It would seem that Jay had discovered his passion of photography upon inheriting his father’s film Nikon n90s, at the young age of fourteen. Jay immediately developed an affinity to looking at life through the lens of his camera and what ensued was an exciting photographic journey that would eventually lead him to his career as professional photographer.
Though beginning under the tutelage of his father, former National Geographic photographer, Kevin Fleming, Jay quickly and naturally developed a photographic style and identity all his own. Through experimentation, an incredible amount of patience & preparation, and countless hours spent researching potential photo opportunities, Jay began to capture such awe-inspiring photos as his pair of underwater Yellowstone Cutthroat trout, the last house on Holland Island reflecting in the rippling water just before it collapsed, and a fleet of wooden Skipjacks against an ominous grey sky.
Jay considers himself to be extremely fortunate to have found a livelihood that both satisfies his creativity and simultaneously supports his beliefs in ecological conservation. Jay spent the summers of 2011 and 2012 in Yellowstone National Park working to preserve the park’s dwindling population of native Cutthroat trout. During this time, he was able to explore his surroundings and capture some of the iconic beauty of the Wyoming landscape and wildlife—however, what was most memorable to him was the fact that some of those very photographs directly contributed to the conservation efforts being made. Jay’s photographs of these threatened Cutthroat Trout appeared in a publication by National Geographic that was designed to inform the public of the increasing threat of invasive species on native ones.
Currently, a little closer to home, Jay has turned his attention towards the Chesapeake Bay and the industry that is directly dependent upon it—the seafood industry. Jay has spent the past two years actively documenting all aspects of this fascinating and diminishing way of life. From underwater shots of oyster divers, to crabs shedding their shells, to incredibly poignant portraits of workers in a crab picking house, to watermen in their deadrise boats leaving the dock before sunrise, Jay hopes to illustrate the full spectrum of the seafood industry in his first book, “Working the Water.” Expected to be published in 2015, Jay hopes that his documentation will demonstrate the different ways that people make a living off of the Bay as well as portray an accurate representation of the various Chesapeake Bay cultures.
Whether it’s a sunrise over the marsh or a waterman hand tonging for oysters, the passion of his craft is obvious in every photograph. Jay’s talent is undeniable. His photography is not only beautiful but purposeful. Jay is available for commercial, editorial, wedding and portrait photography.