THE best opportunity to create anticipation, excitement, and trust. Memorable brands can only be created with vision, strategy, and creativity.
With my technical skills coupled with an eye for artistry, I can capture the essence of you and your business in every image. I can also conduct one-on-one brand evaluations to help businesses like yours expand their reach.

I have been a professional photographer for 10 years. As a branding photographer, I’ve helped executives, entrepreneurs, and coaches build a more confident online presence with scroll-stopping photos and strategic branding applications. I can help you do the same.

Having people remember your business is all about positioning yourself as an advocate of your brand. Let me help you do just that.
~ Kay Kawada
Born in Japan, raised in New Jersey and now living in sunny Ponte Vedra FL. (That's by Jacksonville).

Kay Kawada

a little bit about

First impressions

During your virtual Reveal Session, you will select your best images for full meticulous editing. You will receive your final edited digital gallery within 15 business days. 

Reveal session


This is the day we combine fun and empowerment and show the world exactly who you are! You show up feeling amazing and I’ll handle the rest.

Photoshoot Day


You will receive a proposal, contract, and invoice to book your session. Afterward, we will create a strategic session plan that details everything from wardrobe, hair/makeup, and location to an intentional shot list and all prep tasks.



Schedule a complimentary discovery call. We will discuss your business, your branding session goals as well as services or products that you want to highlight. 



  • Avid tea & coffee drinker
  • My favorite smell is burning firewood 
  • I have a sarcastic, dry sense of humor.
  • Dad jokes are the best.
  • I love good food, cooking, and entertaining.
  • Previously a flight attendant, I love discovering other cultures and traveling to different places.
  • I'm obsessed with organizing 
  • I collect plants but end up killing them


What does working with me look like? 

"Kay was so helpful with HONING in on my vision for THE rebrand of my business. She gave me a clear vision OF what to do and really helped me organize AND relaunch my business successfully. I Highly RECOMMEND her coaching calls."

- Maris Barry
Maris Kirs Photography

"These beautiful (socially distanced) photos were taken by my new friend in Florida, Kay Kawada of River Eight & Co., a super talented personal branding photographer who is pure joy to work with. Kay takes her work very seriously and puts a great deal of thought and attention into every shoot. I’m so grateful to have met Kay and highly recommend her for her impeccable photography and branding skills."
- Seri Kertzner
 Little Miss Party 


"They are amazing and DEFINITELY on point with the look/brand I was ENVISIONING ."

- todd Wojtowicz


"Kay helped me so much on my goal and vision for my New business. The road map she made me was easy to understand and I am confident when I launch i will be a success" 

- ANgie Eid


"She truly wanted to help me get the most out of our session. She was incredibly organized and thoughtful through each step. She helped me plan out every detail- from shots, props, and outfits- all while keeping my brand in mind. During the shoot, she went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable and at ease (photos are out of my comfort zone). She was also really great at giving me direction and feedback. Kay was an excellent communicator from day one and even after my photos were finalized."
-Julie Bochese



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