San Francisco, CA

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San Francisco editorial and lifestyle photographer Jay Watson shoots advertising, 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.


Last year Jay was interviewed on the industry podcast PhotoFocus, and he has contributed to photography tutorials published by Lexar Memory, Nikon, Rangefinder Magazine, and Westcott Lighting. Originally from Baltimore, MD, Jay is currently based out of San Francisco. Additional info 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• Mercedes-Benz
• Beach Brother Magazine (France)• Motorcyclist Magazine
• Bicycling Magazine• NHS / Santa Cruz Skateboards
• Cisco• Nikon
• Der Spiegel (Germany)• Oracle
• Dub Magazine• Porsche
• EVO Magazine (UK)• Science et vie (France)
• Eton Corp• Seagate
• Facebook• Simraceway
• G Project Gear• Socksmith
• Hawaiian Airlines Magazine• The Telegraph (UK)
• iTV (UK)• Trek Bicycles
• Inked Magazine • Twentyfour7 Magazine (Finland)
• Jaguar Land Rover (North America)• University of California San Francisco
• LinkedIn• Wall Street Journal
• Lufthansa Magazine• Whole Foods Market
• Magellan GPS• XXL Magazine


• 2018 The List
Top 90 Photographers on Photoshelter
• 2011 International Photography Awards
Editorial • Portrait
• 2017 Black & White Spider Awards
• 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
• 2008 International Photography Awards
Fine Art • Editorial Sports
• 2013 PDN Photoserve
• 2007 International Photography Awards
• 2012 International Photography Awards
Portrait • Lifestyle

Top lifestyle photographers
“The List” – selected as 1 of 5 lifestyle photographers to represent PhotoShelter’s Top 90 photographers