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Meet Luis Ontiveros of Moonboy3000 Visuals in Boyle Heights

Today we’d like to introduce you to Luis Ontiveros.

Luis, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I stand today as a photographer through pure sacrifice and grit. – I come from hard working Mexican parents who migrated to Los Angeles in the 1970s in search for better opportunity, I am extremely proud of my Mexican heritage and of my parents for their sacrifice to obtain a better life for my siblings and I, I am the fourth child of six so there was never a dull moment at home. In high school, basketball was my passion, it was my sanctuary and that is where I found my creative foundation. I fell in love with the game, the process of getting better and creating myself daily. It fueled my creative state of mind and allowed me to learn many virtues that I still carry to this day. Understanding that most sport careers are short-lived led me in search for another creative outlet, so in 2014 I asked a friend who was doing photography at the time if I could tag along and help him out on shoots and from that sparked an interest and eventually a love for still photography. I have spent many hours honing my skills and will continue to allow myself to grow creatively by putting in the reps. I feel in order to have amazing yet meaningful work you have to fall in love with the process of your work. I want to inspire the masses and feel I’m just getting started.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Obstacles and challenges are all part of the story, my belief is learn from your losses and continue to grow. Your worth will come from your experience with your craft. I started doing photo shoots for collaboration purposes and gradually moved on to having clients. I believe it’s not what you know but what you do consistently and how you continue to progress with your business.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a photographer and videographer located in Los Angeles, California at the moment. My services include portrait, lifestyle, product and event video + photography but am not limited to only these techniques as I am always challenging myself to learn new skills. I just finished working the 2019 season as a team photographer with two basketball teams that participated in the world-famous “Drew League” and also completed a food and product photography internship earlier in the year. I am a student of my craft and feel that my ambition to improve every time I take on a project is what will eventually set me apart. I am proud of how far I’ve come but understand that everything is temporary and you’re only as good as your last project.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up in the 90s in Southern California I was your typical kid; eating cereal on Saturday mornings and watching cartoons. I’ve always had a huge imagination and feel that art and sports is a big reason behind it. In 9th grade, I started playing high school basketball. I was religious about the game. I went from being Most Improved sophomore year to receiving Most Valuable the following year. I love the complexity of the game. The court was my canvas, the ball was my brush and the flow of the game was my paint. This is where I learned how to have vision yet also be present in the now. It has been very therapeutic for me and has taught me endless lessons. I am thankful for my humble beginnings and hope to continue to make my family proud.

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