Jay Kijai is an travel, adventure and lifestyle photographer whose love for the outdoors and travelling intersects with his draw to storytelling. While photography is second nature to Jay, he is also passionate about creative art direction and videography. He enjoys being both behind the camera and concept that delivers strong and emotional visuals to life. His previous experience in fashion and commercial work has strongly influenced his eye for clean, minimal and inclusive direction.
You travel a lot - where are you now?
I've been travelling/living for almost a year now pursuing personal endeavors and slowly building up new work to show. I've recently relocated to Bangkok, Thailand. During my travels, I've been exploring some new genres in UW Photography and older interests like street fashion. I'm excited to produce new work as I continue to keep my pushing my creative limits.
What do you specialize in?
I focus my work in outdoor lifestyle & culture, travel and food. I'm especially keen in working with forward thinking outdoor related companies to help create visually stunning content of their product or services.
Why do you like to do what you do?
As a kid, I was always involved in some form of the creative space; drawing, painting, building, crafting, music. You name it. I didn't even seriously pick up a camera until high school. After that, it just became a natural part of my everyday essentials and an ever evolving way of seeing the world.
How do you define your style?
That's kind of like asking someone to describe themselves in the way that dating websites would. You always want to add those extra positives. But If I could choose three ways to describe it, I would say it is considerate, celebratory and inviting.
What do you do in your free time?
I'm usually "on the road". I love travelling! I'm constantly looking for cheap weekend getaways whether it's a couple hours away or exploring new areas around me. I'm trying to tackle a list of books I've been wanting to read over the last year so that is something I like to come back to when I can. I'm always keen on concerts or music festivals too!
How do I hire you?
Browse my work and if you think I'm the right person for the job, do introduce yourself.
Do you do weddings?
Up until last year, I would only take on a few a year. I recently decided to exclusively open up to travel destination weddings. It's been really great getting to work with so many couples and getting to document their happiness in a handful of beautiful places around the world. You can find my work at Weddings by J.