Category Archives: music


Someday I’ll find a reason to do a blog with more purpose. I’ll make an entry that is deeply personal, with a message I have to get off my chest – but not tonight. Image bomb time…




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  • Brett - Love, love, love it. Awesome work dude.

  • jeff marsh - dude. incredibly and inspiring work. you never disappoint. you dont need to use words to make a movement.

  • Rachel Absher - Jay, that first image, WOW! Stunning. Love your work.

  • Shelley - What have you been working on lately? Please share. Thank you.

  • jayeads - i’ll do that now 🙂 thanks for the nudge!

  • rk - Your shots of street people kill me. Beauty where most people miss it.

B + W

Film… digital…  I don’t care, I just love black & white photography.  Even a simple photobooth filmstrip holds some sort of nostalgia for me that color just doesn’t.  Classic, melancholy, emotional, it all translates so well in monochrome.  The need for tonal contrast is a great exercise for your eye, also.  Here are some selected recent b&w shots.  I know, it’s a short post, it was just bouncing around in my head.


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  • scotty - so colorful man.
    i wish i could be half as good as you.

  • Beth - Ohmahgosh your lil boy is SO cute!!

    But anyway, beautiful, beautiful post. There’s just something about b&w that is just wonderful.

  • melissa - I love that I can see how much you love what you do in your work. It’s fabulous Jay

  • Heather Elizabeth - What a beautiful set of images. That first one still gives me chills. Brilliant work 🙂

  • Rachel H - I feel the same way about B&W.


Zack has been an inspiration for me since 2006, roughly the beginning of of my professional career.  I’ve always been fascinated with music, so music photographers hold a special place in my heart.  Jeremy Cowart, Annie Leibovitz, the late Jim Marshall, Mark Seliger, and Zack Arias, to name a few music photographers I love, bring two artistic mediums together in different ways, all of which speak to me as a person.

Zack teaches a lighting workshop and has a DVD called the OneLight, which is focused on off-camera lighting (my favorite way to shoot).  You’ll work with speedlights, Pocket Wizards, softboxes, umbrellas, and a number of other light modifiers.  You will also do some math.  Sorry, it’s just part of the process 🙂   I’ve wanted to attend this workshop for years, and 2010 was my year, I suppose.  I chose DC, and aside from a monster $187 ticket for being a single-occupant driver on a freeway, not a LANE, mind you… an entire freeway (like I could possibly know anything about that, thanks  a lot officer Sensitivity of the VAPD), it was a great workshop.  I’m pretty comfortable with lights already, although I admit I rarely use speedlights, it’s usually my Alienbees, so it was nice to gain speedlight experience with the modifiers I already use.  The math aspect was one that I was specifically interested in.  I hate math.  To quote Will Ferrell’s George W. Bush, “math is very much a part of  the Axis of Evil.”  I think the officer who decided an Oregonian didn’t deserve a warning about a violation he couldn’t possibly know about is also in the Axis of Evil.

To explain why I wanted the math aspect, I’ll step back 4 years or so.  I love natural light, but back in the day I loved natural light partially because I was scared of flashes, strobes, umbrellas, and all of the off-camera wizardry.  I din’t understand it, so therefor I loved natural light 🙂   Now, I still love natural light to this day, however; I feared strobes.  I decided I didn’t like avoiding something because I was afraid of it, that’s a foolish rationale, so I bought a Canon 430EX and an Alienbee 400 with a standard shoot-though umbrella.  Major fail.  I didn’t get it and I didn’t do it well… so I set it all aside for “a while.”  Like over a year “a while.”

Then I found Zack’s work.  I saw a Flickr photo with the tag under it “Screw you all, I still love jump shots.”  I instantly loved the photo and the photographer.  It was now 2008 and I started paying a lot of attention to people with lights, Zack in particular.  Fresh, clean, easy to understand lighting.  I tried my hand at lighting again.  This time I fell in love and have been using them more and more frequently ever since.  All because I decided not to be afraid of something and was willing to make some atrociously bad images until I felt comfortable.

Fast forward to why I want the math.  I don’t want to think about how to light, I just want to do it… I want it to be as second nature as aperture, ISO, and shutter speed are.  That’s the “why” behind wanting the OneLight DVD and workshop experience.  This July I got both, and I am so thankful – bucket list item, for sure.  Zack, and his talented wife Meghan, put on a legit program, not forgetting Zack’s right hand Dan, and I highly recommend it.  I’m still digesting the math, as it is my weakness, so we’ll see if I ever get to the place where it is second nature.

I’ll get to some pictures from the weekend.  Thanks, Zack and Meg – you’re some of my favorite people.

Zack demonstrated the techniques, then we implemented them.  Pretty simple, huh?

Dan gets lazy, but Zack shows him how to do it right.  We got turned loose to do our own thing, these are some of the images I came up with.


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  • Jeff Marsh - like

  • Rick Wenner - You got some great shots from this workshop Jay. I went to Zack’s workshop in Brooklyn last year and I had a great time too. Learned so much. Good work man

  • jayeads - thanks rick! it’s a good one, huh?

  • daronaliya - inspiring! i’ll admit that i’m scared to use strobes/etc also. perhaps i shall work on viewing off-camera lighting with curiosity rather than fear. 🙂

  • Paul Pratt - I went to a OneLight in 2009 and I went from confused to “lights on” in one day. You got some great shots from the workshop. I find the math part easy until I’m using 1/3 stop increments and I need to be 1/2 a stop brighter…too much for my brain to compute!

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  • Marina - awesome. your shots are GOOD.

  • Steve Elmer - THe 3rd last one is pretty killa dude 🙂

  • Sean Openshaw - I was on the fence about going to that workshop but had I known you were going to be there I might have tried a bit harder. Great shots. The tones in your images blow me away.

  • Nirav Patel - Looks like an awesome workshop and shots are jaytastic (not sure if that word will ever catch haha)! I’m scanning the country right now for some workshops to take. Will have to add this to the growing list. I’ll be broke but educated in no time (Just like college all over again). Hope your cold is but a distant memory now. Can’t wait to see more of what you do with the stuff you learned. Take care Jay.

  • Dan - Great stuff Jay! I really like the second to last shot.

  • jayeads - thanks dan! you guys were a blast… i wish i had more time to hang with you, but you know… i had a class and whatnot 🙂