inland empire can be difficult to find spots. Some spots I would recommend are listed below. Food – Chick-fil-A – Panera Bread – The Yard House in Victoria Gardens Hangout – Haven City Market – Victoria Gardens – Ontario Mills Fun spots – Etiwanda Falls Hiking Trail – The drive in/AMC theaters – Picnic at Day Creek Park All of these places listed are quite fun and places I enjoy. They are not too crazy however with the right people I feel they can make for some fun times. I feel that Victoria gardens is a great place for food. They have great restaurants and shops to pass time. However for shopping alone I enjoy Ontario mills I feel those shops are better as they are outlets and it is indoors. I also really enjoy Haven city market as it is a food court-styled spot with some fun games and sometimes live music. Some additional honorable mentions are some views of city lights I enjoy to look at. If you drive up to Crestline, CA there is a part where the road has lots in which you could pull over. Cars are allowed to park and look at the view over the city. I love looking at the city at night as the view is beautiful. I also enjoy looking up at the stars while I am out there. I feel it can help clear my head and just overall relax.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There have been many people along the way who have helped me and deserve to be recognized. The ones who I would like to mention who I believe have had the greatest impact on me are: Dr. Torie Weiston, Mrs. Bernadine Judson, and my parents. Both Weiston and Judson were high school teachers and mentors of mine. Judson gave me access to lots of hands on practice due to her classes. Judson was the teacher for yearbook, journalism, and all creative classes of that sort. Judson had so much experience with her teaching and taught me so much on how to be a great photographer. Weiston however runs a non profit organization named YMAN. Weiston has gave me access to multiple programs that involve the youth. This has given me access to making new connections and resources. As for my parents, they have always been very supportive of everything I do. It makes me happy that no matter what choices I make with my creative path I know I will have them there to rely on me.

Website: https://moisesphotography.pixieset.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/creator.moi/
Youtube: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCffxxRjrJ_doeezf390nsbQ
Other: Portfolio: https://moireyes100.wixsite.com/moisesphotography

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