San Francisco, CA



California photographer Jay Watson specializes in lifestyle and environmental portraits of people on location. He shoots for editorial, advertising, entertainment, apparel, corporate, and action sports clients. 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 Lexar Media pro and Nikon photographer. 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.


client list (partial list)

  • Advertiser Magazine
  • Audi sportscar experience
  • Beach Brother Magazine (France)
  • Dub Magazine
  • EVO Magazine (UK)
  • Engage Magazine (Sweden)
  • Eton Corp
  • Facebook
  • Fidelity Magazine
  • G Project Gear
  • Globe Shoes
  • Grey Advertising
  • Hedge Fund Journal (UK)
  • Inked Magazine
  • Nikon
  • Magellan GPS
  • San Francisco Aids Foundation
  • Science et vie (France)
  • Seagate
  • Siemens Medical Solutions
  • Simraceway
  • Soundfreaq
  • The Source
  • Trek Bicycles
  • Y & R
  • University of California San Francisco
  • Whole Foods Market
  • XXL Magazine



  • 2013 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