Tearsheet: XXL Magazine

December 7th, 2012

Tearsheet | Editorial portrait of hip hop artist A.B.S in XXL Magazine.

The hip hop music and entertainment magazine XXL Mag got in touch for a piece on Philly born rapper Chris “A.B.S.” Schaefer in San Francisco. He was the winner of a rap battle sponsored by Corona, so XXL assigned me to photograph A.B.S for a full page feature. Ahh….. the full page editorial portrait. This is the holy grail of editorial photography and a highly coveted space for any portrait photographer. God bless print.

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Portrait of A.B.S. | XXL Magazine. My version of the final image.

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A.B.S. on location in San Francisco, CA. Not knowing if the feature would be a single page or a double page spread, we shot the location options in both landscape and portrait formats.

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Portraits and outtakes of hip hop artist A.B.S. from the studio set up.

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BTS. A behind the scenes shot of the location set up. Yeah we were working right next to a live train line, and we were trespassing. So what. It’s for hip hop.

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BTS. A behind the scenes shot of the “studio” set up.

There is no smoke and mirrors here. The photo editor asked for a location scene plus a studio shot. Taking the studio to the location was done for one reason only. It saved time. Some of the best things about this shoot included getting kicked off the train tracks by the transit police, and getting to meet Chris “A.B.S.” Schaefer. He’s solid. We share an East Coast connection, respect for old school rhymes, and love for Allen Iverson. Plus I dig his music.

Check out A.B.S.

Jay + Jamie Watson • Gleeson Galley, San Francisco

September 7th, 2012


You are invited to a California themed art show by Jay and Jamie Watson at the Gleeson Gallery in San Francisco. The show is a mash up of our favorite things about this place.

Opening reception:
Saturday, September 8, 2012
4:00pm until 6:00pm

Saturday, November 17, 2012
12:00pm until 2:00pm

Gleeson Gallery – 148 Precita Ave., San Francisco, CA 94110 (between Folsom & Mission)
This is a unique gallery in a great neighborhood. Enjoy dinner or drinks afterward at one of these places nearby. http://goo.gl/maps/uy3i0

We look forward to seeing you!

Jay Watson: www.jaywatson.com
Jamie Watson: www.cocobohemia.com

More photos of the show can be seen at: www.pineappleluv.com – San Francisco art show

Event Assignment: de Young Museum San Francisco, CA

August 3rd, 2012

Ammunition, a design group in SF, celebrated their 5 year anniversary with a very impressive private party at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. As with most event photography, it involved walking around with a camera and blending in with guests eating, drinking, in conversation, and enjoying themselves. We normally don’t look our best while eating and drinking, and it certainly made me worry as I tried to look invisible documenting Ammunition’s event. Above are 2 of my favorites from the night. An interesting part of the assignment was how the final photos were used. Ammunition posted the images on their Facebook page so people could comment and tag each other in the photos. Those folks sure like to party. Cheers to them for the gig, and to another 5 years in SF.

Inked Magazine: Dead To Me

October 5th, 2009

Now on the newsstands is the October issue of Inked Magazine featuring a spread I shot of the San Francisco punk band Dead To Me.  Members Ian, Chicken, and Nathan are signed to Fat Wreck Chords and were 3 of the nicest chaps to photograph. They were awfully good sports about hiking around the wretched hobo-smelling sand dunes of San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. It was also windy and cold, but the guys just cracked jokes and were stoked to be in Inked. Me too. Big shout to my homie and long time SF music photographer Jeremy Harris on this one.

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Outtakes from Inked Magazine shoot. Ian, Chicken, Nathan of Dead To Me. © Jay Watson Outtake portraits from left to right: Ian (drums), Chicken (vocals & bass), and Nathan (guitar & vocals).

Dead To Me, Inked Magazine.My selection for the band’s group shot.

Dead To Me, San Francisco, CA. Inked Magazine.Inked Mag selection for the group shot.

Note about the shoot: San Francisco’s dunes are a unique gem for city residents, but you would never know this is a “protected” area. We ran into some diplomat sleeping in a nest stocked with cardboard, dirty socks, and an empty bottle of Mad Dog. What time is the dinner party Sir Henry?

Group Art Show • Sat Oct 25th • Shooting Gallery in SF

October 24th, 2008

I will have a 24″ X 36″ framed piece in a group art show this weekend. The Hell’s Belles Car Club will be hosting the 3rd Annual Pinewood Derby Car Races & Art Auction Saturday, Oct 25 6:00pm at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco. Proceeds will benefit the Bay Area Women & Children’s Center SF. This is also the first time I will be showing work together in a gallery with my wife, who donated one of her monotypes for the event. Thanks to Jamie O’Keefe for inviting us to participate.

• Free admission
• Silent Art Auction
• Pinewood Derby races
• Awards for fastest car & best in show
• Beats provided by DJ Bardot & Michael Charming

Saturday, Oct. 25th: doors at 6 p.m, races at 8 pm

Shooting Gallery
839 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 931-8035

Fashion Photography for Ellera featured on Lexar

October 4th, 2007

San Francisco clothing fashion shoot

Fashion shoot for Ellera clothing in San Francisco, CA. © Jay Watson Photography

Lexar.com featured a fashion shoot I did on their home page. It covers a fast pace catalog look book style assignment for the San Francisco clothing company Ellera. More work goes into a clothing shoot then you might think. Read Behind A Clothing Shoot to see the rest.