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Anna Gilbert loves music — that was obvious during the shoot.  Committed musicians, whether professional or not, have music genetically interwoven throughout everything they do, I’m convinced. You sit Anna in front of a piano, even for a picture, and she plays and sings.  I love that.  I respect that.  Honestly, I get that… I feel the same way around a camera these days.

I’m an enormous music fan, and I think that’s the reason I love shooting musicians… I get to be around people who love music even more than I do.  This is just a preview of the images, so I’ll stop typing now.  More later in the full post.

If you haven’t already, check out Anna’s Myspace HERE and leave her some love.

  • March 16, 2010 - 12:43 am

    benj haisch - NICE! that bottom one screams album art to me. classy.

  • March 16, 2010 - 12:44 am

    jess - LOVE that second shot. beautiful!

  • March 16, 2010 - 12:58 am

    Vida Carson - Wow, that second image is just.. wow.

  • March 16, 2010 - 1:59 pm

    jobeth / bootsmc - jay – these rock! that light in the second image – bea-u-ti-ful!

  • March 16, 2010 - 5:39 pm

    Rayleigh Shores - Those are great! I’m way impressed by the photography and by Anna’s beauty!

  • March 16, 2010 - 7:32 pm

    BethanyAnne - Holy crap. Gorgeous porgeous. Beautiful.

    And the second pic – reminded me of Jeremy C’s style. Love it!

  • March 16, 2010 - 9:20 pm

    geneoh - awesome work, Jay. Love it.

  • March 25, 2010 - 1:28 am

    Jaq - These are great, i love her expression & the lighting in the second one. The piano is gorgeous.

  • April 6, 2010 - 10:16 pm

    Graeme - New posts please. =)

  • April 12, 2010 - 6:49 am

    jayeads - I know. I’m behind :)

I have a difficult week ahead of me, and lots to do… I’m so wound up that I can’t sleep.  I often wonder if other photographers feel this way, but there is a real clarity and decisiveness in the hours after midnight.  I never seem to hem or haw over what processing, which tones, B&W or color.  It all just makes perfect sense as I work.

I finished this image for Emily tonight — wait, no it’s this morning now — and something about the simplicity of it made me happy.  And given the day I anticipate having tomorrow, happy is good.  Ha, I just heard that out-loud — happy is good.  Understatements aside, I’m thankful for clients/friends who let me take their pictures, and allow me to give them back.

Despite being a complete sucker for wild, dramatic images, it is the basic portrait that keeps me coming back to photography.  I think it is the joy of a good frame, the creative outlet and the basic storytelling of portraiture that holds such allure for me.  If you’re reading this late at night, sleep well.  I’m gonna go try that now, myself.

  • February 15, 2010 - 11:12 am

    Tor-Ivar - Wow… this was an amazing portrait!

  • February 16, 2010 - 7:14 am

    BethanyAnne - that is just beautiful, sir.

    And it’s like 11pm right now. Good night!

  • February 16, 2010 - 7:14 am

    BethanyAnne - that is just beautiful, sir.

    And it’s like 11pm right now. Good night!

  • February 18, 2010 - 10:56 am

    Ned - That is VERY nice….Well Done!!!

  • February 24, 2010 - 4:34 am

    Kerry Trujillo - Lovely.

  • January 29, 2011 - 12:46 am

    hi im Gaby! - this is so hawt…

I was driving home after shooting a wedding (another blog post for that soon) when I saw him. The banjo, the hat, the overalls… I knew I had to pull over and take his picture — if he would let me, of course.  Permission was definitely going to be in order, because I wanted to use my octobox, I saw the picture in my head before I ever got out of my truck.

Erik has been playing the banjo for 33 years, and it shows. His effortless picking was only outshone by his amazing handlebar mustache.  He told me that he loves shooting in front of The Kiva, a great little grocery in Eugene, because of the appreciation their customers show him.  I guess people who like good wine and good food also like good music.  I’m planning on doing more impromptu portraits here in town… bring on the Spring.


This shot was a special request by Erik.  Happy to oblige.

  • February 16, 2010 - 7:17 am

    BethanyAnne - Holly snap these are amazing. Especially #5!

    Love it!

  • February 16, 2010 - 7:17 am

    BethanyAnne - Holly snap these are amazing. Especially #5!

    Love it!

  • February 19, 2010 - 2:29 am

    Shari DeAngelo - I absolutely love every single image here, Jay. Exceptional series.

  • February 22, 2010 - 6:59 am

    Lauren Hurt - Jay you are so cool, and so is this dude. These pictures make me want to start using lights, they’re just perfect!

  • March 2, 2010 - 12:14 am
  • March 4, 2010 - 8:42 am

    Gina - Your portrait work really tells the story. Each photograph is fascinating imo. It’s such a treat to view your work!

  • March 19, 2010 - 9:41 pm

    jess - jay! don’t know how i missed this shoot but i love the mood, tones, etc. so beautiful. :)

  • March 20, 2010 - 10:07 pm

    Harvey - I just want to mention that I came to your site this morning (as I often do) for inspiration. This shoot continues to inspire me over and over and over again. I love how there are so many different takes on one man playing a banjo in the street. Each one impresses and inspires for a different reason.

    Thank you.

  • April 14, 2010 - 8:06 pm

    Nirav Patel - Incredible Jay. As everyone else has mentioned, you are truely an inspiration. If you’re ever in San Francisco shooting a wedding and need a second, or third, or fourth shooter, please let me know haha. I’ll work for peanut butter and possibly some jello. Seriously though, it would be an awesome priveledge to be able to work with you. Take care man.