San Francisco, CA


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Photographer Jay Watson, self portraitSan Francisco editorial and lifestyle photographer Jay Watson shoots advertising, entertainment, automotive, apparel, corporate, 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 is a featured Nikon photographer and has published several tutorials on photography for Lexar. Originally from Baltimore, MD, he has been based out of San Francisco since 1999. Additional info about Jay’s work can be found on his blog. Call 415-595-5348 or email for an estimate, print order, or availability for an assignment.




clients (partial list)

  • Audi sportscar experience
  • Beach Brother Magazine (France)
  • Bicycling Magazine
  • Der Spiegel (Germany)
  • Dub Magazine
  • EVO Magazine (UK)
  • Eton Corp
  • Facebook
  • Fidelity Magazine
  • G Project Gear
  • Hawaiian Airlines Magazine
  • iTV (UK)
  • Inked Magazine
  • Linkedin
  • Lufthansa Magazine
  • Magellan GPS
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Motorcyclist Magazine
  • NHS / Santa Cruz Skateboards
  • Nikon
  • Oracle
  • Porsche
  • Science et vie (France)
  • Seagate
  • Simraceway
  • Socksmith
  • The Telegraph (UK)
  • Trek Bicycles
  • Twentyfour7 Magazine (Finland)
  • University of California San Francisco
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Whole Foods Market
  • XXL Magazine
  • Y & R



  • 2017 Black & White Spider Awards
  • 2016 Rangefinder Magazine Photo Contest
    Lifestyle – 1st place
  • 2015 International Photography Awards
  • 2013 PDN Photoserve
  • 2012 International Photography Awards
    Portrait • Lifestyle
  • 2011 International Photography Awards
    Editorial • Portrait
  • 2010 International Photography Awards
    Editorial • Portrait • Lifestyle
  • 2009 International Photography Awards
    Editorial • Portrait • Lifestyle
  • 2008 International Photography Awards
    Fine Art • Editorial Sports
  • 2007 International Photography Awards




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