Kris Kesiak is a master of his craft. Born and bred in Poland, he first picked up a camera at the age of eleven, taking portrait photos for fun and pocket money. Kris - and his camera - moved to Scotland to study English and fell in love with Glasgow and its vibrant culture and arts scene. After dropping out of university, he worked various jobs to make ends meet but photography always remained his true passion. And then something happened. A chance meeting with a Glasgow-based musician led to Kris taking some portraits for a gig poster. From there he continued to work for the same artist on all future promotions and album artwork. As his reputation grew, so did his client base, as more and more musicians, performers, bands, managers and artists began to seek out his talents. His beautiful work has now graced the covers of multiple albums, posters, websites and magazines.
In addition to being the go-to photographer in Glasgow’s music and arts scene, Kris’s work has also caught the eye of some high-profile corporate clients, providing him with an extensive portfolio that now includes Channel 4, Toni & Guy, Nike and Carers Trust. His work has also been featured by many publications such as The Observer, The Guardian, The Herald, DIVA Magazine and The Times.
A Kris Kesiak photograph is immediately identifiable. His work carries a distinctive style while still managing to capture the unique essence of each individual artist, client and company. This skill, coupled with his warm and engaging personality, has made Kris one of the most sought-after photographers in Scotland.
"Kris Kesiak is my absolute favourite photographer. He has a beautiful, distinctive style and a knack for making people feel comfortable in front of the camera. We’ve worked together on three album photo shoots and he was the only person I wanted to photograph me for my first magazine cover. I can spot a KK photo a mile off because his style is so unique. I love his personality, warmth and phenomenal talent."
"Kris was recommended to us for a ‘team photo shoot with a difference’. The brief was: modern, offbeat, urban, diverse. Prior to the shoot, Kris put a lot of thought into the location and then, on the day, he took the time to get to know each team member and put everyone at ease in front of the camera. The shoot was fun, relaxed and informal: the pictures perfectly represent what we do as a department."
"I have worked with various photographers over the years, Kris Kesiak is one of the best – if not the best! I now have several iconic images courtesy of Kris. He is excellent, not just because of the stand out images he achieves but the entire process always seems completely effortless and stress-free. He always puts people at ease and is a joy to work with."
"I’ve worked with Kris for some years now. When you’ve made an album or played a gig, you just hope that somehow there could be an image that represents the ideas and emotions that you feel in your music. Kris Kesiak has a magical way of finding that connection between the ears and the eyes and has always been able to capture those elusive moments on camera. He has a special gift to see into the music and the musician and deliver that as a visual extension of your artistic ideas."
"Kris is hands down one of my favourite photographers to work with - professional, talented, hard working and always brings out the best in me to capture the perfect image. Having worked with Kris on other projects previously, I asked him to take photos for my solo artist portfolio and after a fun-filled day of shooting, we came away with some incredible shots, many of which were published in newspapers and fashion magazines around the country. I cannot recommend Kris enough as a photographer, his work speaks for himself and he is a top class guy. 5 stars from me!"
"I have worked with Kris on a series of projects as my business has developed and have never been anything less than blown away by his ability to interpret my needs into stunning images. The perfect mix of creative and professional was the reason I asked him to do my wedding and again, he delivered 100%. Not only does he bring his talent he also has a network of amazing creatives who together make a fantastic team. I will continue to use and recommend Kris for as long as he will have me!"
"We had a fantastic time working with Kris. We run a very busy and active show and it was important that this was captured in the photographs. Kris delivered on this and more, was professional and really got what we were about and the joy we get from working on the show. Dolls Abroad has been a huge part of our story and Kris has given us the best gift by marking this moment in our lives so perfectly and we will treasure his work forever. We cannot recommend him enough. We didn’t even notice him there half the time!"
"I recently contacted Kris Kesiak as I urgently required some publicity/promo shots ahead of my album release. We discussed ideas at length and I found Kris to be insightful and generous with both, time and creative input. On the day, the whole procedure, from makeup, setting the scene, to the shoot itself were all done in an extremely professional and relaxing environment. I felt inspired to explore all suggestions made by Kris. The proof is in the pudding and I have to say the photos taken were absolutely fabulous. Feedback from the industry has been nothing but positive and praising. I could not recommend Kris Kesiak more highly as a photographer, in both his professional dealings and his artistic talents."
"Working with Kris was an absolute dream; from our initial meeting to the day of the shoot we found him relaxed, professional and eager to work as part of a team. He responded perfectly to our brief and gave his own input that lifted the editorial to another level. We are thrilled with his images and are proud to have them in our portfolio. We can’t wait to work with him again!"