San Francisco, CA

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San Francisco lifestyle and editorial photographer Jay Watson shoots people, 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,” while an early issue of Garage Magazine said, “Jay came to California to raise free range artichokes.” Some of these things are true.

Despite those claims, the industry podcast PhotoFocus interviewed Jay for an episode on editorial photography, and he has contributed to tutorials for Academy of Art University San Francisco, Lexar Memory, Nikon USA, Rangefinder Magazine, and Westcott Lighting. Originally from Baltimore, MD, Jay is currently based out of San Francisco.

Additional assignment work can be found on the blog while more info about Jay can be found on the press page. Call 415-595-5348 or email for a print order or assignment availability.

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Jay Watson, self portrait

clients (partial list)

• Audi sportscar experience• Mercedes-Benz
• Beach Brother Magazine (France)• Motorcyclist Magazine
• Bicycling Magazine• New Era Cap Inc.
• Cisco• NHS / Santa Cruz Skateboards
• Der Spiegel (Germany)• Nikon USA
• Dub Magazine• Oracle
• EVO Magazine (UK)• Porsche
• Gap• Quote Magazine (Netherlands)
• Hawaiian Airlines Magazine• Seagate
• iTV (UK)• Signature Aviation
• Inked Magazine• Socksmith
• Jaguar Land Rover (North America)• The Telegraph (UK)
• LifeAid Beverage Company• Twentyfour7 Magazine (Finland)
• LinkedIn• University of California San Francisco
• Lufthansa Magazine• Wall Street Journal
• Magellan GPS• Wired (UK)
• Marin Living Magazine• Whole Foods Market
• Matrix Fitness• XXL Magazine


• 2023 ReFocus Awards World Photo Annual
Advertising & Commercial - silver award
• 2016 Rangefinder Magazine Photo Contest
Lifestyle – 1st place
• 2022 International Photography Awards
• 2015 International Photography Awards
• 2021 International Photography Awards
• 2013 PDN Photoserve
• 2020 Applied Arts Photo Annual
Portrait Photography
• 2012 International Photography Awards
Portrait • Lifestyle
• 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

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Selected as 1 of 5 lifestyle photographers to represent The Top 90 Photographers on Photoshelter