Hi there! I am Kairi, internationally awarded food photographer, stylist and visual content creator in Brisbane, Australia.
Food has always been something that I am passionate about. I love to try out new recipes, have people over for dinner and entertain, bake cakes or sample some quality wine and try out various food venues across the town. Having dinner and drinks is my favourite way of socialising. After all, food is what brings people together.
I grew up in Eastern Europe and my menu as a kid was very much based on fish, black bread, potatoes and vege. When I was 6 I had never eaten a banana as back in the day they were real delicatecy, plus fruit often had to be imported. Luckily we had a big garden and grew our own vegetables. I used to hate the whole gardening experience. Funny, how growing up things change and having your own vegetable garden suddenly becomes popular.
My mother always made jam and pickles and in summer we picked wild mushrooms and berries.
I guess you can say I developed love for food when I grew up and left home. My first job was in the hotel’s kitchen and ever since I developed increased interest in food preparation and presentation. There was a time when I would watch every cooking competition on tv: Hell’s Kitchen, Masterchef, Come Dine With Me, Jamie Olivier and Gordon Ramsey’s cooking programs, Great British Bake Off. You name it, I watched it.
Years on, I also worked in catering for a while but never really pursued it as a career. Once I even had a dream of owning my own French style patisserie but I always stuck to organising other peoples lives instead of a career in hospitality.
Then I found photography and I knew straight away what I wanted to specilise in. I wanted to create images that make food look amazing on photos.
I work with food brands including growers, producers, distributors, wine makers, caterers, chefs and food venues helping them with visual content for their socials, website, marketing and collateral.
My style is more minimalistic, bright and light, however I also like occasional dark and moody shot.
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“Lemon & Rye was fantastic to work with. Kairi knew exactly what my company wanted and delivered extremely high-quality and professional photos in a very short amount of time. Looking forward to working with you again.”
Ben Thistlethwaite, Pure Gold Pineapples