Jay Kijai is Travel, Food, Outdoor and Active Living photographer whose love for the outdoors and travelling intersects with his draw to storytelling. While photography is second nature to Jay, he also has a talent for coordinating and producing photo shoots and productions. Previous projects in a producing role includes work for Trunk Club, ELLE India, Newmar and Hipcamp. He enjoys being both behind the camera and helping guide the concept that brings strong and emotional visuals to life. His previous experience in fashion has strongly influenced his eye for clean, minimal and inclusive design in his visual work.
You travel a lot - where are you now?
I've recently moved back to the United States after having spent the last 2 years living across Southeast Asia pursuing my own passion projects and building up new work. During my travels, I explored new personal interests in travel, outdoor adventure and fitness. I'm excited to continue to share new work and keep pushing my creative limits.
What do you specialize in?
I focus my work in outdoor, active living, travel and food. I'm especially keen in working with forward thinking companies or individuals that are involved in the above industries.
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 a few years, 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.