San Francisco, CA


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Photographer Jay Watson, self portrait

San 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.

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
  • Beach Brother Magazine (France)
  • Bicycling Magazine
  • Cisco
  • 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



  • 2018 The List
    Top 90 Photographers on Photoshelter
  • 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




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