hey, i’m koiya!

The one behind the camera + the owner of kjkphotographs! Ready for a bunch of random facts? I was raised in a little country town in Southeast Michigan. Dog lover, passionate coffee drinker, striving every day to be the best human I can be. I've always had a passion for photography and for capturing moments that I wish could last forever. Whether it be tiny baby toes or wet doggie noses, I can guarantee I have a photo of it. I am a people person and love to make people smile. I pride myself on being compassionate, kind and dependable. I've been married to my husband, Brian, since 2015 and I am a Mom to two adorable fur babies, with a tiny human on the way! (Due September 2019) see our announcement here!!


I am a coffee addict, seriously it's a problem.

Finding cute coffee shops that make hearts in my latte foam has become a hobby of mine. I love all things gray, white and barn wood. I am a golden light chaser for sure. I am obsessed with the beautiful colors of sunrises and sunsets. That rich warm glow just makes me melt. I love all looks of photography whether it be dark and moody or bright and airy, but my style always gravitates towards rich tones and true color when I edit my sessions. Brunch is one of the best things ever created. I love being up north. Traverse City has my heart.

In 2016, with the support of my loving husband, I decided to pursue my passion and begin to learn all the hard work that goes into being a photographer. In June of 2018 I quit my full time job to be completely invested in my full time passion and I haven’t looked back since! I have the utmost respect for each and every one of you that puts themselves out there and follows their dreams! It definitely isn't always easy, but let me tell you, it is so worth it! After working in customer service, retail and the medical field, I can finally say that I truly love my job!!

I love to laugh and play with my clients...

& catch those in-between moments that no one expects to be adorable. I love that I get to watch newborns and families grow throughout the years and I love meeting new people and getting to be a part of their family for a few hours while I capture their memories. I think my favorite part about it all is getting to see and hear the excitement that people get when I deliver their gallery of all of the memories that we captured together. I am forever learning and I am so excited to continue the journey that comes along with the learning experience!

xxo, koiya


"be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire!"