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So I had a random dream last night which included a discussion with my dermatologist about business, and how he got to be so popular.  See, it takes forever to get in for an appointment… subconscious being overactive? Anyway, he fake told me that to be as busy as he is, all someone has to do is follow his example: specialize in something people really want which has a built-in longevity and repeat business, be excellent at your specialty, cultivate the reputation for being THE one to go to for that specialty.  Not bad advice for a dream.

The quest to find a niche and a specialty is one of self-discovery and patient expectation.  That’s the polite, artsy way of saying it seems to take forever and I don’t want to wait any longer.  Sometimes it takes a step or three back to “see the forest for the trees,” so that part of the plan for this summer.  Bottom line is that the imaginary discussion taking place during REM-sleep has actually provided some humorously perfect direction.

Also, if you need a good dermatologist in the Eugene area, Jay Park is excellent – and he gives good counsel, too.


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  • JeramieWell you certainly have been following your own advice. I can’t imagine another photographer in Eugene making a living with you in town 🙂 Anyways, beautiful work as usual and thanks for always being a good source of inspiration, even beyond the visuals.

  • MelindaDo you think he’ll bill you for the dream time consult? Is that covered by insurance?

    Love your images. And if you ever decide to teach a local lighting workshop I’d love to hear about it.

  • Kim O'NeilI agree with Melinda…teach us, please! 🙂 And, I love your shots of the bride and groom on the beach. Your lighting and exposures are always perfect, Jay!

  • LizI love your portraits. They are some of my favorite in the biz.

  • SethI had a dream I got punched in the face by Optimus Prime. Your dreams are way better than mine. You got great advice. I got punched in the face by a benevolent semi. On an unrelated note, I love your work.


I have never found much interest in landscape photography, it’s all about people, for me.  I enjoy the interaction, the give and take of subject and photographer, and most of all, I love seeing or hearing the reaction to the images we come up with.

I’m sitting at home today, a little sick and itching to go outside and shoot… so I thought I would blog.  I needed to do it anyway, so here I am.  The first thing I do when it’s time to get into the workflow mindset is turn on some music.  The sound fuels my work, it just does.  Often it’s music that inspires me to take a certain photograph in the first place; or, I at least have a particular song in mind when shooting something.  I recently discussed this very subject  with a musician named Andy Zipf, who finds inspiration for his songs in images from time to time.

The type of music I choose is usually determined by the type of work I have in front of me.  For example; weddings usually require some chill music, such as, Over the Rhine, William Fitzsimmons, or Peter Broderick.  I need the lovely, the sentimental, the emotional to come into my head and make me think “wedding.”  Now, portraits are a different animal for me.  Some portrait sessions are moody, and require the likes of Radiohead, other sessions are light and fun.  I grew up on 80’s and 90’s pop music… so when we’re talking about fun and light music, it’s gotta be Wham!, Milli Vanilli, Michael Jackson, or, if I really need to get fun and funky – and that takes some work – it’s Color Me Badd.  Yep.  With two “D’s” there, folks.  They’re that serious about being bad.  I mean, badd.

Hip Hop is a great energizer for days when the tasks is large.  Large editing job with little time to complete it?  Hip hop.  The Beastie Boys and Run DMC were in as heavy a rotation as Bon Jovi or Tears for Fears.  YO! MTV Raps – if only I could buy it on DVD.

I’m completely rambling, so I’ll stop.  I have some more formalized posts in the works, but for now, here’s another big post of multiple shoots.


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Seriously, I have no words for this session – definitely top 3 ever.  I’ll do my best to say something productive.

I work very hard to try and match the mood of the pictures I take/make to the personality and demeanor of the people I work with.  In this case, we both share the same saturnine personality, with plenty of good humor to balance it out.  Yes, she smiles.  Yes I take pictures of people smiling.  You’ll just have to trust me on that one, because you aren’t going to see much of it here… but we all had a blast. A happy blast.

This senior session speaks for itself, I think, and the longer I type, the more I will screw up what MacKenzie has to say.  {Jay shuts up}



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  • RyanDude, MONEY! Some sick photos, man!

  • oeilholy bageebies…. lovely light fantastic images. your leibovitz obsession is paying off!!!!!

  • PaulI like all of these. My favourites are number 1, 3 & 5.

    If I ever take a shot as good as the first one I’ll be very happy.

    Great work.

  • scottyo
    so rad

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  • Geneamazing jay

  • Kylie DanielsonMy oh my. Stunning.

  • Eliza ClaireStunning. I’d have killed for images like this when I was a teenager.

  • dustin stellersucked the breath outta my lungs… absolutely, supremely so. Way to rock it, bud. Be proud.

    MacKenzie – I hope you’re stoked. I would be. 🙂

  • DebbieJay…I LOVE this! I seriously can’t pick a favorite, they are so simple, yet so different. Great work 😉

  • rosieThat first one is totally captivating!! love your use of light .. brilliant!

  • jayeadsthank you rosie!!

  • jayeadsi really can’t express how much these images define who i want to be as a photographer. “beyond appreciative” is the closest i can get to conveying my thanks!

    i have more coming… i could seriously post 50 images from this session.

  • MomJay,
    I just wanted to say that you have done a lovely job a capturing my daughter and her nature. Beautiful work.

    Mackenzie’s mom :~)

  • mackenzie skybelieve me, i’m very happy with these photographs. they are more than i could have ever asked for or imagined. jay is wonderful [:

  • jayeadswell those two comments are more than i could ask for… i put this session in the WIN column!

  • HarveyHey Jay,

    As always you inspire me to create, I love this post soo much I think you captured her well and it’s one of my favorite pieces of your work.

    Terrific! Can’t WAIT to see what’s next from you.


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