All eyes on Akila. Flying in the same skies as Mario Testino, Slim Aarons and Purienne, Akila Berjaoui produces pictures that transport you back to a hot summer’s day, beachside in Italy, 1980. Fire engine red bikinis, luxurious lifestyles and juicy fruits. Along with an eye for landscape and colour, she brings her hometown of Sydney, Australia wherever she goes, capturing the essence of culture in other cities all over the globe. As one of the most in demand photographers around the world, watch as she soars, up, up and away.
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHAT YOU DO:
I’m a photographer and story teller.
DESCRIBE A TYPICAL WORK DAY:
I start every day with meditation. I then jog along the coastline or wherever I can depending on which city I’m in. I then check my emails and Instagram. A bad habit but I can’t help myself. Breakfast is next, then I get stuck into it. It’s either a day of emailing and prepping shoots or editing shoots and shooting. Or if I’m lucky, I’m somewhere in the Mediterranean with friends, soaking up the sun with my film camera in hand.
I prefer the northern and southern ends of Bondi to live in. But for visitors, Bondi Beach House is beautifully styled and feels a little like home.
Bondi Beach. There’s so much space to breathe and do in Bondi. Swimming at Icebergs, shopping on Gould Street and having breakfast, lunch, and dinner at different restaurants sprinkled through the streets.
A few of my favourites are Chic & Basic in Born, Soho House (good for drinks too), Andante Hotel, and Casa Bonay. Cal Pep is very traditional, has delicious tapas and is very cool. Mosquito is a must for the best Asian dumplings ever.
I love Hotel Santa Caterina in Amalfi. Hands down the most amazing accommodation and pool I have ever had the luxury of staying in!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO UNWIND AFTER A LONG DAY?
Meditation followed by a swim if it’s warm enough, then dinner and a catch up with friends.
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