San Francisco lifestyle and editorial photographer Jay Watson shoots entertainment, automotive, apparel, corporate culture, and action sports assignments. His clients range from Bay Area companies in Silicon Valley to international magazines. Aside from commercial jobs, much of Jay’s personal work is inspired by California culture. Elemental Magazine once wrote “he shoots the crazy sh*t,” and an early issue of Garage Magazine said “Jay came to California to raise free range artichokes.” Some of these things are true.

Jay has been interviewed on the industry podcast PhotoFocus, and contributed to photography tutorials for Lexar Memory, Nikon USA, Rangefinder Magazine, and Westcott Lighting. Originally from Baltimore, MD, Jay is currently based out of San Francisco.


Clients include Audi sportscar experience • Matrix Fitness • Beach Brother Magazine (France) • Mercedes-Benz • Bicycling Magazine • Motorcyclist Magazine • Cisco • NHS / Santa Cruz Skateboards • Der Spiegel (Germany) • Nikon USA • Dub Magazine • Oracle • EVO Magazine (UK) • Porsche • Eton Corp • Quote Magazine (Netherlands) • Facebook • Science et vie (France) • Hawaiian Airlines Magazine • Seagate • iTV (UK) • Socksmith • Inked Magazine • The Telegraph (UK) • Jaguar Land Rover (North America) • Twentyfour7 Magazine (Finland) • LifeAid Beverage Company • University of California San Francisco • LinkedIn • Wall Street Journal • Lufthansa Magazine • Whole Foods Market • Magellan GPS • XXL Magazine awards • 2020 Applied Arts Photo Annual Portrait Photography • 2012 International Photography

Awards Portrait • Lifestyle • 2018 The List Top 90 Photographers on Photoshelter • 2011 International Photography Awards Editorial • Portrait • 2017 Black & White Spider Awards Portrait • 2010 International Photography Awards Editorial • Portrait • Lifestyle • 2016 Rangefinder Magazine Photo Contest Lifestyle – 1st place • 2009 International Photography Awards Editorial • Portrait • Lifestyle • 2015 International Photography Awards People • 2008 International Photography Awards Fine Art • Editorial Sports • 2013 PDN Photoserve Automotive • 2007 International Photography Awards Portrait

Jay Watson | self portrait
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